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Burlington police are searching for a man who stole a 90-year-old woman’s wallet while she shopped for a greeting card. One for the “naughty” list…


That’s how many inches of snowpack Mount Mansfield had on November 29. The previous high-snow depth recorded in the month of November was 45 inches in 1990.




A massive, smoky fire in Colchester temporarily closed Interstate 89. No one was injured, but the blaze destroyed the J&B Truck Center.


everal Queen City residents are asking regulators to halt the proposed sale of Burlington Telecom because the city would not be repaid the nearly $17 million in funds diverted to the utility during 2008 and 2009.‰ “This deal is illegal,” said Dean Corren, who ran for lieutenant governor as the Democratic and Progressive candidate in 2014 and is one of the six citizens fighting the sale before state regulators.‰ The under-the-radar funding resulted in a scandal and caused the city’s credit rating to tank. Amid the political fallout,‰former mayor Bob Kiss didn’t seek reelection, and Miro Weinberger captured the mayor’s office.‰ Weinberger orchestrated the sale of the city-owned utility to settle its debts. Blue Water Holdings, a company owned by Lake Champlain Ferries mogul Trey Pecor, bought BT, and the city continues to manage it. Meanwhile, city officials reached a deal with Schurz Communications and ZRF Partners to purchase BT from Blue Water. The Vermont Public Utility Commission has not yet approved it.

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Those opposing the sale are members of Keep BT Local, a group that attempted to buy the utility. “That deal basically sells the successful utility at a fire sale price and gets the city only $5 million out of the $16.9 million, at least, that’s owed to residents,” Corren said. “And then, in [its] most recent filing, [the city] basically said, ‘Well, the taxpayers had no right to that money anyway.’”‰ Weinberger has maintained that his administration was working to recover as much of the $17 million as possible but never promised a specific amount. City lawyers now argue that a 2014 commission decision that approved the sale to Blue Water abandoned the premise that the city would ever get all of its money back. City attorney Eileen Blackwood noted that while taxpayers might not get full repayment, resolving issues with BT has led to a better credit rating for the city — which saves taxpayers dollars. Read reporter Taylor Dobbs’ full story on


A 30-foot-tall balsam fir that will serve as the Statehouse Christmas tree came from a Hartland family. They say they’ll plant a new one in the spring.


Some families separated by President Donald Trump’s travel ban have met up in the Haskell Free Library on the U.S.-Canada border. Creative and touching.

1. “Sanders Institute Brings Star Power to Burlington” by Taylor Dobbs. The nonprofit hosted a three-day conference on the Burlington waterfront last week that was attended by movie stars and progressive intellectuals. 2. “Farmhouse Group to Add Three Restaurants Next Year” by Sally Pollak. The group is adding new spots in Winooski, Williston and South Burlington. 3. “BTV Loses Its Only International Commercial Flight” by Molly Walsh. Porter Airlines won’t fly between Burlington and Toronto this season. 4. “Vermont Officials Stifle Release of Documents by Former Employee” by Taylor Dobbs. State officials are trying to prevent a former employee from releasing documents that he says prove the Department of Public Service is favoring utilities over Vermonters. 5. “Family of Drug-Addicted Woman Whose Obit Went Viral Sues for Answers” by Mark Davis. Members of Madelyn Linsenmeir’s family want to know why police waited five days to bring the arrested woman to the hospital, where she later died.

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BOOTS MADE FOR SHARING A group of New Zealand students visiting Vermont this week has a new appreciation for walking in someone else’s shoes. Morristown residents lent the 11 Kiwi teens boots so the boys could enjoy the snow during their trip to the states. “Only in Vermont, right?” said Marsha Cox, who put out a plea for footwear on both Front Porch Forum and with staff at the Peoples Academy. “It was an unusual request.” Cox’s son, Tim, lives in Hamilton, New Zealand, where his 15-year-old son plays high school basketball. After a successful season, the students decided to take a

trip and held bake sales, car washes and other fundraisers for a visit to Vermont. They arrived at the Los Angeles airport on November 29 and ended up talking to the brother of New Zealand-born Boston Celtics player Aron Baynes. Through that connection, on Saturday the boys were able to go onto the Celtics court, where they performed their school haka, a ceremonial dance that is part show of strength and part introduction and welcome. The teens later arrived in Vermont and have been getting acquainted with the Morristown area while also acting as

ambassadors of the Maori culture. They’ve scheduled a slate of scrimmages with local basketball teams, including one held Monday night with the Peoples Academy junior varsity squad. The Kiwis “won handily,” according to Cox. Undoubtedly the highlight, said Cox, was the boys’ experience in the snow. They live on the north island of New Zealand, which is more temperate than the south island. Some had never seen snow before, but they’ve been out — in their borrowed boots — building snowmen and sledding, Cox said. “They look outside, and they still think it’s magical and beautiful,” she said. “I know some Vermonters are already getting sick of it, but if you’re from the Pacific Islands, I guess this is pretty cool.” SASHA GOLDSTEIN SEVEN DAYS DECEMBER 5-12, 2018


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[Re “The Only Name in Town,” November 21]: I read Chelsea Edgar’s story on South Woodstock intently, looking for any strategies, any ideas that could be applied to my town, Wheelock. Like South Woodstock, it has a small population and a need for more volunteer firemen. We have second homes, too, but they are deer camps. Our post office closed in the ’50s. In 1962, the village church was torn down due to disrepair. In 1969, the village school burned down; in 2000, our historic tavern was dismantled brick by brick and beautifully restored in Peacham. For the moment, we have a village store, but it is behind on its taxes. The average family home on the Wheelock Grand List is under $200,000. We are a town of hardworking people and trees, lots of trees. Although we don’t get together anymore for chicken pie suppers, Friday night bingo, the annual field day or the weekly quilting circle, we still have a turnout for Town Meeting. We disagree and dicker, grump and growl, debate and decide on the town budget and when to buy a new plow truck. For the past 14 years, we have voted down proposal after proposal to address our two greatest needs: a new town garage and a safe, accessible town hall. I began reading Edgar’s article with hope. By the end, all I felt was discouraged. Then a question jumped into my head: “Is South Woodstock even in Vermont?” Wheelock is a Vermont town. I may not know how we are going to do it, but we are going to survive, build the damn garage with our own hands if we have to and come together for Town Meeting. This year’s discussions will be about the “half-a-beer budget” proposal for a small addition to the town hall. If there is a millionaire out there who would like to adopt our town, you would be welcomed with open arms. Carol Rossi


Editor’s note: This week’s entire issue is about the challenges facing small-town rural Vermont.


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I find the cover of this week’s issue, featuring the National Lampoon image of a dog with a gun to its head, to be absolutely, incredibly over the line [“Who Shot Mr. Cheeseface?” November 28].

I’m astounded that this was published. I thought we had come further as a society than that — to not have such a triggering image on the cover itself, at the very least! Cecelia Moon



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[November 28]! I was playing music in the Northeast Kingdom during the time of Jimmy De Pierro’s Mr. Cheeseface in a band called the Ten Mile Shuffle Band, named after the road he lived on because we shuffled from house to house for various reasons, mostly with children in tow. My two post-teenage grandchildren still live in West Charleston. I know most all of the people cited in the article, and all are the most spiritual and honest people I know. My daughter, who lives in Holland, Vt., once was accused of shooting a cat from the passenger side her boyfriend’s pickup truck, thinking it was a raccoon. We still tease her about it to this day. I do not want to make light of Jimmy’s beloved Mr. Cheeseface and other pets and owners who have endured the culture of the NEK in this way. But it truly is like the Old West in culture and lots of freedom, and you will think you have gone back in time and are in some sort of fantasy if you spend any significant time living there. Again, great writing by Bolles in capturing the spirit of that time in the 1970s in a “Kingdom” far, far away…

HATS [Re “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers SCARVES Market Seeks a New Home,” October 31]: Closing Burlington’s City Hall Park GLOVES for long-term renovation would be a disaster. Ninety-three vendors, their employees and central city small-business owners will experience economic harm because someone decided the grass is getting thin and the sidewalks KINROSS are too narrow. Tourism will suffer. CASHMERE TripAdvisor places the Burlington Farmers Market as the second most popular tourist activity out of 43 “things to do” listings in town. The Saturday market is a cultural icon. People come here for it and offer rave reviews. None complained about the condition of the park. Proposed landscaping means a possible loss of one-third of the current number of vendors and smaller space for display and sales. Are public officials so out of touch that they believe this project will not hurt the local economy and deprive small entrepreneurs of their livelihoods?   There are questions. What are the LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1979 cost details of this $3 million project? 102 Church Street, Burlington • 864-0414 Is this huge outlay justified? Was the development of the plan transparent and open to community discussion? Do 1 12/3/18 10:20 AM we need a kiosk in a park that has dozens8v-expressions120518.indd Unique pieces in Gibeon Meteorite, 100% recycled gold, diamonds, of market food vendors? Are there more and other fine gemstones. important uses of these funds? Why will it take up to two years to carry out this project? What was the basis for choosing the contractor? Are there alternatives? Perhaps community members could come together to design and quickly create a public space that reflects local values and commitment? Donations of labor, materials and vegetation might save millions of dollars and allow our markets to continue without disruption. 


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[Re Last Seven: Emoji That, “Flame War,” November 28]: I was wondering if Eric Trump might be willing to make good on his father’s bill with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and the City of Burlington for the event he held here in January 2016? I was just thinking that if Eric Trump is willing to send as many replacement flags as necessary, the Trump 2020 campaign probably has enough in the coffers to pay that outstanding bill? Allan Nicholls


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Winter Reading What could be better on a snowy winter’s night than settling in for an evening of stories and songs? Vermont Stage invites folks to come in out of the cold for its annual holiday production Winter Tales. ł is treasury of poems, narratives and music by local talent is performed for the first time in Burlington’s Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 64



Take a Bow Musical theater actors don’t always get to choose what songs they sing onstage. In the annual musical revue Broadway Direct, however, performers serve up their favorite tunes from Broadway and beyond. Professional actors Anastasia Barzee and Joseph Dellger join veteran thespian and local resident Bill Carmichael for shows in Vergennes and Colchester. SEE CALENDAR LISTINGS ON PAGES 58 AND 60


Golden Years According to SAGE, the country’s largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older adults, those elders face significant barriers to health care, economic security and other keys to successful aging. Champlain College and the Pride Center of Vermont collaborate to host Live Well, Age Well, a social gathering at the Richmond Free Library focused on healthy aging among LGBTQ individuals. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 62


HEARD ON HIGH A blue Christmas isn’t necessarily a bad thing. ł e Gibson Brothers (pictured) bring their award-winning brand of bluegrass to the Barre Opera House with their holiday concert A North Country Christmas. Singing in soaring harmony, upstate New York siblings Eric and Leigh pick and strum their way through festive selections. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 59


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hy do Vermonters live where they do? Historically, settlement patterns have been shaped by natural resources and the industries that spring up around them. Workers flocked to Barre for its granite; to Proctor for its marble; to Mount Tabor for its timber; and to St. Albans and Island Pond for the railroad lines to bigger markets. Residents of the Vermont town of Springfield, nicknamed the Machine Tool Capital of the World, once boasted the highest per-capita income in the state. More recently, Vermont’s rural landscape has drawn city dwellers in search of a saner life. New Yorker cartoonist Ed Koren — who illustrated this week’s cover — quit Manhattan for the central Vermont town of Brookfield 31 years ago. Back then, he said, “There were people living in every house up and down the street.” But things change for a multitude of reasons, including new technology, natural disasters, wars and consumer preferences. The Vermont towns of Tyson Furnace, Glastenbury, Lewiston, Somerset and Ricker Basin no longer exist in part because the products that brought people there — old-growth forest, gold, iron ore — ran out.

In Springfield, “They kept making the same machines, and while they were great and cool and the standardbearers, you’ve always got to innovate,” Bob Flint, executive director of the Springfield Regional Development Corporation, told Seven Days in 2015. The factories failed to keep up with changing technology and closed one by one. Now household income in the town is about $10,000 below the Vermont median. Meanwhile, Brookfield has “become a ghost town,” said Koren, noting that only 13 structures of 22 that comprise the village are currently occupied. “The two businesses that animated it, that gave it life, have closed,” he said of the town. One of those, Ariel’s Restaurant, was auctioned off last Thursday. No serious buyers showed up, according to Koren, so the bank bought the property. Outside of Chittenden County, many Vermont communities are struggling. When a major manufacturer shuts down, or the college in town sheds staffers, there may not be any other local employment options. The alternative — driving long distances to work — discourages participation in civic life. Commuters and second-home owners don’t tend to join the volunteer fire department. School consolidation, or the threat of it, repels families from places on the

perceived losing end of the education equation. The combination of an aging demographic and a zero birth rate also imperil some towns. Why not boost the population with young professionals who work remotely? That requires a reliable internet connection, something much of rural Vermont still lacks.


In 2004, the National Trust for Historic Preservation put Vermont on its “endangered list” in anticipation of the negative impact big-box stores could have on its picturesque downtowns. But while planners and preservationists were worrying about Walmart, Amazon offered an online alternative to local shopping, decimating Main Streets here and across the country. There’s no shortage of UPS and FedEx trucks delivering packages on the back roads of Vermont. “How do we help these rural places succeed?” asked Paul Bruhn, executive director of Preservation Trust of Vermont, whose rescue efforts have taken him all over the state. “How do

we make them places people want to live in?” Bruhn’s organization aims to answer those questions —and has played a key role in almost every local preservation success story. In a brainstorming session during one of its retreats, participants compiled a list of all the things that “make a great village.” It included a school, a post office, a library and a bakery-café, as well as a fire department and a good septic system. Rural communities across Vermont are doing their own internal assessments and, in some cases, taking action. They’re saving general stores, repurposing churches and building arts centers. In Koren’s burg, a group of citizens bought the moribund Brookfield Town Hall — at auction — and turned it into a lively, albeit seasonal, community center. And there are other glimmers of hope: A beloved bookstore in Hardwick is celebrating three decades in business; there’s a new co-working space in Bradford; and a recruitment effort to bring young dentists to rural communities appears to be working, at least in St. Johnsbury. Will such efforts be sufficient to save rural settlements in the Green Mountain State? We’ll find out. In this issue, Seven Days reporters explore some of the ways Vermont’s human landscape is shifting once again. PAU L A RO U T LY







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much for the declining communities just down the road. Schirling says it’s a matter of identifying each town’s unique appeal. DAVID SNEDEKER, executive director of the Northeast Vermont Development Association, offers an example. “We had a manufacturer in Lyndonville that was having trouble recruiting engineers,” he said. “They advertised in mountain biking media, referring to the Kingdom Trails nearby. They had some success.” Sen. BECCA BALINT (D-Windham), who was one of the legislative sponsors of the remote-worker program, described it as one incremental step. “We need to think about a suite of offerings to entice people to stay or move here,” she said. Schirling believes that the best way forward is to come up with a variety of smaller-scale initiatives, test them out and see which ones are effective. Beck concurs. “It’s not ‘either/or’ but ‘yes/ and,’” he said. “The more programs, the better.” It’s a sadly ironic sort of crisis. Vermont is not seen as a land of opportunity, and yet the state’s biggest economic challenge is an inadequate workforce. Jobs are going begging. “Physicians, engineers, retail, tourism, trucking, manufacturing — in every sector, workforce is the No. 1 challenge,” said Schirling. The state faces a real demographic crisis. Our population is aging, and our birth rate has fallen below the numbers required to merely replace retirees, much less fill the workforce gap. Programs such as remote-worker grants and Vermont’s Stay to Stay initiative, which

offers weekend visitors an extra day to visit potential employers, seem awfully incremental in the face of our challenges. Big ideas, anyone? Why, yes, in fact. One with a track record of success. “A couple years ago, I took a trip to Lewiston, Maine,” Snedeker said. “It has one of the youngest demographics in Maine because it took in 8,000 refugees from Somalia.” The immigrants have sparked a swell of economic activity and turned around Lewiston’s fortunes. Balint recalled a recent talk given to lawmakers by state economist TOM KAVET. “He said, ‘We know how to solve the demographic crisis: an influx of immigrants.’” Balint then noted the potential worm in the apple. “There are Vermonters who see that as exciting and others who feel discomfited,” she said. A proposal to welcome Syrian refugees to Rutland touched off a firestorm that divided the city and ended the political career of the once-popular mayor CHRIS LOURAS, who’d promoted the idea. Also recall the NewVistas saga, reported on page 34 of this week’s issue. The planned community, spearheaded by a wealthy Mormon, would have brought significant growth to an area in need of a boost, but local residents feared the consequences. And that’s the hidden obstacle to any idea for growing the economy. Many Vermonters are unwilling to accept too much change, especially when it involves people of a different religion or color. Maybe that’s why our political leaders are nibbling around the edges of the problem instead of tackling it head-on.

Pooter and Snatch

The normally sacrosanct Vermont National Guard is getting a big ol’ mess of bad publicity, thanks to a recent series of articles published by And the Guard, for all its boasting about its ties to the brave and noble ETHAN ALLEN, has responded with something of a hissy fit. The articles, mostly written by JASPER CRAVEN in a series called “The Flying Fraternity,” have spotlighted such alleged activities as widespread sexual harassment and assault, alcohol abuse, fiscal irregularities, misuse of Guard resources, and retaliation against whistleblowers. They’ve also revealed the boys’ club monikers given to a couple of Guard officers: Lt. Col. CHRISTOPHER “POOTER” CAPUTO and retired Air Force Col.

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after he used an Air Guard jet to fly to Washington, D.C., for an assignation with his mistress. Jackman reportedly earned the nickname “Snatch” because of his eye for the ladies. Pooter and Snatch. Old Ethan would be so proud. The Guard responded by removing Digger from its media contact list. “They communicated this by email in late September,” Digger founder and chief editor ANNE GALLOWAY said. “As Jasper started reporting, he got through to people they weren’t happy about us contacting.” She added that the Guard was also unhappy about Digger’s previous reporting on other topics, including the planned deployment of F-35 fighter jets in Vermont. First Lt. MIKEL ARCOVITCH, spokesperson for the Guard, acknowledged Galloway’s account. “I made the recommendation” to remove Digger from the contact list, he said. “The job of the public information officer is to provide information to the public in a non-biased manner. There have been a couple of times when Digger has completely misled their readers … We felt the professional relationship is a two-way street.” Galloway seems a bit bemused by the situation. “They said we asked pointed questions. That’s kind of our job,” she noted. A pesky media outlet may be the least of the Guard’s concerns. Gov. PHIL SCOTT has already expressed his deep concerns about the events described in the Digger series, called for the closure of a pilots’ bar called the Afterburner Club and announced that current Guard chief, Maj. Gen. STEVEN CRAY, would not seek another term next year. State lawmakers, meanwhile, are preparing to investigate the Guard on a number of fronts. “I’m certain there will be consequences,” said Senate Majority Leader Balint. “There’s a lot in that series, and it touches on so much of our work.” Rep. TOM STEVENS (D-Waterbury), vice chair of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs, noted that lawmakers have passed bills in recent years designed to protect those who complain of sexual misconduct. “This series shows there is still a price to pay for reporting this behavior, and that’s what we’ve tried to prevent,” he said. “Clearly, we need to see the Guard institute these policies in a meaningful way.” Balint foresees hearings about an array of issues, from fiscal mismanagement to the Guard’s treatment of women. “For many of us women, there was a collective heavy sigh,” she said. “Really? Are we still there? Nothing has changed?

“We feel weariness and deep frustration,” she continued. The new legislative session is likely to be very uncomfortable for the Guard, which usually enjoys a warm reception in the Statehouse. Its petulant reaction to the Digger series seems to indicate that the Guard’s leadership is either in denial, or believes it can ride out the situation with a display of shiny medals.

Media Notes

Changes are afoot in the Seven Days newsroom. The paper has hired three new reporters to replace one alreadydeparted writer and two others who are soon to leave these pages. CHELSEA EDGAR, who had been freelancing for our arts and culture desk since September, joined the staff late last month. A Middlebury College graduate, Edgar previously contributed to BuzzFeed and Philadelphia magazine and interned for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She replaced RACHEL ELIZABETH JONES, who departed in October to work for a local artist. Next we say hello to DEREK BROUWER, a Montana journalist who spent the past three years at the alt-weekly Missoula Independent. His job ended abruptly in September when owner Lee Enterprises — which also owns the town’s daily paper — shut down the Independent. Brouwer replaces staff writer MARK DAVIS, who’s leaving us after five years to become assistant news editor at Vermont Public Radio. Finally, as Fair Game readers learned last month, staff writer ALICIA FREESE is leaving for the adventure of a lifetime: an open-ended trip to Central and South America. Her replacement on our political team, KEVIN MCCALLUM, is noteworthy for two things. First, he was part of a team at the Santa Rosa, Calif., Press Democrat that won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 2017 wildfires that ravaged Sonoma County. He’s been a reporter for some 20 years — but that’s not the second notable thing. No, that would be his family’s decision to pull up stakes, buy an RV and embark on a months-long, cross-country trek with the idea of finding work in New England. (He grew up in Connecticut, and the Northeast’s pull is strong.) Freese and Davis will leave Seven Days at the end of the year. Brouwer and McCallum join us after the holidays. 



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he only public playground in Guildhall is gone now. So are the baseball field, the school and most of the children. The town of 255 people in the Northeast Kingdom is feeling the impacts of Vermont’s low birth rate. Many of the local institutions and traditions that once served families and children have withered, and it’s rare to see a parent pushing a baby stroller at the green in the center of town.

lumber truck rumbled past and crossed the Connecticut River, which hugs the town. Few people were going in or out of the handsome historic buildings alongside the green. The walkway to the ornate, butter-colored library was snow-covered; the building closes for the winter. The general store shut down in 2007, and old refrigeration units sat on its sagging porch. The Essex County Courthouse, one of the town’s most vital institutions, is still open full time. So is

Deaths are outpacing births in Essex County, where 6,176 people lived in 2016, according to the health department’s vital statistics. Seventy-six residents took their last breath and 53 took their first that year, the most recent data show. That same year, the two most popular baby names in the state were Owen and Charlotte. But in at least half a dozen Essex County towns, residents didn’t pick any names because no children were born. Ferdinand, Granby, Norton and Victory had


Without really trying, Guildhall has turned into a “retirement-type community,” said George Blakeslee, town clerk and treasurer. And that changes things. “People here are older and have lower energy levels,” he explained. “There used to be a hunters’ supper; there used to be a Mother’s Day breakfast, fundraisers for the library. None of that’s happening anymore.” Last Thursday, the village green was quiet. Heavy, wet snow covered the ground, and a wisp of woodsmoke floated from the chimney of a white clapboard house with green shutters. A 16


the sheriff ’s office. But together, they employ just a handful of people. Vermont’s birth rate is at its lowest point since reliable record keeping began in 1880, according to the state Department of Health’s records. The rate, which peaked at 24 per 1,000 residents in 1955, had sunk to 9.2 by 2016. The baby bust is even more pronounced in Essex County, a heavily wooded, sparsely populated landscape below the Canadian border and alongside New Hampshire. While a few areas of Vermont, such as Chittenden County, are experiencing modest population growth, it’s declining in much of the state.

population has never topped 1,000. About 20 children live there today, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. But back in the day there were more. In 1879, 130 schoolchildren attended a half-dozen oneroom schoolhouses, according to town records. Additional students attended high schools, or “academies,” as they were often called, out of town. The small schoolhouses gradually consolidated into two buildings, and then one in 1957, for grades K through Guildhall town clerk and treasurer George Blakeslee

zero births. Brighton and Lunenburg tied for the most births in Essex County: 12 each. Guildhall had two. Times have changed in town, according to Patricia Rogers, who grew up on a local farm in the 1950s and authored History of Guildhall, Vermont in 1975. During her youth, children gathered for Sunday school and sang in the choir at the Guildhall Community Church, which no longer serves as a house of worship and is owned by the Essex County court system. Schoolchildren crowded the town hall stage each December to put on a holiday show. But that’s just a memory now. Guildhall has always been a small town. Since it was chartered in 1761, the

8. High school students were tuitioned out, and most attended schools in New Hampshire. Rogers remembers the 1957 school as a small but bustling place. But by 2016, the numbers had dwindled to just 20 students, and Guildhall Elementary School closed. The building is now a private residence. The playground equipment on the former school grounds has been taken down, and the baseball field is closed to the public. Families now have the option to tuition their children in all 12 grades to schools of their choice. Rogers, who still lives on her family’s farm, said she received a good education

in the small-school environment of her youth. But these days, families seem to want a bigger school with more offerings, she suggested. Rogers believes that was a major factor in the shrinking and then the closure of the local school, as well as the broader trend of fewer local children. Once a town is school-free, of course, it’s not as appealing to young families, said David Snedeker, executive director of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association in St. Johnsbury, which works to stimulate the economy. Others say the primary reason young adults are scarce in Guildhall is a shortage of good local jobs. “And the ones that are here, they don’t pay enough to support a family,” said Maureen Blanchard. For three decades, she has operated Maureen’s Family Home Child Care in Canaan, north of Guildhall.



Most of the dairy farms in the area have gone out of business, and this year, longtime local grower Peaslee’s Vermont Potatoes auctioned off its equipment, too. A “For Sale” sign marks the property in the flat river valley fields just south of the village. The paper mill across the Connecticut River in Groveton, N.H., shut down 10 years ago. Major employers include the Ethan Allen furniture company, which has a workforce of about 465 people — mostly in Orleans, with some based in Beecher Falls. But the company has cut many jobs. When Blanchard’s husband got laid off, he was able to switch careers and become a licensed practical nurse. But not everyone manages to find new work, she said. And while newer businesses do crop up, such as the Sweet Tree Holdings maple syrup company in Island Pond, which employs about 75 people, there are few options compared to more urbanized areas.

Instead, the state seems to continuously create commissions of people who ask Guildhall if it needs better internet and then don’t make it happen, Blakeslee said in frustration: “It’s one of the things: If you build it, they’ll come.” But will they reproduce? A packed, full-size school bus from the Canaan Schools used to deliver children to Blanchard’s facility. These GUILDHALL days, the kids arrive in a 2012 pop.: 260 half-size yellow bus that has 2016 pop.: 255 just a few children on board, she said. At the North Country Moose Festival in late August, children used to line up for the bouncy castle. Not anymore, she said. There just aren’t as many youngsters around. “It makes me sad, personally,” Blanchard said. “I love children. I had four of my own.” Few parents these days have that many, Montpelier she observed: “When somebody says they are having a third child, I almost fall flat on my back.” Families are more likely to fracture these days, which also has an impact, Blanchard said. “It seems like relationships in general don’t last very long, so there’s that instabillost > 5% ity at home,’’ Blanchard said. She’s cared lost > 1% for children of parents who say they’d like lost 1% to gained 1% to have another child. “But they weren’t gained > 1% in a stable relationship when they had the gained > 5% first one, and they are not in a stable relano data available tionship now, so they aren’t having that second child.” SOURCE: VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH/ U.S. CENSUS BUREAU ESTIMATES In Guildhall, most of the people who move to town arrive with graying hair, not toddlers. It’s difficult to fill slots on the selectboard and the cemetery commission, and a few volunteers wear many hats. That concerns Blakeslee. Brattleboro “I do worry about what’s going to happen,” he said. “I’m 70, and most of them are older than me.” Perhaps the younger generation just weren’t so spotty and the internet so slow, doesn’t see a way to support children Blakeslee suggested. in Guildhall, Blakeslee added: “All the The former education professor, who young people, what ones we have, as moved to town from suburban Boston soon as they get out of high school, they after he retired, said his adult children are gone.”  who live in big cities would consider settling in Guildhall if the town grew a Contact: high-tech economy.

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Many people commute to jobs in New Hampshire, where there are schools, a hospital, stores and other businesses. Sometimes, a worker from out of state will accept a job, but his or her spouse won’t be able to find one, so they will decide to move elsewhere, said Snedeker. It would help if the cellphone service



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ack Keefe doesn’t smoke much weed, but he sure would like to sell it. The middle-age proprietor of the Jacksonville General Store displays plenty of local products inside his 1,600-square-foot shop. So why not Green Mountain State-grown cannabis? After all, Vermont legislators are likely to consider legalizing pot sales during the upcoming session. “My 18-year-old self is thrilled at the prospect of being a legal dealer,” Keefe quipped. “I think of the prospect as a way to get more customers into the store.” That’s an important consideration for owners like him.




Once a staple in nearly all of Vermont’s 200-plus towns, about 70 to 75 general stores remain in the state. Approximately 30 have gone under in just the last decade. The ones that survive and thrive find a niche “that will generate some cash flow and some profit,” observed Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont. The Castleton Village Store, he said, has “one of the best wine selections in the state.” In North Hero, the Harborside Harvest Market offers a popular takeout prime rib dinner each Friday night. In Norwich, Dan & Whit’s operates on a simple motto: “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.” What people do need are the stores themselves, Bruhn said. “They add to community vibrancy, civic life, civic discourse and they’re the places where everybody in the community connects with each other,” he said. “At the same time, they’re very hard businesses. They’re a little bit like running a dairy farm. It’s 24-7. They’re challenging to make work in 18


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the world of retail today. But that doesn’t make them any less important.” It helps to have some key “magnet items,” according to Jack Garvin, who has been a leader in the Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores and manager of the Warren Store since 1980. Vermont craft brews have attracted customers to his market. Sean Lawson, internationally acclaimed for his line of Lawson’s Finest Liquids, lives and brews locally, and the

Warren Store often stocked his soughtafter Sip of Sunshine. But just last month, Lawson’s opened an instantly popular taproom and retail shop in nearby Waitsfield. In turn, canned Sip sales at the Warren Store have plummeted, and Garvin’s looking to make up the lost revenue elsewhere. “You can’t be complacent. You need to try to be innovative,” Garvin said. “Customer service is absolutely No. 1:

offering a variety of products, trying new things ... You fail fast and fail cheap, or you find something that connects.” In Jacksonville, a village within the town of Whitingham, Keefe thinks marijuana could be his magnet item. He’s owned his shop since 2013. Stocked with wine, produce, meat and dry goods, it’s more of a small grocery than an oldfashioned general store filled with knickknacks and random doodads.

Keefe makes a living, he said, but not much of one. He believes cannabis would ensure the survival of a store that is central to the town’s existence. “Country stores have done this forever — sold local produce,” Keefe said. “I can sit on my porch and hit a golf ball and hit five people who are growing weed.” Like many Vermont towns, Whitingham is out of the way — unless you’re en route to Mount Snow or the Harriman Reservoir. Its declining population, especially in the younger demographic, has resulted in school consolidation. More houses now serve as second homes and are often dark. For Keefe, creativity is as important as stocking his shelves. “Amazon is not just crippling malls; it’s having its way with small country stores, as well,” he said. Selling cannabis “would help stem the tide, help reverse the bleed.”

diagnosed with cancer. He died that December. The store was shuttered for a few months until historical society board members Lyssa Papazian and Betsy MacIsaac reopened it, working as unpaid comanagers. Closing was not an option for what has long proven to be the center of the town. “Psychologically, it would be a big blow,” said Papazian. Locals have flocked to the store for years. The Viagra Club, a group of mostly octogenarian men, meets there weekly for coffee. While the place was being rebuilt, the old-timers set up lawn chairs out front and sipped java from thermoses. People desire these meet-ups, but many Vermont villages have lost their downtown economic cores — and Putney, Papazian said, struggles. “We’re just holding on by the skin of our teeth,” she said. “We’re too small to be big and too big to be small. It’s like

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Thirty miles northeast of Whitingham, the Putney General Store calls itself the oldest in Vermont. Since 1796, the store has existed in some form on the corner of Main Street and Kimball Hill, smackdab in the center of town. On a recent Monday, workers in neon vests marched across Main Street from the Soundview Paper plant and streamed inside. Cars with out-of-state plates were parked out front, and locals took a load off on diner stools at the window. During the last decade, misfortunes have beset the historic store. An apparent accidental fire forced it to close in 2008. The Putney Historical Society bought it to rebuild. But an arsonist struck in 2009, and this time it burned to the ground. The historical society vowed again to build, and it did, reopening the store in 2011. Jim Heal took over in 2013. He operated the store and a pharmacy on the second floor until 2016, when he was

a downtown that is improbable and shouldn’t exist, and we’re trying to keep it here as long as we possibly can because it means something.” Now they’re at a figurative crossroads. The historical society agreed to operate the store for a year, but it’s been nearly two. The group would like to find a tenant who can run the store. Papazian admits the business is operating at a slight loss but says an entrepreneur could sharpen a pencil and cut the fat. Papazian and MacIsaac have their own ideas. Finding a second-floor tenant is one. And someone could run a small-production food business out of the underused kitchen, Papazian said. The comanagers have advertised for an operator and recently put up a display about the store at the Vermont Welcome Center along Interstate 91 in Guilford. GENERAL STORES

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As the town’s retailers have shut- Brownsville Butcher & Pantry tered, the remaining ones have revived the Putney Business Alliance, intended to bolster the fortunes of the entire area. It hasn’t saved everyone. In October, Basketville, a venerable Putney landmark for more than 60 years, announced it would close by year’s end. The general store itself faces competition from just down Main Street — the Putney Food Co-op, which offers some similar goods and prepared foods. How can Papazian and MacIsaac compete? “We kind of always feel overwhelmed,” Papazian admitted. “It’s hard to keep things running and make sure it’s doing the best it can, and then try to imagine what else you can add to the mix.” She noted: “It’s a very lowP e t e r margin business, and you have to Peter Varkonyi Varkonyi and be sharp.” Lauren Stevens aren’t taking over ‘Real Food’ in Brownsville a general store — While the Putney General Store is going they’re reinventing the through a midlife crisis, the Brownsville entire concept. They’re offering some Butcher & Pantry is just learning to items found at chain grocery stores, along crawl. The shop opened on November with “the experience and connection to 20 and resembles a gourmet market: the food you might experience at a farmpine flooring throughout, white subway ers market or co-op,” said Varkonyi. tiles behind the fresh seafood counter, For nearly 50 years, the Brownsville local produce displayed in gleaming General Store sold cigarettes, lottery refrigerated cases, and a café with local tickets, gas and other goods at the same beers on tap that will soon serve three Route 44 site. More recently, it had lost meals a day. some of its luster, according to resident 20


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With support from Bruhn at the Preservation Trust, Nesbitt and other locals created the Friends of the Brownsville Store, an LLC that solicited investors large and small. The group bought the building, paid for much of its renovation and interviewed 20 applicants interested in running the store. They settled on Varkonyi, a New England Culinary Institute-trained chef, and his fiancée, Stevens, a farmer



Chris Nesbitt. The closure of the Ascutney Mountain Resort ski area in 2010 hit the area like an avalanche, and by 2017 the general store also closed, and was in foreclosure. Brownsville, a village within the 1,100person town of West Windsor, became a food desert. Many residents headed to Claremont, N.H., to shop. “There was a hole in town,” said Nesbitt. “Sometimes you take things for granted and you don’t recognize what you had ... The longer it was closed, the more you realized how important it was. There was a lot of energy in town to take control of our own destiny.”

with deep connections to local growers. The couple picks what to stock and sell, with some input from the LLC. The plan calls for the operators to eventually buy the building. It’s a community hub where people can “get some necessities,” Nesbitt said. Residents pushed for a coffee counter so there would be a gathering place for everyone. That said, it’s hard to imagine a construction worker scooping up some Urfa Biber Turkish Chili Flakes, available in the bulk spice section. “It’s a smoky chile flake,” Stevens said with a laugh. “Peter has a tendency to shock me. I’m not the cook.” In keeping with the store’s emphasis on local products, chef Varkonyi butchers premium grass-fed beef on-site. During a visit last week, a patron nursed a beer at the bar and used the free Wi-Fi, courtesy of ECFiber, the regional, community-owned highspeed internet provider. Stevens greeted customers and stocked shelves, while Varkonyi told others about his food plans. Susan Odden, a Brownsville resident and nutritionist, glowed as she wandered the store, picking up a bottle of kombucha and other local goods. She said she valued the store because of its high-quality meat, and “there’s real food here,” she said. “It’s updated; it’s paying attention to what people want and what’s good for people to eat.” Odden could hardly contain her excitement as she headed for the register. “I won’t even look at the bill,” she said, motioning as if handing over a credit card. “I’m serious! It’s investing. It’s investing in the community.”  Contact:

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ast year, second and third graders at Vermont’s Holland Elementary School rejected their teacher’s lesson plan and proposed one of their own — to write a history of Holland. According to the staple-bound book they published, the remote town on the Canadian border started its first school in a barn in 1811. By 1882, it had eight schools, which cost a collective $940.67 to run that year. As it turns out, the 10 students who wrote that book will be part of a pivotal new chapter for Holland; they’re among the last kids to be educated there. In September, residents fearing that the state would force their district to merge with a nearby one voted to close the town’s only remaining school next summer. The school, which serves 45 students from pre-K to sixth grade, is the center of civic life in Holland. It is, in fact, the only secular gathering spot in town. “We don’t have a post office. We don’t have a general store. We don’t have anything except the school, a town shed and the church,” said school board chair Lincoln Petell. 22


“This is the hub of the community,” confirmed school principal Kelli Dean. Throughout the year, spaghetti dinners, bingo nights and craft fairs serve both as school fundraisers and a reason for residents to come together. “When we have a Christmas concert, the gym is packed,” Dean said. The single-story, warehouse-like building will remain, but the main reason to congregate there — the kids — will have gone away. What does that mean for this tiny Orleans County outpost? “Personally, I feel like the town is going to fall apart without the school,” said Suzie Moulton, who’s lived in town for 39 years and driven the school bus for 27. Every December, she ferries the students around town to sing carols to elderly residents. Moulton’s daughter, who went to the school, now teaches there. “I just feel like everyone is going to go their separate ways,” Moulton said. In its heyday, Holland had multiple farms and sawmills, two stores, and a creamery. According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, the town’s population peaked in 1880 at 913. Then the sawmills shut down;

later, dairy farms began to dwindle. Today, only seven farms remain, and the population hovers at just over 600. “People have just been scattering to the wind,” Petell said. Last week, the only signs of life in the snow-blanketed town were at the elementary school. Nine children hoisted large clumps of snow and scrambled up


banks under the watchful eye of Moulton, who was subbing for the pre-K teacher. Inside, Jason Marcoux was busy preparing Southern chicken and rice bowls for lunch; later that afternoon, the school chef would teach a cooking class. Holland’s custodian also doubles as a teacher. “Those lines get really blurred in a community this small,” said Dean, who

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described her own role as “more social worker than principal.” Dean works with the state Department for Children and Families to find counselors for kids, and she and other school employees go out of their way to provide food, clothes, rides and any other necessary supports to struggling families. That informal social service network may not outlive the school. “The ripple effect is greater than what people realize,” Dean said. Holland residents worry that the extra distance will make it harder for parents to stay involved in their children’s education. Some are also concerned that the absence of a school will discourage new families from moving to town. Many put the blame for Holland’s predicament on Act 46, the state’s sweeping school-district consolidation law. Residents voted to close the school after the education secretary recommended in June that Holland merge with Derby. “Before some yo-yo in Montpelier says, ‘You’re going to close and merge with this school,’ we wanted to do as much as we could on our own,” Petell said. “By voting to close the school and tuition our kiddos to Derby, we still have


a little bit of voice in our kids’ education and what happens to our school building.” The Derby Elementary School is 10 miles from the Holland school, though students in the farther reaches of town will have longer to travel. The town already sends its older students to North Country Union Junior High School in Derby and North Country Union High School in Newport. In the end, the State Board of Education voted this month against the secretary’s recommendation to force Holland to merge. Even so, the town is staying the

just shut that other barn down to save on electricity,” Petell said. “It’s becoming harder and harder for a town this small to feel like they’re making their own decisions,” he said. At the same time, the value placed on local autonomy has grown, according to John Castle, superintendent of the North Country Supervisory Union, which includes Holland. “The once self-sufficient Vermont rural villages are no longer economically independent,” he wrote in a document sent to state officials in response to Act 46. “Yet, this loss of economic independence has had the primary effect of Chef Jason Marcoux at the Holland Elementary School cafeteria

reinforcing and expanding the importance of an independent, locally controlled school system. The schools, along with the town meeting, represent the last vestige of localism and self-governance in much of rural Vermont.” Castle himself attended Holland Elementary School; he later sent his children there and served for several years as its principal. The superintendent, who still lives in town, suggested that the state should Principal Kelli Dean (left) do more to support, rather and secretary Nikki Bickford than discourage, small schools. “I think community is course. In part, that’s because declin- much like health,” he said. “We don’t ing enrollment would have forced the appreciate it until we lose it.” school to shut down soon anyway, Petell Holland is hardly the only town acknowledged. confronting existential questions in That reality has done little to temper response to what some residents consider residents’ resentment toward state a growing hostility toward small schools. officials, who, in this corner of the state, In the rural Northeast Kingdom, those are often regarded as out-of-touch concerns are particularly pronounced: Of bureaucrats. the 29 school districts that have pledged Holland’s decision would seem to be to take the state to court over Act 46, 13 self-defeating, but residents were also hail from the region. Some, such as Irastrying to preserve a sense of self-deter- burg, have been ordered to merge with mination. “We’re not a herd of cows that you can just move into another barn and SCHOOL’S OUT » P.24

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to school there themselves,” said Jason Brueck, the school board chair. And like Holland, Charleston doesn’t have much else. “We have no industry in the town. We have a store and 10 to 15 farms,” Austin said. He feels strongly about holding on to the institution. “The school’s not going anywhere,” he said. In several Kingdom communities that have closed their schools in the past decade, there’s no consensus about what the move has meant for the towns. East Haven, which has about 300 residents, decided to shutter its elementary school in 2011 after the student body dropped to 11 kids. Two of its classrooms have been converted into a town library; in a third room, exercise classes for the elderly take place twice a week. Residents say closing the school actually brought more families to the town.

