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Connecting Connecting thethe Dots: Dots: Vermont’s Vermont’s ActAct 35 35 allows allows children children to consent to consent to psychotherapy to psychotherapy without without parental parental consent; consent; proposed proposed billbill H659 H659 allows allows children children to receive to receive medical medical treatments treatments without without parental parental consent; consent; proposed proposed billbill H630 H630 decriminalizes decriminalizes prostitution; prostitution; andand proposed proposed constitutional constitutional amendment amendment Article Article 22 22 notnot only only permits permits abortion abortion up up to the to the dayday of birth, of birth, butbut its its deceptive deceptive vagueness vagueness (“personal (“personal reproductive reproductive autonomy”) autonomy”) could could enshrine enshrine human human cloning, cloning, designer designer babies, babies, eugenics, eugenics, prostitution prostitution andand three-DNA three-DNA conceived conceived children. children. 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About About Tom Tom Licata: Licata: I have I have a MBA a MBA from from thethe College College of William of William & Mary & Mary andand tenten years’ years’ experience experience in strategic in strategic planning planning with with IBM IBM andand Virginia Virginia Electric Electric & Power. & Power. I earned I earned Burlington’s Burlington’s Leadership Leadership Award Award for for organizing organizing ourour multiyear multiyear Block Block Party, Party, coaching coaching Little Little League League Baseball Baseball andand leading leading ourour Cub Cub Scout Scout Pack. Pack. I worked I worked with with homeless homeless children children in NYC’s in NYC’s Times Times Square Square andand family family summer summer trips trips included included working working on on construction construction projects projects for for thethe disadvantaged disadvantaged in West in West Virginia’s Virginia’s Appalachian Appalachian region. region. I’mI’m now now a Caregiver a Caregiver for for thethe elderly. elderly. Summation: Summation: I’ll I’ll measure measure every every action action I take I take against against its its impact impact on on your your family’s family’s economic economic health. health. MyMy goal goal is to is to heal heal thethe damage damage done done by by thethe reckless reckless economic, economic, law-enforcement, law-enforcement, andand family family policies policies of today’s of today’s postmodernpostmodernSocialists; Socialists; most most notably notably disguised disguised within within thethe remnants remnants of yesterday’s of yesterday’s traditional traditional Vermont Vermont Democrat Democrat Party. Party. MyMy Advice: Advice: Stop Stop voting voting for for them: them: ForFor if it’s if it’s man man - and - and notnot God God or nature or nature - which - which determines determines reality reality then then thethe only only God God of man of man is man is man himself… himself… precisely precisely Socialism’s Socialism’s goal. goal.

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1. “Suspect Was ‘Lying in Wait’ Before Fatal Shooting in Burlington’s City Hall Park, Cops Say,” by Derek Brouwer. Two men pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the September 4 murder of a Philadelphia man. 2. “Trust Fail: After Discovering Unsettling Details of Naomi Wood’s Death, Her Family Channels Grief Into Action,” by Alison Novak. Al and Debbie Wood find themselves navigating a parental nightmare with incomplete information about their daughter’s death. 3. “Fresh Resignations Could Require ‘Drastic Changes’ at Burlington Dispatch Center,” by Derek Brouwer. Three dispatchers recently submitted their resignations, which could leave the office with just four employees by the month’s end. 4. “Burlington Dispatchers Blame ‘Defunding’ for Slow Police Response, Crime Victims Say,” by Derek Brouwer. At least two callers to the city’s dispatch center were told the department had been “defunded” and officers wouldn’t be responding anytime soon. 5. “With Housing Tight, New Vermont Teachers Crash at an Inn,” by Anne Wallace Allen. David and Jennifer Conover, plus their three kids and dog, crammed into a studio apartment at a Marshfield inn as they tried to find long-term housing.

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patients. He said he planned to review all of its options, from filing an appeal to potentially making service cuts. The decisions “are a severe blow to our ability to serve our patients, improve access, and increase health equity,” Brumsted wrote. “It leaves our hospitals weaker in the face of challenges being experienced nationwide.” Monday’s vote comes as part of the Green Mountain Care Board’s annual summer budget cycle, during which the powerful regulatory board reviews spending plans for all 14 of Vermont’s nonprofit hospitals. The board expected higher-than-normal proposals this year given the pandemic’s widespread disruption of hospital finances, and most were, including UVM’s. Board member Thom Walsh said the burden of health care inflation shouldn’t fall solely on the shoulders of people using commercial insurance, who themselves are facing the same sorts of financial pressures. “We all deal with risk, right?” said Walsh, an adjunct instructor of health policy at Dartmouth College. “We risk being in an accident or getting sick, and so that it’s not as though UVM is burdened with more risk than anyplace else.” Read more of Colin Flanders’ report at


For months, the University of Vermont Medical Center warned that it would have to charge private insurance companies more to raise an extra $140 million for next fiscal year. The cash infusion would be used to cover rising inflation and labor costs, Vermont’s largest hospital told regulators. But on Monday, the Green Mountain Care Board, wary of increased costs for patients, trimmed the request by about 5 percent, leaving the hospital with a $35 million hole. The board made similar cuts to the budget of the UVM Health Network’s second-largest hospital, Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Regulators rationalized the cuts by pointing to some anticipated federal changes that could help the network, from higher-than-projected Medicare reimbursements to some additional money for teaching hospitals. And they said they might even be willing to allow the network to close the gap by using nearly $20 million that it has set aside for a project to build more psychiatric beds. But UVM Health Network execs still blasted the decision, saying they had created “the most responsible budgets possible.” In a statement, outgoing president and CEO John Brumsted accused the board of making “deep, arbitrary cuts” that undermine the health network’s ability to care for


COVID-19 vaccine booster doses that have been administered in Vermont since the feds approved the shot earlier this month.

The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the well-being of those who work and learn in schools. To help them, Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools recently started a new program that provides free mental health support to people in the school community. The district has signed a contract with national online therapy platform Talkspace to offer two live therapy sessions per month for students 13 and older, as well as for employees and their dependents. Those eligible can register for the service anytime during the school year. Students will be able to access virtual appointments with a licensed therapist in school or at home.

Public schools in Indiana, Pennsylvania, California and Washington, as well as the University of Kentucky, West Virginia University and Williams College have also partnered with Talkspace. But Montpelier Roxbury superintendent Libby Bonesteel said she doesn’t know of any other school district in Vermont that has signed on with the company. The dearth of mental health providers in central Vermont is a significant reason Bonesteel’s district decided to offer the option. “We hear a lot that there aren’t services available or there are long wait lists for mental health services in this area,” Bonesteel said. “That’s kind of common knowledge right now, which is not OK.” Montpelier Roxbury already spends approximately $3 million of its annual district

budget on personnel who provide mental health services, Bonesteel said. Talkspace will cost approximately $60,000 a year, using federal COVID-19 relief funds, at least for now. The service is “not cheap,” Bonesteel said, but it costs less than hiring one additional faculty member when considering salary and benefits. The school district will pilot the program this year and next. Administrators will monitor how many students and staff are signing up but, for privacy reasons, won’t keep track of who is using it. Because the service just launched, Bonesteel isn’t sure yet how many people will take advantage it. But, she noted, “it got a very positive response, particularly from our staff.” ALISON NOVAK SEVEN DAYS SEPTEMBER 14-21, 2022


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[Re “Dis-Connected,” September 7]: From the teaser on the front page (“911 Callers Told Police Were ‘Defunded’”) to the subhead on the article inside (“Burlington dispatchers blame ‘defunding’ when police don’t respond quickly, crime victims say”) you would think every caller was told about “defunding.” But when you see the numbers, it appears that while it does happen, it isn’t necessarily happening with a majority of calls. So why make this such a negative article about the dispatchers? The apparent bias against the Burlington Police Department is evident from statements that are extremely critical and judgmental while disregarding the damage the 30 percent cuts did to the department, the city and the citizens of Burlington. It was more building a case than reporting on a severe problem currently impacting the police’s ability to respond to citizen issues. Did Derek Brouwer attempt to contact any dispatchers to hear their side of the issue? To hear about the short staffing or the nature of the calls they have to deal with on a daily basis? (They have to answer all calls, regardless of the issue and the personality of the caller.) This might have given a more balanced tone to the article. Simply because funding has been restored, the current delays we are experiencing because of short staffing don’t just go away. And it isn’t realistic to think that these issues simply have gone away with no lasting impact on how all this is viewed. It will take many months of hiring, training and on-the-job orientation for all the positions approved to function as planned. Let’s give this a chance.

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[Re “Power Plant: Vermont’s Electric Ratepayers Are Providing Generous Subsidies to Indoor Cannabis Growers,” August 31]: I need someone to tell me why, as a law-abiding citizen and an electric ratepayer, I have to subsidize a business that, under federal law, is not legal. Paul Couture




[Re Feedback: “Shopping in Rutland From Now On”; The Seven Days Guide to Art Hop 2022, September 7]: I spent a real nice day in Burlington on Saturday. It was the annual South End Art Hop along Pine Street, which is basically open studios and lots of small vendors. It was overwhelming but completely fascinating. Such variety and imagination! The larger studio venues were highly interesting warrens of little cubicles and lofts. Friendly artists were happy to talk about what they were doing. The farmers market was going full speed, too. It’s huge and much better than when it was near Burlington City Hall. There was also a boat show down by the lake with many beautiful vintage speedboats, beautiful handmade wooden canoes and rowing boats [“Beauties at Berth,” September 7]. I took the bus in from Shelburne, as I usually do. It’s free, pretty quick and runs on time. No parking worries. Thousands of people were out and about — at the Art Hop, the market, the waterfront, City Hall Park, Church Street. People were having fun. This all comes at a time when there has been some mayhem in the city and, this week, even an anxious editorial in Seven Days [From the Publisher: “Summer of Strife,” September 7]. I felt perfectly safe and at ease. Burlington is a wonderful little city, and I hope people don’t start thinking of it as a dangerous place. Use common sense. Don’t go alone into City Hall Park at 1 a.m. Don’t try to

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In the August 24 issue of Seven Days, on page 44, there is a short article headlined “Burlington Bagel Bakery Takes Over Bagel Market in Essex Junction.” This business is in Essex Town, not in Essex Junction. With the Junction’s decision to leave the Town, many of your readers will appreciate it if you get loca locations correct when you report on Essex or Essex Junction. I understand that the shared zip code and the prior situation — where most Essex locations used the U.S. Postal Service-recommended Essex Junction in their mailing addresses — make getting this correct difficult, but with a little effort it can be easily sorted out. By the way, with the help of Bernie Sanders’ office, the USPS no longer recommends Essex Junction over Essex for correct mail delivery within Essex Town. Also, full disclosure here, I work for Seven Days and am chair of the Essex Town Selectboard. Andy Watts


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contents SEPTEMBER 14-21, 2022 VOL.27 NO.49



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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 113 Fun Stuff 116 Personals

FOOD+ DRINK 52 Out of This World

Kalche Wine Cooperative brings a new model to Vermont’s natural wine scene

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An homage to Lewis Creek Farm’s pickled green beans


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The performing arts (mostly) return to form for the 2022-23 season




FEATURES 26 Passing the Puppets

Sandglass Theater marks a major transition with Flushing

Winging It


From the Publisher

Essay: A Burlington nightclub owner riffs on how her business survived the pandemic

Crypto Clampdown

Aria Ready?


Barn Opera’s new season promises to delight and challenge audiences

Regulating the virtual currency

Teacher’s Pet

A horse whisperer offers his talents to Orleans County’s Amish community

Art House

Underdog’s Appeal

UVM’s new School of the Arts gathers many creative disciplines under one roof

Activist Democrat Brenda Siegel’s campaign for governor



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Vermont Flower Farm owners Gail and George SUPPORTED BY: Africa have been working with plants and flowers for almost four decades. They grow lush fields of daylilies and display gardens next to the Winooski River in Marshfield. Eva Sollberger stopped by recently for a tour and talked with the couple about their retirement plans.

Both Eyes Open: The Annie Oakley Story, Lost Nation Theater

Waiting It Out

The Ties That Bind, Dirt Road Theater

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Chord Progression Sarasa Ensemble reclaims 17th-century chamber music for the ladies with Female Torchbearers of the Baroque at the Brattleboro Music Center. The program highlights works by forgotten composers of the period, including Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonarda, Francesca Caccini, Antonia Bembo and Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, and features vintage instruments like the theorbo, a member of the lute family. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 81

IT’S ALL DOWNHILL Fans of high-octane cycling flood Killington Resort for the Fox US Open of Mountain Biking, a free, four-day bonanza of fearless bike riding. Spectators take in downhill and endurance races of all varieties, watch daredevils defy gravity in the whip competition, and visit the vendor village in between. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 80


Hanging Out Heart Song Aerial Healing Arts, a purveyor of therapeutic aerial silk movement sessions, throws a Sparkle Soirée at Burlington’s Railyard Apothecary. Live music and fizzy herbal libations underscore an unbeatable opportunity to try soaring in the silks and unleashing one’s inner muse on the lyre. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 80


Keep the Fall Rolling One of southern Vermont’s most beloved traditions, the Chester Festival on the Green returns to usher in foliage season with a flourish. The Chester Green fills up with such autumnal delights as sheepdog herding demonstrations, educational beekeeping exhibits, apple cider pressing, pumpkin bowling, live music, and a field full of food and craft vendors. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 82


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Crypto Clampdown Vermont is playing an outsize role in regulating the virtual currency B Y CO L I N FL A ND ER S •


elsius Network, an online cryptocurrency lender, attracted more than a million users with promises of sky-high returns — until a market crash over the summer plunged the startup into bankruptcy and put members’ money at risk. The company said it was the victim of extreme market conditions. But a bombshell court filing last week detailed evidence that Celsius had been misleading investors for years in a Ponzi-like scheme. The source of those explosive allegations: the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation. Verm ont is by no means a crypto epicenter, but over the last few years, regulators in the obscure state agency have quietly been probing similar companies for securities compliance issues that federal regulators have been slow to take up. DFR’s first investigation led to a trailblazing $100 million national settlement 14


earlier this year with a crypto lending company called BlockFi. Now, the agency is at the forefront of a multistate probe into Celsius, whose alleged mismanagement has ensnared the savings of more than 250 Vermonters. With little federal regulation of cryptocurrency and its associated businesses, Vermont is seizing the moment to play an outsize role in trying to rein in this trendy, high-risk industry. DFR officials declined an interview about Celsius, saying the department does not comment on ongoing investigations. But former DFR commissioner Mike Pieciak said the agency’s staff members have built up an expertise in the latest finance technology. “They’re capable of leading on something like this,” said Pieciak, who stepped down in May to run for state treasurer. In recent years, cryptocurrency has gained a foothold in the Green Mountain

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The Burlington City Council on Monday approved spending nearly half a million dollars to purchase 100 new security cameras. But, according to the city’s chief innovation officer, Scot Barker, most of those cameras won’t be used right away. About a dozen cameras will replace broken ones, and another 15 to 20 will be installed in key areas around the city including Leddy Park, Fletcher Free Library, and at the intersection of Church and Main streets. The remainder will be kept in reserve “to ensure the City is prepared for break/fix situations,” Barker said in a memo. The $425,000 will also pay for an upgrade of the outdated software program that runs the city’s existing 200 cameras, which can be found inside city hall and in outdoor public places such as City Hall Park. The motion passed 10-4 with Councilors Perri Freeman (P-Central District), Zoraya Hightower (P-Ward 1), Ali House (P-Ward 8) and Joe Magee (P-Ward 3) voting no. Before the vote, the councilors and Mayor Miro Weinberger discussed how security cameras fit into the city’s overall plan for public safety, an issue that’s been top of mind as a wave of gunrelated violence has swept Burlington. Weinberger reminded councilors that, just last week, police used camera footage to track the movements of two people accused of murdering a man in City Hall Park. “It’s very clear that the security cameras played a critical role in being able to reconstruct events that led up to that homicide,” the mayor said. Councilor Joan Shannon (D-South District) spoke in favor of the cameras and disagreed with the notion that surveillance cameras present privacy concerns, since most people already carry cellphones with cameras. “I think Big Brother is out there, and Big Brother is all of us,” she said. Police dispatchers retain footage for 90 days, Barker said, and only review it during police investigations. Councilor Hightower asked for more clarity on how the city uses the footage and encouraged the administration to share that information publicly. “Right now, if a constituent came to me and asked, ‘Oh, my property was stolen. Can we use those cameras to retrieve it?’ I don’t even know the answer to that,” she said.

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Crypto Clampdown « P.14 complex companies, according to Pieciak. It’s among a minority of states to house banking and securities departments under a single regulatory body — in Vermont’s case, DFR — an arrangement that can be helpful when vetting new financial products that don’t fit neatly into any one bucket. When cryptocurrency lender BlockFi came looking for a banking license in 2019, a DFR attorney reviewing the application realized the company appeared to be offering securities — tradable financial assets such as stocks — without registering to do so, in violation of Vermont law. The DFR attorney kicked the application down the hall to the securities division, which then brought the matter to the attention of nearly three dozen other states and, eventually, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Cryptocurrency is built around the libertarian vision of a world in which commerce can exist outside the influence of government intervention; many who are attracted to it bristle at these bureaucratic hoops. But requiring crypto lenders to register is far more than a ministerial distinction. In Vermont, licensed securities brokers must disclose information about their financial health and show that they have adequate consumer protections for when “things go sideways,” Pieciak said. “That was the thing that we were most concerned about BlockFi,” Pieciak said. “If the value of crypto did crash, it seemed like the business model was going to be in jeopardy — and they didn’t have the same kind of protections a bank would have,” such as federally backed deposits. In February, BlockFi agreed to seek the proper registration and pay a $100 million national settlement. DFR said at the time that it was also looking into actions against other crypto banks. The New Jersey-based Celsius had emerged as one of the leading — and most controversial — lenders by then. Experts questioned how Celsius could possibly be meeting promised yields of up to 18 percent without making risky investments. Several states pursued cease-and-desist actions against Celsius, accusing the company of selling unregulated securities similar to BlockFi. The company’s founder and CEO, Alex Mashinsky, who lives in New York City, rejected the criticisms and continued to aggressively market Celsius as a safe and

far more profitable alternative to traditional banks. Yet Celsius was unprepared to weather a major crypto value fluctuation. When the currency crashed this summer, Celsius went down with it. On June 12, the company announced that it was freezing withdrawals “due to extreme market conditions.” That meant investors could not pull their money out,


REGULATE THESE COMPLEX COMPANIES. even as the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies continued to fall. A month later, Vermont regulators issued a public warning cautioning people against investing in Celsius, asserting that the company was “deeply insolvent” and on the brink of collapse. A day later, Celsius filed for bankruptcy. A multistate investigative team is now looking into what went wrong with Celsius — and whether any laws were broken. Separately, the U.S. government has asked a federal judge to appoint an independent examiner who would have even broader powers than the states to investigate the company’s finances. Vermont’s recent court filing came in support of that request. At a minimum, the regulators wrote, Celsius violated laws by not registering to sell securities. But the company’s problems appear to have run much deeper. Mashinsky, the CEO, repeatedly made false and misleading statements about the company’s financial health and its

compliance with securities laws, the filing says, when, in reality, his own CFO admitted to regulators that the company was underwater as early as 2020. These false claims continued even as the cryptocurrency market began experiencing extreme volatility early this year, the regulators charged. On May 11, for instance, Mashinsky tweeted that Celsius had not experienced any significant losses and “all funds are safe.” Internal company records, however, showed Celsius lost about $454 million over a 10-day period that month. And on June 7, five days before Celsius froze its accounts, the company published a blog titled “Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead,” in which it claimed that it had enough in reserves to meet its obligations. Records show the company actually had a “deeply negative net worth” by that point, according to the court filing. This willful deception, regulators wrote, likely led people to invest in Celsius or keep their money with it, despite obvious signs of market volatility. Regulators floated two theories for how Celsius managed to stay in business for so long, despite hemorrhaging money. They cited “credible claims” that Celsius was improperly manipulating the price of its own crypto token, CEL, to artificially drive up the price so that it could use the proceeds to cover its debts. And they pointed to an admission from Celsius’ own CFO that the company never actually made enough money to cover the interest it advertised. “This shows a high level of financial mismanagement and also suggests that, at least at some points in time, yields to existing investors were probably being paid with the assets of new investors,” the filing says. That, according to Robert Fitzpatrick, an expert on financial fraud, is the definition of a Ponzi scheme. “To take one investor’s money, give it to the other and call it a profit? That’s completely illegal,” said Fitzpatrick, who founded the North Carolina-based consumer protection organization Pyramid Scheme Alert. The case comes amid a pitched battle over how the federal government should regulate crypto-related businesses. The industry has enlisted an army of lobbyists, while crypto billionaires are throwing money at political campaigns. Sam Bankman-Fried, founder and CEO of the cryptocurrency exchange

ANNIVERSARY SALE EVENT! ANNIVERSARY SALE EVENT! FTX, has single-handedly spent tens of millions in primary campaigns around the country, much of it through a super PAC dedicated to pandemic prevention and preparedness. He personally gave $2,900 in individual donations to the primary congressional campaigns of U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), who is running for U.S. Senate, and state Sen. Becca Balint (D-Windham), who is running for U.S. House. One of Bankman-Fried’s lieutenants, FTX head of engineering Nishad Singh, went even further. In July, he funneled $1.1 million to the LGBTQ Victory Fund Federal PAC, which then used nearly $1 million on so-called “independent expenditures” to buy ads in support of Balint’s campaign. Balint, who went on to easily win the Democratic primary, has said she knows little about cryptocurrency and is not acquainted with Singh or Bankman-Fried. Singh, though, knows her. He recently told Forbes that he was “really excited about Balint because she’s a strong proponent of pandemic prevention.” He did not respond to Seven Days’ requests for comment. “Victory PAC wanted to run an independent expenditure to support Balint,” he told the outlet. “I wanted to empower them to do that. My contribution here was personal and independent from my role at FTX.” As states continue to probe Celsius, the fight over the company’s assets is playing out in federal bankruptcy court. Celsius lawyers have argued that most customers agreed to transfer ownership of their assets to the company when they signed up. If a judge buys that, then most depositors could be entitled to nothing. If a judge rejects the argument, then the company could immediately be forced to return what money remains. Celsius, meanwhile, is looking for alternative ways to pay back customers who are collectively owed $4.7 billion. On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Mashinsky recently pitched his staff on a plan to reopen the firm. He codenamed the project Kelvin, after the unit of temperature. Court filings offer a window into what’s at stake. Hundreds of depositors have written letters to the judge describing their feelings of shame, anger and betrayal. One California man said the stress of potentially losing his family’s life savings drove him to excessive drinking, and his wife kicked him out of the house. “How do I begin the healing process with my wife and my daughters over this?” he wrote. m



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Burlington’s police and fire dispatch center, already stretched thin and facing questions about professionalism, may be headed toward a breaking point. Three dispatchers recently submitted their resignations, which could leave the office with just four employees by the month’s end. It’s budgeted for 12 positions. The Emergency Communications Center “can’t function normally” with only four employees, acting Police Chief Jon Murad said last Thursday when asked about the resignations at an unrelated press briefing. “There would have to be drastic changes,” Murad said. “We are looking into that right now.” Last week, Seven Days published a story that scrutinized how city dispatchers have been responding to people who report crimes, including instances in which callers said they were met with dispatcher complaints of “defunding.” The department said it’s conducting an internal review of an August incident in which a woman reported a car driving at high speed down the Burlington bike path and received such a response. The Emergency Communications Center fields calls for service from the public. The center also sends police officers and firefighters to respond to 911 calls that are transferred from a state-run call center. A looming plan to join a proposed regional dispatch system with nearby cities and towns has left Burlington dispatchers feeling insecure in their jobs, leading to an exodus from the center, according to AFSCME Local 1343 president Ron Jacobs. The department hasn’t been fully staffed since 2018, he said. Earlier this year, the Burlington City Council approved hazard pay for dispatchers until the staffing shortage subsided, but the numbers have not improved. The center is designed to have three dispatchers per shift but has been using two-person shifts of late, according to Murad. The center’s supervisory position is also vacant, as is an administrative lieutenant position above that. City officials are trying to convince the dispatchers to stay, Murad said. “We are seeing if there are ways potentially to reverse that,” he said, “and if not, then we will be looking to bring in other resources in order to address the gap.” m




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t first glance, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Brenda Siegel’s résumé appears light for someone hoping to unseat one of the country’s most popular governors. She’s never held public office. She finished third in the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary and third again in the 2020 primary for lieutenant governor. A single mom who acknowledges her financial struggles, Siegel got little attention during the summer primary season, when she was running unopposed and all eyes were focused on the spirited contest for Vermont’s sole U.S. House seat. But now, as her campaign against incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott gathers steam, Democrats are rallying to her side, pledging support and applauding her sharp critiques of the governor’s record and leadership. As a passionate advocate for people with substance-use disorder and for unhoused Vermonters, she offers voters a clear contrast with a governor who has been reluctant to endorse progressive opioid policies and is dialing back some housing programs. She’s eager to point out those differences and to criticize what she sees as Scott’s failures. “We are not in a wait-and-see moment, and we have a wait-and-see governor,” Siegel said at the Democrats’ show of unity rally last month in Montpelier. After a slow fundraising start, she has tapped into the Democrat Party’s roster of supporters. Siegel had raised a respectable $103,000 by the end of August, although Scott has three times as much money in the bank. Now she’s preparing to go toe to toe with the governor in a series of debates starting on Friday, September 16, at the Tunbridge World’s Fair. She and party leaders hope such events will establish her as a serious contender for the state’s top office. Jim Dandeneau, executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party, said Siegel’s years of advocacy and her willingness to take Scott to task make her a powerful foil for a governor he considers more vulnerable than people recognize. “I am excited because Brenda is strong in all the areas where Phil Scott’s administration has been weak,” Dandeneau said. Siegel’s campaign is focused on three core issues, all of which she calls crises that have deepened on Scott’s watch



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— drug addiction and deaths, housing insecurity, and climate change. She faces an uphill climb against a Republican governor who has won the last three elections by widening margins, Dandeneau acknowledged. But her passionate advocacy for the less fortunate resonates with voters because it is rooted in her own struggles with poverty and personal tragedy, he said. “She gets this stuff,” Dandeneau said. “She’s had to live with this stuff at an instinctive level that Phil Scott has not had to deal with because he’s been a professional politician for 20 years.” No one is as surprised as Siegel herself that she’s the party’s standard-bearer in the race. After two failed campaigns and with her son, Ajna, off to college at the University of Vermont, Siegel, 45, said she had not been planning to run again and was looking forward to nonpolitical pursuits. These included reviving the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, which she ran for several years before it was shut down by the pandemic, or perhaps going back to school, she said.

She was also reluctant to run after the draining experience of sleeping for 28 days on the Statehouse steps last fall to pressure the Scott administration to extend a program that housed homeless people in hotels and motels during the pandemic. “I was unaware of how quickly my body and mind would deteriorate under those conditions,” Siegel told a group of people housed in a Rutland hotel earlier this month. The hotel program, which had been scheduled to end in October 2021, was extended and remains in place, though the administration has said money will run out at the end of March 2023. Siegel said her efforts clearly forced the administration to change course, and she and her allies “won” the showdown. (Scott’s campaign spokesperson, Tori Biondolillo, dismissed Siegel’s “stunt” as having “zero impact” on the administration’s decision.) In the end, Siegel said, she decided to run because she feared that Scott would again try to end the program and because other Democrats had not stepped forward. “I really became acutely aware that nothing was going to change if we didn’t change who was in charge,” she said.

Despite growing up in an upper middleclass family in Brattleboro, Siegel said she has lived near the poverty line for most of her adult life. She attended Brattleboro Union High School, then studied dance, choreography and alternative healing at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. She graduated in 2000 and became a single mom two years later, a choice that limited her future education and job options, she said. When her son was young, she considered going to law school but could not find childcare that would allow her to do so. Instead, she started a business, teaching afterschool programs in dance, civic engagement, leadership and social justice. “The truth is, I could not get out of poverty while I was raising my son,” she said. A series of misfortunes compounded her cash crunch, including an acute illness and a series of bad landlords, she said. Then came Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. She and her son were living in Williamsville, a community in the town of Newfane, when the storm caused the Rock River to spill over its banks. It flooded their apartment and ruined their furniture, forcing them to live with a family member for two years, she said. That made her realize that policies must account for the disproportionate impact of the climate crisis on the underprivileged. It was also one of at least three times in her life when, if not for help from family, she would have become homeless, she said. That deepened her empathy for people who face poverty without the advantages of a supportive family and a college education, she said. A former intern for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), she began to speak out about economic injustice. Her own struggles with money are ongoing and acute, she said. She is currently doing limited consulting work with social justice organizations, including Rights & Democracy. “I don’t have a trust fund. I don’t have family resources,” she said. “I’ve been at the Statehouse and not had money to get lunch and gone hungry.” Public filings during recent elections reflect those circumstances: Last year, she reported an income of $17,187, most of it from unemployment benefits, she said. The federal poverty level in Vermont for a family of two is $18,310 in 2022. Siegel said she has received various

including for housing assistance and help with utility bills. One critic, a former Scott administration aide named Hayden Dublois, has lambasted her on Twitter as a hypocrite and a “Dem Trustfunder.” “How can a self-proclaimed poverty advocate — who is receiving … taxpayer funded welfare benefits — donate thousands to their own political ventures?” he wrote last week. Siegel said Dublois relied on partial data, including an error in her filings that listed her address as her father’s home in Brattleboro. Siegel said she actually rents a modest home in Newfane and has fixed the mistake in an amended filing.

questions about financial subsidies and tax loopholes, she said, and she declined to say whether she is currently receiving government aid. Scrutiny of their government benefits is one reason so few disadvantaged people engage in politics, she said. Siegel did acknowledge, however, that she contributed and loaned a total of $9,500 to her 2020 campaign but said she did not make those payments using public assistance. She said she borrowed that money, from sources she declined to identify, because she had an obligation to continue paying her campaign staff when political contributions dried up during the pandemic.



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agreed to come to Brownington to help train some of Fischer’s donkeys. The Amish quickly got word of Itzstein’s talents. The next day, more than 15 horses were lined up along the road, waiting to be trained by Itzstein. The Australian had only planned to stay for a weekend, but he decided to extend his trip by almost two weeks. Unlike the high-end polo horses Itzstein trains in South Carolina, though, the animals in Brownington are used for more prosaic purposes, such as pulling buggies or plows. Since returning to Vermont on August 30, Itzstein has been totally booked. He planned on staying for two weeks, offering sessions of a few hours each. He also brought along horse-care tools he planned to give the Amish: hoof picks, bits and lead lines. Normally, Itzstein’s trainings cost upwards of $700 a month. But, for a second year, he’s offering his horse-whispering talents to the Brownington Amish free of charge. While he considers the free trainings a gift, they’re also a favor to Fischer, who said the Amish community often pitches in at Arnold’s Rescue. Fischer sat in rapt observation of Chessy’s training session. Sebago, her 2,100-pound Clydesdale-bred mule, was on deck for a much-needed appointment to get the animal used to human handling. Itzstein’s knowledge of horses is deep and broad. “The tough, hard ones, they’re



the best horses because you’ve got to work them,” he told Neil. “You can’t just give them sugar. Like David’s little black horse. He’s a tough one.” David, another Amish man from Brownington, had brought his stubborn equine to Itzstein the prior week. After only two hours of work, David was riding the little black horse home. Neil agreed with Itzstein’s assessment. “I have noticed that the tougher the horse is to train, the tougher he is,” Neil said. “I’ve studied up on it. I read Monty Roberts’ book.” Itzstein, a disciple of Roberts’ teaching, grunted in approval as he petted Chessy. Roberts wrote the bestseller The Man Who Listens to Horses, a horse-whispering classic touting the importance of trust and the use of nonverbal language (which he terms “equus”) to communicate with horses.

That, Itzstein explained, is what he was trying to build with Chessy through the exercises. By desensitizing the pony to various stimuli, Itzstein establishes himself as worthy of her trust. “I’m getting her to be the foal, and I’m the mother,” Itzstein explained. “I want her to latch on to me.” With that, Itzstein placed a saddle on Chessy. He beckoned the mare to follow. Chessy looked on uneasily. She began to turn in the opposite direction. Itzstein wanted the pony to track his movement, following him without the need for a verbal cue or tug of a rope — like a foal with its mother. “Not quite yet,” Neil observed. Itzstein persisted. He stood next to the pony and pressed down on the saddle, then began hopping up and down until Chessy appeared bored of the ruckus. Itzstein turned his shoulder and began walking to the right. This time, the mare followed confidently. Itzstein smiled broadly. After three hours, Chessy had latched on. To Neil, Fischer said: “You see? Your kids may soon have a ride to school.” m Rachel Hellman covers Vermont’s small towns for Seven Days. She is a corps member of Report for America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms. Find out more at

STOREWIDE SAVINGS! Underdog’s Appeal « P.19 during the pandemic, she said. Siegel has criticized Scott for opposing safeinjection sites, additional funding for treatment programs, expanded criminal record expungements and the study of decriminalizing some drugs. “He’s even against learning about what updated science and drug policy is,” she said. “Forget about doing it.” She has taken similar swipes at Scott over his efforts to wind down pandemicera programs that helped people stay in their homes and provided hotel housing for homeless people. “He talks about civility, but I don’t think it’s civil to leave people in the street to freeze to death,” she said. Such bleak and blunt assessments of the governor stand out in a state where many of his political opponents

and earned just 27 percent of the vote, knows what Siegel is up against. Still, he thinks she has the opportunity to do better than he did and said it’s necessary for her to be “a bit aggressive.” The organic vegetable farmer ran during the pandemic, which made it hard for him to ply his stock-in-trade politics, such as handing out carrots at parades. The public, meantime, was glued to Scott’s frequent and lengthy COVID-19 press conferences. But Siegel can get out and meet voters, Zuckerman noted. She can boost her name recognition, discuss important issues and underscore what progressive Vermonters might consider the governor’s shortcomings. Bolstered by new staff members absorbed from other Democratic primary campaigns, Siegel’s been campaigning hard in recent weeks. She rode the Thun-






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offer softer criticism. Siegel said she is simply holding Scott accountable for the effects of his policies on regular people. “There is no magical formula. It’s just that I’m willing to say the truth,” she said. The truth-to-power narrative rings hollow for Paul Dame, the head of the Vermont Republican Party. Dame called Siegel the “farthest left fringe candidate for governor that Democrats have put up in a long time.” He said she is the nominee because Scott’s popularity meant Democrats were “unable to recruit a better candidate from their deep legislative bench.” “By electing Brenda Siegel, Democrats have continued down a path of promoting activists within their ranks rather than more reasonable and balanced candidates who are trying to appeal to independents,” Dame said. David Zuckerman, the former lieutenant governor who lost to Scott in 2020

der Bolt at the Champlain Valley Fair and kissed a sheep at the Bondville Fair. She marched in parades in the Northeast Kingdom and toured the Good Samaritan Haven homeless shelter in Barre. She visited downtown Rutland businesses with Rep. Will Notte (D-Rutland), who said she seemed receptive to supporting the city’s economic revitalization. “She’s genuine. I don’t feel like I’m getting lip service from her,” Notte said. While Siegel’s campaign may seem like a long shot, Scott shouldn’t get a pass on crucial issues, Sen. Andrew Perchlik (D/P-Washington) said. Few politicians in the state have demonstrated the leadership Siegel has on addiction and homelessness — or shown as much willingness to challenge the governor as she does, he said. “I think her candidacy is going to be really good for the state, whether she ends up getting elected or not,” he said. m



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John Sebastian Rinelli passed away unexpectedly on August 31, 2022, at the age of 53. He was born in Wisconsin and moved with his family to several places in the country, eventually landing in Connecticut. It was there that he graduated from Danbury High School. After working as a freelance carpenter for several years and traveling the country, he chose nursing for his career. He graduated from the University of Vermont, and he enjoyed Burlington so much that he decided to live here. John was a highly skilled and respected rehab nurse at Fanny Allen for 21 years. In 2001, he met his ex-wife, Petra, who was visiting from Germany, and they got married two years later. During their 10 years together, they raised two boys, Max and Nicolas. After their separation, they continued their care for their children with shared custody, and John stayed very involved in his sons’ lives. John was an intelligent, adventurous, compassionate, creative and resourceful human being, and he liked to refer to himself as a “free-spirited soul.” He was passionate about nature and the outdoors, and he loved traveling. Snowboarding was one of his biggest favorites that he started before it became popular. John was an avid hiker and liked camping, mountain biking, kayaking, skateboarding, skiing and taking walks with his dog, Honey. Before John settled down, he crossed the country on a motorcycle for many months and had great experiences with people in many places. He was known for annual motorcycle pilgrimages to the New Orleans Jazz Festival, countless backcountry and snowboard adventures across the country, and regular excursions, like


had a strong love of acoustic music and art. Her cat, Bear, was her closest companion. Jayme put a smile on the face of everyone she crossed paths with. She had a largerthan-life personality and was

never afraid to speak her mind. Her sense of humor and sarcasm will be remembered forever! Jayme is survived by her father, Keith Smiel; her partner, Terri Dumont; her children, Erica and Timothy; her sister Roxy Smiel and her partner; her sister Brandy (Larrow) Turgeon and her husband, Gene; and her niece and nephew, whom she adored. She is also survived by Kimberly Coleman and extended family and her brother Tony’s daughters. Jayme is survived by grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. Jayme leaves behind many close friends who will miss her dearly.

At a young age, Jayme was predeceased by her mother, Mary Ellen Larrow, whom she missed with all her heart. In later years, she lost her brother, Tony Smiel “Tone Bear.” They shared a wonderful bond that she never forgot throughout the years. Jayme is resting with her mother, Mary Ellen Larrow, and her brother, Tony Smiel, at East Cemetery in Williston, Vt. Donations can be made to the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) Foundation to fund research toward a cure. Donations can be sent to 200 S. Park Rd., Suite 10, Hollywood, FL 33021. “May your playful soul shine on.”

successful business career, engineering family moves around the Midwest every few years. Jean and Burke made lifelong friends wherever they went. Following Cornell, while Burke served in the Coast

Guard during World War II, Jean was a teacher in Seneca Falls, N.Y. After raising three children, she earned a master’s degree in educational counseling and worked as a school counselor; she was keenly interested in the success of young adults. Jean was active in her communities and volunteered at the Bedford Hills, N.Y., women’s prison; helped stage an art show in Mt. Vernon, Ohio; marched with Father Groppi in Milwaukee; and leafleted for Sen. Bernie Sanders with her daughter Amy. Later in life, she remained an active volunteer at Wake Robin. Many of Jean’s fondest memories came from

traveling with family members. She loved her trips to Portugal, Greece, China, Nepal and India, as well as family junkets to “Wright’s Rock” in New York’s Bear Mountain State Park and many trips to visit family friends. As she aged, Jean fought hard to maintain her dignity and remain physically independent. Nothing made her happier than looking at a beautiful view, enjoying the red trees in Vermont’s fall and appreciating beautiful flowers. Sharon and Amy express their heartfelt appreciation for the staff at Wake Robin, who took extraordinary care of their mother.

