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1. “After the Air Guard: Plattsburgh’s 1995 Base Closing May Be Instructive for Burlington” by Kevin J. Kelley. Officials have warned that Vermont may lose its Air Guard if the F-35 isn’t based in Burlington — echoing the 1995 air-base closing in Plattsburgh. 2. “Rails or Trails? New Yorkers Clash Over the Future of an Adirondack Train Line” by Kathryn Flagg. Should a former railroad line in upstate New York be restored to carry trains again, or turned into a recreational trail for bikes and snowmobiles? 3. “Why Blue Cross May Owe Its Former CEO Another $575,000, Plus Interest” by Andy Bromage. The former CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont received millions when he retired. Now he’s suing for thousands more. 4. Fair Game: “Spending Like a Brock Star” by Paul Heintz. Randy Brock loaned himself $300,000 in his run for governor — that’s more money than all the rest of his fundraising combined. 5. Side Dishes: “Positive Directions” by Alice Levitt. Positive Pie has opened a new restaurant in Hardwick, while Piecasso in Stowe has expanded with a new bar and a new menu.

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tate and federal prosecutors dropped a bombshell last week in the missing-persons case of Bill and Lorraine Currier. At a news conference in the Burlington federal building, authorities said that evidence now shows the Essex couple was abducted and murdered in June 2011. And authorities said they have a suspect — an unidentified man who is in custody in another state. News editor Andy Bromage was at the press conference, where a tight-lipped Tristram Coffin, the U.S. Attorney for Vermont, said that while no charges have yet been brought against the suspect, they are “anticipated.” In May, investigators followed a lead to a Coventry landfill, where a massive, 11-week search effort failed to turn up the Curriers’ remains. FBI Agent Danny Rachek told reporters that 178 FBI personnel from 38 different field offices — some as far away as California — were called in to help sift through 10,000 tons of trash using nothing more than potato rakes. Authorities have now called off the landfill search. Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan called the murders a “random act of violence,” adding that “there is nothing that the Curriers did in their personal lives that contributed to their deaths.” And there’s no connection between the couple and the alleged killer, Donovan said. Key details revealed by Donovan: When Essex police went to the Currier home, they found the phone line cut and a glass door from the garage to the kitchen broken. Inside, birdcages were covered. Bill’s wallet was there, but Lorraine’s purse was not found. Also missing was Lorraine’s gun — a Ruger snub-nosed .38-caliber that Donovan said “she kept for protection when she went to their camp in Norton.” Citing anonymous sources, WCAX has reported that the suspect is Israel Keyes, a 34-year-old contractor who is currently imprisoned in Alaska for the murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig. Seven Days could not verify whether Keyes was the suspect; Donovan declined to confirm or deny. The Currier family provided a written statement that was read at last week’s news conference asking the public to “respond to this random act of violence with daily acts of kindness in their names. “Let your family members and friends know how much they mean to you, look after your neighbors and co-workers, give thanks for every day in which no tragedy befalls you and those you care about,” the statement read. “And remember Bill and Lorraine as the loving, generous, hardworking people they were.”


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I think Sen. Leahy is the real rock star, with his second cameo in Batman [Fair Game, “Spending Like a Brock Star,” July 18]! Leahy, Welch and Sanders are more concerned with “keeping” their jobs than “doing” their jobs! Randy Brock is the epitome of an honest, intelligent, successful man who genuinely wants to help Vermonters by doing his job as a former army officer, business owner, investment banker, auditor and senator. No cronyism in his résumé.

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[“Rails or Trails? New Yorkers Clash Over the Future of an Adirondack Train Line,” July 18]: While the scenic railroaders have made a great effort, the corridor is too valuable to the region’s economy to continue the minimal benefit and huge expense to taxpayers. A recreational trail on the railbed would be an economic and lifestyle game changer for the area.


[Re Fair Game: “Deep Throttle,” July 4]: I live on a quiet street in Burlington, so noise pollution is a big issue. The effing F-16s already drown out conversation and put 15-second gaps in my phone calls, so, with reason, I am concerned about these new, louder planes being based at Burlington International Airport. Looks Scott Thompson like there are people on both sides of EAGLE BAY, N.Y. the issue. How can we tell how loud the planes will be? Easy: Can we have a sound check? Ask the Air Force to do NEXT UP: CANADA? four flyovers, once a week for four weeks, Kudos. Youse guys musta turned ’round at an announced day and time — taking and noticed there’s a whole friggin’ off and landing over the Burlington other state across the lake. Great stuff metro area. Everyone could listen and


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[Re Fair Game, “Holy Cash, Batman,” July 11]: Lovers of bats are often Batman fans, but Batman fans are seldom reallife bat lovers. I am one of the former. I am thankful to Sen. Leahy for his good work with bat advocacy on a national level, and last week’s fundraiser at the Majestic 10 was wonderful. I am, however, disappointed that none of the proceeds from that event went to the real-life endangered bats of Vermont. Bats throughout North America are dying by the millions because of whitenose syndrome. Vermont has lost between 90 and 95 percent of its native bat population over the past six years. Yet, as far as I know, none of the proceeds from the Batman movies have gone toward bat research or rehabilitation efforts and, yes, that includes Warner Bros. As is so often the case in our culture, we are quick to make money off an animal without having concern or giving support to the animal itself. Let’s face it: Real-life superheroes are those who have a real concern for the well-being of our planet and offer supernatural efforts toward saving sentient beings. If you are a Batman fan with an appreciation for real-life heroes, consider donating to Bat Conservation International or Vermont’s very own Nongame Wildlife Fund on behalf of Vermont’s bats. Perhaps your contribution can be as much as you paid for the movie, be it $250 or $9. Help keep the “bat” in Batman. P.S. My heart goes out to those in Colorado. This piece is simply to speak on behalf of Vermont’s bats and not to diminish the tragedy of the [shooting at a Batman showing].