School board member Donna Loynd said the number of students living in the town has grown to 35, and multiple parents have cited school choice, which provides tuition vouchers for students to attend their preferred public or private school, as the reason they relocated to East Haven. The arrival of new families hasn’t necessarily bolstered East Haven’s sense of community. Not all of the older residents have been thrilled by the additional youth, whom they feared would drive up property tax bills. “It’s not as tight-knit as it once was,” East Haven Selectboard chair Kirwin Flanders said of the town. “The townspeople don’t necessarily get together.” Nearby Norton, which has fewer than 200 residents, closed its elementary school around the same time. Up until last year, it rented the space to the local historical society, according to assistant town clerk Betsy Fontaine, but



the group disbanded. It, too, suffered from declining membership. The town of Morgan, which borders Holland, closed its elementary school in 2012. Students now go to school in Derby, and the town rents the building to the Turning Points School, which teaches students with emotional and behavioral problems. Morgan can still use the facility for public events, including town meeting. “Everybody’s used to it now, I guess,” said Morgan Selectboard chair Robert Guyer. Morgan is home to Lake Seymour, which attracts an influx of out-of-towners during the summer. It also features the Morgan Country Store, a cozy shop run by two sisters, which serves as a post office, weigh station, local watering hole and town square. In Holland, where there’s no such equivalent, Petell hopes residents will still come together, even if it requires greater effort. “It really hurt,” he said of the decision to close the school. But “we’re also a tough bunch of meatheads, and we’ll make it through.”  Contact:



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reensboro, population 762, has long had a reputation as a hideaway for well-to-do secondhome owners and highbrow luminaries. Wallace Stegner, William Rehnquist and Margaret Mead, to name a few, have all summered in this sleepy Northeast Kingdom outpost on the shores of Caspian Lake. Now, Greensboro is also becoming known as a cultural destination, thanks to the $14 million Highland Center for the Arts. The über-plush performance and event space was funded by a gift from an elusive London businessman named Andrew Brown, who prefers to remain out of the spotlight. Executive director Annie Houston, who joined the Highland staff at the beginning of 2018, said that Brown’s goal was simple: to create a community hub around the region’s vibrant arts scene. Bread and Puppet Theater, Circus Smirkus, Vermont Vaudeville and the Craftsbury Chamber Players are all tucked away in nearby hills. In Brown’s view, what people lacked was a central gathering place to see what the Northeast Kingdom has to offer — and to connect with each other, Houston said. “Sixty years ago, people around here went to church to see their neighbors and convene,” she continued. “In the 21st century, we don’t have congregations like that. For Andy, the idea was for this to become the place where people find that kind of community.” Since its official opening in June 2017, the Highland has had a full slate of programming — including performances by the Opera Company of Middlebury, the Vermont Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, and silent films with an improvised live score played on the resident Steinway by pianist Joe Davidian. The 250-seat performance space, modeled after the Globe Theatre in London, was initially going to be the Highland’s main attraction. But as the project evolved, Houston explained, the board wanted the building to accommodate more than just the performing arts. “There’s really nothing we can’t do in these facilities,” she said. (Having a patron with very deep pockets doesn’t hurt.)

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PERFORMING ARTS The 26,400-square-foot structure houses a 100-seat performance space, a 40-seat restaurant and an art gallery, as well as the round theater at its center — which, after a recent heavy snowfall, resembled a massive frosted cupcake. Except for Mondays, the Highland maintains a full schedule nearly every night of the week, with Tuesday trivia, Wednesday

movies, yoga classes, community workshops and artist lectures. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, Highland hosted a screening of The Big Lebowski and served movie-themed white Russian cocktails. (The measure of the evening’s success? “The bartenders kept running out of half-and-half,” Houston said.) Houston, 34, grew up in nearby Craftsbury and spent her early years handing out programs at Craftsbury Chamber Players concerts in the

Hardwick Town House. After graduating from the University of Vermont, she earned a master’s in arts administration at Boston University and worked in the field for nearly a decade in New England. When a childhood friend sent her the posting for the executive director position at Highland, Houston had no idea the gig would turn out to be a dream job. For her, the deciding factor was the Highland board’s commitment to making year-round residents and second-home owners feel equally at home. “Greensboro carries this stigma: This is where people with a lot of money come,” Houston said. “I wanted to make sure this was really meant for everyone.” When the building was completed, Houston noted, locals were a little wary of its grandiosity. “People thought it would be elitist, too highbrow, something they wouldn’t understand. There was a fear that we would steal the summer chamber concerts from the Town House,” she said. “But our goal was to be inclusive, to build partnerships with local talent and business, and create an all-boats-rise situation. “So far,” Houston added, “I think we’ve been able to achieve that. There’s truly something for everyone here.” One case in point: On a recent weekday afternoon, a dedicated cohort of parents braved a snowstorm to bring their middle-school-age boys to an improvisation workshop. The instructor, a Vermont Vaudeville actor, asked the class to do an exercise in which they had to point to an object in the room and blurt out anything except the name of that object. The boys stomped around the performance space in their squeaky rubber boots, mislabeling things with gusto. “Chair!” one screamed at a backpack. Then, at a maximum-capacity sign: “Narwhal!” Another gestured up at the air, filled with the cacophony of adolescent male shouting: “Silence!” Greensboro, quiet? Not anymore.  Contact:

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ill’s Store on the town common in Chelsea is appropriately named — its proprietor, Will Gilman, wanted nothing more in life than to live and work in the town where he was born and raised. Even as a little kid in the Chelsea Public School, he imagined a job that would allow him to stay in town, his dreams extending no farther than the hills that hem in this tiny dairy community in the middle of Orange County. He went as far as Burlington — to attend the University of Vermont — and worked briefly as an accountant before he bought the Federal-style brick store in 1985. But for the past decade or so, he has questioned whether his eponymous enterprise could survive. Gilman said that he and the owners of the adjacent Chelsea Country Store had a running joke about who would “blink first.” Then it happened. When his competitors finally decided to sell last year, they couldn’t find a buyer. Gilman acknowledged in a recent interview that his own store survives because it’s now the only one in town. But his relief is paired with a deep concern that his hometown may be dying, resident by resident, business by business. “It’s helped me out tremendously, but I hate to say that about someone else’s misfortune,” Gilman said of the other store’s demise. Although he uses a wheelchair, the 26



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62-year-old lives in an apartment above Will’s Store and has found a way to navigate the narrow aisles in his shop, which sells everything from beer and greeting cards to blaze orange hats and DVDs. All across Vermont, rural towns such as Chelsea are imperiled by trends beyond their control. The state’s aging population is more pronounced in these locales, where deaths outpace births, volunteer fire departments are shrinking and fewer

people are heading to church on Sunday. Their local stores are closing; their schools are being consolidated and shuttered. These changes are forcing small-town residents to grapple with fundamental questions: What exactly makes a town a town? Can losing a school or a diner threaten its identity — or, ultimately, its existence? Is there a way to stop what longtime Chelsea defense attorney Don Sedon terms “the rural fadeaway”?

Like so many rural Vermont communities, Chelsea has been hamstrung by geography and the slow, decades-long attrition of small dairy farms. The town is nestled in hills, 20 miles from Barre and more than 30 from the commercial hubs of Lebanon and Hanover, N.H. Chelsea’s population peaked in 1840 at nearly 2,000; the 2010 census counted just 1,238 residents. Last year, the town recorded six births and 18 deaths, according to the town report. An estimated 60 dairy farms once dotted Chelsea, creating an economy robust enough to support a car dealership in town. Chelsea even enjoyed outsize influence in the legislature. It was home to House speaker Walter “Peanut” Kennedy, who presided over the chamber from 1971 to 1975. Now just four dairy farms remain, and no other industry has stepped in to generate the equivalent number of local jobs. When he’s not milking cows alongside his dad, 40-year-old Shannon Doyle makes a few extra bucks working the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift at Will’s Store. Since 1795, Chelsea has been Orange County’s seat of government, giving it two stable employers: the courthouse and the Orange County Sheriff ’s Department. But in a county of only 29,000 people, in a state where municipal and state officials call the shots, being the capital doesn’t come with

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a lot of economic benefit. Rhoda Ackerman, co-owner of the Devil’s Den Farm Homestay Bed and Breakfast, the village’s sole B&B, says most of her customers aren’t tourists or business travelers; they’re people visiting nearby family members. Two churches in town, United Church of Chelsea and Living Water Pentacostal Church, share a pastor for their dwindling congregations. In the last two years, the decline has become undeniable. Within a few months, Chelsea’s lone diner, Dixie’s II, and all D O N S ED ON of Gilman’s competitors — the country store, Flanders Market and the Quik Stop — closed. Before a gas station-deli opened in July 2018 in the Quik Stop’s former location, there was no place for Chelsea residents to get gas within 25 miles. Will’s Store has never had pumps. At around the same time, plunging enrollment drove the Chelsea school



district to merge with that of neighboring Tunbridge. As part of the merger, the K-12 Chelsea school closed its ninth through 12th grade programs. Those 63 high school students scattered to schools as far as 40 miles away. The events sparked something of an existential crisis in town. Residents volunteer words such as “stagnant” and “quiet” to describe the vibe. “Chelsea is like a fading place because the population is aging,” said Sedon, who has worked in town for 30 years and represented dozens of Chelsea residents as a public defender. “Twenty-five years ago, you would hear kids. There were still larger families, and we would see a lot of kids and hear them playing on the green. You don’t even see that anymore.” Its troubles haven’t diminished Chelsea’s pride. Residents brag, justifiably, about the town’s unpretentious charm. They eagerly point out that Chelsea has not one, but two town commons — one features the stately courthouse; the other, AS GOES CHELSEA...

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and students, asking for their thoughts about the loss of the high school and whether they would support still more consolidation. The school district is considering combining the middle schools in Tunbridge and Chelsea. It is unclear which community would house the new school should the proposal go through — though Blount noted the Chelsea school has lots of extra room.

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Bailey Boardman in the Chelsea Public School hallway

a congregational church — and the village is on the National Register of Historic Places. “Many small towns, you go through them and they don’t have anything,” town clerk Karen Lathrop said. “We’ve got a lot more going on than some places. You can come in and say, ‘OK, there’s something here.’ A lot of towns, you don’t even know you’re there.”

Bye-Bye, High School

The Chelsea school is a monument to the town’s boom-to-bust history. The main building is a classic, two-story barnlike structure topped with a small cupola. In 1978, residents voted to construct a modern addition in order to accommodate the town’s burgeoning student population. At peak enrollment in the late 1970s, it housed 300 students, from kindergarteners to 12th graders. Today, 118 kids roam the school’s halls, which are lined with international flags, group photos of the student body and portraits of Chelsea residents who served in the armed forces. The place feels empty until a gaggle of floppy-haired kids runs by en route to lunch in the basement cafeteria. Under pressure from state regulators tasked with lowering Vermont’s per-pupil spending, Chelsea residents voted 183-132 in January 2018 to merge school districts with Tunbridge, creating the First Branch 28


Unified School District. That act eliminated Chelsea’s high school. The 63 students affected were granted school choice, meaning they could enroll in any district high school for which they are eligible, with Chelsea taxpayers footing the bill. School administrators in charge of the remaining students — about half of whom qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches — said the atmosphere in the building has changed, and not for the better.

lives together scattered to 13 different high schools, from Montpelier 30 minutes west to Hanover, N.H., nearly an hour’s drive east. Most chose a school near where one of their parents worked, Farnham said. “It’s been hard to maintain contact with the students they grew up with, people they went to school with for 10 years,” Farnham said. ‘That’s the piece that is missing.” Ask Chelsea residents about the loss of the school, and many start talking about



The elementary school kids used to worship the older kids, guidance counselor Mindy Farnham said. They’d high five each other in the hallways. Now, “the halls look and feel different. It’s something we planned for, but I don’t think a lot of people understand the impacts on the kids who are still here,” said Farnham, a Chelsea native and 1996 graduate of the high school. She said the remaining students miss the multiage dynamic. Meanwhile, the high schoolers are losing their connections to Chelsea and each other. After the district merger, Chelsea kids who had spent most of their

sports. The games — home and away — were the primary social events in town. During basketball season, for example, the gym was routinely packed, not just with parents and grandparents, but also with locals who wanted to see their neighbors and feel a part of the town. “You can miss people at the store or the dump by an hour. But you get out to a game, even if it’s just one minute of, ‘How are your kids?’ [and] it matters,” Gilman said. “I don’t think [outsiders] know what a school means to a small town.” More changes could be coming. In recent weeks, Chelsea school principal Mark Blount sent surveys to parents

Next door to the school is the other primary source of pride in Chelsea — the Orange County Courthouse. The two-story white clapboard building, built in 1847, presides over the southern common in town and appears straight out of an old-time movie set. At the top of a winding staircase, the main courtroom is appointed with uncomfortable wooden benches, floor-to-ceiling windows and six chandeliers. The court has a bell tower; staffers still ring the bell when a jury returns a verdict in a trial. Once a month or so, when the court holds jury draws in cases headed for trial, downtown shops experience a slight uptick in business. But on most days, the court’s docket features a handful of unremarkable instances of rural crime. On a recent Wednesday morning, a longtime opiate addict struck a plea deal for a three-year sentence for violating his probation by stealing from homes in nearby Washington, and a twentysomething got probation after pleading guilty to lying to cops about crashing his car into a telephone pole. Standing guard in the courthouse lobby was Orange County sheriff’s deputy George Contois, a retired Vermont State Police trooper who has spent the past 18 years working in the building. He chatted amiably with attorneys, clerks, defendants and anyone else who passed through. On a quiet afternoon, a nervous, ponytailed girl of about 6 years came in with her mother, who was meeting with a probation officer. “We like to have little rug rats!” Contois exclaimed. The girl pointed nervously at the gun sitting on Contois’ hip. “It’s my squirt gun!” he said playfully. Between chatting up visitors, Contois explained that he has seen generations of families come through the court. Crime hasn’t really changed much in Chelsea or elsewhere in Orange County, Contois said. But he worries about the future of the community. “There’s not a lot of problems in Chelsea, but there’s also no employment,” Contois said. “Kids have a rough time. If you’re graduating from high school and you’re not going to college, what are you going to do? Where are you going to go?

There are only so many people who can work for the sheriff’s department.” The jobs question proves the most vexing to local officials: How is an isolated community ever going to turn around its population decline if everyone who chooses to stay has to drive 30 minutes or an hour to get to work? It’s already made life more difficult for the all-volunteer Chelsea Fire Department, according to longtime chief John Upham. “You would hear similar things from most small-town departments,” he said. All but a few of his 18 members — of a desired 30 — work outside of town. That means response times are slower than he’d like, especially during the day, said Upham, who works 50 minutes away at Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical center in Lebanon, N.H. He wonders if the volunteer shortages will one day prompt the state to consolidate small-town fire departments as it’s currently doing with schools.  Some locals, including Sedon, have suggested that Chelsea open its arms to refugees and New Americans who want to work the land. “Unless you repopulate the countryside with people who want to be there,

Orange County Courthouse and the Chelsea Public School

it’s not going to happen,” Sedon said. “There are people who would be very happy to come here and have a couple acres of land and make it work. All these migrant farmworkers, if they could bring their families here and have their kids go to school, they would do it in a minute. They would grow their food, open cafés, open little shops…”

A good idea, perhaps, but “it’s hard to be an outsider and move into Chelsea,” said John O’Brien, a former substitute teacher at the Chelsea school who was just elected to the legislature to represent neighboring Tunbridge. “The clans are so embedded there. And that goes way back.”

A few niche farmers have successfully put down roots in recent years. Taylor Katz and her husband, Misha Johnson, scoured the Upper Valley region for two years looking for a place to locate their herb-growing operation, Free Verse Farm. They were drawn to Chelsea’s relative isolation, beauty and affordability. Driving its back roads sealed the deal. It “seemed like there was a lot of land for sale,” Katz said. In 2014, they bought a spread at the dead-end of Baraw Hill Road, where they have a nice view of the village but spotty cellphone service. “We didn’t know anyone, and there’s a lot of old Vermonters and old relationships and families,” Katz said. But the couple gradually made friends and has no plans to leave. “We felt like this was a place with a lot of potential for us to grow,” she said.

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Bridgework Ahead

How rural communities are filling the gaps left by departing dentists B Y K EN P I C A R D PHOTOS: DON WHIPPLE


ennis LeBlanc’s dental practice hasn’t changed much since he first hung a shingle 43 years ago. The 69-year-old Derby dentist has kept abreast of technological advances — dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, better filling and bonding materials, and so on — and his office has expanded to include four dental hygienists. Out in the waiting room, though, LeBlanc’s patients remain the mostly working-class people whose teeth he has been fixing since they were children. In some cases, LeBlanc treated their parents a n d g ra n d p a re n t s. Some who’ve moved away from this Northeast Kingdom town of about 4,600 people on the Canadian border still return to him for routine dental care. On a snowy day last week, one of LeBlanc’s patients had driven 38 miles from Lyndonville; another had trekked 60 miles from East Montpelier. Why? LeBlanc declined to credit his skill as a dentist. “People around here are used to traveling,” LeBlanc said. “And we’ve stayed open to everybody. We don’t ask people if they’re on Medicaid or things like that.” In short, LeBlanc’s family practice is an invaluable community service in a county with few other dentists. So a few years ago, when the Newport native began thinking about his retirement, he knew he couldn’t simply shut his doors. Fortuitously, LeBlanc had a potential replacement in mind: Derby native Brandon Vanasse, a 2016 graduate of Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and a lifelong patient of LeBlanc’s. It didn’t take much convincing to get Vanasse, an avid runner, skier and cyclist, to return to the area. In August 2016, LeBlanc hired Vanasse as his associate, with the goal of someday selling him the practice. “There are a lot of opportunities when you graduate from dental school,” the 28-year-old dentist said, but “for me, this is home.” LeBlanc was lucky to find a successor who already knew the community and could practice under his tutelage and get to know his patients for a few years before his own retirement. Indeed, Vanasse’s gentle style and soft-spoken temperament are




LeBlanc Family Dentistry

Brandon Vanasse and Dennis LeBlanc

so akin to LeBlanc’s that one might easily mistake them for father and son. “They’re really good dentists,” noted Dave Smith, a 51-year-old patient who’s been coming to the Derby practice since he was a child. “It’s a good thing [Vanasse] is here, because it’s less work on LeBlanc … He’s in his sixties and should be retired and enjoying himself in Puerto Rico or something.” That LeBlanc is still practicing in his late sixties isn’t unusual in Vermont. Five of the eight active dentists in Orleans County are over the age of 65, according to a 2017 survey by the Vermont Department of Health. Those figures are consistent with statewide averages. Of Vermont’s 299 general dentists — as opposed to specialists such as pediatric dentists, oral surgeons and periodontists — nearly half are 55 or older, and one in four is over 65. Grand Isle County has no dentists under the age of 60. Simply put, Vermont now has the oldest population of dentists in the country,

according to the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute. In small towns across the state, when the local dentist retires, often there’s no one to take his or her place. To address this problem, the state’s dental community has come up with an ambitious approach to replace the dentists who leave or retire. The Vermont State Dental Society now has a full-time dental recruitment coordinator, Jenny Pitz, who travels New England trying to sell dental students and established dentists alike on the benefits of working in small towns. Pitz’s work, which is partially funded by a grant from the Vermont Department of Health, “plants the seeds” about setting up shop in Vermont with dental students while they’re still in their first or second year of study. The tagline on her business card reflects her background in marketing: “We’ve got a chair for you.” Pitz has her work cut out for her. As Vaughn Collins, the dental society’s executive director, explained, in some years Vermont has seen as many as 18 dentists retire or move elsewhere. Vermont dentistry hasn’t undergone the kind of changes that have occurred in other medical professions — notably, the consolidation of private practices under a large regional hospital. Nor has Vermont seen an influx of corporate dentistry

chains, such as Aspen Dental and Gentle Dental, Pitz said. Nearly 90 percent of Vermont’s dentists still work in small, privately owned offices; about a third are sole practitioners. It’s not difficult to attract new or established dentists to Vermont’s urban centers, Pitz said. But convincing dentists to move to small communities in the Northeast Kingdom or central Vermont can be a tougher sell, especially when students routinely graduate from dental school with six-figure debts. For example,

VERMONT HAS THE OLDEST POPULATION OF DENTISTS IN THE COUNTRY. LeBlanc recalled that when he graduated from dental school, he owed about $40,000; Vanasse’s debt is about 10 times that figure. Pitz argued that many new dentists mistakenly assume they wouldn’t have the same earning potential in rural communities as they would in big cities. As she often reminds them, their cost of living in more populous places will be much higher — and their earning potential in Vermont is, if not equal to large cities, still competitive. If loan repayment is a major

consideration, Pitz will try to sell them on a loan-forgiveness program that’s available to dentists who accept a job at one of Vermont’s eight federally qualified health centers. As she put it, “It’s something that really gets the eye of students.” How else does she sell dentists on working in a rural setting? Pitz, a New Jersey native and Saint Michael’s College grad who’s been visiting Vermont since she was a child, said the factors that attract new dentists to the state are typically the same ones that attract everyone else: Vermont’s slower pace, easy access to the outdoors, dearth of crowds and traffic, and better overall quality of life. Pitz’s job also involves educating older dentists about the challenges they’ll face when it’s time to find someone to buy their practices. As she explained, many dentists are shocked when they learn how long it can take to find a new associate. Ideally, she said, a dentist who’s looking to retire in the next five to 10 years should start looking now. And, unlike dental practice brokers, who may charge an established dentist $15,000 to find a suitable candidate, Pitz’s services are provided at no cost. Pitz described her job as both “a gatekeeper and a bridge builder.” In May 2016, she got a call from Dr. Katie Piet, a West Virginia dentist who was considering a move to New England and wanted to know what positions were available in Vermont. Of all the states Piet researched, she said, Vermont had the best loan repayment program — and was the only one with a dental recruiter. Though Piet initially considered moving to Chittenden County, she said Pitz “really gauged what we were looking for,” including a small town close to mountain biking, snowshoeing and skiing, and a good school for her thenkindergarten-aged daughter. Pitz immediately connected her with St. Johnsbury Dental Associates, which was looking for another associate.

MOBILE DENTISTRY: SOMETHING TO JAW ABOUT It’s hard to see a connection between teen pregnancy and poor dental health. But in rural central Vermont, hundreds of children, and some adults, now enjoy free dental care thanks to a school-based health clinic that was created in the 1990s to address the former problem and, in the process, took on the latter. The nonprofit HealthHUB School Clinic was founded 25 years ago by Royalton residents who were concerned about a spike in teen pregnancy rates at their high school. At the time, Royalton pediatrician Dr. Rebecca Foulk — she’s now HealthHUB’s medical director — met with other community members to talk about creating a school-based clinic that could better serve teens’ reproductive health needs. While conducting their community needs assessment, they discovered that about one in four students had no dentist or routine dental care. Fast forward to 2008, when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) helped HealthHUB secure a $94,000 federal grant to purchase a mobile dental hygiene trailer. It features a dental chair, a digital X-ray machine, tools, supplies and a dental hygienist on staff. Today, the trailer routinely travels to about a dozen schools in Orange and Windsor counties, as well as to Gifford Medical Center and Chelsea Health Center, providing dental cleanings, screenings, fluoride treatments, digital diagnostic X-rays and sealants.

“Jenny was so personable and … was super instrumental in bringing me up here,” the 31-year-old dentist added. “To be honest, this was the only interview I did. After I came up here, I knew this was where we wanted to live.” How successful has the recruitment program been? Vermont has maintained level employment in general dentistry and the various specialties in the five years Pitz has been on the job, the dental society’s Collins noted. Though Vermont had two fewer dentists in 2017 than it did in 2015, it also had 22 more dentists who were under the age of 45. Pitz has directly recruited at least 14 new dentists to Vermont in the last three years, as well as several more who are still in negotiations, according to the Vermont

Š e mobile unit addresses the shortage of dental practitioners in central Vermont, as well as the inability of many people to afford preventive care, Foulk said. Š ough all Vermont children have routine dental care covered through Dr. Dynasaur and Medicaid, some dentists won’t accept such patients. “It’s really frustrating when there’s a very good [insurance] benefit for preventive dental care twice a year, but you can’t find a dentist who’s willing to take the insurance,” Foulk lamented. Š e reasons are complex, she said. Some dentists complain that Medicaid reimbursement rates are too low, while others say that Medicaid patients are unreliable and frequently miss or cancel appointments due to transportation or employment problems. Foulk cited the example of a hypothetical parent who lives in Rochester and works in Rutland. To get his or her child to a daytime dental appointment means leaving work, picking up the child, driving to the dentist, then driving the child back to school. “So the parent misses a day of work, and the child misses a day of school. It’s just really difficult for some of these families,” she added. “So bringing [dental] care to where the kids are makes a lot more sense.” Foulk noted that the mobile unit doesn’t have a dentist on board. For that, HealthHUB’s hygienist will refer patients to the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ mobile dental van, which operates out of the Plainfield Health Center. Is mobile dentistry a temporary fix or a permanent solution? “I think it’s a model well-suited to Vermont,” Foulk said. Indeed, by the end of December, the HealthHUB mobile unit will have treated more than 600 patients this year.

State Dental Society. The number of dentist’s licenses issued grew from 14 to 45 between 2014 and 2018. “Are we ahead of the curve? We’re getting there, but we’re not there yet,” Pitz said. Pitz wasn’t responsible for bringing Vanasse back to his hometown; he jobshadowed LeBlanc when he was still an undergraduate and mulling dental school. But she pointed to that practice as an example of the kind of “bridge building” that Vermont needs to invest in if it wants to maintain a stable dental workforce. And some changes come faster than expected. During a reporter’s visit to Derby last week, LeBlanc revealed his retirement plans, which some of his patients didn’t even know: As of January

1, he will step down and Vanasse will take over the practice. The older dentist plans to stay on for an additional three months to help Vanasse with the transition, but he will significantly scale back his current 40-hour workweek. As LeBlanc put it, “There comes a time.” How does Vanasse feel about assuming that responsibility? “There’s a lot to it, but I’ve been here two and a half years and worked closely with Dr. LeBlanc,” Vanasse said. His mentor, LeBlanc, expressed relief that his patients will be in good hands. And he should know — LeBlanc is now one of Vanasse’s patients. “I couldn’t be happier,” he said.  Contact:

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Betting on Bradford

’e Space on Main founder Monique Priestley recommends “giving a shit” B Y H A N N A H PA L M ER EG A N





hings were not looking good for the Upper Valley town of Bradford — population 2,797 — in the autumn of 2015. In August of that year, Hill’s 5 & 10 shuttered after years of declining sales. Since 1959, the family-run shop had proffered everything from rain boots, work gloves and Johnson Woolen Mills jackets to school supplies, fabric by the yard and cookie sheets. Across the street, Perry’s Oil had supplied the community with home heating fuel, a gas station, an appliance store and a liquor outlet for most of a century. A month after Hill’s closed, the Perrys sold their businesses to regional fuel supplier Osterman Propane, which promptly shed all but the propane and heating oil sales. And, just like that, the village’s center of gravity seemed to tip. A space populated by friendly, if struggling, mom-and-pop businesses became a land of empty storefronts. “The whole town was crying,” recalled the Space on Main founder Monique Priestley, seated at a co-working table in the former Hill’s storefront last week. “Or they were coming to [community] meetings and leaving crying. Everyone was super depressed.” Priestley, 32, grew up across the Connecticut River in neighboring Piermont, N.H. She moved to Bradford as a teen, graduated from Oxbow High School in 2004 and then commuted to Lyndon State College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree. Grad school took her to Seattle for a master’s of communication in digital media from Washington State University. A few years later, Priestley returned to Vermont while keeping her Seattle-based job. “I went back and forth between here and there for months at a time. I was basically trying to figure out where to go,” she recalled. But community involvement made her feel “hopeful,” and amid the gloom of late 2015, she found new purpose. That’s when Priestley started putting together the pieces of the nonprofit co-working space she would open in October 2018. Now, in exchange for monthly dues, the Space on Main’s members have access to super-fast internet, 7,000 square feet of common area and private workspaces, a light-filled event space, a conference room, and discounted rates for workshops and classes.

In its second month, the Space on Main has recruited 16 full-time members, and more than 1,000 people have used the storefront for classes, meet-ups and workshops. Maker-space equipment is in the works. In addition to managing day-to-day operations at the Space on Main, Priestley works full time as the digital director for Seattle-based web developer CampusCE. And those are just two of the things she does. In town government, Priestley chairs the boards of civil authority and abatement and is secretary of the Public Safety Commission. She’s president of the Cohase Rotary Club, vice chair of the Bradford Conservation Commission, and secretary of the Cohase Chamber of Commerce and Green Mountain Gamers boards.



That’s still not all. Priestley is a trustee of the local public library and belongs to the Vermont Council on Rural Development, Global Campuses Foundation, Little Rivers Healthcare, Bradford Business Association, Bradford Planning Commission and Bradford Young Makers Club. She’s a mentor for the Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley and is involved with Leadership Upper Valley and the Vermont Changemakers Table. Last week, Priestly somehow found a few minutes to talk with Seven Days about launching the Space on Main, how to make rural Vermont appealing to young people and what makes small towns tick. SEVEN DAYS: How did you become so involved in civic life? MONIQUE PRIESTLEY: Growing up, my mom ran the Sunday school and organized the town parade, and she volunteered at the library. We were four kids, so we also volunteered — that’s the big reason. I did student council in [high] school, but

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I didn’t do much town-wise until Nancy Jones asked me to join the Bradford Conservation Commission … Then people asked me to join the next thing, and the next thing and the next thing. SD: How is community service different now than it was when you were growing up? MP: I feel like I don’t often see families volunteering as much. When people ask how to get their kids involved, I want to be just like, “You can do this together.” I can’t imagine a local organization that wouldn’t want kids to be a part of these activities. There should be kids running around. SD: Where do you find the energy for all the things you do? MP: I love being in a room with a bunch of people who give a shit. They’re there because they want to help, and they want to do something. So the energy leaving a meeting is always so excited and hopeful. And they’re intelligent — even just listening to people debate is a worthwhile thing.

SD: What made you decide to pull the trigger on the Space on Main? MP: I had this retirement goal of starting some kind of center that would have educational offerings on a sliding-fee scale. It was a pipe dream, but I had told [Cohase Chamber of Commerce treasurer] Marvin Harrison about it, and we were at a Bradford Business Association meeting [in late 2015], and Marvin was like, “You should go tell your idea to Angela Wendell [who owns the Hill’s building].” People started gathering around the table… When I got home, I googled “how to start a nonprofit,” and one thing led to another. So I formed a board and did the IRS application. I did a survey and got 85 responses in two days. I went on lots of coffee dates and to people’s houses; I think I had met informally with 300 people by the time we opened. People sat down on the couch with me and cried; they wanted to be engaged with other people, and they didn’t know how. All they really wanted to do is teach somebody a skill or show someone the art they created.

SD: What’s your vision for Bradford’s future? MP: I joined the [town] planning commission a few months ago. The town is planning what it’s going to look like in the next 20 years, and I’m super excited about it. A lot of it is about making a better use of mixed-use buildings. There are areas that are planned [for new development]. Because of what’s happened here with [the Space on Main], a lot of people have come forward to say they want to buy a building and turn it into this or that — a pub, or a B and B, or a sewing-quilting-knitting place. I don’t know if those kinds of projects are moving forward faster now than they were before, but I feel like I’m hearing about them all the time. There’s so much potential here. I feel like it could spiral. SD: How do you make Vermont’s small towns appealing to a new generation? MP: I genuinely think that co-working spaces — or any kind of community center, which will look different for every town — can make a huge difference. People are trying to figure out how they fit in, but many don’t connect through schools or church or town government. So creating those spaces for people to go and network is going to be critical. Growing up in this area, people are always like, “Bradford sucks; there’s nothing to do here.” Actually, there’s often two or three things happening every night — and in random places. I just went to the Cone [Editions] Studio in East Topsham. They’re known internationally for developing a new kind of print technology. People travel from all over the world to go there. SD: Having returned from Seattle, do you miss the big city? MP: It’s so much less physically stressful in the city; I loved the nightlife, and I loved my friends and the hiking. But

getting involved here — even just in little things — just felt hopeful. Especially when things were going shitty in the rest of the world, I saw in Bradford that there could be humanity. I could see the humanity and the good things that could be. SD: Well, that’s a hell of a place to start. Where do you go from there? MP: I’m starting to get involved in statewide boards, so I’ve been driving all around the state a lot for meetings. I like how unique all the downtowns are, [and] seeing the different restaurants and watching a town that you just went to a year ago have a completely different vibe a year later. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like everything’s energized right now. Each of [the statewide projects I’m involved with] is figuring out what’s needed in different areas. These programs are all young people just coming together. It’s super cool to walk into a room that’s full of young people wanting to be involved. SD: Any parting words for folks who might like to be more involved with their communities? MP: I feel like so many groups are yearning for new faces; they want to see change, and they want your energy. You just have to express an interest, and people will listen to it. And you have to go in genuinely wanting to help. So, saying you want to change this thing that’s been in place for 50 years — you need to commit to doing the work. It’s more than just opening your mouth with an idea. Do stuff. Get off your fucking couch. Just try things. The first step is to go to a community meeting. Once people finally do show up, they usually end up staying.  Contact:

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Alternate Utopia Can four Vermont towns plan a future together?




only major employer is Vermont Law School in South Royalton, which has recently reported financial difficulties and faculty layoffs. Most residents commute half an hour or more, or work remotely. Not only is there no consensus on how to move forward in the wake of Hall’s departure, but some residents said in interviews last month that they see little need to seek economic or population growth. Rather than sparking a sense of urgency, the developer’s decision to abandon NewVistas led to a collective “sigh of relief,” said Peter Anderson, a member of the Sharon Planning Commission who property-map-borders-FULL (1).pdf


ighland Farm was a deal — at least when a Utah developer bought the 500 acres of forested hillside for a cool $1.4 million nearly three years ago. The Sharon property boasts two ponds, a horse barn, a caretaker’s house and sweeping views of the surrounding valley. It was the crown jewel of the 29 properties that David Hall purchased as part of his vision to create NewVistas, a 5,000acre utopian community for 20,000 people in the towns of Sharon, Tunbridge, Strafford and Royalton. Now Highland Farm is on the market for $2.9 million. In June, Hall abandoned his plan to remake this corner of central Vermont and, soon after, began putting his land and buildings back up for sale. So far, though, no one is buying. In fact, Hall hasn’t gotten a single offer for any of the five more-affordable properties he has listed since August, including 110 wooded acres in Tunbridge for $179,000, a modest house on 54 acres for $250,000 and a 60-acre lot for $160,000. “I’m learning the hard facts of real estate in Vermont,” Hall said in a recent interview. What about the four rural towns that would have been irrevocably changed — perhaps destroyed — by his development? After uniting to fight Hall, the remaining neighbors face a new challenge: strengthening the communities they sought to protect. “When a big proposal comes to town and the community opposes it, it often is a trigger for the community to think about its future on its own,” said Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont. “We hope that’s what’s happening.” In a part of the state characterized by widely scattered homes and small, struggling village centers, it’s unclear whether a regional strategy can emerge. By all accounts, the four towns once in Hall’s sights have faced demographic and economic challenges. Three of the towns have seen marginal population growth in the last 20 years; the fourth, Tunbridge, has shrunk. Together, the towns have fewer than 7,000 residents. Hill farms that once dotted the landscape and constituted the local economy have largely vanished. Today, the region’s




never should have been there in the first place,” he said. Small towns, he argued, require “all kinds of traffic, all kinds of oldfashioned farms.” He described the latter as “the worst environmental disasters.” When Sharon librarian Nicole Antal discovered Hall’s purchases in early 2016 and reported her findings on the online news site DailyUV, residents of all four communities mobilized around a common idea: opposition to the NewVistas plan. By then, Hall had already amassed 900 acres. A South Royalton resident launched a Stop the “NewVista” Project Facebook

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also serves on the board of the Two RiversOttauquechee Regional Commission. His characterization of the community’s sentiment? “That was really stupid and crazy, and let’s get back to life as normal.” In 2015, Hall, a wealthy Mormon entrepreneur, began paying cash to snatch up parcels of land and buildings that had lingered on the market for as long as two years. He was drawn to these towns because the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith was born in Sharon, near the geographic center of the four-town region. The Vermont project, based on a document that Smith himself drafted in 1833, was to be one of many such communities around the globe. Hall was unapologetic that his vision for a sustainable community would have destroyed the towns as they now exist. “They need to go the way of the world [and]


page within hours; the online group quickly grew to 1,200 members. Within days, Tunbridge filmmaker Michael Sacca held a meeting at his house with likeminded opponents. That meeting led to the formation of an opposition group, the Alliance for Vermont Communities. “People were afraid,” Antal said. “It was an immediate response of, ‘What can we do now to prevent this?’” The project was out of scale for the town, said John Echeverria, a professor at Vermont Law School who serves on the board of the alliance. NewVistas was a “destructive, completely misguided” project, he said — and it seemed particularly threatening because it was actually feasible for Hall, a multimillionaire. “He appeared to have the financial resources to be able to impose his will on the community,” Echeverria said.

By the end of 2016, Alliance for Vermont Communities had filed for federal recognition as a 501c3 nonprofit and raised about $88,000, Sacca said. The following year, all four towns passed nonbinding resolutions against the project on Town Meeting Day. Alliance members persuaded the legislature to pass a measure asking Hall “to abandon the NewVistas development.” The group also took steps toward a different kind of future for the region. In June, it raised $293,000 to purchase 218 acres on the Sharon-Strafford border, Sacca said. The land will serve as a town forest with trails for recreation. That parcel, along with two others the alliance helped conserve nearby, created “almost 1,000 acres of essentially contiguous conserved land,” said Echeverria. “I think it’s fair to say that it would not have happened without David Hall.” The alliance successfully lobbied to get the four towns on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s watch list of the most endangered historic places in the country. That June 26 announcement was the final straw for Hall. The designation would prove too significant a hurdle for development, he told Seven Days. He spoke with Bruhn, the Preservation Trust director, that evening and said he was withdrawing from Vermont. He would sell his land for the same price he paid for it, plus expenses, Bruhn said Hall told him. Hall initially hoped to sell all the lots as a package, maybe to “some big real estate firm,” and said he’d be willing to let them go for as little as 80 percent of the purchase price. He got no offers. Then he listed just a few of the properties in August, to prevent flooding the market. None has sold. It’s too early for Hall to worry, according to Kate Jarvis, a real estate broker at Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty in Randolph. She said her agency had sold six properties in Tunbridge, Sharon and Royalton in the last six months. The average time on the market for those properties? 364 days. Hall said he expects the sales process to take four or five years. Sacca, one of the leading opponents to NewVistas, remains suspicious. He won’t be satisfied until Hall’s land is in the hands of new owners, he said. Perhaps, he

Upper Valley Tree Farm suggested, Hall is merely biding his time until the opposition lets down its guard, when he could proceed with NewVistas. “We’re watching,” Sacca warned. But for now, he’s using that anger to try to forge greater unity among the towns. Since June, the anti-NewVistas group has tried to reinvent itself, Sacca said. The group persuaded selectboards from the four towns to invite the Vermont Council on Rural Development to help them explore the region’s future. The council convenes such forums regularly but rarely works with more than one town, said Paul Costello, the organization’s executive director. As a result of NewVistas, “This is an area that’s hungry to think together and lots will come of it,” he predicted. The regional exploration will start in February. The process, which will last more than a year, will include regular community

stuff. Why not put the four towns’ heads together?” He’s met with his planning counterparts in the other three burgs. Ideally, he said, they’d like to bolster the working landscape through agriculture, outdoor recreation and conservation. Those conversations are in the early stages, he said, adding that he hoped Costello’s forums could accelerate the planning process. Change won’t come overnight, warned Chris Wood, a Tunbridge resident and director of the South Royalton-based nonprofit Building a Local Economy. Hall’s project likely brought increased appreciation for the community, “but building local resilience and locally engaged, strong communities is a long process with a long arc,” he said. NewVistas may turn out to be comparable to the “Irene phenomenon,” Wood said, referring to the 2011 tropical storm that devastated the region. “You put up the good fight and all go back to your regular lives,” he said. Antal said much the same thing. Hall represented a clear, imminent threat that galvanized the community in a way that planning for the future does not. “It’s easier to oppose NewVistas because it sounds vague and ridiculous,” she said. “We all want jobs and we all want good schools, but I don’t think people know how to get there.” While she supports the Alliance for Vermont Communities’ efforts, she withdrew from involvement after Hall backed out, Antal acknowledged. She’s not the only one, she guessed. At First Branch Coffee by the South Royalton town green, owner and Tunbridge resident Andy Puchalik said he didn’t expect the alliance to accomplish sweeping changes in town — and that was all right with him. He moved to Tunbridge for the neighborly vibe and bucolic landscape, he said. “It’s nice to have a sense of community, a school, a fair, and not feel like people are coming in to buy up land,” he said. “I don’t really want much more than that, because it’s a small town.” Last year, Puchalik participated in a fundraiser for the alliance in which mountain bikers traversed trails around Tunbridge to highlight the vistas that would have been lost with Hall’s development. Puchalik, who also helps run Upper Pass Beer, sold his brews to raise money for the cause. The third annual ride is already being organized for June, but this time, he said, “it’s more just celebrating what we have.” 