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early morning fresh-powder runs at Jay before going to work. John had an encyclopedic knowledge of waterfalls and hiking trails in the Northeast. John’s love and knowledge of bands and live music venues was equally extensive. He attended countless concerts and music festivals over his lifetime. Perhaps you noticed him doing his “Rinelli shuffle” late nights after he got off work at Nectar’s or Metronome. John enjoyed gardening and was an excellent cook, always shopping for special ingredients and experimenting with new recipes. Making intricate wire-wrapped jewelry was one of his skills and interests in his earlier years. John is passing down his passions for the outdoors, camping, snowboarding, skiing and skateboarding to his teenage sons, Max and Nicolas, whom he loved bringing on all sorts of adventures. Through them, John’s adventurous spirit and zest for outdoor experiences and excitement will continue to live on. John knew how to live life fully. He was an inspiration to many. John leaves behind his sons, Max and Nicolas; his former wife, Petra; his brothers, David and Jay, and Jay’s partner, Christine; his nephews, Nathaniel and Liam; and his mother, Susan. John was predeceased by his father, Sebastian Brian Rinelli. John also leaves behind many relatives and great friends. A celebration of his life will be held in the near future.


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and his integrity, notably by those who didn’t agree with his positions. He was also a valued sounding board and mentor for many in the community of clean water advocates. In the mid-1990s, Bill was a founding member of the Friends of Green River Reservoir and for almost 50 years paddled those waters and camped on those islands with fervent reverence for the beauty of its wildernesslike qualities. During the last few years of his life, friends would take him out for a paddle and a picnic. Bill graduated from the University of Vermont, where he met Susan, his future wife. He

served two terms in Vietnam and then returned to Vermont, graduate school at UVM and marriage to Susan. He had a master’s in geography and loved maps. Surprisingly to Susan and his paddling and skiing friends, with the exception of up and down, he had no sense of direction. Bill loved to garden, and, over the many years at their home, the property has become a delightful, quiet place with many bird- and insect-friendly plants and trees. As is fitting, there will be a celebration of Bill’s life at Bartlett Pair Farm, 186 Pair Farm Ln., Hyde Park, VT on Saturday, October 8, from noon to 2 p.m. This is a rain-or-shine, outdoor but under cover event. If you have mobility issues, we will be in a garage and on hardpacked surfaces, so very accessible. Please dress according to the weather. In Bill’s memory, please consider donating to any of the following organizations: Conservation Law Foundation, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermonters for a Clean Environment and the Friends of Green River Reservoir.

He is survived by his father, Leon Emmons II, and his wife, Linda, of Shelburne; two brothers, Jeffrey and his partner, Cheryl Trombley, of Morrisville, and Kevin and his wife, Brenda Lee Emmons, of Connecticut; nephew Jeremy Emmons and his wife, Emily, and their

children, Gunnar and Freya, of Connecticut; cousin, Suzanne Sanborn, and her father, David, of Morrisville; special friend, Alexis Beattie, and her daughter, Shawna, of Morrisville; and best friend, Stephen Gustafsen, of North Carolina. He was predeceased by his beloved grandmother, Blanche Emmons; mother, Kay Stensrud, and her husband, Gordon; and his aunt, Sonnie (Emmons) Sanborn. A graveside service will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Morrisville on Wednesday, September 21, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the United Community Church of Morrisville, in the dining room. Please send condolences to the family at steve@gregory Donations in Mark’s name can be made to COTS or the Burlington Food Shelf.

JUNE 30, 1945AUGUST 20, 2022 HYDE PARK, VT.

Bill Bartlett, 77 years old, died peacefully at home on August 20, 2022. While he knew that his neurological disease would eventually win, he fought it full-on for many years with his determined commitment and vigor. He died with the grace, integrity and peace with which he lived his life. Bill’s commitment to keeping Vermont waters clean was much of his life’s work. He was the head of the Water Resources Board for many years, during which it helped establish and implement many of the clean water regulations that safeguard swimming, fishing, boating and biological integrity in Vermont’s rivers and lakes. Upon retirement, Bill continued his clean water campaigning as “Citizen Bartlett,” the man who generously gave of his volunteer time to testify before many legislative committees to educate, inform and suggest to members ways to keep our precious resource of water clean and pure. He was respected for his knowledge

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SEPTEMBER 21, 1960SEPTEMBER 7, 2022 MORRISVILLE, VT. Mark Lynwood Emmons, 61, of Morrisville, Vt., passed away from a medical event at his work site on September 7, 2022. He was born on September 21, 1960, in Burlington, Vt., the son of Leon and the late Kay (Benway) Emmons. He graduated from South Burlington High School in 1978. He was an avid skier and fisherman. He enjoyed the races at Saratoga, N.Y., and he loved kayaking, playing golf, and visiting with his family and friends. He worked as a carpenter, professional housepainter, cook and antique picker. He refinished over 1,000 antique trunks. He followed all Boston teams — the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins.

Marian L. (Dunn) Salls NOVEMBER 7, 1959-SEPTEMBER 2, 2022 STARKSBORO, VT.

Marian Laura (Dunn) Salls, age 62, passed away unexpectedly on September 2, 2022. She is survived by six siblings who will miss her greatly. As a young woman, Marian took great pride in her

martial arts training, which helped her embrace the strength of helping others. She then went on to become an EMT in the Waterbury area for several years. Graveside services were held at Prosper Cemetery, 318 Prosper Rd., Woodstock, VT 05091 on September 12, 2022. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local humane society.

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Ry-Anne Scotti Eaton, 48, of Burlington, Vt., passed suddenly at the University of Vermont Medical Center on July 23, 2022. She was predeceased by her parents, Robert Bussiere Sr. and Tessa Nichols (formerly Esther Eaton); a brother, Rodney Bussiere; and a nephew, Duane Bellimer-Morrison. She is survived by her soulmates and dear friends, Jason Theriault and Timothy Meunier, both of Burlington, Vt.; her stepmother, Barbara Nichols, of Blue Hill, Maine; a sister, Janice Thompson, and brother-in-law, Eugene Lund, both of Burlington, Vt.; a brother, Robert Bussiere Jr., of Texas City, Texas; a niece, Laurie Nichols, of Middletown, Conn.; and nephews, Lawrence Bergeron of Barre,Vt., Ron and Alicia Bellimer of Buffalo, N.Y., and Everette Verge of Burlington, Vt. She is also survived by nine great-nephews, two great-nieces, and many chosen family members through Twin States Network and the Pride Center. Ry-Anne was very active in the LGBTQ+ community in Burlington as a proud transgender woman. She also was very connected to her chosen family through Twin States Network. She touched lives in every walk of life. She loved her friends greatly and would call them often just to check on them and let them know she was thinking of them. A celebration of life is being planned on September 20, 6 to 8 p.m., at the First Congregational Church in Burlington. Coffee and tea will be provided. Please bring a dessert to share. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Twin States Network or the Pride Center at tsn@ or donate?campaign_id=7776.

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here’s no sugarcoating it: The past few years have sucked for the performing arts. That’s been true of basically everything since the pandemic hit, but especially devastated were the artists and venues whose very existence depends on gathering large numbers of people in enclosed spaces. We don’t need to rehash the whole tragic tale. You were there. It was dire. And certainly, more than a million COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. were greater tragedies than shuttered theaters and idle dancers, musicians and actors. But it does help us appreciate the light that now beckons from stages across Vermont to acknowledge how dark they once were. Two and half years from the real day the music (and theater, dance, comedy, etc.) died, the performing arts are returning in force. In many ways, the 2022-23 season will look a lot like the Before Times, with robust offerings of all kinds throughout the state. But in other ways, the season might look a little different. At the Flynn, think giant, futuristic bird puppets. Or at least that’s what we saw last week for the debut of Playing Fields, a mini series of outdoor performances at two Burlingtonarea high schools. Those events featured bhangra-jazz-punk fusion band Red Baraat and 25-foot-tall puppets brought to life by Dutch artist collective Close-Act Theatre.

Gladys Knight

Saturday, November 19, 7:30 p.m., Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, $49-99.

There aren’t many performers on the planet who can boast a résumé like Gladys Knight’s. The woman who sang timeless hits “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” has seemingly done it all. She’s won seven Grammys, recorded a James Bond theme and been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and she has popped up everywhere from “30 Rock” to “Dancing With the Stars.” Overachieve much? It’s not like she started turning heads with her incredible voice when she was just 4 years old. Oh, wait, she totally did that. After winning a singing contest on TV in 1952, Knight, along with family members, formed the Pips. The group became one of the biggest R&B vocal groups of all time, earning Knight the nickname “the Empress of Soul.” She’s hardly slowed down in recent years, even performing at the Super Bowl in 2019. Her voice and her songs, which helped originate the modern soul sound, have transcended shifting trends and changing genres for 70 years. Knight is that rarest of performers: a true living legend.

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Saturday, September 17, 7 p.m., Catamount Arts, ArtPort, St. Johnsbury, free. THE ROBERT CRAY BAND, Sunday, November 20, 7 p.m., Barre Opera House, $48-57. JUDY COLLINS, Sunday, April 30, 8 p.m., Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, $34-86.50.



Playing Fields is part of an ongoing effort by Vermont’s largest performing arts organization to present works outside its art deco theater. The Flynn aims to bring the arts to the people. “Our mission is the people of this region — to decentralize the building and centralize the people,” executive director Jay Wahl said. To that end, at this year’s South End Art Hop, the Flynn presented an immersive, collaborative experience in a parking lot. Created by South Korean-born artist Juhyung Lee, “C’est pas là, c’est par là (It’s Not That Way, It’s This Way)” involved a giant spiderweb. Later this month, the Flynn will tour another interactive production to city halls and school auditoriums around the state. “The Money” is both a theatrical game and a social experiment that’s been staged on five continents.

We think people are really ready to come back. D A N CASE Y

A group of strangers chosen from the audience is given one hour to determine how a pot of real money from the show’s ticket sales will be spent. If the strangers agree, they can spend it on whatever they choose, from underfunded public programs to something frivolous. If they don’t reach a consensus, the money rolls over to the next show. The idea is to inspire conversation about community values — in the financial sense as well as the philosophical one. “I think these are questions the arts everywhere are asking,” Wahl said. “How do we serve people? How do we bring people together and engage meaningful dialogue?” Back at the theater, the Flynn’s 202223 slate boasts some glitzy names — hello, Gladys Knight — peppered with the artier fare that local audiences have come to expect. Though the calendar is better populated than last year’s, it still isn’t quite up to pre-pandemic levels, and the Flynn Space remains dormant for now. This year, rather than follow the tradition of announcing its season all at once, the Flynn has been rolling out shows in batches — a reaction to evolving consumer behavior and a changed landscape for booking. Instead of planning years out, many artists are looking only months ahead. The same may be true of still-wary audiences.

Accordingly, many Vermont theaters have filled in their calendars through December rather than into the spring. “The timelines have just changed,” Wahl said. That’s evident at the University of Vermont Lane Series, which typically presented 22 shows per season before the pandemic. This year it will host 16: eight in the fall, eight in the spring. The latter half of the season will be announced in December. “It’s gonna take a while for people to come back,” Lane Series director Natalie Neuert said. “So we felt it was important to present a reasonable amount of events for people to consider. Do people really want to make plans for April in August?” At the Barre Opera House, by contrast, executive director Dan Casey is betting that people might do just that. His venue’s calendar is booked to pre-pandemic levels, including some big swings for a small theater, such as blues great Robert Cray in November. “We think people are really ready to come back … and we had some opportunities for bookings because other venues were being so cautious,” Casey explained. “So either things are gonna be a whole lot better, or maybe the opera house is going to be looking for a new executive director.” In Randolph, the Chandler Center for the Arts is adapting to changes not only in booking strategies but in demographics. Executive director Karen Dillon noted that, since the center reopened, it’s seen a dramatic shift in its volunteer base to younger families, some of whom moved to Vermont during the pandemic. “I really feel that, coming out of COVID, we’ve opened up to a whole new group of people who are starting to get involved in the arts community,” Dillon said. She looks at that influx of energy as an opportunity to diversify programming at the Chandler. Dillon described her approach to booking the fall season as conservative, but she suggested the organization may be more nimble and dynamic moving forward. “I think one thing we learned from the pandemic is that doing things differently wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be,” Dillon said. Whether cautious or bold, presenters around Vermont are uniformly excited for the new season. And it’s easy to see why. From the Flynn to the UVM Recital Hall to the Chandler and beyond, they’ve scheduled an array of world-class productions intended to delight and sometimes challenge audiences. The following pages offer a curated sampling of upcoming local shows, from soul music icons to beloved comedians to snazzy Broadway productions to provocative dance. Consider this a starting point to discover your performing arts calendar. Welcome back, folks. It’s showtime. DAN BOLLES


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The Ritual of Breath Is the Rite to Resist

Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17, 7:30 p.m., Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, N.H., $25-45.

Drawing breath together can be healing, but how often is it done outside the yoga studio? In response to the murder of Eric Garner in 2014, Dartmouth College studio art professor Enrico Riley joined Jonathan Berger, a composer and music professor at Stanford University, to create a work of art around the act of communal breathing. The resulting theatrical event, The Ritual of Breath Is the Rite to Resist, doesn’t just happen onstage. It engages audiences in a healing ritual that begins six days before the performance with daily online breathing-related meditations led by Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, among others. The chamber opera in seven movements is about a woman (sung by Canadian soprano Neema Bickersteth) who lost her father to police violence. The immersive multimedia production incorporates Riley’s paintings and drawings of Black life, dancers, a chamber orchestra, a community chorus, projections, and onstage cameras controlled by the performers. The timely depiction of politically seismic violence isn’t new to opera — witness John Adams’ 1991 The Death of Klinghoffer. But The Ritual of Breath, billed in Broadway World as “a groundbreaking prototype for the future of contemporary opera,” goes beyond that to engage the community in rituals that help everyone process the damage.


If you like that, try this… VSO AT THE FLYNN: RIOTS AND PRAYERS, Saturday, September 17, 7:30 p.m., Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, $8.35-54.23. DIVERSITY SPEAKER SERIES: DR. CORNEL WEST, Saturday, October 1, 6 p.m.,

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The Book of Mormon

Tuesday, February 28, through Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, $50-120.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of “South Park,” are known for the glee they take in offending virtually everyone. But no one can deny that this comedy duo knows how to craft toe-tapping musical theater. After showing their lyrical chops in TV and film, Parker and Stone teamed up with Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez to create The Book of Mormon. It’s the story of two Latter-day Saint missionaries who get more than they bargained for when they’re sent to a Ugandan village ruled by a ruthless warlord. The musical opened on Broadway in 2011 and never left, winning nine Tony Awards and grossing more than $1 billion worldwide, according to the New York Times. It also drew criticism, particularly for its stereotypical depictions of African people and culture. In 2020, during Broadway’s pandemic hiatus and after the nationwide protests that followed the murder of George Floyd, cast members asked the creative team for changes in the show. A new version of The Book of Mormon, reworked in consultation with the cast, hit the stage in late 2021. What’s the secret of its enduring appeal? “If you walk in the doors,” original cast member Lewis Cleale told the Times, “chances are you’re going to laugh — and you will probably laugh a lot.”

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CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL, Thursday, October 6, 7:30 p.m., Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, $46-98. MENOPAUSE: THE MUSICAL, Saturday, March 18, 2 & 7 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Rutland, $39. SHREK: THE MUSICAL, Thursday, April 13, and Friday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 15, 1 & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 16, 1 & 6 p.m., Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, $19-45.

Nani Noam Vazana

Saturday, October 1, 7 p.m., Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, $5-20.

Ladino may be an endangered language, but in the hands of Dutch Moroccan musician Nani Noam Vazana, it’s undeniably alive. Vazana is one of the only artists in the world who writes and sings in Ladino — a Sephardic Jewish language descended from Hebrew and Old Spanish — so any opportunity to see her perform is a must-do. Vazana first heard the language in the lyrics of a song her grandmother sang to her, then again spoken in the streets of Fez, Morocco. That song, “Morenika,” became the first single from her debut Ladino album, Andalusian Brew, which features covers of nine more classic Sephardic songs, as well. In October 2021, Vazana dropped her most recent album, Ke Haber (“What’s New” in Ladino). The record features covers and original songs that draw the ancient language into the 21st century. Her music incorporates feminist lyrics, mariachi guitar picking, flamenco inflections and soft, surprising instrumentation to weave a lush tapestry of sound that feels at once timeless and completely fresh. It would be easy to say audiences should hear Ladino music before it’s gone. But one listen to Vazana’s brilliantly hopeful songs may just convince anyone that this resilient language isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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BLACK OPRY REVUE, Saturday, October 1, 7:30 p.m., Lebanon Opera House, $25. MARTHA REDBONE: BONE HILL, Thursday, October 13, 7:30 p.m., Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, $20-29.



THE VILLALOBOS BROTHERS, Friday, October 21, 7 p.m., University of Vermont Lane Series, UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, $5-35.

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Saturday, November 12, 7 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Rutland, $35. Sunday, November 13, 7 p.m., Catamount Art and KCP Presents, Lyndon Institute Auditorium, Lyndon Center, $15-52.


STEP AFRIKA!, Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 p.m.,

Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, $25-49. INTIMO FARRUQUITO, Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.,

Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, N.H., $20-35.





American Ballet Theatre moved beyond pliés and pirouettes long ago. When Kevin McKenzie became artistic director in 1992, he commissioned new choreography to help the company rebound from financial distress. “If you do only the classics, you are a museum, so we tried to find choreographers who stretched the limits of the rules,” McKenzie told Seven Days in 2021. Today, ABT is thriving. Audiences cheer for principals such as Misty Copeland, Cory Stearns, Isabella Boylston and Vermont Ballet Theater School alumna Devon Teuscher. The fall season features whimsical, enchanting, humorous and groundbreaking works. Nearly 80 percent of current ABT dancers are alumni of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company. Each year, the company accepts 12 to 18 students from around the world, ages 16 to 20, with advanced technical ability in ballet and experience with other dance genres. The students perform with ABT in New York City, tour domestically and internationally, do residencies, and give educational shows. When ready to dance professionally, they join ABT and other leading companies. This fall, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company brings to the stage as much passion for hip-hop, locking and popping as for jetés and chassés. Performing classical, neoclassical and contemporary works, including a fantastical Japanese anime dream sequence, they affirm that ballet is boundless.


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Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein

Friday, February 17, 7:30 p.m., Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, $25-45.

Maria Bamford

Thursday, September 15; Saturday, September 17; and Sunday, September 18, 7 & 9:30 p.m., Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, $30-40.

Among her multitude of fans, standup comic, writer and actor Maria Bamford counts some big-name devotees. Filmmaker Judd Apatow calls her “the funniest comedian in the world.” Late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert says she’s his “favorite comedian on planet Earth.” Many of her 233,000 Twitter followers probably agree — and not only because she’s hilarious. Bamford also just might be the kindest comedian on the planet. An advocate for mental health, Bamford works to destigmatize mental illness in her standup act and myriad other endeavors. On her streaming series “What’s Your Ailment?!,” she interviews fellow comedians about their experiences with mental health issues. Onstage, she’s disarming and honest, using her idiosyncratic brand of comedy as a lens through which to explore her own struggles with mental illness. Bamford routinely performs one-on-one pop-up sets for Twitter followers and asks fans to meet her for coffee in the cities she visits on tour. She invites emails from fans who are short on cash but want to see her set, and if it’s not sold out, she puts them on the guest list.

FORTUNE FEIMSTER, Friday, October 21, 7 p.m.,

Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, $41-72.50. NAOMI EKPERIGIN, Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12, 7 & 9 p.m., Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, $25.




IVY LEAGUE OF COMEDY, Saturday, October 8, 7 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, $10-45.


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When it comes to performing a classic tale, it’s all about having a new take. Who wants to see another effects-laden, soulless Hollywood spin on Mary Shelley’s seminal work of gothic horror when there are productions like Manual Cinema’s version of Frankenstein? The Chicago-based performance collective, design studio and production company uses an array of tools — think shadow puppets, vintage overhead projectors, live camera feeds and multiple screens — to spin the tale of obsession, creation and loss that has fascinated the world for over two centuries. Not simply another rendition of Frankenstein, Manual Cinema weaves in a biography of Shelley alongside the tale of her famous monster. A writer whose legend has only grown since her death in 1851, Shelley led a life full of brilliance and tragedy. Manual Cinema’s production mirrors her novel and its central tenets on the beauty and horror of creation. The result is haunting — full of live music, nods to German expressionist filmmaking and dazzling puppetry centered on a story that both inspires and horrifies. It’s a fitting and triumphant rendition of a work some consider the first science fiction tale ever told, and a fascinating study on the obsession to create. Just don’t light any torches, people!


If you like that, try this… MUMMENSCHANZ – 50 YEARS, Thursday,

October 13, 7 p.m., Catamount Arts and KCP Presents, Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson, $15-52. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, Monday, October

31, 7:30 p.m., Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, $25-70. MANUAL CINEMA’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Friday,

December 9, 7:30 p.m., streaming via Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, free. PLACES, PEOPLE!

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Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine Sunday, January 29, 7 p.m., Catamount Arts and KCP Presents, Lyndon Institute Auditorium, Lyndon Center, $15-52; free for ages 18 and under.

Russia’s war on Ukraine hadn’t even started when Jay Craven first attempted to book the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine for his KCP Presents series. Craven just wanted to treat Northeast Kingdom audiences to the stupendous sound of an 80-piece orchestra. After the invasion, the orchestra’s schedule quickly filled up with appearances at major venues, from Carnegie Hall to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Finally, after five date changes, the orchestra will stop in Lyndon Center in late January for a concert copresented by Catamount Arts. The Lviv National Philharmonic (not to be confused with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in Kyiv) will deliver a Romantic-period wallop. Johannes Brahms’ tumultuous, cinematic “Tragic Overture” from 1880 — parts of which wouldn’t be out of place in a Star Wars spin-off — starts the evening. Next up is Max Bruch’s first violin concerto from 1866, another enduring favorite of the era. Expect sweeping, soaring melodies and a whole lot of double stops for that solo violinist.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s seventh symphony, which premiered in 1813, rounds out the program. It replaces a symphony by Russian Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky that the orchestra dropped after the invasion, Craven said. So much the better: As Leonard Bernstein once marveled, Beethoven’s seventh is “simply phoned in from God.”


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7:30 p.m., Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, $8.35-54.23. TRIO MEDIÆVAL, Friday, December 9, 7:30 p.m., University of Vermont

Lane Series, UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, $5-40; Saturday, December 10, Catamount Arts and KCP Presents, South Church Hall, St. Johnsbury, $30-42; free for ages 18 and under. CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER, Friday, January 27, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury, $5-25.




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Sam Reider and Jorge Glem: Brooklyn Cumaná

Friday, October 28, 7:30 p.m., University of Vermont Lane Series, UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, $5-30.

Renowned accordionist Sam Reider last played a show at the University of Vermont in 2018 with his band, the Human Hands. And he left quite an impression. The folks at the Lane Series asked Reider what else he had coming down the pike, and when he told them he was collaborating with Grammy-nominated Venezuelan cuatro player Jorge Glem, they wasted no time booking the show. Together the two virtuosos create a unique kind of folk music, fusing their respective traditions and cultures into a gorgeous blend of Venezuelan dance music and American folk and jazz. It’s strange yet simultaneously familiar territory for Reider, who once backpacked across Asia with an accordion on his back, jamming with local musicians wherever he went. He also toured the globe as a musical ambassador on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. (He’s probably not a spy, but what a screenplay that would be, right? Have Accordion, Will Travel!)

Reider and Glem recently recorded Brooklyn Cumaná. Due in the fall, the album features Reider’s Human Hands bandmates, as well as Grammy awardwinning Cuban saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and Guatemalan singersongwriter and guitarist Gaby Moreno. For fans of complex, beautifully intricate acoustic music played by two absolute titans of their respective instruments, it’s a can’t-miss show.


If you like that, try this… NICOLE MITCHELL AND BLACK EARTH SWAY, Saturday, October 15, 7:30 p.m., Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, N.H., $20-35. LE VENT DU NORD, Saturday, April 1,

7:30 p.m., Barre Opera House, $32-39. THE WESTERLIES; THEO BLECKMANN, Friday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury, $5-25.

Richard Thompson

Saturday, September 24, 7:30 p.m., Barre Opera House, $25-48.

The preshow music at last month’s Wild Hearts concert at Shelburne Museum included “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight,” the 1974 title song of Richard Thompson’s second album and his first with then-wife and musical partner Linda Thompson. He’s been playing under the bright lights for more than half a century and is a captivating musician, whether leading a band and shredding on electric guitar or alone onstage with an acoustic instrument. Richard Thompson, 73, is a Londonborn singer-songwriter and guitarist who performs on the reg in Vermont. He played a church gig in Burlington six weeks before the pandemic shut down live music venues in 2020. When Higher Ground reopened for shows in August 2021, Thompson was the first performer to play at the South Burlington club. A virtuoso guitarist, Thompson is known for his storytelling in songs — and onstage. His catalog includes rockers, tearjerkers, humorous songs and folk tunes. Thompson sometimes collaborates with his son, Teddy, including on

the lovely “Persuasion.” Bonnie Raitt’s version of his “Dimming of the Day” is a classic. Before he formed a band with Linda, Thompson was cofounder of the folkrock group Fairport Convention. Their cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” is spectacular. Thompson sometimes plays requests. It’s worth shouting that one out in Barre, along with “Take Care the Road You Choose.”


If you like that, try this… THE WOOD BROTHERS, Friday, October 7, 7:30 p.m., Lebanon Opera House, $34-54. AN EVENING WITH MARTIN SEXTON, Thursday,

December 8, 8 p.m., Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe, $35-55. NATALIE MACMASTER AND DONNELL LEAHY, Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m., Catamount Arts and KCP Presents, Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury, $15-52; free for ages 18 and under. PLACES, PEOPLE!



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Soweto Gospel Choir: ‘Hope — It’s Been a Long Time Coming’ Thursday, December 8, 7 p.m., Catamount Arts and KCP Presents, Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury, $15-52; Tuesday, December 13, 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Rutland, $30-50.

How many people in the world can say they’ve performed for South African president Nelson Mandela, archbishop Desmond Tutu, president Barack Obama, president Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry? Well, the members of Soweto Gospel Choir, at the very least. Founded in South Africa in 2002, the ensemble has performed around the world and won three Grammy Awards. The choir has sung with the likes of Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Robert Plant, U2 and Josh Groban. You may even remember the group’s sweet strains on the Peter Gabriel

track “Down to Earth” from the 2008 film WALL-E. The choir’s new concert tour — its first since the pandemic — is titled “Hope — It’s Been a Long Time Coming” and absolutely lives up to its name. The program highlights the songs of the Free South Africa Movement and the American Civil Rights Movement, including legendary classics by Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Otis Redding and more. The singers’ message of hope is, in many ways, more timely than ever.


Wednesday, November 2, 7:30 p.m., Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, $20-59. THE EAST COAST INSPIRATIONAL SINGERS, Friday, February 10, 7:30 p.m., Barre Opera House, $26-32. CHORAL CHAMELEON ENSEMBLE: MUSIC FOR CHAMELEONS, Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.,

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Heart of Afghanistan

Thursday, January 12, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury, $5-25.

Heart of Afghanistan don’t play punk music, but they may just be the most punk-rock band on the planet. Composed of Afghan singer and TV star Ahmad Fanoos, his sons Elham on piano and Mehran on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tabla, the band can’t perform in its home country because the Taliban has banned all music in Afghanistan. The now U.S.-based quartet travels the world keeping alive the story and music of Afghanistan, from its pre-Islamic Buddhist period to the present day. Its members perform ancient odes to the Buddhist statues of Bamiyan and traditional ghazals based on the Sufi-inspired poetry of Rumi. On the modern side, their repertoire also includes the work of “Afghan Elvis” — pop icon Ahmad Zahir, who translated the music of Elvis Presley into Dari in the 1960s and ’70s and performed it with traditional Afghan instruments. DAN BO LLE S

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Middlebury, $5-25.

Jason Bishop: Magic and Illusion

Friday, November 25, 3 & 7 p.m., Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe, $32-47.

Jason Bishop will appear — and maybe disappear — in Stowe. Bishop, 44, is a self-taught magician and illusionist who will bring his show to the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in November. He performs with his assistant, Kim Hess, and his high-fiving dog, Gizmo. His act incorporates old-fashioned sleight of hand, aweinspiring levitation and more modern techniques, such as projecting magic tricks onto a movie screen. Bishop can turn $100 bills into $1 greenbacks, solve a Rubik’s Cube with a flick of his wrist and make goldfish appear out of thin air. (Not for you, Gizmo!) In 2016, Bishop became the first magician to perform at New York City’s Old Victory Theater. New York Times reviewer Alexis Soloski wrote of that show, “In a brief close-up routine … there’s real elegance and even wit in the precision of his gestures, the agility of each finger.” Soloski observed that Bishop “can astound,” especially young audience members. If Bishop makes Gizmo disappear during his Stowe show, don’t worry! The dog will reappear. Maybe in your lap.

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Puppets in Sandglass Theater’s Flushing

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n Flushing: Make Room for Someone Else, a new work by Putney’s Sandglass Theater in collaboration with Parris-Bailey Arts of Tennessee, two actors and four puppets explore themes of art, memory, legacy and family history. The double autobiographical piece, which premieres on Thursday, September 15, at Puppets in the Green Mountains, was conceived and written by Sandglass’ Eric Bass and Linda Parris-Bailey, who also perform in it. Flushing’s four puppets, endearing and evocative creations made by Bass’ wife, Ines Zeller Bass, play the parents of the actors. The actors speak to and for their parents as the show moves back and forth in time and across generations. The performers also look to the future, poised at a personal and professional precipice. That juncture — at once uncertain and essential — is represented by yellow caution tape on the stage floor. On it is printed the word “brink.” The brink in Flushing corresponds to a real-life turning point for the show’s creators. Parris-Bailey, 69, has stepped aside to make way for new leadership at the Carpetbag Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn., where she was the longtime artistic director. Bass, 75, who cofounded Sandglass Theater with Ines 40 years ago in 40




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Munich, Germany, is preparing for his own transition. The Basses settled in Putney in 1986 and made the southern Vermont town the home base of their company. The couple live in an apartment above the puppet theater and workshop, which are housed in a converted barn. For the past three years, Eric and the couple’s youngest

daughter, Shoshana, have worked as co-artistic directors of Sandglass. He’ll leave that position at the end of the year, when Shoshana, 35, will become sole artistic director of a company that’s five years older than she is. “The transition is really about relationships more than anything,” Shoshana told Seven Days. “The technicalities of running

a nonprofit are meaningless without the relationships that [my parents] have passed on and that I’ve built through my whole life.” The Sandglass transition occurs as numerous theater and dance companies founded in the 1970s and ’80s confront a similar situation, Eric said. As they near the ends of their careers, founders and directors are considering whether and how to pass on their companies and what that will mean for the ensemble. In the process, theater makers find themselves considering their artistic legacy. As the Basses have talked about the transition for the past half dozen years, Sandglass has been “in good company,” Eric said. “It feels good to be part of a [larger] conversation,” he said. “We’re informing and supporting each other. And each company has to do it in its own way.” For Sandglass, he added, “I’m absolutely thrilled to see Shoshana take over this company.” In a telephone call with Seven Days and Shoshana, Eric talked about the challenges of running a not-for-profit arts company, including fundraising and managing logistics. “Running a theater company is a headache,” he said. “It’s just a big headache. But it’s a worthwhile headache because it’s filled with inspiration, it’s filled with energy and it’s filled with some of the best work that an artist can ask for.” Shoshana, the youngest of three sisters, was born a year after the family moved to Putney. She grew up partially on the road, accompanying her parents on international tours. “I missed a lot of school as a kid,” she said. “I had a different kind of education. I experienced many cultures, and always through their art and through their artists.” Shoshana moved to Boulder, Colo., to attend Naropa University, where her work focused on peace studies, performing arts and the intersection of the two. Still, she attributes much of her artistic education and inspiration to her parents’ influence. “My parents have informed my work tremendously in terms of puppet theater,” she said. “Not just in terms of constructing puppets and the material we work with but also how we create.” Sandglass artists build puppets to represent the specific characters of each work. They form the heads from neoprene and build bodies of wood and fabric. In performance, the puppets are often placed on a table or other surface and animated by the actors who appear with them. In Flushing, the puppets that play Eric’s parents — Sid and Debby Bass — are paired with props constructed by Ines.

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The objects speak to their life’s work: a piano for Sid, who was a songwriter, and a typewriter for Debby, who worked in public relations. Flushing reflects on what parents pass on to the next generation, from junk to family stories. In one of the original songs in the play, Eric and Parris-Bailey sing: “I don’t want to leave you with my load … I’d like to leave you a pathway to your dreams.” For her part, Shoshana is touring with an original piece, her own exploration of artistic legacy, called When I Put on Your Glove. In an exception to Sandglass’ method of building new puppets for each show, she performs with four puppets created by Eric for his award-winning solo work Autumn Portraits. When Eric handed Shoshana his puppets — art objects that are older than she is — he did so on one condition: that she use them to make her own piece. “They’ve been slightly adjusted to fit my hands,” Shoshana said. She added a new puppet to the ensemble to create When I Put on Your Glove. Shoshana said she feels blessed that, as she becomes Sandglass’ sole artistic

director, her parents are alive and will remain involved in the work. “A lot of the stories you hear about children taking on their parents’ work, it’s often after their parents are deceased,” she said. “We have this incredible gift: They’re still here. They’re still part of my processes. They come into the rehearsal rooms and help me with building [a piece]. There’s a lot of love and support and mentorship that isn’t disappearing.” The title Flushing refers to a neighborhood in Queens, the New York City borough where Parris-Bailey and Eric grew up. But it’s also about what’s lost or disappears when one generation gives way to the next. “The act of transition is also a bit of an act of flushing,” Eric said. “Some things go down the drain and deserve to go down the drain as new things grow.” m

INFO Flushing: Make Room for Someone Else, produced by Sandglass Theater: Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16, 8 p.m., at New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro. $16-18.

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Winging It

Essay: A Burlington nightclub owner riffs on how her business survived the pandemic B Y N ATA L I E MI L L ER





el Close, one of the founders of modern improvisational comedy, once said performing improv is “like building a 747 in midflight.” As an improviser myself, I can attest that the art form requires an almost delusional sense of faith that, if we all work together onstage, we’ll be able to create a transcendent, funny, unscripted comedy show that soars rather than crashes headlong into the sea. Running Vermont Comedy Club for the past seven years has often felt this way, too. No day at a performing arts venue ever goes exactly to plan; no event goes completely smoothly. Creative problem solving is a constant necessity if you want to keep the damned thing aloft. In March 2020, the 747 my partner, Nathan Hartswick, and I were building in midair burst into flames. Its passengers were awash in jet fuel, their hair on fire — half of them screaming that we were all going to die, the other half insisting the impending crash was a lie made up by liberal cucks in order to plant 5G chips in their brains. There’s really no playbook for “sudden pandemic closure” in the venue management handbook. (Come to think of it, I don’t think there’s even a venue management handbook.) Throw almost anything else at me, and I can roll with it: A famous performer cancels at the last minute? I know how to handle that. AC stops working on a 90-degree day? Easy. All the restrooms flood on Halloween? Kids’ stuff. But when a global pandemic hits, and your model relies on packing strangers into an enclosed space — with the goal of inspiring them to forcefully expel air from their faces by laughing, no less — you’re kinda fucked. During the COVID-19 pandemic, performing arts venues all over the country were the first businesses to close, and they have been the last to reopen. (If they even reopened.) When a crisis happens, I tend to focus on everyone else’s needs first. I know, you’re supposed to put on your own oxygen mask and then tend to others. But that’s not how I’m wired. Overnight, there were 25 employees I had laid off and more than 100 local comedians who couldn’t do comedy anymore. I set about checking in on them all and pivoted to producing online shows and open mics, raising funds for staff, and applying for grants and loans to keep our business afloat. But that’s what you do in a crisis, right? What would you have suggested? That I deal with my own emotions? Honestly, yuck. Why do you think my business grew so quickly after it launched in 2015? Because I’m a model of emotional stability with a healthy work/life balance? Of course not. I focused on the business, our staff and our customers, and I pushed down my own personal feelings of panic, depression and dread.

(Speaking of sacrificing yourself for your art, fun fact: Before he died in 1999, Del Close bequeathed his skull to the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, to be used in its productions of Hamlet. Now that’s commitment.) As the pandemic lockdown continued, it became more difficult to ignore my own bullshit. I had been working in an unsustainable way (shocker!), and I was fully burned out. My whole life, identity and marriage had been consumed by the comedy club. My biggest fear wasn’t so much financial ruin — not anymore, anyway, since that seemed all but inevitable — it was having to sit in the quiet of my own mind and come up with an honest answer to the question: Without this business, who even am I? Like a lot of people asking that question in 2020, I found that the answer was: “Certainly not a professional baker of bread.” Turns out I’m pretty good at baking cookies, though. And I’m terrific at watching “The Great British Baking Show” while eating desserts I bought at the store. Months passed. (You remember. It took decades.) So much happened: Black Lives Matter, a presidential election, an attempted coup, GameStop. Collectively, we all started focusing more on our personal health and happiness. YOLO. (You only live once.) YCDAD. (You could die any day.) YLIACH. (You’re living in a capitalist hellscape.) A spotlight was put on inequities and a broken system. We had extra time to ask ourselves what we wanted to do differently in our lives — and in our businesses, if we actually reopened them someday. And, yes, Nathan and I did consider letting ours go entirely. Some other venue owners took the out, and who could blame them? It’s a hard gig; strapping on the parachute and aiming for someplace safer and more stable was a pretty attractive proposition. Instead, we focused on what brings us joy in running our comedy club and made changes to the business model — some designed to bring in more profits, others designed to create a better work/life balance for us and our employees. We were extremely fortunate to even get the support required to survive 2020 and reopen the club (exactly one year ago, in fact). Without a federal COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, we would have gone the way of the dodo. A lot of lovely people have told me how happy they are that we “made it through the pandemic.” Obviously, it is a good thing. But there’s a misconception that because we were able to reopen, our troubles are now over. To be honest, things haven’t gotten a whole lot easier. Last winter, Omicron tanked what would have been our busiest time of year. Customer habits are drastically different and less predictable, making scheduling tricky. Expenses

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Aria Ready?