some misinformation. It mentioned that none of our entrées comes with vegetables; however, the only entrées that do not come with vegetables are our yogurt dishes. Everything else, including kebabs and guvec, does come with rice and mixed vegetables. Also, I found it a bit irrelevant that writer Alice Levitt mentioned a server dropping one piece of flatbread. I do not see how this represents how our restaurant is run. Because this is a brand-new restaurant, all of our servers have had to learn a whole new menu and a whole new cuisine. Our American staff is becoming more familiar with each dish. The way that our dishes are prepared and served is very traditional; we are not trying to Americanize our restaurant and want our customers to have a traditional Turkish experience. I also feel that the reference to “Three’s Company” was a little odd and inappropriate. This is a space that has been vacant for a couple of years, and we are trying to improve the community of Essex by adding some international flair. I do not see how the colors that were painted by the previous tenants reflect anything on our restaurant. This is a family business, and your article could cause us to lose business and have yet another few years of a vacant space. We have had very few complaints from our guests, and I find it hard to believe that Levitt had a somewhatnegative experience here.

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The Other Bed Down: Will New Campus Housing Fix Burlington’s Rental Problem?



20 Will the New CCTA Transit Center Mar a Burlington Landmark? BY AMY LILLY

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Reckoning With the Force at a Star Wars Exhibit

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Open season on Vermont politics BY PAUL HEINTZ

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ONE Love In 2004, Burlington’s Old North Enders said “anything goes” and drew a map. Now a summer classic, the quirky, do-it-yourself neighborhood celebration known as the Ramble kicks off with some city rivalry at the North vs. South End Field Days. Stick around for an epic bike ride, the Wild West-themed Decaturfest block party and a tuneful Ramble Roundup. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 52

These warm summer days, you can barely step outside without catching a whiff of someone else’s dinner on the grill. Let your nose lead you all the way to up-for-grabs wings, ribs and brisket at the Harpoon Championships of New England Barbecue. It puts a backyard cookout to shame. SEE CALENDAR SPOTLIGHT ON PAGE 46


Treasure Islands The third annual Festival of the Islands puts Vermont’s five island towns on the map — literally. Hop in the car — or on your bike — and pick your own adventure from a weekend-long lineup of concerts, flea markets, art exhibits, wine tastings and a pig roast. Road trip! SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 50




Folked Up Despite her sweet, 1970s flower-child look, Bronwynne Brent’s folk songs aren’t stuck in the past. The Mississippi Delta native, now based outside of Austin, sings introspective, sometimes-dark lyrics of lovers past in a hauntingly memorable style some have called “gothic Americana.” She plays Radio Bean on Friday. SEE CLUB DATE ON PAGE 62



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Historically, Rufus Wainwright’s repertoire has been as varied as his over-the-top costumes, which have ranged from flashy suits to lederhosen to a fuzzy white bathrobe. His latest album, Out of the Game, takes yet another direction, but critics are calling its resplendent ’70s-pop vibe his most accessible to date. Tune in at the Higher Ground Ballroom.

What’s so funny about comedian Bob Marley? For starters, there’s the fact that his dad had never heard of the reggae star of the same name. And then there’s his endearing Maine accent and sidesplitting “everyman” style of comedy, which most recently earned him the spotlight on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 49




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Folks have good reason to play the field at the annual Lamoille County Field Days — how else would they make the rounds of midway rides, 4-H activities, and lumberjacking and arm-wrestling contests? We’re especially intrigued by the Northern Vermont Ladies’ Underhanded SkilletTossing Competition.