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ou can’t miss the mural on the far wall of Hardwick’s Galaxy Bookshop. As the moon rises on a snowy evening, animals cavort, constellations sparkle and smiling people move boxes from one building to another. Created by local artist Tara Goreau, the scene depicts a key event in the store’s history, one that offers a glimpse of local values. On Martin Luther King Day in 2009, 80 community members braved temperatures in the negative teens to relocate the Galaxy — every book, shelf and cranny — from the old Merchants Bank building to 41 Main Street. For Galaxy founder and owner Linda Ramsdell, the move to a more visible, slightly smaller space was a shrewd response to industry shifts that have imperiled independent stores across the country. Residents of Hardwick and 10 neighboring towns flexed their collective

muscle to demonstrate their commitment to the bookshop as a cultural and social hub. “It is an important part of why people come to Hardwick,” Ross Connelly said of the Galaxy on a recent shopping trip there. A devoted local patron and reliable book mover, Connelly owned the Hardwick Gazette from 1986 through early 2017. “I very much value and go out of my way to support local businesses,” noted Connelly’s son, Sawyer, also there to shop. He grew up frequenting the bookshop and still supports it from his home in Montana. He said his experiences at the Galaxy were central to “understanding the role that local businesses play and knowing the people that we are supporting.” Hardwick has weathered its share of unpredictable economics. In the 1800s through the early 1900s, the granite industry and agriculture fueled growth there and in surrounding towns. The

Hardwick and Woodbury railroad made the area a commercial center. But the granite industry’s decline through the 1930s destabilized the local economy, which didn’t begin to recover until the past two decades. Some attribute that recovery to agriculture- and food-related businesses, such as the Cellars at Jasper Hill in nearby Greensboro Bend, and organizations, such as the Center for an Agricultural Economy. Others attribute it to cooperative projects, such as the now-closed communitysupported Claire’s Restaurant and Bar, and to local agreement on the value of community resources, such as the Jeudevine Memorial Library and the Galaxy. One thing’s for sure. “Hardwick was not like this when I was a kid,” said Rachel Sharp, a published author who grew up visiting her grandparents in the hardscrabble town on the Lamoille River. She recently moved from

New York City to become the bookshop’s newest staff member. Back then “there was no Scale House,” she said of Hardwick’s newest, über-popular eatery. “It’s nice to come back and see it doing this well.” Whatever the reason for the change in the town’s fortunes, locals are devoted to their bookshop and have had a large hand in shaping it. A carefully arranged maze of shelves in the 700-square-foot retail space holds about 3,500 titles organized into approximately 30 sections. There are books on history, science, poetry and travel, as well as books by Vermont authors, picture books, used books and self-published works. Using every inch strategically, the shop also sells sundries such as note cards, toys, memorabilia and children’s clothing. Among the Galaxy’s most endearing elements are its quirks: the three canvas boards signed by every author who has given a talk or book signing since 2009; the Suggest a Book spot outfitted with tacks and paper so patrons can post recommendations; and Boo, the only canine staff member. “He’s here most days that I’m at work, and he has quite a dedicated fan base,” said Galaxy co-owner Andrea Jones, Boo’s person. “We had to put a sign in the window saying when he’s here and when he’s not, because a lot of people came in looking for him and would get upset if he wasn’t here.” The bookshop offers two to five public events per month, such as author readings, a book club and children’s activities. But Galaxy co-owners Jones and Sandy Scott said the store also offers something less obvious: a third public space beyond home and school or work. “Every day I see people come in and connect with neighbors or strangers who are looking at the same books,” said Scott. Offering a communal meeting place is “a really important role that independent bookstores play.” Fresh out of college, Craftsbury native Ramsdell founded the Galaxy in 1988. An avid reader, she took on the challenge after a friend suggested that Hardwick needed a bookshop. Ramsdell started the business small and grew it gradually, paying careful attention to what patrons wanted the shop to carry. At each business juncture, she gauged local interest and made changes accordingly. “I think of myself less like a born entrepreneur and more as someone who has always loved to read and loved books,” said Ramsdell, seated below the mural. “I wanted to make that world available to other people.” She learned the requisite


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On Saturday, patrons streamed into the bookshop to celebrate its 30th anniversary. In just an hour and a half of business skills “along the way and by the the daylong fête, about 25 people came seat of my pants.” through. Among the challenges Ramsdell had Sparkling cider, elegant confections to face were those of the digital era. The and balloons fostered conversations and advent of high-speed internet in the transactions. Some customers brought Hardwick area in the 2000s came with a 25-year-old Galaxy tote bags, handnoticeable shift in sales, she said. When painted bookmarks, T-shirts and photos some once-regular customers stopped for a chance to reminisce and receive a coming, Ramsdell condensed inventory special shop coupon. Others chuckled and reduced overhead costs by moving and teared up as they watched the video from the bank building to Main Street. that Jones’ college-age daughter Natalie Her new strategic location, across from had created for the event. Claire’s and between the Whistle Empo“I feel so fortunate that Andrea and rium and the Buffalo Mountain Food Sandy are continuing the bookstore,” Co-op and Café, “made a big difference,” said Ramsdell. “People ask me if I miss she said. MU it, and sometimes I do. But I am RA LB Ramsdell was “open and Y T so happy that I can visit and AR A honest” with customers enjoy all the parts of it about how much she that I always loved.” appreciated their Her favorite activibusiness, she said. ties: opening a box “And our side of that of new books, perusbargain was to make ing advance reader it a place where copies and seeing people wanted to the arrangement on come.” the front table. She also invited By the shop’s people to think about entrance, that table what they wanted “their currently displays town and their streetscape Michelle Obama’s memoir or retail landscape to look Becoming and Madeleine like in the long term. When Albright’s Fascism: A Warnyou forgot you were going ing, alongside Madeleine to a birthday party, do you Kunin’s Coming of Age and want to be able to run to the Erin McCormick’s Classic bookstore and pick up the Diners of Vermont. Just past perfect gift? You can’t do it, handwritten note cards that 20 minutes before the give detailed information party on Amazon,” she said. on staff-selected books. By 2014, Ramsdell “One of our favorite was ready to explore new sections is the staff-picks AN DRE A J ON E S ventures, so she sold the shelf,” said Scott. “It’s a bookshop to Scott and Jones. Scott has pretty good reflection of our staff and our worked full time as a Galaxy bookseller store and what we have to offer.” and events coordinator since leaving Scott and Jones keep tabs on patrons’ college. “It was kind of my dream job,” said interests with the help of six part-time the Walden native. staffers. Between them, they read every Jones, also from Walden, brought book the store carries so that they can experience teaching English at Hazen offer a diversity of knowledge, said Jones: Union High School and working at “Each staff person brings in a different AWARE Domestic & Sexual Violence aspect of the community. Services. She’s always loved the book“I feel really proud of what we’ve done shop, she said, and wanted to be part of here,” Jones continued. “But even bigger its future. than that, I feel proud to be part of the Scott and Jones have carried the Galaxy, because it is so much bigger than Galaxy torch in style. They maintain a this location or this shop or these owners. membership program, collaborate regu- The Galaxy is part of the fabric of this larly with local businesses on events and town, and we are all woven in.”  “give thousands a year in donations to local organizations,” said Jones, “through Contact: supporting raffles for nonprofits, buying ads in the high school yearbook and giving INFO prizes for Green Up Day. We say yes to any The Galaxy Bookshop, 41 South Main Street, group that comes through the door.” Hardwick, 472-5533,

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Currently, Caouette-DeLallo and others operating under the moniker of Chelsea Arts Collective are pushing a barn quilt project. More than 85 Chelsea property owners are currently displaying the large painted squares on the sides of their barns and homes. The town is offering maps of a “barn quilt trail” to try to encourage outsiders and residents to explore the community. “It’s the perfect project for this area,” said Katz, who is designing her own barn quilt to add to the project. “Quilting is such a Vermont tradition, and barns are

an architectural tradition. It struck the right chord as a way for people to express themselves and be a part of a community project. Everyone is seeing that we’re all part of the solution. We can’t wait for someone else.” The arts collective also opened a coffee shop on the northern common, and in 2019 it plans to hold an arts festival there. Other groups have tried to breathe new life into Chelsea’s long-running farmers markets during the summer and to study the feasibility of opening a co-op food store. It is, Caouette-DeLallo admitted, a small start, but the energy can be infectious. Inspired by the arts collective’s work, a group of Chelsea Public Library trustees hosted a Harry Potterthemed night in February, and a couple dozen people attended in wizard costumes. “Every time I put something out now, 20 people volunteer, saying, ‘What can we do?’” Caouette-DeLallo said. “I’m a lot more optimistic now about what’s happening.” Some longtime residents are willing to give just about anything a shot. “This art group, maybe they will move toward what our town becomes,” said B&B co-owner Ackerman, a Chelsea native. “Maybe it will turn out to be that we’re not a dairy community anymore. Maybe our town is going to have a new look. Ten years ago I wouldn’t have said that, but these arts people, they’re busy people. They don’t stop.” But back at Chelsea’s lone store, Gilman struggles to be optimistic. He would love to sell his store, he said, or hand it down to a successor, but there are no obvious candidates. And while he is supportive of the new volunteer efforts, he worries that good intentions alone cannot sustain a community. “Long-term, it’s people not knowing each other anymore that’s my biggest concern,” Gilman said. “People will work to see each other for a while, but over time, if you have to work at it, it will go away.” 


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A star-studded crowd joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on the Burlington waterfront last Thursday night to kick off a three-day conference hosted by the nonprofit Sanders Institute. Though many of the national progressive leaders taking part in the event were prominent supporters of the senator’s 2016 presidential campaign, organizers said it was not related to a potential 2020 run. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, actress Susan Sarandon, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis were among those scheduled TAYLOR DOBBS

The only international commercial flight at Burlington International Airport won’t be offered this winter due to low boardings and logistical challenges. Porter Airlines will not run its skier-friendly seasonal service between Burlington and Toronto, BTV aviation director Gene Richards told Seven Days last week. The flights typically start in mid-December and run for eight to 10 weeks. Richards characterized the suspension as a one-year break and said he hoped Porter would be back next winter. So is the “International” in the airport’s name still legit, given the suspension of the flight service to Canada? Yes, said Richards: “That’s not what makes us international.” The moniker predated the Toronto flights, he said. Burlington remains an international port of entry for sporadic private and charter flights from other nations. When needed, U.S. Customs and Border Protection sets up in the Heritage Aviation building across a runway from the main terminal, Richards said. Porter Airlines spokesperson Brad Cicero wrote in an emailed statement that problems

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Vermont brainstormed a list of elements the rise of the middle class and an increase that “make a great village” in 2007, “restau- in the number of women working outside rant-café” was among the top six, along the home, elaborated Jill Mudgett, a with post office, library, school, town office cultural historian who specializes in 19thand general store. and 20th-century Vermont. But historians say that breaking bread “Restaurants in small towns did not at restaurants is actually a relatively new have a whole lot to do with community way to spin the threads of small-town cohesion,” she said, reiterating that they community. And, as anyone who has ever catered largely to out-of-towners and to tried to keep an eatery alive in such a place single men renting rooms in town. can attest, it’s not a simple one. Mudgett and Cheryl Morse, a University About a decade ago, a group of restaura- of Vermont associate professor of geograteurs used a community-building pitch to phy who studies rural communities, both draw local investment noted that earlier generto Claire’s Restaurant ations of Vermonters and Bar in Hardwick, did gather over food — whose story landed in not at restaurants but the pages of the New at seasonal events such York Times. After six as chicken pie suppers years, however, the and ice cream socials. restaurant closed — While these traditions a reminder that the persist in some places, postcard ideal of a they don’t provide the R O B MC C O MIS K E Y gathering place comes kinds of regular opporwith plenty of challenges. tunities to bump into neighbors that reinHistorically, few rural American force community connection, Morse said. towns had a restaurant, said Amy Trubek, Restaurants are places where you can linger, a cultural anthropologist and University she noted, while “people don’t hang out at of Vermont associate professor who has the town hall.” published books on both the culinary Although the residents of many small profession and home cooking. In nonmet- towns would love to be closer to a café ropolitan areas, she pointed out, restau- or restaurant, the economics of providrants existed mostly to feed travelers, as ing that place to linger are sobering. “It the original Shoreham Inn did. “There can be hard to make money at that scale. was no tradition of eating out in every- You have to put value on the community day life because women cooked at home,” service,” said Trubek. Trubek said. “They have to be the kind of restauNot until after World War II did people rants that are really accessible to everystart to dine out more regularly, thanks to one,” Morse added.






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Locally owned restaurants have been struggling around the country for the past 20 years, said Tim Marema, editor of the Daily Yonder, a blog about rural people, places and policies nationwide. “In a lot of rural America, the institution of the eatery has become the Dairy Queen, the McDonald’s, the KFC,” he said. “It’s really difficult in lots of places for an independent to make a go of it.” In Vermont, some restaurant owners, like the Dones at the Shoreham Inn or Kelden Smith at Samurai Soul Food (see page 48), make their business work by catering to both locals and tourists. Others have cobbled together startup capital and customer commitment from locals to launch “community-supported” restaurants such as the Bobcat Café in



SHOREHAM INN AND PUB Bristol or the now-defunct Claire’s. In Peacham, it took more than a decade of community fundraising to open a central café (see page 49). Still, Morse noted, “a lot of towns just don’t have the capacity to support a café or restaurant. They have to make do with a general store.” Morse has studied the role of general stores in promoting rural community resilience. In addition to more traditional general stores such as the venerable Franklin General Store (see page 46), she cited local examples of the newer hybrid restaurant-meets-general store model: Parker Pie at the Lake Parker Country Store in West Glover, and the pairing of Harry’s Hardware with the Den and Sarah’s Country Diner in Cabot (see page 46). Like Marema, Morse has also observed the trend of chains becoming local gathering places. In some rural Vermont locations, for example, upgraded gas station convenience stores have added food options and places to sit, she said. While it’s easy to lament the decline of unique small-town eateries, Marema cautioned against idealizing them. “We romanticize that,” he said. “We want those small businesses with the well-trodden wooden floor, the cash register that still jingles.” He acknowledged that restaurants can help preserve local foodways and regional culture but added, “The coffee klatches are still happening, even if it’s at fast-food places.” Still, it’s hard to imagine a Maplefields customer writing an online review like one posted earlier this year on Facebook about the Halfway House Restaurant, Shoreham’s other longtime favorite. The family-owned, diner-style spot is frequented by the local farming community and known for solid eats and housemade desserts. Reviewer and regular Bill O’Neill goes there, he wrote, for “very good home-cooked meals.” Plus, he noted, “You also get a big slice of the community.” We visited seven eating and drinking places in Vermont that vary in their business models but all add vitality to their rural communities, along with a “big slice” of local color. M.P.

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The guest book in the lobby of the Shoreham Inn is more than a century old. It contains columns for name, residence, remarks and “horse.” Recent visitors have hailed from as far as Colorado and Alabama. None, apparently, brought a horse — but they did praise the cozy, wood-beamed pub and inn, which are more than 100 years older than the guest book. Andrew and Elizabeth Done, who bought the historic property in early 2017, are hands-on owners. Andrew, a longtime hospitality professional who Shoreham Inn and Pub co-owner Andrew Done most recently worked in New Orleans, manages the kitchen. His wife is a cheerful presence out front and bakes all the from-scratch desserts. Andrew described the menu as “home cooking, comfort-type food, not froufrou.” A roster of mains checks all the boxes: steak, grilled chicken, baked haddock and a burger made with local beef. On a late-fall evening, the vegetarian offering featured butternut squash from Golden Russet Farm & Greenhouses, whose owners, Judy and Will Stevens, happened to be eating at the inn that night. The business sees a steady flow of tourists from July through foliage season, but the Dones very much value their local customers, too. The pub section of the menu, Andrew said, was designed specifically with locals like the Stevenses in mind. Occasional $11 specials that combine beer with wings or a burger also help keep a night out affordable. For $10, a generous hill of mashed potatoes came topped with two well-seared Vermont-made bratwursts and a savory red-wine-and-onion sauce. The classic Caesar, which correctly includes anchovies by default, made a solid counterpoint to the “bangers and mash” richness. For those with a sweet tooth, Elizabeth’s dessert list presents an embarrassment ‹e Shoreham Inn and Pub guest book of options. During a recent visit, maplepecan cheesecake, devil’s food chocolate layer cake, rum pumpkin chiffon pie and a butterscotch pudding all tempted. Our table of four shared the cake and pudding and found the latter a creamy, caramelkissed pleasure. Judy Stevens recommended the pies, though perhaps it was lucky for us that none was on the menu that night. One nice thing about this time of year, she added: Having fewer tourists makes more room for locals at the Shoreham Inn. M.P.


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The other day, Art Davis walked into the Franklin General Store for a quick lunch — a bowl of housemade chicken noodle soup and a bottle of chocolate milk. He was in the middle of readying a new logging truck for use at his business down the road, A. Davis Agriculture Services. So Davis, 63, took his lunch to go and headed back to his shop. “The store’s our general meeting place,” he said before leaving. “We stop in almost every day and buy our lunches and spread gossip.” Back when he was 19, Davis recalled, logging with a team of horses in the Franklin County woods, his lunch was three sandwiches and a thermos of coffee. These days, the general store on Main Street serves a daily hot lunch special to about 20 people, some of whom are loggers and sugarmakers. The noontime meal, usually $7.50, could be ham and scalloped potatoes with string beans; a hot roast beef sandwich and fries; or macaroni and cheese with a grilled naturalcasing hot dog. The special usually sells out by 12:30 p.m. “Stragglers,” to use co-owner Sue Mayo’s word, arrive later for subs, sandwiches, soup and pizza. Sue, 58, a Franklin native, owns the store with her husband, Bill, 64, who grew up in St. Albans. They bought the business in 2003, after Bill was laid off after almost 25 years at IBM. The Mayos have renovated the store over time, adding their own products to its provisions. The freezer holds stacks of Sue’s pies, from-scratch beauties that include pumpkin, raspberry, maple cream, strawberry rhubarb and chicken pot pie. Venison hunted by Bill and packaged as steaks and sausage is available (for a limited time) in the meat freezer. The cider inventory includes a hard cider, Just Franklin, made from a variety of apple Bill grows at his orchard near the Canadian border; he’s patented the fruit under the name Franklin Cider. Sue remembers the store from her childhood, when it was called O.H. Riley. A sweet shop and barbershop stood next door; the grange hall was across the street. Her grocery purchases were marked in a ledger and paid for at week’s end by her father, who was a foreman at the pulp mill in Sheldon. A store poster from decades past announces “Free Lunch Served on Thursday.” Showing Seven Days the old notice, printed when T-bone steak was 79 cents a pound and bananas were two pounds for a quarter, Sue remarked, “So, does that answer your question about community?”


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Grocer Bobby Searles had operated the Cabot Village Store for about a decade when the next-door hardware shop and gas station hit the auction block in 2012. Searles wasn’t interested in selling tools, he told Seven Days in 2017, but a small town is “a fragile ecosystem,” and he felt compelled to buy the place. Villages turn into ghost towns, he pointed out, when they can’t readily meet their residents’ basic needs. Searles ran the hardware biz for four years. “We tried to sell this store to everyone who walked in,” he said. In 2016, Johanna and Rory Thibault moved into a 200-year-old farmhouse around the corner. As they settled into the old place with their two children, they became hardware store regulars. Rory Thibault (now the Washington County state’s attorney) was just coming off active military duty, and the family was ready to put down roots in Cabot. Searles’ casual “Buy my store” proposition grew into a larger conversation: What does this town need? What’s missing? “We identified what we thought was a need in the community,” Johanna Thibault said last week, “which was to provide a place for people to come together. There wasn’t really anywhere to do that.” The Thibaults became half-partners in the business with Searles and extended the register counter into a full-length bar-top. In July 2017, they began serving beer, wine, and bar foods such as Scotch eggs and pretzels. Sarah’s Country Diner, which operates a tiny dinette at the rear of the building, supplies additional soups and other snacks. Now, when neighbors come in for a mousetrap or a box of screws, they often stay for a beer. “There’s no separation” between the bar and the hardware store, Thibault said. “When we have music, you’re sitting among the hardware. So there’s oil for your car right there, and you’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, I needed to pick that up.’” In fact, Thibault added, the financial cushion supplied by beverage sales has enabled Searles to expand the shop’s hardware inventory; when someone comes in looking for a part, Harry’s is more likely to have what they need. Saturday night music showcases summon out-of-towners who dance among the rakes and shovels; on Sundays, locals strum, hum and drum away the afternoon at community jam sessions. The bar draws visitors to the nearby Cabot Creamery Visitors Center into town, too. In the past, Thibault said, tourists wouldn’t come into the village. “They would go to the creamery and go back out again.” H.P.E.

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Every restaurateur knows that January is no time to open a restaurant. Just don’t tell Kelden Smith, who opened Fairlee’s Samurai Soul Food in January 2017. In a town with only 977 year-round residents, where the only other four-season restaurant was a decades-old pizza place, the tiny, super-casual restaurant was nonetheless an instant hit. “Everybody from town comes in,” said general manager Amy Bruce. “We’ve just had an outpouring of locals who are grateful to have a place to go that’s close by and different.” The décor is part bachelor pad, part tiki bar, part college dorm room. Strings of chile-pepper lights glow red against bamboo-lined walls. Posters depict a young Bruce Lee, circus polar bears on teeter-totters and clowns. An overhead television plays silent anime films. Languid goldfish swirl around the rocks and plastic plants inside a long tank near the door. Tibetan prayer flags adorn the doorways. The food is not what you might expect, either. Locals crowded in to sample a funky Asian-fusion menu featuring kung pao chicken wings, lobster rangoons and wonton tuna nachos made with raw fish, spicy mayo and wasabi cream.

On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Carrier Roasting in Northfield hosted a pie social and fundraiser for the local food bank. People enjoyed slices of maple cream and devil’s chocolate pie with a strong cappuccino or a cup of black coffee. By 12:30 p.m., as pie ran out, adjoining Good Measure Brewing was filling up with a different crowd: folks getting a jump on holiday cheer. The café and taproom housed in a brick building are bound by walls and ownership. Over the past two years, the onetime IGA space has been revitalized into dual enterprises, each serving a double function: production facility and hangout. The café roasts its own beans; the taproom serves beer brewed in the back. That double purpose is the key to the venture, said co-owner Ross Evans, who grew up in Northfield. “You have a place where you can produce something that’s going to go out in the world,” he said. “Yet people can come into your location, sit and consume your thing. We’re bringing people to town.” Since January 2017, in this Washington County town that is home to Norwich University and about 2,000 people, roughly 10,000 people have come to the brewery-café, Evans said. Most of the customers are from out of town. “The businesses bring new money into Northfield that isn’t otherwise there,” he noted. Evans, 37, and his brother-in-law, Scott Kerner, 43, co-owner of Three Nate Doyon working the counter Penny Taproom in Montpelier, at Carrier Roasting founded Carrier Roasting three years ago in Evans’ parents’ barn. They set up roasting equipment beside a pottery shop and sold beans through a subscription service. In January 2018, having teamed up with Matt Borg, a roaster with experience at California’s Blue Bottle Coffee Company, the business partners moved the roastery to the Good Measure Brewing building. Now, Carrier Roasting ships some 350 pounds of beans a week, packed in bags marked “roasted in Northfield, Vt.,” to destinations from Burlington to Everett, Wash. The goods that stay at 17 East Street, on both sides of the space, contribute to life in the village, patrons say. The day of the pie social, a Massachusetts couple who graduated from Norwich University in the mid-1990s sipped flights of beer in the taproom; their teenage daughter sat in the next room with a frothy coffee drink. One of those alums, Rob Archambault, noted how times have changed. “There was nothing here when we were here,” he said of his college days. “We drank beer at bonfires by the river.” S.P.





Bruce, who described the food as “fun,” said, “Every dish has its own special twist; it’s not your basic taco or burger. There’s always one ingredient that sets it apart from other places.” Season matters bigly in Fairlee, which is home to two meandering lakes lined with second homes, at least eight kids’ summer camps and an idyllic 18-hole golf resort. When the weather warms, Fairlee’s population swells by thousands as out-of-staters sweep the cobwebs from waterfront houses and camp counselors entertain the scores of kiddos who sleep in canvas tents. To accommodate those hungry masses, Samurai Soul Food added an outdoor patio in its first summer, doubling the available seating. But as the nightly lines persisted, locals retreated to their own decks and gardens and waited for winter’s return. “We get overrun by summer people,” Bruce said. “People from here wait for our downtime so they can get back in.” In this tiny town, the adage rings true: Good things come to those who wait ... for winter.

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The people of Peacham gathered for decades at the Bayley-Hazen Country Store. When it closed in 2001, the town’s 700-odd residents had no place to chat with neighbors over a morning coffee; nowhere to grab an easy takeout supper; no stop-on-the-way-home for milk or eggs. “We were used to having a gathering place,” said former town planner Barry Lawson, where “you could pick up some goods or dessert and also meet people.” Shortly after the store closed, a group of citizens got busy. With help from the Preservation Trust of Vermont, they secured funding to buy and revive the store. By then, the original owner had sold off all the kitchen equipment. Undeterred, the group pursued plan B, Lawson said: Find another old building and set up shop there. A decade passed before it found a viable home for the desired gathering place. In 2011, the municipality decided to offload the townowned “bus barn” — located beside the old store, a stone’s throw from the village green — for $1. Nonprofit Peacham Community Housing purchased the place, and a second round of fundraising netted $120,000, enough to transform it into a modest market-café. Laborers from St. Johnsbury’s prison camp kept renovation costs in check as workers gutted the 100-year-old building, reframed its interior, hung and painted Sheetrock and installed kitchen appliances. The business plan included ongoing funding in the form of slow-season rent subsidies and other financial supports to keep the restaurant afloat during hard times. Finally, as the autumn leaves began to blush in 2014, local chef Ariel Zevon opened the café with a menu of stuffed French toast, farm-fresh soups and salads. In summer 2016, Caledonia County native Crystal Lapierre took over; these days, she runs the place with her twin sister, Shannon Pelletier. Together, they wake the village with a morning caffeine fix — lately, using a shiny new coffee machine — along with breakfast sandwiches, housemade bagels with cream cheese and lox, and honeyed granola with yogurt. At lunch, the sisters’ deli-style sandwiches, salads and wraps incorporate as many community-sourced meats and produce as the town’s farmers can supply. Lawson acknowledged that it’s hard to run a food business in a small town. “The market is just not there,” he said. But Peacham seems to have demonstrated that where there’s a need, there’s a way.

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When Rob McComiskey was a kid growing up in Canaan, he loved Friday night dinners at Bessie’s Diner. The whole town seemed to be there, he recalled. The camaraderie was enhanced by poutine, pizza and steak. “That’s the thing about a restaurant,” said McComiskey, 35. “It brings the whole community together.” Now he and his parents are helping to build community at Hobo’s Café in Island Pond, the barbecue restaurant the McComiskeys opened on Mother’s Day 2017. Their son returned to the Northeast Kingdom from Colorado, where he’d been living and cooking for 13 years, to be its pitmaster. “I was sitting there watching an awesome sunset over the Rocky Mountains, and Rob McComiskey at Hobo’s Café the phone rang,” McComiskey recalled. It was his father, Bob, calling with news from Vermont. “I bought a restaurant, and I want to bring barbecue to the North Country,” Rob’s father told him. “Are you in?” “Yes, Dad, I’m in,” he answered. Soon McComiskey was back in the Kingdom, living above the restaurant in the Essex County town of about 800 people. “The beauty of barbecue is in its simplicity,” he said. “You don’t have to go off the wall to enjoy good food.” Hash brisket, pumpkin pancakes and coffee bring townspeople and recreators — campers, hunters and snowmobilers — to Hobo’s Café for breakfast. Meat smoked over apple, hickory and maple wood fills plates at lunch and supper, served with two sides. While the food may be all about enjoyment, the 48-seat café has also been a place for the community to take on weighty matters; in October, it hosted a forum on opiates in Vermont, led by Attorney General T.J. Donovan. He ate pulled-pork sliders and posted a thumbs-up review on Facebook (“Everyone should stop at Hobo’s BBQ in Island Pond — great BBQ and conversation”). “It was very interesting,” McComiskey said of the discussion. “It was about a serious epidemic, and it was really insightful. As a community, we’re concerned about what’s going on with this. We all care for each other, and we want better.” Hobo’s Café served veterans at half price on Veterans Day. On Thanksgiving, a Canadian trucker with a load of Christmas trees wandered into the restaurant looking for a warm meal; though the place was officially closed, family and staff welcomed him to join the feast they were holding there. “It was a back-to-your-roots kind of feeling,” McComiskey said. On a regular day at the café, McComiskey particularly enjoys talking with his older customers. “I get to sit down and hear their stories,” he said. “I’ve learned to stay humble. You have to stay humble to gain experience in life.” 


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Nordic Winter Meadmaker Ricky Klein taps kegs of sparkling honey wine to celebrate the season of snow-blown days and long, frosty nights. Outside, bonfires and steaming mugs of spiced mead from Groennfell Meadery and sister biz Havoc Mead warm souls willing to brave the weather, while bottomless plates of Scandinavian-style pulled pork and other sustaining snacks keep energy levels high as evening darkness closes in. MIDWINTER FEST Saturday, December 8, noon-8:30 p.m., Colchester’s Mead Hall. $10. Info, 497-2345,

FARM TALKS: CREATIVE CONSERVATION & COMMUNITY FARMING Farmers discuss collaborative approaches to workinglands stewardship, conservation and sustainable agribusiness development. ™ursday , December 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne. Free. Info,

NORTHFIELD COMMON SPIRIT CELEBRATION Locals bundle up for a holiday farm-andcrafters market and tree-lighting ceremony on the town common. Carolers, wagon rides and visits with Santa make it a family affair. Saturday, December 7, 4-7 p.m., Depot Square, Northfield. Free. Info, 485-8546, northfieldfarmers

GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION Ready, set, gingerbread! Bakers enter homemade masterpieces in an architectural competition with three spirited prize packages. Entry fees benefit the Committee on Temporary Shelter. Wednesday, December 12, 5:30-9 p.m., Stonecutter Spirits Highball Social, Burlington. $10. Info, 540-3000,

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BURLINGTON YOUNG PROFESSIONALS MEETUP: Networking opportunities abound during an informal social hour. Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3489.


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Natural Gas Safety: Detecting, Reporting & Preventing Leaks

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COMMUNITY SUPPER: A scrumptious spread connects friends and neighbors. ”e Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300.

Detecting a gas leak: Smell Natural gas is normally odorless. A distinctive, pungent odor, similar to rotten eggs, is added so that you will recognize it quickly. Sight You may see a white cloud, mist, fog, bubbles in standing water or blowing dust. You may also see vegetation that appears to be dead or dying for no apparent reason. Sound You may hear an unusual noise like a roaring, hissing, or whistling.

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CRIBBAGE TEAMS: Longtime players and neophytes alike aim for a value of 15 or 31 in this competitive card game. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.

1-800-639-8081 immediately, with the exact location. Do not smoke or operate electrical switches or appliances. These items may produce a spark that might ignite the gas or cause an explosion. Do not assume someone else will report the condition.

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

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BRIDGE CLUB: Players have fun with the popular card game. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 9:15 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $6. Info, 872-5722.

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TRIPLE ACCIDENTAL FRIENDS RELEASE PARTY: Suds lovers sip three limited-edition brews, including two new wine-beer hybrids. Jesse Taylor provides live tunes. Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2739.

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ACROYOGA CLASS: ”e mindfulness and breath of yoga meet the playful aspects of acrobatics in a partner practice. No partners or experience required. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 7-8:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. BEATING THE COLD-AND-FLU SEASON NATURALLY: Licensed acupuncturist Allison Jacob prescribes methods for staying healthy all winter long. Waterbury Public Library, 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

WEDNESDAY GUIDED MEDITATION: Participants learn to relax and let go. Burlington Friends Meeting House, 5:306:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8605. WELCOME WEDNESDAYS: ”e fitness and recreational facility opens its doors to community members for complimentary classes, workouts and swimming. Bring a photo ID. Greater Burlington YMCA, 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9622.


ILLUMINATION NIGHT: Hot cocoa and holiday songs pave the way for an annual tree lighting. College Green, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-8600. PUBLIC MENORAH LIGHTING: Friends and families gather ’round an oversize candelabrum. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 5 p.m. Free. Info,


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


‘A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2’: Lucas Hnath’s witty sequel to Henrik Isben’s classic drama, presented by the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts, offers a complex exploration of traditional gender roles and the struggles within human relationships. Sylvan Adams ”eatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 1 & 8 p.m. $47-62. Info, 514-739-7944.


Find club dates in the music section. CÉDRIC TIBERGHIEN: Celebrated for his versatility, the French pianist makes the keys dance in a program honoring the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $6-22. Info, 443-3168. SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS: ”e coed student a cappella group hits all the right notes in several new songs. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000. STUDENT PERFORMANCE RECITAL III: Student instrumentalists breathe life into classical and jazz compositions by Ellington, Bach and others. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.


DANIELLE GARNEAU: ”e SUNY Plattsburgh associate professor provokes thought with “Microplastic Pollution in the Lake Champlain Basin: We Are What We Consume.” Room 207, Bentley Hall, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Info, les.kanat@northern DAVID MOATS: ”e Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist leads the First Wednesdays series panel discussion “Making Sense of the News, Local to Global.” Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. JANE LINDHOLM: In “Objectivity in the Fake News Era,” presented as part of the First Wednesdays series, the Vermont Pubic Radio host offers ways for listeners to ensure that information is accurate, and for news organizations to safeguard their reporting as fair and correct. Rutland Free Library, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. NANCY JAY CRUMBINE: Presented as part of the First Wednesdays series, “”e Legacy of Rachel Carson” examines the environmental scientist’s clarity, courage and brilliance. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. PAUL VINCENT: ”e Keene State College professor examines how ideology and terror undermined human dignity in “Daily Life in Prewar Nazi Germany,” a First Wednesdays series speech. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. THOMAS DENENBERG: In “”e Wyeths: First Family of American Art,” a First Wednesdays series talk, the Shelburne Museum director profiles three influential painters. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. WILLARD STERNE RANDALL: Part romance and part tragedy, Alexander Hamilton’s life takes center stage in the First Wednesdays series address “Hamilton: ”e Man and the Musical.” Norwich Congregational Church, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184.


INTERMEDIATE EXCEL: Formula entry, formatting, freeze pane and simple plotting become second nature at a tutorial on electronic spreadsheets. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217. TECH HELP WITH CLIF: Electronics novices develop skill sets applicable to smartphones, tablets and other gadgets. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, noon & 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955.


ROALD DAHL’S ‘MATILDA: THE MUSICAL’: Based on the novel of the same name, this Tony Award-winning musical follows the struggles of a gifted


little girl against her neglectful parents and cruel headmistress. Presented by Northern Stage. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. $19-69. Info, 296-7000.


FICTION WORKSHOP: Readers focus on elements of the craft when responding to work by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. RECOVERY WRITE NOW: Wordsmiths in recovery let their creativity flow in a lively and supportive setting. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 6-7:15 p.m. Free. Info, WRITING CIRCLE: Words pour out when participants explore creative expression in a lowpressure environment. Še Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.


‘THE CARD MAGIC OF CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE’: Drawing on 40 years of experience, the musician mesmerizes audience members with traditional sleight-of-hand tricks. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $16-64; for ages 16 and up. Info, 540-0406. FILM & MEDIA CULTURE FALL STUDENT SCREENING: Artists showcase work produced in Sight and Sound II and 3-D Computer Animation classes. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETING: Nursing mothers share breastfeeding tips and resources. Essex Free Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, TOUR THE TOWN HALL THEATER: Patrons get a behind-the-scenes look at the performing arts venue. Town Hall Šeater , Middlebury, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 382-9222.



BRANCH OUT BURLINGTON! ANNUAL MEETING: Arboreal aficionados recognize this year’s winners of the Awesome Tree Contest. Pizza and dessert are served. Burlington Municipal Building, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 735-3055.

‘FARMER OF THE YEAR’: An aging farmer and his aimless granddaughter embark on a cross-country road trip. Essex Cinemas & T-Rex Šeater , 7-9 p.m. $6.75-10. Info, producer@

FARM TALKS: ‘CREATIVE CONSERVATION & COMMUNITY FARMING’: Interested individuals join a conversation about how Bread & Butter Farm’s team of farmers, mentor-educators and partner organizations work together toward regenerating and protecting the landscape. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, breadandbutter



OPEN HOUSE: Green thumbs explore the Vermont Community Garden Network’s new digs. Vermont Community Garden Network, Burlington, coffee, tea and breakfast goodies, 8:3010:30 a.m.; beer, wine and snacks, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, michelle@

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


‘WARREN MILLER’S FACE OF WINTER’: See WED.5, Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $19. Info, 518-5631604, ext. 105.

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COMMUNITY LUNCH: Gardengrown fare makes for a delicious and nutritious midday meal. Še Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 309.



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


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DANCE COMPANY OF MIDDLEBURY: IN-PROGRESS SHOWING: Dance devotees view an original evening-length work to be performed and toured in January. Dance Šeatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. SALSA NIGHT: DJ JP spins salsa, bachata, merengue and kizomba selections for an evening of moving and shaking. Še Old Post, South Burlington, 7-11 p.m. Free. Info, 497-0202.

COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS: A 20-minute guided practice with Andrea O’Connor alleviates stress and tension. Tea and a discussion follow. Winooski Senior Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-1161. PANEL DISCUSSION: Experts weigh in on “Integrative Approaches on Trauma-Informed Care.” Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 656-9266. RUTLAND ZEN SANGHA MEDITATION: Folks meet for a Zen Buddhist spiritual practice including meditation and liturgy. Email for more info before attending. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, 7:15-7:45 a.m. Donations. Info, ryohad@ STRESS REDUCTION WITH ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE: Christina Ducharme of Blue Heron Acupuncture touts the benefits of regular treatments. A Q&A follows the 30-minute talk. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 595-2248.

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

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‘CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT’: After lying about being the perfect housewife, a food writer must keep up her image as her boss joins her for a traditional family Christmas in a 1945 romantic comedy. Woodstock Town Hall Šeatre, 7:30-9:15 p.m. $5. Info, 457-3981. PUBLIC MENORAH LIGHTING: Community members light the night in honor of Hanukkah. Jericho Town Green, 5 p.m. Free. Info,


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

ADVANCED SUN TAI CHI 73: Participants keep active with a sequence of slow, controlled movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.


BEGINNERS TAI CHI CLASS: Students get a feel for the ancient Chinese practice. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.

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CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and wellbeing. Champlain Senior Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.


‘A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2’: See WED.5, 8 p.m.


ACABELLAS: An all-female ensemble serves up a lively a cappella performance. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.


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JAZZ SHOWCASE: Middlebury College singers and instrumentalists join forces in a celebration of the genre. Lower Lobby, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. MISS GUIDED ANGELS: A blend of folk, blues, country and pop music from the Rutland-based group finds eager ears. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, 7-9 p.m. $7. Info, 775-0356.

SABRINA COMELLAS: The singer-songwriter evokes the Americana-pop style made popular by the likes of Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch. Wine, Fiddlehead Brewing beer and Luiza’s Homemade With Love pierogi are on the menu. Shelburne Vineyard, 6-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 985-8222.

EARLY-WINTER BIRD MONITORING WALK: Birders with experience using binoculars and identifying avian songs spot feathered fliers. Office building, Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 8-10 a.m. Donations. Info, 434-3068.