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arn Opera has officially completed two and a half years of renovations on its 19th-century barn in Brandon. At an open house in late August, the public toured the venue, which now has 104 reused cinema seats, complete with cupholders. Its lobby features an electric fireplace, a bar repurposed from a Vermont post office counter, bathrooms papered with opera scores and an original painting of the opera house by Brandon resident Warren Kimble. The warm, casual setting fits the vision of opera that tenor Joshua Collier had in mind when he founded the company in 2017: an unpretentious art form that everyone can enjoy. Barn Opera’s ambitious new season promises the same. Two operas are planned for the barn before the winter holiday: Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and Collier’s own adaptation of Jules Massenet’s Werther, titled The Letters of Charlotte. Between those productions, the company Helen Lyons will do a three-day residency at Castleton University, where Collier teaches, culminating in a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. Then, in late December, Barn Opera will perform Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in the nearby Congregational Church of Salisbury — a holiday tradition in its third year. On New Year’s Eve, the company will stage Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Pirates of Penzance back at the barn, followed by fireworks at midnight. And that’s just 2022. Strauss may sound daunting, Collier admitted in a phone call, given that the composer is known for “very intense” operas such as Elektra and Salome. But Ariadne is lighter fare, and the director will have fun with it. The original story pits opera singers against a troupe of comedians. Both scheduled to perform for the richest man in Vienna, those two groups are forced at the last minute to combine their shows into one, a mashup of an opera called Ariadne in Naxos. In Barn Opera’s production, the rivalry is a more current-day one between opera singers and musical theater folks. The


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richest couple in Vermont has rented out “the most beautiful venue in Vermont — which is, of course, the Barn Opera barn,” Collier said with a laugh. “Josh is always trying to find ways to give opera new meaning and challenge audiences’ preconceived notions of what opera should be,” said Helen Lyons, a Ferrisburgh soprano who will sing Ariadne. “In this version, he’s really sending up opera singers: We’re insufferable people; we do ‘park and bark.’ That gradually morphs into the more authentic characterization that the theater people have.” Lyons, who sang professionally in Germany for three years and is a classical music host and the music manager at Vermont Public, added that Strauss is “bar none my favorite composer, but sometimes he needs more than one listen.” She recommends listening to Jessye Norman sing Ariadne ahead of Barn Opera’s performance. The cast of 12 also includes Vermontborn mezzo-soprano Brooke Larimer, who lives in the Bronx, as the Composer; and Brooklyn tenor Chad Kranak as the god Bacchus. Kranak has sung everything from

the solo part in Sergei Rachmaninoff ’s Vespers at the Bard Music Festival last month to a robed monk in Madonna’s surprise Met Gala performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2018. Collier is particularly excited about The Letters of Charlotte, his interpretation of Massenet’s Werther, which is itself a Frenchman’s interpretation of Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther. Collier tells the doomed love story of young Charlotte and Werther — Charlotte marries Albert; Werther shoots himself — from the perspective of Charlotte at the end of her life. “She’s reliving or imagining [their relationship] as she rereads his letters,” the director explained. His approach, he added, “gives people the space to reminisce about their own memories.” Collier streamlined the music but kept “all the arias, duets and famous pieces” and inserted monologues for the older Charlotte. “The thing is, why would I do everything that’s already been done?” Collier said of his approach. “These stories have other stories to tell that haven’t been told. If I can do that using existing constructs, that interests me.” Barn Opera’s productions manage to

convey the emotion of opera with remarkably pared-down resources. Presided over by pianist Felix Jarrar, the curtainless stage’s nine-foot Steinway provides the sole music accompaniment, and the company’s music director, Cailin Marcel Manson, often steps in to sing baritone roles. The company relies on small casts, supplemented by a community chorus that it invites to perform each year in Amahl and the Night Visitors. The 45-minute opera was the first to be commissioned by and composed for television; it premiered on NBC on New Year’s Eve 1951. Collier is currently looking for chorus members, if any readers are interested. Lyons, who will sing Amahl’s mother as well as the title role in Tosca, commented that singing with Barn Opera is “great fun” because “They have limited resources, and there’s no ego going on. There’s something about Josh. He really instills a great sense of warmth in the community.” m

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dozen dancers moving in unison greeted visitors to the University of Vermont’s Michele and Martin Cohen Hall for the Integrative Creative Arts on a recent afternoon. The students weren’t performing live. But their production, recorded in Cohen Hall’s black box theater in 2020, illuminated video screens throughout the revamped building to showcase its mission. Five years ago, UVM didn’t offer a major in dance, noted Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, during a recent tour of Cohen Hall. That changed when the university received a $300,000 anonymous gift to create a dedicated dance studio, complete with a sprung floor and sound booth. Di Dio unlocked a first-floor room using a phone app. Inside was a new, high-tech sound studio for students who are studying television, film, theater or music technology. The app gives students 24-hour access to the equipment for recording music, podcasts, film scores and other audio projects. Upstairs is a similarly state-of-the-art lighting studio, used primarily for film production, along with a lending library of digital photography equipment. Before Cohen Hall opened in 2018, UVM had none of these facilities, Di Dio said — even though courses in music technology and film and television studies are some of the school’s most popular. “Frankly, this is not stuff we usually had money for at UVM,” she said. The arts appear to be experiencing a renaissance at Vermont’s flagship university. On July 1, UVM announced the creation of its new School of the Arts, which gathers many creative disciplines under one roof: music, theater, dance, studio art, art history, creative writing, and film and television studies. The Lane Series, which brings internationally known musicians to campus, is also now part of the school. Many of those programs are housed in Cohen Hall, a Depression-era elementary school building that was transformed into a 21st-century multimedia center thanks to a $7 million gift from 1972 graduate Michele Resnick Cohen and her husband, Marty Cohen. Those improvements are coupled with another $4 million in expansions and upgrades to the UVM Recital Hall,

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which were completed in October reshuffling of its arts offerings comes on 2020. They included new lighting and the heels of dramatic budget cuts. In spring acoustical treatments, refurbished 2020, the administration announced a 25 floors and seats, and 4,550 square feet percent reduction in courses taught by of new greenrooms, rehearsal space nontenure-track faculty as a way to offset and instrument storage. Combined, $15 million in pandemic-related losses. these two facility upgrades represent a Then, in December 2020, College of Arts significant investment in the university’s and Sciences dean William Falls proposed arts infrastructure. phasing out a fifth of the In a post-pandemic era college’s course offerings, when college arts programs nearly all in the humanities. around the country are But Di Dio, who also struggling to attract serves as the School of students and funding, the Arts’ new executive UVM is doubling down on director, said changes to such offerings. The School UVM’s arts programs have of the Arts, which enrolls been under discussion one-quarter of all students since 2016, long before the J UL IAN BAR NE T T in the College of Arts and budget cuts. The purpose Sciences, unites previously disparate is not to shrink or consolidate the arts at programs and departments while encour- UVM, she insisted, but to expand them aging collaboration and career develop- with more faculty, staff and facilities, and ment, both within the university and with make the arts more viable and visible on outside arts organizations. According to Di campus. Dio, it will also help UVM fundraise and “The School of the Arts was not a attract new students by marketing itself as cost-saving mission,” she said. “We see an interdisciplinary arts institution. the school as a way to better conform to Some may greet those pronounce- the way contemporary art … is conceived, ments with skepticism, given that UVM’s performed and exhibited.”



As Di Dio pointed out, many of the majors now housed in the School of the Arts are among the fastest growing at the college, including music technology, music and art education, dance, and film and television studies. Natalie Neuert, director of the Lane Series and a lecturer in the music program, agreed that the new school’s creation is a positive development for students and faculty alike. “There’s already been more investment made [in the arts] than I’ve seen in a while,” said Neuert, who’s worked at the university for 28 years. “It makes absolute sense, and it will only strengthen the arts at UVM.” One goal of the new school is to make arts programs more career oriented by creating opportunities for student internships and collaborative projects. That’s especially true for the Lane Series, Neuert said, which for years was physically and administratively separated from the rest of the arts programs on campus. Now, the Lane Series and UVM’s music program (formerly the music department) share a technical director: Padraic Reagan, cofounder of the Waking Windows music festival. His office is next door to Neuert’s. That relationship has already borne fruit, Neuert noted. Reagan’s office employs a work-study student from the theater program. When the student expressed interest in learning stage lighting, Neuert offered her an opportunity to apply 25 percent of her workstudy requirement to doing lighting for Lane Series performances. “That’s the kind of thing that was harder to do when theater and Lane Series and the music department were completely separate entities,” she said. The School of the Arts has created other opportunities for such “crosspollination,” said Julian Barnett, assistant professor and resident choreographer of the theater and dance program. This fall, Barnett is co-teaching a large lecture class called “Looking and Listening” with a fine arts professor and a music professor. Open to non-arts majors, the course is designed to give students — especially those with little or no previous experience in the arts — an opportunity to discuss and learn about those disciplines ART HOUSE SEVEN DAYS SEPTEMBER 14-21, 2022

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while also meeting their own degree requirements. Such a collaboration never would have happened before the School of the Arts was established, Barnett said. “This is a long time coming,” he added. “It gives me faith that the university is serious about the arts.” Such bridge building extends beyond the UVM campus. Neuert and Di Dio have been meeting with Jay Wahl, executive director of the Flynn since January 2021. In his previous work in Philadelphia, Wahl often partnered with local universities to teach classes on storytelling, producing and curating. Now, in his relatively new role at the Flynn, Wahl said he envisions a similar relationship with UVM as being “foundational to who we are” as a community arts organization.

Wahl pointed to several upcoming shows at the Flynn that School of the Arts faculty plan to attend with their students and incorporate into their lesson plans. For instance, the October 13 production Bone Hill draws on stories from the heritage of Black and Cherokee singer-songwriter Martha Redbone, dealing with the Trail of Tears, Kentucky coal mining and the Black community’s migration north. Down the road, Wahl said, he hopes to work with Di Dio and other School of the Arts faculty to create internships and work-study opportunities at the Flynn. Though he noted, “These are things that will all take some time,” Wahl called the new school “such a natural and exquisite partner.” Jarvis Green is founder and producing artistic director of JAG Productions, an artistic venture for Black creatives in American theater, which is based in

White River Junction and New York City. Though JAG just began its seventh performance season, Green said when Di Dio reached out to him this summer, it was the first time UVM had shown serious interest in working with his company. JAG doesn’t have its own building or performance space yet. But Green said he’s excited about the possibility of teaching theater production at UVM and maybe even establishing a summer residency program at the School of the Arts. While JAG has worked with other universities in the past, Green said he hasn’t seen the level of commitment to collaboration that UVM has expressed. “They really want to take us with them,” he said, “and they’re putting resources behind it.” Thus far, about the only people who haven’t been wowed by the School of the Arts are the students. Of the five contacted for this story, most knew little or nothing about what the new school could mean for their education and future careers. Irene Choi, a senior from Bar Harbor, Maine, is a double major in jazz studies and anthropology. She wrote in an email, “I wish there were more clarity and transparency from the powers that be, especially to the students that these administrative changes will be affecting.” Di Dio acknowledged that it will take time to communicate many of the changes to students, who just returned to campus for the fall semester. Hiring new faculty to better serve the 1,200 students who either major or minor in the arts has already begun. Since 2021, programs now in the School of the Arts have added seven full-time lecturers in art history, studio art, theater and music education, as well as three new tenuretrack positions in dance, art and art history, she said. Also included are four new postdoctoral fellows in the Andrew Harris Fellowship Program, which brings in emerging BIPOC scholars in the arts. Di Dio maintains that all these new hires and opportunities in the school will make a tangible difference to students down the road, whether they end up in the spotlight or plying a behind-the-scenes arts trade such as stage lighting, music recording or television production. “One thing that’s important to me is that, yes, students can have a career in the arts, and they can stay in the state of Vermont to do that,” she said. “They don’t just have to go into banking.” m

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eeling stressed out, burned out, irritable and anxious? Dr. Edwards Smith has a prescription for you: Try Transcendental Meditation.

The twice-daily meditation technique has been shown to lower blood pressure and stress levels; improve mood, focus and memory; and help practitioners feel more grounded and creative. Introduced in the West in the 1960s by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, TM was popularized by the Beatles. Today, its most notable fans include artists and celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah Winfrey, Kendall Jenner and David Lynch. Dr. Smith isn’t a household name, but he’s an enthusiastic local TM technique booster; since 2011, he and his wife, Janet, have run the Vermont Transcendental Meditation Center in Williston, which recently moved to a new location on Mountain View Road. They offer TM classes to individuals and businesses, and work with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Edwards has an unusual and instructive backstory. He first learned about the TM technique in the 1970s after reading an article about it in Scientific American. Smith was no counterculture revolutionary at the time — after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute, he trained to be a doctor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was practicing rheumatology and internal medicine in Newport News, Va., when he decided to give TM a try. Its effect on his own life convinced him the benefits were real. “Within two weeks of my learning,” he said during a phone interview, “the assistants in my office





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went to my partner and asked why Dr. Smith stopped coming out and blowing his stack several times a day. That was my first inkling about how stressed I was.” After six months of regular meditation, he made some changes in how he spent his time. “The next day, I did 20 percent more work in less time,” he recalls. He made other adjustments that upped his output again. “I began to realize that I was not short on time,” he said. “I just was not using it creatively.” Daily meditation helped in other ways, too. “Over the course of a year, I lost interest in smoking and drinking alcohol, lowered my blood pressure and lowered my cholesterol, and, most likely, had become a nicer person to work and live with,” he said. Smith also started recommending TM to his patients and saw their improvement, as well. “Over the next 10 years, I had 200 patients learn,” he said. “They became the easiest patients in my practice to manage.” Many of them reported the same experiences he did. “I was beginning to see that this was the real preventive medicine for which I had been searching all my career,” he said. So Smith sold his medical practice and joined the TM organization full time. “The howls of disapproval from family and friends were deafening, but I persisted anyway,” he said. He spent eight years on the faculty of Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa, learning Ayurvedic medicine and becoming a teacher of the TM technique. Since then, he’s taught TM to numerous students who’ve struggled with depression. After taking up TM, they’ve shown sustained improvement over time. “I’ve never seen anything like that in modern medicine,” he said.

someone says and see that that's about them and not about me. Also, I notice behavior that normally would have triggered me, and I'm now able to just take a deep breath and move on.”

MEDITATION CAN HELP TREAT ADDICTION TM can also help people struggling with substance use disorders. Edwards has worked with many TM students who have reported that meditation reduces their impulse to use mind-altering substances. One of his students, Conor Meagher, came to TM after years of using drugs. He’s been in recovery for seven years now. “I’ve done talk therapy before. It didn’t seem to cut it,” he said. He found TM four or five years ago and started seeing the benefit immediately. “It’s probably one of the most helpful things I’ve done.” He meditates twice a day — usually once in the morning, before his shift as a restaurant general manager, and once in the evening. “It kind of wipes my slate clean,” he said.


WHAT DOES TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION INVOLVE? Compared with other wellness activities, TM is pretty straightforward and simple. There are no spongy mats or special clothing to buy, no regular group classes to attend. Beginners do take four consecutive days of training, which requires a few

hours a day of one-on-one interaction with a trained TM teacher. The Smiths point out that they have a sliding-scale fee structure and are committed to helping make it affordable. During those sessions, the students receive their own individual mantra, something they repeat during their daily meditations. After that, students are on their own if they want to be, though they have access to an international network of TM centers like the Smiths’ that can offer resources, check-ins and more training, if desired. TM practitioners meditate for 20 minutes twice a day. They can do it anywhere they like. There are no prescribed movements or poses, Janet explained: "It’s simply a matter of knowing how to allow the mind to easily move inward. Then the benefits show up spontaneously outside of meditation time."

MEDITATION WORKS FOR ALL AGES The method appeals to Brad Coolidge, a filmmaker who grew up in Vermont and moved back with his family during the pandemic. Coolidge says he first heard about TM years ago on the Howard Stern show — Stern is another famous TM fan. But it wasn’t until he and his family were here in Vermont,

and he saw an advertisement for a family TM class, that he decided to try it. Coolidge; his wife, Melissa; and three of their four kids took classes with Edwards and Janet and now meditate twice daily. During a family Zoom interview, Brad explained that, unlike other forms of meditation he’s tried, there are no requirements to sit straight up and clear your mind. “I would always almost get anxious, thinking of paying attention,” he said. “With this, you just sit, close your eyes, remember your mantra. It feels like two minutes have passed, and it's 23 minutes.” Their 13-year-old son, Keiran, used TM during basketball season to prepare for games. “I try to find time before the game in the car to do it, or at school. It does calm me down or takes away anxiety from things,” he said. “I will just close my eyes and do it, and it really does help.” His 10-year-old brother, Dylan, does it, too, and it eased him through the transition into a new school. Even one of his teachers noticed a change in him. Melissa said it’s been good for her, as a parent. “It's really easy to be thrown off your center. It's really easy to be triggered, especially by kids or by comments people make,” she said. “Since I’ve been meditating, I can see right through the center of something

MEDITATION BOOSTS CREATIVITY Practicing TM doesn’t have to be about solving a problem, Edwards and Janet said. It’s really about managing attention — spontaneously being able to attend to the things that really matter, instead of focusing on the constant bombardment of information and noise. Janet compared the mind to an ocean. The surface of the water may be roiled by waves, currents and storms, but it’s still and calm down below. TM helps people access that calm, that peaceful place within. That’s the place where good ideas come from, Edwards said. He pointed out that you don’t get ideas by sitting at a desk and thinking hard. Ideas come to you when you’re in touch with that calm, centered part of your mind. That’s why creative people appreciate TM. “This is a technique that gets you to that level,” he said.  COMMISSIONED AND PAID FOR BY:




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alchē Wine Cooperative knows how to throw a party. The Fletcher-based natural winery’s chilled reds, ciders, coferments and piquettes — appropriately called “space juice” — are vibrant, experimental, immensely drinkable and downright fun. The cooperative’s female and nonbinary owners, a majority of whom are Black, celebrated their first release with a bash at Switchback Brewing in December 2021. Founders Kathline Chery, Justine Belle Lambright and Grace Meyer have since hosted wine nights at T. Rugg’s Tavern, a spring Festival of Dionysus at Hotel Vermont and, in late June, a packed fundraiser for Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom at the Wallflower Collective. Even Kalchē’s tent at the weekly Burlington and Jericho farmers markets is a blast: It’s full of disco balls. “A party environment is very much





where these wines belong,” Lambright said. “They are festive, and I think everyone who buys our wines should throw a party to drink them.” As fun as they are, the wines can also be moody, as the winery’s name suggests. Kalchē is an ancient Greek word meaning “to catch the purplefish,” Chery said — a metaphor for searching and longing for something highly prized. “Sometimes it’s celebratory. Sometimes it’s really pensive,” Chery said. “We contain multitudes.” The cooperatively owned winery has serious goals: to broaden the definition of wine while, in the words of the owners, centering diversity, sustainability and the decolonization of wine. As they head into their second harvest, Kalchē’s founders are right on trend with the experimental energy of Vermont’s growing natural wine scene. Chery, the team’s winemaker and director of

production, plays with hybrid grapes, apples, cranberries, foraged botanicals, hops, maple sap and even products that would otherwise be wasted, such as leftover brine from pickled beets. “We have a lot of soapboxes,” Lambright said. “We hold on really tightly to our morals and values and what we won’t do with the wine. But what the wine actually does is just Kathline, the fruit and nature.” According to Vivid Coffee owner Ian Bailey, who poured the winery’s space juice at a Vermont wine pop-up in June, “Kalchē doesn’t miss.” The winery occupies what was originally an extension of the cellar at Bob Lesnikoski’s Vermont Cranberry farm in Fletcher. The team has worked with “Cranberry Bob” to plant a vineyard on-site. He’s also their de facto machinist and mad scientist, with a telepathic sense of when something’s about to break, Meyer said.




Young itasca, frontenac blanc, frontenac gris, frontenac noir and crimson pearl vines grow on the hill across from the winery, just above a cranberry bog that’s been on the property for 25 years. Kalchē’s owners pay rent when Lesnikoski lets them, Lambright said, and help press cranberry juice at the end of the season. The grapes they’ve planted will start bearing fruit in three years and reach their best quality in five. For now, they make wine from what they have access to — and can afford — in Vermont’s limited grape market. At Huntington River Vineyard, where they have a cropshare arrangement, they kicked off the harvest season with osceola muscat grapes earlier this month. They work with other winemakers and community members, too, purchasing, foraging or bartering for ingredients that include fruits and botanicals not commonly found in the strict confines of the traditional wine world. “There’s an abundance of flavor right around us,” Chery said. “Being a nimble and scrappy business — that’s definitely a plus.” Despite the wine industry’s dominant narratives of “noble grapes” and “old world” appellations, that flexibility is nothing new. “That perceived ‘normal’ took the place of what was already here,” Chery said. “When we’re talking about decolonizing wine, this is it.” Kalchē’s experimentation has occasionally been confusing to the powers that be, especially when it comes to how they describe what’s in the bottle. Meyer, the winery’s director of internal business, has spent a lot of time on the phone with the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), which regulates labeling. “With this changing landscape, they’ve been incredibly kind and helpful,” Meyer said. “But they’re all telling me different things.” Viburnum, an early release in collaboration with subscription-based Viticole Wine, was particularly confounding. It was a piquette — created by an old-school method of rehydrating and repressing grape skins that many natural winemakers have returned to over the past few years. Into it went winery scraps, foraged highbush cranberries and a touch of maple syrup for bottle conditioning. OUT OF THIS WORLD

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Starting on September 23, married couple MARIO DOMINGUEZ HERNANDEZ and ANNE KELLOGG of Hinesburg-based LAS HERMOSAS will host Mario Dominguez Hernandez of Las Hermosas Friday taco nights at VIVID COFFEE at 150 Cherry Street in Burlington. From 5 to 8 p.m. or until food is sold out, customers can order on-site and eat at the café or take food to go. Vivid Coffee will offer natural wine pairings. The menu of tacos will vary weekly, with choices such as slow-braised pork carnitas with pickled onions, cilantro and lime. A vegetarian option will always be on offer, such as roasted cauliflower with golden raisins and pickled jalapeños, cucumber-mint-lime salsa, paprika vinaigrette and crema. Freshly fried chips and housemade verde and rojo salsas round out the menu. Offerings may expand later this fall with additional authentic Mexican dishes cooked by Dominguez Hernandez, said Kellogg, 42: “We will take it as it goes.” Her husband, a 47-year-old native of Mexico City, has cooked professionally for more than 20 years. The two met while working for Zingerman’s, a nationally known group of food-related businesses based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Dominguez Hernandez was sous chef at Zingerman’s Roadhouse, and Kellogg worked for the ZingTrain consulting company. The couple and their two young daughters moved to Vermont from Michigan in August 2020 to be closer to Kellogg’s family. Both currently work for HEALTHY LIVING MARKET & CAFÉ; Dominguez Hernandez is the chef at the South Burlington store. For now, the couple said, Las Hermosas is a side gig and a way to gauge interest in possible future projects. They started the business with a handful of taco pop-ups at RED BARN KITCHEN in Charlotte and BUCKY’S PUB in Hinesburg in late spring and early summer 2022. At that time, Dominguez Hernandez told Seven Days that he and Kellogg “want to open something one day.” His wife added, “That’s the hope and the dream. This is a way to put roots down in the food community.” SIDE DISHES

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is the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, favored by larger Vermont companies such as Gardener’s Supply, Switchback Brewing and King Arthur Baking. Kalchē, by contrast, uses the worker cooperative model — a more direct form of ownership in which each member owns one share, and profit is distributed on the basis of labor contribution. One of the biggest challenges for worker cooperatives is access to capital. “Inherently, the rate of return on capital investment in these kinds of generative, equitable forms of ownership is going to be lower than if you’re a private equity firm trying to squeeze every last dollar out of the thing,” Cropp said. Other than the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, Kalchē’s primary lender was the Cooperative Fund of the Northeast, a community development loan fund originally founded in 1975 by food co-ops to lend to one another.


After lots of back-and-forth — and testing at the TTB’s formula lab — the federal agency required Kalchē to put language on the label that made Viburnum seem “like Franken-wine,” Meyer said. “We had to call it ‘a blend of sparkling other than standard grape-cranberry wine with grape wine.’ Who wants to drink something other than standard? They haven’t evolved to add inclusive language for winemakers like us.” Kalchē’s business structure goes against the Big Wine narrative, too. The three founders have 30 combined years of hospitality and wine industry experience in Vermont, Texas, Oregon, New York City, Cape Cod and Boston. Starting the winery, Meyer and Lambright knew it would be a cooperative, even before Chery joined the team. They wanted to make sure everyone involved would have a voice and that the business would operate with equity and From left: Justine Belle Lambright, transparency, they said. “Justine and I had worked Grace Meyer and Kathline Chery enough places that we were pretty convinced the current model of modern business didn’t work,” Meyer said. “It definitely didn’t work for us.” They were inspired by the energy and community support surrounding Burlington’s Oak Street Cooperative, now the home of Poppy, Café Mamajuana and All Souls Tortilleria. Matt Cropp, executive director of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, was central to creating that cooperative, so Lambright and Meyer went to him. “[Cropp] helped us put the pieces together for the worker cooperative, explore what other options might look like and zero in on this,” Meyer said. Kalchē differs from most of the businesses Cropp’s organization works with, he said. While the nonprofit does support some startups, it focuses on ownership succession for existing businesses. Lambright and Meyer had previously worked together, “so in some ways, Kalchē was a hybrid of a startup and a conversion,” Cropp said. “Their working relationship created a foundation of understanding and trust.” In broad-based employee ownership, all full-time employees have a path to becoming a Grace Meyer with Kalche wines co-owner of the business. Beyond at the Burlington Farmers Market that, there are two models. One

Kalchē’s founders have been open about how they were able to raise funds to start the business. As part of a series of “Transparency Tuesday” posts on Instagram, they broke down the unpaid equity ($66,000), lender contribution ($100,000), friends-and-family loans ($35,000), unpaid salary ($60,000), and infrastructure support from Lesnikoski ($20,000) that got them off the ground. “We’re doing this the hard way. We’re not independently wealthy, and we don’t want to completely sell out and be told what to do by investors,” Lambright said. Down the road, the cooperative might have to deal with bigger decisions, such as what to do with profits or how to add another worker-owner, but those haven’t come up yet. The founders are clear that their business isn’t yet profitable. Compassionate lenders such as Vermont Employee Ownership Center and the Cooperative Fund of the Northeast “are




willing to let us take the time to get where we need to be,” Meyer said. “Community businesses and solidarity economics work,” Lambright added. “They just don’t work as fast as toxic capitalism does.” To make money, Kalchē needs to increase production, lower the cost of goods, scale up and sell more wine. Right now, because it has to purchase grapes, Kalchē’s wines don’t come cheap. Lambright, the director of external business, said the owners have received a lot of pushback on prices at the farmers markets, where their direct-toconsumer bottles are often at least $30. “We’re selling a luxury product,” Lambright said. “So, if people aren’t necessarily in it for the ethos, it’s hard.” Diaphanous, an apple-frontenac blanc blend that was also on tap at Hotel Vermont, cost only $25 at the market and sold out quickly. Kalchē’s latest release is even more accessible: It’s in cans. “The Kalchē Kid,” the label explains, honors the winery’s “first can baby being birthed at the same time as the newest member of our team” — Meyer’s son, Otis. Chery made the easy-drinking, wine cooler-like Kalchē Kid by rehydrating pressed cranberries in a Seyval blanc-cider coferment. She and Lesnikoski did a run of 1,000 cans on a micro-canner that Lesnikoski rigged up, filling 10 per minute. The $7 cans hit the farmers markets in early September. They’re on the shelves now at Salt & Bubbles Wine Bar and Market in Essex and will soon be available at Burlington’s Wilder Wines and Pizzeria Verità, as well as on draft at the new Onion City Chicken & Oyster in Winooski. A fan of alternative wine packaging, Salt & Bubbles owner Kayla Silver has embraced Kalchē’s new cans. “We love the Kalchē team, and this is a great way to taste their product in an accessible format at an approachable price,” Silver said. The tangy, tart coferment is “perfect to pair with fall sweaters and campfire gatherings,” she added. Sounds like a party. m

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has only eight spots, priced at $130 inclusive of tax, tip and five paired beverages. Limoge, 37, held his first trio of dinners in late August and expects to host them monthly for the foreseeable future. Pirata was the name of a restaurant he founded in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico. Before landing there, he cooked in restaurants ranging from high-volume steak and seafood venues in the mountains around Denver to fine-dining establishments in Los Angeles. Pirata menus are not detailed in advance, though guests can request dietary accommodations. Limoge’s current focus is plant-based fare featuring vegetables from SANDY BOTTOM FARM in Isle la Motte and grains from NITTY GRITTY GRAIN OF VERMONT in Charlotte. Alcoholic drinks come from Burlington-based FOAM BREWERS. “I can do a lot of cool shit with plants,” Limoge said. By way of example, he described a dish from the August menu: an orange tomato that he segmented, buried for several hours

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hen a person achieves legendary status, they inevitably lose control of their own story. Their life and achievements become the partial property of their adoring public. Living legends have big questions to grapple with: How much am I willing to give up? What will it take for me to reclaim what I’ve lost? In Vermont playwright Jeanne Beckwith’s new work, Both Eyes Open: The Annie Oakley Story, the titular character takes a shot at setting the record straight about her life and achievements as a markswoman as she rose to international prestige. A rags-toriches, self-made woman with impeccable aim and a charming persona, Oakley (Maura O’Brien) gazes back at her life, homing in on the turning points and chance encounters that shaped her storied career. 58


Oakley is the only character to appear onstage, recounting her tales to an unseen Will Rogers, another celebrity entertainer whose career peaked at the transition from the 19th century to the 20th. Based on an actual encounter between the two in 1926, the one-person play gives the audience a fly-on-the-wall opportunity to hear the superstar’s unfiltered remembrances. Oakley was born in 1860 into a Quaker family and endured an early life filled with struggle, including years spent essentially in indentured servitude to an abusive couple to whom she refers only as “the wolves.” Hardened but not broken, the future luminary grew up with a rifle in her hand, because “knowing how to shoot meant survival,” she tells Rogers. Continuing her narrative, Oakley introduces the audience to Irish “shootist”

Frank Butler, whom she saw as the ticket out of her one-horse Ohio town. After besting him in a shooting contest, she married him. Together, the two became performers, dazzling crowds with their precision. They eventually joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show and traveled the U.S. and Europe. Oakley spins yarns for approximately 90 minutes. She talks about her friendships with “Buffalo Bill” Cody and Sitting Bull, the Hunkpapa Lakota leader who also performed in Cody’s show. She recalls hobnobbing with dignitaries and royalty, including Queen Victoria, and muses on rivals such as Lillian Smith, a younger upstart who joined Cody’s show and, according to Oakley, stole some of her thunder. Near the end of her account, Oakley

digs into her messy feud with newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. The mogul tarnished her reputation by falsely reporting that Oakley had been caught stealing — and fiending for cocaine. Though she paid far more in legal fees than she won in damages, she proudly declared victory in all but one of the many lawsuits she brought against Hearst. Oakley died in 1926, roughly six months after her encounter with Rogers. At the end of the show, the sharpshooter ponders death and the hereafter. She seems ready for whatever comes next, having lived life on her own terms even though it often meant being the “exact opposite of American womanhood.” Beckwith wrote the play with O’Brien in mind, and, reciting her words, the actor embodies Oakley with care and sass. Prickly one minute and silky the next, she imbues the character with vitality. Her words land with gentle humor, eliciting many chuckles between the show’s more serious moments. One-person plays are tricky to pull off, but director Kathleen Keenan, also Lost Nation’s long-serving producing artistic director, uses the talents of her production team to pull off an engaging watch despite the dearth of action. Beyond the production’s obvious cohesion, Keenan’s efforts manifest themselves in O’Brien’s metered consideration of her words and her strategic navigation of the set. Oakley’s home is cluttered with ephemera, a tantalizing collection of items arrayed by scenic designer Kim A. Bent and properties/set dressing designers Laura Gist and Ann Harvey. As someone who loves things, stuff and junk, I had to restrain myself from jumping out of my seat to paw through the markswoman’s heaped treasures. Oakley hoards folding screens, coatracks, steamer trunks, end tables and chairs of all styles. A rolltop desk is stuffed with correspondence, its chair slightly askew. Her collections spill from everywhere at odd angles, with tea services, jewelry boxes, framed photos, glistening ceramic objets d’art, embroidered garments and other inscrutable objects covering every surface. Lighting designer Samuel J. Biondolillo creates a rig that Keenan employs with a keen sense of detail: subtle greens as Oakley reminisces about connecting with nature in her youth; a slight dim as she describes her father’s death from pneumonia; a serene blue shift as Oakley and Butler traverse the Atlantic.


HAVING LIVED LIFE ON HER OWN TERMS. At its core, Both Eyes Open is about staying true to oneself in changing times. Though she was never a suffragette, Oakley talks about her experiences with

activism and her commitment to teaching women her trade. She also discusses a transformation in how people consumed entertainment — namely, the move from live performance to cinema. Oakley and other celebrities of the era lived in one of the most transitional moments of human culture. Modernity meant losing some of the grandeur and spectacle of live entertainment, as moving pictures flattened the three-dimensional experience of watching people perform. Oakley didn’t know it at the time, but she was most likely one of

the last greats to make their name exclusively through unfiltered connection with an audience. Both Eyes Open is full of quick wit and bon mots. Early on, Oakley clarifies that she never closed one eye when taking aim, as many people assumed any shooter worth their salt would do. “If you can see with one eye, wouldn’t you see better with two?” she asks. The statement exemplifies her no-nonsense approach to life. Oakley was a straight shooter (pun intended) who, in Keenan and Beckwith’s vision, fought to

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alcoholic, Cole scrupulously avoids the term and doesn’t tell a story about the always unfinished business of guilt and self-preservation that an alcoholic stirs in those who love him. Instead, she introduces small conflicts to keep the characters at odds with each other. The performances are what matter here, as Rachel and Kathryn construct veritable force fields around themselves to maintain their distance while Sasha lunges from hope to despair to anger.



Langdon Spillane plays Kathryn with a deep vein of vulnerability that she hides with strict composure and a proud set to her jaw. She uses an icy stillness to hold her ground. When Kathryn enters, she immediately begins calculating the space in the room to allow the full psychological and physical distance from Rachel and Sasha. Each woman is slightly jealous of the others, and Langdon Spillane plays her resentment as throttled patience, starting to fray. Chris Caswell, as Rachel, can stare

down Kathryn with an imperial gaze or glance at her daughter with tight lips that say, “Stop right there.” Caswell has a genius for allowing emotions to roll over her, one by one, so we can see them register. When Rachel takes command, Caswell’s piercing blue eyes convey certainty. But with an undercurrent of desperation, Caswell also shows the character’s power isn’t a desire to dominate but a need to protect her daughter. Katelyn Shaw has the difficult job of portraying a character younger than herself. Sasha is written with a teenager’s apocalyptic sense of right and wrong, but Shaw is too clearly an adult to make overwrought pronouncements convincingly youthful. Indeed, she seems at times a little nutty in her enthusiasms. But Shaw excels at showing the character’s woundedness, leaving Rachel and Kathryn unnerved. Above all, Shaw startles by shifting allegiances suddenly within the triangle of characters. These three performances crackle like a mesmerizing fire. Some of the playwright’s sparks pop nicely, too, and Thursday’s preview audience remained intently focused. But a play is not a steadily glowing fire; it has to rise and fall. Cole tries to produce catharsis with a fit of temper by Sasha, but the infantile action doesn’t release anything. Yelling is not a shortcut to emotional depth — there is no shortcut. And a hospital waiting room is charged with a far different kind

of intensity. Elegant as the performances are, the play keeps them stuck at one pitch. Twice, the script gets near a conflict that the three women might struggle to resolve. Who will get control of Robert’s money and literary legacy? Will everyone agree when life support should be discontinued? But the playwright whisks away each problem before the characters have to get too messy fighting over it. In the end, no ties bind these three. Director Dominic Spillane presents the play on a floor-level three-quarter thrust stage. Wrapping an audience around the performers, and at such close range that we see past the actors to notice each other, is always risky. The light spill from pole-mounted lighting instruments is no help, and rather than immersing us in events, the conditions constantly remind us of the theatrical boundary. The toughest constraint of staging for three separate banks of spectators is that the actors must move constantly so no viewer is stuck watching the back of a character’s head. Some stories can be told well with frequent movement, but if ever there was a place where people would stay still, the deathbed waiting room is it. Yet Spillane has no choice but to keep the actors in motion, too often dissolving the tension that could build between people with no escape from each other. The lighting design by Joe Sanguinetti is effective, especially in the crepuscular scene changes that indicate the passage of time. Sound designer Otto Muller introduces the faintest trace of beeping hospital machinery, and contributes a tribal beat to Sasha’s outburst. The otherworldly rhythm almost rescues the action by adding grandeur, but a departure into musically scored ritual doesn’t fit the show’s realism. When the play ends, the characters are unchanged, but the audience has still witnessed actors firmly staking out their characters. The production is a theater experience but not a theatrical story. Without a satisfying ending or propulsive events, the play never climbs higher than repeating its circumstances. Still, the actors fascinate from start to finish. The waiting in that waiting room is what counts. m


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Gail Africa watering the plants at Vermont Flower Farm

Gail was kind enough to send me home with an Alabama Jubilee, which has already bloomed a few times and is a brilliant orange. You can see it at the end of the video. I got bit by the bug and will be back for more daylilies.