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air or unfair, the perception is that Attorney General BILL SORRELL’s string of high-profile legal losses led him to the political fight of his life. Now, with a month remaining in his Democratic primary race against challenger T.J. DONOVAN — the Chittenden County state’s attorney — Sorrell’s facing another perception problem: that his reelection campaign is asleep at the switch. The latest blow fell over the weekend, when Democratic activists and party officials declined to bestow the ceremonial endorsement of the Democratic State Committee on Sorrell, the party’s longestserving statewide officeholder. 12v-burlingtoncollege070412.indd 1 7/2/12 12:02 PM “I think the vote was an indication of years of frustration on the part of some Democratic Party activists, and while it’s a harsh option, there’s a reason why these kinds of procedures exist,” says MATT LEVIN, a Washington County party delegate. “At some point people say, ‘Enough!’ And in this case, 12 people did.” Practically speaking, Sorrell’s inability to marshal a two-thirds majority of the 28 party diehards who showed up to the Montpelier meeting Saturday morning comes with zero consequences: Party chairman JAKE PERKINSON says Sorrell will have access to the same resources as Donovan, who secured the committee’s endorsement in May. Oddly, multiple candidates can receive the party’s endorsement; all five Dems in the 2010 gubernatorial primary did. < m e n s r o o m v t. c o m > 1 0 6 m ain s t. 8 0 2 . 8 6 4 . 20 8 8 But from a messaging perspective, the party’s face slap to Sorrell was sigL adie s i nv it e d nificant. Blasted across the front page of the Burlington Free Press Sunday morning was the headline, “A Sorrell setback.” And with a 12v-mens062211.indd 1 6/21/11 1:48 PMslow summer month to go before the August 28 primary, the incumbent AG finds himself talking about process — not about his 15year record or his opponent’s shortcomings. “Frankly, do I wish I got the endorsement? Yeah. I’m not going to pretend otherwise,” Sorrell says. “But the reality is we’ve got a strategy. We’re holding to that strategy.” In the past couple of weeks, Sorrell’s campaign appears to have picked up the pace. Last Thursday, the AG topped off a campaign tour through every county in the state with a Burlington City Hall press conference featuring former governor HOWARD DEAN, who took a few not-so-veiled swipes at Donovan — saying, “there are some in this race that don’t understand what this job is about.” But since the first glimmers of opposition appeared last February — when Donovan, House Speaker SHAP SMITH (D-Morrisville) and Sen. VINCE ILLUZZI 12 FAIR GAME




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“I think the way things have been going, people have been generally pretty unimpressed by what Bill’s been doing or not doing to run his campaign,” says Washington County Democratic Party chairman JACK MCCULLOUGH, who attended Saturday’s meeting. While McCullough says it was Sorrell’s use of a nonunion print shop that drove state committee members to spank the AG, the incumbent could likely have explained it had he simply shown up — or made a few phone calls. Instead, he spent the morning marching in a Northeast Kingdom parade. Sorrell campaign manager MIKE PIECIAK says the reason for the no-show was simple: The party didn’t notify the campaign of the meeting until Friday afternoon. Instead of yanking the candidate off the trail, Deputy Attorney General JANET MURNANE and Pieciak himself showed up to lobby for their boss. But Perkinson, the party chairman, ain’t buyin’ it. Given that the party’s list of 103 committee members, alternates and other assorted poobahs were given 10 days notice, he says, “It was kind of surprising to me that they didn’t know about the meeting. “I don’t think this is Bill Sorrell’s fault. Bill Sorrell’s a candidate. He’s got a campaign manager who should be on top of it,”

Perkinson says. “I think it was just a failure on the part of the campaign, in terms of keeping their eye on the ball.” Sorrell takes issue with that narrative, saying, “I hit all 14 counties [last week]. If that’s phoning it in, it’s a big phone call.” The upside to the chatter, he argues, is that, “Quite frankly, it’s possible that this just will cause more of my supporters to think this is a serious race and it’s important for them to vote.”

Buy Union or Buy Local?

Sorrell’s inattention to party activists may have set the fire at the state committee, but it was his use of a nonunion print shop that fanned the flames. In a letter he sent to Perkinson, the party’s organized-labor representative, JEFF FANNON, wrote, “Different unions have differing reasons for their positions on the Attorney General race, but on this they are united: A candidate who reflects such basic insensitivity to a major Democratic constituency does not deserve [the party’s support].” Fannon’s letter became a topic of discussion last Friday on the liberal blog Green Mountain Daily and the focal point of the debate the next day in Montpelier. Sorrell’s faux pas? He spent $5312 on five separate print jobs at Milton’s Villanti & Sons, which doesn’t use the union bug. His explanation? It’s a family business; that is, his family. Sorrell’s sister’s late husband, MIKE VILLANTI, owned the joint. “It had nothing to do with being antiunion, for heaven’s sake. I used to be a member of a union!” explains Sorrell, who worked as a mason tender during a college summer job at Mount Abraham Union High School. Where should Sorrell have printed the pieces, which included a widely distributed postcard featuring Dean’s endorsement? The options are mighty limited. Jericho’s First Step Print Shop, a member of the Allied Printing Trades Council Local 610, is the only unionfriendly, commercial print shop in the state. And that means, come election time, plenty of Democratic business for them! This cycle alone, according to campaign finance reports, First Step has already brought in $3909 from Gov. PETER SHUMLIN’s reelection campaign, $1810 from Donovan, $1684 from State Treasurer BETH PEARCE, $1579 from state auditor candidate DOUG HOFFER and even $201 from Hoffer’s labor-friendly Republican rival, Sen. Vince Illuzzi. Just wait ’til October. “All politicians know and candidates

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know that if you want the backing from unions, the first thing they’re going to look for is a union label,” says First Step owner Mary Martelle, who says political work “pretty much keeps us going.” While First Step’s website says Martelle and her husband, Bob, are co-owners of the shop, Bob said in an interview that he, along with two other workers, is actually an employee — and therefore a member of the union. His wife, he said, owns the place. Talk about friendly labor relations! Jay Villanti, who owns the Milton print shop patronized by Sorrell, argues that politicians’ insistence upon using union printers simply drives business out of state. He says he pays his 50-odd employees competitive wages and does all his work in Vermont. According to BoB Martelle, a “small percentage” of First Step’s work is contracted to out-of-state union shops, though he declined to specify how much. “It’s important that we, as a state, take care of people within the state,” Villanti says. “I think, to a fault, most politicians take work out of state because it needs to be printed at a union shop or it needs to be cheaper.” Indeed, Secretary of State JiM Condos paid Patriot Signage, a union shop in Dayton, Ky., $713 for bumper stickers and lapel stickers in May. And Pearce, the state treasurer, paid Ozone Park, N.Y.-based Innovation Printing & Promotions $1007 in June for handheld fans featuring her campaign’s logo. “I think, as a general rule, you should try to spend as much money locally as possible — and I think with a lot of things we’re doing that,” says Pearce campaign consultant saM Winship. “But every now and then you can’t get everything you want here, and having the union bug on our campaign materials is very important to the campaign to show our commitment to organized labor.”