BURLINGTON’S WILDLIFE: RECOGNIZING TRACKS & SIGN: Ever wondered what wild creatures are moving through local backyards and natural areas? A presentation introduces animal lovers to the city’s large mammals and the signs they leave behind. Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena, Burlington, 6:30-7:45 p.m. $5. Info,

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

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ANIMA: Voices carry when the female vocal ensemble presents “‘Songs of Mary.” Bag lunches are welcome. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, noon. Donations. Info, 223-3631.


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ALPENGLOW, PAPER CASTLES & HELLO SHARK: Three local bands draw Burlington-area music lovers. The Hive Collective, Burlington, 8 p.m. $8-10. Info,

ROBINSON & ROHE: Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe bring their folk-music roots and contemporary sensibilities to “The Longest Winter,” a recital of ancient Christmas carols. See calendar spotlight. The Roost, Underhill, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 434-4563.

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JAZZ GUITAR COMBO & LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Student musicians show their chops in a varied concert. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.




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BARRY DEITZ: The Dickens scholar reads into the author’s life and work in “Charles Dickens and the Writing of A Christmas Carol.” St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1391. BRIAN LINDNER: Ski bums hear “History of the Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol,” a Red Bench Discussion about the oldest ski patrol in the United States. A panel discussion follows. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Stowe, 6:30 p.m. $10. Info, 253-9911. ‘SEN. JOHN KERRY’S WINTER SOLDIER INVESTIGATION TESTIMONY & MILITARY VETERANS’ WELLBEING’: During a 10-session literary series, avid readers discuss titles that have contributed to improving social justice and American life. Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, humanities@




INTERNATIONAL BOUTIQUE: See WED.5. NEWBERRY POP-UP MARKET: Vendors purvey a variety of Vermont-made products. 5 S. Main St., White River Junction, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 299-0212.


FEAST TOGETHER OR FEAST TO GO: Senior citizens and their guests catch up over a shared meal. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, noon-1 p.m. $7-9; preregister. Info, 262-6288.


CRAFTY CRAP NIGHT: Participants bring supplies or ongoing projects and an adventurous attitude to share creative time with other people in recovery. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150.

CIRQUE MECHANICS: The celebrated circus troupe transports audience members to a world of gears, pulleys, strongmen and aerialists in 42ft — A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels. Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-40. Info, 603-646-2422.


‘THE DROWSY CHAPERONE’: Middlebury Community Players present Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison’s Tony Award-winning musical parody of 1920s jazz shows, as seen through the eyes of a passionate fan. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $1523. Info, 382-9222.

DANCE END-OF-SEMESTER SHOWING: From class projects to independent student work, diverse performances captivate audience members. University of Vermont Southwick Ballroom, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.

‘LUNGS’: A modern couple explores the moral dilemmas of becoming parents while preserving their own identities in this theater work by senior Becky Lafon. Hepburn Zoo, Hepburn Hall, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $6. Info, 443-3168. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘ANTONY & CLEOPATRA’: Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo portray Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power, broadcast to the big screen. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 2 & 7 p.m. $18. Info, 863-5966. ROALD DAHL’S ‘MATILDA: THE MUSICAL’: See WED.5, 2 & 7:30 p.m.


EXTEMPO: Local raconteurs tell first-person true stories before a live audience. Mingle Nightclub, Barre, 8-10 p.m. $5. Info, 249-4551. POETRY WORKSHOP: Wordsmiths analyze creative works-in-progress penned by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.

BALLROOM & LATIN DANCING: Singles, couples and beginners are welcome to join in a dance social featuring waltz, tango and more. Williston Jazzercise Fitness Center, 8-9:30 p.m. $8. Info, 862-2269.

ECSTATIC DANCE VERMONT: Inspired by the 5Rhythms dance practice, attendees move, groove, release and open their hearts to life in a safe and sacred space. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info, ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE: Adina Gordon and Martha Kent lead adults and teens in steps popular in the time of Jane Austen. Bring potluck snacks. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 881-9732. FIRST FRIDAY FOLK DANCING: Participants make strides in circle, line and couple dances. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $3-5. Info, 223-2518. SALSA DANCING: Marlenis Beebe helps individuals and couples find their footing. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, 6-7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 775-0356.


INSTANT DECISION DAYS: Prospective students tour the campus and apply for on-thespot admission. Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 635-1219.



JOB HUNT HELPERS: Employment seekers get assistance with everything from starting an email account to completing online applications. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. MAD RIVER VALLEY BACKCOUNTRY COALITION LAUNCH PARTY: A celebration of the Mad River Valley’s backcountry skiing and riding community is complete with a slideshow, raffles, local beverages and live bluegrass by the Mad Mountain Scramblers. Mad River Glen, Waitsfield, 7-10 p.m. Free. Info, TALENT SHOW: fie spotlight shines brightly on student performers who use their talents to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Michael. Alexander Twilight fieatre, Nor thern Vermont University-Lyndon, 7 p.m. $3-5. Info, lillie.farrell@ TAROT READINGS: A spiritual mentor consults her cards to offer guidance and clarity. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $1 per minute; preregister. Info,


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘DEAR JESSE’: In this hardhitting 1998 documentary, filmmaker Tim Kirkman explores the parallels and differences between himself and anti-gay senator Jesse Helms. Café Anna, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-8828. ‘THE LAST REEF 3D’: See WED.5. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.5. ‘WARREN MILLER’S FACE OF WINTER’: See WED.5, Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m. $19.27. Info, 863-5966.

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FISH DINNER: Seafood lovers get their fill of formerly finned fare. Essex Junction VFW Post, 6-7 p.m. $12. Info, 878-0700.



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ACUDETOX: Attendees in recovery undergo acupuncture to the ear to propel detoxification. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. CHILL TO THE ‘CHI’ QIGONG: Meditative, relaxing movement patterns are based on ancient Chinese concepts of health and well-being. Waterbury Public Library, 11:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 244-7036. GONG MEDITATION: Sonic vibrations lead to healing and deep relaxation. Yoga Roots, Williston, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $18. Info, 318-6050. MOVE TO THE MUSIC: Propelled by music ranging from big band to country western, participants sit or stand while completing light strength- and balanceboosting activities. Waterbury Public Library, 11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 244-7036. REFUGE RECOVERY: A LOVE SUPREME: Buddhist philosophy is the foundation of this mindfulness-based addictionrecovery community. Turning Point Center, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 861-3150. RUTLAND ZEN SANGHA MEDITATION: See THU.6.


CANTIAMO WOMEN’S CHORUS: Bella Voce Women’s Chorus’ a cappella small ensemble treats listeners to festive and joy-filled selections. Williston Old Brick Church, 7-9 p.m. $11-15. Info, 764-1141. ‘CHRISTMAS IN NOISY VILLAGE’: Based on a story by Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren, this endearing musical centers on close-knit farming families who create a homespun Swedish Christmas. Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, 7:30-9 p.m. $15. Info, 454-1286. CHRISTMAS MUSIC: Folks gather for festive songs, readings and refreshments. United Reformed Church, New Haven, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 897-2697. CÒIG: SOLD OUT. Hailing from Nova Scotia, this all-star band serves up an evening of fiery Celtic holiday tunes. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-40. Info, 656-4455. COLCHESTER COMMUNITY CHORUS: “Christmas Joy” puts smiles on listeners’ faces. Colchester High School, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 862-3910.

COMMON SPIRIT CELEBRATION: An old-fashioned holiday farmers market complements an art walk, horse-drawn buggy rides, cookies with Santa and an annual tree-lighting ceremony. Various Northfield locations, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 485-8586. COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: Mad River Valley shops, galleries, inns and restaurants welcome winter in style with two days of indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family. Various Mad River Valley locations, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Info, 496-6682. ‘THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES’: A generous family experiences a life-changing event in this play by local storyteller Michael Caduto, presented as a staged reading. Audience members may offer feedback after the reading. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3500. HOLIDAY GALA FUNDRAISER: Revelers ring in the season at a formal Barn Opera bash boasting a catered dinner and local libations. Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon, 6 p.m. $25; preregister; cash bar. Info, 247-4259. HOLIDAY HUMBUG MAKER MARKET & HOLIDAY FEST: fiose looking to support local makers mix, mingle and shop amid live music and refreshments. Generator, Burlington, 5-9 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0761.

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Find club dates in the music section. ANTARA & CHRIS CHENEY: œe guitarist and bass player put forth original music. E1 Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Donations. Info, lilahz2017@ EDDY & KIM LAWRENCE: œe married couple captivates listeners with quirky originals played on guitar and upright bass. Palmer Street Coffeehouse, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 518-561-6920.


‘THE ARSONISTS’: œe V alley Players take the stage with Max Frisch’s explosive comedy exploring the idea of the innocent bystander. Valley Players œeater , Waitsfield, 7:30-9 p.m. $12-14. Info, 583-1674.

‘PLACES PLEASE!’: Broadway favorites, contemporary classical music and ’80s pop numbers pepper Keigwin and Company’s cabaret-style performance set backstage during the final moments before the curtain rises. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $30. Info, 863-5966. ROALD DAHL’S ‘MATILDA: THE MUSICAL’: See WED.5, 7:30 p.m.


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INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY MEETING PLACE: Anything goes in an in-person networking group where folks can share hobbies, play music and discuss current events — without using online social sites. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-0030.

NORTHWESTERN VERMONT MODEL RAILROAD OPEN HOUSE: Locomotive enthusiasts follow the tracks to a display of large and small operating layouts. Used trains and accessories are available for sale. Northwestern Vermont Model Railroad Association, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations. Info, 879-8616.



PETER GOULD: œe Vermont author and activist reads from his nonfiction book about the backto-the-land movement, HorseDrawn Yogurt: Stories From Total Loss Farm. Brown Library, Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 586-7711.

HISTORIC BARN HOUSE TOURS: Attendees view authentic African art, impressive architecture and antique fixtures during a stroll through historic buildings. Clemmons Family Farm, Charlotte, 10-11:30 a.m. $10; preregister. Info, 310-0097.

SEEING & DISRUPTING RACISM: A workshop geared toward white community members elucidates the concept of white fragility and prepares participants to challenge prejudice. Arrive at 1:30 p.m. to participate in a PJC new volunteer orientation. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 9.



FRIDAY MORNING WORKSHOP: Wordsmiths offer constructive criticism on works in progress by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.



‘BROADWAY DIRECT’: Veteran performer Bill Carmichael leads a lineup of talented thespians in an evening of popular tunes. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $5-18. Info, 877-6737.

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CRAFT FAIR: Folks feast their eyes on homemade holiday goodies. Baked treats and raffles round out the fun. œe Renaissance School at Shelburne Commons, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2153.

SANCTUARY CITY COFFEEHOUSE: Locals bring a dish to pass and a song, poem or story to share in an open-mic setting. First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info,

GREEN MOUNTAIN PUG RESCUE CRAFT/VENDOR SHOW: A pug kissing booth and raffles round out a gathering of makers and sellers. Rice Memorial High School, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 735-5517.

SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR: Youngsters skilled in singing, dancing and instrument-playing show their stuff on stage. Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 12:30 p.m. $7-10; free for kids 6 and under. Info, 877-987-6487.


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PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON: Clad in a dragon costume, the comedian seen on “NBC’s America’s Got Talent” elicits big laughs. See calendar spotlight. Paramount œeatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $39. Info, 775-0903.


CONTRA DANCE: Adina Gordon is the caller at a spirited social dance featuring live music by Red Dog Riley. Bring clean, softsoled shoes. Cornwall Town Hall, 7-9:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 462-3722. GALA WORKS IN PROGRESS SHOWCASE #2: Choreographers let audience members in on their creative processes as they prepare for the Vermont Dance Alliance Winter Dance Gala in February. River Arts, Morrisville, 5 p.m. $15-30. Info, info@vermont


INSTANT DECISION DAYS: Prospective students tour the campus and apply for on-thespot admission. Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 626-6413.

MIDWINTER FEST: ‘Tis the season for bonfires, pork shoulder and plenty of locally made mead. Colchester’s Mead Hall, noon8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 497-2345.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘ALL IN’: A family-oriented, buffet-style dinner of soup and bread sets the stage for a screening of Matchstick Productions’ latest ski movie. Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center, Huntington, dinner, 6 p.m.; movie and raffle, 7 p.m. $15-20 includes dinner. Info, 434-2283. ‘THE BLIZZARD OF AAHHH’S’: Shown as part of its 30th anniversary tour, this 1988 rockumentary-style ski film spotlights some of the sport’s hottest stars of the day. A silent auction and cash bar at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe from 6 to 9 p.m. precede two screenings. Stowe Town Hall œeatre, 7 & 9 p.m. $20. Info, ‘THE LAST REEF 3D’: See WED.5. ‘MIRAI’: See WED.5, 12:55 p.m. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.5.


‘OLIVER!’: An orphaned boy yearns to escape London’s seedy underworld in this Academy Awardwinning adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story Oliver Twist. Newman Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Donations. Info,

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CHOCOLATE TASTING IN BURLINGTON: Let’s go bar hopping! With the help of a tasting guide, chocoholics discover the flavor profiles of varieties such as toffee almond crunch and salted caramel latte. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807. PANCAKE BREAKFAST & SILENT AUCTION: Stacks of flapjacks give way to bidding on donated crafts, gifts and services. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 8:30-11:30 a.m. $420; free for kids 2 and under. Info, VERGENNES FARMERS MARKET: Local foods and crafts, live music, and hot eats spice up Saturday mornings. Kennedy Brothers Building, Vergennes, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 233-9180.

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NEWBIE NOON CLASS: Firsttimers get their stretch on in a comfortably warm environment. Hot Yoga Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 999-9963. OPEN HOUSE: ¡e clinic opens its doors to community members who experience free treatments, demos, wellness giveaways and raffles. Vermont Community Acupuncture, Burlington, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 657-3700.


CAROL ANN JONES QUARTET: Audience members are invited to sing along with holiday classics and contemporary favorites. Light refreshments are available. Saint Albans Museum, 7-9 p.m. $15; cash bar. Info, 527-7933. CBD HEMP FARMERS MARKET: HOLIDAY EDITION: More than 20 local vendors celebrate all things hemp. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM: Families celebrate the holidays 19th-century-style with ornamentmaking, farm-life exhibits and seasonal programs. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4-16; free for members and kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE: Fancy cookies, candies, Dutch goodies and other treats are sold by the pound. Champlain Valley Christian Reformed Church, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 349-0229. ‘CHRISTMAS IN NOISY VILLAGE’: See FRI.7, 2-3:30 & 7:30-9 p.m. CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: Festive families shake hands with vendors and snap photos with Santa from noon-3 p.m.

Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, Burlington, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Free. Info, 488-5766.

not-so-classic songs. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 5:30 & 9 p.m. $15. Info, 540-0406.

CÒIG: See FRI.7, Woodstock Town Hall ¡eatre, 8 p.m. $20-40. Info, 457-3981.

‘THE NUTCRACKER’: See FRI.7, 2 p.m.

‘CLARA’S DREAM: A NUTCRACKER STORY’: Fresh choreography puts a new spin on the classic ballet for adults and kids alike. Preperformance tea at the Lebanon Ballet School is optional for some shows. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 1 & 4 p.m. $9-43. Info, 603-448-0400. COOKIE WALK: Sweets lovers stuff boxes and bags with taste bud-tempting baked goods. Damon Hall, Hartland, 10 a.m.noon. $8-35. Info, 436-2792. COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: See FRI.7. GIBSON BROTHERS: Ring in the holidays with Upstate New York’s first family of bluegrass, presenting A North Country Christmas. Barre Opera House, 7 p.m. $2529.50. Info, 476-8188. GREEN MOUNTAIN CHORUS & BARRE-TONES: Men’s and women’s quartets and choruses band together to perform holiday favorites in the barbershop style. Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly, Waterbury Center, 2-3:30 p.m. $5-15; free for kids under 9. Info, 505-9595. HEMP HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Heady Vermont hosts two days of festivities centered on Vermont’s growing hemp industry — think a themed brunch, a CBD farmers market and a film screening. See headyvermont. com for the full schedule. Various Burlington locations, noon-4 p.m. Prices vary. Info, info@ HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: Neighbors catch up at this seasonal fête featuring locally made art and crafts. Maple Corner Community Center, Calais, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 229-6861. HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR: Deck the halls! Historic homes are open to visitors as part of Wassail Weekend. Downtown Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $35-45; free for kids 17 and under. Info, 457-3981. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: What better way to embrace the spirit of the season in the Capital City than by taking a downtown wagon ride, decorating cookies and visiting Jolly Old St. Nick? City Center, Montpelier, noon-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604. MAD RIVER CHORALE: Vocalists sing their hearts out in “Wintertide Carols.” Waitsfield United Church of Christ, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 496-2048. MERCY MARKETPLACE: Participants in Mercy Connections, a nonprofit dedicated to nurturing self-sufficiency through education, mentoring and community, offer homemade crafts, art and tasty treats. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 846-7063. ‘MERRY TWISTMAS’: Neat, With a Twist presents a musical variety show chock-full of classic and

PEACHAM CORNER GUILD HOLIDAY SHOP: See FRI.7. PEACHERINE RAGTIME SOCIETY ORCHESTRA: Cinephiles travel back to the 1900s as the ensemble provides live scores for holiday-themed silent films such as The Frozen North and A Christmas Carol. See calendar spotlight. Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $10-25. Info, 518-563-1604, ext. 105. ‘THE REGIFTERS’: See FRI.7, 2 & 7:30 p.m. ROBINSON & ROHE: See THU.6, Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne. SHARE THE LIGHT: A HANUKKAH PARTY: Adults party it up with a vegetarian buffet, a menorahlighting ceremony and a highenergy Klezmer concert by the Klezwoods. Partial proceeds benefit Capstone Community Action. Zenbarn, Waterbury, 5:30-10 p.m. $45. Info, 244-8134. SOUTH BURLINGTON COMMUNITY CHORUS: Singers find perfect harmony in spirited renditions of “Snow” by Irving Berlin and “Sim Shalom,” a poignant prayer for peace. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30-9 p.m. $10; free for kids under 18. Info, 846-4108. VICTORIAN HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: Visitors ring in the holiday season with refreshments, live music and a Christmas reading by Bob Joly. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1393. WASSAIL WEEKEND: See FRI.7, 8 a.m. WONDERARTS HOLIDAY MARKET: Local art, crafts and body-care products from more than 45 vendors catch shoppers’ eyes. Craftsbury Academy, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 533-9370.

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Find club dates in the music section. CATAMOUNT ARTS BLUEGRASS NIGHT: …e Rev enants and Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing are the featured performers during an evening chock-full of traditional tunes. Masonic Hall. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 748-2600. A CONCERT FOR WILDLIFE: David Mallett, Mike Burd and the Sky Blue Boys use their talent to support the campaign to ban leghold traps in Vermont. Black Box …eater , Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $20. Info, 540-3018. GUITAR OPEN MIKE: Instrumentalists test their talents onstage. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-5792. HIGHLANDS VIEW CHAMBER ENSEMBLE & LASAGNA DINNER: Vocalists ranging in age from 7 to adult share their joy and skills in a concert including Celtic fiddle and classical works. Barnet Village Church, 5:30 p.m. $7-15; preregister; limited space. Info, 633-2359. HOT BOX HONEY: Listeners get into the groove with original Latin and jazz numbers. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. $10; free for kids and teens. Info, 388-6863.


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CAMELS HUMP LOOP HIKE: Outdoor adventurers keep a moderate pace on a difficult trek covering 6 miles of ground and gaining 2,400 feet in elevation. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info, 899-9982. MONTHLY WILDLIFE WALK: Birders of all ages and abilities survey feathered friends and other species. Otter View Park, Middlebury, 8 a.m. Free. Info, 388-1007.


PUBLIC SKATING: Active bodies coast across the ice. Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse, N.Y., 3-5 p.m. $2-3; additional cost for rentals. Info, 518-564-4270.


GOOGLE DRIVE 2: Folks who are familiar with using the internet get dialed into the basics of Google Sheets and Google Slides. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217.


‘THE ARSONISTS’: See FRI.7. ‘BROADWAY DIRECT’: See FRI.7, McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 2 & 7:30 p.m. $20. Info, 652-2281. CIRQUE MECHANICS: See THU.6, 2 p.m.

MONTPELIER COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR: An uplifting fall concert honors the African American choral tradition. First Presbyterian Church, Barre, 7-9 p.m. $10-25. Info, 778-0881.

‘LUNGS’: See THU.6, 2 & 8 p.m.

RANI ARBO & DAISY MAYHEM: Listeners find no “Jingle Bells” in “Wintersong,” a program of seasonal roots music by the New England-based Americana quartet. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $25-28. Info, 728-9878.

VERMONT CHORAL UNION: …ir ty-two singers give voice to inspirational holiday pieces spanning from the Renaissance era to the present in “A Choral Quilt.” First United Methodist Church, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-40. Info, 238-9848.

VOCAL RECITAL: Students of affiliate artists Carol Christensen and Susanne Peck culminate their studies in an evening of songs and arias. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

KING ME: Music fans cut a rug on the dance floor. Essex Junction VFW Post, 7-10 p.m. Donations. Info, 878-0700.

UVM MUSIC FACTORY: Pupils from professor David Feurzeig’s composition class present new, original musical works performed by students and faculty. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.

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VERMONT FIDDLE ORCHESTRA: Bows in hand, the ensemble gives new life to traditional and contemporary tunes. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 229-4191.

‘THE DROWSY CHAPERONE’: See THU.6. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘THE MAGIC FLUTE’: A broadcast screening of Mozart’s whimsical masterpiece dazzles opera devotees. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. ‘PLACES PLEASE!’: See FRI.7. ROALD DAHL’S ‘MATILDA: THE MUSICAL’: See WED.5, 2 & 7:30 p.m.


BOOK SALE: See FRI.7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CHAPTERS IN HISTORY TWO: AS THE U.S. EMERGES READING & DISCUSSION GROUP: Nonfiction fans sink their teeth into The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. RICHARD ALLEN: Nonfiction fans drop in to chat with and snag autographs from the author of Reed

Brown’s 1841 Journey: America Through the Eyes of a Vermont Yankee. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.



COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE: Sessions in the tradition of …ich Nhat Hanh include sitting and walking meditation, a short reading, and open sharing. Evolution Physical …erap y & Yoga, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, SENSORY-FRIENDLY SHOPPING MORNING: With lights dimmed and music and flashing screens turned off, the clothing and outdoor equipment store welcomes those on the autism spectrum to browse the store. L.L. Bean, Burlington, 7:30-10 a.m. Free. Info, 888-615-9973.


BALKAN FOLK DANCING: Louise Brill and friends organize participants into lines and circles set to complex rhythms. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 3:30-6:30 p.m. $6; free for firsttimers; bring snacks to share. Info, 540-1020. STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE: Abby Enders, Benny Nduwayo and other students present original works in various styles. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.


YEAR-END CELEBRATION: Live and silent auctions and great eats, drinks, and company are on the menu at a Main Street Alliance of Vermont bash. …e Alchemist, Waterbury, 5-8 p.m. $45-100. Info, 882-8165.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘FARMER OF THE YEAR’: See THU.6, 3:30-5:30 p.m. ‘THE LAST REEF 3D’: See WED.5. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.5.

food & drink

CHOCOLATE TASTING IN BURLINGTON: See SAT.8. CHOCOLATE TASTING IN MIDDLESEX: Candy fanatics get an education on a variety of sweets made on-site. Nutty Steph’s Granola & Chocolate Factory, Middlesex, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 229-2090. KNIFE SHARPENING: Dull blades, be gone! Jim Cunningham of JRC Knife Sharpening whets cutting tools. Chef Contos Kitchen & Store, Shelburne, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $4-5 per knife. Info, 497-3942.

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MOVING MEDITATION WUJI GONG: Jeanne Plo leads pupils in an easy-to-learn form of qigong known as “tai chi for


enlightenment.” Burlington Friends Meeting House, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-6377. RUTLAND ZEN SANGHA MEDITATION: See THU.6, 5:30 p.m.


AMARYLLIS: VERMONT’S EARLY VOICE: Susanne Peck directs the local ensemble in “›ere is a Rose: A Capella Christmas Songs and Motets from the 15th & 16th Centuries.” Lincoln United Church, 2 p.m. $15. Info, 453-3513. BURLINGTON CHAMBER ORCHESTRA & AURORA CHAMBER SINGERS: Hark! David Neiweem conducts a holiday concert featuring works by Bach, Haydn and others. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. $10-25. Info, 863-5966. CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM: See SAT.8. ‘CLARA’S DREAM: A NUTCRACKER STORY’: See SAT.8, 3 p.m. COMMUNITY ‘MESSIAH’ SING: Handel’s holiday favorite is revived with help from a worldclass ensemble and four featured soloists. Our Lady of the Snows, Woodstock, 4-6 p.m. $10. Info, 457-3981. HANUKKAH WONDERLAND: Celebratory activities give way to an afternoon menorah lighting. University Mall, South Burlington, activities, noon; menorah lighting, 4 p.m. Free. Info, HEMP HOLIDAY WEEKEND: See SAT.8, 8 a.m. HINESBURG ARTIST SERIES HOLIDAY CONCERT: Rufus Patrick directs the South County Chorus, In Accord and the Hinesburg Artist Series Orchestra in seasonal songs new and old. Hinesburg St. Jude Catholic Church, 2 & 4:30 p.m. Free; donations of nonperishable food items accepted. Info, 373-0808.

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HOLIDAY MISSION CONCERT: Performers such as Windsong Woodwind Quintet and jazz pianist Chris Wyckoff use their talents to raise money for local folks in need. A reception with light refreshments follows. Vergennes Congregational Church, 2-4 p.m. Donations. Info, ‘HOME ALONE’: Macaulay Culkin stars as an 8-year-old boy who must single-handedly defend his home against a pair of bungling burglars. Arrive at 2 p.m. for cookies with Santa. Woodstock Town Hall ›eatre, 3-4:45 p.m. $5. Info, 457-3981. LESSONS & CAROLS FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS: Jeffrey Buettner directs the Middlebury College Choir in an ear-pleasing program that includes biblical readings. Mead Memorial Chapel, Middlebury College, 4 & 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 443-3168. ‘LOVE ACTUALLY’: Hugh Grand and Emma ›ompson star in this 2003 romantic comedy centered on eight couples and their interrelated stories leading up to Christmas. Woodstock Town Hall ›eatre, 7:30-9:45 p.m. $5. Info, 457-3981. MAD RIVER CHORALE: See SAT.8, Waterbury Congregational Church, 3 p.m. MILTON COMMUNITY BAND: Audience members should warm up their voices ahead of this high-spirited holiday concert including a sing-along and a reading of “›e Night Before Christmas.” Milton Middle/ High School, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 578-3467. PEACHAM CORNER GUILD HOLIDAY SHOP: See FRI.7. PEACHERINE RAGTIME SOCIETY ORCHESTRA: See SAT.8, ›e Double E Lounge at Essex Cinemas & T-Rex ›eater , 7 p.m. $15-25. Info, 876-7152. ‘THE REGIFTERS’: See FRI.7, 2 p.m. SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGE CHORALE: Student singers find perfect harmony in Saint-Saëns’ much-loved but less-heard holiday choral work “Oratorio de Noël.” First Congregational Church, St. Albans, 3-4:30 p.m. Donations. Info, churchstreet SENIOR HOLIDAY DINNER: See FRI.7, Hilton Burlington, 1 p.m. WASSAIL WEEKEND: See FRI.7. WILLIAM TORTOLANO: Audience members warm up their voices for a community sing-along of 17 Christmas and seasonal carols, courtesy of the organist. Blessed Sacrament Church, Stowe, 4:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 253-7536.


‘DIMANCHES’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners alike chat en français. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 430-4652.


LGBTQ FIBER ARTS GROUP: A knitting, crocheting and weaving session welcomes all ages,

gender identities, sexual orientations and skill levels. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.


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Find club dates in the music section. BORROMEO STRING QUARTET: ›is international ly renowned foursome champions works by 20th- and 21st-century composers. See calendar spotlight. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 3 p.m. $15-42. Info, 728-9878. CONCERT FOR A CAUSE: JOHN STOWELL & DRAA HOBBS: Two highly accomplished jazz guitarists showcase their six-string mastery.. Funds raised benefit Twin Pines Housing. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 4-5:30 p.m. $5. Info, 457-3500. GREEN MOUNTAIN YOUTH SYMPHONY: ›e reper tory, concert and senior orchestras present a varied program with special guest Tom Frink on clarinet. Barre Opera House, 2 p.m. $5-15; free for kids under 5. Info, 476-8188. MONTPELIER COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR: See SAT.8, Bethany United Church of Christ Montpelier, 4-6 p.m. NORTHEAST FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION MEETING: Lovers of this spirited art form gather to catch up and jam. Canadian Club, Barre, noon-5 p.m. Free; donations of nonperishable food items accepted. Info, 431-3901. NORTHEAST KINGDOM COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA: Conductor Jason Bergman picks up the baton to lead instrumentalists in works by Mozart, Stravinsky and others. Alexander Twilight ›eatre, Nor thern Vermont University-Lyndon, 3 p.m. Donations. Info, 633-2871.



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PAUL ASBELL QUINTET: ›e lifelong guitar player tunes into his own blend of jazz, roots and blues at a CD release concert for Burmese Panther. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. $16-20. Info, 863-5966. RANI ARBO & DAISY MAYHEM: See SAT.8, Richmond Congregational Church, 4-6 p.m. $20-23. Info, 434-4563. UKULELE MÊLÉE: Fingers fly at a group lesson on the four-stringed Hawaiian instrument. BYO uke. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. VERMONT FIDDLE ORCHESTRA: See SAT.8, Green Mountain Gospel Chapel, Randolph, 4 p.m.


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‘THE ARSONISTS’: See FRI.7, 3-4:30 p.m. ‘THE DROWSY CHAPERONE’: See THU.6, 2 p.m. ‘THE KING AND I’: Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe star in a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic royal musical, broadcast in HD from the London Palladium. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. $10-23. Info, 603-646-2422. ROALD DAHL’S ‘MATILDA: THE MUSICAL’: See WED.5, 2 p.m.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. CINÉ SALON: BRADLEY EROS ‘DISAPPEARING SOON...’: Cinephiles view “Disappearing soon at a theater near you (ephemeral cinema & other acts of life),” which the filmmaker delivered as the 8th Annual Experimental Lecture at New York University in 2017. Mayer Room, Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120. ‘THE LAST REEF 3D’: See WED.5. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.5.

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BTV POLY COCKTAILS: Žose who are polyamorous, in an open relationship or just curious connect over drinks. Deli 126, Burlington, 7 p.m.-midnight. Free. Info, 253-310-8315. PENNYWISE PANTRY: On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market, Onion River Co-op, Downtown Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 861-9753.



MAGIC: THE GATHERING — MONDAY NIGHT MODERN: Tarmogoyf-slinging madness ensues when competitors battle for prizes in a weekly game. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 6:30-10 p.m. $8. Info, 540-0498.

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CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and wellbeing. Heineberg Senior Center, Burlington, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION: In keeping with the tradition of Žich Nhat Hanh, folks practice mindfulness through sitting, walking, reading and discussion. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7:158 p.m. Free. Info, 505-1688.


AMARYLLIS: VERMONT’S EARLY VOICE: See SUN.9, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on the Green, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. ‘THE FAMILY STONE’: A conservative businesswoman played by Sarah Jessica Parker meets her boyfriend’s eccentric family for the first time at their annual Christmas gathering. Woodstock Town Hall Žeatre, 7:30-9:15 p.m. $5. Info, 457-3981. GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA: Že world-famous ensemble behind classic hits such as “Chattanooga Choo Choo” interweaves elements of jazz into classics such as “Sleigh Ride” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Town Hall Žeater , Middlebury, 7 p.m. $40. Info, 382-9222.


CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH GROUP: Speakers brush up on their language skills en español. Starbucks, Burlington Town Center, 6 p.m. $15. Info,


LIVE WELL, AGE WELL: Champlain College and the Pride Center of Vermont team up to host a social gathering where folks can chat about healthy aging in the LGBTQ+ community. Richmond Free Library, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, bcolombo@


Find club dates in the music section. BRICK BOX LIVE: PEPPER & SASSAFRAS: Regional artists step into the spotlight for this musical showcase recorded in front of a live studio audience. Brick Box, Paramount Žeatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 775-0903.


BRIDGET BUTLER: Known as the Bird Diva, this avian aficionado spreads her wings in “Crows and Ravens.” Colchester Meeting House, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660. PINT NIGHT: Outdoorsy types join Backcountry Hunters &

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MUST-READ MONDAYS: Lit lovers cover Raven Black by Ann Cleeves. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. READING THROUGH THE BIBLE: Participants gather near the fireplace to peruse the Scriptures. Panera Bread, South Burlington, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 893-6266.





COMMUNITY CRAFT NIGHT: Makers stitch, spin, knit and crochet their way through projects while enjoying each other’s company. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


SWING DANCING: Quick-footed participants experiment with different forms, including the Lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Beginners are welcome. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930. VERMONT DANCE ALLIANCE MEETUP: All are welcome to mix, mingle, network and discuss topics in dance. Studio Zenith, Montpelier, 7:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, revelingemma@


JOB HUNT HELPERS: See FRI.7. LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETING: Nursing mothers share breastfeeding tips and resources. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 720-272-8841.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘THE LAST REEF 3D’: See WED.5. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.5.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.5, 7 p.m.

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ACUPUNCTURE WORKSHOP/ TREATMENT: A simple treatment relieves low mood, fatigue and holiday stress. Optimum Health Acupuncture, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, info@optimumhealth


OLD SPOKES HOME WOOL JERSEYS BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE SUN-STYLE TAI CHI, LONGFORM: Improved mood, greater muscle strength and increased energy are a few of the benefits of this gentle exercise. South Burlington Recreation & Parks Department, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 735-5467. BEGINNERS TAI CHI CLASS: See THU.6. PEACEFUL WARRIOR KARATE: Martial-arts training promotes healthy living for those in recovery. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. REIKI CLINIC: ‚ir ty-minute treatments foster physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. JourneyWorks, Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. $10-30; preregister. Info, 860-6203. RUTLAND ZEN SANGHA MEDITATION: See THU.6. YOGA AT THE WINOOSKI VFW: Certified instructors guide veterans and their families through a series of poses. Arrive five to 10 minutes early. Second floor, Winooski VFW Hall, 6-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 655-9832.


CHRISTMAS PARTY: Colchester High School choral groups make heavenly music at an annual soirée hosted by the Colchester Historical Society. United Church of Colchester, 7-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 497-3036. GREEN MOUNTAIN CHORUS REHEARSAL: New and experienced male singers prepare for several seasonal performances. St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 505-9595. ‘MESSIAH’ SING: Community members are welcome to join the Burlington Choral Society in singing the Christmas choruses of Handel’s composition. North Avenue Alliance Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info,

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ARABIC: A six-week language class covers the alphabet and simple conversations. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. ‘LA CAUSERIE’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners are welcome to pipe up at an unstructured conversational practice. El Gato Cantina, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: ITALIAN: Speakers hone their skills in the Romance language over a bag lunch. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Frenchlanguage fanatics meet pour parler la belle langue. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 430-4652. SOCIAL GATHERING: ‚ose who are deaf or hard of hearing or want to learn American Sign Language get together to break down communication barriers. ‚e Nor th Branch Café, Montpelier, 4-6 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 595-4001.


Find club dates in the music section. NORTHERN VERMONT SONGWRITERS: Melody makers meet to share ideas and maximize their creativity. Call for details. Catamount Outback Artspace, St. Johnsbury, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 467-9859. OPEN MIC: Singers, players, storytellers and poets entertain a live audience at a monthly showcase of local talent. Wallingford Town Hall, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 446-2872.


NEW HAVEN RIVER ANGLERS MONTHLY MEETING & PRESENTATION: Social time with a cash bar paves the way for talks targeting Vermonters interested in fishing, friends and preserving the environment. Swift House Inn, Middlebury, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 989-5748.


MEDICARE & YOU: AN INTRODUCTION TO MEDICARE: Members of the Central Vermont Council on Aging clear up confusion about the application process and plan options. Central Vermont Council on Aging, Barre, 3-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-0531.


PINT NIGHT: See MON.10, Bear Naked Growler, Montpelier, 6:308:30 p.m. Free. Info, ericnuse@


‘ON GOLDEN POND’ AUDITIONS: Actors vie for parts in a Poor Lost Circus Performers production of Earnest ‚ompson ’s comic love story about a longtime couple

that returns to a summer home in Maine. Byers Studio, Town Hall ‚eater , Middlebury, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, poorlostcircus


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BURLINGTON POETRY GROUP: Writers of verse ages 18 through 30 field constructive feedback on original works. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, ED KOREN: ‚e New Yorker cartoonist taps into the ironies of rural living in Koren: In the Wild. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2411.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘GAUGUIN: THE FULL STORY’: Shown as part of Great Art Wednesdays, this 2003 picture profiles Paul Gauguin, one of the world’s most popular yet controversial painters. Town Hall ‚eater , Middlebury, 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. $8-13. Info, 382-9222. ‘HIDDEN FIGURES’: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe portray a team of African American mathematicians who help NASA reach new heights in the early years of the U.S. space program. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6 p.m. $5. Info, 533-2000. ‘THE LAST REEF 3D’: See WED.5. ‘MY ARCHITECT: A SON’S JOURNEY’: A 2013 documentary shown as part of the Architecture + Design Film Series chronicles director Nathaniel Kahn’s quest to understand his father, the noted architect Louis Kahn. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, reception, 6 p.m.; screening, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, adfilmseries@ ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.5. ‘RBG’: A 2018 documentary outlines the life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. WED.12

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COMMUNITY SUPPER: See WED.5. COOK THE BOOK: Foodies bring a dish from Debbie Macomber’s Christmas Cookbook: Favorite Recipes and Holiday Traditions from My Home to Yours to a palate-pleasing potluck. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. THE COOKING CIRCLE: Local chef Alex McGregor leads participants in a discussion of all things food, from ingredients and cooking techniques to gardening and raising animals. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1393.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.5. CRIBBAGE TEAMS: See WED.5. MAH JONGG: Participants of all levels enjoy friendly bouts of this tile-based game. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.



ELLEN STIMSON: Readers get into the holiday spirit with the local author of An OldFashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2411. HOHOHOLIDAY OPEN MIC: Whether memorized or read aloud, holiday-themed songs, poems, stories and dances delight onlookers. Light refreshments are available. Grange Hall Cultural Center, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 244-4168. HOLIDAY CRAFTS: DIYers fashion winter greens arrangements as well as other seasonal makeand-take items. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.





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NORTHERN VERMONT UNIVERSITY — JOHNSON JAZZ ENSEMBLE & FUNK/FUSION ENSEMBLE: Student musicians hit all the right notes in a toetapping concert. Dibden Center for the Arts, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 635-1476.

STAYING SAFE IN THREATENING SITUATIONS: BEST PRACTICES FROM A SPECIAL AGENT: Retired FBI special agent Bill McSalis discusses strategies for reducing negative outcomes in a threatening or active shooter situation. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

VERMONT YOUTH STRINGS: Mini maestros provide a musical backdrop for holiday shopping. University Mall, South Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 655-5030.



MIDDAY, MIDWEEK MEANDER: Outdoors-loving ladies take in the beauty of woods and fields in the company of other women. Huntington Open Women’s Land, 1-2 p.m. Donations. Info, 434-3953.


SOUTH BURLINGTON’S WILDLIFE: RECOGNIZING TRACKS & SIGN: Ever wondered what wild creatures are moving through local backyards and natural areas? A presentation introduces animal lovers to the city’s large mammals and the signs they leave behind. South Burlington City Hall, 7-8:15 p.m. $5. Info, trackingvt@gmail. com.

AMY WELCH: ¢e associate pro fessor of health science provokes thought with “To Run or Relax? Exploring the Arousal Antithesis for Stress Management.” Room 207, Bentley Hall, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Info, les.kanat@ WOMEN IN THE JUDICIARY PANEL DISCUSSION & RECEPTION: Four of the state’s most distinguished judges impart stories, perspectives and advice for the future. Hosted by the Women’s Division of the Vermont Bar Association. Harbor Room, Courtyard Marriott Burlington Harbor, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, slednicky@


INTRODUCTION TO POWERPOINT: ¢ose new to the program practice making slide shows, charts, footers and animation. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217.

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FICTION WORKSHOP: Readers focus on elements of the craft when responding to work by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. RECOVERY WRITE NOW: See WED.5. ‘WINTER TALES’: Folk singers Patti Casey and Pete Sutherland join members of the Young Writers Project and other raconteurs in Vermont Stage’s annual seasonal celebration of stories and songs. Black Box ¢eater , Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $29.70-38.50. Info, 866-811-4111.