SD: I spied a monarch butterfly in this video. ES: Yes, my last video was about monarchs, so it was nice to see one in Marshfield. George has seen a decline in monarchs on the farm, and he has planted a pollinator garden to attract more. I found one monarch on a patch of Mexican sunflowers and also saw some caterpillar poop on some milkweed. George also has regular bear sightings on the farm and has been watching one giant male bear for many years. This was neat to talk about because I recently did a video about the Kilham Bear Center in New Hampshire.

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or almost four decades, Gail and George Africa have been working with plants and flowers. In 1983, they started Vermont Flower Farm in Shelburne and sold their blooms at the Burlington Farmers Market. The Africas later relocated their business to Marshfield and have occupied two different locations there. Since 2008, they have been off of busy Route 2 on 4.3 acres next to the Winooski River. They grow lush fields of daylilies and display gardens, which visitors can explore. Both George and Gail love to talk to customers about plants, but at ages 74 and 67, respectively, they are hoping to retire. They have placed the farm for sale and are looking for someone to carry on their floral vision. Seven Days senior multimedia producer Eva Sollberger met the Africas for an interview and got a tour of their gardens with George in his all-terrain vehicle for

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Unstuck: Episode Extras With Eva SEVEN DAYS: How did you hear about this place? EVA SOLLBERGER: My friend’s mother, Wendy Whaples Scully, has been nudging me to cover George and Gail for a year. She tags me on their Facebook posts and sends me DMs asking me to feature them. When I finally did make it out to Marshfield, Wendy was there to buy some daylilies and get interviewed. Timing is everything, and I should have gotten out earlier in the summer to see the gardens at their best, but I still saw plenty of color on the gray Saturday that I visited. SD: What did you learn on this trip? ES: I could talk to gardeners endlessly. This was a really informative video for me. I have been cultivating a small flower garden and learned everything I know from my mother. George taught me that dividing lilies is good for them, even though it seems like you are hurting them. And that when you deadhead, it is best to take the spent flowers and scapes to the compost instead

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of leaving them in the flower beds. This helps cut down on invasive insects that lay eggs in your spent blooms. SD: What ended up on the cuttingroom floor? ES: Way too much. George is a storyteller and had wonderful tales to share. I imagine a lot of the visitors to the farm enjoy talking to Gail and George as much as they love the flowers. I crammed as many stories as I could into this video, but I always wish there could be a super cut with all the leftover bits. Editing is a bit like gardening: You weed out all the extraneous bits and try to include the best blooms, leaving the rest on the compost heap to turn into mulch someday. SD: Those were some impressive daylilies. ES: Seriously! They put my meager patch of tiger lilies, aka road lilies, to shame. I loved listening to George naming all the kinds of daylilies. They have some magnificent names, like Honky Tonk Barbie, the Jury’s Out and Dream Souffle. And Gail keeps a display of all the varieties up at the main building, so you can see all the colors in one spot and pick your favorite.

SD: It’s funny to think of flowers as a “guilty pleasure.” ES: I was glad I got to meet Rick Sanborn, who is a customer and friend of the Africas. It was his second day in a row visiting the gardens, and he was making a list of daylilies to buy for next year. He called them his “guilty pleasures.” George told me to ask how many Rick had purchased over the years, and he initially said 50 varieties. When I bumped into him later, he confessed the number was closer to 70. Rick’s theory is that you always have “room for one more,” and this is something I can totally agree with. SD: What stands out to you about this couple? ES: I love meeting people who are passionate about what they do, and that describes Gail and George. They are also really hard workers, something I am drawn to. Gail shared a photo album from the early 1980s that showed the couple’s first farm in Shelburne and their stand at the Burlington Farmers Market where they sold sweet pea flowers, which were all the rage at the time. There were no photos of them together because they were always busy working in different places. It is amazing to think that four decades later they are still planting, dividing lilies, arranging flowers and watering. Hard work and passion must keep you young. I hope they can find the right people to carry on the legacy that they have created.

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vivid new mural by Chicago artist Mauricio Ramirez covers the side of the Shaw’s supermarket in Montpelier — all 150 feet of it. It’s the latest and largest of the Capital City’s public art installations. Yet it’s nowhere to be found in Travel + Leisure’s recent write-up of Montpelier as one of “9 Best Small Towns in the U.S. for Art Lovers.” The online magazine briefly observes: “Art is present everywhere, from rotating exhibitions at the State House and Supreme Court building to all the co-ops, galleries, and cultural institutions around town.” What it fails to note are the large-scale paintings and photos adorning building exteriors, the floral arrangements on the city’s bridges, the sculptures suspended over the river, and the pocket parks and other public-space enhancements. But no matter. Local architect Ward Joyce would argue that these amenities are meant to improve life for residents, not to impress visiting travel writers. Joyce, 59, is the force behind many projects that he calls “entrepreneurial public-benefit space work.” Aided by grants and sometimes by his former students at Vermont Technical College, he has designed and built parklets — including the very first one in Vermont — as well as pocket parks, bike-rack structures and a human-size chess board. He’s been instrumental in the installation of outdoor artwork, including multiple projects on Langdon Street over several seasons. And, Joyce noted, in the course of this work he has climbed ladders to vertiginous heights, repainted weathered surfaces and watered plants. “Public spaces are where we build our communities and our capacity to work together,” Joyce writes in a section of his website called Creative Placemaking. “They are the spaces that define our communities, regardless of scale.” During an interview in his office above Bear Pond Books, he put it like this: “I’ve been like a warrior for public space. I have this theory that we have the right and ability to help shape our cities.” Luckily for Montpelier, Joyce has likeminded compatriots. He chairs the city’s seven-member Public Art Commission, which advises and reports to the city council 64





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on all things public art and oversees the jurying, placement and maintenance of public artworks. “The idea was to formalize public art as a mission,” Joyce said, “to put the city on the map as a public art entity.” In 2018, the commission got a grant to develop a public art plan for Montpelier. Joyce credited Paul Gambill, executive director of local nonprofit Community Engagement Lab, with authoring the handsome 88-page publication, which serves as a template for current and future city administrators as they consider Montpelier’s visual environment. The plan begins with a high-minded declaration: “The Montpelier way is a culture of collaboration, thoughtfulness and ingenuity.” It goes on to outline guiding principles, place-based strategies, suggested

funding sources and ways to review progress over time. “The commission set out $20,000 a year to pay for projects,” Joyce said. “The idea was to give us not a lot of money but enough to make some choices. Our responsibility is to decide how to spend that money.” “I think we’ve accomplished a fabulous amount, given our meager budget and small volunteer group,” commission member Bob Hannum declared. A professional art restorer with a local and international clientele, Hannum noted that the group has “engaged business leaders, private individuals and foundations to contribute financially to our efforts.” That effort, he added, is “not just a success but a duty to our taxpayers.” When the pandemic arrived, Montpelier’s public art efforts slowed down, as did

the funding for them. Now, the commission is getting back in gear. “One thing we’re going to do now is catalog the work we’ve done and use that as a mechanism to go back to the city,” Joyce said. Per the public art master plan, private donations are part of the funding mix. The mural at Shaw’s is a case in point: The supermarket chain and building owner Ernie Pomerleau got on board with the project to the tune of $10,000. The commission and Montpelier Alive met that with $5,000 each. Most of the “low-cost, high-impact” art projects around the city are the work of Vermont artists, Ward said, but the commission accepts national submissions for larger projects. For the Shaw’s mural, it received 55 submissions, paid four artists to develop and present a plan, and finally selected Ramirez for his abstract spray-can design.


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“Some local artists were disappointed that we chose an out-of-state artist,” Joyce acknowledged. “But we have 11 or 12 projects around town, and all but one are by locals. “You’re never going to please everyone,” he added. “That’s almost the definition of public art.” Other recent projects include a banner by Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann at Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft; an enlarged painting by Kristine Chartrand on the side of the North Branch Café; and a five-panel plexiglass-and-paint sculpture on Main Street by Barre’s Arcana Workshop. Susan Calza’s “Red Oculus” installation, stationed in front of city hall earlier this summer, will be supplemented this fall by video screened on downtown buildings. Joyce noted that the commission just got a five-year grant from the Vermont Agency of Transportation to fund mural making at the interstate underpass on Route 2. Artist Carolyn Shapiro approached the group in February seeking support for a pair of murals at that location. But, Joyce said, “Because Gateway Park has 16 enormous concrete pylons under the interstate, the commission felt it was an opportunity to make it an even bigger project.” The area

will support a number of murals, with their content subject to VTrans approval. The Public Art Commission is not the first or only entity to champion such projects in the city. The nonprofit Montpelier Alive has been doing it for years. The two organizations have similar objectives and sometimes collaborate, said local sculptor Rob Hitzig, a past chair and current vice chair of the commission who also serves on the Montpelier Alive design committee. The Shaw’s mural was one example, he said; the two organizations also pooled their funds to buy a large projector. “It’s a little confusing for folks, but there’s a lot of overlap, and it makes for more art and more ways of doing things,” Hitzig said. He applauded Joyce for his role in those efforts. “Ward is a go-getter with passion and seat-of-the-pants engineering,” Hitzig said, noting the architect’s willingness to tackle sometimes precarious installations. For his part, Joyce believes that “individual heroic acts don’t have longevity.” When it comes to public art and infrastructure, it takes a village. “The critical thing about public space is to have it institutionally backed, funded and maintained,” he said. But Hannum insisted that public art also needs a persuasive ambassador. “Not all of our citizens approve of what we do, and this is one of the many reasons I am grateful for Ward’s leadership,” he said. “He is patient and kind with naysayers. I wanted his experience and intelligence and talent and passion on our team.” Vermont’s capital city can expect more public-space enhancements as the commission evolves — and Joyce has a birthday. “Architects don’t even get good ’til they’re 60,” he said. m

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SACRED FEMININE’: Large-scale black-and-white photographs by Shanta Lee Gander, based on the inquiry, “Who or what is the Goddess when she is allowed to misbehave?” Fall opening: Wednesday, September 14, 5:30-7 p.m. September 14-December 9. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington.


‘ROCK SOLID XXII’: The annual celebration of stone includes sculptures, assemblages and other works in the main gallery and plaza. RAY BROWN: “Transformative Moves,” a lifetime retrospective of the paintings, drawings, prints and more by the late local artist. Curated by NNEMoCA on the second and third floors and in the Quick Change Gallery, as well as annex locations at AR Market and Morse Block. September 14-October 29. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre.


f GRACE: 45 YEARS OF CREATIVITY: An exhibition of works by participants in the Hardwick-based Grassroots Arts and Community Effort, which facilitates art making with seniors and people with disabilities. Reception and gallery talk: Thursday, September 22, 3 p.m. September 20-October 21. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University, in Johnson.


f ‘NEW DATA/NEW DADA’: An open-call exhibition of 40 collage and 3D assemblages that explore, echo, translate or reinvent Dada, by artists from the U.S. and Canada. f ‘THE STORY’: An open-call exhibition of contemporary photographs whose visual narratives evoke a response in the viewer, by artists from Vermont, New York, California and Texas. Reception: Saturday, September 24, 5-7 p.m. September 15-November 20. Info, 325-2603. Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill in Poultney.


f SOLO EXHIBITIONS: Ten artists exhibit their work in a variety of mediums: Barbara Ackerman, Justin Kenney, Arnela Mahmutović, Evan McGlinn, Julie Merwin, Heather Palecek, Robert Ressler, Ron Vallario, Katrin Waite and Ann Young. Reception: Saturday, September 17, 2-4 p.m. September 17-November 6. Info, 362-1405. Yester House Galleries, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester.



exhibition of textile arts in quilting, felting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidery and mixed media. Reception: Friday, September 16, 5-7 p.m., with live music by pianist Marna Grove. September 16-October 22. Info, 775-0356. Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph.

ART EVENTS ART & STROLL: The second annual art fest in the Hannaford shopping plaza features more than 40 craft and art vendors, as well as food, live music and kids’ activities. Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center & Gallery, Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, ART CAFÉ WITH MUSIC: Explore this year’s contemporary art exhibition, “Interplay,” with fresh baked goods, tea and live piano music. Kents’ Corner State Historic Site, Calais, Friday, September 16, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Info, 828-0749. ARTISAN MARKET: An outdoor marketplace featuring arts, crafts, specialty foods and other handmade



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.

CREATIVE AGING GRANTS: The Vermont Arts Council is offering grants up to $4,000 for organizations to provide skill-based arts instruction and social engagement led by experienced teaching artists for older adults aged 60-plus. Info and application at Through November 1.

2022 SUNDOG POETRY BOOK AWARD: The Sundog Poetry Book Award is open to submissions from all Vermont-based poets who have not published a first or second book. Final judge Shanta Lee Gander will select the winning manuscript and write an introduction for the book. The winning poet will receive a cash prize of $500, 50 copies of the book and assistance with promotion. Details and application at sundogpoetry. org. Through September 30. $20.

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. Info, 863-6458.

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.

FIRST NIGHT NORTH ST. JOHNSBURY: Applications are open for family-friendly acts to perform on Saturday, December 31, as part of the New Year’s Eve arts festival. To apply for one or two 45-minute performance slots, please find a link to the form at Through September 15. Free. Info, 748-2600.

‘CELEBRATE’: Studio Place Arts members can sign up to participate in a gift and art show (November 9 to December 29) that includes ceramics, wearables and fiber, cards, bin art, ornaments, paintings and other 2D work, jewelry and glassware. Deadline: October 8. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $20-35. Info, 479-7069, CHAMPLAIN VALLEY CRAFT SHOW AND ANTIQUE EXPO: Artisans, artists and specialty food makers are welcome to apply for this exhibition held during the Champlain Valley Expo, October 21 to 23. Details and application at Through October 1. Info, 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 brattleboromuseum. org. Deadline: September 15. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Info, items. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 775-0356. ARTIST & CURATOR CONVERSATION: FRANK JACKSON AND SARAH FREEMAN: Artist Frank Jackson and curator Sarah Freeman discuss “There/There,” an exhibition of Jackson’s abstract landscape paintings using fresco on burlap cloth. Register at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Friday, September 16, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 257-0124. ARTIST TALK: LIBBY PALOMA & CHRISTOPHER T. TERRY: The artists discuss their creative practices via Zoom, in conjunction with current exhibition “More Than an Object: The Contemporary Still Life.” Registration required. BCA Center, Burlington, Thursday, September 15, 6 p.m. Free. BENNINGTON QUILTFEST: The Quiet Valley Quilters Guild presents more than 180 new quilts, challenge quilts and a special exhibit of 48 quilts by Lucille Makrin and a memorial quilt exhibit, as well as vendors, demonstrations, consignment boutique, raffle quilt and baskets. Mt. Anthony Union Middle School, Bennington, Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, September 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10. Info, BIWEEKLY FIGURE DRAWING SOCIAL: Tickets are limited to 20 seats and are first come, first serve. Live model; bring your own beverages and supplies; curated


JURIED VIDEO SALON: “Where Are We?” is the theme of a video presentation to be screened outdoors at a downtown Montpelier location and, secondly, at the gallery. Submit video (five-minute maximum) or a link to by September 15. Susan Calza Gallery, Montpelier. WELCOME BLANKET PROJECT: The public is invited to submit handmade blankets and welcome notes to gift to refugees and new Americans. Both will be displayed in an upcoming exhibition before distribution. Welcome Blanket was created by Jayna Zweiman, cofounder of the Pussyhat Project. Instructions and drop-off locations at Heritage Winooski Mill Museum. Through November 30. Info, ‘WHIR, CLANK, BEEP’: An upcoming show is about machines: simple levers and pulleys, farm equipment, robots, computers and AI. Kinetic sculpture, working machines, 2D and 3D depictions of real and invented machines, and sculptures made from machine parts are all welcome. Deadline: December 10. Info at Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069. playlist. RSVP at Wishbone Collective, Winooski, Wednesday, September 21, 6-8 p.m. $15. Info, 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, September 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Info, 865-7166. FAREWELL RECEPTION: Coinciding with the opening of fall exhibitions, the museum honors outgoing director Janie Cohen, who is retiring after 31 years. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, September 14, 5:30-7 p.m. Info, 656-0750. ‘HUMANS OF JOHNSON’: Johnson Beautification Committee celebrates the completion of a new public mural (next to the food shelf) created by local artist and NVU-Johnson graduate Finn Watsula. Refreshments served; all welcome. Johnson Food Shelf, Sunday, September 18, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2611. JAY LAGEMANN: The orchard and Middlebury’s Edgewater Gallery celebrate the early harvest season with a reception and artist talk, tour and refreshments. Sunrise Orchards, Cornwall, Friday, September 16, 5:30-7 p.m. Info, 989-7419. KATE DONNELLY: “Lift,” a performance in three acts that tracks an archive of unruly grief and her attendant, desire. Also featuring Sumru Tekin and


Thatiana Oliveira. RSVP for details, location and to reserve a spot. Rain date: September 18. Private residence, Shelburne, Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Info, PIPE CLASSIC XV: A CLASSIC FINALE: The longrunning glass pipe-making competition invites 12 of the best pipe-makers in the world to battle it out; each has 12 hours to make the craziest glass pipe they can. Passes are available for access to nightly events. Presented by Glass Torch Technologies & Moodmats. The Bern Gallery, Burlington, through September 17. Free. Info, 865-0994. TALK: MEET THE COLLECTORS: Community members who lent objects to the museum’s current exhibit, “Addison County Collects,” share stories about their collections: Bruce Yelton, slag and info about East Middlebury Iron Works; Sas Carey, memories of and clothing from Mongolia; Diana Bigelow, figures made from sticks and stones; and Eva Garcelon-Hart, on her experience of organizing the artwork of New York City artist Władysław Brzosko and curating an exhibition at Middlebury College in 2008. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, Wednesday, September 14, noon. Free. Info, 388-2117. VISITING ARTIST TALK: CORIN HEWITT: A discussion about the artist’s installations, performances, sculptures, photographs and videos that investigate relationships within architecture and domestic life. The former Vermonter is an associate professor and graduate director of sculpture and extended media at Virginia Commonwealth University. Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Monday, September 19, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2727.

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‘ANYWHERE FROM ANYWHERE’: A collection of drawings by more than 20 artists. Through December 1. Info, Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington. 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. ART HOP JURIED SHOW: Artwork by more than 70 artists submitted for competition in the 30th annual South End Art Hop; juried by David Griffin. Through December 10. Info, 859-9222. The Vaults 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. ‘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.

f ‘CALL AND RESPONSE’: Artworks by 16 members of the Howard Arts Collective, each inspired by a piece in the museum’s collections. f ROCKWELL KENT: Prints by the iconic American artist (1882-1971) from the Ralph C. Nemec collection. Fall opening: Wednesday, September 14, 5:30-7 p.m. Through December 9. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington. ‘CONNECTIONS’: Howard Center Arts Collective presents an art installation of painted mailboxes and mosaics, inviting viewers to reflect on the benefits of old-fashioned mail delivery and to consider whether mailboxes have become relics of the past. Through



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July 31. Info, Howard Center 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. ‘MORE THAN A MARKET’: An exhibit celebrating local, immigrant-owned markets in Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski, featuring an installation that re-creates the feel of a busy market, as well as wall panels with archival and contemporary photographs. Third floor. Through December 23. Info, 989-4723, 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. ‘VOICES OF ST. JOSEPH’S ORPHANAGE’: Photographs and stories of abuse and recovery from the Catholic-run Burlington orphanage, which was home to more than 13,000 children from 1854 to 1974. Presented by the St. Joseph’s Orphanage Restorative Inquiry and the Vermont Folklife Center. Through December 16. Info, 656-2138. Billings Library, University of Vermont, in Burlington. WYLIE GARCIA: “Tending Constellations,” a solo exhibition of recent paintings that emerged from the emotional spaces between grief and joy, uncertainty and hope. Through October 8. Info, 324-0014. Soapbox Arts in Burlington.

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‘ABENAKI CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE VERMONT COMMUNITY’: A series of murals designed by Scott Silverstein in consultation with Abenaki artists Lisa Ainsworth Plourde and Vera Longtoe Sheehan and members of Richmond Racial Equity; the 10 panels celebrate the Abenaki origins of practices still important to Vermont culture. Through May 31. Info, Richmond Town Hall. ART & DESIGN FACULTY EXHIBITION: Artworks by Mallory Breiner, Brian Collier, Jordan Douglas, Peter Gallo, Gordon Glover, Becca Gurney and Will Mentor. Through September 23. Info, McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester. 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. BRIAN DROURR & STEPHANIE BUSH: Nature photographs and paintings of cows, respectively. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through October 18. Info, 865-7296. Pierson Library in Shelburne. ‘EYESIGHT & INSIGHT: LENS ON AMERICAN ART’: An exhibition of artworks that illuminates creative responses to perceptions of vision; four sections explore themes ranging from 18th-century optical technologies to the social and historical connotations of eyeglasses in portraiture from the 19th century to the present. Through October 16. ‘IN PLAIN SIGHT: REDISCOVERING CHARLES SUMNER BUNN’S DECOYS’: An online exhibition of shorebird decoys carved by the member of the ShinnecockMontauk Tribes, based on extensive research and resolving historic controversy. Through October 5. ‘OUR COLLECTION: ELECTRA HAVEMEYER WEBB, EDITH HALPERT AND FOLK ART’: A

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‘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.

f JESSICA SCRIVER: “Growth Patterns,” new paintings in mixed media that explore shape, pattern, texture and color. Reception: Friday, September 30, 5-7 p.m. Through October 29. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne.

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LINDA BLACKERBY: Vibrant abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through October 2. Info, Shelburne Vineyard. MARY LOU MARCUSSEN: “Camp, Champ, Champlain,” acrylic paintings by the Williston artist that celebrate camp life in all seasons. Through September 25. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.


ALISA DWORSKY: “The Folded Line,” large-format, multidimensional drawings that engage with the question of what it means to make a line. Through September 29. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier. AMY HOOK-THERRIEN: Watercolor paintings by the Vermont artist. A portion of sales benefits the nature center. Through September 30. Info, 2296206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. BOW THAYER: Vibrant paintings by the Vermont musician and visual artist. Through October 11. Info, 225-6232. Filling Station in Middlesex. ELLIOT BURG: “Tunbridge Fair,” an exhibit of black-and-white photographs by the Middlesex photographer . Through September 30. Info, 2724920. Capitol Region Visitors Center in Montpelier. ‘INTERPLAY’: Works in a variety of mediums by 20 Vermont artists fill the historic house and grounds in this annual exhibition and illuminate time, memory and personal story; also, a showcase of work by staff artists of the Vermont Studio Center. Through October 9. Info, david.schutz@vermont. gov. Kents’ Corner State Historic Site in Calais. JEANNE AMATO: Vibrant woodblock prints of Vermont and the natural world beyond. Through September 27. Info, 479-0896. Espresso Bueno in Barre. JEROME LIPANI: “Visual Fugue,” analytical abstractions and assemblages of found materials, conceived as scores for music and dance improvisation. Through September 30. Info, jeromelipani@ Plainfield Co-op. JILL MADDEN: Oil paintings on linen and gouache paintings on watercolor paper that explore the unique wilderness areas of the Green Mountains. Through September 30. Info, 223-2328. Vermont Natural Resources Council in Montpelier.

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KATHY STARK: “New Work 2019-2022,” paintings constructed of repeating marks that might evoke fields of crops, flocks of birds, schools of fish or families of color. Through October 2. Info, 552-0877. The Front in Montpelier.


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LOIS EBY: “Paintings,” abstract works in conjunction with the staging of Both Eyes Open: The Annie Oakley Story by Jeanne Beckwith, presented by Lost Nation Theater. Masks required. Through September 18. Info, 229-0492. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall. 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. ‘THE WORLD THROUGH THEIR EYES’: Watercolors and drawings by 19th-century Norwich alumni William Brenton Boggs and Truman Seymour depicting scenes in North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Through December 16. Info, 485-2886. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield.


f ‘LAND & LIGHT & WATER & AIR’: An annual exhibition featuring more than 95 works by local and regional artists who paint the Vermont countryside. Reception and awards ceremony: Thursday, September 15, 5-8 p.m. Through October 30. f ‘LET US INTRODUCE YOU’: Paintings by five artists who have not previously exhibited in the gallery: Robin Reynolds, Ellen Hopkins Fountain, Kate Follett, Ella Delyanis and Caroline Loftus. Reception: Thursday, September 15, 5-8 p.m. Through October 30. 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.

Teresa Celemin The women’s faces are distorted, eyes askew, makeup smeared. Most have long, limp hair. Their heads are affixed to glittery green boards and assembled together for “Billy Bounty Hunter’s Trophy Wall: Abortion Heads of Texas.” This is the first-place winner in the South End Art Hop’s juried show. The 30th annual Burlington festival took place over the weekend, but the exhibition, in the Vaults building on Howard Street, is on view until December 10. Teresa Celemin’s mixed-media installation, 75 by 46 inches, might seem merely quirky at first glance: quickly sketched (if laboriously produced) heads made of papier-mâché, wigs and colorful paint. But if the idea of women’s heads mounted on plaques sounds grisly, wait until you read the backstory: A Celemin-penned faux newspaper article — datelined 2037 — accompanying the artwork begins: “Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion advocacy organization, unveiled its first human trophy wall on Wednesday…” It’s no surprise to learn that Celemin took her cue from the U.S. Supreme Court’s dismantling of abortion rights — as well as reports of “bounties” for those who report on suspected abortions taking place in Texas. She just leapt to a dystopian extreme. “I was distraught after Roe fell,” Celemin said in a phone interview. “I was like, Fuck it, man. I was so angry. I need to funnel this anger into a creative voice, to use my art as a voice, as a weapon, because this is war.” The Hinesburg artist did not hold back. “I have this dark sense of humor anyway,” she said. “I was thinking, What’s going to happen? And I came up with this — obviously influenced by The Handmaid’s Tale.” “This” was the idea of said bounty hunters not just snitching on but exterminating women who dared to take control of their own health care — and gleefully displaying their taxidermy heads. Celemin went for something else in this piece: artistic abandon. Describing herself as a kid who “didn’t fit in” at

‘EXPOSED’: The annual outdoor sculpture show featuring works by nine Vermont artists sited on the Current lawn and downtown. Through October 22. Info, 253-8358. Various Stowe locations. ‘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. Through September 16. Info, 635-1469. Susan Calza Black Box Gallery, Visual Arts Center, in Johnson.

f VICTORIA ZOLNOSKI: “Biocentric,” paintings and photographs by NVU-Johnson art faculty member. Closing reception: Thursday, September 15, 3 p.m. Through September 16. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University, in Johnson.

‘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. Through December 10. Info, 253-8358. The Current in Stowe. ‘YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IT TO SEE IT!’: Abstract sculptures by Melinda McDaniel and digital paintings by Fernando Orellana, curated by Kara Jefts. Through September 21. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson.

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‘EARTH & FIRE’: A group exhibition of artworks in glass and ceramic by local artists. Through October 14. Info, 224-6878. Mad River Valley Arts Gallery in Waitsfield. GREEN MOUNTAIN PHOTO SHOW: An annual unjuried exhibition open to professional and amateur photographers in a variety of styles, formats and



“Billy Bounty Hunter’s Trophy Wall: Abortion Heads of Texas” by Teresa Celemin

school, she was formally trained at the Parsons School of Design and New York Academy of Art. She learned to draw and paint realistically and believed she had to prove herself in a male-dominated art world. But during a recent residency at Vermont Studio Center, Celemin said, she reclaimed her inner wild child. Before making the trophy heads, she said she thought back to first grade and making papier-mâché. She laughingly described the challenge of working with the medium: “It’s wet paper over a balloon!” But Celemin relished the newfound lack of control. “Next I want to do something about Ethel Rosenberg,” she declared. “And I have all these other ideas to do with heads.” Here’s a funny fact: David Griffin, the juror for the Art Hop show, had no inkling of the story behind Celemin’s construction when he chose it for first place. He initially looked at the artworks on slides, he explained, without titles or artist’s names. Or fake newspaper articles. “I was mostly taken with the colors, the materials,” Griffin said in a phone call. “I thought I was looking at something about gender identity, gender fluidity. But I was glad it brought attention to the Texas bounty hunters and the abortion issue. “I’m not surprised to learn that [Celemin] is trained,” he added, “because the impact is sophisticated.” Griffin, a longtime graphic designer in Burlington, was on the board of the organization that later became the South End Arts + Business Association and was an early organizer of events that would gel into the Art Hop. “I don’t want to take credit away from Melanie [Brotz], who did the first one,” he said. After living in Florida for a number of years, Griffin returned to Vermont this year. This is his first time as juror of an exhibition that he helped to launch so long ago. “I’ve been having an incredible summer, so this just fell into place,” he said.


subject matter. Through October 9. Info, info@ Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm in Waitsfield.

f KATE SMITH & ELIZABETH NELSON: Abstract paintings drawn from memories of special places. Meet the artists: Friday, September 23, 6-8 p.m. Through October 9. 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.

middlebury area

2022 PICNIC BASKET RAFFLE: An annual fundraiser for the museum featuring baskets hand-painted by Nancie Dunn, Gary Starr, Gayl Braisted, Warren Kimble, Danielle Rougeau and Fran Bull. Bidding is at Through October 10. CAMPUS THEATER MOVIE POSTERS: A virtual exhibit of archival posters and other ephemera from Middlebury’s former movie theater, which opened in 1936. It was later converted to the current Marquis Theater. Through January 7. ‘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. ‘ARTISTS IN THE ARCHIVES: COMMUNITY, HISTORY & COLLAGE’: Collage prints by 23 artists from seven countries that reflect upon the idea of community in the 21st-century world. Curated by Kolaj Institute director Ric Kasini Kadour. Through January 7. ‘THE ELEPHANT IN THE ARCHIVES’: An experimental exhibit reexamining the museum’s Stewart-Swift Research Center archival collections with a critical eye toward silences, erasures and contemporary relevance. Through January 7. CHUCK HERRMANN: “Sculptures of Perseverance,” eight poignant works by the Shoreham wood carver created in response to the ongoing Ukrainian tragedy. Through January 7. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. BETSY SILVERMAN & RACHEL WILCOX: “About Town,” paintings of the urban landscape. Through September 30. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at the Falls in Middlebury. ‘COLOR’: Photographs in vivid color juried by Jeff Curto, in the gallery and online. Through September 23. Info, PhotoPlace Gallery 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 ORWELL ARTISTS’: Works by 11 artists including pottery, collage, painting and more. Through October 15. Info, 989-7225. Sparrow Art Supply in Middlebury. RORY JACKSON: “Be Still,” paintings of landscapes and skies by the local artist. Through September 27. Info, 989-7419. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury. SAMUEL WYATT: “Writing on the Wall Project,” new paintings that explore the light, shadow, textures and graffiti in urban settings. Through September 30. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury.


ALTHEA BILODEAU LAMB & JUDITH REILLY: “Common Threads,” fabric and fiber art. Through November 6. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild.

ARTISTS FROM THE GABLES: An exhibition of works in a variety of mediums by Bob Lloyd, Hellen Dillon, Lowell Klock and Bill Ramage. Through October 1. Info, The Gables at East Mountain in Rutland.

ELLY BARKSDALE & MARTHA ELMES: “Women— Strength in Numbers,” works by the local artist that draw attention to women power. Through September 30. Info, The Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville.

BILL RAMAGE: “A Lamentation for a Lost Lexicon, Phase Two,” variations on Jasper Johns’ “Three Flags” paintings by the Rutland artist. Through October 8. Info, B&G Gallery in Rutland.

JUDITH JACOBS: “Transience,” photographs of time. Through September 27. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Company in West Glover.

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. Through September 17. Info, 800-639-8521. Castleton University Bank Gallery in Rutland. SCULPTFEST22: An annual outdoor exhibition of sculptural installations in a variety of mediums. Through October 23. Info, 438-2097. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland.

champlain islands/northwest

DAVID STROMEYER: The artist’s outdoor venue featuring 70 large-scale contemporary sculptures. Through October 10. Info, 512-333-2119. Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls. 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. Through September 26. Info, 355-2150. GreenTARA Space in North Hero.

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‘BEYOND WORDS’: A group exhibition of book-inspired art by invited artists in the Connecticut River Valley region. Through November 30. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery in White River Junction.

f JULIAN ADON ALEXANDER: “Effigies,” graphite drawings and acrylic paintings by the New York City-based artist. Artist talk and closing reception: Sunday, October 2, noon-3 p.m. Through October 2. Info, 347-264-4808. Kishka Gallery & Library 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.


PRINTMAKING’: A faculty exhibition featuring a variety of works by Michael Smoot, Susan Smereka, Jes Raymond, Lynn Newcomb, Mary Mead, Patty Hudak, Rachel Gross and Janet Cathey. Reception: Friday, October 7, 5-7 p.m. Through October 31. Info, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. ‘TRIO: PUTTING IT TOGETHER’: Artworks in paint, collage and found objects by Sloane Dawson, Margaret Kannenstine and Amy Schachter. Through September 24. Info, 457-3500. ArtisTree Gallery in South Pomfret.

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‘1,111 COPPER NAILS’: A 36-year retrospective of the Bread and Puppet calendar. Through December 31. Info, Hardwick Inn. ‘CASPIAN ARTS AT MAC! WELCOME!’: Works in a variety of mediums by members of the Greensborobased artist organization. Through October 29. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport. ‘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.

RACHEL LAUNDON: “Metamorphosis,” a solo exhibition of creations using found materials. Through October 8. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. RANDY ALLEN: “Feeling the Landscape,” oil paintings. Through September 18. Info, 533-2000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.

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ALISSA BUFFUM: The mixed-media painter and sculptor is the first recipient of the gallery’s Working Artist Program, which provides studio and exhibition space. Visitors are welcome to experience her art-making process during gallery hours. Through November 28. Info, 289-0104. Canal Street Art Gallery in Bellows Falls. BARBARA CAMPMAN: “In Passage,” painting, assemblage and mixed media by the Vermont artist. Through November 6. Info, 387-0102. Next Stage Arts Project in Putney. ‘FELT EXPERIENCE’: Works by five artists who use the medium of felt in diverse and novel ways: Marjolein Dallinga, Ruth Jeyaveeran, Melissa Joseph, Liam Lee and Stephanie Metz; curated by Sarah Freeman and Katherine Gass Stowe. Through October 10. ‘NEBIZUN: WATER IS LIFE’: Artwork by Abenaki artists of the Champlain Valley and Connecticut River Valley, including protest art created in support of the Native American Water Protectors; curated by Vera Longtoe Sheehan. Through October 10. BETH GALSTON: “Unraveling Oculus,” an immersive sculptural installation using natural elements and video recorded in a silo. 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. ‘EGGSHELLS & CHEEKBONES’: A family of artists — painters Alison Crossley and Felix Roberts and land artist Tristan Roberts — exhibit their works together for the first time. Through September 30. Info, 704-441-5338. 118 Elliot in Brattleboro. KRISTOFFER ORUM: “Mundane Monsters,” a multimedia exhibit by the Danish artist that offers humorous, inventive takes on the modern relationship of nature and culture. Through October 7. Info, Epsilon Spires in Brattleboro. LEON GOLUB: Nearly 70 expressive figurative paintings that explore man’s relationship with the dynamics of power, spanning the American artist’s career from 1947 to 2002. LOIS DODD: A survey of some 50 paintings by the American artist from the late 1950s through last year that depict places she lives and works, from rural Maine to New York City. Through November 27. Info, Hall Art Foundation in Reading.


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.

Through November 27. Info, 362-1405. Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, 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.


JOHN DOUGLAS: “Anywhere but Here,” a solo exhibition of photographs by the Vershire artist. Through September 30. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library. PEGGY WATSON & ROARKE SHARLOW: Mixed-media paintings and painterly digital photographs, respectively. Through September 25. Info, artetcvt@ ART, etc. in Randolph. ‘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.

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DEAR SIMON PHOTOGRAPHY: “Book of Eve,” studies in human form, shadow and light. Through September 30. Info, 518-563-1604. Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. ‘FIREFLIES AND FREEZE TAG’: A curated group exhibition of 26 New Hampshire and Vermont artists whose artwork reflects on the joys of summer. Through September 24. MARGARET JACOBS, NANCY SEPE & LI SHEN: Solo exhibitions in multiple materials and disciplines; the three artists share an interest in storytelling through objects considered culturally or socially significant. Through September 30. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H.

f ‘MADAYIN: EIGHT DECADES OF ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN BARK PAINTING FROM YIRRKALA’: The first major exhibition of Aboriginal Australian bark paintings to tour the U.S., a contemporary interpretation of an ancient tradition of Indigenous knowledge expression. Public celebratory events: Thursday, September 22, through Saturday, September 24. Through December 4. Info, 603-646-2821. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. ‘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. 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. SHARY BOYLE: “Outside the Palace of Me,” a multisensory exhibition that explores how identity and personality are constructed in the age of social media. Through January 15. Info, 514-2852000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. m

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encouraged to sit down and shut up,” King recently told me by phone. “My music is in some ways a reaction to that.” King’s most recent release, The Hour, shows a more riled-up side to her songwriting. The 2021 EP, produced by SIMONE FELICE of the FELICE BROTHERS, is a countrified condemnation of the patriarchy, even featuring a few murder ballads that just about edge into the wish-fulfillment zone. “I know my last EP was a little tough COURTESY OF LUKE AWTRY

It can be a little weird the first time you try to describe to non-southerners how politics work down in the so-called Bible Belt. The prevailing notion among northerners is that it’s basically a bunch of old, white Evangelical racists who love good food, bad music and discrimination. To be fair, that’s not really far off from the mark in some spots. But, as with most things in life, the reality is more complex. Though I was born in the North and have lived in Vermont for decades, I spent my formative years growing up in Rocky Mount, N.C. It’s a weird place, full of murder — two serial killers at once, y’all! — history, institutionalized racism and some really good Mexican restaurants. (Also, THELONIOUS MONK was born there. But even though he moved to New York City when he was 5, I’m pretty sure he hated Rocky Mount.) There are certainly plenty of the kind of whitehaired, slow-speaking old dudes who love to gerrymander voting districts to limit Black voters and tell women what to do with their bodies. For all those unpleasant characters, however, scores of people I know in North Carolina have huge hearts, a love of their fellow humans and a real desire to make things better. More importantly,

they are much more directly affected by the actions of less well-intentioned people sitting on courts and in Congress than we are in Vermont. Singer-songwriter SARAH KING knows all about it. The Vermont-based Americana and blues rocker originally hails from Georgia and is keenly aware of how recent political and judicial decisions have rocked her home state, as well as the rest of America. “In the South, as a girl, you’re

for dudes to hear, and I have so, so many wonderful men in my life,” King continued. “But when it comes to old white dude energy in places like the Supreme Court … yeah, I’m not sitting down and shutting up about that.” King, who was recently awarded a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council for her upcoming record, recalled preparing to shoot some promotional videos when her phone buzzed and she saw the news that Roe v. Wade had been overturned, opening the way for red states to ban or restrict abortion access. “I was supposed to shoot these videos, but I couldn’t because I was just crying,” she said. “I alternated between wondering what the fuck was even happening and trying to figure out something I could do to actually help.” So, she reached out to South Burlington nightclub Higher Ground about staging a benefit show. King knew she didn’t want to do something small and that she wanted to bring in a collection of female artists who would be similarly motivated to make a difference. With the help of folks at Higher Ground, King put together a lineup of some of Vermont’s best female artists and female-fronted bands for the Reproductive Rights Rally. Featuring soul siren KAT WRIGHT, singer-songwriterproducer FRANCESCA BLANCHARD, cosmic pop outfit ACQUAMOSSA and indie rockers FATHER FIGUER, the show takes place on Friday, September 23, as part of the club’s outdoor summer series, Backside 405, in Burlington’s South End. The lineup also features guest speakers and community leaders talking between sets. “I think it’s a perfect balance of badass women,” King said of the bill. The show took a few months to put together, during which time King grew increasingly concerned as the news cycle seemed to pivot away from the loss of abortion rights. “It’s still overturned, you know? It hasn’t miraculously come back,” she said. “So, we have to stay fired up and not care if it pisses some people off, honestly. I want everyone to be able to enjoy my music, but look … if you still think Roe v. Wade should have been overturned, then I don’t really want your money anyway.” Where King does want money going is to the National Network of Abortion Funds, the rally’s beneficiary, which strives to help people in need by removing financial and logistical barriers to abortion access. The organization is especially important to King, who knows all too well how much more difficult it is to gain access to reproductive health in the southern states.