Burlington Mayor Miro WeinBerGer — all of whom support the F-35, but none of whom showed up. That left the protesters protesting, well, a bunch of politicians yet to take a public stand on the issue. An informal survey, however, revealed a striking uniformity: They all hail from Dodge City. “I haven’t taken a position on it,“ said House Speaker Smith. “My feeling is it’s going through the process that it’s supposed to go through.” “It’s a tough issue,” agreed lite-gov candidate Cassandra Gekas, who was in the middle of a conversation with Smith. “I think it’s most important for me to listen.” Pearce, whose campaign was busy distributing her New York-made fans, said, “I’m not sure that’s an issue that’s directly relevant to the treasurer’s office at this point.” “At this point I haven’t taken a position,” said Condos, who was chatting with Hoffer. “I’m very sympathetic,” Hoffer offered. “But I’m not part of the decision process.” How ’bout the AG candidates? Surely they’d weigh in. “You know, the truth is I haven’t formulated a position yet,” Sorrell said. “I’m busy these days and, quite frankly, I’m not reading newspapers, so I haven’t really focused on this issue.” “It’s a tough one. I’m looking at one of my cousins right now,” Donovan said, pointing to the phalanx of protesters. “That’s MiChael Mahoney right there. Great guy. Good friend of mine. So it’s a tough issue.” Will Donovan take a position before the primary election? “I would bet I’m going to be asked to.” Are you going to? “Yeah.” You are? “Most probably I will.” You just said yes. Now you’re saying probably. “Now I’ll say most likely,” he said. “You know, it’s like I said. I’m looking at one of my cousins right now. It’s real to me. I get it.” m



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stopped short of accusing the stations of price-fixing, Sanders said in a press release last week he believes high gas prices have “a lot to do with the noncompetitive market in which a few companies are able to dictate prices.” Today, a “closed” sign hangs on the door at the former Red Store in Plainfield. R.L. Vallee has already removed the two gas pumps and canopy — valuable equipment that helps account for the lower asking price. The underground gasoline tank remains. Vallee says if the store doesn’t sell, he may put in unattended diesel pumps as a complement to Tim’s Convenience Center, a Vallee-owned gas station in neighboring Marshfield that cannot accommodate large diesel vehicles. Vallee purchased Tim’s 11 months ago from owners Tim and Valarie Roberts, who spent 17 years building the business from a small store and autorepair garage into a much larger convenience store with a full deli. “We weren’t looking to sell, but R.L. Vallee came and made us an offer we couldn’t refuse,” says Valarie Roberts, who still owns the Marshfield Village Store with her husband. She says that operating a gas station and managing so many employees was exhausting. She describes “drive-offs” when customers left without paying for their gas, and the headache of dealing with state and federal regulations applying to gas stations. Roberts defends R.L. Vallee, saying that while the company may not be a mom-and-pop operation, it’s a Vermont business operating on a relatively small scale. “They’re not a big corporation,” says Roberts, who declined to say what Vallee paid for Tim’s. “They’ve worked hard to get where they are.” Though Vallee kept the Tim’s name, some customers bemoan what they see as the loss of a beloved local business.


Plainfield resident Mary Lane complains that the new Tim’s feels like “a corporate, anyplace-in-America convenience store” since Vallee purchased it. Plainfield resident Ben Graham is more blunt in his assessment. “He’s not interested in being a part of the community,” says Graham. “All he’s interested in is sucking money out of it.”

Adding to some residents’ distrust of R.L. Vallee is the company’s involvement in fighting another potential competitor — Costco, which wants to build a large self-serve gas station at its Colchester warehouse, about a half mile from a Maplefields. Costco first sought approval for the station in 2007, but abandoned the petition after local gas station owners put up a fight. The company reapplied in May. R.L. Vallee and the owners of a nearby Shell station have requested party MICHAEL TONN