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ayurveda 200-HOUR AYURVEDA INTEGRATION PROGRAM: Join us in learning and immerse yourself in the oldest surviving preventative health care system. ƒ is program is ideal for yoga teachers, counselors, therapists, bodyworkers, nurses, doctors, wellness coaches, herbalists, etc. VSAC approved and payment plans available. Can transfer hours to Kripalu’s Ayurveda Health Counselor program. More information at ayurvedavermont. com/classes. 2019 schedule: Feb. 9-10, Mar. 9-10, Apr. 6-7, May 17-18, Jun. 8-9, Jul. 13-14, Aug. 17-18, Sep. 14-15, Oct. 19-20, Nov. 16-17. Cost: $2,795. Location: The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, 34 Oak Hill Rd., Williston. Info: Allison Morse, 872-8898, ayurvedavt@

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burlington city arts ABSTRACT PAINTING: Explore the many exciting possibilities of abstract painting through a variety of fun demonstrations and exercises designed to help you open up and work intuitively. Experiment with paint of your choice (water-soluble oils, acrylics or watercolor) and a variety of other mixed media. Beginners are welcome. Thu., Jan. 24-Mar. 7, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, ACRYLIC PAINTING: ƒ is class introduces students to the tools and techniques artists use to create successful works of art in one of the most versatile mediums available: acrylic paint. Learn the basics of mixing colors, blending and a variety of acrylic painting techniques. Acrylic paint is the perfect medium for both the beginner and the experienced artist who wants to try something new. Tue., Mar. 26-Apr. 30, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $255/person; $229.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, ALTERNATIVE PRINTING: CYANOTYPES: Beat the winter blues! In this one-day workshop, students will create one-of-a-kind blue prints using the historic cyanotype method. Cyanotypes are made by placing negatives, large transparencies or objects on chemically coated watercolor paper, and then exposing the paper to UV light. ƒ is workshop will cover digitally preparing and printing digital negatives, hand-coating watercolor paper, and making the final print using a UV light table. Sat., Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $60/person; $54/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 8657166, ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS: ƒ is hybrid darkroom and digital lab class will help you refine your skill set to create the



work you envision, either traditionally in the black-and-white darkroom, through scanning and printing in the digital lab, or both. ƒ is class will also explore ideas in contemporary photography and theory through select readings and will discuss the technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of your work through supportive weekly critique sessions. Bring a selection of recent images to the first class. Option 1: Thu., Jan. 17-Mar. 7, 6-9 p.m. Option 2: Thu., Mar. 21-May 9, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $360/person; $324/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, ARTIST AT WORK: BCA’s 2018 Barbara Smail Award recipient Elizabeth Bunsen will discuss her vibrantly colored fabric prints and window installation currently on view at BCA. Following her talk, a moderated discussion between Bunsen and the audience will explore topics such as her career development, daily practice and service in the community. A reception will follow the program. Thu., Mar. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

painting practices with a contemporary approach to the figure. Use fresh color and dynamic composition to strengthen your personal expression. Work from live models each week, explore a variety of advanced techniques with nontoxic water-soluble oils and get supportive feedback in a small group environment. Figure drawing experience is recommended. Wed., Mar. 13-May 1, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $360/ person; $324/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, CURATOR CONNECT: BCA Curator and Director of Exhibitions Heather Ferrell leads a lively conversation to help demystify the curatorial process, as well as give artists practical advice on studio visits, project proposals and introducing artwork to galleries and museums. Max participants: 15. Wed., May 15, 6-7 p.m. Cost: $15/ person; $13.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

BANGLES: Check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your silver, copper or brass bangle. Open to all skill levels. All materials included. Thu., Jan. 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $37/ person; $33.30/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, CONTEMPORARY FIGURE PAINTING: Intermediate and advanced painters, revitalize your

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS: Do you shoot digital images and have a project idea to explore? ƒ is eight-week class will challenge you to edit and refine your photographs to create the portfolio of work you envision. Organizing and editing techniques in Adobe Lightroom, printing on our Epson large format printers and more will be covered, tailored to individual student interests. Fri., Mar. 29May 17, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $240/ person; $216/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, DRAWING: Learn a variety of drawing techniques including basic perspective, compositional layout, and use of dramatic light and shadow. Students will work mostly from observation and will be encouraged to work with a variety of media, including pencil, pen and ink, ink wash, and charcoal in this small, group setting. All levels of experience welcome. Option 1: Tue., Jan 22Mar. 5, 9:30 a.m.-noon. (no class Feb. 26). Option 2: Wed., Jan. 23Feb. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $255/ person; $229.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

ARTIST AT WORK: Artist Rebecca Weisman discusses her largest immersive installation to date, “Skin Ego,” which incorporates film and performance to spin a mysterious narrative expressing the nature of our impermanence. Following her presentation, a moderated discussion between Weisman and the audience will explore professional development insights emerging from the project. Wed., Mar. 26, 6-7:30 p.m. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, ARTIST BOOKS & ZINES: Have you wanted to make a book or zine but don’t know where to start? Bring your project ideas and create unique artist books and zines from start to finish in this in-depth, handson class. Sequencing choices, layout in Adobe InDesign, digital printing and hand-binding techniques will be covered. ƒ is class will also examine the conceptual ideas behind books as objects, considering design, content and what makes an interesting or compelling book. Mon., Apr. 8-May 13, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

choices, metering techniques and more. Organizing and editing files in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop will also be covered, and students will leave with a selection of high-quality prints made on our archival Epson printer. Option 1: Jan. 25-Mar. 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Option 2: Mon., Jan. 28-Mar. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (no class Feb. 18). Cost: $240/ person; $216/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

DARKROOM CRASH COURSE: Explore the traditional, analog, black-and-white darkroom! Learn how to properly expose blackand-white film, process film into negatives, and make silver gelatin prints. Students will leave with the skills and confidence to join the darkroom as a member. All 35mm film, paper and darkroom supplies included. Bring your manual 35mm or medium format film camera to the first class. Mon., Mar. 18-Apr. 8, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Learn the basics of making a great photograph from initial exposure to editing and printing in this comprehensive eight-week class. ƒ is class will start with an overview of camera controls and functions, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO ratings, shooting in RAW, lens

DRAWING & PAINTING: ƒ is workshop is designed for the young artist who loves to draw and paint. Join us at BCA’s painting studio to experiment with different mediums and techniques, while learning how to make your drawings and paintings even better. Ages 6-11. Tue., Feb. 26, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, EARRINGS: Check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your own earrings. Open to all skill levels. Class includes copper and brass, silver ear wire, and all basic tools. Silver can be purchased separately. Thu., Mar. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $37/ person; $33.30/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING: Expand on your drawing skills while discovering the possibilities of abstract drawing styles and compositions. A variety of drawing mediums, sizes and techniques will be explored, with plenty of flexibility to incorporate individual visions. Benefit from constructive feedback and gentle

coaching in this supportive environment. Some drawing experience recommended. Thu., Mar. 14-Apr. 18, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $270/person; $243/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, FAMILY ART SATURDAY: Get creative and make art together! Families are invited to drop in to the BCA Center every third Saturday of the month to create their own artworks inspired by our current exhibitions. Each Family Art Saturday offers a different art-making project that will ignite the imaginations of your family members! Sat., Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: 8657166, FRIDAY ADULT WHEEL: Curious about the pottery wheel? Spend a Friday night with our pottery instructors at the BCA Clay Studio. A ticket includes a wheel-throwing demonstration at the beginning of class, access to a wheel, and time to try making a bowl or cup. ƒ ere is a $5 additional fee per clay piece fired and glazed by the studio. Fri., Feb. 1-May 3, 7:309 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, FRIDAY FAMILY CLAY: Spend a Friday night with your family at the BCA Clay Studio. A ticket provides a wheel demonstration at the beginning of class, wheel access (for ages 6+), hand building for any age, unlimited clay and time to create. If you’d like your work to be fired and glazed by the studio, there is a $5 fee per piece. Registration is required. Fri., Feb. 1-May 3, 5-7 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, GLAZE CHEMISTRY: For ceramics artists, glazing can be a daunting and mysterious process: part alchemy, part magic and part pure luck. During this two-hour lecture, we will pull back the curtain to reveal the science behind this mysterious process. Mon., Mar. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, GRAPHIC NOVEL: Learn the art of visual storytelling through this immersive class in the comics discipline. Students will learn a broad range of techniques for communicating with both words and pictures, with an emphasis on using pen and ink. Some basic drawing experience is encouraged. Basic materials provided. Option 1: Mon., Jan. 28-Mar. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. Option 2: Wed., Mar. 20-Apr. 24, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, HAND-PRINTED FABRIC WORKSHOP: Get to know our print studio at this one-night workshop and explore the possibilities of printmaking. Students will explore


simple and satisfying ways to add design to fabric goods to bring home. Class includes all materials; no experience necessary. Tue., Feb. 5, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

p.m. Option 2: Tue., Mar. 12-Apr. 16, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Option 3: Tue., Apr. 16-May 21, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $255/person; $229.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

HANDBUILDING: Learn the basics of handbuilding that will help you create functional and sculptural forms from clay. Class will include an introduction to our clay studio’s equipment and tools, along with helpful demonstrations and discussions. Working with the clay in different stages, from greenware to glaze, will be covered. No previous experience needed. Option 1: Fri., Feb. 15-Mar. 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (no class Mar. 1). Option 2: Fri., Apr. 12-May 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $204/ person; $183.60/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY: Tell your story with photographs in this eight-week session for high school students! Students will explore their individual ideas, go on group photo shoots, process and print digital photos and zines in our digital lab, experiment with film photography in our darkroom, and participate in supportive discussions and critiques. All supplies and cameras provided. Scholarships available. Fri., Feb. 1-Mar. 29, 5-7:30 p.m. (no class Mar. 1). Cost: $240/ person; $216/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, HIGHLIGHT KIDS LANTERN ART ACTIVITY: We’ve partnered with Social Sentinel and the #asafervt campaign to make creative kits that offer students in second grade and older the opportunity to create lanterns for the Highlight Parade! Join the BCA Education team as they lead this make-and-take art party. Decorate your lantern with the ideas of community and acceptance, then head up to Church Street’s top block at 5:30 p.m. to march in the parade! Come join us at the BCA to make art for the parade! ° e lantern activity is free. Highlight is presented by Burlington Telecom & Lake Champlain Transportation Company. Highlight is Burlington’s new citywide New Year’s Eve celebration, coproduced by Burlington City Arts & Signal Kitchen. Mon., Dec. 31, 2-5 p.m. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: 8657166, JEWELRY: Learn the basics of creating metal jewelry. Techniques covered will include sawing, piercing, filing, annealing, soldering, texturing, cold connections, ring sizing and more, so that students can create at least two completed pieces. ° e class includes some copper, brass and nickel for class projects; use of all basic tools; and studio access during the weeks of your class. Option 1: Tue., Jan. 22-Feb. 26, 5:30-8

discover how to layer images that create depth in your work. Students are encouraged to bring ideas and imagery they want to develop further. Tue., Mar. 12-Apr. 16, 9:30 a.m.-noon Cost: $225/ person; $202.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, MOVEMENT WORKSHOP: In this 90-minute workshop, develop nourishing connections with others while building upon specific methods used to generate movement in “Becoming Human,” an exhibit currently on view at the BCA Center. ° is workshop offers the opportunity for nondancers and trained dancers alike to explore creative movement in a safe, fun and professionally guided manner. Sat., Jan. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. Cost: $15/ person; $13.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

LIFE DRAWING: Spend the evening with other local artists drawing one of our experienced models. Please bring your drawing materials and paper. Purchase a ticket to hold your spot. Ticket purchases for this class are nonrefundable. Fri., Feb. 1-Apr. 19, 7:30-9 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, MINI WORLDS: Shrink down with us and create small, beautiful worlds. Campers will be encouraged to explore a variety of craft media to develop tiny, intricate terrariums, doll houses or fairy worlds. Ages 6-11. Thu., Feb. 28, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 8657166, MIXED-LEVEL WHEEL THROWING: Mixed-Level Wheel supports students across a range of skill and experience levels that have experience throwing on the wheel. ° is eight-week course is rooted in fundamentals and encourages individual projects. Demonstrations and instruction will cover centering, throwing, trimming and glazing, as well as forms and techniques determined by students. Option 1: Wed., Jan. 23-Mar. 13, 1:30-4 p.m. Option 2: Wed., Apr. 3-May 22, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Option 3: Thu., Apr. 4-May 23, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $340/ person; $306/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, MONOPRINT: Hone your skills working with the press and experiment with a variety of materials to take your printmaking to the next level. Learn how to incorporate drypoint and collagraph techniques and

NATURAL PIGMENT WORKSHOP: Artist Elizabeth Bunsen will lead a workshop that explores the practice of using natural dyes to make fabric and paper creations. ° e session will incorporate several forms of natural materials, such as leaves, blossoms, rust and insects, demonstrating how they are used to create an array of colors. Thu., Apr. 11, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, OIL PAINTING: Learn how to paint with nontoxic, water-soluble oils. With an emphasis on studio work, this class will begin with fun exercises. Using direct observational skills, we’ll work on still life and referencing photographs; we’ll explore the landscape. Discover a variety of painting techniques and learn how to apply composition, linear aspects, form and color theory to your work. Beginners are welcome. Tue., Jan. 22-Mar. 12, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $340/person; $306/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, PEN & INK: Learn the striking techniques of pen & ink. Students will discover how to use cross-hatching, stippling and ink washes to enhance their realistic or abstract drawings. Share progress and receive feedback in a supportive setting. No experience necessary. All basic supplies will be provided. Mon., Apr. 8-May 13, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, PENDANTS: Check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your own copper, brass or nickel pendant using basic cutting, stamping and sawing techniques. Open to all skill levels. All materials included. Thu., Apr. 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $37/ person; $33.30/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

PHOTOGRAPHING ARTWORK: Learn how to take professionalquality digital images of your work in this hands-on workshop in our lighting studio. Whether you’re applying to art school, submitting work for an exhibition or putting together a website, you’ll leave this workshop with techniques that will improve your images and enhance your presentations. Thu., Apr. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, POTTERY WHEEL: ° is day is all about learning the basics of the ever-popular pottery wheel. Students will have all day to get their hands into clay, spinning it into small bowls or cups to be fired and glazed by the studio. All items will be dishwasher safe and lead free. Ages 6-11. Fri., Mar. 1, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 8657166, POTTERY WHEEL: ° is day is all about learning the basics of the ever-popular pottery wheel. Students will have all day to get their hands on clay, spinning it into small bowls or cups to be fired and glazed by the studio. All items will be dishwasher safe and lead free. Ages 6-11. Mon., Feb. 25, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 8657166,

printing with linoleum, collagraph (a low-relief intaglio technique) and monoprinting. No previous experience needed. Option 1: Tue., Jan. 22-Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Option 2: Thu., Jan. 24-Mar. 7, 6-8:30 p.m. (no class Feb. 14). Cost: $255/person; $229.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, RINGS: Check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your silver ring. Open to all skill levels. All materials included. Thu., Feb. 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $37/ person; $33.30/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, SCHOOL BREAK WORKSHOPS: Choose anywhere from one to five days of art workshops for your child during Winter School Break. All basic supplies are included. Students must bring their bag lunch, and snacks will be provided. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, SCREEN PRINT: Working in BCA’s professional print studio, students will learn the basics of screen printing to print images onto paper and fabric. Wed., Feb. 27, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $70/ person; $63/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

PRECIOUS METAL CLAY: Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a composite of 90% fine metals, 10% water and organic binder. When fired, PMC burns out the binder leaving a solid brass, silver or gold piece. In this four-week course, a variety of techniques will be demonstrated showing the versatility of the material, and students will be able to create several small pieces of wearable art, such as beads, earrings and pendants. Option 1: Tue., Jan. 22-Feb. 12, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Option 2: Tue., Mar. 12-Apr. 2, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $190/person; $171/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, PRESENTATION & PERFORMANCE ROBOPOEMS: QUADRUPED@S : Alm@ Perez (Tina Escaja) demonstrates the features of her robots while exploring the evolution of poetry beyond the page. From the creation of a cyborg identity to projects that merge art and technology, the artist explores new ways of understanding and experiencing poetry in a new technological age. Supported in part by the UVM Humanities Center. Wed., Apr. 17, 6-7 p.m. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, PRINTMAKING: ° is introductory class will show you a whole range of printing techniques that can be used on their own or in combination to create unique artwork. Over six weeks, you’ll be introduced to the studio’s equipment and materials and learn techniques such as block

photographic or borrowed imagery. Students will learn how to apply photo emulsion, how to use an exposure unit and how to print on a variety of surfaces. Students can bring their screens or rent one through the studio. No experience necessary. Option 1: Wed., Jan. 23-Mar. 13, 6-8:30 p.m. Option 2: Thu., Mar. 28-May 16, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $340/ person; $306/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, SOUNDCHECK: Join Slam Poet and Artistic Director Rajnii Eddins with Young Writers Project for a Writing Workshop and Open Mic at Burlington City Arts. It’s free! Open to all! To find out more about SoundCheck and other events at Young Writers Project, contact Dec. 13 & Jan. 17.; writing workshop, 6 p.m.; open mic, 7 p.m. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, STUDIO NIGHT FOR EDUCATORS: Spend an evening exploring the tools and equipment in BCA’s Print and Drawing & Painting studios with fellow teaching artists and K-12 educators. Participants will have the opportunity to express their own creativity, as well as discuss ways to bring lessons back to the classroom. Innovative reflection and assessment strategies will also be presented. Thu., Mar. 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/ BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, SUNDAY FAMILY JEWELRY: Spend a morning with teaching artist Kate McKernan in BCA’s jewelry studio. Using our studio equipment, fine metals and beads, your family will create beautiful and wearable works of art. All supplies are provided; no experience needed. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Additional tickets are required for adults who’d like to join the fun and create on their own. Sun., Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-noon Cost: $10/person; $9/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 8657166,

SCREEN PRINT WORKSHOP: Get to know our print studio at this one-night workshop and explore the possibilities of screen printing. Students will choose from a variety of prepped silkscreen designs to put on a poster or tote bag to bring home. Class includes all materials, no experience necessary. Tue., Mar. 26, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

SUNDAY FAMILY PAINT: Spend a morning with teaching artist Kate McKernan in BCA’s painting and drawing studio. Using our paints, brushes, easels and more, your family will create beautiful works of art. All supplies are provided; no experience needed. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may assist their child(ren) free of charge. Additional tickets are required for adults who’d like to join the fun and paint on their own. Sun., Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $10/person; $9/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

SCREEN PRINTING: ° is introduction to screen printing will show you how to design and print T-shirts, posters, fine art and more. Discover a variety of techniques for transferring and printBURLINGTON CITY ARTS ing images using hand-drawn, SEVEN DAYS DECEMBER 5-12, 2018

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SUNDAY FAMILY PRINTMAKING: Spend a morning with teaching artist Kate McKernan in BCA’s print studio. Using our printing plates, inks and press, your family will create beautiful works of art. All supplies are provided; no experience needed. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may assist their child(ren) free of charge. Additional tickets are required for adults who’d like to join the fun and print on their own. Sun., Mar. 3, 10 a.m.-noon Cost: $10/person; $9/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, TEACHING STRATEGIES THAT WORK WITH ENGLISH LEARNERS, K-6: In this session, participants will engage in activities and discussion to better understand the new American experience, the challenges of adjusting to a new culture, and the process of acquiring a new language. Participants will learn practical strategies that will help them differentiate their music, drama, dance and visual arts lessons and make them more accessible to English Learners (ELs). Wed., Jan. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, THE ARTIST’S STORY: Learn tips for writing and presenting a successful artist talk from storyteller and educator, Recille Hamrell. Improve your public speaking and learn to craft an engaging story about how you began your work, your challenges and successes, and the purpose and unique value of what you create. Artists from all disciplines and levels are welcome. Wed., Feb. 13, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, WATERCOLOR: Learn how to paint with watercolor. ˜ is class will focus on observational painting from still life, figure, landscape and photos. Students will paint on watercolor paper and will gain experience with composition, color theory, layering, light and shade. Class may move outdoors for plein air painting on nice days! No experience necessary. Thu., Mar. 28-May 2, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, WHEEL THROWING: ˜ is class is an introduction to clay, pottery, and the ceramics studio. Students will work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, cups and bowls. Students will also be guided through the various finishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No previous experience needed. Five class schedules to choose from. Visit website for details. Cost: $340/ person; $306/BCA members.


Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, WOODCUT: Discover the unique process of woodblock printing with local artist Ashley Stagner. Students will focus on fundamental relief printing techniques and will be able to transform their designs into unique prints. ˜ e class will then progress to more sophisticated processes, including multi-color printing and 2-3 color reduction block printing. Class cost includes all basic materials. Wed., Apr. 3-May 8, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 8657166,



ALTERNATIVE FIRING IN CLAY: Ever wonder how to get a smoky earthen patina with ceramics? ˜ is intermediate/advanced-level course explores slow fire alternative methods such as Raku, Obvara and Pit Firing. Students set independent project goals for exploring their own versions of these ancient practices and work with the instructor based on individual requests. Mon., 6-8 p.m., Jan. 7-Mar. 11. Cost: $360/ first bag of clay incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,, BASKET WEAVING: Join Alexa Rivera to learn the art of weaving a harvest basket with a finished leather strap that’s perfect for harvesting leafy greens in the garden, foraging in the woods, or bringing with you on a trip to the market or farm stand. All skill levels are welcome. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Jan. 19. Cost: $95/ person; materials incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,, ILLUSTRATED JOURNAL: Learn how to make a unique book to house creative ideas, drawings, paintings, mixed media, illustrations and writing. ˜ is course will be a combination of simple bookmaking techniques as well as instruction in how to create a beautifully illustrated journal and other hybrid forms of text, image, narrative and design. Wed., 9:3011:30 a.m., Jan. 16-Feb. 20 Cost: $200/person; materials not incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 9853648, info@shelburnecraftschool. org,


INTRO TO DRAWING: Interested in learning how to draw but not sure where to start? Learn the fundamental foundations using graphite, charcoal and ink to explore line, tone, plane and perspective. Students will learn to become attuned to hand-eye coordination while learning how to represent objects accurately and proportionally. Mon., 10 a.m.-noon, Jan. 7-Feb. 18. Cost: $200/person; materials not incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,, INTRO TO OIL PAINTING: Are you interested in learning how to paint with oil but not sure where to start? Learn the fundamental techniques of oil painting. Each session will begin with a demonstration followed by time to practice. Students can expect to have a sample of paintings exhibiting a range of techniques. Tue., 9-11 a.m., Jan. 15-Feb. 12. Cost: $170/person; materials not incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@shelburne, shelburnecraft INTRO TO STAINED GLASS: Interested in learning how to work with stained glass but not sure how to get started? ˜ is course introduces students to the Tiffany Copper Foil method of making a small stained glass window. Students will begin with a small practice window followed by a small, independently designed project. Sat. & Sun., Feb. 9 & 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $350/ person; materials incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,,

through three phases: craft, create and critique. Students will build a small body of work, either fresh work generated during this course or recent work from students’ passion projects. Thu., 3-5 p.m., Jan. 17-Feb. 17. Cost: $100/person; materials not incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,, MIXED BEGINNER CLAY WHEEL: Are you new to wheel throwing or have you just learned how to throw on the wheel? Just right for beginners and for those starting their practice, this course offers time to practice and to explore techniques. Each session begins with a demonstration followed by one-on-one guidance. Fri., 10 a.m.noon, Jan. 11- Mar. 5. Cost: $360/ First bag of clay incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,, MIXED-LEVEL CLAY WHEEL: ˜ is course offers time to practice, improve your skills and explore more techniques for perfecting your wheel-throwing practice. Open to all skill levels. Imagine being in our light-filled clay studio with peers who share in the joy of wheel throwing. Wed., 6-8 p.m., Jan. 9-Mar. 6. Cost: $360/ first bag of clay incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,,

LYRICAL PROSE: ˜ is creative writing course will center on writing beautiful prose, either fiction or nonfiction. ˜ e writer Frances Cannon will guide students

WATERCOLOR PRACTICE: Are you interested in playing with watercolor techniques to get cool effects and to learn more ways to have fun with the medium? Focusing on the beauty of the season, we will use still life as our inspiration to engage our senses with a versatile medium. Thu., 6-8 p.m., Jan. 17-Feb. 21. Cost: $200/person; materials not incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@shelburne, shelburnecraft WOOD TURNING: Are you looking for an introduction to Woodturning? Join us in our warm, light-filled, woodshop to learn the beautiful art of woodturning. Over the course of three weeks, students will learn how to turn a chunk of tree trunk into a wooden bowl or vessel. Mon., 6-9 p.m., Jan. 7-28. Cost: $270/materials incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,,

dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes: nightclub-style, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wed., 6 p.m. $15/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in anytime and prepare for an enjoyable workout. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, info@

INTRO TO WOODWORKING: Interested in learning the basics of woodworking? Students learn the basics of using hand tools and shop machinery to design and make a beautiful one-of-a-kind shaker hall table. Each session includes one-onone support to help students gain confidence with creative decision-making. Wed., 6-9 p.m., Jan. 9-Mar. 20. Cost: $575/person; materials incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 9853648, info@shelburnecraftschool. org, LIFE DRAWING: Drawing the human figure is one of the most universal themes in visual art. Figure drawing is a practice in observation, gesture, posture and nuance. Students are guided by an instructor to capture the essence of the human form while a live model poses in short and long poses. Mon., 6-8 p.m. Cost: $200/person; materials not incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,,

VISUAL/COMIC STORY TELLING: ˜ e popularity of comics has grown significantly over the past two decades, from an already rich existing tradition. But what’s behind the panels of a comic? How are comics made? How do they work? Join professional graphic novelist Rachel Lindsay to explore the art of visual storytelling in comics. Tue., 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jan. 15-Feb. 19. Cost: $200/person; materials not incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,,

drumming THREE-LEGGED STOOL: Learn how to make a three-legged stool in this introductory woodworking course. Students learn the basics of woodworking using hand tools while learning how to design and piece together a functional object. Students looking for a more in-depth introduction to woodworking should check out Wood 101. Mon., 6-9 p.m Cost: $250/ person; materials incl. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,,

TAIKO AND DJEMBE CLASSES IN BURLINGTON!: Open classes in September. New drumming sessions begin the weeks of 10/8, 11/26, 1/7, 2/4, 3/11, 5/6. Intermediate Taiko: Mon., 6-8:20 p.m. Taiko for Adults: Tue., 5:30-6:20 p.m., & Wed., 6:30-7:50 p.m. Djembe for Adults: Wed., 5:30-6:20 p.m. Taiko for Kids and Parents: Tue., 4:30-5:20 p.m. World Drumming for Kids and Parents: Wed., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Drums provided. Conga classes, too! Visit schedule and register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 9994255,

family FREE MUSIC/MOVEMENT CLASSES: Family music classes for families with children aged 0 to 5. Come sing, dance and jam with the whole family. Green Mountain Music Together with teacher Alison leads you through a joyful and playful session preparing all young children for later music instruction. Bang drums, sing and circle dance. Fun! Dec. 4 & 14, 4 p.m. & 10:30 a.m. 45 min. class. Location: Honest Yoga Blue Mall, 150 Dorset St., #310, South Burlington. Info: Green Mountain Music Together, Alison Mott, 310-2230, greenmountainmusic@, greenmountainmusic

fitness TRY THE Y!: Cardio and weight equipment. Spin, yoga, zumba and more group exercise classes. Lap pool, 88-degree Fahrenheit program pool; swim lessons and aquatic classes. All in a supportive community where everyone is welcome. Try us for a day for free! Location: Greater Burlington YMCA, 266 College St., Burlington. Info: 862-9622,

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MUSIC TOGETHER DEMO CLASSES AT THE FLYNN: For caregivers and children aged 0-5: Try out a Music Together class for free! Music Together classes bring together a community of families to share songs, instrument play, rhythm chants and movement activities in a relaxed, non-performance-oriented setting. ˜ ese demo classes are the perfect opportunity to try out the class before committing to the full 10week session beginning January 14. Two demo classes avail.: Mon., Dec. 10, & Mon., Dec. 17, 10-10:45 a.m. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543,

language ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE WINTER SESSION: Our six-week session starts on January 7, and we are offering French classes for adults in Burlington, Colchester and Montpelier. We serve the entire range of students from the true beginners to those who are already comfortable conversing in French. Info: Micheline Tremblay, 881-8826,, ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Spanish classes start in January. Learn from a native speaker via small classes or personal instruction. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers, lessons for young children; they love


it! English as Second Language instruction online. Our 13th year. See our website or contact us for details. Starts week of Jan. 7. Cost: $225/10 weekly classes of 90+ min. each. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025, spanish, spanish

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

PILATES MATWORK!: Pilates matwork classes for all levels of ability from beginner to advanced, taught by Sharon Mcilwaine, certified pilates instructor, with many years of experience. All welcome. First class is free! Tue., 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Sat., 8:45-9:45 a.m. (no class Dec. 25). Cost: $18/1-hour class. Location: Sacred Mountain Studio, 215 College St., 3rd FL, Burlington. Info: Burlington Acupuncture, Sharon McIlwaine, 522-3992, sharon@burlington, pilatesmat

Champion and IBJJF World Masters Champion. Accept no Iimitations! Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 598-2839,,

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

metals FORMING AND FORGING: Learn the basics of forming and forging. You will learn about different types of hammers and what they are used for. We will go over how to forge rings and bracelets and try a technique called fold forming, which is used to easily make 3D objects from 2D metal. Wed., Dec. 5 & 12, 5:30-8 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761,

pilates PILATES & PICS: INDULGE, EMPOWER & PLAY: Learn Pilates tricks and inversions on the trapeze table, ladder barrel, chair, Reformer and mat with All Wellness staff, and strike a pose for the camera with Katie, from Katie Figura photography. Each individual will receive beautiful professional photos of themselves doing Pilates. No experience required. Anyone without significant injuries are welcome. Dec. 16, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Cost: $75. Location: All Wellness, 128 Lakeside Ave., Burlington. Info: 863-9900, workshops.

PILATES WORKSHOP WITH ANULA MAIBERG: Anula Maiberg, co-owner of Sixth Street Pilates, was born in Israel and moved to NYC in 2001. Join us for a six-hour workshop/movement experience with Anula. Topics will include: Where Should I Be Feeling ıis and Building Community in Your Studio. Dec. 15, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $250. Location: All Wellness, 128 Lakeside Ave., Burlington. Info: 863-9900,

shamanism EXTRAORDINARY REALITIES: Learn how to journey into the spirit realms, where you will work with powerfully compassionate and intelligent helping spirits, teachers and healers. ıe session will include an introduction to the

practice of shamanic divination and an overview of shamanic healing. Meet your power animal in a core shamanic introduction. Sat., Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $120/9hour class. Location: Shaman’s Flame Workshop Center, 644 Log Town Rd., Woodbury. Info: Peter Clark, 456-8735, peterclark13@,

tai chi SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: ıe Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 3636890,

yoga EVOLUTION YOGA: Practice yoga in a down-to-earth atmosphere with some of the most experienced teachers and therapeutic professionals in Burlington. Daily drop-in classes include $5 Community, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Yin, Meditation, Yoga Wall and Yoga ıerapeutics led b y physical therapists. Dive deeper into

your practice with Yoga for Life, a semester-based program of unlimited yoga, weekend workshops and mentorship. Transform your career with our Yoga Teacher Training rooted in anatomy and physiology and taught by a faculty of healthcare providers who integrate yoga into their practices. $15/class; $140/10-class card; $5-10/community class. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, SANGHA STUDIO | NONPROFIT, DONATION-BASED YOGA: Sangha Studio builds an empowered community through the shared practice of yoga. Free yoga service initiatives and outreach programs are offered at 17 local organizations working with all ages. Join Sangha in both downtown Burlington and the Old North End for one of their roughly 60 weekly classes and workshops. Become a Sustaining Member for $60/ month and practice as often as you like! Daily. Location: Sangha Studio, 120 Pine St. and 237 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 448-4262,

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music farmers, baristas, cooks and graphic designers. All seemed equally at home in the space. According to patrons, that’s a sharp contrast from what existed there before. For years prior, a dive bar called Bethel Depot occupied the building. “It was dark and gloomy,” said East Bethel resident Kyle Miller, 28, of Bethel Depot, which closed in 2017. He and Elizabeth Morse, 22, sat playing a vigorous round of dominoes in the center of the bar. The two said they frequent Babes more than anywhere else.

Owen Daniel-McCarter schmoozing with patrons at Babes Bar in Bethel




Where Everybody Knows Your Name Cheers to Babes Bar, Bethel’s new melting pot B Y J O RD AN A D AMS


h, my God, is that freaking Mario Kart 64?” I muttered upon entering Babes Bar in Bethel. A projector blasted the classic Nintendo video game’s opening menu on a giant screen in the back of the pub. Four controllers lay on the floor, awaiting challengers eager to enter a breakneck race around Wario Stadium. Directly adjacent was one of my favorite old-school arcade games: The Simpsons. I can’t tell you how much allowance money I spent in my youth attempting to rescue Maggie Simpson from the evil clutches of Mr. Burns.



“Is it my birthday?” I quipped. No, it wasn’t. It was, however, Jesse Plotsky’s — his 33rd, to be exact. He and his husband, Owen Daniel-McCarter, 36, opened Babes in June after uprooting their lives in Chicago. Itching for adventure and a less stressful way of life, the couple ended their 11-year stint in the Windy City in favor of the sleepy village, where Plotsky’s brother and sister-in-law also live. “We knew it was gonna be a complete 180,” Plotsky said. “But that was part of the draw.” In just under six months, the couple

has not only created a thriving business but reinvigorated a sense of community in the Upper Valley burg. Currently the only stand-alone bar in town, it offers a wide selection of reasonably priced libations, Chicago-style hot dogs, pool, board games, live music, film screenings and karaoke. Owing to a convivial atmosphere and welcoming spirit, Babes stands out as a true melting pot. On the night of my visit, twentysomethings mingled with septuagenarians, recent transplants with multigenerational Vermonters. Some were college professors or students, others were machinists,

“We knew the previous bar was notoriously a ‘guy’ bar … Women and queer people and people of color did not feel welcome,” said Daniel-McCarter. “We really wanted to send messages [that said], ‘This is a space where we are thinking about race [and] gender.’” Vermonters are notoriously wary of outsiders — especially those darn city slickers and flatlanders. But DanielMcCarter and Plotsky’s reception from locals has been anything but prickly. “I remember people saying they didn’t want to come because they thought it was gonna be a gay bar,” said Miller. “But that changed pretty fucking quick.” In addition to rumors that Babes would be an LGBTQ bar, word that the new venture would be a strip club made its way through the grapevine. But as DanielMcCarter pointed out, the term “babe” has risen in popularity as “a gender-neutral term of endearment” as opposed to a crass term for a particular type of woman. The word also refers to folk legend Paul Bunyan’s trusty blue ox Babe — a nod to Daniel-McCarter’s Wisconsin roots — as the sign hanging above the entrance makes clear. Nestled along Bethel’s quintessentially Vermont Main Street strip next to Cockadoodle Pizza Café, the bar occupies a former train depot — hence the previous bar’s name. With help from family and friends, the new owners renovated the space while WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME

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News and views on the local music scene B Y J O RDAN A D A MS

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Burlington’s ANTHILL COLLECTIVE is constantly on the move promoting street art and hip-hop culture in Vermont. From making murals for A_Dog Day and the Above the Radar festival to the group’s monthly hip-hop showcase at the Monkey House, the collective always has something in the works. The latest is the AnteGallery, a one-stop shop for all things Anthill. “It’s gonna kind of be like our gallery,” says SCOTTIE RAYMOND, cofounder of Anthill Collective. He and cofounder BRIAN CLARK recently began setting up shop in Shelburne within a small block of businesses adjacent to the larger Shelburne Bay Plaza. The building also houses a newish yoga studio, Second Circle, and Sweet G Smoke Shop. The pint-size exhibition room and retail store is expected to open on Friday, December 7, with DJ KANGANADE on the decks and free beer. “When I was growing up and starting to get curious about graffiti and hiphop, there were really no influences in southern New Hampshire,” says Clark of his hometown region. With that in mind, the AnteGalley is meant not only as an art supply shop and gallery space, but also as an educational resource for Vermont’s next wave of spray-paint masters.

“If we can get the kids we already know are doing this work in the streets in our door, we can start to talk to them about the ethics, rules and possible evolution of [the art form],” says Raymond. As of right now, the shop will sell primarily paint, high-end acrylic markers, DVD copies of the 1983 graffiti doc Wild Style and local apparel, including flat-brimmed lids from Rail City Hat. Clark and Raymond have lofty goals for the space, which include live events and low-key gatherings. But right now, they’re focused on getting the petite space ready for this week’s soft opening. “It’s an opportunity for us to display our own work and to display the work of our friends,” says Raymond. “It just feels like a logical offshoot of our mural work, Above the Radar, Third Thursdays — all of the other things that we’re already doing to promote hip-hop culture and graffiti as a viable art form.”

Glad Rags Put on your finest formal duds, shine your shoes and pick up a corsage for an event dubbed Burlington Winter Ball. On Friday, local indie outfits J BENGOY, FULL WALRUS, GREASE FACE and LEAN TEE take over Club Metronome in style. In advance of the show, J Bengoy have shared a new demo track called

FRI 12.7 “Clara,” which features vocals from singer-songwriters FRANCESCA BLANCHARD and LAUREL (aka ALEXIS HUGHES). It’s the first new music the band has released since its debut LP, Dogwood Winter, dropped in April. Though the Ben-boys are known for playing “bummer rock,” I daresay none of their previous tracks has sounded as gloomy as this one. Like, gee whiz. Is everything OK, folks? Let me know if you all need a hug. I kid, I kid! If you want to hear the dirge-like tune, act fast, because the single — which heralds the group’s upcoming, as-yetuntitled sophomore LP — will be removed from Bandcamp after Friday’s show. So listen to it now while you still can!


Meadowlark Studios introduces a new series of live performances at its recording space in Williston this week. The first installment features blues trio DWIGHT & NICOLE on Sunday, December 9. Seating is limited, and the event is BYOB. Think of the series as Meadowlark’s answer to Sofar Sounds — which makes sense, given that the recording studio’s owner and producer, YASMIN TAYEBY, was the international popup concert’s liaison for its Burlington shows. Speaking of Meadowlark, turn to page 75 to check out the review of the studio’s star-studded holiday compilation album, A Vermont Christmas, which features Dwight & Nicole among several other local luminaries. If enough folks in the crowd are on the “Nice” list, perhaps they’ll play their contribution to the SOUNDBITES

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Midnight North Brook Jordan (of Twiddle) 104.7 The Point welcomes

Darlingside Henry Jamison

First Friday

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Spectacular Spectacular

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Joe Nice x Eliot Lipp

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Rubblebucket Joey Agresta, Toth

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Foreverinmotion, Skyward Story, The Victory Drive, Trevor Douglas

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The Ballroom Thieves

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Limbs, Sentinels

Odetta Hartman

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Fully Completely Hip: Tragically Hip Tribute My Mother’s Moustache

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Sleigh Belles

1.18 An Appreciation of JJ Cale 1.27 Shoreline Mafia 1.31 Space Jesus 2.10 Andy Shauf 1214 Williston Road, South Burlington 802-652-0777 @higherground @highergroundmusic SEVEN DAYS DECEMBER 5-12, 2018

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JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: ’ e Ray Vega Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Queen City Hot Club (gypsy jazz), 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. Seth Eames (blues), 9:30 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: G-Nome Project, Sead (live electronica), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Ensemble V (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Strangled Darlings (indie folk), 9 p.m., free. Princess Nostalgia, Wax On, the Greg Freeman Band (R&B, pop), 10:30 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 8 p.m., free. DJ SVPPLY (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

Dog’s Life Comedian

DREW LYNCH broke out after landing second place

in the 10th season of NBC’s “American’s Got Talent.” Known for speaking with

upper valley

THE ENGINE ROOM: Tricia Auld (standup), 8 p.m., $10.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: ’ e Resonators (rock), 5 p.m., free. Justin Panigutti Band (rock), 9 p.m., free.

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STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Justin LaPoint (Americana), 8 p.m., free.

a pronounced stutter, the Los Angeles-based comic frequently uploads videos to

HIGHLAND LODGE: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free.

his YouTube dog vlog, costarring his canine companion, Stella. Through hilarious,

PARKER PIE CO.: Michael Hahn (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free.

real-life anecdotes, Lynch exposes the often

outside vermont

misunderstood world of living with

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

a service animal. Simultaneously, Stella’s “thoughts” are displayed


as snarky subtitles, which often contradict and undermine her


master’s ongoing monologue. Lynch


BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Bob Gagnon (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.


BURLINGTON ST. JOHN’S CLUB: Karaoke, 8:30 p.m., free.

December 6, through Saturday,

CLUB METRONOME: Burlington Winter Ball with J Bengoy, Full Walrus, Grease Face, LEAN TEE (indie), 9 p.m., $5.

December 8, at the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington.

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Hotel Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. Indie Rumble (improv), 8:30 p.m., $5.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Max García Conover (folk), 7:30 p.m., free. ’ e Western Den (indie folk), 9 p.m., $5. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5.

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MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: DJ WuChon (disco, funk), 10 p.m., free.