“I still remember being in my twenties in Georgia and needing surgery,” King said. “It wasn’t an abortion, but I needed major reproductive surgery. And, honestly, I don’t think I’d be able to get that care in Georgia today.” By linking up with the NNAF, King wants to help those in communities who need it the most, her former home included. It’s a fitting goal for the southern expat, who is currently in the middle of a tour through the Southeast. “When I’m back down south, I’m not going into clubs guns blazing and telling people how to live their life,” she said. “At the end of the day, I want to connect with people through my music, not push anyone away. But I’ve come a long way from the girl who grew up in Georgia and being told to keep my opinions to myself. I’m going to stick up for what’s right.” Visit for tickets and details.


Saxophonist and composer BRIAN

MCCARTHY has formed a new 17-piece

orchestra. And what have you done with your day, you lazy bastard? Just kidding. We can’t all form massive jazz bands. McCarthy is using his new, big-ass group — real name: the BRIAN MCCARTHY JAZZ ORCHESTRA — to feature guest artists on a mini tour of Vermont. It starts on Friday, September 23, with a free show at the McCarthy Arts Center at Saint Michael’s College. Local jazz legend RAY VEGA and his trumpet will be featured, and the orchestra will showcase both Latin jazz originals and classic standards that McCarthy and Vega have arranged. The urge to try something on this scale came to McCarthy during the COVID-19 lockdown. “I have always wanted to write for my own Jazz Orchestra featuring the talent we have here in Vermont, and the

pandemic really pushed me to not wait any longer,” he wrote in a press release for the event. After the St. Mike’s show, there will be three more chances to catch the Brian McCarthy Jazz Orchestra live: Saturday, September 24, at the Alexander Twilight Theater at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon; Friday, September 30, at the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium at SUNY Plattsburgh in New York; and Saturday, October 1, at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. Check out Brian McCar brianmccarthyjazz. thy and Ray Vega com for more info. Who’s ready for Halloween? I’m not trying to wish away the warm weather, but I’m a sucker for the spooky season. Seems like JAMES KOCHALKA is, as well! The quirky Vermont musician and first Vermont cartoonist laureate is releasing a new track this Friday, September 16, called “The Mummy’s on the Loose (feat. JELLO BIAFRA).” Yep, you read that song title correctly. The former DEAD KENNEDYS front person joins Kochalka to warn about a killer mummy tearing his way across the Green Mountains. He takes on a VINCENT PRICE-like monologue in the middle of the song, exhorting everyone to “run, don’t stop” from the monster. Also teaming up with Kochalka for the tune is Burlington punkrock outfit ROUGH FRANCIS, who provide a massive backing track of pure power. The song itself is a hard-charging, tongue-in-cheek horror romp, with Kochalka warning of a bloodthirsty creature that “hates things that move” and “killed a farmer and a guy from IBM.” Producer/musician NEIL CLEARY said the track is the first from a forthcoming project of “exciting collaborations James and I have been working on together,” promising more info to come. Keep your eyes here for that and, in the meantime, lean into Halloween with the first scary song of the season. m

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Nashville, Tenn.-born comedian JAMES

AUSTIN JOHNSON first rose to prominence

doing impressions of former president Donald Trump on social media. Johnson’s

Mary Lambert with Aisha Burns (singer-songwriter) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $20/$23. The Mauskovic Dance Band with (indie rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7:45 p.m. $12/$14. Protoje with Jesse Royal and Lila Ike (reggae, dance hall) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $35/$39. Steve Hartmann and High Tea (singer-songwriter) at Stage 33 Live, Bellows Falls, 6:30 p.m. $10/$15.

uncanny ability to mimic today’s political leaders, including President Joe Biden,

Sunday Brunch Tunes (singersongwriter) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.

helped land him a spot as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” Dubbed “a


Irish Sessions (Celtic folk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

cross between Dana Carvey and Darrell Hammond” by Entertainment Weekly,

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

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

Johnson established himself as key player

Dose (rock) at Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, 5 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. Live Jazz (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Socializing for Introverts featuring Grace Palmer (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 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. ACQ (jazz fusion) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5/$10. Alex Stewart Quartet and Special Guests (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Andriana Chobot with Larsen Gardens (indie pop) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. $5/$10. The Blue Shoes with the Most Wanted (funk, jazz) at Red Square, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $5/$10. Bob Wagner and Friends: Perform the Music of Bill Withers (Bill Withers tribute) at Backside 405, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20/$25.

his first season. He swings through South Burlington on Thursday, September 15, for a performance at Higher Ground

Troy Milette & Dan Rahilly (singer-songwriter) at Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.

Jerborn & Axe (rock) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free.

Twisted Pine with Beg, Steal or Borrow (Americana, bluegrass) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $10/$15.

Lady Shoob Productions Presents a Drag Show (drag show) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. Free.


Mosey Beat (funk, rock) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5.

Anand Wilder (indie rock) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 8 p.m. $12. Anti-Flag with Brendan Kelly and Mint Green (punk) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20/$23. Dan Parks with Mark Steffenhagen (rock) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Dave Mitchell’s Blues Revue (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free.

Jeff & Gina (folk) at Blue Paddle Bistro, South Hero, 5 p.m. Free.

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

Thaya Zalewski Quartet (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.




Henry Rollins (spoken word) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $30/$33.

Mike Pedersen (rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9 p.m. Free.

The Sheepdogs with Boy Golden (rock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $18/$22.

Showcase Lounge.

Dirty Looks (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.

Kaomi Taylor and Friends (singer-songwriter) at Filling Station, Middlesex, 6 p.m. Free.

Honky Tonk Tuesday featuring Wild Leek River (country) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10/$15.

An Evening with Zoë Keating (contemporary classical) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25/$28. Green Kettle Band (folk) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. The Jeff Salisbury Band (blues) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 6 p.m. Free.


King Me (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.

Paul Asbell (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Kitchen, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. The Plumb Bobs (folk, rock) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free. Rough Suspects (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Ryan Zimmerman and Wired for Sound (rock) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free. Sean Kehoe (jam) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Second Nature Showcase #5 (hip-hop) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. $5. Seth Eames (singer-songwriter) at Happy Valley Orchard, Middlebury, 6 p.m. Free. Soul Porpoise (soul, rock) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Swimmer (jam) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10.

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.

Tim Brick (country) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free.

Mosey Beat (funk) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Who & I, Ava Sophia and Genie Santiago (singer-songwriter) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

Nancy Smith and Greenbush Trio (singer-songwriter, folk) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.


Plattsburgh Metal Show (metal) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

Ivamae with Julia Rose (indie soul) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Root Down (reggae, hip-hop) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

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

Silas McPrior (singer-songwriter) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free.

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

Symbio (folk) at Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7 p.m. $10-45.

Kendall Street Company (jam) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Arlo McKinley (singer-songwriter) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $15/$18. Bettenroo Duo (folk) at Blue Paddle Bistro, South Hero, 5 p.m. Free. Bruce Sklar (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Kitchen, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Direct Hit (rock) at Gusto’s, Barre, 8:30 p.m. Free. Doobie with Caskey and Hyltye (rock, hip-hop) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20/$25. Eugene Tyler Band (bluegrass) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

They Might Be Giants (indie rock) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $28/$30. Tiny Montgomery (folk) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 6 p.m. Free. Vinyl Spell at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m.

An Evening with Zoë Keating (contemporary classical) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25/$28.


Heady Betty & Friends (hip-hop) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5.

Fabian Rainville (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free.

Jerborn & Axe (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free. Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free.

Dale and Darcy Band (folk) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free.

Free Range Band (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. King Arthur Jr. (singer-songwriter) at Vermont Pub & Brewery, Burlington, 1-4 p.m. Free.

Folk Talk Trio (folk) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Irish Sessions (Celtic folk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Live Jazz (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Matt Hagen (singer-songwriter) at Vermont Pub & Brewery, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Socializing for Introverts featuring Grace Palmer (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Tai Verdes (R&B, pop) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $25/$28. Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $5.

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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.

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

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

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


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

DJ Fattie B (DJ) at Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m. Free. DJ Kaos (DJ) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. Free. DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10. Emo Night (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.


DJ A-Ra$ (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, noon. Free. DJ Chia Drag Show (drag show) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. DJ CRWD CTRL (DJ) at Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m. Free. DJ Raul (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. DJ Taka (DJ) at Backside 405, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15/$20. DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10.

Celtic Sessions with Footworks (Celtic) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 6:30 p.m. free.


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


Ecstatic Singing (singersongwriting workshop) at Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 6 p.m. $15.


Bluegrass Jam (bluegrass) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic Night (open mic) at 1st Republic Brewing, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free. Open Mic with D Davis (open mic) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.


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


James Austin Johnson (comedy) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $25. Maria Bamford (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $30/$45.


Alec Mapa (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20.



Joe Gatto (comedy) at the Flynn, Burlington, 8 p.m. $47.25/$68.


Black Carl! with Saka, Mirror Maze and Path (dubstep) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15/$20.

Comedy Jam (comedy) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Roar! Showcase (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5.


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Lit Club (poetry and literature open mic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

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One of these days, I’ll finish writing my magnum opus, Confessions of a Child Metalhead. An account of what it’s like having older brothers take you to metal shows when you’re a tyke, the memoir features everything from being kicked out of the pit at an Anthrax show for being too small to making a homemade video for Metallica’s “Harvester of Sorrow.” (I proudly flipped off the camera and was subsequently grounded. So metal.) One of the weirder chapters in that book would definitely be the time I saw the Norwegian band Immortal and first experienced black metal. The shrieking vocals, the punishing riffs interspersed with atmospheric arrangements, those blast-beat drums and the palpable sense of evil permeating the music all left quite an impression — as

Chris Weisman, Pencil Crayon (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)

Brattleboro-based composer Chris Weisman is easily one of Vermont’s most prolific musicians. The singer and guitarist, who somehow exists between the twin poles of Beatlemania and free jazz, has released more than 35 albums in the past decade, including his most recent, Pencil Crayon. Moreover, he’s done so while pioneering a sort of “last man standing,” lo-fi identity. He recorded many of his albums on a fourtrack analog tape machine before eventually quasimodernizing with an eight-track. It can be hard to keep up with Weisman’s prolific nature. I had initially set out to review his ambient-leaning twosong album Sources in the Open Literature, but by the time I got to it, he had released five more records. In contrast, during that exact period of time, I managed to avoid renewing my driver’s license, finished

did seeing a band covered in corpse paint, surrounded by satanic imagery. Still, black metal never quite won me over. For a teenage wannabe guitar hero, the absence of solos was hard to get past, as was the lack of vocal melodies. Now, many years later, Burlington’s Night Spires force me to reevaluate my stance on the genre with their sophomore effort, Whispers From the Grave. Right from the start, the EP establishes a vibe of impending doom. Opener “Between the Fog” begins with a highly processed voice singing a wordless dirge, like a funeral procession straight out of Mordor. Then the pummeling starts, as walls of distorted guitars and double-bass-heavy drums explode across the mix. “Between the fog there is nothing / Just the songs of sorrow,” vocalist and front person Ovilus (black metal musicians love a pseudonym) growls like something between a demon and Dr. Claw, Inspector Gadget’s nemesis. But a surprising sense of melody slithers out of the chords.

Beneath all the shrieking, the guitars create dramatic, colorful swaths of movement, keeping the songs from devolving into dissonance. “Eternal Wax of the Candelabra” takes the sonic concept even further. The band expertly balances spooky, gothic-tinged heaviness with moments of beauty and deceptive stillness. Night Spires excel at establishing an atmosphere shrouded in mystery and unknown horror, not unlike the way an H.P. Lovecraft story gnaws with growing dread. You get taken in by a curiosity for the darkness only to find it suddenly surrounds you. The epic title track closes the EP and is a study in showcasing power without speed. More than 12 minutes long, the song moves at a glacial pace, full of guitar feedback and a drumbeat more like a series of explosions than a rhythm. The record ends on a note of heavy drama. One can all but see the credits roll after, like an old Hammer horror film. On Whispers From the Grave, Night Spires fly the black metal flag proudly but offer enough deviation to stand out from their peers. Check it out at nightspires.

reading half a book and made plans to eventually watch “Succession.” Amid all that output, Weisman writes and plays with a distinctive style. His jazzinflected guitar work and intriguing voice fuel compositions that seem to stretch across the horizon, unfettered and free to go wherever they so choose. With his latest, Pencil Crayon, Weisman often puts down the guitar and holds the jazz, delving further into his synth playing and programmed beats to explore starry, atmospheric sonic spaces. The first three tracks — “Hard Times,” “Cat Cup Flowers” and “Foss Farm” — form a trilogy within the record and build a foundation of warm ambience around melodic synth parts. Stylistically, the songs aren’t so far from the work of synth nostalgia outfit Survive, best known for composing the “Stranger Things” theme. Weisman rarely stays in one place for too long, however. On “Promise Me,” he leans back into almost cosmic acoustic guitar playing. At heart, Weisman is an improvisational player who steps into the

unknown with so many note choices that his music has a sense of possibility — and wild unpredictability. The best part of the record, and Weisman’s catalog as a whole, is his complete disregard for themes or flow. He might use a trumpet to hold out one long, melancholy note before moving into a section of tittering, percussive synth and searching guitar, but it all feels like the same thought experiment. Weisman’s music often sounds as if he’s attempting to recount a night of lucid dreaming without using words. Pencil Crayon is indeed devoid of any human voice. According to Weisman, he writes the majority of his songs for a record in one sitting. He handles the arrangements and production similarly, preferring to work in what he calls a “compacted burst.” That economy is a huge factor in his productivity, but it also informs the feel of his songs; they seem to drop the listener in medias res, with no beginning or end in sight. Weisman’s music surrounds like a massive ocean at night, dark and moving and interminable. Listen to Pencil Crayon at



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Moonfall ★★


ometimes you want to sit and solemnly contemplate a future full of natural disasters, and sometimes you just want to watch a terrible disaster movie. If you missed the latest offering from Roland Emmerich (2012) when it was in theaters in February, or skipped it because the teaser trailer seemed a little staid, I’m here to tell you not to be fooled by any superficial resemblance between Moonfall and sober, scientifically based movies featuring space shuttles and moon landings. This is a movie in which the moon is careening toward the Earth and only Samwell Tarly from “Game of Thrones” (aka John Bradley) can save it, with assistance from a square-jawed Patrick Wilson and a mournful Halle Berry. Moonfall is now on HBO Max, and it’s terrible in the best way.

The deal

On a routine mission in the space shuttle, astronauts Brian Harper (Wilson) and Jocinda Fowler (Berry) suffer a strange attack from the surface of the moon. When Harper tries to explain what attacked them — basically, a special effect that looks like a cross between the sandworms in Dune and the smoke monster on “Lost” — he’s laughed out of NASA. Ten years later, the moon lurches out of its normal orbit and starts creeping toward Earth. Somehow, the first person to notice this is conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (Bradley), who has no formal scientific credentials, only a burning desire to prove that the moon is actually a “megastructure” built by an alien intelligence. Now head of NASA, Fowler sends astronauts to see what’s up. But the sand/ smoke monster makes short work of them, revealing itself to be a “self-aware, selfreplicating singularity.” In other words, it’s an AI — a futuristic cousin of your Alexa — and it seems determined to wipe out the human race. As the moon continues its approach, tidal floods, earthquakes and debris wreak havoc on Earth. Forced to team up with Houseman, the astronauts must put Earth’s rebellious satellite back in its place.


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Berry and Wilson must save Earth from the moon in Emmerich’s entertainingly absurd disaster flick.

indignities over the course of human history — planting flags on it, invoking it in nursery rhymes and lewd metaphors, alleging that it’s made of green cheese. Perhaps it’s time for a little payback. A rogue moon, looming on the horizon like the Death Star and sucking oxygen from our atmosphere, is the stuff of nightmares. In Moonfall, however, the scenario feels more like a campfire tall tale that just keeps getting taller. The best disaster movies — or the most prestigious ones, anyway — are procedurals with giant, international casts. In between the scenes of death and destruction, they explore how the world’s governments might actually respond to a giant asteroid (Deep Impact) or an alien invasion (Emmerich’s own Independence Day). In Moonfall, Emmerich dispenses with most of that. The U.S. president is mentioned but never shown. The movie doesn’t explain why NASA took so long to respond to a threat that it supposedly discovered during the first moon landing. Instead, out comes Donald Sutherland to deliver a mumbled monologue about secrets and cover-ups, as if he were the ghost of paranoid thrillers past. The script adopts a freewheeling, antiestablishment attitude: Experts are incompetent, conspiracy theorists are right, and it makes perfect sense for the

vital mission to save the Earth to have a crew of three, one of whom is a comicrelief character with a fake PhD and a cat named Fuzz Aldrin. Our protagonists ride to the moon in the space shuttle Endeavour, liberated from a museum and emblazoned with outraged civilian graffiti: “Fuck the moon.” Things just get sillier from there, as new age beliefs join forces with conspiracy theories to propel Moonfall into the realm of science fantasy. Soon, Emmerich is riffing on Contact and 2001: A Space Odyssey. But, by interspersing these space oddities with boilerplate scenes of our heroes’ loved ones escaping the carnage, he displays his devotion to the core faith of all disaster movies: Family is everything. It’s no surprise that Moonfall was a bomb. During a pandemic that exposes the weakness of institutions and public trust, who wants to risk their health to see a movie in which world governments can’t even come up with a half-assed plan to save the Earth? From the safety of a couch, though, this moon fail becomes a guilty pleasure. If you’re willing to suspend your disbelief to the height of the Chrysler Building (which meets a sad fate here), you could have a lot of fun. M A R G O T HARRI S O N

IF YOU LIKE THIS, TRY... THE WANDERING EARTH (2019; Netflix): Moonfall was made with ample financing from multinational Huayi Brothers Media, underlining the importance of the Chinese market for today’s film spectacles. But China makes its own disaster movies, too. In this mammoth international hit, a ragtag group of heroes must save Earth from a collision with Jupiter. DON’T LOOK UP (2021; Netflix): In Adam McKay’s satire, a rude and crude U.S. president does her best to ignore the looming threat of an asteroid headed toward Earth. The irony is that the government depicted in Moonfall is possibly even less effective. THE CORE (2003; HBO Max, rentable): Emmerich has helmed many ludicrous disaster films. But to find another one quite as fanciful as Moonfall, you might have to go back to this offering from Jon Amiel, in which the Earth’s core stops rotating.

NEW IN THEATERS THE BIRTH OF INNOCENCE: About a decade ago, Vermont storyteller and director Malcolm D. Parker was convicted of defrauding investors in his new age documentary. At long last, the finished film hits local screens. (74 min, NR. Playhouse, Savoy) HOCKEYLAND: The rival teams of two Minnesota towns square off in Tommy Haines’ documentary. (108 min, NR. Welden) PEARL: In 1918, a young woman (Mia Goth) dreams of escaping her home on an isolated farm in this prequel to last year’s horror film X, again directed by Ti West. (102 min, R. Essex, Paramount, Star) SEE HOW THEY RUN: Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell and Ruth Wilson star in this murder mystery set in the 1950s among London theater folk. Tom George directed. (98 min, PG-13. Essex, Savoy, Star) THE WOMAN KING: Viola Davis plays the general of an all-female protective force in this epic set in the 1820s and inspired by the history of the West African kingdom of Dahomey. Gina PrinceBythewood directed. (135 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex, Sunset)

CURRENTLY PLAYING BARBARIANHHHH An accidental double booking turns out to be the least of an Airbnb guest’s problems in this horror thriller from Zach Cregger. Georgina Campbell and Bill Skårsgard star. (102 min, R. Essex, Majestic)

DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETSHHH Krypto the Super-Dog assembles a band of crime-fighting critters in this animated adventure. (106 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Majestic, Palace, Sunset) ELVISHHH Austin Butler plays the rock icon and Tom Hanks plays Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic, also starring Olivia DeJonge. (159 min, PG-13. Capitol, Majestic, 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) FUNNY PAGESHHH1/2 A teenage cartoonist drops out of school and goes in search of a mentor in this satire from Owen Kline, a nominee at the Cannes Film Festival. (86 min, R. Roxy) GIGI & NATEHH1/2 A young man who is quadriplegic bonds with his service animal — a capuchin monkey — in this family drama. (114 min, PG-13. Majestic, Star, Welden)


MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ONHHHH1/2 A YouTube star comes to the big screen in this all-ages mockumentary. (90 min, PG. Roxy; reviewed 6/22)

BREAKINGHHH1/2 A struggling Marine Corps veteran (John Boyega) turns to bank robbery in this Sundance Film Festival honoree from director Abi Damaris Corbin. (103 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Savoy)

MEDIEVALHH1/2 Ben Foster plays 15th-century Czech warlord Jan Zizka in this historical adventure. Petr Jákl directed. (126 min, R. Majestic) ORPHAN: FIRST KILLHH1/2 Isabelle Fuhrman stars in the prequel to 2009 horror film Orphan. (99 min, R. Palace)

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HALLELUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG This documentary looks at the singersongwriter through the lens of one of his most beloved songs. (118 min, PG-13. Savoy)

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THE GOOD BOSSHHH1/2 This Spanish workplace satire stars Javier Bardem. (116 min, NR. Roxy)

THE INVITATIONHH1/2 A young woman (Nathalie Emmanuel) finds romance and terror at an English country estate in this gothic thriller. (104 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Sunset)


THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGINGHHH George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) directed this modern fable in which a scholar (Tilda Swinton) meets a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes. (108 min, R. Majestic, Marquis, Palace)

LIFEMARK (Essex, Thu only)

NOPEHHH1/2 (Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Star; reviewed 8/3) PITCH PERFECT 10TH ANNIVERSARY (Essex, Wed only) SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOMEHHH1/2 (Bijou, Majestic, Palace, Star, Stowe, Welden) THOR: LOVE AND THUNDERHHH (Palace) TOP GUN: MAVERICKHHHH (Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) WHERE THE CRAWDADS SINGHH1/2 (Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Star, Welden; reviewed 7/20)

OPEN THEATERS (* = upcoming schedule for theater was not available at press time) BIG PICTURE THEATER: 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994, *BIJOU CINEPLEX 4: 107 Portland St., Morrisville, 888-3293, CAPITOL SHOWPLACE: 93 State St., Montpelier, 229-0343, *ESSEX CINEMAS & T-REX THEATER: 21 Essex Way, Suite 300, Essex, 879-6543, *MAJESTIC 10: 190 Boxwood St., Williston, 878-2010, MARQUIS THEATER: 65 Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841, *MERRILL’S ROXY CINEMAS: 222 College St., Burlington, 864-3456,


*PALACE 9 CINEMAS: 10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610, PARAMOUNT TWIN CINEMA: 241 N. Main St., Barre, 479-9621, PLAYHOUSE MOVIE THEATRE: 11 S. Main St., Randolph, 728-4012, SAVOY THEATER: 26 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0598, STAR THEATRE: 17 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, 748-9511, *STOWE CINEMA 3PLEX: 454 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4678,

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REFRESH, RESTORE, RENEW: Nonprofit professionals reflect on the last two years and envision their organizations’ stories going forward. Presented by Vermont Story Lab. 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 238-4445.


COMMUNITY RESOURCE DAY: Concord residents join task forces dedicated to attracting businesses to town and cleaning up Miles Pond Beach. Concord Schools, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 223-6091. 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.


PILGRIMAGE TO ANCIENT SITES IN BRITAIN: Green Mountain Druid Order members take viewers on a magical visual journey through England’s and Wales’ sacred trees, stone circles, holy wells and caves. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, dreamer@


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. ‘CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7’: A selfish pop singer tries to distract herself while waiting for the results of a biopsy in this French new wave favorite. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: An adventurous dolichorhynchops travels through the most dangerous oceans in history, encountering plesiosaurs, giant turtles and the deadly mosasaur along the way. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: Sparkling graphics take viewers on a mind-bending journey from the beginning of time through the mysteries of the universe. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National

LIST YOUR UPCOMING EVENT HERE FOR FREE! All submissions must be received by Thursday at noon for consideration in the following Wednesday’s newspaper. Find our convenient form and guidelines at Listings and spotlights are written by Emily Hamilton. Seven Days edits for space and style. Depending on cost and other factors, classes and workshops may be listed in either the calendar or the classes section. Class organizers may be asked to purchase a class listing. Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.


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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.

food & drink

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, FEAST FARM STAND: Farmfresh veggies and other delights go on sale at this market featuring weekly activities such as yoga and cooking demonstrations. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2518. 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.


Library, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036. BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Folks of all ages ward off osteoporosis in an exercise and prevention class. Online, 7:30 a.m.; Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. CHAIR YOGA: Waterbury Public Library instructor Diana Whitney leads at-home participants in gentle stretches supported by seats. 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. LONG-FORM SUN 73: Beginners and experienced practitioners learn how Tai Chi can help with arthritis, mental clarity and range of motion. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, beverlyblakeney@ RENEE JOHANNENSEN: Upper Valley for Abortion Rights hosts an educational session with the ob-gyn about medication abortion, why it’s safe, and why it’s important. 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, uppervalley4abortionrights@gmail. com. YANG 24: This simplified Tai Chi method is perfect for beginners looking to build strength and balance. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 1-2:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info,


GLAM GROUP PIZZA PARTY: Gay, bi and trans men meet up for good food and company. Burlington City Hall Park, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info,

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@

PRIDE WEEK QUEER ECSTATIC DANCE: Queer, trans and allied community members connect with each other and their bodies through joyous movement. Masks encouraged. Nataraja Studios, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 355-0635.

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ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Those in need of an easy-on-thejoints workout experience an hour of calming, low-impact movement. Waterbury Public

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.


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VIRTUAL TOWN HALL: STRATEGIC TAX PLANNING FOR 2022 AND BEYOND: Wealth management experts explain how upcoming rule changes could affect investments and savings. Presented by Copper Leaf Financial. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 203-915-7869.




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


TALES & TREASURES OF ESSEX HISTORY: HUBIE NORTON: The Essex Community Historical Society hosts this talk about the elusive Essex Center, a village that existed for only 27 years. Essex Memorial Hall, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-1354.


‘BOTH EYES OPEN: THE ANNIE OAKLEY STORY’: In an original solo show, actor Maura O’Brien and playwright Jeanne Beckwith crack open the legend to reveal the real sharpshooter and her fascinating life. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall, 7:30 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492.


AFTER HOURS BOOK CLUB: Patrons discuss The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, a novel narrated by a dusty, old painting. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. FFL BOOK CLUB: ‘CLOUD CUCKOO LAND’: Fletcher Free Library patrons break down Anthony Doerr’s century-spanning epic about the perseverance of stories. Preregister for location. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:308 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. GENNAROSE NETHERCOTT: The local author launches her debut novel, Thistlefoot, in which two descendants of the witch Baba Yaga get embroiled in a mystical cross-country quest. Norwich Bookstore, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1114. OLIVER BAEZ BENDORF: The award-winning poet reads work from his two collections, Advantages of Being Evergreen and The Spectral Wilderness. Presented by Vermont Studio Center. 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 635-2727. POETRY POTLUCK: Wordsmiths and readers bring a dish and a poem (their own or others’) to share. Whirligig Brewing, St. Johnsbury, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, TANYA LEE STONE: Phoenix Books celebrates the publication of Peace Is a Chain Reaction: How World War II Japanese Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations Together. Champlain College, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

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BBA + SBBA 2022 SUMMER SOCIAL: Burlington and South Burlington Business Association members rub elbows, sip drinks and tour the BETA Technologies facility. Burlington International Airport, South Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $25-35 suggested donation. Info, 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. REFRESH, RESTORE, RENEW: See WED.14, 10 a.m.-noon. VERMONT TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE SUNSET NETWORKING CRUISE 2022: VTA friends set sail for a night of drinks, finger food and sunset views. Spirit of

Ethan Allen, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $48-60; free for sponsors. Info, 735-0840. VWF ANNUAL CELEBRATION 2022: The Vermont Women’s Fund launches a new initiative and celebrates women who mean business. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. $50; free for students; preregister. Info, 388-3355.


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


KNITTING GROUP: Knitters of all experience levels get together to spin yarns. Latham Library, Thetford, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 785-4361.


PIZZA BY THE POND: A woodfired oven warms pies made of local ingredients while local bands regale diners. Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen, 5-8 p.m. $22-35; free for kids 5 and under; preregister; limited space. Info, 247-6735.

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PUPPETS IN THE GREEN MOUNTAINS: A ten-day festival features international puppeteers and shows for audiences of all ages. See for full schedule. Various Brattleboro and Putney locations, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 387-4051. TUNBRIDGE WORLD’S FAIR: A tradition since 1867, this fair hosts sheepdog trials, tractor pulls, live music, dance performances and agricultural shows. Tunbridge World’s Fairgrounds, 9:15 a.m.-8 p.m. $10-40; free for kids under 12; additional cost for rides. Info, 889-5555.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.14. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.14. EDITING WITH DAVINCI RESOLVE: Attendees learn how to perfect film footage in a popular program. Presented by Media Factory. 2-4 p.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister. Info, 651-9692. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.14. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.14. ‘STRAIGHT LINE CRAZY’: Ralph Fiennes stars as Robert Moses, the unelected power broker of 20th-century New York City, in this live broadcast from London’s Bridge Theatre. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $615. Info, 748-2600.


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IMPLEMENTING DR. ROSS GREENE’S ‘COLLABORATIVE PROACTIVE SOLUTIONS MODEL’ AT HOME: Parents learn a new method for collaboratively solving family conflicts. Presented by Vermont Family Network. 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 876-5315.



Story Time What better way to foster a lifelong love of reading than to make it a party? Little library patrons and their parents or caregivers get literary at a twice-monthly book club at the South Burlington Public Library. In addition to a discussion of the story at hand, kids in kindergarten through second grade make art, write letters and practice reading. This month’s selection is The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes, a classic children’s book that won the Newbery Honor in 1945 and follows a poor Polish American girl who faces bullying at school. Families who can’t make this week’s session, never fear: The same book will be discussed at the next meeting on September 29. Thursday, September 15, 4-5 p.m., at South Burlington Public Library. Free; preregister. Info, 846-4140,

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PEABODY AFTERSCHOOL FUN FOR GRADES 1-4: Students make friends over crafts and story time. George Peabody Library, Post Mills, 3:30-4:30 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.



PRESCHOOL YOGA: Colleen from Grow Prenatal and Family Yoga leads little ones in songs, movement and other fun activities. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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KIDS’ BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS K-2 AND THEIR PARENTS: Little bookworms and their caregivers learn to love reading together through sharing, crafts and writing activities. See calendar spotlight. South Burlington Public Library &

COMMUNITY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR B.S.A TROOP 539: Scouts and their families enjoy food and music, take part in an oral history project, and learn about the troop’s 75-year legacy. Vergennes City Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 425-7890.



D&D WITH DM ROBBY: Warlocks and warriors battle dastardly foes in a Dungeons & Dragons adventure. Ages 10 and up. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

STEAM FUN ACTIVITY: Little engineers and artists gather for some afternoon fun. Grades 3 and up. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

SOUND ON: Mini musicians dance, play and try their hands at various instruments. Ages 6 through 9. Waterbury Public Library, 3-3:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

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FAMILY NATURE WALK: Outdoorsfolk of all ages seek out September wildlife with Rutland County Audubon. Stone Meadow Park, Wallingford, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info,

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.

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



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TEEN GENRE BOOK CLUB: Young adults read any dystopian story they wish, then get together to discuss and vote on next month’s genre. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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KIDS’ STORY TIME WITH LINDSEY STODDARD: The local author reads picture books in the pick-your-own orchard. Shelburne Orchards, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-2753.


SEP. 15 | FAMILY FUN City Hall, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 846-4140. 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. LEGO TIME: Builders in kindergarten through fourth grade enjoy an afternoon of imagination and play. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. MUSIC AND MOVEMENT WITH MISS EMMA: The star of “Music for Sprouts” and “Mr. Chris and Friends” leads little ones 5 and younger in singing, scarf play and movement. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. PRESCHOOL MUSIC WITH LINDA BASSICK: The singer and storyteller extraordinaire leads little ones in indoor music and movement. Birth through age 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918. PRESCHOOL PLAYTIME: Pre-K patrons play and socialize out on the patio. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Energetic youngsters join Miss Meliss for stories, songs and lots of silliness. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY: Creative kids — and those who may feel intimidated by art — celebrate all kinds of expression, inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ classic picture book The Dot. Waterbury Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036. PRESCHOOL PLAY & READ: Outdoor activities, stories and songs get 3- and 4-year-olds engaged. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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MCMC’S FREE MUSIC TOGETHER DEMO CLASS: The Middlebury Community Music Center offers a movement session for kiddos 5 and under and their parents. Middlebury Community Music Center, 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 989-7538.


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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.


FAMILY DISCOVERY NIGHT HIKE: Trail trekkers explore the forest after dark

and learn how animals use their eyes and ears to get around at night. Ages 8 and up. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7:15-8:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 229-6206. 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.

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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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MEET NILE, THE INFLATABLE HUMPBACK WHALE!: Kids 5 and up explore the inside of a life-size cetacean, with guidance from whale expert Cynde McInnis. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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MARVELOUS MONARCHS: Families seek out migratory butterflies with researchers and make seed bombs that will make their backyards hospitable to them. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Regular admission, $15-18; free for members and kids 3 and under; preregister. Info, 359-5000.


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.


DRUID FAIRE: Vendors, nature games, face painting, scavenger hunts and trips through the faerie forest make for a magickal adventure. Dreamland, Worcester, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5; free for kids. Info, dreamer@archetypaldreamworks. com.

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TEEN NIGHT: FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Teen Advisory Board meets over pizza to brainstorm ideas for library programming. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.

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


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ADVENTURE DINNER: COMMUNITY MIXER: Locals seeking friends or dates mingle over cocktails, gourmet hot dogs and lawn games. Truck Stop, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20. Info, 248-224-7539. FARM NIGHT AT EARTHKEEP: A regenerative farming collective hosts a market featuring fresh produce, food trucks, lessons in aquaculture or medicinal foods, and unbeatable views of the mountains. Earthkeep Farmcommon, Charlotte, 4:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 425-2283. INTRO TO FISH PROCESSING: Anglers learn how to clean, fillet and cook the fish they catch. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 475-2022. THE MAPLE 100: Vermonters fill out bingo cards with a month of maple-themed activities for a chance to win prizes from local vendors. See agriculture.vermont. gov for all events and locations. Various locations statewide. Free. Info, 828-2430. 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.


UNPLUGGED GAME NIGHT: Players nosh on pizza and play one of the library’s many board games (or one of their own). Latham Library, Thetford, 5-7 p.m. Free; preregister for pizza. Info,

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FALL PREVENTION TAI CHI: Humans boost their strength and balance through gentle, flowing movements. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Vergennes, Levels 1 and 2, 9-10 a.m.; Level 3, 10-11 a.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, GLOBAL HEALTH OPEN MIC: Health leaders from around the globe share insights on digital health adoption. Presented by THINKMD. 9 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 323-948-2190.


BILL MARES: The writer talks about the origins and evolution of beekeeping as a hobby, and explains how home hives can help bolster besieged pollinator populations. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 388-2117.



LGBTQIA+ HEALTH PROVIDER PANEL: Medical workers from across the industry discuss the realities of being an LGBTQ provider or patient, and how they’re working to make health systems more accepting. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, michelle.bruner@

PIZZA BY THE POND: See THU.15. SPARKLE SOIRÉE: Live music and fizzy herbal libations underscore an unbeatable opportunity to soar in aerial silks and play the lyre. Wear clothes without velcro or zippers. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $15-25. Info, 777-0626.


THE MICHELE FAY BAND: The bluegrass band arrives, banjos and mandolins in hand, for a night of live music in the park. Currier Park, Barre, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 388-6863. MUSIC ON THE FARM: PUULUUP: Farm-fresh foods and Estonian neo-zombie folk are on the menu at a pastoral party. See calendar spotlight. Fable Farm, Barnard, 5:30-9 p.m. $5-20; preregister. Info, 234-1645. ‘SONGS OF NEW ORLEANS’: Louisiana bluesman Chip Wilson, accompanied by Vermont musicians Clyde Stats and Bob Gagnon, plays an intimate show. Isham Family Farm, Williston, 7-9 p.m. $8-10. Info, 989-4112.


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,


FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS – PREPARING FOR REPAYMENT: New England Federal Credit Union advisors help borrowers prepare for upcoming changes to their loan status. Noon-12:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-6940.