n May 16, gas-station owner Skip Vallee paid $405,000 at foreclosure auction for a filling station along Route 2 in Plainfield. Many locals expected the Red Store convenience store to become another outpost in Vallee’s empire of Maplefields mini-marts. But just weeks later, Vallee put the property up for sale with an asking price of $299,000 — far below what he paid for it. There was just one catch: A deed restriction prohibits the new owners from using the property to run a gas station, grocery store or convenience store. Vallee owns another gas station/ convenience store just a half mile away in Marshfield — and ostensibly doesn’t want a rival station cutting into his business. With nearly 40 Mobil stations around Vermont — many under the Maplefields name — St. Albans-based R.L. Vallee Inc. is one of the state’s largest fuel dealers. Vallee has used shrewd, some say anticompetitive business tactics to grow his company’s market share. But some Plainfield residents say Vallee is hurting their town by restricting future uses of the property. “It’s difficult enough to get businesses to move into a small town, and when you saddle them with this kind of restriction, it might really discourage anyone from making that kind of investment,” says Sarah Albert, who previously served as Plainfield’s zoning administrator and as a member of the planning commission. It’s just business, Vallee says of his purchase and subsequent sale of the Red Store gas station. “If somebody wanted to be there, they could have outbid us,” he says matter-of-factly. The controversy in Plainfield is unfolding just three weeks after U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate unusually high gas prices in northwestern Vermont. Throughout the month of June, Burlington-area gas stations charged more for fuel than anywhere else in New England — about 27 cents more per gallon than in New Hampshire, for example. Sanders pointed out that four Vermont companies — including R.L. Vallee — control 58 percent of the gas stations in Chittenden County. While he

GOT A NEWS TIP? NEWS@SEVENDAYSVT.COM status in the latest Act 250 hearing. Sanders notes he’s been working on Vallee argues that Costco’s gas pumps the gas-price issue for years. In a state would be built on sensitive wetlands like Vermont, where people drive great and that increased traffic at Costco — distances, prices at the pump have where congestion is already a problem, an immediate effect on Vermonters’ according to Vallee — would negatively pocketbooks. “If they’re getting ripped affect his gas station. Costco, on the off ... it’s a significant economic issue,” other hand, accuses the gas-station Sanders says. owners of using the land-use process to Since Sanders took up the drumbeat stifle competition. on gas pricing earlier this month, he says R.L. Vallee was also a party in the two things have happened: Wholesale nearly two-decade battle to build a prices have shot up all over the country, Walmart in St. Albans. Under pressure meaning gas-station dealers are now from Vallee and other local merchants, paying more for their product. At the Walmart pledged not to put in a gas sta- same time, the difference between gas tion or grocery store. Vallee is quick to prices in Burlington and Middlebury point out, however, that he takes what has all but disappeared. he dishes: His company has faced its “Maybe it’s just a coincidence,” says own share of battles, and Vallee says Sanders, “or maybe it’s by shining a light local zoning makes it tough to permit on the fact that there is something very, new gas stations in some towns. very wrong.” Nicknamed “Gasoline Vallee” by the Vallee insists his company is comlate Seven Days columnist Peter Freyne, petitive in every market in which it sells Vallee is a political player in GOP cir- gasoline. Every morning, his employees Colchester cles. He served as Vermont’s Republican scope out competitors’ prices. 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partment vacancies in Burlington typically last about as long as snowballs in summer. That’s because the Queen City’s vacancy rate rarely rises above 1 percent, compared to the 5 percent indicator of a well-balanced market. But this summer has been different, according to a number of landlords, including Rick Sharp, an attorney who owns a few city apartments typically leased by students. Sharp says vacancy rates are uncharacteristically high this summer for multi-bedroom rental units. About twice as many four-bedroom units are empty now than is typically the case, he estimates. Sharp’s observation is supported by a flurry of apartment ads that recently appeared in the classified pages of local newspapers. And it’s backed by a report issued last month from Allen & Brooks, a South Burlington-based real estate appraisal firm, that suggests demand is no longer vastly exceeding supply in Burlington’s student rental market. “This market appears to have slowed as a result of high rents and competition from the 403-bed Redstone Lofts apartments at the University of Vermont,” the Allen & Brooks report observes. It also notes a new 90-bed dormitory is opening at Champlain College this fall. Sharp, too, attributes roughly 100 of 200 empty large apartments to the nine-month leases currently being offered at Redstone Lofts, which opens next week. Noting that owners of rental properties require 12-month leases, Sharp asks, “Why would students want to pay rent for an entire year if they’re maybe not even going to live in Burlington for the summer?” Could the availability of 144 brand-new college-sanctioned apartments at competitive rents lead to a permanent softening of the student rental market, altering Burlington’s historic pattern of too many would-be renters chasing too few offcampus units? Housing specialists say no. Nor do they think there’s a prospect of much relief for noise-weary homeowners in neighborhoods with high concentrations of students. Doug Nedde, whose Redstone Commercial Group developed the new oncampus housing project, points out that nine-month leases won’t be an option after this year. Once the fall semester begins late next month, he predicts, “the vacancy rate for student apartments will be the same as

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last year, which is virtually zero.” At most, Nedde adds, Redstone Lofts might cause Burlington’s overall apartment vacancy rate to inch up by half a percentage point from its current level of 0.9 percent. Erhard Mahnke, coordinator of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, agrees the new student housing will probably have a “negligible” impact on the expensive rental market in Burlington, where landlords typically charge $750 per bedroom. Redstone Lofts, which is charging from $650 to $1150 per bed depending on the size of the unit, was fully leased weeks prior to its completion. That means roughly 60 percent of UVM undergrads will be living on campus in the coming academic year. Twenty years ago, 55 percent lived in apartments owned or leased by UVM. UVM has added more than 1000 student beds over the past decade, not counting Redstone Lofts. About 800 students live in the University Heights apartments built in 2006, while another 160 moved into dorms on the former Trinity College campus,