CITY SPORTS GRILLE: Interactive Video Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7:30 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Formula 5: A Tribute to H.O.R.D.E., Doctor Rick, the Melting Nomads (jam), 9 p.m., $5.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Wizardfest (Harry Potter-themed dance party), 9 p.m., $15-30. MONKEY HOUSE: Skyzoo, London Wordswell, Mister Burns (hip-hop), 8 p.m., $12/15. THE OLD POST: Karaoke with D Jay Baron, 8 p.m., free.



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


IDLETYME BREWING COMPANY: ’ e Idletyme Band (blues, rock), 8 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Abby Sherman and Kelly Ravin (Americana), 7:30 p.m., free.

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CLUB METRONOME: Lawrence, the Huntertones, Aubrey Haddard (soul-pop), 8:30 p.m., $15/17. DRINK: Downstairs Comedy Open Mic, 8 p.m., free. FINNIGAN’S PUB: DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 10 p.m., free.

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

HALF LOUNGE: DJ SVPPLY & Bankz (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

middlebury area

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., $5. Light Club Jazz Sessions and Showcase, 10:30 p.m., free.

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

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NECTAR’S: Trivia Mania, 7 p.m., free. Gymshorts, Clever Girls, Father Figuer (indie), 9 p.m., $5/8. 18+.

outside vermont

RADIO BEAN: Paige ’ ibault (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. ’ e Tribe of 2 (rock), 8:30 p.m., free. Sputoola (funk, rock), 10:30 p.m., free.

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

MONOPOLE: Open Mic with Lucid, 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Video Game Night, 7 p.m., free.


RED SQUARE: ’ e Jeff Salisbury Band (blues), 7 p.m., free. D Jay


Baron (mashup, hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Nobby Reed Project (blues), 7 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (open format), 10 p.m., free.


SIDEBAR: VT Beats Showcase (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $3. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Drew Lynch (standup), 7 p.m., $20/25. Tinder Nightmares (improv), 9 p.m., free. Fanny Pack (improv), 10 p.m., $5.

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BACKSTAGE PUB & RESTAURANT: Trivia, 8 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Midnight North, Brook Jordan (of Twiddle) (Americana), 8 p.m., $10/12. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Irish Session, 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Funny Girl Comedy Night (1-Year Anniversary) (standup), 7:30 p.m., free. Suburban Samurai, Telegraph Hill, Phantom Suns, Days on End (punk), 9:30 p.m., $3/8. 18+. THE OLD POST: Salsa Night with DJ JP, 7 p.m., free. Jamie Lee ’ urston (country), 7:30 p.m., free.

BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Colin McCaffrey and Friends (folk), 6 p.m., free. GUSTO’S: Jas & Scott Duo (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Open Mic Night, 8 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Open Mic Night, 8:30 p.m., free. TAP 25: John Wilson (a cappella), 7 p.m., free.

mad river valley/ waterbury

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

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: James Towle (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free.

WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Dakota (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: John Smyth (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., free. ’ e Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 9 p.m., free. GUSTO’S: Tim Brick (country), 5 p.m., free. High Def (rock covers), 9 p.m., $5. POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): ’ e Renegade Groove (rock), 10 p.m., $5. SWEET MELISSA’S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Sara Grace and Andy Suits (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free.


EL TORO: Rebecca Padula (bluegrass), 7 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Gary Wade (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., free. TAP 25: George Petit Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

mad river valley/ waterbury HOSTEL TEVERE: Lowell ’ ompson (alt-country), 9:30 p.m., $5.

RADIO BEAN: Friday Morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids’ music), 11 a.m., free. ’ e Notables (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Copilot (rock, pop), 10 p.m., $5.

middlebury area

RED SQUARE: Django Soulo (singer-songwriter), 4 p.m., free. Super Stash Bros. (funk, rock), 7 p.m., free. DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 11 p.m., $5.

PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Hot Date (covers), 8 p.m., $10-20.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 10 p.m., $5. SIDEBAR: Haitian and Friends (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): ’ e Devon McGarry Band (rock), 7 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Drew Lynch (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $25/32.

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BACKSTAGE PUB & RESTAURANT: Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free. THE DOUBLE E LOUNGE AT ESSEX CINEMAS & T-REX THEATER: Kind Bud’s Kind Dubs (acoustic), 6:45 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Darlingside, Henry Jamison (indie folk), 8 p.m., $15/18. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: First Friday (drag, eclectic), 8 p.m., $5/10. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Red Hot Juba (blues, swing), 6 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Untapped: A Night of Burlesque and Drag, 9 p.m., $10. THE OLD POST: ’ e Jolly Roger Band (covers), 8 p.m., free.

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


champlain islands/ northwest TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Chris and Erica (rock, country), 7 p.m., free.

upper valley

THE ENGINE ROOM: Vital Communities presents the Conniption Fits (covers), 8 p.m., donation.

outside vermont

CASA CAPITANO: Ed Schenk (accordion), 6 p.m., free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.



ARTSRIOT: Merry Twistmas (holiday music), 5:30 & 9 p.m., $15. BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: George Petit (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. CLUB METRONOME: Lady Moon & the Eclipse, Ava Luna, Julia Caesar (R&B, Afrobeat), 10 p.m., $5.


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Where Everybody Knows Your Name « P.70 retaining much of the historic two-story building’s charm. Exposed brick, original wainscoting and hardwood floors bolster the spot’s winsome vibe. Funky, eclectic furniture and art adorn the spacious, softly lit ground floor, where a crowd of about 30 people was gathered. Across the room from the bar, which occupies the entire north wall, a couple played a lazy game of pool. Smidge, the owners’ black lap dog, scurried around between people’s legs looking for fallen foodstuffs. The upper level is like a library study room crossed with a basement chill zone with old-fashioned school desks and sturdy tables and chairs scattered around. On this particular night, Wayne’s World played on a small TV opposite a comfy leather couch. One customer told me that she brings her own chair to the bar’s regular movie nights. It recently screened cult classics The Goonies, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. As the party downstairs got into full swing, Daniel-McCarter tended bar, allowing his partner to mix and mingle with their guests. As I joined the throng to chat up some locals, I kept hearing similar words used to describe the bar: inclusivity, openness, accepting, welcoming, friendly. I asked people where they would have been on a typical night before Babes opened up. Some mentioned Crossroads Bar and Grill in South Royalton, but otherwise, nearly everyone said they would have been hanging out — and drinking — at home. “This is a big deal here,” said Bethel resident Beth Umba, 56. She and her husband, Willy Walker, 52, have lived in Bethel for 25 years. Umba says the ease of being able to walk to a watering hole makes her feel like she’s permanently on vacation. “This is the spot,” she said. “Not just for Bethel,” Walker

interjected. “People come from Randolph, Royalton [and] Lebanon [N.H.].” Some of the old crowd still comes, too. “They have stuff going on all the time, [and] there’s always a smile,” said Andrea Farnsworth, 71, a former Bethel Depot regular. “The clientele here has totally changed. There’s a few of the old ones, but 99 percent of the people I don’t even know. So, [I’m] meeting new friends and getting to know them.” “We knew there was a community here that the previous bar never tapped into,” said Daniel-McCarter. “They’re interested in variety and options and trying new things.” Once I’d done my fair share of hobnobbing, I indulged in some video games. As much as they entice me with their flashy visuals and open-world formats, modern titles don’t excite me nearly as much as retro ones do. After whooping a friend’s ass at Mario Kart, I played The Simpsons until my thumbs ached. I felt unmistakably like myself. Afterward, I watched some local twentysomethings play a convoluted card game they called Hell, in which each player uses his or her own full deck of cards. Some folks and I talked about our favorite songs to sing at karaoke. I petted the dog. I was in heaven, and I was completely sober the whole time. Before heading back to Burlington, someone turned the tables on me. “If you could use one word to describe Babes Bar, what would it be?” asked Dillion Bachand. “Community,” I said. He responded immediately: “I would’ve said ‘home.’” 

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JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.


time-honored tradition in popular music. Aside from the

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: REDadmiral (rock, Americana), 7 p.m., free. Katie Matzell (soul, pop), 9 p.m., $5. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5.

magic of family members blending their voices in harmony, shared life experiences add richness to sibling duos such as soul-pop outfit

NECTAR’S: Sean & Gerry (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free. Burning Monk: A Tribute to Rage Against the Machine, Surf Sabbath, 9 p.m., $7.

modern adulthood. At once classically informed and ultracontemporary, the duo’s tunes repackage ’70s soul stylings for the electronically inclined modern set. The pair’s work recalls legendary artists from Al Green to Mayer Hawthorne to Erykah Badu. Catch Lawrence on Thursday, December 6,

RED SQUARE: Left Eye Jump (blues), 3 p.m., free. Lilla D’Mone (soul), 7 p.m., free. Mashtodon (open format), 11 p.m., $5.

at Club Metronome in Burlington. HUNTERTONES and AUBREY HADDARD add support.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa, reggaeton), 6 p.m., free. DJ ATAK (open format), 11 p.m., $5.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Big Night (Cajun, Western swing), 8 p.m., free. SMITTY’S PUB: Jacob Green (rock, blues), 8 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Drew Lynch (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $25/32.

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GOOD TIMES CAFÉ: Stephen Bennett (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., $20. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Spectacular Spectacular (variety), 12:30 p.m., $7/10. Rubblebucket, Joey Agresta (indie), 8:30 p.m., $20/25.

middlebury area HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Joe Nice and Eliot Lipp (EDM), 8:30 p.m., $12/15. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: — e Jeff Salisbury Band (blues), 6 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: A Box of Stars (folk, ambient), 9 p.m., free. THE OLD POST: Saturday Night Mega Mix featuring DJ Colby Stiltz (open format), 9 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Mackenzie & Missisquoi (blues), 5 p.m., free. B-Town (rock covers), 9 p.m., free. PARK PLACE TAVERN: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. Val Davis (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., free. BUCH SPIELER RECORDS: Community DJ Series (vinyl DJs), 3 p.m., free. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Lake Superior, Tin Talisman (rock), 9 p.m., free. GUSTO’S: DJ LaFountaine (hits), 9:30 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Bob Hannan and Friends (folk), 7 p.m., free.

STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Nina’s Brew (blues, roots), 8 p.m., free.



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EL TORO: Justin LaPoint (Americana), 7 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Nobby Reed Project (blues), 9 p.m., free. TAP 25: John Lackard Blues Duo, 7 p.m., free. TRES AMIGOS & RUSTY NAIL STAGE: Dead Sessions (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $6/10.

mad river valley/ waterbury

ZENBARN: Share the Light: A Hanukkah Party featuring Klezwoods (klezmer), 5:30 p.m., $45.

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


PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Hot Date (covers), 8 p.m., $10-20.

champlain islands/ northwest

TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Java Sparrow (rock, blues), 7 p.m., free.

outside vermont

OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Hammer Down (rock), 9:30 p.m., free.

Familiarize yourself with their latest full-length, Acceptionalism, which came out in April. And rounding out the bill is formerly local — and now local again — lo-fi rock outfit HELLO SHARK. The mastermind behind the project, LINC HALLORAN, just relocated back to the area after a five-year stint in Philadelphia.



Their latest LP, Living Room,

chronicles Clyde and Gracie Lawrence’s shared journey into

RADIO BEAN: Pam & Dan (folk), 7 p.m., free. — e Buck Hollers (bluegrass), 8:30 p.m., free. — e Dead Shakers, Overhead Sam, Kingfisher (pysch, experimental), 10 p.m., $5.

SIDEBAR: Ian Steinberg (folk), 7 p.m., free. Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.



York City-based group’s last release, Callisto, we can expect to hear some new material. They said as much on Facebook, teasing an upcoming show at Brooklyn’s Union Pool. Joining Alpenglow are local slack-tastic four-piece PAPER CASTLES.

Cinema Casualties strikes again! The recurring film event takes over Burlington’s ArtsRiot on Wednesday, December 12. Known for screening horror flicks full of schlock and “Aw, shit, don’t go in there,” the series continues with a heartwarming holiday disaster-piece, Silent Night, Deadly Night. I doubt I need to explain the plot. Just think Santa Claus plus slasher flick. It was on Time’s 2008 list of top-10 worst Christmas movies. RICHARD CORLISS wrote of the film, “We’re not knocking the transformation of a hallowed holiday figure into a homicidal maniac — that’s just smart exploitation filmmaking.” He wrote some less-than-flattering things, as well. Google it if you must. 



CLUB METRONOME: Sunday Night Mass: Phatrix, DJ Disco Phantom, Crwd_Ctrl (house), 9 p.m., $10. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: GoldenOak (soul, folk), 8:30 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Jahson, 9 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Maple Street Six (jazz), 1 p.m., free. Old Sky and Friends (Americana), 6 p.m., free. Danny & the Parts (Americana), 8:30 p.m., free. Bira (pop-funk, soul-punk), 10:30 p.m., free.


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Listening In If I were a superhero, my superpower would be the ability to get songs stuck in other people’s heads. Here are five songs that have been stuck in my head this week. May they also get stuck in yours. Follow sevendaysvt on Spotify for weekly playlists with tunes by artists featured in the music section. SKIN TOWN, “Iceplant” MARK RONSON, “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (featuring Miley Cyrus)” SISSY WISH, “Milk” WILLVERINE, “Oh Beauty” KEEPER, “Dock”

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REVIEW this Various Artists, Meadowlark Studios Presents: A Vermont Christmas (SELF-RELEASED, CD, DIGITAL)

Everyone wants the big, glitzy present at Christmas. But the best Christmas presents are the ones you didn’t ask for or even know you wanted. Like, for example, the Whirley Pop stove-top popcorn maker Santa gave me more than two decades ago that I still use. Every time I pop a batch, it’s like my own little buttery Christmas miracle. In a way, Christmas music is similar. Sure, you can fire up the classics by Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, et al. But sometimes the real treasures are the hidden gems, the new songs or the new versions of old standbys that you didn’t know you needed but that you’ll turn to year after year. While not every track quite hits home for the holidays, the new compilation from Williston’s Meadowlark


A WEEK Studios, A Vermont Christmas, offers several such unexpected Christmas treats that could well become beloved local favorites. The record opens with Josh Panda’s take on “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” As ever, the vocal dynamo is his typical showstopping self. But whether you find his version naughty or nice may depend on how you feel about, of all things, Steely Dan. Inexplicably, Panda replaces the original’s classic sax solo with the instrumental bridge from “Reelin’ in the Years.” The DuPont Brothers’ “Silent Night” is next. Over lilting, slack-key-like acoustic guitar, the duo dovetails angelic harmonies that recall another fraternal group: the Mills Brothers. It’s a placid, gorgeous rendition. Kat Wright and Brett Hughes, who are something like Burlington’s twangy answer to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan around the holidays, follow with a high, lonesome version of “Blue Christmas,” complete with some nifty whistling in place of the song’s signature “oohs.”

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Reid — aka Reid Parsons — is the surprise hit of the record. Using just fingerpicked acoustic guitar and voice, the singer quietly imbues the Christmas standard with palpable longing and sweetness. Following Dwight & Nicole’s powerful rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas,” Cricket Blue deliver a stirring take on “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Laced with icily beautiful, dissonant harmonies, the local indiefolk duo’s version is a spiritual cousin to that of Sufjan Stevens from his Songs for Christmas. The comp’s penultimate cut, “The Christmas Song” by Meadowlark Studios owner Yasmin Tayeby, is another quiet gem. Built around slinky jazz guitar, trumpet and voice, the cool, lounge-y track could almost pass as a lost Chet Baker outtake. The tune’s inviting calm is somewhat broken by the bouncy rendition of “Joy to the World” that closes the album by the University of Vermont vocal group the Hit Paws. But, hey, what’s Christmas without the occasional a cappella carol? Meadowlark Studios Presents: A Vermont Christmas is available at CD Baby.










Are the ’90s back? In Burlington, at least, it seems the halcyon days of big, distorted guitars, angsty lyrics and pounding drums have indeed returned. Between the pop-punk love letter that was Preece’s Bad Choices Make Good Stories and the new Phantom Suns record, Caldera, you’d forgive a guy for thinking Bill Clinton is still getting oral in the White House and rock stars are still writing about heroin. Or, you know, that there are such things as rock stars… Whether you view the ’90s revival as a legitimate return to beloved forms or just a blip of influences resurfacing, there is no dismissing Caldera as anything other than authentic and well wrought. Phantom Suns’ first full-length effort follows 2014’s excellent Parhelia EP and expands on the band’s promise. It also showcases how far bassist and producer Ryan Cohen and his Robot Dog Studio have come.

Cohen pulls multiple shifts in playing, recording, mixing and mastering an album with a wonderful trait achieved only by putting in the elbow grease: tonal fidelity. The record holds together as one solid piece of work, from the ferocious stomp of opener “Forget” to the atmospheric power of closing cut “Olympus Mons.” The art of making an LP that feels like a cohesive artistic statement should not be overlooked in 2018. Seth Gundersen, of beloved local rockers Villanelles, handles vocals with a suitable bite — though occasionally his snarling melodies and ambivalent lyrics stick to the grunge playbook a little too closely. “I tried to smother you / And I tried chemicals / You foiled all of my attempts / You just keep sprouting up / You return even though I dug you up right by the roots,” Gundersen sings on “Knotweed,” a nice hit of stoner rock. Chris Mathieu’s drum work is propulsive, and Cohen mixes it just right. As much as there is to love about ’90s rock, the reverb on the drums on


a lot of those classic albums — most egregiously Pearl Jam’s Ten — does not age well. Both Mathieu’s kit and Gundersen’s guitars are right where they should be in the mix. The trio sounds properly giant, capable of muscular dynamics and sonic bombast. “Trial by Stone” is a clear standout, a mammoth blast of rock and roll that just so happens to be about The Dark Crystal, the gorgeously twisted 1982 Jim Henson epic that gave so many kids nightmares. Who would have guessed such a subject would fit so-called “alternative” music so well? As Gundersen howls about dying worlds and dying races, what could have been an eggheaded idea is pulled off expertly. You start hoping the band adapts the cult classic Legend for its next LP. Caldera showcases a band embracing its sound with laser-like focus. With a foot on the distortion pedal and a head in the stars, Phantom Suns know the aesthetic they want and achieve it with aplomb. Caldera is available at phantomsuns. Phantom Suns play this Thursday, December 6, at the Monkey House in Winooski. CHRIS FARNSWORTH







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RUBEN JAMES: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch, noon, free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Holidaygasm Comedian Party (standup, improv), 7 p.m., free.

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THE DOUBLE E LOUNGE AT ESSEX CINEMAS & T-REX THEATER: Christmas at the Silent Movies with Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, 7 p.m., $15. MISERY LOVES CO.: Disco Brunch with DJ Craig Mitchell, 11 a.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Priests, Empath, DJ Disco Phantom (rock), 8:30 p.m., $8/10.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Southern Old Time Music Jam (traditional), 10 a.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m., donation.

MON.10 burlington

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading), 8 p.m., free. Tom Templer (singersongwriter), 9:30 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Game Night, 7 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Art Herttua and Ray Caroll (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Eva Rawlings and Tony Gagnon (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. Family Night (open jam), 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Comedy & Crêpes (standup), 7 p.m., free.


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Lobsters (surf), 8:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Rookie of the Year, Foreverinmotion, Skyward Story, the Victory Drive, Trevor Doughlas (indie rock), 7:30 p.m., $12/15.

RADIO BEAN: Sibling Revival (folk, jazz), 7 p.m., free. Ryan Fauber (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. Friends Only (pop-punk), 10:30 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 8 p.m., free.

MONKEY HOUSE: Erin CasselsBrown (indie folk), 6 p.m., free. Motown Mondays (Motown DJs), 8 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Hotel Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. Standup Class Show, 8:30 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Sex Trivia, 7:30 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Seth Yacovone (blues), 7 p.m., free.

mad river valley/ waterbury

ZENBARN: Scars on 45 (rock), 8 p.m., $10/15.



ARTSRIOT: ‚e Moth: Beginnings (storytelling), 7:30 p.m., $10. DRINK: Comedy Open Mic, 8:30 p.m., free. FOAM BREWERS: Local Dork (eclectic vinyl), 6 p.m., free. LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Jake Whitesell Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Pullin’ Yo Chain Comedy Showcase, 7:30 p.m., free. DJ Djoeh (eclectic), 9:30 p.m., free. LINCOLNS: ‚e Laugh Shack (standup), 8:30 p.m., $5. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Hannah Fair (singer-songwriter), 9:30 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Tuesday Bluesday Blues Jam with Collin Craig and Friends, 6 p.m., free. Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5. RADIO BEAN: Dan Bishop Trio (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Kirsti Blow (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Ponyhustle, 10 p.m., $5. Honeytwist (rock), 10:30 p.m., free.


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Strange Trip Much like Bostonian colleagues Tall Heights, indie-folk quartet

DARLINGSIDE of Cambridge, Mass., meld sleek, urban edge with bucolic, traditional influences.

THE OLD POST: Karaoke with D Jay Baron, 8 p.m., free.

of guitar, mandolin, banjo, violin, cello, guitar and bass grounds the LP’s existential themes.


Emotional resonance and ponderous lyrics combine to create a flawless fusion of head and heart. Largely known for its vocal prowess, the group’s exquisite multipart harmonies ebb and flow with ease. Darlingside perform on Friday, December 7, at the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington. Local singer-songwriter HENRY JAMISON opens. RED SQUARE: DJ A-RA$ (open format), 11 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: Seth Yacovone (blues), 7 p.m., free. Ron Stoppable (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Ukulele Kids with Joe Baird (sing-along), 9:30 a.m., free.

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


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


MOOGS PLACE: Django Soulo (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., free.

middlebury area

HATCH 31: Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk), 6 p.m., free. Kelly Ravin and Friends (country), 7 p.m., free.

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

SWEET MELISSA’S: Blue Fox’s Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.



JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Bluegrass Session, 7 p.m., free.

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CITY SPORTS GRILLE: Interactive Video Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7:30 p.m., free.

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ARTSRIOT: Cinema Casualties presents ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ featuring Zentauri (metal live score), 8:30 p.m., free. DELI 126: Bluegrass Jam, 8 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

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


IDLETYME BREWING COMPANY: ‚e Idlet yme Band (blues, rock), 8 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free. Abby Sherman (Americana), 8 p.m., free.

mad river valley/ waterbury

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

middlebury area

JUNIPER: ‚e Blue Gardenias (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Paul Asbell Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. Seth Eames (blues), 9:30 p.m., free.

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he small Northeast Kingdom city of Newport boasts a Catholic church of staggering proportions. Built of local granite, it sits on a dramatic perch overlooking Lake Memphremagog and nearby Canada. Its twin towers are 105 feet tall, its walls nearly three feet thick. It seats 550 people on pews that cant gradually toward the altar on a theater floor. It’s more impressive than Vermont’s only cathedral, the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Burlington, which is the bishop’s seat. By all appearances, this grand Romanesque monument — christened St. Mary Star of the Sea in 1909 — should be in Montréal or Boston, not in a town whose population has never topped 5,300. But St. Mary’s founder, Father Antoine Clermont, was a “visionary” who “didn’t care about the budget,” Fred Wilson explained wryly while giving Seven Days



carefully. According to a survey, Vermont is the least religious state in the nation. Church attendance is reportedly down across all faiths, and the Catholic Church has taken an added hit from revelations of its priest-abuse cover-up. The collection basket is getting shallower while maintenance costs continue to mount. Yet no one wants to see Vermont’s iconic churches — many of them in rural towns — go away. “We have these architectural gems that were built to last a thousand years,” said Lisa Ryan, a field service representative with the Preservation Trust of Vermont. Along with farms, forests and beautiful winding roads, Ryan said, “churches are a big part of our Vermont identity.” While St. Mary may have begun as an extravagance, today it’s one of the state’s



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a recent tour. Wilson emphatically does care. Now the church’s consultant and project coordinator, he served until June as office manager for Mater Dei Parish, to which St. Mary belongs, one of 73 parishes in Vermont. According to Glenn Andres and Curtis Johnson’s book Buildings of Vermont, when Clermont launched the extravagant church’s construction in 1904, the Vermont diocese sought to block it. That failed, so the diocese placed Clermont “under interdiction for his obstinacy” and transferred him just before the building was completed. The bankrupt parish didn’t pay off its debt until 1946, according to a commemorative book printed for the church’s 2009 centennial. These days, churches such as St. Mary have to consider budgetary matters very

healthiest churches. As Preservation Trust director Paul Bruhn commented, “The Newport church is an example of a church congregation that’s working very hard to stay viable and vibrant. And Fred is an example of someone who is very passionate about both the building, which is amazing, and the church’s mission.” About 1,500 families are on the rolls of Mater Dei, whose churches are St. Mary, St. Edward the Confessor in Derby Line, St. Benedict Labré in West Charleston and St. James the Greater in Island Pond. (The parish used to include St. Bernard of Clairvaux in Norton, but that remote border structure was decommissioned owing to dwindling attendance in 2009 and is up for sale.) While off-season Sunday attendance fills perhaps half the pews, the church is generally full during busy summer months, and Christmas masses draw a standing-room-only crowd. “That’s more than I had in New Jersey,” said Father Rijo Johnson, St. Mary’s voluble, upbeat pastor from Kerala, India, who is one of the parish’s three priests. Johnson served in Newark, N.J., for 10 years before coming to Newport in July 2017. Seven Days reached him by phone in the rectory beside the church, a smaller but equally beautiful granite structure with a round tower facing the lake. Johnson has reached out to the larger Newport community in numerous ways. He opened the annual picnic — organized by the church’s active Knights of Columbus — to the public, giving more than the congregation access to the church’s “million-dollar view,” as Johnson put it. Public concerts by a children’s bell choir from the town’s multidenominational United Christian Academy typically fill the church. Last July 4, Johnson began serving ice cream to fireworks watchers who hauled chairs up to the church grounds. Annual outdoor vehicle and pet blessings regularly take place in the parking lot. The church also provides gas vouchers and bagged groceries to needy visitors and to 15 to 20 families every Thursday. Nancy Cook, a Eucharistic minister at St. Mary and retired director of Passumpsic Savings Bank, described St. Mary as one of






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four Newport churches that coordinate covers some of the original trompe-l’oeil their efforts to tend to the community’s detail by Naphtali Rochon. The Québéneeds; the others are St. Mark’s Episcopal cois artist based his grisaille renderings Church, Newport of the life of Christ, Church of God, seen throughout and a single instithe church, on tution known as originals by James the Federated Tissot, while inserting his own United MethodLISA RYAN ist and United face in nearly Church of Christ. every scene. (He is Christ up in the choir Wilson oversees the physical church’s loft.) Unfortunately, a full removal of the restoration, an ongoing project that has latex layer is currently unaffordable, said cost an estimated $200,000 since 2008. Wilson. Major grants of $50,000 that year and Nevertheless, St. Mary has avoided $40,000 in 2016, from a partnership of the fate of other churches around the the Preservation Trust and the Carl M. state. Vermont’s state architectural Freeman Foundation, helped repoint the historian, Devin Colman, cited the case granite blocks, which had begun to shift of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in East because of crumbling mortar. Dorset, built in the Carpenter Gothic style An extra cash infusion occurred spon- in 1874. The Catholic Diocese tore it down taneously during the centennial celebra- in 2016. “There was no regulatory ‘hook’ tion. The late real estate mogul Tony at the local, state or federal level to require Pomerleau, who grew up in Newport consideration of alternatives to demoliand attended St. Mary, pledged $25,000 tion,” Colman wrote in an email. if then-pastor Father Yvon Royer would The same fate may await the Cathedral shave his beard. Royer immediately of the Immaculate Conception in Burlcomplied, and the transaction was ington, designed by well-known modern completed. “But I don’t think he was architect Edward Larrabee Barnes in 1977 happy when I grew it back,” the priest to fit into a grid of trees designed by evenwrote in an email. better-known landscape architect Dan St. Mary’s next project is the roof: Kiley. In October, the Cultural Landscape It needs new copper crickets and some Foundation in Washington, D.C., warned slate replacement, which will cost about in a “Landslide” alert that “the likelihood $100,000, Wilson estimated. The money that the cathedral will be demolished is will come from a capital campaign, grants increased by its proximity to the upcomand parishioners’ bequests. Meanwhile, ing CityPlace Burlington redevelopment Verizon’s cellphone antennae, installed project.” in both towers in 2006, provide rental The Preservation Trust works with a income that’s used for general operations. Philadelphia-based organization, Partners Inside, Wilson pointed out a chipped for Sacred Places, to reinvigorate churches spot on the plaster-and-horsehair-onlath walls. It reveals that white latex paint SHINING ‘STAR’ » P.83


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 ‘THE ART SHOW NO. 13’: An open-media exhibit in which members of the community are invited to show work. Reception: Friday, December 7, 6-9 p.m.; people’s choice mini grant awarded at 8:30 p.m. December 7-31. Info, RL Photo Studio in Burlington. CORRINA THURSTON: Graphite and colored pencil drawings and prints of animals by the Vermont artist. December 5-31. New Moon Café in Burlington.

 ‘THE INTREPID COUPLE AND THE STORY OF AUTHENICA AFRICAN IMPORTS’: A selection of African art collected by Jack and Lydia Clemmons, along with photos and listening stations, curated by the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte. Reception: Saturday, December 8, 2-4 p.m. December 8-March 9. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington.



repurposed into works of art; and handcrafted felt hats, respectively. Art Walk reception: Friday, December 7, 4-8 p.m. December 7-31. Info, 223-1981. ƒe Cheshire Cat in Montpelier .

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‘THE PAINTINGS OF LOUIS FRIED’: Organized by Catamount Arts, the collection of paintings address the immigrant experience of the 19th-century artist from Minsk, Russia. December 7-January 27. Info, 533-9075. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.


ERICK HUFSCHMID: “A Muse,” photographs taken in 2010 in the studio of collage artist Varujan Boghosian.  VARUJAN BOGHOSIAN: Late work in construction and collage. Reception: Saturday, December 15, 3-4:30 p.m. December 12-January 26. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester.

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 HOLIDAY MEMBERS SHOW: Works in painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, stained glass, bead weaving, printmaking, mixed media and woodwork by artist-members of the gallery. Reception: December 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. December 7-28. Info, 518-563-1604. Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

ART EVENTS 16TH ANNUAL MORETOWN ARTISANS SALE: Arts and crafts, food, music, and a visit from Santa on Sunday. Moretown Elementary School, Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, December 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, 496-6466. 20TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN STUDIO & HOLIDAY SALE: Cotton Mill artists and artisans open their studios to show and sell a variety of works in fine art, craft and specialty foods. Details at Cotton Mill Main Studio, Brattleboro, Friday, December 7, 4-8 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, December 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, info@ ART RECEPTION AND BOOK LAUNCH PARTY: Corrina ƒurston, professional wildlife ar tist and author, opens “Disappearing Act...,” a display of artwork featuring animals considered threatened, endangered or vulnerable. ƒurston wil l also sign copies of paperback versions of her two art-business books New Moon Café, Burlington, Wednesday, December 5, 4-6 p.m. Info, 760-8206. E1 STUDIO COLLECTIVE HOLIDAY SHOP: Art for sale includes stained glass, fused glass, ceramics, cards,




CRYSTAL STOKES: Acrylic paintings by the central Vermont artist. Curated by SEABA. ƒrough December 31. Info, 859-9222. Art’s Alive Gallery in Burlington.

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‘HOUSE TO HOME’: An exhibition examining the meaning of home through cultural, ethnographic and decorative art objects from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania, ranging from antiquity to the present. ‘THE IMPOSSIBLE IDEAL: VICTORIAN FASHION AND FEMININITY’: An exhibition exploring how fashion embodied the many contradictions of Victorian women’s lives through clothing and accessories from the museum collection, accompanied by excerpts from popular American women’s magazines. ƒrough December 14. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington.


Seemingly miles of white paper bearing drawings in black marker line a long wall at Burlington’s Flynndog gallery. They’re the cumulative work of some 900 students and 100 adults in the

KARA TORRES: “Myriad Veils,” multimedia works that explore literal and metaphorical veils and how they obscure and elucidate what lies beneath. ƒrough February 28. Info, 859-9222. Speeder & Earl’s Coffee in Burlington.

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MARTHA HULL: “Cute + Deadly,” framed archival art prints featuring kittens, rainbows, zombies, thunderstorms and more, in the bar. ƒrough Januar y 26. Info, 862-9647. ƒe Daily Planet in Burlington.

and Arts Center in Brandon over three weeks in the spring of 2017, the floor-to-ceiling scrolls overlap

MUG SHOW: Local potter Dan Siegel’s mugs can be used for anyone sitting at the café counter during December, and all are for sale. Danmade pottery is handmade and incorporates original hand-drawn designs into each piece. ƒrough December 31. $40 per mug. Info, Penny Cluse Café in Burlington.

for a wallpaper effect, with additional scrolls hanging freely. The collaborative drawing project, conceived in 2016, involved 32 bus trips to bring students, teachers, administrators and even the bus drivers from seven schools to contribute. Artists were encouraged to work in, on and around the drawings of those who came before them, ultimately creating a single ginormous work. Visitors to the Flynndog are invited to make their own contributions in provided sketchbooks. Through December 31. Pictured: installation detail. books, prints, fine art and more. E1 Studio Collective, Burlington, Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Info, 408-234-0037. EMILY MITCHELL STUDIO RECEPTION: New, original art large and small as well as special holiday ornaments and mini-paintings by the Richmond artist. ƒir ty-odd, Burlington, Friday, December 7, 6-8:30 p.m. Info, 338-7441. FIRST FRIDAY ART: Dozens of galleries and other venues around the city open their doors to pedestrian art viewers in this monthly event. See Art Map Burlington program at participating locations. Various Burlington locations, Friday, December 7, 5-8 p.m. Info, 264-4839. HOLIDAY PAINT & SIP (TEA): Artist Juliet O’Neil leads participants in painting a wintry wonderland. Tea and snacks provided. Free to seniors. RSVP. River Arts, Morrisville, Wednesday, December 12, 9 a.m.-noon. Info, 888-1261, HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE: Unique wheel-thrown pottery, light refreshments and entertainment, plus a free gift for the first 50 customers. Claude Lehman Pottery, Burlington, Friday, December 7, 4-8 p.m.; and Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, 399-5181. KATHLEEN SCHNEIDER & BILL DAVISON: “Bird Over America,” sculpture and works on paper by Schneider, and metallic and iridescent monotypes by Davison. Chace Mill, Burlington, Saturday, December 8, 3-8 p.m. MONTPELIER ART WALK: Stroll to more than 25 venues to see original artwork. Various Montpelier locations, Friday, December 7, 4-8 p.m. Info, 223-9604. MORETOWN ARTISANS SALE: Works by more than two dozen artists in a variety of mediums. Live enter-


tainment on Saturday and a free photo booth with Santa on Sunday. Silent auction and raffle to benefit Hannah’s House all weekend. Moretown Elementary School, Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, December 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, 917-1729. OPEN ART STUDIO: Seasoned makers and firsttimers alike convene to paint, knit and craft in a friendly environment. Bring a table covering for messy projects. Swanton Public Library, Tuesday, December 11, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info,

NORTHERN VERMONT ARTIST ASSOCIATION: Works in a variety of mediums by members of the group, which began in 1931. Curated by SEABA. ƒrough December 31. Info, 859-9222. RETN & VCAM Media Factory in Burlington. PAULINE JENNINGS: “Becoming Human,” an intermedia exhibition that seeks to identify and dissolve barriers between human and wild in the Anthropocene era. ‘TECTONIC INDUSTRIES: DREAMS CAN COME TRUE’: ƒrough sculpture, instructional videos, physical surveys and interactive activities, Lars Boye Jerlach and Helen Stringfellow present a series of self-help questionnaires to explore the impossibility of our collective, endless search for concrete answers and endeavor for selfimprovement. ƒrough Februar y 9. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington.

TALK: DONALD SAAF: ƒe ar tist discusses his works in a current exhibition. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro, Saturday, December 8, 5 p.m. Info, 251-8290.

THATIANA OLIVEIRA & MADELINE VEITCH: “Sick and tired of being sick and tired: how to tell a story of a body and what ails it?,” an exhibition featuring interactive installations, sound pieces, performance, video and sculpture, curated by Sumru Tekin. ƒrough Januar y 17. Info, 735-2542. New City Galerie in Burlington.

WINOOSKI HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW: Local students give a 2018 cultural perspective of the city’s increasingly diverse population, in conjunction with Winooski Art Walk. ƒe Mil l Museum, Winooski, Friday, December 7, 6-9 p.m. Info, info@

‘TH!NK’: An installation of drawings by more than 900 students and 100 adults in the Rutland Northeast School District, made at the Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. ƒrough December 31. Info, Flynndog in Burlington.

WINTER MIXER AND WREATH AUCTION: ƒis annual benefit for the Shelburne Craft School educational programs includes a live auction of artisan-made wreaths, food and drink. Limited tickets; details at Peg & Ter’s, Shelburne, ƒursday , December 6, 6-8:30 p.m. $35. Info, 985-3648.

 TIMOTHY SANTIMORE: Acrylic paintings influenced by Eastern philosophies and the aesthetics of abstract of gestural abstraction. Curated by SEABA. Reception: Friday, December 7, 5-8 p.m., as part of Friday Art Walk. ƒrough December 31. Info, 859-9222. ƒe Gal lery at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

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THE ART OF ADELINE KLIMA: ƒe 92-y ear-old artist, who has become legally blind, shows 30 paintings in pastel, oil and acrylic. ƒrough December 15. Info, 922-1666. Nunyuns Bakery & Café in Burlington.


VERMONT ARTISTS GROUP SHOW: Works in a variety of mediums by Dennis McCarthy, Evan Greenwald, Frank DeAngelis, Janet Bonneau, Janie McKenzie, Jordan Holstein, Kara Torres, Lynne Reed, Marilyn Barry, Mike Reilly, Melissa Peabody, Rae Harrell, Robert Gold, Stephen Beattie, Tatiana Zelazo, Terry Mercy and Travis Alford. Open rotating exhibit, curated by SEABA. ƒrough December 31. Info, 859-9222. ƒe Inno vation Center of Vermont in Burlington.



WINTER SHOW: An eclectic mix of art and artists including Steve Sharon (paintings), Justine Poole (mosaic furniture), Danny Lefrançois (mixed-media works), Jason Pappas (recycled/repurposed/assemblage), Eric Eickmann (paintings), Jon Black (metal jewelry), Brea Schwartz (HANKS, handkerchiefs designed by women artists), Jeff Bruno (paintings), Nicole Christman (paintings), Zobird Pottery (stoneware and porcelain), Gus Warner (paintings), Tessa Hill (handblown glass and mixed media), Martha Hull (paintings), and Frank DeAngelis (paintings). Œrough December 31. Info, 318-0963. Œe Green Door Studio in Burlington.

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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS: Landscape and cityscape paintings by Carolyn Walton, Athenia Schinto, Helen Nagel and Ken Russack. Œrough March 24. Info, 985-8223. Luxton-Jones Gallery in Shelburne. ‘ILLUMINATE: THE WINTER GROUP SHOW’: Œe 18-person exhibition highlights Montpelier artist Sam Colt’s mixed-media grassello works. Œrough January 31. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. ‘INTO THE WOODS’: Established and emerging artists display two-dimensional artworks about the season’s change. Œrough December 31. Info, Jericho Town Hall. JOHN OPULSKI: “Undercurrent,” new oil and acrylic paintings. Œrough December 30. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. JUDI MACULAN AND JOHN PENOYAR: New works by the Hinesburg artists. Œrough December 31. Info, 482-2878. Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg. JULIE ANN DAVIS: “Natural Expressions in Oil,” works by the artist and 17th-generation Vermonter that extend beyond her local roots to the inner world of her imagination. Œrough December 31. Shelburne Vineyard. LIONEL DELEVINGNE: “To the Village Square: From Montague to Fukushima, 1975-2014,” photographs from around the world that merge politics and art by the French photographer. Œrough December 8. Info, McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester. LYNDA REEVES MCINTYRE: “Abundance,” new paintings and fibers celebrating the visual joy, gesture and “voice” of Mother Nature’s bounty. Œrough Januar y 30. Info, 985-3819. All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. ‘MAPPING AN UNEVEN COUNTRY: BIRD’S EYE VIEWS OF VERMONT’: More than three dozen drawn, painted and printed views of the Green Mountain State investigate the popular 19thcentury phenomenon of “perspective” or “bird’s-eye” views. Œrough March 3. ‘NEW ENGLAND NOW’: Œe inaugural exhibition in a curated biennial series featuring contemporary Northeast artists organized around thematic subject matter. Œrough January 13. Info, 985-3346. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum. SAM WYATT: “Darkness Obscured,” giclée prints of original watercolor paintings that explore abandoned industrial buildings in West Rutland. Œrough December 31. Info, Healthy Living Market & Café in South Burlington.