SALOMA MILLER FURLONG: Memoir fans hear from the author of Liberating Lomie: Memoir of an Amish Childhood. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


OPEN HOUSE: A new physical therapy clinic opens its doors to locals. FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers Williston, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 857-5407.

‘THE MAN IN BLACK: A TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY CASH’: Audiences may think the Folsom Prison bluesman himself is in the building during this concert from pre-eminent Cash impersonator Shawn Barker. Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $37-57. Info, 518-563-1604, ext. 105.

Athenaeum, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, henningsmh@

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

SEP. 15-18 | THEATER


Spy Hard


It’s not often you come across a play that’s both a tongue-in-cheek tribute to cinema’s original horror auteur and an endurance test for all actors involved. But such is Patrick Barlow’s Olivier Award-winning The 39 Steps, performed this week by the Middlebury Community Players. This adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s groundbreaking 1935 thriller — a famously twisty, multicountry escapade featuring more than 30 characters — requires every part to be shared between just four actors. Directed by Gary Gillen and starring the brave Rainwalker Winterpainter, Jillian Torres, Kevin Commins and Rob Demic, this spoofy homage turns a classic spy drama into a gut-busting riot.

‘THE 39 STEPS’ Thursday, September 15, through Saturday, September 17, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, September 18, 2 p.m., at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. $12-17. Info, 382-9222,


FOX US OPEN OF MOUNTAIN BIKING: It’s all downhill from here at this annual cycling shindig. See for full schedule. Killington Resort, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, brenda@masterplan


‘THE 39 STEPS’: An onstage plane crash, missing fingers and romance drive Patrick Barlow’s Tony Award-winning adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film, presented by the Middlebury Community Players. See calendar

spotlight. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $12-17. Info, 382-9222. ‘BOTH EYES OPEN: THE ANNIE OAKLEY STORY’: See WED.14. ‘THE TIES THAT BIND’: Dirt Road Theater presents the world premiere of Vermont playwright Tamar Cole’s drama on addiction, family and forgiveness. First Church in Barre, Universalist, 7:30 p.m. $20; pay what you can on Thursdays. Info, dirtroadtheater@


CHRISTOPHER M. FINAN: The historian discusses his new book, How Free Speech Saved Democracy: The Untold History of How the First Amendment Became an Essential Tool for Securing Liberty and Social Justice. Norwich Bookstore, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1114. GENNAROSE NETHERCOTT: See WED.14. Phoenix Books, Burlington. Info, 448-3350. INQUISITIVE READERS BOOK CLUB: Bookworms discuss a new horizon-expanding tome each month. St. Johnsbury

‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.14. SUMMER SCREENING SERIES: ‘THE STREET PROJECT’: Emmy Award-winning director Jennifer Boyd’s new documentary follows global efforts to make streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, hello@vtproductioncollective. com.

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THE MAPLE 100: See THU.15. MOOS & BREWS & COCKTAILS TOO!: Beer, beverages and baby cows make for a blissful summer evening. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 5-7:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 457-2355. THE PEOPLE’S FARMSTAND: Volunteers hand out fresh, local produce for free. Pomeroy Park, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345. TRUCK STOP: Mobile kitchens dish out mouthwatering meals and libations. Live DJs and outdoor entertainment add to the fun. 377 Pine Street, Burlington, 4:30-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 540-0406.


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BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.14. ONLINE GUIDED MEDITATION: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library invites attendees to relax on their lunch breaks and reconnect with their bodies. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@ 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.


PRIDE BALL: METAMORPHOSIS: Emoji Nightmare hosts a fabulous evening of dancing and

drag performances featuring special guest Océane AquaBlack from Canada’s Drag Race. Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 9 p.m. $20-25. Info, 652-0777.


BLUEGRASS & BBQ: HARD SCRABBLE: The bluegrass band tickles the banjo strings and Southern Smoke and Luiza’s Homemade With Love provide the nosh. Shelburne Vineyard, 6-9 p.m. $5. Info, 985-8222. ‘FEMALE TORCHBEARERS OF THE BAROQUE’: Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble highlights forgotten composers of the 17th century in a fantastically feminist program. Brattleboro Music Center, 7 p.m. $20-25. Info, 257-4523.

MICHAEL ARNOWITT: The pianist presents a program of imaginative works by the likes of Bach, Debussy and the contemporary Ukrainian composer Victoria Poleva. United Church of Cabot, 7:30-9 p.m. $16-20. Info, 793-3016.

Burlington City Hall Park, 7:309 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.

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.


PIANO WORKS IN PROGRESS: Student pianists play in the ballroom. Kents’ Corner State Historic Site, Calais, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Info, TWILIGHT SERIES: EMMA COOK & QUESTIONABLE COMPANY: Upbeat grooves and soulful lyrics play as the sun goes down.

YAMMA ENSEMBLE: Israel’s leading world music group plays original Hebrew pieces on ancient Middle Eastern instruments. Next Stage Arts Project, Putney, 7:309:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 387-0102.

FALL BIRDING WITH BRIDGET BUTLER: The Bird Diva teaches folks of all experience levels a mindful form of birding that prioritizes a connection to the land. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 229-6206.




EEE LECTURES: RICK WINSTON: The Education & Enrichment for Everyone series continues with the Savoy Theater founder’s address, “Lights! Camera! Action!: A History of Montpelier’s Savoy Theater.” Virtual option available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. $8; $55 for season pass. Info, 363-6937.


TECH HELP: Experts answer questions about phones, laptops, e-readers and more in one-on-one sessions. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 846-4140.


‘THE 39 STEPS’: See THU.15. ‘ARIADNE AUF NAXOS’: A new, locally-flavored production of the classic opera follows the “Richest Man in Vermont” and a dinner party gone wrong. Barn Opera, Brandon, 7:30 p.m. $50. Info, ‘BOTH EYES OPEN: THE ANNIE OAKLEY STORY’: See WED.14. ‘THE RITUAL OF BREATH IS THE RITE TO RESIST’: An immersive opera in seven movements responds to the murder of Eric Garner by New York City police. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $25-45. Info, 603-646-2422. FRI.16

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BRETT ANN STANCIU & LILA BENNETT: The author of Unstitched: My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal and the director of Journey to Recovery Community Center discuss addiction and community. Norwich Bookstore, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1114.

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MISSION BAZAAR: Local vendors sell clothes, furniture, jewelry, accessories, iced tea, vintage and handmade items, doughnuts, bicycles, home decor, and so much more. Mission Bazaar VT,

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NORWICH ANTIQUES SHOW: Local dealers offer up collectibles, furniture and other vintage wares. Norwich Historical Society and Community Center, 10 a.m.3 p.m. $5. Info, 649-0124.

CHESTER FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN: Fall foliage meets family fun at this fest in its fourth decade featuring food, field games, farm animals, live music and artisan demonstrations. Chester Green, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, chesterfallfestival@



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.

‘GRACE’: Ice Dance International premieres a soaring new show. Stowe Arena, 7 p.m. $10-75. Info, 760-4634. 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. Capital City Grange, Berlin, beginners’ lesson, 7:40 p.m.; social dance, 8-11 p.m. $5-20. Info, 225-8921.


VPIRG’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe keynotes this gala for Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 4-9 p.m. $50-500; preregister. Info, 223-5221, ext. 14.


ANTIQUES APPRAISAL DAY: Antiques expert Brian Bittner evaluates locals’ family heirlooms and esoterica. Cash or check only. Moretown United Methodist Church, 1-4 p.m. $5 per item. Info, 496-8934. WALKING TOUR OF MORRILL’S STRAFFORD VILLAGE: Vermonters tour the spots that the 19th-century Vermont senator Justin Smith Morrill knew and

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ACORN CLUB STORY TIME: See FRI.16, 2-2:30 p.m.

Spooky season starts early at Music on the Farm with an appearance by Estonian zombie-folk duo Puuluup. Ramo Teder and Marko Veisson make music using only their voices, a loop pedal and two talharpas — centuriesold Northern European bowed lyres. That music is lively, surreal, folkloreinspired and just a bit ominous, making Puuluup the perfect act to take in as the leaves change and the nights grow longer. As always, attendees preorder farm-fresh food from Feast & Field Market to sustain them through an evening of live tunes, new friends and gorgeous views.

MUSIC ON THE FARM: PUULUUP Thursday, September 15, 5:30-9 p.m., at Fable Farm in Barnard. $5-20; preregister. Info, 234-1645,

TUNBRIDGE WORLD’S FAIR: See THU.15, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. VERMONT LIVING HISTORY EXPO: Reenactors in military getup from medieval times through World War II give history buffs a blast from the past. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5-30; free for kids under 6. Info, 778-9178.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.14. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.14. MEDIA FACTORY ORIENTATION: Once aspiring filmmakers have taken this virtual tour of the Media Factory Studio, they have access to the full suite of gear and facilities. 1-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 651-9692. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.14. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.14.

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leads half an hour of stories, rhymes and songs. Williston Town Green, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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

TODDLERTIME: Kids ages 1 through 3 and their caregivers join Miss Kelly and her puppets Bainbow and La-La for story time. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

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DRAW TOGETHER: Artists ages 8 and up (or 6 and up with an adult helper) paint along to a virtual art class. Watercolors and other supplies provided. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. PLAYGROUP & FAMILY SUPPORT: Families with children under age 5 play and connect with others in the community. Winooski Memorial Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME ON THE GREEN: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library


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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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POKÉMON CLUB: I choose you, Pikachu! Fans of the franchise discuss their favorite cards, games and TV episodes in this monthly activity group. Ages 6 and up. Waterbury Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

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SEP. 15 | MUSIC about a new continent and get stamps on their library passports each week. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1391.


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


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AFTERSCHOOL CRAFT: Little artists paint their own abstract acrylic masterpieces. Grades 3 and up. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918. BABY TIME: Parents and caregivers bond with their pre-walking babes

during this gentle playtime. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. BABYTIME: Teeny-tiny library patrons enjoy a gentle, slow story time featuring songs, rhymes and lap play. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. LEGO BUILDERS: See WED.14.

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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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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@ FOOD, FUN & HISTORY AT THE CHAMPLAIN CLUB: Locals dig into a community potluck, walking tours and wide-ranging history talks, with a social dance closing out the night. Champlain Club, Burlington, 3:45-9 p.m. Free. Info, FREE SATURDAY CHOCOLATE TASTINGS: A sommelier of sweet stuff leads drop-in guests through a tasting platter. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807. THE MAPLE 100: See THU.15. OKTOBERFEST 2022: Biergarten merrymakers are serenaded by the Bavarian strains of Vermont band Inseldudler as they enjoy a hearty meal and mugs of lager. Von Trapp Brewing Bierhall Restaurant, Stowe, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. $62. Info, 253-5750.


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.


FLOW WITH PRIDE: Sangha Studios leads a gentle, outdoor yoga class for the queer and trans community. Donations benefit Pride Center of Vermont. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, PRIDE WEEK DOG PARK TAKEOVER: LGBTQ Burlingtonians and their furry companions don rainbow outfits and make new friends. Starr Farm Dog Park, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info,


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QUEER CAUSEWAY BIKE RIDE: LGBTQ cyclists take over the bike path for Pride weekend. Leddy Park, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info,

deep well of music from the mountains of Kentucky and the Louisiana bayou. Richmond Free Library, 7 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 388-4964.

TITTIES & TOKENS: #LOVEWINS: Winooski Pride revelers level up with a drag, burlesque and poledancing extravaganza at the arcade bar. The Archives, Winooski, 8:30 p.m. $10. Info, 800-1235.

FACING THE SUNRISE BLACK PERFORMING ARTS SERIES: SAMIRAH EVANS: The New Orleans-style blues singer, drawing on 400 years of Black music, makes an appearance at this collaboration between Clemmons Family Farm and Catamount Arts. Catamount ArtPort, St. Johnsbury, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

WINOOSKI PRIDE 2022: The Onion City throws a shindig for LGBTQ rights and culture. Rotary Park, Winooski, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info,


‘BETTER TOGETHER’: British Invasion tribute band the Brit Pack twists and shouts its way through this fundraiser for Northeast Kingdom Community Action. Barton Fairgrounds, 5 p.m. $25. Info, 748-2600. CHRISTOPHER BAKRIGES QUARTET: Detroit-born Vermont pianist Bakriges and his crew play music from around the world. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 5-7 p.m. $20-25. Info, 457-3500. DANNY & THE PARTS: Apple pickers enjoy the rootsy strains of this Vermont-born Americana band. Shelburne Orchards, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2753.

PLAY EVERY TOWN: Prolific pianist David Feurzeig continues a four-year, statewide series of shows in protest of high-pollution worldwide concert tours. United Church of Newport, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, ‘RIOTS AND PRAYERS’: The Vermont Symphony Orchestra launches its season with a dramatic program centered on the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Daniel Bernard Roumain. The Flynn, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $8.35-54.23. Info, 863-5966. TWILIGHT SERIES: SWALE & LET’S WHISPER: Two local bands close out this summer music series. Burlington City Hall Park, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.


FALL MIGRATION BIRD MONITORING: Community scientists watch for warblers, spy sparrows and hear hawks to contribute to Audubon’s database. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3068.

FOX US OPEN OF MOUNTAIN BIKING: See THU.15, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. WEEKLY EVENT: Racers tear up the track in pursuit of the title. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, 6 p.m. $5-20; drive-in free for kids 12 and under. Info, 265-3112.

RICHMOND MOUNTAIN TRAILS ANNUAL FALL PARTY: After a free run, walk or ride, visitors party it up with local food, beer and ice cream. Cochran’s Ski Area, Richmond, 2:30-4 & 4:30-7 p.m. $25-35; preregister. Info, 603-703-5741.



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TASTER SESSION — WISDOM OF NEUROSCIENCE: Milarepa Center offers a free introduction to its October class about emotion, consciousness and the science of the brain. 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 633-4136.


BRAIN FREEZER 5K: Runners with stomachs of steel hit the pavement for 3.1 miles, pausing only to down a pint of local ice cream. Proceeds benefit People Helping People Global. Battery Park, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $35. Info,

Find even more local events in this newspaper and online:


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

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


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HOW WE MAKE THINGS: BOB FRELING: Listeners learn how energy systems can be made more sustainable, empowering and community-driven. Cold Hollow Sculpture Park, Enosburg Falls, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, cvogt@ HOWARD COFFIN: A historian unfolds the realities of life for Vermont women during the Civil War. Brick Meeting House, Westford, 1:30-3 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 878-8890.




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@waterburypubliclibrary. com.



MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING: Amanda Gustin takes attendees on a trek through the history of Hollywood films in Vermont after a dessert buffet and business meeting. Middletown Springs Historical Society, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 235-2376.

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CHESTER FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN: See SAT.17. JAPANESE CULTURAL FESTIVAL: The Japan America Society of Vermont throws a party featuring music, tea ceremonies, karate demonstrations and art. Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, PUPPETS IN THE GREEN MOUNTAINS: See THU.15, noon-6 p.m. SHOREHAM APPLE FEST: Families fête Vermont’s signature fruit with live music, a farmers market and more. Village Green, Shoreham, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 897-2747. TUNBRIDGE WORLD’S FAIR: See THU.15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. VERMONT LIVING HISTORY EXPO: See SAT.17.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.14.


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THE MAPLE 100: See THU.15. MAVERICK MARKET: Highquality products from Vermont artisans, as well as food truck fare and live music, populate a weekly bazaar. Essex Experience, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4200. 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. WINOOSKI FARMERS MARKET: Families shop for fresh produce, honey, meats, coffee and prepared foods from more seasonal vendors at an outdoor marketplace. Champlain Mill Green, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, farmersmarket@downtown

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COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE: New and experienced meditators are always welcome to join this weekly practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, SUNDAY MORNING MEDITATION: Mindful folks experience sitting and walking meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Shambhala Meditation Center, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S: Vermonters take important steps to raise funds and awareness about the disease as part of a nationwide movement. Shelburne Museum, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 3163839, ext. 8015.


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


VERMONT PRIDE FESTIVAL & PARADE 2022: Queer and trans folks paint the town rainbow with a procession starting on Church Street and ending in a joyful bash at Waterfront Park. Downtown Burlington, noon-5 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.


BRETT DENNEN: The outdoorsy folk artist sings of joy and nature, woven through with his signature witticisms. Essex Experience, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. $30. Info, FACULTY RECITAL: PAUL ORGEL: The University of Vermont affiliate artist plays a cycle of works by Bach, Brahms and Prokofiev

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for the piano. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040. MICHAEL ARNOWITT: See FRI.16. Stone Valley Arts, Poultney, 3-4 p.m. $20. Info, 325-2603.

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THE MICHELE FAY BAND: See THU.15. United Church of Westford, 4-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 388-6863.

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MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM: BILLINGS FARM CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT: Violinist Jean Huang, violist Amy Galluzzo and cellist Carol Ou play an intimate show in the Visitors Center Theater. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 2-3 p.m. $15. Info, 457-2355. NORTH SEA GAS: The acclaimed Scottish folk band brings a taste of the highlands to the Green Mountain State. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7 p.m. $20. Info, 533-2000. ROBERT DE CORMIER CENTENNIAL CONCERT: Six Vermont choirs come together to celebrate the late Rutland composer. Grace Congregational Church, Rutland, 3-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 540-1784. RYAN MONTBLEAU: The singer-songwriter turns heads with songs from albums such as 2017’s I Was Just Leaving. Shelburne Vineyard, 6-9 p.m. $10-12. Info, 985-8222. SYMBIO: Listeners enjoy the magical strains of these rising stars of the Swedish folk scene. Richmond Congregational Church, 4-6 p.m. $15-25. Info, 434-4563. TALL TRAVIS: The appealingly cacophonous folk crew plays among the apple trees. Shelburne Orchards, 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2753.


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, jpendak@gmail. com. 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.


FOX US OPEN OF MOUNTAIN BIKING: See THU.15, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. PÉTANQUE IN THE PARK: 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, eriktrinkaus1@gmail. com.


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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.14. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.14. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.14. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.14.

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BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.14. 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. LONG-FORM SUN 73: Beginners and experienced practitioners learn how Tai Chi can help with arthritis, mental clarity and range of motion. Holley Hall, Bristol, noon-1 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, wirlselizabeth@ 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. YANG 24: See WED.14. Congregational Church of Middlebury, 4-6 p.m. Info,


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. 6-8:35 p.m. Free. Info,


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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, JULIA GUEZ, NATHAN MCCLAIN, DOUG ANDERSON & DANIEL WOLFF: New York City nonprofit publisher Four Way Books launches its fall 2022 list with four of its authors. Presented by Norwich Bookstore. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 649-1114. MONTHLY BOOK GROUP FOR ADULTS: The Sentence by Louise Erdrich inspires a lively conversation. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. WHODUNITS & WHYDUNITS: Film scholar Rick Winston and librarian George Spaulding discuss issue-driven mystery in film and literature. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.



ABENAKI GARDENING AND FISH PROCESSING CLINIC: Locals learn Indigenous methods of garden harvesting and fish cleaning. Intervale Center, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 371-9975.


WBON GRATITUDE CONFERENCE: Author Joni B. Cole keynotes this gathering of female entrepreneurs hosted by Women Business Owners Network Vermont. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $75110; preregister. Info, 503-0219.


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.


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


ADULT BACK-TO-SCHOOL TECH CLASS: Continuing learners discover the wide world of online courses and free educational opportunities. Presented by Waterbury Public Library. 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.14. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.14. MAKING MAGIC WITH COMPOSITION AND LIGHTING: Aspiring auteurs learn how lighting and camera movements can tell a story. RETN & VCAM Media Factory, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister; limited space. Info, 651-9692. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.14. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.14.

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FOOD TRUCKS AT THE FORT: Green Empire Brewing hosts a battalion of food trucks alongside live music and mini golf. Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 5-9 p.m. Free. Info, greenempirebeer@ THE MAPLE 100: See THU.15. 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.

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FALL PREVENTION TAI CHI: See THU.15. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Vergennes, Levels 1 and 2, 9-10 a.m.; Level 3, 10-11 a.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, lhfrancis839@gmail. com. Congregational Church of Middlebury, 10-11 a.m. Info, SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: See FRI.16.



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


COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: BURLINGTON TAIKO: The Japanese-inspired drum group gives a joyous outdoor concert. Burlington City Hall Park, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. COWBOY JUNKIES: The beloved folk-blues band displays its effortlessly intimate, mesmerizing sound. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $35-55. Info, 603-448-0400. WATERFRONT PARK DRUM CIRCLE: Folks find rhythm at a joyful, beat-driven outdoor gathering. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 777-0626.


FAIRGROUNDS EAST BIRD WALK: Birders of all experience levels take a slow pace perfect for observing and taking photos. BYO water, snacks, cameras, guides and binoculars. Fairgrounds Trailhead, Poultney, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 598-2583.

Hauke Family Campus Center, Champlain College, Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. $25-100; preregister. Info,


HEAT PUMPS: Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity shows homeowners how to make the switch to a more eco-friendly method of keeping the house warm or cool. 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 860-1417, ext. 121.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.14. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.14. ‘THE DAYTRIPPERS’: A family sets off on a road trip to confront the daughter’s cheating husband in this 1997 dramedy. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS: Learners of all abilities practice written and spoken English with trained instructors. Presented by Fletcher Free Library. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, bshatara@ PAUSE-DÉJEUNER: RICHARD LORENZ & BRIGITTE HELZER: Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region hosts the president of the Vermont Military Museum and AFLCR member Brigitte Helzer in a talk about the “Merci Train.” Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


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,


VERMONT PRIDE SEDER: LGBTQ+ Jews and allies gather for an evening of readings and community. Ages 13 and up. Social Hall, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:308:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

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

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

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.





NICOLE VIRGIL: A Christian Science practitioner examines freedom and choice from a Biblical perspective. First Church of Christ, Scientist, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 864-4709.





BOOK CLUB BUFFET: Readers dig into Kate Moore’s The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women over lunch. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

MAH-JONGG NIGHT: This 19th-century Chinese game fits right in at the historic ballroom. Refreshments served. Kents’ Corner State Historic Site, Calais, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6613.

WINE & STORY: Lovers of libations and tellers of tales gather for an evening of good company. Shelburne Vineyard, 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 863-1754.

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FALL JOB FAIR 2022: Job seekers hand out resumes to local employers and even interview on the spot. West Side Ballroom, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-1000.


INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: The Vermont Council on World Affairs presents a day of virtual talks, workshops and panels looking toward world peace. Hybrid in-person and virtual reception ends the day.


AYURVEDA: Maryellen Crangle and Dorothy Alling Memorial Library host the first session of a 12-week introduction to this ancient Indian and Nepalese healing and lifestyle tradition. 2-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.14. CHAIR YOGA: See WED.14. LONG-FORM SUN 73: See WED.14. YANG 24: See WED.14.



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GRAPHIC DESIGN & LAYOUT 101: Dana Dwinell-Yardley teaches attendees the basics of designing eye-catching posters, social media graphics and more. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. WOMEN AND MONEY - TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE: Women learn how to overcome various challenges to effectively save for retirement. Presented by New England Federal Credit Union. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-6940.


ILYSE MORGENSTEIN FUERST: The professor of religion explores how faith and organized religion continue to shape our lives. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, University of Vermont, Burlington, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-0756.

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225+ Classes for Everyone. CVUHS Campus HINESBURG. Full descriptions at ARTS & CRAFTS: Watercolor With Ginny Joyner; Intro to 2-Dimensional Art; Pottery Studio; Sewing Knit Fabrics: T-shirts; Knitting Super Bulky Cozy Cowl; Beaded Earrings; Bowl Turning; Welding Fabrication; Fused Glass With Micaela! Location: Access CVU, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194,, COOKING & CUISINE: Options include Indian Vegetarian Cooking; Cake Decorating Basics; Kids in the Kitchen: Back to School Comfort Foods. Location: Access CVU, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194,, DANCE!: Numerous dance classes available! Try out East Coast Swing Dancing for Beginners; Beginners Irish Dance With Champion Dancer Fiadhnait Moser; Beginners Modern Dance; or Zumba With Dillon! Location: Access CVU, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 4827194,, cvsdvt. HOLISTIC LIVING & GAMES: Options include Bridge for Beginners: Club or Diamond

Series; Bridge: Defense SeriesHearts; Gem and Crystal Workshop (online); Tarot Card Adventure: Part 1 (online); Chakra Workshop (online). Location: Access CVU, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194,, cvsdvt. LANGUAGES & MUSIC : Harmonica for Adults; Ukulele for Adults; Guitar for Beginners; String Band; Basic Banjo; French 102 (online); French 104 (online); Spanish for Beginners, Part 1 & Part 2; Spanish Conversation-Advanced (online); Conversational Italian (online); German for Beginners. Location: Access CVU, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, access@, LIFE SKILLS: Dog Training: Next-Level Basics With Mary Tracy; Know Your Car Workshop, Girlington Garage; Home Repair DIY Series; Parent Information Class: Learning Disabilities; i-STRIKE Women & Self-Defense Workshop; CyberSecurity: Protect Your Personal Information; Writing for Children & Young Adults Workshop With Author Fiadhnait Moser. Location: Access CVU & online, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194,, cvsdvt. MINDFUL MOVEMENT: Options include Happy Thursday Yoga Flow; Yoga Thursday With Ellen; Monday Asana Yoga With Heather; Kundalini Yoga: The Yoga of Radiance; Yang Tai Chi; Reiki First Degree With Amy; Intro to Mindfulness Meditation (online); Stress Less: Tools for Balanced Living. Location: Access CVU, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, access@cvsdvt. org,

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,

empowerment FALL EQUINOX COLLECTIVE CHANNELING: Take this opportunity to create alchemical magic and own our spiritual resilience and inherent power. Led by Kimia Maleki. Thu, Sep. 22, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $20 via PayPal, Zelle, Venmo or U.S. check. Location: Zoom. Info: 244-7909, projectalchemyhealing@gmail. com, HOW TO FIND INNER CALM IN TIMES OF DESTABILIZATION: Learn how to find peace and calm by drawing on ancient wisdom and nature. Led by Kimia Maleki. Thu., Sep. 29, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $20 via PayPal, Zelle, Venmo or U.S. check. Location: Zoom. Info: 2447909, projectalchemyhealing@,


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

YOUR OPINION IS VALUED! Are you a Vermont resident over the age of 18, that currently smokes cigarettes, uses e-cigarettes, or has recently quit using tobacco? If so, you may qualify to take an anonymous survey about your attitudes and behaviors on tobacco use. To see if you qualify, please text, “VTHealthSurvey” to (207) 358-1714 or call and ask to speak to the project manager, Elisa Ungaro.

as how to weave a rush seat. Participants will each build their own stool, covering joinery and other important details. They will then weave the seat out of rush, learning how to shape and fasten the material. Thu., Sep. 29 & Oct. 6, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225 incl. materials. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761, SILVER RING WORKSHOP: In this two-session, eight-hour workshop, students will create one or two silver ring bands. The processes covered include texturing, sizing, sawing, filing, sanding, forming, soldering, shaping and polishing. After this intensive, students will have the skills to begin making rings independently. No prior experience necessary. Oct. 8 & 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $200 incl. materials. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: Generator, Sam Graulty, 5400761, education@generatorvt. com, events/#!event/2022/10/8/ silver-ring-workshop.

language 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@ JAPANESE LANGUAGE CLASSES: Konnichiwa! The Japan America Society of Vermont will offer four levels of interactive Japanese language Zoom classes this fall, starting the week of Oct. 3. Please join us for an introduction to speaking, listening, reading and writing Japanese, with an emphasis on the conversational patterns that occur in everyday life. Level 1: Mon. Level 2: Tue. Level 3: Thu. Level 4: Wed. Cost: $200/1.5-hour class for 10 weeks. Location: Zoom. Info: 825-8335,, 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: Spanish Courses VT, 881-0931,, facebook. com/spanishonlinevt.

martial arts AIKIDO: 25 FREE CLASSES!: Celebrate our 25th anniversary and discover the dynamic, flowing martial art of aikido. Learn how to relax under pressure and how aikido cultivates core power, aerobic fitness and resiliency. Aikido techniques emphasize throws, pinning techniques and the growth of internal power. Visitors are always welcome to watch a class. Starting on Fri., Sep. 9, 6 p.m.; meets 5 days/ week. 25 free classes for new adult members. Membership rates incl. unlimited classes. Contact us for info about membership rates for adults, youth & families. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St., Burlington, Info: Benjamin Pincus, 951-8900, bpincus@, VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: We offer a legitimate Brazilian jiu-jitsu training program for men, women and children in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Julio Cesar “Foca” Fernandez Nunes; CBJJP and IBJJF seventh-degree Carlson Gracie Sr. Coral Belt-certified instructor; teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A two-time world masters champion, fivetime 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,,

tai chi NEW BEGINNER TAI CHI CLASS: We practice Cheng Man-ch’ing’s “simplified” 37-posture Yang-style form. The course will be taught by Patrick Cavanaugh, a longtime student and assistant to Wolfe Lowenthal; Wolfe is a direct student of Cheng Man-ch’ing and founder of Long River Tai Chi Circle. Opportunities for learning online also available! COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend in person. Masks are recommended. (Subject to change based on circumstance.) Starts Oct. 5, 9-10 a.m.; open registration until Oct. 26. Cost: $65/mo. Location: St. Anthony’s Church (Gym), 305 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Long River Tai Chi Circle, 490-6405,,

psychology JUNG BOOK STUDY GROUP: Join us for our new monthly Book Study Group. We begin our series featuring Man and His Symbols. Led by Cecile Leriche. Contact to register. 3rd Sun., Sep. 18-Jan. 22, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $50 donation via PayPal or U.S. check. Location: Zoom. Info: Sue Mehrtens, 2447909,,

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BURLINGTON DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2022, 5:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Remote Meeting Zoom: 27?pwd=SGQ0bTdnS000Wkc3c2J4WWw1dzMx UT09 Webinar ID: 832 2569 6227 Passcode: 969186 Telephone: US +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799

All firms submitting a request for pre-qualification determination will be notified, in writing, 30 days or more prior to the proposed bid opening. The Board of School Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all submitted Pre-Qualifications, to re-advertise, and to waive any and/or all informalities. Project Description: The project includes the abatement, remediation, and demolition of seven buildings at the Burlington High School and Technical Center campus to facilitate construction of a new high school at the campus. Several hazardous building material investigations at the site have identified asbestos containing materials (ACM), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and lead in building materials throughout the buildings.

1. ZP-22-512; 55-57 Howard Street (RL, Ward 5S) Patrick McHenry / Montana Burns Relocate medical office/acupuncture home occupation from downstairs unit (55 Howard St.) to upstairs unit (57 Howard St.). Plans may be viewed upon request by contacting the Department of Permitting & Inspections between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Participation in the DRB proceeding is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal. Please note that ANYTHING submitted to the Zoning office is considered public and cannot be kept confidential. This may not be the final order in which items will be heard. Please view final Agenda, at drb/agendas or the office notice board, one week before the hearing for the order in which items will be heard.

All accessible asbestos containing materials (ACM) will be removed prior to demolition of the buildings in accordance with Vermont Department of Health (VT DOH) regulations including both friable and non-friable ACM. Due to the presence of PCBs, commingled ACM and PCB building materials will be abated during the pre-demolition phase. Following ACM abatement, the remainder of the buildings will be demolished in a controlled manner and will be disposed of as PCB Bulk Product. The remediation and demolition activities will be conducted in accordance with applicable VT DOH, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC), and Environmental Protection Agency rules and regulations.


The project start date is subject to a voter approved bond in November 2022. Schedule for the new work is planned to begin in December 2022 with an anticipated completion for late summer of 2023.

The Burlington School District invites interested Demolition/Abatement Contractors to submit a Letter of Interest and Pre-Qualifications for School Board determination of eligible prospective project bidders. The Burlington Board of School Commissioners has established pre-qualification criteria which a contractor must meet.

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The Burlington Public School District requests Demo/Abatement Contractors to submit Letters of Interest and pre-qualification statements in electronic format not later than September 22, 2022 to PCI - Capital Project Consultants. Contact Marty Spaulding at to obtain the full RFQ and pre-qualification criteria. Project scope questions can be directed to Josh Robinson at NOTICE OF SELF STORAGE LIEN SALE BURLINGTON SELF STORAGE 1825 SHELBURNE RD. SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT. 05403 Notice is hereby given that the contents of the self-storage units listed below will be sold at public auction by sealed bid. Name of Occupant/Storage Unit Hathaway #300 Said sales will take place on September 30, 2022 beginning at 11:00am at Burlington Self Storage (BSS) 1825 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT. 05403 Units will be opened for viewing immediately prior to auction. Sale shall be by sealed bid to the highest bidder. Contents of entire storage unit will be sold as one lot. The winning bid must remove all contents from the facility at no cost to BSS. BSS reserves the right to reject any bid lower that the amount owed by the occupant or that is not commercially reasonable as defined by statute. NOTICE OF SELF STORAGE LIEN SALE: EXIT 16 SELF STORAGE, 295 RATHE RD, COLCHESTER, VT. 05446 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE CONTENTS OF THE SELF STORAGE UNITS LISTED BELOW WILL BE SOLD AT AUCTION NAME OF OCCUPANT - UNIT SIZE KURTIS GUILMETTE 10 X 30 BENJAMIN MACINTYRE 10 X 15 MAURICE MONTGOMERY 10 X 15 SHAWN ARGUIN 10 X 10
















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available online at SOS/rules/ . The law requires an agency to hold a public hearing on a proposed rule, if requested to do so in writing by 25 persons or an association having at least 25 members. To make special arrangements for individuals with disabilities or special needs please call or write the contact person listed below as soon as possible. To obtain further information concerning any scheduled hearing(s), obtain copies of proposed rule(s) or submit comments regarding proposed rule(s), please call or write the contact person listed below. You may also submit comments in writing to the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, State House, Montpelier, Vermont 05602 (802-828-2231). ————————— Disability Services-Developmental Services Vermont Proposed Rule: 22P023 AGENCY: Agency of Human Services, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) CONCISE SUMMARY: The purpose of this rule is to fulfill the requirements of the Developmental Disabilities Act (DD Act), to include specific details for its implementation. The effective date of the last adopted rule was October 1, 2017. Since then, 2022 Acts and Resolves No. 186 eliminated the requirement in 18 V.S.A. § 8725 that certain categories of the Developmental Services System of Care Plan be adopted by rule. Further, the federal rules relating to Medicaid grievances and appeals have been amended. Finally, the Vermont Supreme Court’s decision in In re: R.R., 2019 VT 31, requires that the Standard Error of Measurement (SEM) for IQ tests, including IQ scores of 75 or below, be considered when determining eligibility for services. The proposed language includes IQ scores of 75 or below when accounting for the SEM. Other amendments to the rule include formatting, as well as updates to align with current practice in the administration of the Developmental Services program. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Clare McFadden Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living / Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DAIL/DDSD), 280 State Drive, Waterbury, VT 05671-2030 Tel: 802-585-5396 Fax: 802-241-0410 Email: URL: https://www.dail.vermont .gov. FOR COPIES: Stuart Schurr, General Counsel, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, 280 State Drive, HC2 South Waterbury, VT 05671-2020 Tel: 802-241-0353 Fax: 802-241-0386 Email: PUBLIC NOTICE: VERMONT STATE HOUSING AUTHORITY SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) will be opening its waiting list and begin accepting applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program on October 1, 2022, at 7:45am. Beginning October 1, 2022, applications may be completed through the online applicant portal by visiting VSHA’s website at https://www.pha-web. com/portals/onlineApplication/1635. Paper applications may also be obtained by visiting VSHA’s website at or at our office located at One Prospect Street, Montpelier, VT between the hours of 7:45am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday, or by contact Housing Program Administration Intake Division at 802-828-1991. This Notice is being provided in accordance with VSHA’s Administrative Plan for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, which mandates the Authority provide public notice when opening its waiting list. For additional information call: 802-828-3295 (voice); 800-798-3118 (TTY); 800-820-5119 (messages) STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION LAMOILLE UNIT DOCKET # 22-CV-01078 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A. AS SUCCESSOR-IN-INTEREST TO ALL PERMITTED SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS OF JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR

TRUMAN CAPITAL MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-1 ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-1 Plaintiff v. DANIEL W. BURGESS, VINCENT DERICO, ANDRIA CHANNELS AS FIDUCIARY OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT BOMBARDIER, BRICE SIMON, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY-INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF TAXES, LIBERTY SKIS CORPORATION AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OCCUPANTS OF: 63 Sterling Woods Road, Stowe VT Defendants SUMMONS & ORDER FOR PUBLICATION THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO: Daniel W. Burgess 1. YOU ARE BEING SUED. The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you. A copy of the Plaintiff’s Complaint against you is on file and may be obtained at the office of the clerk of this court, Lamoille, Civil Division, Vermont Superior Court, 154 Main St, Hyde Park, VT 05655. Do not throw this paper away. It is an official paper that affects your rights. 2. PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM. Plaintiff’s claim is a Complaint in Foreclosure which alleges that you have breached the terms of a Promissory Note and Mortgage Deed dated September 23, 2005. Plaintiff’s action may affect your interest in the property described in the Land Records of the Town of Stowe at Volume 623, Page 71. The Complaint also seeks relief on the Promissory Note executed by you. A copy of the Complaint is on file and may be obtained at the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court for the County of Lamoille, State of Vermont. 3. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 41 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must give or mail the Plaintiff a written response called an Answer within 41 days after the date on which this Summons was first published, which is _______________________, 20____. You must send a copy of your answer to the Plaintiff or the Plaintiff’s attorney, Loraine L. Hite, Esq. of Bendett & McHugh, PC, located at 270 Farmington Avenue, Ste. 151, Farmington, CT 06032. You must also give or mail your Answer to the Court located at 154 Main St, Hyde Park, VT 05655. 4. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer. 5. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CASE IF YOU DO NOT GIVE YOUR WRITTEN ANSWER TO THE COURT. If you do not Answer within 41 days after the date on which this Summons was first published and file it with the Court, you will lose this case. You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the Court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the complaint. 6. YOU MUST MAKE ANY CLAIMS AGAINST THE PLAINTIFF IN YOUR REPLY. Your Answer must state any related legal claims you have against the Plaintiff. Your claims against the Plaintiff are called Counterclaims. If you do not make your Counterclaims in writing in your answer you may not be able to bring them up at all. Even if you have insurance and the insurance company will defend you, you must still file any Counterclaims you may have. 7. LEGAL ASSISTANCE. You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you should ask the court clerk for information about places where you can get free legal help. Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still give the court a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case. ORDER The Affidavit duly filed in this action shows that service cannot be made with due diligence by any of the method provided in Rules 4(d)-(f), (k), or (l) of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that service of the Summons set forth above shall be made upon the defendant, Daniel W. Burgess, by publication as provided in Rule[s] [4(d)(l) and] 4 (g) of those Rules. This order shall be published once a week for 6

weeks beginning on September 15, 2022 in the Seven Days, a newspaper of the general circulation in Lamoille County, and a copy of this summons and order as published shall be mailed to the defendant, Daniel W. Burgess, at 63 Sterling Woods Road, Stowe, VT 05672.