where UVM began housing undergrads in 2005. A few more live in the Spinner Place units built as part of Winooski’s downtown redevelopment. Brian Pine, housing director at the city’s Community and Economic Development Office, commends the university for opening these spaces. UVM has also initiated a “more collaborative relationship” with the city and with students’ neighbors in recent years, Pine says. But, he adds, the school’s administration has not done nearly enough to address noise and vandalism that, according to some longtime Burlingtonians, have actually worsened even as on-campus housing has increased. While the percentage of UVM undergrads living on campus has risen, the actual number of students living off campus has jumped, from 3265 in the 1994-1995 academic year to an estimated 3990 this year. That’s because UVM’s enrollment increased during that period from 7228 to 10,194 today. And UVM has no intention of constructing any additional housing units. “We


don’t believe the time is right to increase our goal of housing 60 percent of the undergraduate population,” Tom Gustafson, vice president for university relations and campus life, writes in an email. He notes that the university currently requires first- and second-year students to live on campus. Extending that requirement to encompass upperclassmen “may affect their decision between coming to UVM or attending one of our peer institutions, many of which don’t have these requirements,” Gustafson explains. Anne Breña, a physician who lives with her husband and children on Bradley Street, one of the epicenters of student revelry, comments, “It’s really unfortunate that UVM has that attitude.” Her children, ages 10 and 12, are routinely awakened twice a night — first, around 11 p.m. as the Cats begin prowling the downtown bars and again around 3 a.m. when they stumble back to their dens, where parties may continue until dawn. Noise disturbances originate both with “walk-bys” and in specific student houses on Bradley Street and adjacent Buell Street, Breña says.


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supply of government-subsidized rental units is ticking upward more slowly as federal housing programs are cut back. Although income from rental apartments is virtually recession-proof — and the Burlington area has seen some new units built in recent years — Mahnke cautions that “private developers still don’t typically build rental housing.” Mayor Miro Weinberger says in an emailed comment that “building more student housing that reduces stress on residential neighborhoods is a key element of my administration’s plan for making Burlington more affordable and livable.” He says he will soon take up the issue with new UVM president Tom Sullivan. Even if UVM decides to shift policy and order the construction of hundreds more on-campus beds, a decade could pass before students are sleeping in them. Nedde notes that it took more than eight years to construct Redstone Lofts from planning to ribbon cutting. In the interim, UVM will continue to strive for more of the “huge improvements” in neighborhoods where large numbers of undergrads live, says Gail Shampnois, director of the university’s student and community relations office. One such improvement: a community coalition of students and homeowners established 16 years ago to air concerns and plan ameliorative actions. The coalition helped start a community garden, for example, in the Isham-Greene streets area that is home to hundreds of UVM students. Shampnois says her office has applied a variant of the “broken-windows theory” that was used successfully to reduce street crime in New York, Los Angeles and other large cities. The strategy aims to involve homeowners in the search for solutions while ensuring that even minor violations are punished. Renters hosting boisterous parties can be fined more than $300 per offense, Shampnois notes. “We’ve made big gains in reducing the number of large parties,” she says. But CEDO’s Brian Pine says that students can blow off noise summonses with no risk of penalties from the university. “UVM seniors aren’t able to graduate if they owe fines for overdue books. But if you owe the city of Burlington hundreds of dollars in tickets for noise violations, that has no impact on your graduation.” Adds Pine, “UVM has an inability or an unwillingness to hold students accountable for their off-campus behavior.” m

UVM’s apparent decision to stick with the 60-percent-on-campus formula, which is enshrined in an agreement with the city, contrasts with Champlain College’s commitment to house all 2000 of its undergrads within three years in units owned or leased by the school. Champlain currently houses 1260 students, and plans to add space for another 750 beds. In addition to building a set of three dorms between Maple and Main streets, the college intends to convert the former Eagles Club on St. Paul Street and the former Ethan Allen Club on College Street into student housing. Housing advocates and beleaguered local residents, including Breña, welcome Champlain’s initiative. But they worry the college’s expanding footprint might exacerbate noise problems on residential streets. Breña’s home, for example, looks out on the parking lot of the former Ethan Allen Club. St. Michael’s College already houses all 2000 of its undergrads on campus. The Catholic school advertises that as a benefit for prospective students, suggesting that living in dorms and townhouses will enable them to make friends more easily and will strengthen the college’s overall sense of community. UVM could take the same approach, says Sarah Carpenter, director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, which caters to low-income residents in search of affordable housing. “Marketed well, on-campus housing becomes a positive part of the college experience,” Carpenter observes. “UVM seems not to have done that.” An earlier Allen & Brooks report — released last year — suggested that Champlain’s new housing could prompt Burlington landlords to raise rents more slowly and improve dilapidated properties. But any such effect is likely to be minor, due to a series of countervailing factors also cited in that Allen & Brooks assessment from March 2011. Among those factors: growing tech firms such as are luring a steady number of 24- to 34-year-olds looking for rental housing. And as the local economy improves, a larger share of local high school or college graduates will likely move out of mom and dad’s house to seek rental housing. Lastly, fewer young adults are buying homes due to an inability to get mortgages, says Ken Sassorossi, director of Housing Vermont. He and Mahnke also point out that the