 ‘7WOMEN, 7WALLS’: Mary Admasian, Alisa Dworsky, Karen Henderson, Evie Lovett, Hannah Morris, Janet Van Fleet and Kristen M. Watson show their choice of work in a variety of mediums. Art Walk hours: Friday, December 7, 5-7 p.m. Œrough December 28. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. ANNE DAVIS: “A Peaceable Kingdom,” new paintings on old canvases by the Barre artist. Œrough January 5. Info, 279-6403. CVMC Art Gallery in Berlin. ‘ANYTHING FOR SPEED: AUTOMOBILE RACING IN VERMONT’: A yearlong exhibition exploring more than a century of the history and evolution of rac-

ing in Vermont through the objects, photographs and recollections that comprise this unique story. Œrough March 30. Info, 479-8500. V ermont History Center in Barre. CELEBRATE!: Œis annual holiday season show includes a diverse selection of fine art and crafts by SPA artists displayed on all three floors of the art center. Expanded hours in December. More info at Œrough December 27. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. DIANE FITCH: “Interior/Exterior,” paintings and drawings drawn from the artist’s life, with depictions of everyday life as well as private spaces within her psyche. Œrough December 21. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier. HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP & SILENT AUCTION: Œe gallery’s annual holiday pop-up shop includes unique and affordable works from Vermont artists including Barbara Leber, Anne Davis, Gale Crowl and Raquel Sobel. Œrough Januar y 4. THOMAS WATERMAN WOOD: THE MASTER COPIES: Œe 19th-centur y Vermont painter and gallery namesake copied paintings seen on European trips to learn from masters such as Rembrandt and Turner, and brought the paintings back to Montpelier. Œrough June 1. Info, 262-6035. T .W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. ‘INNOVATORS OF NORWICH: BUILDING A NATION’: Œe second exhibition in a two-par t series focusing on advances in railroad engineering, science, architecture and infrastructure. Highlighted contributions from Russell Porter, Edward Dean Adams, William Rutherford Meade and Grenville Dodge. Œrough December 21. Info, 485-2811. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. LINDA MIRABILE: “All Œings A vian,” an exhibit of new abstract and realistic paintings by the Berlin artist depicting crows, flamingos and more. Œrough December 31. Info, 229-6206. Nor th Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. MARK HEITZMAN: “Scrap Yard,” 10 large-scale graphite or charcoal drawings of tools and other objects. Œrough March 2. Info, 479-7069. Morse Block Deli & Taps in Barre. MELANIE BROTZ: “Winging It,” mixed-media bird paintings using materials salvaged from the waste stream, including windows, mirrors, boards and picture frames. Œrough December 15. Info, 485-4786. Montpelier City Hall Arts Center. ‘SEEDS OF RENEWAL’: An exploration of Abenaki agricultural history, cuisine and ceremony. Œrough April 30. Info, 828-2291. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.

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Tasiopoulos and artist, feminist and educator Nina Dubois. ƒrough Januar y 9. Gallery at River Arts in Morrisville. MEMBERS’ ART SHOW & SALE AND FESTIVAL OF TREES & LIGHT: ƒe annual indoor/outdoor show includes works in a variety of mediums, as well as artisan-decorated evergreens and a Hanukkah display of menorahs, games and dreidels. ƒrough December 29. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. ‘PEAK TO PEAK: 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION THEN AND NOW’: An exhibition of photographs and artifacts to highlight the evolution of the division’s equipment and training since its beginning in 1943. ƒrough October 31. Info, 253-9911. V ermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. STUDENT EXHIBIT: Work by BFA students Shastina Ann-Wallace, Kiersten Slater and Savannah LesCord. ƒrough December 14. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University, in Johnson.

 STUDENT EXHIBIT: Works by BFA students Luke Hungerford and Sam Reynolds. Reception: Wednesday, December 5, 3-5 p.m. ƒrough December 14. Info, 635-1469. Black Box Gallery, Visual Arts Center in Johnson.

‘THE ART OF FOOD’: Established and emerging artists are invited to submit one or two pieces of work in any medium that addresses the theme. Must be ready to hang. Exhibit will be January through April. Deadline: December 21. Jericho Town Hall. Info, ‘THE ART SHOW’: Accepting artwork of any size or medium in this ongoing, open-invite community art exhibit. Drop off work on Friday, December 7, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Reception for exhibit is at 6 p.m. RL Photo Studio, Burlington. Info, MORRISTOWN MOSAICS: Collaborate in part two of the “Mosaic Project,” a group exhibit that celebrates how individuals, working together, contribute to a more vibrant community. Participants will receive a prepared panel to create a small work using a section of a photograph for inspiration. ƒese wil l be collected and reassembled for an exhibit in July. Panels available week of January 14; artworks due May 1. River Arts, Morrisville. Info, 888-1261, ‘ON THE FLY’: Submissions open for a juried exhibition of fly fishing in New England and the northern forest region of Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Maine. Submissions should express and interpret this theme. Deadline: January 1. Grange Hall Cultural Center, Waterbury Center. Free. Info, 244-4168,

SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION: A showcase of works by students of regional schools. ƒrough December 21. Christine Price Gallery, Castleton University.

emerging and established artists, selected by juror Nick Capasso. ƒrough Februar y 15. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury.

CHAFFEE HOLIDAY EXHIBIT: Art, gingerbread houses, unique handmade gifts and more in this annual show. ƒrough Januar y 5. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland.

ELAINE COLE KERR: Spring and summer Northeast Kingdom landscapes in a variety of mediums by the local artist. ƒrough December 10. Info, aliceperron2@ Hardwick Street Café at the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.

 TJ CUNNINGHAM: “Roots,” landscapes of Addison County by the Vermont artist. Reception: Friday, December 7, 5-7 p.m. ƒrough Januar y 11. Info, 760-6785. Edgewater Gallery in Stowe.

DANIELLE KLEBES: “Aimless Pilgrimage,” paintings about people in flux or moments of uncertainty by the North Adams, Mass., artist. ƒrough Januar y 11. Info, 299-7511. 77 Gallery in Rutland.

TREVOR AND ANNA CORP: ƒe husband and wife artists present works in two and three dimensions. Additional work is on view in Gallery II across campus; must ask for entry. ƒrough December 21. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson.

LOU SCOTT: “150 Visual/Word Dioramas” by the local artist. ƒrough Januar y 12. Info, the77gallery@gmail. com. B&G Gallery in Rutland.

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‘AT THE TABLE’: An exhibition of local pastel paintings celebrating the food we grow and eat, featuring central Vermont artists Belle McDougall, Carol Eberlein, Joyce Kahn, Cristine Kossow, Laura Winn Kane and Wendy Soliday. ƒrough Januar y 1. Info, 244-4168. Grange Hall Cultural Center in Waterbury Center. ‘CELEBRATE THE SMALL’: Artworks 10 by 10 inches or smaller by nine area artists, priced at $100, for the holidays. ƒrough December 22. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury. F/7 PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP: “Grace,” images by members of the photo group. ƒrough December 31. Info, 244-6606. Waterbury Congregational Church. MARCIA HILL: “ƒrough the Seasons,” pastel land scapes by the Worcester artist. ƒrough December 31. Info, 244-7036. Waterbury Public Library.

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11TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: Original fine art, crafts and jewelry in a variety of mediums and styles by local artists, on exhibit and for sale. ƒrough December 31. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall ƒeater , in Middlebury. ‘GROWING FOOD, GROWING FARMERS’: Large-scale photographic portraits of Rutland County farm families taken by Macaulay Lerman, accompanied by biographies and audio excerpts drawn from the fieldwork of Greg Sharrow and Andy Kolovos. ƒrough December 31. Info, 388-4964. V ermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. SILKSCREEN PRINTS: Students of Hedya Klein’s silkscreen printmaking class show their work from the semester. ƒrough December 6. Info, 443-5258. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. ‘TRAVEL: PLACES AND FACES’: A showcase of 34 photographers from around the world, juried by Krista Rossow. ƒrough December 8. Info, 388-4500. PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury.


‘CELLBLOCK VISIONS’: A collection of artwork by prisoners in America, curated by Phyllis Kornfeld. HIGH





‘POLLEN RACE’: Art and poetry on endangered species, our fragile environment and climate change, with special focus on the plight of bees. ƒrough Januar y 6. Info, 468-2592. Merwin Gallery in Castleton.

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JACK ROWELL: “Cultural Documentarian,” portraits of Vermont people and other wildlife by the Braintree photographer. ƒrough April 1. Info, Main Street Museum in White River Junction. LIZ ROSS: “Im/migration,” a collection of oil-on-panel paintings completed during a Vermont Studio Center residency; part of a larger series concerned with the immigration and extinction of birds and the migration, expulsion and exile of peoples. ƒrough December 5. Info, 295-0808. Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction. ‘MAKING MUSIC: THE SCIENCE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS’: An exhibition exploring the science behind the instruments used to create music, from well-known classics to infectious pop tunes. ƒrough May 13. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. ‘THE MARSHLAND FARMS ANYTHING GOES ART SHOW’: Artwork in watercolor, oil and acrylic by Kate Reeves, Jennifer Dembinski, Joan Oppenheimer, Kay Wood and Mary Church ƒrough Januar y 2. Info, 295-3133. ƒe Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm. SMALL WORKS EXHIBIT: An exhibit of small-scale works for the holiday season, including a wall of 50 panels measuring 50 square inches each. ƒrough December 22. Info, 457-3500. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery in South Pomfret. STEPHANIE GORDON: “Root & Branch,” mixed-media encaustic paintings by the Piermont, N.H., artist. ƒrough December 5. Info, thespaceonmain@gmail. com. ƒe Space on Main in Bradford.

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ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: Guest and member artisans present an array of handmade wares, from pottery to scarves to furniture. ƒrough Januar y 5. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. ARTS CONNECT AT CATAMOUNT ARTS JURIED SHOW: Fourth annual juried showcase of works by

FACULTY ART EXHIBIT: Work in a variety of mediums with the theme of “north” by gallery director Barclay Tucker, Kate Renna, Harry Mueller and others. ƒrough Januar y 18. Info, 626-6459. Quimby Gallery, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, in Lyndonville. ‘FARMING, THE ART OF STEWARDSHIP’: A group exhibit of 20 paintings of scenes at four conserved farms in the Memphremagog Watershed by six members of Plein Air Northeast Kingdom. ƒrough December 30. Info, ƒe East Side Restaurant & Pub in Newpor t. ‘LOCKED DOWN! KEYED IN! LOCKED OUT! KEYED UP!’: An exhibition examining the long human relationship to the lock and key, its elegant design and philosophies and practices of securing, safeguarding, imprisoning, escaping and safecracking throughout the ages. ƒrough April 30. Info, claredol@so ƒe Museum of Ev eryday Life in Glover. RICHARD BROWN: Black-and-white photographs of nostalgic Vermont landscapes and people. ƒrough December 31. Info, 748-2372. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury. SUE TESTER: Recent photographs of the landscape and animals of the Northeast Kingdom. ƒrough January 8. Info, 525-3366. Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. ‘WINTER!’: Curated by Victoria Mathiesen and Andrea Strobach, the seasonal show includes 2D MAC member artwork and winter-themed work from private collections. ƒrough Januar y 19. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport.

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DONALD SAAF: Paintings, illustrations and sculptures at the intersection of fine art and folk art. ƒrough Januar y 6. Info, 251-8290. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts in Brattleboro. EMILY MASON: “To Another Place,” 50 abstract paintings created by the 86-year-old New York/ Brattleboro artist between 1958 and 2018, many of which have never been shown in public. ƒrough February 10. MICHAEL POSTER: “If she has a pulse, she has a chance,” photographs of individuals in the process of recovery from addiction, taken by the Turning Point counselor ƒrough Januar y 7. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. ‘HEALING — THE TRANSFORMATIVE IMAGERY OF ART’: Works exploring the connection between the arts, healing and health, including Mary Admasian, Natalie Blake, Robert Carsten, Karen Deets, Robert DuGrenier, Carolyn Enz Hack, Margaret Jacobs, Neomi Lauritsen, Pat Musick, Robert O’Brien, Priscilla Petraska and Cai Xi Silver. ƒrough March 30. Info, ƒe Great Hal l in Springfield.

PAT MUSICK: “Where Did You Come From Anyway?,” large- and small-scale sculpture and two-dimensional works made from natural media including wood, stone, paper and beeswax. ƒrough December 30. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum. TORKWASE DYSON: “Scalar,” large-scale abstract paintings responding to sculptor and former Bennington College professor Tony Smith. ƒrough December 15. Info, 442-5401. Bennington College.


17TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY MARKET: Gifts for the holidays by Vermont artists and crafters, available ƒursdays through Sundays. ƒrough December 23. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Gallery in Randolph. BEN FRANK MOSS: “Landscape Mysteries,” abstract paintings. ERIKA LAWLOR SCHMIDT: “Infinity of Worlds,” collage works that navigate contradictory worlds. ƒrough December 8. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester. ‘BRANCHING OUT’: Original watercolor paintings by Vermont artist Amy Hook-ƒerrien. ƒrough February 8. Info, 728-8912. White River Craft Center in Randolph. CARRIE CAOUETTE-DE LALLO: “Vessels,” recent paintings and drawings by the Chelsea artist. ƒrough Januar y 12. Info, 685-4699. North Common Arts in Chelsea. CIARA CUMISKEY: “Chapters: New Works,” still lifes, landscapes and imaginative scenes by the Californian artist. ƒrough December 31. Info, 7637094. Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton. ‘GERALD AUTEN: GRAPHITE INSOMNIA’: Geometric abstractions in graphite powder or pencil and bonding agents on paper by the senior lecturer in studio art at Dartmouth College. ƒrough December 16. Info, 498-8438. White River Gallery in South Royalton. JANE BOOTH: “Spirits of Place,” an evolving collection of evocative images made in Newbury, one of the first Vermont towns settled along the Connecticut River. ƒrough Januar y 7. Info, jane. Hartness Gallery, Vermont Technical College, in Randolph Center. MARIANNE BENOIR: “A Retrospective: ƒen ƒrough Now,” a solo show of color and black-and-white images of flora, fauna, places, things and people by the South Royalton photographer. ƒrough Januar y 9. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library. MATIKA WILBUR: “Project 562,” photographic portraits and stories of members of more than 562 federally recognized Native America tribes. ƒrough January 1. Info, 299-5593. Vermont Law School in South Royalton.

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‘ALEXANDER CALDER: RADICAL INVENTOR’: More than 100 works by the child prodigy and kinetic sculptor who became one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists. ƒrough Februar y 24. ‘OF INDIVIDUALS AND PLACES’: Nearly 100 Canadian and international photographs from the collection of Jack Lazare. ƒrough April 28. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. AVA HOLIDAY EXHIBITION: Unique gifts by local artists in a variety of mediums, including handmade ornaments. ƒrough December 24. Info, 603-4483117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. ‘FALL INTO AUTUMN’: En plein air paintings by members of the Odanaksis artists’ group. ƒrough December 21. Info, 603-653-3460. DH Aging Resource Center in Lebanon, N.H. FRANÇOISE SULLIVAN: A retrospective exhibition highlighting the key role of the artist in the history of modern and contemporary art in Québec. ƒrough January 20. Info, 514-285-1600. Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art. ‘UKIYO-E TO SHIN HANGA’: An exhibition of Japanese woodcuts from the Syracuse University art collection. ƒrough December 30. Info, 518-792-1761. ƒe Hy de Collection in Glens Falls, N.Y. 

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Partners for Sacred Places workshop. Now the restored 1874 building fills of all denominations by “building the previously unmet community needs capacity of congregations of historic with weekly yoga and smoking-cessasacred places to better serve their commu- tion classes, youth classes, community nities as anchor institutions, nurturing dinners, and more. Church attendance transformation and shaping vibrant, is up eightfold. creative communities.” (Wilson is in the Other churches have been successinitial stages of talking with Partners for fully repurposed. The United Church Sacred Places.) Annual Preservation Trust of Christ donated its Putney church to workshops hosted at the Grand Isle Lake the Putney Historical Society, which House aim to show churches that “they partnered with Next Stage Arts Project. can draw finanNow the church is cial support from a gathering place outside the congrewith a secondgation if they play a floor performing role in community arts center and life,” said Bruhn. movie house. The Some churches Episcopal Diocese have actually downsized its two managed to attract Brandon-area churches to one, bigger congregations that way. When Todd Eaton began selling its 1854 Gothic Revival Grace serving as pastor of the United Baptist Episcopal Church in Forest Dale to a Church of Poultney, five years ago, he woodworker. The artist installed his found that the historically significant workshop in the basement and uses the 1805 church had eight regular attend- sanctuary as a gallery. In the unlikely event that St. Mary ees, all older than 60. He opened the doors to the public for East Poultney Day needs to be repurposed, its obvious next and other local events, turning around incarnation would be a concert or theater an insular church culture. Recently he hall. For now, its proponents are worklaunched a fundraising campaign for ing hard to keep people in the faith and major exterior restoration and accessi- attract new initiates. Johnson said 50 to bility work for $400,000, partly matched 60 parishioners die every year. Deacon by the National Fund for Sacred Places. Ward Nolan currently has four people in Regular attendees now number between his class for Catholic initiates, and about 20 and 40, Eaton said by phone. 110 children and their parents attend The Methodist Church intended to catechism classes. demolish Grace Community Church “We’re really evangelizing now. It’s in Canaan until a group of concerned imperative that we do because of the community members attended a numbers of people falling away [from the faith],” said Nolan, who has served at St. Mary for six years and lived in Newport for 45. “We live in such a St. Mary Star of the Sea secular world, and relativism is the new religion.” Cook recalled reading the commemorative book’s description of the opening mass at St. Mary, which overflowed the space. “It’s a sign of the times that the church pews are not being filled like they used to,” she said. Nevertheless, “We are doing OK financially. We have some serious repair issues ahead of us. But we’re hanging strong.”  SHINING ‘STAR’




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magine a Coen brothers western that combines the stark fatalism of No Country for Old Men with the black comedy and ornate wordplay of their True Grit. Now imagine six of those westerns rolled into one. Better yet, just turn on your TV. The new movie from the world’s greatest filmmaking duo is now playing exclusively on Netflix. I say “now” since The Ballad of Buster Scruggs had a brief run in theaters last month. It didn’t make a lot of money. It wasn’t supposed to. It made history. Scruggs is the first Netflix release to be put in theaters before being put on the air. The company reversed its controversial streamingfirst position and made the concession to Hollywood for one reason: It means to win its first Best Picture Oscar this year. Joel and Ethan Coen love nothing better than screwing with genres and tropes. The tradition of the western, not surprisingly, proves a gold mine in their subversive hands. Conceived as a leather-bound collection of oater yarns, the movie is divided into six chapters, each with its own distinctive tone and palette. The first features Tim Blake Nelson as a singing cowboy with a violent streak. Clad


in white, he dispenses philosophical asides as he rides from outpost to barren outpost in search of a poker game. What he finds instead is reason after reason to draw his six-shooter. It’s Roy Rogers meets Pale Rider, with funnier songs and a heavenly final twist. Reviewers have largely dismissed the second installment as the weakest, but I adored it. Like so much of this movie, it’s structured like a classic Norm Macdonald joke. The saga seems to start off in one direction, only to meander at an unhurried-yet-calculated pace, then culminate abruptly in the perfect, completely unexpected punch line. James Franco is spot-on as the unluckiest bank robber in the West. As the teller, Stephen Root creates a crazy visual gag of a character. The closing scene redefines gallows humor. The Norm Macdonald-est has to be the segment starring Zoe Kazan. At first it appears to track a young woman’s travails as she travels the Oregon Trail in a wagon train. Gradually, though, it veers into romance territory before, out of nowhere, going all white-knuckle on us in a finale involving prairie dogs, a thunderous attack by hostiles and then another perfect, unpredictable coda. Each chapter possesses its peculiar charms. Every one is a marvel of museum-quality art direction and showcases the brothers’ unpar-

AT HOME ON THE RANGE ° e Coens once again prove themselves capable of making any given year’s best western.

alleled flair for dialogue. Nobody else comes close to turning a phrase with so consummate a fusion of puffed-up period diction and poetry. Your ears will thank you. In addition to the top-tier talent already mentioned, the cast includes Tom Waits (great as a grizzled prospector), Liam Neeson in the role of a soulless impresario (think Colonel Tom Parker, only infinitely darker) and, in the closing chapter, Tyne Daly, Saul Rubinek and Brendan Gleeson. Passengers in a stagecoach hurtling across

Farmer of the Year ★★★★


armer of the Year may be the most Vermont movie ever made in Minnesota. To explain: Directors Vince O’Connell and Kathy Swanson shot the film in the Midwest, much of it in Swanson’s hometown of Tyler, Minn. (population 1,100). Then the couple, who own YellowHouse Films, did most of the postproduction at their yellow house in Craftsbury Common, Vt. Since then, the low-key comedy-drama has played festivals around the U.S., picking up honors such as the New Filmmakers Forum Emerging Director Award at the St. Louis International Film Festival. Audiences have praised its authenticity and humor and compared it to The Straight Story. Vermonters, however, might be more likely to think of John O’Brien’s Man With a Plan. Like that 1996 local cult classic, Farmer of the Year tells the story of a retired farmer who’s not ready to slow down. Barry Corbin, who played Maurice on “Northern Exposure,” stars as 83-year-old widower Hap Anderson, narrating the film in voice-over. Slow-moving and soft-spoken, Hap’s just sold the family farm to his son and daughter-in-law, but he’s still over there every day. When the younger folks hint that they’d like him to back off, Hap decides to spiff up his ’73 Winnebago and road-trip to the reunion of his World War II regiment, picking up an old flame along the way. Meanwhile, his fresh-out-of-college granddaughter, Ashley (Mackinlee Waddell), is fed up with liv84 SEVEN DAYS DECEMBER 5-12, 2018

ALMOST GROWN A retired farmer road-trips with his granddaughter in the Vermont filmmakers’ feature debut, screening locally this week.

ing with her folks. After a blowup with her mom about her jobless status, she opts to join Gramps on his cross-country jaunt. In the wrong hands, this odd-couple story could have been pure corn. But Swanson’s screenplay avoids sentimentality, achieving instead the kind of gentle, humanistic comedy we rarely see these days in movie theaters. While the film’s first third is a little rambling,

it gathers steam as the pair sets off through South Dakota. Corbin and Waddell create full-fledged characters with great comic chemistry: Hap is an ornery bugger under his reserve, while Ashley wields a masterful millennial deadpan. Both are navigating life transitions, and neither has much figured out. While Hap tries to pay for transactions with his ancient traveler’s checks

otherworldly terrain, these three swap stories, bicker, even sing a wistful Irish ballad or two. They’re such amusing company that it’s not until they reach their destination, an isolated, curiously still and deserted hotel, that we suspect we’ve arrived not at a place of lodging but in the Coens’ simulacrum of the next world. A little John Wayne here, a little John Wayne Gacy there, the brothers’ latest is freaky frontier fun and the definitive riff on how the West was weird. RI C K KI S O N AK

and persists in hitting on women his son’s age, the equally lovelorn Ashley is convinced all the answers are searchable on her phone. The film punctures both their delusions, often with ironic visual contrasts. (When Hap touts himself as runner-up for the local honor of Farmer of the Year, for instance, we see that honor being conferred in a severely underpopulated auditorium.) But there’s no mean-spiritedness in Farmer of the Year and no patronizing jokes about aging. While the pair don’t “learn lessons” from each other in any obvious way, the film has its share of understated poignant moments. Hap is a Midwesterner through and through; the depths of skepticism with which he infuses the interjection “I s’pose” made me feel like my Iowan grandma had returned to life. Yet Vermonters will immediately grasp the stakes of this story in which the old warily approaches the new. Farmer of the Year suggests there’s no right time in life to stop growing. O’Connell and Swanson know something about that: They headed to film school comparatively late in life, after selling their athleticapparel company, VOmax. If this movie is any indication, it’s far from the last we’ll hear from them. Farmer of the Year screens on Thursday, December 6, at 7 p.m. (followed by filmmaker Q&A) and Sunday, December 9, at 3:30 p.m. at Essex Cinemas. Regular admission. MARGO T HARRI S O N



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NOW PLAYING BEAUTIFUL BOYHHH1/2 A dad (Steve Carell) struggles to help his meth-addicted son (Timothée Chalamet) in this drama based on the memoirs by David and Nic Scheff, with Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan. Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown) directed. (120 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 11/14) BOHEMIAN RHAPSODYHH1/2 Rami Malek plays Freddie Mercury in this chronicle of rock band Queen that culminates with the 1985 Live Aid concert. With Lucy Boynton, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello and Mike Myers. Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse) directed. (134 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 11/7)


INSTANT FAMILYHHH A couple (Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne) get more than they bargained for with three newly adopted kids in this comedy from director Sean Anders (Daddy’s Home). With Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz and Octavia Spencer. (119 min, PG-13)

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMSHH Disney uses the holiday-favorite Tchaikovsky ballet as inspiration for a quest fantasy about a young girl (Mackenzie Foy) seeking a precious gift. With Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston directed. (99 min, PG) THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACEHH Who says demonic possession ends when you’re dead? A cop working in a city morgue has to deal with an evil spirit occupying one of the stiffs in this horror flick starring Shay Mitchell and Grey Damon. Diederik Van Rooijen directed. (85 min, R)

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CREED IIHHH1/2 The Rocky spin-off series continues with the aging boxer (Sylvester Stallone) coaching Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) to fight the spawn of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Steven Caple Jr. (The Land) directed. (117 min, PG-13) FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALDHH1/2 Jude Law shows up as a younger version of Professor Dumbledore in the second chapter of this series set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, with Eddie Redmayne returning as a “magizoologist,” plus Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler and Johnny Depp. David Yates again directed. (134 min, PG-13) FREE SOLOHHHHH This documentary from directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Meru) follows Alex Honnold as he attempts to make the first-ever free solo climb of Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan Wall. (100 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 10/24)



A PRIVATE WARHHHH Rosamund Pike plays the late war correspondent Marie Colvin in this biopic, also starring Tom Hollander, Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci. Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) directed. (110 min, R) RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNETHHHH In Disney’s sequel to the animated comedy Wreck It Ralph, free-thinking arcade-game characters Ralph and Vanellope have to learn to navigate the online world. With the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Gal Gadot. Phil Johnston and Rich Moore directed. (112 min, PG; reviewed by M.H. 11/28) ROBIN HOODH1/2 This new version of the age-old tale of a renegade nobleman (Taron Egerton) who stole from the rich to give to the poor supposedly “features a ‘hip’ take on the character’s origins.” With Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn and Eve Hewson. Otto Bathurst (“Peaky Blinders”) directed. (116 min, PG-13) A STAR IS BORNHHHH In this update of the perennial tearjerker, set in the music world, Bradley Cooper (who also directed) plays the alcoholic star on a downward trajectory, and Lady Gaga is the talented nobody whose career he fosters. With Sam Elliott and Dave Chappelle. (135 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 10/10) WIDOWSHHH Left in debt by their late husbands’ unsavory dealings, four women band together in this Chicago-set crime drama from writer-director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave). With Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Liam Neeson. (129 min, R; reviewed by L.B. on 11/21) WILDLIFEHHHHH Actor Paul Dano wrote and directed this adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel about a teen (Ed Oxenbould) watching the marriage of his parents (Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan) disintegrate. (104 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 11/7)

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY REAL DECEMBER 6-12 make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.” I swear to you, Aries, that if you laugh at the truth and make the truth laugh in the coming days, you will be guided to do all the right and necessary things.


Robert Louis Stevenson published his gothic novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in 1886. It was a best seller and quickly got turned into a theatrical production. In the ensuing 132 years, there have been well over a hundred further adaptations of the story into film and stage productions. Here’s the funny thing about this influential work: Stevenson wrote it fast. It took him three feverish days to get the gist of it and just another six weeks to revise. Some biographers say he was high on drugs during the initial burst, perhaps cocaine. I suspect you could also produce some robust and interesting creation in the coming weeks, Sagittarius — and you won’t even need cocaine to fuel you.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): When I write a horoscope for you, I focus on one or two questions because I don’t have room to cover every single aspect of your life. „e theme I’ve chosen this time may seem a bit impractical, but if you take it to heart, I guarantee you it will have practical benefits. It comes from Italian author Umberto Eco. He wrote, “Perhaps the mission of those who love humanity is to make people laugh at the truth, to

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You have a cosmic mandate and a poetic license to stir up far more erotic fantasies than usual. It’ll be healthy for you to unleash many new thoughts about sexual experiments that would be fun to try and novel feelings you’d like to explore and people whose naked flesh you’d be interested to experience sliding and gliding against yours. But please note that the cosmic mandate and poetic license do not necessarily extend to you acting out your fantasies. „e important thing is to let your imagination run wild. „at will catalyze a psychic healing you didn’t even realize you needed. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In my continu-

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): What does “beauty” mean to you? What sights, sounds, images, qualities, thoughts and behavior do you regard as beautiful? Whatever your answers might be to those questions right now, I suggest you expand and deepen your definitions in the coming weeks. You’re at a perfect pivot point to invite more gorgeous, lyrical grace into your life; to seek out more elegance and charm and artistry; to cultivate more alluring, delightful magic. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You know the expiration dates that appear on the labels of the prescription drugs you buy? „ey don’t mean that the drugs lose their potency after that date. In fact, most drugs are still quite effective for at least another 10 years. Let’s use this fact as a metaphor for a certain resource or influence in your life that you fear is used up or defunct. I’m guessing it still has a lot to offer you, although you will have to shift your thinking in order to make its reserves fully available.

ing efforts to help you want what you need and need what you want, I’ve collected four wise quotes that address your looming opportunities. 1. “What are you willing to give up, in order to become who you really need to be?” —author Elizabeth Gilbert. 2. “Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. „at’ s where the most important things come from.” —Rebecca Solnit. 3. “You enter the extraordinary by way of the ordinary.” — Frederick Buechner. 4. “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libran rapper Eminem is renowned for his verbal skill. It may be best exemplified in his song “Rap God,” in which he delivers 1,560 words in six minutes and four seconds, or 4.28 words per second. In one stretch, he crams in 97 words in 15 seconds, achieving a pace of 6.5 words per second. I suspect that in the coming weeks, you will also be unusually adept at using words, although your forte will be potent profundity rather than sheer speed. I encourage you to prepare by making a list of the situations in which your enhanced powers of persuasion will be most useful.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): I’ve called on author Robert Heinlein to provide your horoscope. According to my astrological analysis, his insights are exactly what you need to focus on right now. “Do not confuse ‘duty’ with what other people expect of you,” he wrote. “„ey are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect. But there is no reward at all for doing what other people expect of you, and to do so is not merely difficult, but impossible.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In May of 1883, the newly built Brooklyn Bridge opened for traffic. Spanning the East River to link Manhattan and Brooklyn, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. But almost immediately, people spread rumors that it was unstable. „ere was a growing fear that it might even crumble and fall. „at’ s when charismatic showman P.T. Barnum stepped in. He arranged to march 21 elephants across the bridge. „ere was no collapse, and so the rumors quickly died. I regard the coming weeks as a time when you should take inspiration from Barnum. Provide proof that will dispel gos-

sipy doubt. Drive away superstitious fear with dramatic gestures. Demonstrate how strong and viable your improvements really are.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A blogger on Tumblr named Ffsshh composed a set of guidelines that I think will be apt and useful for you to draw on in the coming weeks. Please study these suggestions and adapt them for your healing process. “Draw stick figures. Sing off-key. Write bad poems. Sew ugly clothes. Run slowly. Flirt clumsily. Play video games on ‘easy.’ OK? You do not need to be good at something to enjoy it. Sometimes talent is overrated. Do things you like doing just because you like doing them. It’s OK to suck.” AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian athlete Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player who ever lived. He was also the first to become a billionaire. But when he was growing up, he didn’t foresee the glory that awaited him. For example, in high school he took a home economics class so as to acquire cooking abilities. Why? He imagined that as an adult he might have to prepare all of his own meals. His ears were so huge and ungainly, he reasoned, that no woman would want to be his wife. So the bad news was that he suffered from a delusion. „e good news was that because of his delusion, he learned a useful skill. I foresee a similar progression for you, Aquarius. Something you did that was motivated by misguided or irrelevant ideas may yield positive results.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): „e Bible does not say that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute or even a “sinner.” „ere’ s no mention of her sexual proclivities at all. Delusional ideas about her arose in the Middle Ages, instigated by priests who confused her with other women in the Bible. „e truth is that the Bible names her as a key ally to Christ and the crucial witness to his resurrection. Fortunately, a number of scholars and church leaders have in recent years been working to correct her reputation. I invite you to be motivated and inspired by this transformation as you take steps to adjust and polish your own image during the coming weeks. It’s time to get your public and private selves into closer alignment.


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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C0288-19G 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On March 26, 2018, Costco Wholesale Corporation, filed application #4C0288-19G for a project generally described as modifications of existing stormwater infrastructure including a change in outlet location of an existing stormwater pond (Wet Pond #1) to a level spreader and then to a Class II wetland which is contiguous to the Sunnyside Brook, and the conversion of existing Wet Pond #1 to a gravel wetland. ¥ e project is located 218 Lower Mountain View Drive in Colchester, Vermont. ¥ e application, first submitted on March 26, 2018, was determined to be incomplete under Act 250 Rule 10(D) for reasons stated in a letter from the District Coordinator to the Applicant dated April 5, 2018. ¥ e application was deemed complete on November 20, 2018 upon receipt of the required supplemental information. Due to an inadvertent error, the application was originally numbered #4C0288-19D and has since been renumbered #4C0288-19G. ¥ e District #4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this applica-

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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C0400-8B 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On November 27, 2018, Town of Hinesburg filed application #4C0400-8B for a project generally described as floodplain and river corridor restoration of the Beecher Hill Brook including the removal of fill and berms, planting riparian vegetation and construction of stream habitat features. ¦ e project is located 907 Beecher Hill Road in Hinesburg, Vermont. ¦ e District #4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51 - Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. ¦ e application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (http://nrb.vermont. gov) by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C0400-8B”. No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before December 28, 2018, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the Commission sets the matter for hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or subcriteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must deter-


mine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law will not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the district coordinator as soon as possible, no later than prior to the response date listed above. Should a hearing be held on this project and you have a disability for which you are going to need accommodation, please notify us by December 28, 2018. Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 3rd day of December 2018. By: /s/ Rachel Lomonaco Rachel Lomonaco District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5658 Rachel.Lomonaco@

ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C1301-1A 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On November 20, 2018, BC Community Housing, LLC, P.O. Box 1335, Burlington, VT 05402; VLTBTV Parkland, LLC, 8 Bailey Avenue, Montpelier, VT 05602; and 351375 North Avenue, Owners Association, Inc., P.O. Box 1335, Burlington, VT 05402 filed application #4C1301-1A for a project generally described as revisions to Building C including the addition of 4 new units, changes to approved balconies, and other minor changes. ¦ e Project is located at 311-375 North Avenue in Burlington, Vermont. ¦ e District #4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51 — Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. ¦ e application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (http://nrb.vermont. gov) by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C1301-1A”. No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before December 21, 2018, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the Commission sets the matter for hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or subcriteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact

the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law will not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the district coordinator as soon as possible, no later than prior to the response date listed above. Should a hearing be held on this project and you have a disability for which you are going to need accommodation, please notify us by December 21, 2018. Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 30th day of November, 2018. By: Stephanie H. Monaghan District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802/879-5662 stephanie.monaghan@

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF ABANDONMENT OF OIL, GAS AND MINERAL LEASE PURSUANT TO 29 V.S.A. §563(G) AND (H) Name of Record Owner of Interest: Peter Henderson Oil Company 5216 Rose Valley Farm, Crozet, VA 22932 Description of the Land: Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to David Garen, Jean Rae Cumings, Jeffrey Garen and Reginald Garen by Quit Claim Deed of Ruth W. Garen dated June 25, 2014 and recorded in Volume 213, Page 599 of the Town of Charlotte Land Records. Nature of the Interest: Oil and Gas Lease from Clement Baker and Anne Baker to Peter Henderson Oil Company dated July 19, 1957, and recorded at Book 27 Page 394 Charlotte Land Records. Name and Address of the Person Giving Notice Reginald Garen 76 Red Tail Lane Charlotte, Vermont 05445 It is presumed that the above Oil and Gas Lease is abandoned. Dated at Charlotte, Vermont, this 3rd day of December, 2018. Submitted by: Reginald Garen 76 Red Tail Lane Charlotte, Vermont 05445 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT PROBATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. 1569-1118 CNPR In re estate of Dorothy V. Wilkins.

SOLAR RFP The Town of Shelburne, VT seeks proposals for the installation of solar panels on the roof of the new Pierson Library which is presently under construction and slated for completion during summer 2019. The building and roof are designed structurally to accommodate solar panels. The Town is aware that solar proposals may take various forms, with various types of financial and power purchase arrangements. Clear and concise proposals are encouraged, demonstrating prior successful experience with municipal buildings and projects. Other essential attributes include, but are not limited to, ability to collaborate and coordinate with multiple partners, including the Town’s construction committee, architects, contractors, and engineers; ability to deliver timely; efficiency and effectiveness of power generation; and financial benefits to the Town. Proposals must include examples of similar municipal projects and references who may be contacted. The Town reserves the right to waive formalities, modify bids in a mutually agreeable manner, or to accept or reject any bids at its sole discretion. Issuing this RFP does not in any way commit the Town to accepting any proposal. Bidders bear all costs in preparing and delivering their proposals. Please direct any questions to Town Manager Lee Krohn, AICP. Telephone 802.985.5111; email Bids are due as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, December 14, 2018. PDF submissions are preferred.

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PUBLIC SALE TAKE NOTICE THAT ON THE 19TH DAY OF DECEMBER 2018, VERMONT MOVING & STORAGE, INC. WILL HOLD A PUBLIC SALE OF THE FOLLOWING GOODS: House hold goods and personal belongs owned stored for Andy Taylor-Logan $700.00 €e terms of the sale are final payment in full by cash or credit card. items will be sold in “as is condition” with no warranties expressed or implied. Any person claiming the rights to these goods must pay the amount necessary to satisfy the storage cost list above. Please contact Jennifer at 802-655-6683 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS REGARDING SECTION 13 OF ACT 139: IDENTIFYING AND ADDRESSING ELECTRIC GENERATION CONSTRAINTS IN VERMONT DECEMBER 12, 2018 – 9:30 AM

€e Offices of the Depar tment of Public Service DECEMBER 19, 2018 – 6:00 PM Village of Johnson Pursuant to Section 13 of Act 139, the Vermont Department of Public Service (“the” Department) is required to prepare a report for the legislature regarding generation constraints. As part of the process for developing this report, the Department is seeking written comments and will hold two public meetings to discuss relevant issues. €e ful l text of Act 139 is available at: ACT139/ACT139%20 As%20Enacted.pdf. Meeting locations: €e December 12th public meeting will be conducted at 112 State Street, €ird Floor/Giga Conference Room, Montpelier, Vermont. €e December 19th pub lic meeting will be conducted in the Johnson Municipal Office Meeting Room, 293 Lower Main West, Johnson, Vermont.


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Public comment: Members of the public are encouraged to submit written comments to the Department via email to Ed.McNamara@ . Please include “Act 139 Generation Constraints” in the subject line. It would be particularly helpful to the preparation of the report if comments could focus on the questions to be addressed in the report, as laid in Section 13 of Act 139. Comments should be submitted no later than December 21, 2018 in order to allow adequate time for consideration. €e meeting sites are accessible for individuals with disabilities. Please contact Audrey Fargo for more information (802) 828-2358. VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 1006-1118 CNCV IN RE: ABANDONED MOBILE HOME OF BRUCE E. THOMPSON, SR. (DECEASED) VERIFIED COMPLAINT NOW COMES Plaintiff, Susan Bushey, Trustee

of the Betty Boyer Atkins Revocable Living Trust, d/b/a Westbury Park, by and through counsel Steven J. Kantor, and hereby makes this complaint: 1. Plaintiff’s principal business is located in Colchester, Vermont. Plaintiff is the record owner of a mobile home park known as Westbury Park in Colchester, Vermont. 2. Defendant Bruce E. €ompson, Sr . (Deceased) is the owner of a certain mobile home presently located at 63 Wyndham Road in Westbury Park, Colchester VT. €e make and model is: 1988 Victorian 14’x76’. Plaintiff holds a security deposit in the amount of $300.00. 3. Defendant €ompson ’s last known mailing address is 63 Wyndham Road in Westbury Park, Colchester, Vermont. 4. Defendant €ompson leased a lot in the Park under the terms of a Lease Agreement. He passed away June 19, 2018 in Burlington, Vermont. 5. €e last known resident at the mobile home was Donna Diegel, daughter of Defendant €omp son, who vacated the property September 26,

Open 24/7/365. Post & browse ads at your convenience. 2018, left the keys with her daughter Keri Diegel, and moved to Australia. Her last known mailing address is 63 Wyndham Road, Colchester, Vermont, 05446. Since that date, no one has resided at or paid rent for the mobile home. 6. Plaintiff, through counsel, contacted Kerri Diegel, granddaughter of Defendant €ompson. Ms. Diegel refuses to sell or remove the mobile home. She states that no family member is interested in the mobile home. 7. €e fol lowing security interests, mortgages, liens and encumbrances appear of record with respect to the mobile home: a. Property tax installment to Town of Colchester in amount of $189.53 is due November 15, 2018. 8. €e last employer of Defendant €ompson is unknown. 9. Charles Bolton is a person disinterested in the mobile home or mobile home park who is able to sell the mobile home at a public auction. 10. Mobile home storage fees continue to accrue at the rate of $461.00 per month.