Executor’s Deed of Thomas F. Koch, Executor of the Estate of Florence E. Tucker dated October 2, 1992 and recorded October 6, 1992 in Volume 149 at Page 237 of the Land Records of the City of Barre and being more particularly described as follows:

Being the home place of the descendant located at Dated at Hyde Park, Vermont this 29th day of 182 South Main Street, Barre, Vermont as conveyed August, 2022 to William G. Tucker and Florence E. Tucker by Warranty Deed of Glenn H. Powers and Ruth E. Electronically signed pursuant to V.R.E.F. 9(d) Powers, dated March 22, 1923 and recorded in Volume 30 at page 31 located at 182 South Main /s/ Daniel Richardson Street, Barre, Vermont as conveyed to William G. Daniel Richardson Tucker and Florence E. Tucker by Warranty Deed of Superior Court Judge Glenn H. Powers and Ruth E. Powers, dated March 22, 1923 and recorded in Volume 30 at page 314 of said Land Records together with a five foot wide STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE strip of land conveyed to William G. Tucker and DIVISION WINDHAM UNIT DOCKET NO.: Florence E. Tucker by Warranty Deed of H. Austin 22-PR-03174 Tuttle dated September 24, 1923 and recorded in In re ESTATE of Shane Harris Volume 30 at Page 434. NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the Creditors of: Shane Harris, late of Rockingham, Vermont 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 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. Melanie Cooper, c/o Claudia I. Pringles, Esq. 32 Main St. #370 Montpelier, VT 05602 802-223-0600 Seven Days PUBLICATION DATE: 9/14/22 Vermont Superior Court Windham Unit (Probate Div.) 30 Putney Road, 2nd Floor Brattleboro, VT 05301 STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT WASHINGTON UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 503-9-19 WNCV FREEDOM MORTGAGE CORPORATION v. TYLER HOPE AND ELIZABETH J. HOPE OCCUPANTS OF: 182s Main Street, Barre VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered January 31, 2022, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Tyler Hope and Elizabeth J. Hope to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc., dated April 12, 2018 and recorded in Book 333 Page 137 of the land records of the City of Barre, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc. to HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc. dated March 12, 2019 and recorded in Book 346 Page 329 and (2) Assignment of Mortgage from HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc. to Freedom Mortgage Association dated June 16, 2021 and recorded in Book 386 Page 230 both of the land records of the Town of Barre for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 182 South Main Street, Barre, Vermont on September 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: PROPERTY ADDRESS: 182 South Main Street, Barre, Vermont PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Tyler B. Hope and Elizabeth J. Hope by Warranty Deed of Kent L. Mason and Cherese M. Mason dated___________ of record in Volume_______ at Page_______ of the City of Barre Land Records. Being all of the same land and premises conveyed to Kent L. Mason and Cherese M. Mason by

Reference is hereby made to the aforementioned instruments, the records thereof and the references therein contained, all in further aid of this description. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a bank wire, certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date the Confirmation Order is entered by the Court. All checks should be made payable to “Bendett & McHugh, PC, as Trustee”. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED: August 24, 2022 By: /s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 TOWN OF BOLTON, VERMONT NOTICE TO VENDORS 3045 Theodore Roosevelt Hwy Waterbury, VT 05676 September 6, 2022 Invitation to Bid: Photocopier Lease The Town of Bolton, Vermont is soliciting bids from qualified vendors for the municipal lease of a photocopier that conforms to the included specifications. Interested vendors shall submit proposals to: Town of Bolton, Vermont Attn: Bolton Select Board 3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway Waterbury, VT 05676 All proposals received by the town will be considered bids. Bidders may submit more than one bid if desired. A bid must be submitted in a sealed envelope that is clearly marked "2022 Photocopier Lease Bid" with the date and time of the bid opening printed plainly on the outside of the envelope. • Bids are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2022. Any bid received after that time and date shall not be considered and returned unopened. • Bids shall be opened on Monday, October 3, 2022, by the Bolton Select Board and reviewed during the regularly scheduled hybrid Select Board meeting. • The bid will be awarded by Monday, October 17, 2022, by the Bolton Select Board.



Legal Notices [CONTINUED] • Any bid may be withdrawn in writing prior to the scheduled time for bid opening; however, no bid may be withdrawn for a period of thirty (30) days after the date of bid opening. • The Select Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids in whole or part, to waive any informalities or irregularities therein, to accept any bid even though it may not be the lowest bid, to call for rebids, to negotiate with any bidder, and to make an award which in its sole and absolute judgment with best serve the town’s interests. • The Select Board also reserves the right to investigate the financial responsibility of any bidder to determine his or her ability to assure delivery. Bidders must adhere to the following specifications. Any deviations from minimum specifications, including any proposed substitutions, must be clearly identified in the bid. Specifications: • Provide the brand name, model of copier, and a brochure describing the product (include the weight, dimensions, warm up time and noise level while in use). • Clearly define what materials and services are included in the lease. • Submit names and contact information for at least two (2) governmental or commercial accounts with similar requirements serviced by your company and the proposed machine model. • At the minimum, in addition to basic features, the photocopier needs to: - Print in both black and white and in color - Collate, staple, 2 sided, manual and auto feed - Three paper sizes 8.5” x 11”, 8.5” x 14”, & 11” x 17” - Scan - Fax • Delivery schedule. The current photocopier lease expires on December 11, 2022. In submitting a bid, the bidder thereby certifies that the bid is made in good faith, without fraud, collusion, or connection of any kind with any other bidder for the same work, and that the bidder is competing solely on his/her behalf without connection with or obligation to any undisclosed person or firm. As an aid in drafting bids proposals, please contact the office to review the current copier capabilities and use patterns. For more information regarding the bid process please contact: Amy Grover, Bolton Town Clerk 802-434-5075 TOWN OF ESSEX ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT CONDITIONAL USE PUBLIC HEARING & AGENDA OCTOBER 6, 2022 - 6:00 PM - Join in person at 81 Main Street Conference Room. - Join via Microsoft Teams at https://www.essexvt. org/870/5481/Join-ZBA-Meeting - Join via conference call (audio only): (802) 377-3784 | Conference ID: 480 347 627# - Public wifi is available at the Essex municipal offices, libraries, and hotspots listed here: https:// public-wifi-hotspots-vermont 1. UNSPECIFIED USE: ACH TOV LLC: Proposal to operate a Short-Term Rental located at 156 Old Stage Rd in the AR Zone. Tax Map 10, Parcel 63, Lot 8.



2. DAY CARE FACILITY: EOF OUTLETS, LLC: Proposed 77-child daycare located at 21 Essex Way, Suite 106 in the MXD-PUD(B1) Zone. Tax Map 92, Parcel 1. 3. Minutes: September 1, 2022 Visit our website at if you have questions or call 802-878-1343 TOWN OF HUNTINGTON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REVISIONS OF REGULATIONS October 17, 2022 • 7 pm Brewster-Pierce School, Huntington Center Zoom-in option is available* The Huntington Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing to accept comments on proposed revisions to the town’s Zoning, Subdivision and Flood Hazard Regulations. All interested persons may appear and be heard. The new Huntington Land Use Regulation will combine three documents into a single comprehensive document, which is entitled Town of Huntington Land Use Regulations. The geographic areas affected include all of Huntington. Table of Contents Introduction Development Flowchart 4 Article I. General 5 Section 1.01 Authority, Purpose, Maps 5 Section 1.02 Amendments 6 Section 1.03 Application and Interpretation 6 Section 1.04 Severability 6 Article II. Permits and Appeals 7 Section 2.01 Permit Required 7 Section 2.02 Exemptions from the Permit Requirement 7 Section 2.03 Application and Fee 8 Section 2.04 Application Contents 8 Section 2.05 Action on Permit Application 9 Section 2.06 Certificate of Occupancy 11 Section 2.07 Appeal 11 Section 2.08 Permit Expiration 11 Article III. Development Review Board (DRB) Processes 12 Section 3.01 When DRB Approval Required 12 Section 3.02 Exceptions of DRB Approval Requirement for Subdivisions 12 Section 3.03 Development Review Board Process – Sketch Review 13 Section 3.04 Development Review Board Approval Procedures 14 Section 3.05 Conditional Use with Site Plan 16 Section 3.06 Subdivision 18 Section 3.07 Waivers 18 Variances 20 Section 3.08 Appeals of Administrative Officer Decisions 21 Article IV. Land Use Districts 21 Section 4.01 Introduction 21 Section 4.02 Village Center Districts 24 Section 4.03 Neighborhood District 27 Section 4.04 Rural Residential 29 Section 4.05 Woodland District 31 Section 4.06 Conservation District 32 Section 4.07 Special Flood Hazard Areas, Floodways, and River Corridors 34 Section 4.08 Groundwater Protection Overlay District 50 Article V. Specific Standards Applicable in More than One District 52 Section 5.01 Water and Wastewater Systems and Plans 52 Section 5.02 Driveway and Street Access Standards 52 Section 5.03 Frontage on, or Access to, Public Roads 54 Section 5.04 Off Street Parking Standards 54 Section 5.05 Maximum Building Height 55 Section 5.06 Preservation of Significant Natural Features 56 Section 5.07 Riparian Buffers 59 Section 5.08 Accessory Dwelling Units 62 Section 5.09 Planned Unit Development (PUD) 62 Section 5.10 Non-conformities 64 Section 5.11 Temporary Uses and Structures 66

Section 5.12 Stormwater Management & Erosion Control 67 Section 5.13 Development of Small Lots and Merger 71 Section 5.14 Abandonment 71 Section 5.15 Mobile Homes and Mobile Home Parks 72 Section 5.16 Camping Vehicles and Campgrounds 74 Section 5.17 Public Facilities 75 Section 5.18 Telecommunication Facilities 75 Section 5.19 Performance Standards 78 Section 5.20 Outdoor Lighting 79 Section 5.21 Landscaping and Screening 80 Section 5.22 Signs 80 Section 5.23 Business Use 82 Section 5.24 Farming and Forestry Management 87 Section 5.25 Land Filling, Excavation, & Earth Resource Exploration 88 Section 5.26 Adding/Reducing Dwelling Units; Converting between a Seasonal Dwelling and a Year-Round Dwelling 90 Section 5.27 Open Storage of Vehicles and Junk 91 Section 5.28 Adaptive Reuse of an Historic Structure 91 Section 5.29 Site and Lot Layout and Design 92 Article VI. Organization 95 Section 6.01 Administrative Officer 95 Section 6.02 Development Review Board 95 Section 6.03 Planning Commission 96 Article VII. Enforcement 98 Section 7.01 General 98 Section 7.02 Enforcement Procedure and Penalties 99 Section 7.03 Records 99 Article VIII. Definitions 100 ADDENDUM A: Application Requirements for DRB Conditional Use Permit 118 ADDENDUM B Town Plan Zoning Districts Map 124 Copies of the entire text are available for review at the Hunting ton Town Clerk’s Office at 4930 Main Road, and at the Hunting ton Public Library. It is also available on the Town of Huntington website ( For more information, con tact the Huntington Town Clerk’s Office at 802-434-2032. * Go to the Municipal Meetings and Public Hearings page of the Town website @ http://www. or click FpjN25vdG1USU9K L1Y5N2QzYlpOUT09 Toll free access: Dial 888-788-0099 Meeting ID: 858 2166 6427 Pass code: 277642 NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS September 14, 2022 City of Burlington Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) 149 Church Street, Third Floor, Room 32 Burlington, Vermont 05401 802-865-7144 These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Burlington. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about September 30, 2022 the City of Burlington will submit a request to HUD for the release of HOME Investment Partnership Program funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, as amended to undertake a project known as Burlington City Place Affordable Housing. The project is located at 130 Bank Street, Burlington, Vermont and includes new construction of an 8-story affordable housing building. The project is in the location of the former Burlington Mall building, which was demolished in 2018. The scope of work includes the following. Prior to the construction of the affordable housing project, a master podium structure will be constructed over most of the 2.53 acre parcel, which will support multiple mixed-use buildings, including the proposed 8-story 80-88 unit affordable housing building, and will accommodate parking under the buildings. The master project also proposes reconnection of both Pine and St. Paul Street between Bank and Cherry Streets. This environmental review includes the entire land area of the parcel, the parking and podium structures, reconnection of the two streets, and the affordable housing building itself. Mitigation measures

include adherence to a Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation approved Corrective Action Plan, which requires the installation of a sub-slab depressurization system (SSDS) to mitigate impacts from off-site vapor migration, monitoring of the SSDS, and additional soil testing, if required, for the purposes of assessing potential urban soils if any are encountered, and management of such soils. The SSDS will double as a radon mitigation system. Mitigation measures also include that the project shall acquire all necessary permits before the project can be completed. The estimated total cost of the project is approximately $26,320,000 including $275,000 in HOME funds from the City of Burlington. The project also anticipates pursuing Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers. Other Federal funding sources include various funds provided by and through the State of Vermont. A separate combined notice will be completed for such funds by the State of Vermont. FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT The City of Burlington has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project online programs/environmental-review/environmentalreview-records/?filter_status=PT%2CPN&filter_ state=VT&filter_city=BURLINGTON&program= ERR&group=. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at 149 church Street, Room 32, Burlington, VT 05401 and may be examined or copied weekdays 9:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the CEDO offices, located on the third floor of 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT, via email to hobrien@burlingtonvt. gov, or via phone at 802-865-7144. All comments received by September 29, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. will be considered by the City of Burlington prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing. ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION The City of Burlington certifies to HUD that Miro Weinberger in his capacity as Mayor of Burlington consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Burlington to use Program funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the City of Burlington’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Burlington; (b) the City of Burlington has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to Director Robert D. Shumeyko at 10 Causeway Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02222. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Miro Weinberger, Mayor of Burlington

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FULL TIME LEGAL ASSISTANT Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick, LLP is looking for a highly-motivated, full-time legal assistant to support the family law practice in Essex Junction, VT. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and organizational skills, be detail-oriented and computer proficient and must enjoy a fast-paced environment. Experience and a great sense of humor are helpful. The position comes with competitive benefits. Applicants, please email a cover letter and resume to: Robin Beane at or, if you already know one of us, give us a call!

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Mental Health Therapist Hannah’s House is seeking a full-time licensed therapist to join our team of three therapists serving clients in the greater Mad River Valley and Waterbury areas in Central Vermont. Candidates must have experience working with youth and adults. Hannah’s House provides free office space, opportunity for peer support and interaction with rest of staff, promotion on our website, use of Zengar/Neurofeedback system, professional development assistance, and support from our board.


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Mt. Mansfield Academy in Stowe, Vermont seeks a motivated individual who has an eye for detail to join our hard-working team. The Race Event Manager/Administrative Assistant manages preparations for race events and functions hosted at the MMA Clubhouse, organizes parent and community volunteers, and assists with day-to-day operations, communication, and execution of projects at MMA. Located at the MMA Clubhouse at Spruce Peak, the Race Event Manager/Administrative Assistant works closely with the Leadership Team at MMA. This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits including a 401k. Please inquire today!

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Responsible for manual cleaning of machinery, carts, tables, work stations, cabinets, etc. within CSR and the ENDO scope areas. Maintains surgical instruments, scopes and equipment in the CSR & Endo Scope reprocessing areas. Notifies CSR Manager if repair or replacements are required. Qualifications: High School graduate or equivalent preferred. Will obtain Central Sterile Reprocessing Technician Certification within 12 months of hire (CVMC provides on the job training and testing for certifications). Learn more and apply:




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Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator This position can be a part-time or full-time position, salaried or contract, based on the availability of qualified and interested applicants. Should the VSO make a less or other than full-time, salaried employee appointment, the below general responsibilities and any associated benefits may be amended to fit available hours. The position is hybrid remote/in-person (based in Burlington, VT). Description: The Marketing and Public Relations Manager develops the image and awareness of the VSO among Vermont’s diverse public to maximize reach and revenue potential and influence a broad narrative about the VSO. This position creates and implements a strategic plan to generate earned revenue and implements a robust public relations program for the company. Send resumes to: Full description:

FOOD JOBS WITH A WORK-LIFE BALANCE Sound too good to be true? Not at Red Hen! For over 20 years, Red Hen has been providing great jobs in the food industry. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and a strong sense of belonging in the workplace.

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WE ARE HIRING FOR: FULL-TIME BREAD BAKER We’re looking for an individual who enjoys work that exercises both body and mind and is interested in pursuing the craft of baking. Professional food experience is required. Our breads range from hearty whole grain loaves to baguettes and are all made with locally-grown grain. If you are interested, please contact Douglas Clendaniel at

PASTRY BAKER We’re hiring for a pastry baker to assist in production of everything from cookies and scones, to pies and croissants. Professional baking or cooking experience is required. You must enjoy working independently and with a team. Schedule includes early mornings and weekends. Please e-mail a letter of interest and resume to

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is an acclaimed science and nature center committed to inspiring and engaging families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain. Our vision is for a science-savvy community where people and nature thrive together. ECHO seeks an experienced Human Resource professional to conduct day-to-day HR operations, refine and develop our HR systems, and lead HR strategy. The Human Resource Director will also lead planning for identifying, hiring for, and developing critical skills; overseeing professional development; leading ECHO’s employment equity and inclusion initiatives, and positioning ECHO as an employer of choice. Daily functions include but are not limited to: new hire recruitment and onboarding, compensation and performance management, overseeing ECHO’s intern program, advising on the administration and design of employee benefits, maintaining human resource records, ensuring compliance with all employmentrelated laws and regulations, and collaborating closely on HR issues with all members of the senior staff. The HR Director will report to the Executive Director and serve as a member of the senior management team. The position will have no direct reports. The full job description is available at: ECHO is an E.O.E. and welcomes resumes from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. To apply send a cover letter and resume to with Director of Human Resources in the subject line.

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

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Carpenters & Lead Carpenters We are looking for experienced carpenters with knowledge of old and new construction to join the Lewis Creek Builders, DesignBuild team! We are a passionate group of carpenters, designers, and construction management professionals working in a supportive, collaborative environment to manage every aspect of residential building and remodeling projects.


COOK - Sign on bonus up to $3,000! Porter Medical Center and the Helen Porter Skilled Nursing Facility are seeking Cooks to join their Nutrition Services Team in Middlebury. The cook role is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the established seasonal cycle menus. Qualifications: • Minimum of 3 years’ work experience in this position. • Minimum 18 years of age. • ServSafe certification preferred.

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Sign-on bonus equal to one week of gross pay! Flexible start date! Great benefits package! Apply online today: employment Or call 802.662.1630. Carpenter/Lead Carpenter Pay Range: $23.00-$40.00/hr

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


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SECURITY OFFICERS The primary responsibilities of the Security Officer are to conduct patrol duties, respond immediately to emergency and non-emergency calls for assistance, and document services provided on each shift. Each University of Vermont Medical Center Security Officer is assigned to a specific Campus. High School graduate or equivalent, valid driver’s license and safe driving record required. Learn more and apply:


Manager of Classroom Technology The Information Technology department at Saint Michael’s College invites applications for the Manager of Classroom Technology position. The Manager of Classroom Technology provides timely support for all classroom technology issues and questions in order to ensure a rich and engaging teaching and learning environment for our students and faculty. The role supports and trains end-users in the use of classroom audio-visual technology as well as the lecture capture system; oversees equipment selection, installation, maintenance, and replacement for campus audio-visual equipment; and performs preventative maintenance on classroom audio-visual technology. This position will require regular work hours, as well as occasional evenings and weekends. For a complete job description, benefits information, and to apply online, please visit:

Administrative Assistant The Vermont Studio Center seeks an Administrative Assistant to provide clerical assistance to the Executive Director and support general office administration. In this role, you will: act as liaison for the Executive Director to the Board, donors and staff; greet and assist guests; and perform general office duties as needed. Confidentiality and the ability to work with people of all cultures and backgrounds is essential, as is an understanding of creative practice and respect for the traditions and mission of VSC. This is a temporary, part-time position, approx. 20 hrs/week, until January 2023 at which time it may become a permanent position. Compensation is $22 per hour, and includes paid time off and retirement. For a full job description and application instructions:

Rhino Foods is seeking an Operations Supervisor for our 3rd shift Production Team! Ideal candidate will have experience in food manufacturing, possess strong leadership skills and be passionate about continuous improvement. Between 3 to five years’ experience in a fastpaced environment preferred, exceptional organizational skills and a common sense, “can do” attitude a must.

OUR ENGINEERING TEAM IS GROWING! Do you have design, development, and implementation experience in a food production environment? If so, we would love to speak with you! We are seeking experienced candidates, 3-5 years and a Bachelor’s degree preferred. Candidates should have exposure to the best and brightest in R & D, production and distribution of internal clients.

NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER FOR OUR FANTASTIC SALES AND MARKETING TEAM! This role oversees a broad portfolio of accounts and interacts daily with Rhino’s amazing customers. Food manufacturing skills are great, and if you have a Bachelor’s degree and can collaborate with many teams, you’re the perfect person for this job! This role is the “face” of Rhino at trade shows and customer visits, plus builds on strategies to enhance profit and growth. Learn more about this job, and our other roles at:




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Navigate New Possibilities Your Career at NDI is Waiting

At NDI we are driven by our belief that advanced spatial measurement solutions can help our customers in their aim to improve medical procedures and patient lives. We are hiring for the following positions:

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SOURCE WATER SPECIALIST The Vermont Rural Water Association is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to public drinking water and wastewater systems across Vermont. The Source Water Specialist provides assistance to public water systems in Vermont to protect drinking water sources. This assistance includes the development and implementation of source water protection plans as well as onsite technical assistance at water systems. A Source Protection Plan is a document that public water systems are required to have to minimize the risk of contamination to their drinking water source. The Source Water Specialist will work with water system personnel, state agencies, and local communities to write new Source Protection Plans and update existing plans. This position also provides education and outreach to community members.

The Northwest Regional Planning Commission is hiring an entry level Transportation Planner. The Planner will help our region with a coordinated approach to transportation planning and project implementation. The Planner will coordinate with local, regional and state officials and serve as staff support for the region’s Transportation Advisory Committee and various modal or project-based committees. The Planner will provide technical assistance to municipalities, help to implement local transportation projects and complete traffic counts, and bike and pedestrian plans. This is an entry-level position; support and training will be provided to the selected candidate. Please consider applying even if your commitment to community and your interest in learning are your strongest qualifications. The ideal candidate has professional, educational or volunteer planning experience, and knowledge of multi-modal transportation or a related field. They will be a self-starter with skills in collaboration, project management, and written and in-person communication. A college degree in a related field is preferred but not required if lived experiences, education and/or professional experience demonstrate an ability to succeed at this position. More information is available at Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in transportation planning, a resume and three references to Catherine Dimitruk, Executive Director at jobs@nrpcvt. com, or 75 Fairfield Street, St. Albans, VT, 05478. Position will remain open until filled; interviews will begin in late September, 2022.

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View the full job description This position is 40 hours per week with flexible scheduling. This position will primarily work from a home office with frequent field work across Vermont and occasional work at Vermont Rural Water’s office in Essex. To apply, send resume and cover letter to by September 20, 2022. The Vermont Rural Water Association is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. We value diverse perspectives, talents, and identities.

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Positions include a $500 sign on bonus, a strong benefits package and the opportunity to work at one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont”

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 and leadership skills and enjoy working in a team-oriented position. $47,000 annual salary.

Residential Program Manager: Coordinate staffed residential and community supports for

an individual in their home. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a team-oriented position, have strong clinical skills, and demonstrated leadership. $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: Provide supports to an individual in their home and in the community in 24h shifts including asleep overnights in a private, furnished bedroom. You can work two days, receive full benefits and have five days off each week! Other flexible schedules available, 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. Join our dedicated team and together we’ll build a community where everyone participates and belongs:



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Rock Point School, a small and supportive boarding and day high school, seeks Residential Educators to join our team! Residential Educators create a well-balanced dorm life for students. They lead fun weekend and evening activities, help students stay healthy, and provide guidance for the challenges of adolescence and communal living. Positions are full-time and include housing.

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HOUSEKEEPERS & HK SUPERVISOR If you enjoy working in beautiful surroundings with a supportive team & appreciative guests, we’ve got the job for you! Our Housekeeping Team is crucial in delivering the luxurious experience Mountain Top is known for. Reward your hard work with a career you can be proud of & premium compensation!

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• MARKETING PRODUCTION MANAGER Craftsbury Community Care Center Want to make a positive impact in the lives of Residents? Come lead our team of caregivers!

Director of Nursing/ Resident Services This is a responsible managerial position for a Vermont Registered Nurse to provide oversight of all medical responsibilities at the Center and to be an active participant in residents’ physical and emotional health. Seeking RN with an individualized resident centered approach to care, team player, positive coaching and interpersonal skills with supervision experience. Experience in long term care with elders a plus. On call is required.


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Join a dynamic team committed to creating economic opportunity in Vermont. The Director of Communications and Business Development serves as one of the primary contacts for the Chamber in the community and works closely with member organizations, builds strong partner relationships, creatively communicates the Chamber’s work, and assists with the development of new business. View the full job description at TO APPLY: Please email a resume and cover letter to and include “Director of Communications & Business Development” in subject line.

Hello Burlington Social Media & Content Manager Hello Burlington is a destination marketing initiative of the Lake Champlain Chamber that promotes the greater Burlington area as a great place for leisure travel, meetings, and events. We are actively seeking a social media and content manager to help us strengthen our social media presence and to strategize and execute on content creation. View the full job description at TO APPLY: If this sounds like you, please email a resumé, cover letter and content portfolio if available to info@ Include the phrase “social media and content manager” in subject line.


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NET ZERO PROJECT AND EQUITY ANALYST POSITION Burlington Electric Department, the City of Burlington’s 100% renewably powered electric utility, is seeking a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Project and Equity Analyst to advance the City of Burlington’s transition away from fossil fuels by collaborating with community members, external partners and stakeholders, and internal staff to ensure that the BED’s NZE initiatives are equitable and accessible to all. This position is responsible for project management, research, and community engagement activities in support of BED’s NZE vision and supports organizational development and capacity-building around equity, inclusion, and sustainability. Our ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Community and Economic Development, Sustainability, or related field; 5 years of relevant experience; and demonstrated success in fostering collaborative and effective relationships or coalitions with diverse stakeholder groups. This is an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union position. The City of Burlington is an E.O.E. Apply at

JOB OPENINGS The City of South Burlington seeks energetic, team oriented, and experienced individuals with the highest ethical standards and integrity to fill the following positions:

Community Justice Panel Coordinator Police Officers Public Safety Dispatcher Stormwater Superintendent Stormwater Project Manager Stormwater Maintenance Worker For further information please visit: To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and references to Jaimie Held, Human Resource Manager, at The City of South Burlington, Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we encourage applicants who can contribute to our growing diversity.

Request for Proposals

Executive Candidate Search Firm The Town of St. Albans is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to provide an executive candidate search for a Town Manager. The selected firm will facilitate the selection process. To view the complete Request for Proposal, visit: stalbanstown/business/ bid_rpf_opportunites. Please submit sealed bids to Executive Assistant Jennifer Gray at the St. Albans Town Hall offices located at 579 Lake Road, St. Albans, VT., by email at j.gray@ or by mail at P.O. Box 37, St. Albans Bay, VT. 05481 no later than 4:00pm, Wednesday, September 28th, 2022. Please direct questions to Ms. Gray at 802-524-7589, ext. 107 or

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Seeking a position with a quality employer? Consider The University of Vermont, a stimulating and diverse workplace. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including tuition remission for on-going, full-time positions. UVM Extension Migrant Education Central West Regional Coordinator - Ext - Migrant Hlth & Education - #S3866PO - The Regional Coordinator works collaboratively with Migrant Education and Farmworker Health team members to strengthen farmworker programming’s capacity to connect with and effectively implement education and health services, activities, and projects to farmworkers living in the Central West region of Vermont. This individual will be responsible for identifying and enrolling eligible migrant farmworkers living in the assigned region. Functions include facilitating educational services for enrolled students utilizing judgement to prioritize work and selecting appropriate methods to respond to needs as they arise and assist in performing ongoing assessments of and responses to farm health and safety education needs on farms, primarily cow dairies. This position functions with minimal daily supervision, while working in collaboration with a statewide team of outreach professionals and program coordinators to fulfil programmatic objectives. High School diploma and two to three years’ related experience or equivalent training and experience combo required. Applicant must be proficient in Spanish/English and demonstrate cultural humility as well as the ability to effectively and independently plan, organize, and coordinate access to services. Strong interpersonal and communication skills required with experience and capacity to work with diverse audiences. Proficient computer/multimedia skills essential. Willingness to travel and work a flexible schedule, which at times will include evenings and weekends. Position located in either the Extension So. Burlington or Rutland Offices. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. For further information on this position and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit Applicants must apply for positions electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. Open positions are updated daily. Please call 802-656-3150 or email for technical support with the online application. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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The focus of the Program Director is to oversee and support the First Roots Underhill early childhood team, and to participate in the program wide administrative needs (Senior Team) in an area of focus or expertise. The successful candidate will be a part of our senior leadership team that creates plans, sets goals, and collaborates effectively to achieve our Mission across all FRWR centers. We’re looking for an organized leader who can manage multiple projects and is excited by the opportunity to combine early education training with nature-based, emergent learning. As part of the senior team, you will be working in partnership with the FRWR Director of Professional Development & Curriculum, the Director of People and the Program Director (with consultation from the finance department) to create a culture of “yes” to foster infinitely creative, inspired and supported educators. Salary: $52,000-$57,200 per year SOME OF THE THINGS WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN YOU: Nature Based Education Enthusiast: Deep appreciation for the importance of using nature as a second teacher and finding joy in nature while securing a sustainable future for our children and our one planet. Education: Bachelor’s degree (Early Childhood Education, Human Resources, Social Work, or Psychology preferred). Director Credential Level 1, 2, or 3 a plus. Center-Based Early Education Work Experience: Perhaps you have work experience in an early childhood environment as a classroom teacher or as an Assistant Director. We are looking for the ability to inspire and motivate folks as people, beyond their teaching role. Human Resources Experience: Successful experience/coursework with supervision processes and personnel issues, facilitation roles or organizational psychology. Business Savvy: Solid understanding of the key drivers of an early education business model. Communication Skills: Distill and be able to have fair, clear and sometimes challenging conversations with all audiences. Interpersonal Skills: Build trust and effectively collaborate with everyone. Sense of Humor: Everything is easier if you can laugh with others -- and it brightens the day! Send resumes to:



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MUSEUM EDUCATOR MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN Keens Crossing – Winooski, VT 05404 Full Time, 40 Hours, Pay Rate $24.72 Are you looking to learn new skills or to start a career? Are you looking to join a supportive team and a dynamic company? We are so sure you will love it at HallKeen Management that we are offering a $1,000 hiring bonus for the right candidate. All bonuses to be paid per company policy. Will entertain employees looking to relocate to Vermont.

The Vermont Historical Society seeks a full-time Museum Educator. The Educator is responsible for developing and teaching school programs at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, as well as administering the Vermont History Day competition. Bachelor’s degree in history, museums, education, or related field required. Advanced degree or training in museum education or history preferred. Full job description and details at To apply, send a cover letter and resume to

Responsibilities of Maintenance Technician are quite diverse including but not limited to Apartment turnovers, grounds keeping, various janitorial duties, painting, appliance, electrical, heating, plumbing and safety equipment repair & replacement & provide assistance at other company properties when needed. The qualified candidate must have reliable transportation and have the ability to assist in carrying appliances and climb ladders as needed. Please e-mail resumes to

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.

Nursing Coordinator Want your evenings, weekends, and holidays free? Adult day center committed to helping frail adults stay at home is seeking a 40 hour/ week Licensed Practical Nurse, with relevant experience. Oversee health monitoring services which promote health and wellness Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tasks include administering medications, blood glucose monitoring, taking vital signs, treatments, wound care, documenting care provided and coordinating care with other health care providers and caregivers. Develop & implement plans of care. Supervise Nursing Assistants. Provide emergency first aid as needed. Good clinical, communication & organizational skills crucial.

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EXCITING POSITIONS AVAILABLE Champlain Housing Trust has several exciting positions available as it prepares to manage a community that will provide shelter to individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness. All positions require a high level of empathy, tolerance, a positive attitude, excellent customer service and conflict de-escalation skills and a strong commitment to the housing first model. Evening and weekend hours are required in all roles.

SITE MANAGER: This individual will be responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the site including supervision and cultivation of a high performing team, scheduling, managing relationships with vendors and partners, and creative problem-solving. Supervisory experience is required, experience working in social services, housing programs, business management or a related field is strongly preferred. ASSISTANT SITE MANAGER (2): These

individuals will carry out a wide variety of duties supporting day-to-day operations, working closely with the Site Manager and Front Desk Associates to promote a positive experience for guests and staff. Experience working in social services, housing programs, retail, hospitality or a related field is strongly preferred. Supervisory experience is a strong plus.

FRONT DESK ASSOCIATE (4): These individuals will welcome guests and promote a positive guest experience, providing professional, high quality service. Experience in social services, hospitality, retail or a related field is a strong plus. For additional details regarding these positions or to apply, please visit our career page: Equal Opportunity Employer - CHT is committed to a diverse workplace and highly encourages women, persons with disabilities, Section 3 low income residents, and people from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to apply.

Ride Coordinator/ Dispatcher: We are looking for a reliable Ride Coordinator/ Dispatcher to act as a communication point for all SSTA drivers on the road. You will use our automated scheduling software to: transmit messages and track vehicles, schedule and move same day rides, and act as the point of contact for all of our amazing drivers on the road! The ideal candidate must be primarily an excellent communicator and able to remain calm and composed in varying situations. You will be asked to multi-task as well as take the appropriate action with little supervision. The goal is to enable different parties to communicate well by ensuring the accurate and timely transmission of information. Previous experience is a plus, but not required! We have a great team here to help train and get you up to speed.

Para Transit Drivers: We are looking for Drivers to transport SSTA clients in a comfortable, safe and timely manner. Driver responsibilities include driving a 27’ lift-equipped van, providing reliable door-todoor transportation service to those in need, and arranging regular cleaning and maintenance services for the vehicle. Ultimately, you will help us increase customer satisfaction, making sure clients who depend on us for their transportation needs are delivered best-inclass service! To be considered for this role, you should have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record with no traffic violations, and a desire to contribute to your community! Note that you don’t need to have a car; we provide drivers with our own vehicles. Full or Part time positions available.

Apply online: ALL candidates must complete our application in full. SSTA offers a robust benefits package, competitive pay, paid holidays, and vacation time. SSTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SSTA is subject to the rules and regulations of the Drug and Alcohol Policy.

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General Assembly Administrative Assistant Fiscal Analysts Copy Editor Seasonal Drafting Coordinator The Legislative support offices are currently hiring. The nonpartisan offices are an interesting, challenging, and exciting place to work. You will be part of a highly professional and collegial team that is proud of, and enthusiastic about, the mission of the state legislature.

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Burlington Children’s Space

Executive Director Description: The Burlington Children's Space is seeking an Executive Director to join our community. BCS is a vibrant, community based early care and education program with a 38-year history serving children from 6 weeks to 5 years old and their families. BCS is one of 5 Therapeutic Child Care Programs working in partnership with the Howard Center, an Early Head Start and Universal Pre-K partner program, and a Child and Adult Care Food Program participant. We have a 5 Star rating from the State of Vermont and NAEYC accreditation and are housed in the McClure Multi-Gen Center, a building we co-own with Outright Vermont. Requirements: A Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field that meets CDD Licensing Requirements for Director plus 3 years of staff supervisory experience. Experience providing staff supervision is essential to this position and is required for employment. Experience working with families in a supportive, strength-based framework is foundational to all positions at BCS.


CCTV Center for Media + Democracy is a nationally recognized community media center based in Burlington, Vermont. We are looking for an energetic and organized development leader with a track record of community engagement and financial success to be a team member and revenue leader, supporting CCTV programs through grant writing, underwriting and donor cultivation. For complete job description go to: cctv-hiring-development-director.

Apply your knowledge, skills and experience to work with the General Manager and manage the financial and human resources of CVSWMD. Assist with staff recruitment, onboarding and orientation with a commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. Your passion for spreadsheets, detail and accuracy will also help us develop systems, track data and assess key trends related to the business of the District. Some remote work available.

Hours, Salary and Benefits: The position is 36-40 hours, weekly at a salary range of $50K-$54K commensurate with experience, skills, education and training. We offer a generous benefits package and CTO.

40 hours/week, $21.56 to $30.77/hour Location: Montpelier, VT

CCTV is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from visible minority group members, Indigenous persons, members of the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities and others who may contribute to the diversity of the organization and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

At CVSWMD, we help residents and organizations in our 19 member towns reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink waste for a more sustainable future. We offer excellent benefits that include generous leave, 100% medical/ dental/vision for employee and family, and retirement.

Send cover letter with CV of relevant experience and a writing sample to Lauren-Glenn Davitian, Executive Director, Position open until filled.

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Seeking a temporary part-time Lecturer at the University of Vermont with expertise in reproductive physiology, One Health, or general animal science. The University of Vermont (UVM) invites applicants for temporary, part-time Lecturer positions in the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI) to contribute to our undergraduate curriculum. The successful candidates will teach one or multiple courses in ASCI entitled Physiology of Reproduction, One Health, and/or courses in introductory animal sciences in the Spring 2023 semester preferably using an in-person teaching modality (teaching online may also be considered). The successful candidate will possess the ability to engage in high-quality teaching and should have experience in academic tertiary education instruction.

• Health Insurance • Paid Annual, Personal, and Sick Leave • Paid Winter and Summer Breaks

Qualified applicants must possess a DVM, M.S. or Ph.D. in animal science, biology, zoology, wildlife biology, or a related field. To apply, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae highlighting pertinent training and experience, and a statement of interest that conveys the applicant’s approach to teaching, as well as three references to Dr. Feng-Qi Zhao, Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further the University’s goal of fostering diversity, equity and inclusiveness on campus and across our state.