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new study by a Burlington-area development agency claiming that airport noise has had no effect on home values is “significantly flawed and should not be relied on,” a local real-estate expert says. The Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, which favors deployment of the F-35 stealth fighter at Burlington International Airport, maintains in a 22-page report issued last week that sale prices of homes “have not been adversely impacted” due to their location in high-noise zones near BTV. The study seemed to undercut a key argument made by opponents of basing the F-35 at BTV’s Air National Guard station, namely that noise produced by the planes would sharply reduce the value of affected residential properties. But their findings are faulty, says Steve Allen, co-owner of the South



Burlington-based real estate appraisal firm Allen & Brooks. And South Burlington city council president Rosanne Greco, a leading opponent of the F-35, dismisses the report as “invalid.” The report, which GBIC touts as “very comprehensive,” was prepared by the nonprofit economic development group’s president, Frank Cioffi, and two of his colleagues. They are described in the report as having “collective, vast and accomplished economic development and real estate experience in northwestern Vermont and the state of Vermont.” Cioffi said in a follow-up interview that he rejects the criticisms made by Allen and Greco. GBIC stands by its study, Cioffi added, because, he said, home sale prices inside the noise zone are based on estimates from two independent appraisers. “There’s nothing wrong with [the study],” Cioffi says. In drawing its conclusions, the GBIC study examined home sales during the past 10 years in parts of Winooski and South Burlington that experience airport-related noise levels in excess of



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what the federal government defines as tolerable. The data on which the Winooski analysis rests are “extremely small” and thus “statistically unreliable,” Allen says. In seven of the 10 years studied, no more than five residential properties changed hands in the Onion City’s high-noise zone, Allen notes. But the largest apparent flaw in

the GBIC assessment pertains to its interpretation of home sale prices in the section of South Burlington closest to BTV. There, the Federal Aviation Administration has agreed to finance the purchase of homes from private sellers at what amounts to market value for a South Burlington home. Over the past decade, the FAA has purchased about 90 houses in that designated

excessive-noise zone. Subsequently, they were either demolished or slated for demolition. Only nine homes in that area were sold to private buyers during the years included in the GBIC study. The FAA is allocating funds to BTV to purchase 14 additional homes inside the high-noise zone in the coming year. The airport will pay between $250,000 and $300,000 for those properties, says Bob McEwing, the airport’s director of planning and development The sale prices are based on appraisals of comparably sized homes that have sold recently in Chittenden County, with a focus on South Burlington houses that lie outside the high-decibel zone, McEwing says. The neighborhood around the airport has been steadily emptied of residents. Vacant lots are now common in the zone, as are condemned houses awaiting demolition. Some of those properties have been vandalized. GBIC takes no account of the effect of a federal agency offering top dollar for homes that would otherwise be unlikely to find buyers — even at steeply discounted prices. Allen writes in an email: “Only sales that were ‘conventional’ market transactions, sold without the influence of the federal buyback program, can be considered appropriate sales for inclusion in the analyses.” Greco adds: “These homes were not purchased by individuals for residential use despite the airport noise. They were purchased under a federal program for destruction because of airport noise. Using these home sales as evidence that aircraft noise does not affect home values is an incredulous argument.” Allen notes in a disclaimer to his critical appraisal of the GBIC report that he owns a home in Winooski that would be affected by the increased noise expected from the F-35. “I am opposed to the F-35 basing because I feel it will have a devastating impact on our community,” Allen says. The city of Burlington and the Air National Guard should be eager to have a well-documented and objective economic study of the impact of airport noise on property values, Allen suggests. “Ultimately,” he remarks, “they will be legally obligated to compensate property owners for damages.” 

Feedback « p.7 perpetuating indirect cruelty and cruelty in the name of tradition [“Whoa, Nellie! Essex Equine Got Burned by Unlucky Clover, Not Battery Acid,” June 27]. I’m sick to death of reading about the acceptable abuse of harness-racing horses here in Vermont [“Horse Sense,” June 27]. On the educational front, I have learned that this cancer is more rampant in our beautiful state than I realized. I was disgusted to read several years back of the supposed animal “lover” Peter Langrock breeding and racing Standardbreds [“Legal Ease,” May 19, 2010]. Now we are applauding a man who has been furthering such abuse of horses for 40 years? Ladies and gentlemen, there is a revolution happening in backyards across our country and the world. We are exposing the abuse of such “sports” as horse racing, dressage, rodeo, eventing, etc. We are exposing the ignorance of traditional management of horses, which consists of nailing metal to horses’ hooves, locking them in small boxes for hours and days, and subjecting them to our idea of exercise — mindless circles, leaping painted sticks — all done with no thought to pain or free will. There are alternatives, not for us to choose as we see fit, but that are required to keep a horse healthy and happy. Let’s break the mold of this dull and pain-riddled tradition and learn something new about horses. Annie commonwood Grand Isle

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We appreciate Kathryn Flagg’s article [“Solar Flare-Up: Six in Charlotte Fight the Power,” July 11]. The Vermont Public Service Board process is broken when an affluent town like Charlotte decides to drop out because of expense. Gov. Shumlin’s rush toward renewables is raising more than solar flares, as the growing protests against and objections to industrial wind attest. The legislature and the governor have instructed the PSB to green light SPEED applications, and our beautiful Vermont is beginning to look like the states so many migrated from! More forethought must be given to the placement and size of all renewableenergy projects and an evaluation made of the economic benefits to the state. The cartoon accompanying the article implies that the East Charlotte neighbors are whiners, but at the multiple town meetings, no residents from any part of town voiced support of the project. If this industrial solar installation covering more than 13 acres with metal is approved for a rurally zoned agricultural field, just hundreds of feet from homes, in a town that has invested millions in conservation and has strict zoning regulations and a solid town plan, no place in Vermont is safe. When a project of this magnitude comes to your backyard, will you, too, not be protesting?