Rent, storage fees and other charges due the Plaintiffs as of November 14, 2018 exceed $900.00. 11. Plaintiff sent written notice to the Town Clerk and Delinquent Tax Collector of the Town of Colchester on October 24, 2018 of Plaintiff’s intent to commence this action. WHEREFORE, Plaintiff respectfully requests that the Honorable Court enter an order as follows: 1. declaring that the mobile home has been abandoned; and 2. approving the sale of the mobile home at a public auction to be held within 15 days of the date of judgment, pursuant to 10 V.S.A. §6249(h); and 3. granting judgment in favor of Plaintiff and against the mobile home for past due and unpaid rent through the date of judgment, together with Plaintiff’s court costs, publication and mailing costs, and Plaintiff’s counsel fees incurred in connection with this matter and enforcement of the Lease. DATED at Burlington, Vermont this 29th day of November, 2018.

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SUSAN BUSHEY, TRUSTEE d/b/a WESTBURY PARK By: /s/ Steven J. Kantor Steven J. Kantor, Esq. Doremus Kantor & Zullo 346 Shelburne Road, Suite 603 P.O. Box 445 Burlington, VT 054020445 (802)863-8603 Attorney for Plaintiff VERIFICATION I, Susan Bushey, declare that I have read the foregoing Complaint and know the contents thereof, and the same is true of my own knowledge. DATED at Essex Jct., Vermont this 26th day of November, 2018. /s/ Susan Bushey, Trustee STATE OF VERMONT CHITTENDEN COUNTY, SS. On this 26th day of November, 2018, Susan Bushey, Trustee of the Betty Boyer Atkins Revocable Living Trust, owner of Westbury Park, being first duly sworn, made oath that she has read the foregoing Complaint, and that the facts contained therein are true.







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ORDER FOR HEARING A hearing on Plaintiff’s Verified Complaint to declare as abandoned the mobile home of Bruce E. Ÿ ompson, Sr. (Deceased) and authorize an auction sale has been set for December 14th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Chittenden Superior Court, 175 Main Street, P.O. Box 187, Burlington, Vermont 05402. Michael Stobb, Deputy Court Clerk Date: 11/29/2018


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willingness to deepen your recovery. Info:™ jessicamchild@gmail. com,™802-999-8655. G.R.A.S.P. (GRIEF RECOVERY AFTER A SUBSTANCE PASSING) Are you a family member who has lost a loved one to addiction? Find support, peer-led support group.™Meets once a month on Mondays in Burlington. Please call for date and location. RSVP mkeasler3@gmail. com or call 310-3301 (message says Optimum Health, but this is a private number). LGBTQ VETERANS GROUP € is veterans group is a safe place for veterans to gather and discuss ways to help the community, have dinners, send packages and help the families of LGBTQ service people. Ideas on being helpful encouraged. Every 2nd and 4th™Wednesday,™6-8:30 p.m.,™at Christ Episcopal Church (€ e Little Red Door),™64 State Street, Montpelier. RSVP, 802-825-2045. HEARING VOICES SUPPORT GROUP € is Hearing Voices Group seeks to find understanding of voice hearing experiences as real lived experiences which may happen to anyone at anytime.™ We choose to share experiences, support, and empathy.™ We validate anyone’s experience and stories about their experience as their own, as being an honest and accurate representation of their experience, and as being acceptable exactly as they are. Weekly on Tuesday, 2-3 p.m. Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-777-8602, abby@ HEARTBEAT VERMONT Have you lost a friend, colleague or loved one by suicide? Some who call have experienced a recent loss and some are still struggling w/ a loss from long ago. Call us at 446-3577 to meet with our™clinician, Jonathan Gilmore, at Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 North Main St. All are welcome. HELLENBACH CANCER SUPPORT Call to verify meeting place. Info, 388-6107. People living with cancer & their caretakers convene for support.

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INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS/PAINFUL BLADDER SUPPORT GROUP Interstitial cystitis (IC) and painful bladder syndrome can result in recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder/pelvic region & urinary frequency/ urgency. € ese are often misdiagnosed & mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone. For Vermont-based support group, email™bladder™or call 899-4151 for more information. KINDRED CONNECTIONS PROGRAM OFFERED FOR CHITTENDEN COUNTY CANCER SURVIVORS € e Kindred Connections program provides peer support for all those touched by cancer. Cancer patients as well as caregivers are provided with a mentor who has been through the cancer experience & knows what it’s like to go through it. In addition to sensitive listening, Kindred Connections provides practical help such as rides to doctors’ offices & meal deliveries. € e program has people who have experienced a wide variety of cancers. For further info, please contact LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE SafeSpace offers peer-led support groups for survivors of relationship, dating, emotional &/or hate violence. € ese groups give survivors a safe & supportive environment to tell their stories, share information, & offer & receive support. Support groups also provide survivors an opportunity to gain information on how to better cope with feelings & experiences that surface because of the trauma they have experienced. Please call SafeSpace 863-0003 if you are interested in joining. MALE SURVIVOR OF VIOLENCE GROUP A monthly, closed group for male identified survivors of violence including relationship, sexual assault, and discrimination.™Open to all sexual orientations. Contact 863-0003 for more information or safespace@pride



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tea & baked goods with entertainment & conversation. QCMC meets the 3rd Sat. of each mo., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ™ ayer Building, 1197 North Ave., Burlington. 316-3839. QUEER CARE GROUP ™ is support group is for adult family members and caregivers of queer, and/or questioning youth. It is held on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. at Outright Vermont, 241 North Winooski Ave. ™ is group is for adults only. For more information, email info@ QUIT TOBACCO GROUPS Are you ready to be tobacco free?© o Jin our FREE fi ve-week group classes facilitated by our Tobacco Treatment Specialists.© W e meet in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.© o Yu may qualify for a FREE 8-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Contact us at (802)-847-7333 or quittobaccoclass@ SCLERODERMA FOUNDATION NEW ENGLAND Support group meeting held 4th Tue. of the mo., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Williston Police Station. Info, Blythe Leonard, 878-0732. SEX & LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery group. Do you have a problem w/ sex or relationships? We can help. Shawn, 660-2645. Visit slaafws. org©o r for meetings near you. SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT HOPE Works offers free support groups to women, men & teens who are survivors of sexual violence. Groups are available for survivors at any stage of the healing process. Intake for all support groups is ongoing. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule an intake to become a group member, please call our office at 864-0555, ext. 19, or email our victim advocate at advocate@

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alone! Adults, teens & school-age kids who stutter & their families are welcome to join one of our three free National Stuttering Association (NSA) stuttering support groups at UVM. Adults: 5:30-6:30, 1st & 3rd Tue. monthly; teens (ages 13-17): 5:30-6:30, 1st ™ u. monthly; schoolage children (ages 8-12) & parents (meeting separately): 4:15-5:15, 2nd ™ u. monthly. Pomeroy Hall (489 Main St., UVM campus. Info:, burlingtonstutters@, 656-0250. Go Team Stuttering! SUICIDE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP For those who have lost a friend or loved one through suicide. Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 N. Main St., Wallingford, 446-3577. 6:30-8 p.m. the 3rd Tue. of ea. mo. SUICIDE HOTLINES IN VT Brattleboro, 257-7989; Montpelier (Washington County Mental Health Emergency Services), 229-0591; Randolph (Clara Martin Center Emergency Service), 800-639-6360. SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN who have experienced intimate partner abuse, facilitated by Circle (Washington Co. only). Please call 877-5439498 for more info. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE If you have lost someone to suicide and wish to have a safe place to talk, share and spend a little time with others who have had a similar experience, join us the 3rd ™ u. at the Faith Lighthouse Church, Rte. 105, Newport (105 Alderbrook), 7-9 p.m. Please call before attending. Info: Mary Butler, 744-6284. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE -- S. BURLINGTON Who: Persons experiencing the impact of a loved one’s suicide. When: first Wednesday of each month,©6 -7:30 p.m.©L ocation: S. Burlington. ™ is group is currently full and unable to accept new participants. Please call Linda Livendale at 802-272-6564 to learn about other groups within driving distance. We are sorry for the

inconvenience. ™ ank you! THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP ™ e Compassionate Friends international support group for parents, siblings and families grieving the loss of a child©m eets every third©T uesday©o f the month,©7 -9 p.m.,© at Kismet Place, 363 Blair Park Rd., Williston. Call/email Jay at©8 02-373-1263,© compassionate TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapter meeting. Hedding United Methodist Church, Washington St., Barre. Wed., 5:15-6:15 p.m. For info, call David at 371-8929. VEGGIE SUPPORT GROUP Want to feel supported on your vegetarian/ vegan journey? Want more info on healthy veggie diets? Want to share & socialize at veggie potlucks, & more, in the greater Burlington area? ™ is is your opportunity to join with other like-minded folks. veggy4life@gmail. com, 658-4991. WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FAHC. Led by Deb Clark, RN. Every 1st & 3rd Tue., 5-6:30 p.m. Call Kathy McBeth, 847-5715. YOGA FOR FOLKS LIVING WITH LYME DISEASE Join as we build community and share what works on the often confusing, baffling and isolating path to wellness while living with Lyme disease. We will have a gentle restorative practice suitable for all ages and all©l evels from beginner to experienced, followed by an open group discussion where we will share what works and support one another in our quest for healing. By donation. Wear comfortable clothing. March 5,©A pril 2,©M ay 7, June 4.©2 -3:30 p.m. More information at©


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QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFE ™ e Queen City Memory Café offers a social time & place for people with memory impairment & their fiends & family to laugh, learn & share concerns & celebrate feeling understood & connected. Enjoy coffee,


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POTATO INTOLERANCE SUPPORT GROUP Anyone coping with potato intolerance and interested in joining a support group, contact Jerry Fox,©4 8 Saybrook Rd., Essex Junction, VT 05452.




NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS is a group of recovering addicts who live w/ out the use of drugs. It costs nothing to join.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (OA) A 12-step program for people who identify as overeaters, compulsive eaters, food addicts, anorexics, bulimics, etc. No matter what your problem with food, we have a solution! All are welcome, meetings are open, and there are no dues or fees. See©o meeting-list/©f or the current meeting list, meeting format and more; or call 802-8632655 any time!


NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Bellows Falls, 3rd Tue. of every mo., 7 p.m., Compass School, 7892 US-5, Westminster; Brattleboro, 1st Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., 1st Congregational Church, 880 Western

NORTHWEST VERMONT CANCER PRAYER & SUPPORT NETWORK A meeting of cancer patients, survivors & family members intended to comfort & support those who are currently suffering from the disease. 2nd ™ u. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 11 Church St., St. Albans. Info: 2nd Wed. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m. Winooski United Methodist Church, 24 W. Allen St., Winooski. Info: hovermann4@comcast. net.


MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP Area Myeloma Survivors, Families and Caregivers have come together to form a Multiple Myeloma Support Group. We provide emotional support, resources about treatment options, coping strategies and a support network by participating in the group experience with people that have been though similar situations. ™ ird Tuesday of the month, 5-6 p.m. at the New Hope Lodge on East Avenue in Burlington. Info:

NAR-ANON BURLINGTON GROUP Group meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Turning Point Center (small room), 191 Bank St., Burlington. ™ e only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Info: Amanda H. 338-8106.

self-exploration. Fridays at©1 p .m., Pathways Vermont Community Center,©2 7 9 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602.


MARIJUANA ANONYMOUS Do you have a problem with marijuana? MA is a free 12-step program where addicts help other addicts to get & stay clean. Ongoing Wed. at 7 p.m. at Turning Point Center, 191 Bank St., suite 200, Burlington. 861-3150.

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NAMI CONNECTION PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS Bennington, every Tue., 1-2:30 p.m., CRT Center, United Counseling Service, 316 Dewey St.; Burlington, every ™ u., 3-4:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2 Cherry St. (enter from parking lot); Berlin, second ™ u. of the month, 4-5:30 p.m., CVMC Board Room, 130 Fisher Rd.; Rutland, every 1st and 3rd Sun., 4:30-6 p.m., Rutland Mental Health Wellness Center, 78 S. Main St.; No. Concord, every ™ u., 6-7:30 p.m., Loch Lomond, 700 Willson Rd. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, program@ or 800639-6480. Connection groups are peer recovery support group programs for adults living with mental health challenges.

Ave., West Brattleboro; Burlington, 2nd & 4th Tue. of every mo., 7 p.m., HowardCenter, corner of Pine & Flynn Ave.; Berlin, 4th Mon. of every mo., 7 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center, Room 3; Georgia, 1st Tue. of every mo., 6 p.m., Georgia Public Library, 1697 Ethan Allen Highway (Exit 18, I-89); Manchester, 4th Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., Equinox Village, 2nd floor; Rutland, 1st Mon. of every mo., 6 p.m., Rutland Regional Medical Center, Leahy Conference Ctr., room D; St. Johnsbury, 4th Wed. of every mo., 5:30 p.m., Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Library, 1315 Hospital Dr.; Williston, 1st & 3rd Mon. of every mo., 6 p.m., NAMI Vermont Office, 600 Blair Park Rd. #301. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, or 800-639-6480. Family Support Group meetings are for family & friends of individuals living mental illness.


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Healthy Relationships Project Trainer Home Instead Senior Care, a provider of home helper services to seniors in their homes, is seeking friendly and dependable people. CAREGivers assist seniors with companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care, errands, safety presence and more. Part-time, flexible scheduling, including: daytime, evening, weekend and overnight shifts currently available. Higher pay for weekend shifts. No heavy lifting.

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Full-time position supports preschools and schools implementing our child sexual abuse prevention programs. Bachelor’s degree in Education or Human Services field & experience training adults and/or teaching children required. Master’s degree, knowledge of child development & sexual abuse preferred. Statewide travel requiring reliable transportation. Submit cover letter, resume, and three references to Search, PO Box 829, Montpelier, VT, 05601 or email EOE

Part-Time Managing Director

We are a busy, family friendly general dental practice in South Burlington, looking for a reliable dental assistant to join our team! Radiology certification required. Please send resumes to:

Seeking a part-time Managing Director to develop RecycleBalls as a sustainable nonprofit 2h-Everhart&Pinto120518.indd 1 12/3/18 enterprise, its core technologies, fundraising, and industry partnerships to further our mission to Become part of a collaborative team where a positive recycle all tennis balls in attitude matters. We are seeking a Lead Carpenter with the United States. a minimum of 15 years’ experience who is self motivated Founded as an innovative and can make clear, concise decisions. The Lead 501(c)3 nonprofit Carpenter is responsible for a project’s forward progress, headquartered in managing carpenters, working with our Project Manager, Burlington, VT. Wilson, and interacting with clients and sub-contractors. the leading tennis REQUIREMENTS: Thorough understanding of carpentry equipment manufacturer from frame to finish, desire to lead, excellent work in the world, is our ethic, sense of humor, valid driver’s license, reliable key sponsor. transportation, tools. View job requirements Full Time. Pay negotiable based on experience. and apply here: Send resumes to:


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MANAGER OF STRATEGY AND INNOVATION Burlington Electric Department, the City of Burlington’s innovative municipal electric utility, is seeking a Manager of Strategy and Innovation to join the executive management team. This position will provide leadership, direction, and oversight of the Center for Innovation area. Has direct oversight of the following departments: Resource Planning, Finance, and Information Technology. This position is responsible for managing all aspects of BED’s power supply, financial, technology smart grid efforts, etc. within the Center of Innovation, including the design, development, launch, and operationalization of new customer offerings. Our ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in engineering, finance, business, law, public administration, or another appropriate discipline and 8 years of experience including 5 years of leadership/management experience. To learn more and to apply for this position, please go to:

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First Baptist Church Burlington is seeking a part time Director of Christian Education. Ours is a progressive multi-cultural American Baptist Congregation. The Director of Christian Education augments our ministry to children, youth and young adults by fostering their growth and development in all aspects of Christian Faith. The Director plays a central role in working with the Board of Christian Education to plan, support, oversee and grow our inclusive educational programs and events. The Director closely coordinates activities with the Pastor and other Church Boards.

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Wake Robin, Vermont’s premier continuing care retirement community, is adding members to our team of Dining Room Staff. This is a perfect opportunity for individuals with the time and drive to begin their working experience, or for professionals who wish to supplement their current career endeavors. Our Dining Companions help to create a fine dining experience for our residents in a restaurant style environment. We will train applicants who demonstrate strong customer service skills and a desire to work with an active population of seniors. Wake Robin offers an excellent compensation and benefits package and an opportunity to build strong relationships with staff and residents in a dynamic community setting.

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VOCATION AL REHABILITATION JOB COACH – BRATTLEBORO The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Job Coach will provide time limited on-site support for State/VR consumers in education and or training settings. The VR Job Coach may assist VR counselors in preparing consumers to apply for competitive employment. This might include direct, one to one, support at job specific trainings, or tutoring at workshops or classes. May provide hands-on job training and job coaching in a work place to help consumer become fully independent. Local travel required. For more information, contact Nancy Dwyer at or (802) 828-0565. Department: Disabilities Aging & Independent Living. Status: Temporary Part Time. Job ID # 493. Application Deadline: December 11, 2018.

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Risk Management Consultant VSBIT is a not for profit organization whose mission is to serve Vermont schools by assisting members in the area of risk management to protect and conserve educational resources. One of VSBIT’s offerings, the Multi-Line Program, was founded in 2004 and provides an alternative to the standard property & casualty insurance marketplace. VSBIT is currently seeking a Risk Management Consultant. This individual is responsible for the identification, analysis, control, and monitoring of the risks that face member schools. They will review and evaluate member loss runs specifically for the causes of employee injuries and develop/implement risk management strategies to reduce their frequency and severity. The Risk Management Consultant will assist in the design of member specific solutions to address problem areas and serve as a main contact for detailing available resources to members.



COORDINATOR OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM The Education Department of Saint Michael’s College is seeking a coordinator for the School Leadership Program. The successful candidate will have responsibility for course instruction, program oversight, adjunct hire and support, admission review, student advising, coordination of off campus contracted courses, and contributing membership in the Education Department. The position is a full-time, 10-month position. Course and program responsibilities will dictate the semester schedule. Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401(k), generous paid time off, employee and dependent tuition benefits, and discounted gym membership. For full job description and to apply online go to:


Office Manager/ Bookkeeper Busy mid-sized (15-20 employees) construction company looking for office manager / bookkeeper proficient in quickbooks and exel sheets to process payroll with out-sourced vendor track job costs - accounts payable/accounts receivable labor tracking for job costing - insurance reports - needs solid understanding of accounting - 5-10 years experience. Send resumes to: Knowledge & Experience: The successful candidate will preferably have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in the area of occupational health & safety, risk management, or a related field. Candidates with 12/3/18 2v-FarringtonConstruction112818.indd 1:23 PM 1 11/27/18 industry specific certifications such as the Certified Safety 4t-StMichaelsCollegeCOORDlead120518.indd Regional Product1 Manager Professional or Associate Safety Professional are preferred. We are looking for a Regional The candidate must also have a strong working Product Manager for our corporate knowledge of MS Office, computer database systems, good Eden Central School seeks a office in Charlotte, VT. This is not a remote position. He/She organizational & communication skills, and have the ability will be responsible for specific product management and motivated individual to join to work independently. tour-related operations. This role will also be responsible

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for preparing budgets and forecast as well as execution of all aspects of tour-specific vendor management including planning, contracting, and organization. The Regional Product Manager will have direct responsibility of specific tour quality and performance. Job Type: Full-time Apply by sending us the following: • A resume and introductory cover letter • A self-assessment of why you are interested and why you would be a great fit for Sojourn • Two to three letters of reference pertaining directly to this position and including contact details

VACD seeks a qualified candidate to fill a full time Conservation Send your application to Programs Technical Coordinator/Land Treatment Planner position. For full job description go to: This position will work out of a Vermont USDA Natural Resources No phone calls, please. Conservation Service (NRCS) Field Office. Technical Coordinator responsibilities will include providing support and assistance in training and coordinating VACD conservation planning staff, serving as the 12/3/18 point person for ongoing communications with NRCS state resource 4t-SojournBicycling120518.indd 1 staff, and providing technical guidance and support in managing Sheridan Journal Services, an VACD’s conservation planning workload across the state. Land Treatment Planner responsibilities will include providing conservation established provider of publishing planning assistance to agricultural producers with an emphasis on services for scientific, technical, medical and gathering resource inventory data and developing the land treatment scholarly journals, is currently seeking Production plans needed for NRCS Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans Editors to join our team in beautiful Waterbury, and/or fulfilling Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practices. BA or BS in Vermont! If you have publishing, editorial, natural resources, agriculture, soils, science or agronomy is required. copyediting or composition experience, and Thirty hours of cumulative course work in soils, crop, aquatic and/ aspire to be a part of a team producing innovative or plant science are highly desired. Critical skills needed include publications, please submit your resume and a two-plus years of experience with NRCS conservation planning and cover letter to resource assessments, and experience in the development of technical We provide a comprehensive benefits package, information necessary for the completion of land treatment plans or including health, medical and dental coverage, similar resource assessments. Starting wage is $20 per hour. Visit 401(K), paid time off, flexible working schedules, for detailed job description and qualifications. Position relaxed dress code and possible telecommuting includes training, health insurance benefit and generous leave package. Send cover letter, resume and three references by December 17th to opportunities. We have a stunning office with a or VACD, PO Box 889, Montpelier, VT 05601. positive, friendly work culture.



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This person will perform a wide range of tasks to coordinate the daily meals preparation including: ordering provisions, preparing student meals, cooking from scratch, following standardized recipes, complying with all state sanitation guideline requirements, and operating cash register system. Must be willing to attend trainings in child nutrition and take online trainings. Minimum of a high school diploma, or equivalent, plus three to five years of relevant institutional cooking experience. Broad base knowledge and skills in quantity food handling, preparation and cooking. Computer skills required. Familiarity with public school hot lunch programs desirable.

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We are Hiring! Come join the Fastest growing Truck & Trailer Dealership in Vermont! Do you want to be on a team that can provide you with the latest technology, the best training, schools and a reputation for success? Come join us at Lucky’s Trailer Sales Peterbilt of Vermont. We have put together a very respected and experienced team to lead Peterbilt of Vermont into a fulfilling prosperous future. We are looking for Mechanic Apprentices, Trailer Technicians And Parts Sales People at the growing Colchester, VT location. • Health Insurance

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Lucky’s has been selling and maintaining trailers for over 32 years and Peterbilt Trucks for 5 years. Looking to better yourself? Come see us! Stop by with you resume, or email it to Lucky’s Trailer Sales Peterbilt of Vermont 41 Hercules Drive, Colchester, VT 05446

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While our preferred candidate will have hands on Ruby on Rails experience, we’d love to hear from you if you have any full stack experience utilizing other web based technologies such as PHP, Python or Java. Don’t have full stack experience, but have built a career creating responsive front end web applications using HTML, CSS, Javascript, or any front end framework such as React, Angular or Vue? We’d also love to hear from you! Don’t have front end experience, but have built a career creating high throughput server side Web APIs, and have SQL skills? We’d love to hear from you too! As a Benefit Corporation, we place high value on client, employee and community relationships. Our company offers a friendly, informal, and professional work environment. PCC offers competitive benefits as well as some uncommon perks. PCC is located in the Champlain Mill in Winooski, VT. To learn more about PCC, this position, and how to apply, please visit our website at The deadline for submitting your application is December 14, 2018. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

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Seven Days is seeking a full-time marketing coordinator to join our team in Burlington. If you like getting shit done and having fun while doing it – we want to learn more about you. To join our team, you must be an excellent communicator, meticulous about details, a creative problem solver, a master multitasker, skilled at time management and comfortable with public speaking. In this role you’ll be doing something different every day and working closely with the sales, marketing, event and design teams on promotions, events and in-house marketing campaigns. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in marketing, graphic design, managing projects, speaking to groups of people and working independently when needed. Send cover letter and resume by January 4 at 5 p.m. to In your cover letter, please describe your experience in all the areas mentioned above and your current employment situation. Provide three professional references (including daytime phone and email). No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

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PCC, a private, Winooski-based healthcare IT Benefit Corporation, seeks experienced web developers to join our team. Bring your problem-solving skills and creativity to the table building web applications in an Agile development framework, assisting in not only extending current products, but also creating new product lines. Our ideal candidate is fast and flexible, great at finding and squashing bugs, and ready to work well with team members in a cross-functional development environment. Our work culture is casual and our employees are clever and dedicated. We strive for client satisfaction and our customer reviews are among the very best in our industry.

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Graphic & Multimedia Designer Established over two decades ago, our educational publishing company possesses an established brand, business model and clientele. We are looking for a dynamic Graphic and Multimedia Designer to join our team. Projects will cover a wide spectrum. The ideal candidate possesses multiple design disciplines, from print graphics, to digital graphics, to animation to video editing. We are looking for a self-starting team player with a great attitude, good organizational skills, the ability to multi-task, and savviness in both digital and print design. A Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design or a related field is required, plus 3 years of experience. Advanced working knowledge of Macs, Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro is essential. Familiarity with HTML is a plus! To get started on this exciting path, please send a copy of your resume and a digital portfolio with at least three work samples to us at

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Housekeeper Full-Time - Flexible Shifts

Established property management firm seeks strong communicator to be Assistant Property Manager. The position is full time, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday with occasional night or weekend hours. Experience in high paced customer service role preferred. Physical ability to work long hours while standing or walking. Good writer with technical skills in basic office software. Salary $18-$20 per hour depending on experience. Please send cover letter and resume to Stephanie Gilbert, Vice President of Coburn & Feeley Property Management:

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3 to 4 days a week, no nights. Contact Ann Marie:

Vermont’s premier continuing Care Retirement Community seeks 802-872-2616 a member to join our housekeeping team. Housekeepers work The Bagel Market 30 Susie Wilson Road collaboratively to support residents who live independently as Essex Junction, VT 05452 well as those who live in residential care. Housekeepers are critical to the well being of residents and the quality of the Wake Robin 12/3/18 12:09 PM environment. Candidates must have housekeeping and/or industrial 1t-BagelMarket120518.indd 1 cleaning or industrial laundry experience. Marketing Manager Interested candidates can apply online at or email a resume with cover letter to Wake Robin is an equal opportunity employer.

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Loan Compliance Officer Berlin

There is no better time to join the NSB team! Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. We are expanding our Compliance Department and are looking for a professional to join our team as a Loan Compliance Officer in our Berlin Operations Center. This position offers a strong opportunity to work for a growing premier Vermont mutual savings bank. The Loan Compliance Officer must have the ability to maintain compliance and mitigate risks in a way that minimizes operational impact and supports a positive customer experience. This individual must have the ability to comprehend and interpret laws and banking regulations. The Loan Compliance Officer is responsible for ensuring the Bank meets the credit needs of the communities we serve in accordance with the Community Reinvestment Act. The requirements for this position include excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization as well as outside agencies. A Bachelor’s degree in banking or a related field and five years of work experience of lending compliance is required.

Please submit your application and resume in confidence to: (Preferred). Or mail to: Northfield Savings Bank Human Resources P.O. Box 7180 Barre, VT 05641-7180 Equal Opportunity Employer/Member FDIC

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The Marketing Manager will work closely with the CEO and our international team in France to support marketing campaigns and sales goals. The Marketing Manager must be willing to travel internationally and nationally several times a year. This is a full-time in-house position based in Williston, 4:17 PM Vermont. Being an animal lover is a must. At times there are several mellow dogs sleeping on the couch or on your feet. Submit all resumes and short cover letters to: For full job description go to:

Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community is a long term residential program for adults with mental health and addiction issues. Residents find strength and hope through shared work and community. We are searching for: 2v-JulboEyewear112818.indd

Clinical Director Responsible for the full continuum of resident therapeutic experience, supervises the clinical/resident services staff (includes clinicians, case managers, and med room staff ), oversees crisis team, and supports family relations. Will be a member of the Ranch Leadership Team and must be enthusiastic about becoming a member of a therapeutic community. Master’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or closely related field required. Clinical license with 5 years of supervision/management experience required. Must be a multi-tasking wizard comfortable with many balls in the air; also must be willing to live on Ranch property or within a 30 minute drive of the Ranch.

Support Staff

Find out what NSB can offer you. NSB offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, profit sharing, matching 401(K) retirement program, professional development opportunities, and a positive work environment supported by a team culture.

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11/26/18 1:55 PM

COMMUNITY IMPACT PROGRAMS SPECIALIST VERMONT FOODBANK is hiring a full-time Community Impact Programs Specialist. They are responsible for supporting the administrative needs of the Vermont Foodbank’s community health and fresh food programs, including but not limited to VT Fresh, Community Kitchen Academy, the Gleaning Program, Pick for your Neighbor and Vermonters Feeding Vermonters.

Responsible for supporting residents during overnights, weekends, and evenings. Multiple part-time positions available at our Cuttingsville and Rutland locations. Various schedules available. Previous experience in mental health and/or substance abuse recovery required. Must be physically capable of using stairs, have a valid driver’s license with clean record, and able to pass a drug test.

A complete job description is available upon request. Please submit application online at:

Applicants must send a cover letter indicating their interest in Spring Lake Ranch along with resume to:, or fax to (802) 492-3331, or mail to SLR, 1169 Spring Lake Road, Cuttingsville, VT 05738.

Be sure to include a cover letter & resume, attention: Human Resources Department. The Vermont Foodbank is an EEO.

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Program Administrator National Midwifery Institute’s mission is to provide exceptional decentralized, apprenticeship-based direct-entry midwifery education. Our program prepares aspiring midwives to provide comprehensive midwifery care while studying in their own communities and fully in touch with the individuals and families they serve, to ensure that the choice of sensitive, competent midwifery care may be more readily available to birthing people and their families everywhere. National Midwifery Institute is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The Program Administrator will maintain the details of a functional administrative office to support NMI’s accredited midwifery certificate program. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to nmioffice@ by December 15, 2018. Interviews for qualified candidates will begin right away. Further details available at

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OFFICE MANAGER We’re looking for a full-time office manager to replace our manager of 33 years! The Company: • Light-Works is a small Vermont-based, large-format digital print provider in its fourth decade of providing high-end print services to commercial clients, organizations and individuals. • We’re well known for the great care we take with our work, our clients and our staff.

Position Requirements & Preferences: • The right person has strong interpersonal and customer service skills; is organized, self-directed, intuitive, calm and patient; has a minimum of two years of administrative/ office management work; has digital marketing experience (preferred).

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Attention night owls! 24/7 substance abuse crisis program needs an awake overnight clinician. This position provides services to adults in a busy short term social detox and crisis stabilization setting. This is a great learning opportunity for someone interested in the field of substance abuse. Overnights required. Full-time benefits eligible position. Howard Center offers an excellent benefits package including health, dental, and life insurance, as well as generous paid time off for all regular positions scheduled 20+ hours/week. Please visit our website, Enter position title to view details and apply. Howard Center is an Equal-Opportunity Employer. Applicants needing assistance or an accommodation in completing the online application should feel free to contact Human Resources at 488-6950 or

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• We are a well-established large format printing company based in Winooski founded in 1978 that offers its staff stability, commitment to excellence and a relaxed, friendly workplace. • This position offers the opportunity to learn about an exciting business and to work with interesting clients and an amazing staff. • We offer vacation, sick, and holiday pay; health insurance; 401(k) and profit sharing. • We also have Free Lunch Fridays! • The initial pay range we’re offering is $17-20 per hour depending on experience. See the Online Post for More Details: Send a Resume to:

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Clinician – ACT 1 – Night Shift

12/3/18 3:19 PM

Engaging minds that change the world 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. This opening and others are updated daily. Student Financial Services Counselor - Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) - #S1829PO - The Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is seeking an SFS Counselor to provide exceptional customer service to students, parents and the campus community regarding all aspects of student finances. Determine student financial aid eligibility and generate aid packages in compliance with established federal, state, and institutional guidelines. Communicate with students and parents to address questions about educational expenses and explain potential options and required actions. Assist with inquiries about UVM bills and provide information regarding potential resources for account settlement. Participate in the awarding of scholarships, including assisting with selection of recipients and maintenance of scholarship funds. As a member of the SFS Team, analyze complex situations, problem solve, adapt to change, and understand the joint needs of the Customer Service unit as well as the SFS office as a whole. This position reports to the Customer Service Supervisor. Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in business/accounting or related field and two to three years related experience required. Demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer service and two years customer service experience in financial aid or in the financial services industry required. Desktop application and office automation skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required including the ability to effectively communicate through difficult and emotional interactions with students and parents regarding personal financial challenges. Ability to develop and deliver presentations. Ability to function in a fast-paced environment using time management and organizational capabilities. Familiarity with IRS documentation, previous employment in a higher education setting, and experience with student information systems highly desirable. For further information on this position and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit our website at:; Job Hotline #802-656-2248; telephone #802-656-3494. Applicants must apply for position electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. Job positions are updated daily. 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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Named one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont, Fuse is a brand strategy, experiential, creative, social and digital communications agency that specializes in marketing to teens and young adults. For over 20 years, we’ve worked with some of the most innovative companies in the world. Fuse is looking for an experienced brand strategist with a passion for snowboarding and skateboarding to serve as our Action Sports Team Manager. In this role you will manage a team of professional athletes, develop marketing strategies, communicate with clients, athletes and agents, and plan and execute athlete integration in events, photo/content shoots, social channels, retail and media efforts.

We have immediate seasonal openings in our manufacturing department for long-term, full-time & part-time seasonal employment. We will have other opportunities available throughout our company for days, early evening, and weekend shifts. No experience is necessary; we will train you.

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SASH® Health Systems Educator and Wellness Nurse Lead Are you interested in being part of an award winning, nationally replicated program and dedicated team of professionals that help Vermonters access the care and support they need to stay healthy while living at home? SASH® (Support and Services at Home) is an integral part of Vermont’s statewide healthcare reform initiative focused on transforming the health and well-being Vermonters. Cathedral Square, pioneer of the statewide SASH program is looking for a dedicated and energetic team player to lead our population health chronic disease management education initiative (focus on diabetes and hypertension) and provide support and learning opportunities to our SASH Wellness Nurses across the state. Successful candidate must be a licensed Registered Nurse in the State of Vermont who enjoys and excels at project management, training, collaboration and idea generation! Experience utilizing and teaching health behavior change models and self-management skills related to chronic health conditions strongly desired. Experience as a SASH Wellness Nurse preferred. Come join our team in supporting professionals in the field to provide the best care and support possible for vulnerable Vermonters. 32-40 hours per week; office or telecommuting available. See for more information on the SASH model. Named a “Best Place to Work in Vermont,” we offer a friendly work environment and an extremely generous benefit package. To learn more visit for a full job description. Submit resume or application to EOE

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Director of VT Public Policy

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Bi-State Primary Care Association is seeking a Director of VT Public Policy. The director develops and analyzes public policy relative to health access, quality, and payment systems reform. The director conducts advocacy and lobbying to improve access to primary and preventive health care services for the people of Vermont. A master’s degree is required with 5-7 years of health care experience. Interested applications may send a resume and cover letter to

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Champlain Community Services is a growing developmental services provider agency with a strong emphasis on selfdetermination values and employee and consumer satisfaction.

Direct Support Professional

Direct Support Professional and per diem shifts are available at CCS. Work one on one with individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism and make a difference in the lives of others. Starting wage is $14.35 per hour, with mileage reimbursement and a comprehensive benefit package. This is an excellent job for applicants entering human services or for those looking to continue their work in this field. Send your cover letter and application to Karen Ciechanowicz,

Shared Living Provider

Seeking individuals or couples to provide residential supports to an individual with an intellectual disability in your home, or in theirs. A generous stipend, paid time off (respite), comprehensive training & supports are available. We are currently offering a variety of opportunities. For more information contact Jennifer Wolcott, or 655-0511 ext. 118.

Home Provider

HEALTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR Special Olympics Vermont (SOVT) seeks a Health Program Coordinator to implement and expand SOVT’s Healthy Communities program. Responsibilities include convening partners dedicated to expanding health access for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and building a network of inclusive health providers. Bachelor’s Degree in public health, health sciences, or related field required and experience in health program planning preferred. For the full job description and application information, go to: specialolympicsvermont. org/about-us/careers/

Be a part of an initiative to move people from nursing homes and into a home setting where they can thrive and be active citizens of their community again. A generous stipend, day supports, training and ongoing support are provided. There are a variety of situations available; we may have the perfect match for you and your home. For more information contact Marie Greeno, 3v-SpecialOlympics120518.indd or 802.655.0511 x 109.

Champlain Community Services 512 Troy Ave., Suite 1 Colchester, VT 05446 (802) 655-0511 Building a community where everybody participates and everybody belongs.

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Providing Innovative Mental Health and Educational Services to Vermont’s Children & Families.


Therapeutic Facilitator $300 Sign on Bonus St. Albans Wrap Around Program

New England Air Systems is seeking a confident self-starter, with a calm demeanor. If you feel that you fit the bill, then we may have the job for you. New England Air Systems is seeking a service dispatcher for our Williston office. Previous dispatching experience is highly desired and candidate must have excellent customer skills. š e selected candidate will be working in a fast paced environment will need strong decision making skills the ability communicate effectively verbally and in writing, establish priorities and meet deadlines. Knowledge of MS Outlook, Word, and Excel. Tasks include, but are not limited to: • Answering incoming phone lines for customer and service technicians • Entering service work orders into company software • Assist primary dispatcher with scheduling of work orders and maintenance inspections • Assist in coordination of contract maintenance inspections

Looking for an exciting new opportunity? NFI Vermont has one for you! St. Albans WRAP is seeking a full time Therapeutic Facilitator to join our amazing team of mental health professionals and our positive and supportive work environment. Responsibilities include working with children, adolescents, and families with mental health challenges, both in the community and in their homes. Ideal candidates will have experience working collaboratively with families and multidisciplinary treatment teams, have working knowledge of trauma and its effects, and be open to new experiences. Master’s preferred in social work or a related field, valid driver’s license required. NFI Vermont offers a trauma informed working environment, training opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package with tuition reimbursement.

Residential Counselors $500 Sign on Bonus Shelburne House Program The Shelburne House Program is seeking Residential Counselors to join our team. Shelburne House is a trauma-informed residential treatment program, which provides assessment and stabilization services to male adolescents, ages 13-18. Counselors provide supervision, support, guidance and role modeling to the youth in order to help facilitate healing and growth. Other responsibilities include helping with activities of daily living and building independent living skills. Experience working with teenagers with emotional and behavioral challenges, or a BA in psychology or a related field required. Candidates should possess excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to function well in a team atmosphere and a valid driver’s license. This position includes a comprehensive benefits package, with tuition reimbursement.


• After training period, this candidate will be primary dispatch for our Rutland service crew • Back-up dispatch of the Williston based service technicians

NFI Vermont, a fast paced, multi-program, non-profit agency, is looking for an EHR Administrator who is responsible for the maintenance, upgrades, enhancements and data integrity of our electronic health records. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

• Customer care calls to ensure satisfaction after service or maintenance inspection

• Investigation and resolution of user questions and issues.

• Working hours are 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday. New England Air Systems offers an excellent compensation package including an industry leading wage between $18-$25/per hour, paid vacation, 401(k) savings plan, 100% training, excellent medical, dental, disability and life insurance plans.

• Optimization and customization of functions by role and program.

Resumes can be mailed to: Human Resources, PO Box 525, Williston, VT 05495 or emailed to New England Air Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

• Provide direct support to programs and the agency by creating set up for new programs and further supporting incremental use of our EHR for existing programs.

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• Oversee and manage continued implementation of our electronic health record (EHR) information system. • Ensure our programs maximize efficiency and ensure quality client care through use of our EHR.

• Work closely with the Billing department to ensure the system’s set up and documentation meets billing requirements. • Assist Quality and Development department to track outcomes and utilize data to measure success. • Assist with general IT tech support as needed. • Familiarity with Netsmart Evolv or similar EHR system and an understanding of our behavioral health are highly preferred. Strong analytical, technical and interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse teams under deadlines are required.

• Provide hands on technical solutions to programs with our product. Requirements include BA in Business or Information Technology and 3-5 years’ relevant experience, proficiency in Microsoft Excel and office. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package. Please apply online at

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Seven Days, December 5, 2018  

'Our Towns' Special Issue: How the Green Mountain 'Baby Bust' Is Changing One Vermont Town; Northeast Kingdom Towns Cope With Consolidation;...

Seven Days, December 5, 2018  

'Our Towns' Special Issue: How the Green Mountain 'Baby Bust' Is Changing One Vermont Town; Northeast Kingdom Towns Cope With Consolidation;...