• Employer-Sponsored Retirement Fund • Discounted Tuition for Children • Professional Development Funding

Please direct any inquiries to the Interim Chair of the Department of Animal & Veterinary Sciences, Dr. Feng-Qi Zhao (

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The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.

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Nursing Administrator Lincoln House is a small, level 3 residential care home located in a historic building in Barre, VT. We are seeking a registered nurse to join our team of compassionate caregivers who will provide clinical leadership and oversight for our 27-31 residents. The position offers the potential for advancement into administration for people with aptitude and initiative. Qualifications: • Licensed registered nurse • 2 to 4 years of experience working in long term care • Proven experience in nursing leadership and management of day-to-day operations • Basic computer skills and knowledge of federal and state regulatory and compliance standards Details: • Flexible part time hours • Salary negotiable • We look forward to meeting the right candidate. 120 Hill Street, Barre VT 05641 802-476-3283




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School Engagement Specialist

Embark on a journey of possibilities and improve the future for Vermont youth.

Do you have passion for supporting students' school success? Do you enjoy collaborating with multiple resources to solve problems?

VT Youth Development Corps (VYDC) places full and part-time AmeriCorps members at youth-focused organizations across Vermont to foster positive youth development and build resilience. Use your ingenuity and skills to make a lasting impact in the lives of youth in Southern Vermont.

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.

At All-4-One’s The Space (Peer and Community Engagement Youth Center) in Springfield, the AmeriCorps members lend their talents to building creative and enriching opportunities at a new teen center, ensuring that local youth thrive.

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.

At the Bennington Museum in Bennington, the AmeriCorps member awakens curiosity and imagination in youth and transforms individuals by connecting them to the region’s diverse arts, rich history, landscape, and culture.

Submit your cover letter and resume to: LRC is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

At In-Sight Photography Project in Brattleboro, the AmeriCorps member empowers youth to communicate their unique personal visions through inclusive afterschool arts programming and community initiatives. VYDC AmeriCorps members’ service benefits include: approx. $12.85/hr. (living allowance); a $6,495 education award; employee assistance plan; health care coverage, school loan forbearance, and child care assistance (if eligible); and professional development, training, networking, and experience in youth-related fields.

Join the staff of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, an innovative funding organization supporting the development and preservation of affordable housing for Vermonters, community development, the conservation of agricultural land, natural areas, recreational land, forest land, and historic preservation. Other programs include VHCB AmeriCorps, the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, and Healthy and Lead-Safe Homes. We are hiring for multiple full-time positions based in our Montpelier office.

For more information, visit the Vermont Youth AmeriCorps website: Phone: 802-229-9151. Email: Interested applicants can apply directly at my.americorps. gov/mp/listing/ In State box, choose Vermont. In Program box, type VYDC. Click Search. All VYDC positions will appear.

Housing Analyst and Senior Housing Analyst

Apply by October 10th, 2022. VYDC is a program of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau.

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 that believes 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.

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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.

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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.

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STAFF ACCOUNTANT HCP Cureblindness, a VT-based nonprofit, is actively seeking a Staff Accountant. Please visit our website for a complete job description: Please submit resume & cover letter to

Data Manager Energy Action Network (EAN) is seeking a skilled and experienced project manager with expertise in energy data collection, analysis, and reporting to become a core part of our non-profit staff team in a permanent, full-time position. Find out more and apply: EAN is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Vermont Department of Health has an exciting opportunity to be on the front lines of protecting public health in Vermont. The successful candidate will conduct a variety of public health inspections of general sanitation practices or environmental health conditions. The position works closely with regulated facilities to ensure compliance with Vermont’s food and lodging establishment regulations. Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition. For more information, contact Elizabeth Wirsing at Department: Health. Location: Burlington. Status: Full time. Job Id for Level I #38303 or Level II #38302 or Level III #38085. Application Deadline: September 21, 2022.


Buildings and General Services at the State of VT has an exciting opportunity as a Central Heat Plant Operator. You will be part of a small group of individuals that would be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the central heat plant providing steam to the Montpelier Complex. Our biomass plant burns wood chips and oil, so a mechanical background is preferred. This is a full-time position. For more information, contact Jonathan Rutledge at Department: Buildings & General Services. Location: Montpelier. Status: Full Time. Job Id #26569. Application Deadline: September 25, 2022.

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Embark on a journey of possibilities and improve the future for Vermont youth. VT Youth Development Corps (VYDC) places full and part-time AmeriCorps members at youth-focused organizations across Vermont to foster positive youth development and build resilience. Use your ingenuity and skills to make a lasting impact in the lives of youth in Central Vermont. At the Basement Teen Center in Montpelier, the AmeriCorps member creates a safe drop-in space for all youth ages 12-18 who are seeking a place to connect with peers and participate in activities which promote a healthy and active lifestyle. At Maplehill School and Farm in Plainfield, the AmeriCorps members develop educational, community service, and farm-based opportunities for youth whose lives have been impacted by trauma and/or disabilities. At the Twinfield Together Mentoring Project in Plainfield, the AmeriCorps member nurtures strong relationships and meaningful connections through mentoring, youth leadership, and a 7th-12th grade afterschool program, while valuing student voice and leadership. VYDC AmeriCorps members’ service benefits include: approx. $12.85/hr. (living allowance); a $6,495 education award; employee assistance plan; health care coverage, school loan forbearance, and child care assistance (if eligible); and professional development, training, networking, and experience in youth-related fields. For more information, visit: Phone: 802-229-9151. Email: Interested applicants can apply directly at my.americorps. gov/mp/listing/ In State box, choose Vermont. In Program box, type VYDC. Click Search. All VYDC positions will appear. Apply by October 10, 2022.

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TOWN PLANNER POSITION The Town of Jericho (VT) is looking for its next Town Planner. Jericho (pop. ~5,080) is a small rural community in the center of Chittenden County about 30 minutes from Burlington to the west and Mt. Mansfield to the east. The community has 3 small historic village centers surrounded by a quintessential rural landscape and abundant recreational opportunities. Do you: • Want to work in a growing community that cares deeply about planning? • Seek a new challenge and opportunity to take your career to another level? • Want to play a leadership role in guiding the future of a dynamic rural small town? • Have a weakness for craft beer or coffee, maple creemees, and handmade chocolate all within walking distance of your office? If so, this job is exactly what you should be looking for! The primary responsibility of the Town Planner is to assist the Planning Commission in carrying out their statutory functions and supporting the Town Administrator in managing the implementation of grant funded projects. The work of the Town Planner involves researching, analyzing, developing, and proposing land use planning and development policies, plans and ordinances for consideration by the Planning Commission and Selectboard. This work requires a high degree of independence, initiative, sound judgment and professionalism. Jericho has a number of exciting planning initiatives currently underway that make this role particularly enticing including an update of the 2020 Town Plan, a wastewater feasibility study for the 3 statedesignated Village Centers, prioritization of ARPA funding, and a multi-modal path scoping study. The Town also has several very active citizen committees working on affordable housing, trails, land conservation, energy, equity, and social justice. Our ideal candidate will be: highly independent, curious, collaborative and a great communicator, and have a Bachelor’s degree and 3 or more years of experience in the field. Also experience in Grant writing and grant administration would be beneficial. The Town can offer a very competitive salary DOQ, a comprehensive benefits package, a flexible work environment, and a team-oriented work setting. Salary is commensurate with experience.

VYDC is a program of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau.

For a complete job description please go to our website, on our home page is the link. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and list of three references to John Abbott, Town Administrator via email at or via mail at PO Box 39, Jericho, VT 05465.

E.O.E. Background check required.

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Office Manager Fitzgerald Environmental Associates (FEA) is a water resources consulting firm located in Colchester, Vermont. FEA seeks a skilled and motivated Office Manager to support and improve our team's organizational functions and professional services through a wide array of activities, including human resources support, routine accounting and administration of finances, marketing of services, and permitting support. Over time, with on the job training and experience, we expect this individual will become a key point person for the team's daily operations. This position is expected to be mostly in-office to start, but FEA supports remote/hybrid schedules. Key Responsibilities: Accounting support including invoicing, receivables, payables, payroll, and budget tracking; Human resources support; Marketing and proposal development; Report production and permitting support. Preferred Qualifications and Skills: Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree; Minimum 3 years of professional experience in an office or institutional setting; Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Microsoft Excel; Familiarity with basic accounting methods; Proficiency in QuickBooks a plus. Send resumes to:

Craftsbury Community Care Center Residential Level III Care Facility

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APPRENTICE GLAZIERS OR CARPENTERS The primary function of this role is to learn how to install residential glazing which includes: insulated units, glass shower enclosures, screens, storm windows, storm doors, putty reglazing, windows & doors. This is a great opportunity for someone looking for a career in a growing industry. A successful candidate is punctual, reliable, professional in their appearance and communication, and able to work with multiple people. Qualified candidates will have a basic understanding of hand and power tools, a driver’s license, and preferably one year in the trades. We respect confidentiality and you're encouraged to apply or inquire about this role if you would like to hear more about how you can be a part of the growth at Acme Glass! In addition to growth opportunities, we offer highly competitive pay, insurance, time off, company tools, company take-home vehicle for some lead technicians, bonuses throughout the year, overtime pay, and a sign-on bonus (bonus amount will be based on your experience). JOB TYPE: Full-time SALARY: $19.00 - $25.00 per hour to start BENEFITS: • 401(k), 401(k) matching • Dental insurance • Employee discount • Health insurance

DRS. HARDY AND ANDELIN are searching for a motivated individual to join our front desk team. Our practice offers the full scope of oral and facial surgery for functional and cosmetic purposes. Ideal candidates will have excellent communication, computer, and customer service skills. Candidate must also be willing to commute to our Stowe and Colchester locations. DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES • Maintain meticulous records to ensure all provider, insurance, & patient accounts are recorded & posted correctly. • Schedule and confirm patient appointments. • Check patients in/out while remaining calm, effective, and even-tempered in high pressure situations. • Reconcile nightly deposits REQUIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES • High School Degree • Oral Surgery/Dental office experience preferred

• Health savings account • Life insurance • Paid time off • Retirement plan

EXPERIENCE: • Construction: 1 year (Preferred) • Glass installation: 1 year (Preferred) • Customer service: 1 year (Preferred) Send resumes to: Email resume for consideration. Only qualified candidates will be considered and contacted. We look forward to hearing from you!

• Excellent communication skills • Adhere to OSHA guidelines, HIPPA Privacy Policy, and operating procedures of the practice. • Facilitate patient comfort, care, & satisfaction consistently. JOB DETAILS • Wage level based on experience • Full-time position (Monday – Friday) Send resumes to:



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Communications & Publications Assistant


NEIWPCC and the LCBP are seeking a creative assistant to support communications and publications tasks related to the Lake Champlain watershed.

Weekend Respite: Fri 5pm-Sat 5pm and/or Sat 5pm-Sun 5pm, $300/ day. Sun 5pm-Mon 8am, $250/partial day. Minimum required commitment is two consecutive 24-hr. shifts at lease one weekend per month on average.

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Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT The Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE, is looking to hire an organized individual to help our mission-driven organization expand its reach. This is a part time paid position requiring approximately 10 hours/week on average. The successful candidate will support the VASE Board of Directors to effectively deliver on the organization’s mission. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator who is adept at managing systems and effectively using digital technologies to help VASE expand its community engagement. This position is new and will require the individual to be a self-starter who enjoys task-oriented work without daily oversight. Most of the work can be competed remotely with zoom/face-to-face meetings as required. TASKS INCLUDE: • Grant Administration • Support New VASE Member and Teacher of the Year processing • Orchestrate VASE meetings/events • Help with VASE website updates • Basic Bookkeeping - Accounts Receivable/Payable data entry REQUIRED TECHNICAL SKILLS: • Microsoft Word. Microsoft Excel DESIRED TECHNICAL SKILLS: • Quickbooks, Experience with WIX If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to and The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. VASE was founded in 1995 to honor outstanding achievement and contributions in the broadly defined areas of science and/or engineering, promote the interests of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) throughout the state of Vermont, educate Vermonters about the importance of the STEM fields, and help state government resolve scientific and engineering problems.

Green Mountain Farm to School is recruiting for a Development Manager to lead fundraising initiatives and conduct supporting communication activities. Using measurable goals and outcomes, the Development Manager will work closely with the Executive Director to implement an effective, multi-year fundraising strategy, cultivate and expand our donor base, manage grant applications and reporting, as well as collaborate with other team members on appropriate and timely communications and outreach materials. We are seeking a community-minded skilled fundraiser with strong organizational & interpersonal skills to keep the momentum going! Full-time, salary range $51,5000 - $61,500+ commensurate with experience & comprehensive benefits package. Part-time considered on a prorated basis. Visit for full job description. EOE

CONTROLLER Burlington Country Club is a private golf and social club established in 1924 and currently has over 600 members. Governed by 9 Board of Directors, the Club strives to provide a quality membership experience as one of the best Clubs in New England. The Controller at Burlington Country Club is responsible for the financial data and in charge of managing the daily operations of the accounting functions while working closely with all departments throughout the organization. Interested? For full Job Description please email


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Vermont Legal Aid (VLA), one of the state’s largest law firms, is where Vermonters turn when they face a civil legal problem that threatens their rights, shelter, income, health, or well-being. VLA strives to advance fairness and justice in the civil legal system, address the social and economic barriers faced by our clients, and confront the underlying causes of poverty, discrimination, and inequality. VLA services are free. VLA seeks an Executive Director to lead this nationally recognized, statewide civil legal aid organization, and engage in the exciting process of envisioning the future of VLA, with the support and commitment of Board and staff. VLA is a strong, successful organization that is well-regarded, with a staff of 89, offices in Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, Springfield, and St. Johnsbury, and an annual budget of $9.5 million. The next Executive Director will be a visionary leader with a demonstrated passion for advocating on behalf of low-income and other vulnerable populations, including families with young children, people with disabilities, New American communities, veterans, seniors, and other individuals impacted by poverty or marginalized by other factors. The successful Executive Director candidate will be a licensed attorney with significant legal experience; demonstrate a passion for social and racial justice; possess exceptional leadership skills; have substantial management experience; have grant writing or fundraising experience; and understand financial matters, including development of budgets, compliance with grant and contract requirements, and financial oversight. VLA’s Administrative Unit has historically been in Burlington, but the agency is open to your proposal on a remote work or a hybrid arrangement. VLA believes everyone in Vermont should have equal access to legal services regardless of their race, ethnicity, language, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexuality, ability, mental health, income status, age, or education. We are committed, through our practices and policies, to fostering cultural competence, inclusiveness, understanding, acceptance and respect in order to more effectively fight poverty, discrimination, and inequality. For more information about this position and how to apply, visit Screening of applicants begins immediately. To receive full consideration, submit your application materials by October 14, 2022.




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HOME PROVIDERS NEEDED Community Developmental Services seeks singles, couples and families from Washington County area to open their home to an individual. •22-year-old man seeking home without young children. He uses augmented communication and enjoys being outside and would enjoy a farm setting with animals. The bedroom should be on the same floor as providers. Call Tracy - 802-636-7379.

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Receptionist/ Office Assistant Gravel & Shea PC, a Burlington, VT law firm seeks an experienced, professional receptionist/office assistant.

• 25-year-old female looking for a room or in-law apartment in the Burlington area. She would prefer to live in a home without children but pets are ok. She would like to live with someone open minded, possibly artistic and active in the local community. She would like to find social groups and activities to participate in to become familiar with her new community. She enjoys many forms of art, tattoos and painting specifically. Call Chelsey – 802-505-0281.

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• 55 -year- old man seeking patient and active home provider, without young children or cats. He works for WCMHS as a peer mentor, he enjoys walks, hiking, swimming and snowshoeing. He uses Facilitated Communication (FC) and would like an individual who is open to training and learning the processes and best practices of FC so that he is able to communicate in his home setting. Call Leigh – 802-505-1889. • 54-year old man, seeks home in the Barre area. He is very active, loves fishing, biking, shopping, doing odd jobs, and watching TV. He prefers home without children or dogs. Call Brittany – 802-798-9115. • 64 year old woman seek quiet home, with first floor bed and bath, without children. She enjoys old country music, soap operas, car rides, visiting her family. Call Jayne – 479-1477. TRAINING, CLINICAL SUPPORT, TAX FREE STIPEND, AND RESPITE PROVIDED. * NOTE, MUST RESIDE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY OR THE TOWNS OF ORANGE, WILLIAMSTOWN OR WASHINGTON. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SHARED LIVING OPPORTUNITIES PLEASE CONTACT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES • 802-479-2502 Ext 3416. For more details go to:

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BOOKKEEPER Long standing family-owned real estate rental business in downtown Montpelier is seeking a detail oriented, data entry person to assist with QuickBooks, general office bookkeeping, payroll, and account receivables. The ideal candidate values accuracy and timeliness, and has software proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and QuickBooks. Job Description: Part-time, flexible schedule, with the possibility of growth into a full-time position for a candidate who enjoys being valued for their attention to detail in a small office environment. The data entry specialist will work closely with the organization’s management to provide up to date financial details. Pay: $18.00 - $23.00 per hour based on experience &proficiency. Send resumes to:


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WEC was founded in 1939 to bring electricity to rural Vermont communities and to provide our members with a voice in their energy future. WEC continues today with that same spirit as our pioneering founders with a commitment to our environment, communities and our member-owners. We are a not for profit cooperative utility serving our member/owners in 41 towns in central Vermont’s rural landscape. WEC is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to fill a key position in the organization. The Safety and Environmental Compliance Specialist is part of WEC’s leadership team and is a non-union exempt position. This position reports directly to the Director of Engineering & Operations. General Summary of Job Responsibilities: The Safety and Environmental Specialist establishes and promotes a safe, accident free, and healthy work environment by formulating general safety and environmental policies, procedures and programs that comply with local, state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations; coordinates and implements procedures for the reduction and disposal of hazardous waste materials and contaminated objects in compliance with local, state and federal rules and regulations; and oversees and coordinates safety, environmental and occupational health training programs; and responsible for conducting safety audits of all field crews.


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DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS & ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT Vermont College of Fine Arts welcomes applications for the Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management, a leadership and operational managerial position. The Director will work closely and collaborate with academic program staff to advance the College's enrollment goals. This position oversees all operations of the admissions department and reports to the COO/ VP for Student Services. The position supervises admissions personnel, financial aid staff, coordinates with the College’s financial aid services contractor (Financial Aid Services), and has responsibility for admissions recruitment for one program. Successful candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience; minimum 5-8 years’ experience within Admissions or sales, preferably in higher education; supervisory experience; understand and use current technologies and platforms for recruiting, admissions, enrollment management, marketing and communications including student information system, customer relationship management system (Slate), and marketing platform; demonstrated aptitude for working on multiple projects; exemplary interpersonal and communication skills; high level organizational skills and capacity for attention to detail; ability to think creatively, entrepreneurially, and strategically as part of a collaborative team setting. Candidates are encouraged to consult VCFA’s website to acquaint themselves with our distinctive institution, learning processes, and educational philosophy. Full job description here: about/jobs-at-vcfa. To apply, send the following to Cover Letter; CV/Resume; Statement on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, outlining your professional skills and experience, and willingness to engage in activities to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. For full consideration, submit application by September 29th. Position will remain open until filled.

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Embark on a journey of possibilities and improve the future for Vermont youth. VT Youth Development Corps (VYDC) places full and part-time AmeriCorps members at youth-focused organizations across Vermont to foster positive youth development and build resilience. Use your ingenuity and skills to make a lasting impact in the lives of youth in Northwest Vermont. At the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont based in Winooski, the AmeriCorps member inspires hundreds of Vermont high schoolers from across the state to create the future, helping youth think deeper and dream bigger through intensive summer programs with a mission of equity and accessibility. At Old Spokes Home in Burlington, the AmeriCorps member builds community and opportunity through access to bicycles with a variety of engaging programs to make bikes and biking more accessible to all. At Spectrum Youth & Family Services in Burlington or St. Albans, the AmeriCorps members enhance the lives of homeless and at-risk youth by providing a safe space, food, basic needs, life skills, and emotional support. At the Willowell Foundation in Bristol and Monkton, the AmeriCorps members connect people to the arts, education, the environment, and each other through landbased programs and activities. Members serve at a naturebased pre-school in Bristol and an outdoor, alternative public education program in Monkton. At the City of Winooski Community Services Department, the AmeriCorps members lead engaging afterschool and summer activities for a vibrant & culturally diverse community.


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Community Planner ACRPC is looking for a Community Planner to join our team. This position is responsible for supporting Addison County municipalities in a broad range of town and regional planning projects. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: Regional and local land use planning, downtown and village center planning, zoning regulation development, affordable housing and historic preservation. The planner will develop and implement public engagement initiatives and strategic planning processes with volunteer committees, municipal staff, and a wide range of regional and state partners. See the full listing on our website at

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

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN performs general maintenance work in BHA owned and managed properties, including building exteriors, common areas, apartments, building systems, fixtures, and grounds. Our Maintenance Techs are required to participate in the on-call rotation, which covers night and weekend emergencies.


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VYDC AmeriCorps members’ service benefits include: approx. $12.85/hr. (living allowance); a $6,495 education award; employee assistance plan; health care coverage, school loan forbearance, and child care assistance (if eligible); and professional development, training, networking, and experience in youth-related fields.

who are without housing and have barriers to locating and securing housing in the community. This grant funded position works closely with our Rental Assistance department and Chittenden County Coordinated Entry and is a part of a skilled team that focuses on assessment, intervention, and service coordination of at-risk households.

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BHA serves a diverse population of tenants and partners with a variety of community agencies. To most effectively carry out our vision of delivering safe and affordable housing to all, we are committed to cultivating a staff that reflects varied lived experiences, viewpoints, and educational histories. Therefore, we strongly encourage candidates from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and women to apply. Multilingualism is a plus!

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ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): My reader Monica Ballard has this advice for you Aries folks: “If you don’t vividly ask for and eagerly welcome the gifts the Universe has in store for you, you may have to settle for trinkets and baubles. So never settle.” That’s always useful counsel for you Rams. And in the coming weeks, you will be wise to heed it with extra intensity. Here’s a good metaphor to spur you on: Don’t fill up on

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CANCER (Jun. 21-Jul. 22): “Poetry is a lifecherishing force,” said Pulitzer Prize-winner Mary Oliver, who published 33 volumes of poetry and read hundreds of other poets. Her statement isn’t true for everyone, of course. To reach the point where reading poetry provides our souls with nourishment, we may have to work hard to learn how to appreciate it. Some of us don’t have the leisure or temperament to do so. In any case, Cancerian, what are your lifecherishing forces? What influences inspire you to know and feel all that’s most precious about your time on earth? Now would be an excellent time to ruminate on those treasures—and take steps to nurture them with tender ingenuity. LEO (Jul. 23-Aug. 22): Please promise me you will respect and revere your glorious star power in the coming weeks. I feel it’s impor-

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LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22): According to Libran poet T. S. Eliot, “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” Those are your guiding thoughts for the coming days, Libra. You’re almost ready to start fresh; you’re on the verge of being able to start planning your launch date or grand opening. Now all you have to do is create a big crisp emptiness where the next phase will have plenty of room to germinate. The best way to do that is to finish the old process as completely as possible. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Now and then, you slip into phases when you’re poised on the brink of either self-damage or self-discovery. You wobble and lurch on the borderline where self-undoing vies with self-creation. Whenever this situation arises, here are key questions to ask yourself: Is there a strategy you can implement to ensure that you glide into self-discovery and self-creation? Is there a homing thought that will lure you away from the perverse temptations of self-damage and self-undoing? The answers to these queries are always yes — if you regard love as your top priority and if you serve the cause of love over every other consideration. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Some-

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VINTAGE SHAKTI Tantric yogi and meditator. Spiritual but sensual, naturist/nudist; in open marriage, thus polyamorous. I like male friends with benefits. Writer, astrologer, graduate degree. Broad-ranging and eclectic interests and experiences. Intelligent conversation and humor turn me on. Love being outdoors — avid gardener, permaculturalist, seed saver, herbalist; sometimes slip away to ski or snowshoe. Can dress up but mostly don’t. VintageShakti, 68, seeking: M, l MARRIAGE AND A HAPPY LIFE Does marriage and a happy life sound good to you? Is it even possible in this world? If you are a man and love our Heavenly Father and are seeking a pretty, nice, educated (whatever that means) and fun companion, please contact me. P.S. I love original haiku. Quebec13, 52, seeking: M, l NEW TO VERMONT Just moved to Vermont this year. I have a great sense of humor and like to laugh. I love music and like to take long drives to nowhere discovering new areas of Vermont. For fun, I like golf and bowling, and I am not good at either but have a great time. KelBelle, 53, seeking: M, l GOOFY, COMPASSIONATE, EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT I value real relationships where people know and care about one another. I love the mountains and ocean, hiking, paddling, and camping. I believe in treating people and the environment well. I’m fascinated with the world and culture, and I’m always up for an adventure. I’m a learner and an overcomer. Looking for someone kind, empathetic, funny and curious. overlookphoto, 41, seeking: M, l LOOKING FOR FRIENDS FOR FUN Looking for fun, sex. Can talk about it more through messages. panda, 33, seeking: M PLAYFUL, WORLD TRAVELER, NATURE GIRL Fun-loving, multilingual tomboy. I have a tree house where I write fiction. Looking for a pleasant, tall man to spend time with in the natural world. After a fun day in the woods or on the water, there will always be a great meal to enjoy at my camp. Light, flowers, beauty, fire, music, dancing, singing, wildlife, colorful textiles — all my jam. Treewalker, 68, seeking: M, l GOOFY BOOKWORM SEEKING LIFE PARTNER I giggle a lot and have a tendency to talk fast. I love to read, write, explore new towns, travel, grow flowers, dance and spend time with my dogs. I am looking for a man who will appreciate me, make me feel safe, be patient and kind — someone not afraid of honesty and who can communicate his feelings well; someone who knows himself. _bluesky_kindofday, 36, seeking: M, l LOOKING TO ENJOY LIFE! Looking to have fun, enjoy life and see what happens. Would like to meet someone who is also just looking around, having fun and open to letting whatever will be, be! Acushla, 50, seeking: M


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SELFLESS, WELL WORN, LOVING, PATIENT If you like Billy Strings or jamgrass or the Dead, etc., you should message me, ‘cause I now have an extra ticket to see him and Willie Nelson, et al., at SPAC. My last crush didn’t last. Anyway, nice guy, 420-friendly — very. Love to garden, ride around Vermont with the top down. Retired, own my house, blah blah. Happydave, 66, seeking: W, l LOOKING FOR A SURF BUDDY I am new to the Richmond, Vt., area, and I am looking for someone who wants to go surfing with me and snowboarding or skiing in the winter. I love to take my dogs on walks up at Bolton, as I can let them off the leash and roam free. Azboarder23, 29, seeking: W, Cp, Gp, l GENTLEMAN SEEKS ATTRACTIVE, MATURE LADY I have a great sense of humor, down-to-earth, not afraid to talk about anything, enjoy cooking. I am romantic, sincere and respectable. I enjoy watching AMC movies, MeTV, lol. Michael1952, 69, seeking: W JUST LOOKING Hello, my name is Sam. I work a lot ‘cause I have nothing else to occupy my time. I like car racing, football, baseball, live concerts. I listen to most any genre of music. Samfisk70, 51, seeking: W, l FUNNER THAN YOUR AVERAGE BEAR I just want to have some fun, meet new people and see where things take us. Hit me up for anything. Love you all! Stzacracklives, 34, seeking: W, l ACTIVELY LAID-BACK Am looking for mature woman to share time with. If she is industrious, all the better. I like to be outside working, walking and exploring. I like independence in a woman. I would like more activity in life. Love nature and have a dog and a cat. Trees and wood have always motivated me. Buckthorn, 69, seeking: W FUN RIGHT HERE I like to have fun and would so enjoy the company of a good lady who loves to have fun, too. Smoothcharacter, 47, seeking: W UNIQUE MAN ISO UNIQUE PARTNER OK, here it goes. I am pansexual and am attracted more to the type of person you are. I enjoy fishing, camping, skinny-dipping and other outdoor activities. Looking for the same in whatever type of relationship. I’m respectful and passionate, and I have a strong desire to help others. Enjoyable1, 52, seeking: W, TW, l LIVE WITH PASSION Trying to get the most out of my time on this beautiful planet while also giving as much as I can to make it a better place. I’m looking for people to connect with to share ideas, joy, pleasure and new experiences. LiveFully, 28, seeking: W, TW, Q, NC, NBP, Cp, Gp ATHLETIC, ADVENTUROUS, HONEST AND ROMANTIC I love skiing and hiking the mountains of Vermont and the Adirondacks. I also enjoy just spending the day by the ocean, a place where I find solace. I am looking for a woman who is mature, patient, kind and emotionally available who will complete me — and I, you! I would like to share new adventures and romance! carlo, 67, seeking: W, l

TIME TO ENJOY LIFE NOW I’m healthy, financially secure and live in a beautiful spot in central Vermont. Retired to spend more time with my dog, hiking, cooking good food, traveling, fishing and playing music — all much more fun with someone to share the enjoyment with! If you have some mutual interests, let’s meet over coffee, lunch or a short hike and discuss the future. forestman2, 68, seeking: W, l

NONBINARY PEOPLE seeking... REALIST WHO IS OPEN-MINDED I’m an honest, down-to-earth person who has been through a lot in life and is looking for companionship since I’m new to the area. I’m not like most people in that I feel people are afraid to talk to me. I don’t go out of my way to make friends. I wait for them to come to me. BreBri2022, 37, seeking: M, W, Cp

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SANDBAR Chatting with you. Should have gotten your number. I think we should chat. When: Saturday, September 10, 2022. Where: Sandbar. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915625 LOVE OF MY LIFE To the love of my life: I see you in my dreams. I see you during my waking moments. I’ve watched you grow into the most beautiful woman, mother and best friend I could ever ask for. I look forward to the many more years to come. Your Papa Bear. When: Friday, September 9, 2022. Where: dreamland. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915624 I’M SO PROUD OF YOU! You: a trans woman who stopped in at my place of work to discuss a mutual project. Me: cis woman. I see you. I saw how comfortable you seemed in your own skin. I don’t know you or know your path, but I’m so proud of you for being you and being true to yourself. Keep on being you! When: Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Where: around town. You: Trans woman. Me: Woman. #915623 HEY CULLIGAN WOMAN! To the brunette woman who drives for Culligan (I can’t remember your name): I just wanted to say I think you are totally sexy! Would love to get to know you sometime when you aren’t lugging jugs of water! When: Thursday, August 25, 2022. Where: carrying lots of water. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915622 SANG ALONG TO DAVID GRAY I sang “Babylon,” and your entire table sang along to “The Freshmen” by the Verve Pipe during my gig in Jeffersonville. I loved your enthusiasm and your silvery hair. Care to meet up for a drink? When: Thursday, September 8, 2022. Where: the Village Tavern. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915621

SHELBURNE FARMS I really hate to resort to this because it never works, and, quite honestly, if someone iSpied me, I would probably freak out. You had long, curly blond hair, were wearing black shorts/black top, and were taking a picture of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. I walked by and said hello, and we ended up walking the same way. When: Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Where: Shelburne Farms. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915620 BIKES PASSING IN THE MORNING We were at the bottom of the Intervale hill around 7 a.m.; you were coming down while I was starting up. We smiled, and I said “Mornin’” as you zoomed past. When: Monday, September 5, 2022. Where: Intervale Rd. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915619 GROCERY AISLE CROSSINGS Labor Day afternoon. You: in a green hoodie. Me: in a raincoat and mask. We kept crossing paths in the aisles. At the checkout line, you said it was the last time we’d do that — I hope not. Next time, let’s just go shopping together! When: Monday, September 5, 2022. Where: Montpelier Shaw’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915618 OTTER CREEK BAKERY, 24TH, LOVELY DRESS You: lithe, short-haired blonde, pretty cream-and-black dress, black heels. Me: tall, glasses, ball cap, tomato-colored shirt, jeans. My comment on your pretty dress and how nice to see someone dressed up in Middlebury was answered with a big “Thank you” and lovely smile. I had to rush off. Care to have another coffee or perhaps lunch together? When: Wednesday, August 24, 2022. Where: Otter Creek Bakery, Middlebury. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915612


Irreverent counsel on life’s conundrums

Dear Reverend,

My younger sister is six months pregnant. She and her husband are very excited, and I’m happy for them, but she keeps alluding to me babysitting. I don’t have children, and I have absolutely no desire to take care of a baby, even for an hour. I’m not trying to be a jerk; I just don’t have it in me. I’ve told her before, but she seems to think I’m joking. How can I let her know I’m serious without causing a rift?

Auntie Ono

(FEMALE, 38)

NORTH END LAUNDROMAT, FRIDAY THUNDERSTORM. Big boom. Pretty woman said the lightening was 2.3 miles away; I suggested 1,000 feet. Not a fair day for you: farmer, chef and writer. I’d like to meet again, if only to buy some veggies. HMU. When: Friday, August 26, 2022. Where: North End Laundromat. You: Man. Me: Man. #915613

SELF-CHECKOUT, SHAW’S, COLCHESTER You: attractive brunette with great tan wearing shorts and sandals on Sunday, noontime. We were standing next to each other. Would love to know where you go to get such a great tan. When: Sunday, August 21, 2022. Where: Shaw’s, Colchester. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915610

FAMOUS FEET You were leaving the store with your motorcycle helmet in tow and said something about forgetting something. I was wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses and managed a sheepish smile. Safe travels, and if you read this and want to connect, please drop me a line. When: Sunday, August 28, 2022. Where: outside Famous Footwear. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915615

SELF-CHECKOUT, SHAW’S, COLCHESTER You: attractive brunette with great tan in the self-checkout line. Would love to know where you get such a great tan! When: Sunday, August 21, 2022. Where: Shaw’s, Colchester. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915608

TINY THAI CAT DAD You had a super-cute kitty in the car while you were waiting for your to-go order outside. I should have told you about how I just started bringing my cat out to the park and how we should have a little cat play date. If you see this and are single, I’d love to do that. When: Thursday, August 18, 2022. Where: Tiny Thai. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915611 WOMAN AT WATERVILLE MARKET We met outside the Waterville market on the 109. We chatted about your dogs, young Daisy and her Rottweiler mom — both present in the car. You work long weeks in caregiving. Me: Chris. Gray beard, cap, dark T-shirt. You seemed very sweet and so lovely! Drop me a line here if you’d like to get in touch. When: Saturday, August 6, 2022. Where: Waterville market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915603 CIDERSTOCK You were wearing a bright yellow WeeBee Oil & Lube shirt (A+ fashion choice), and I was the blonde. We hit it off! I’m posting here because I’m pretty sure I accidentally deleted a digit in your phone number while saving it, so if you read this and actually did want me to have your number, sorry and please let me know! When: Saturday, August 20, 2022. Where: Woodchuck Ciderstock. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915609

Dear Auntie Ono,

I get where you’re coming from. With all due respect to the moms and dads out there, I’ll take a puppy or a kitten over a human baby any day. Not everyone has parental instincts, and that’s absolutely OK. The most important thing is that you don’t want your sister to count on you for childcare. If you come from the angle of never having taken care of a baby, she should understand. Who would hire a babysitter with no experience? There are plenty of other ways to help out new parents. You could offer to run errands or do chores

REDHEADED WONDER I saw you at the airport cellphone lot in a white Mercedes-Benz. You were waving frantically at a Frontier plane. If you were not waving at your husband, maybe we could fly away together. When: Monday, August 8, 2022. Where: airport. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915607 F250 BEAUTY, MCNEIL POWER PLANT 2:15 p.m. You: woman with F250 truck, headed to the beach. Me: man with CX5, headed to my deck. How about we meet in between for a drink? (We needn’t talk of yard waste.) When: Saturday, August 13, 2022. Where: McNeil power plant yard waste facility. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915606 DAYSIES, SPARKLY RAVEN-HAIRED BEAUTY You: tall, pretty woman with glasses, beautiful long, curly black hair, fetching sparkly black pants/vest outfit. Me: tall man, salt/pepper hair, pink blazer and tie, kept noticing you as we walked around the Daysies party. I wanted to say hi, didn’t find the opportunity among the gaggle of revelers. Would you care to share a hello some other time soon? When: Friday, August 5, 2022. Where: Daysies party, ECHO Center. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915602 REDHEAD, HUNGER MOUNTAIN HIKER Met you on top of Hunger Mountain. You were with two friends. Did we almost make a connection, except for me not getting it? If so, let’s do a hike together and get to know each other. When: Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Where: Hunger Mountain. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915598

ESSEX DISCOUNT BEVERAGE About 12:30. We talked about the sandwiches and the stuff on the counter. You like the turkey bacon, and I like the BLT but was going with the ham. If you’re single, I would enjoy talking to you again. Hope your lunch was great. And hope to talk to you again. Gerry. When: Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Where: Essex Discount Beverage. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915595 CROSSING PATHS You: very beautiful woman with the Die Antwoord haircut, waiting at the light near Walgreens. Me: the gentleman across the street from you waiting all the same, covered in hickeys from a couple of nights ago. Wanna gimme some more? I’m trying to start a collection of them. When: Thursday, July 21, 2022. Where: across the street from Penny Cluse. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915591 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 OVERLOOK PARK PHOTO OP I offered to take photos of a dad with two young daughters. You all had such a warm and lovely energy. In an instant, I felt like I had known you a lifetime. Instead of laughing about spilling something on my shirt, I wish I’d started a conversation. I keep thinking about this lost opportunity of connecting with kindred spirits. When: Friday, June 10, 2022. Where: Overlook Park, South Burlington. You: Group. Me: Woman. #915578 CITY MARKET QT Saw you on Monday evening. My roommate asked you about the book you were reading from the other register while I was at yours. You had bright eyes and a warm smile. I would love to get to know you. When: Monday, June 20, 2022. Where: City Market, South End. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915576

around the house when they’re home. If you like to cook, you could prep some meals for the week. I’m sure your sister would appreciate any assistance that you feel more comfortable with. Finding a qualified babysitter is no small task, so you could help do some research to find the right person. And when that happens, take your sister out for a day of good old sibling bonding without the baby. Good luck and God bless,

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