In [Poli Psy: “Put the ‘Sex’ Back in ‘Homosexual,’” June 20], Judith Levine says the LGBTQ community is becoming too mainstream. Her solution: Remember that “what makes gay people gay is sexual desire.” So, she says, let’s not forget to make the queer civil rights movement about sex, because that’s what people think about when they think “gay.” Excuse me? Isn’t this the same narrowing of the full human experience that we’ve been struggling with all along? Representing the huge spectrum of queer identity as being about what we do with our genitals is demeaning and simplistic — the same is true of any sexuality or gender, whether it’s queer or not. Being LGBTQ is about sex and genitals, yes, but it’s also about who I love (which is not a euphemism — it’s the truth), who I feel comfortable around, and how I interact with others. It’s about my full experience as a human being. And let’s not confuse sex activism with queerness, though the two overlap and enrich one another.

I applaud Levine for saying that our society should be more openhearted about sex, and that the LGBTQ community should not lose hold of its fundamental values as it integrates into mainstream culture. But I want to be clear that although a fundamental value of the queer civil rights movement supports liberated sexual relationships, being queer cannot and should not be reduced to sexual desire. The queer civil rights movement, like all other civil rights movements, is about embracing the full landscape of humanity.




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he proposed site for the Chittenden County Transportation Authority’s longawaited transit center seems to offer few downsides. Spanning St. Paul Street between Pearl and Cherry streets, the bus-exchange site is within the downtown business district. Buses entering and exiting the center will no longer have to cross Church Street. No tax-generating property will be lost. And CCTA’s growing ridership will finally have an enclosed, heated station after a nine-year search.

But one group deeply regrets the choice: preservationists. The proposed site would encroach on a grid of trees designed by Dan Kiley, one of the most renowned landscape architects of the 20th century, and a Vermonter. Kiley, who lived and worked in Charlotte for most of his long career until his death in 2004, designed the grounds of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the Louvre in Paris and hundreds of other projects, often in collaboration with such iconic modernist architects as Eero Saarinen and

I.M. Pei. With a steady stream of large, international commissions, he executed relatively few landscapes in Vermont. Aside from a grove at the University of Vermont, the state’s only remaining Kiley creation is the grid of locust trees on St. Paul Street, completed in 1977, which surrounds three sides of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The transit center plans call for removing the easternmost row of trees, some of which are already missing. It’s not easy to drum up alarm about this potential loss, admits DEVIN COLMAN, historic-preservation review coordinator at the VERMONT DIVISION FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION in Montpelier and a modernism aficionado. Compared with buildings, Colman says, “landscapes are just less visible to the untrained eye.” To many, the park is “just a bunch of trees in a grid. It’s like someone looking at a Jackson Pollock painting might see a bunch of splashes on a canvas.” As for the row of trees, Colman says, “You could argue it’s one row of trees out of 125; what’s the big deal? Part of it is incremental change. You take off the east edge, and one year later you expand around the corner. It’s a slippery slope. Once you’ve lost the integrity of the site, it’s harder to argue for what’s left.”

Technically, the site is already interrupted by six waiting huts that the CCTA constructed along the east and south borders of the church grounds over the past year. Those are made mostly of glass, as the proposed transit center would be; the choice is an effort to preserve a view of the park for approaching pedestrians and to be “respectful of the architecture,” says AARON FRANK, assistant general manager at the CCTA. Frank enumerates the challenges that CCTA overcame before settling on the site: selecting 37 possible sites within a vibrant downtown district with few unused spaces; paying consultants $303,174 to design a conceptual plan for each site; holding 62 meetings with every possible stakeholder; and narrowing the list of contenders down to nine, and then to one, in a process that lasted more than a year. This was the third try. Two former searches for a hub site, run by the city rather than CCTA itself, ended in stalemates. In 2001, the Battery Street site now occupied by APRIL CORNELL was selected — only to be rejected in 2003, partly because riders preferred a site within the downtown business district. From 2006 through CCTA TRANSIT CENTER

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mysterious woman with “a walk that drives men crazy” is among the characters adventuresome theatergoers will meet next month at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for tHe Arts in Hanover, N.H. Playwright Dominique Morisseau situates this sexy figure in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood in 1949 in a jazz-inflected show called Paradise Blue. It’s one of six plays that a Tony-winning New York theater troupe is presenting in a series Op of dramatic readings at the Hop WORKSH E starting August 4. Free discus- TR sions with directors, actors and playwrights take place the Tuesday prior to each of the Saturday shows, with the first scheduled for noon on July 31. The most prominent of the productions hatched at the Hop by the New York Theatre Workshop is Rent, the breakout rock musical that ran on Broadway for 12 years. Two recent musicals developed by NYTW — Once and Peter and the Starcatcher — dominated this year’s Tony awards. Despite that artistic pedigree, the 39-year-old theatrical group based in Manhattan’s East Village attracts only “a small core audience” in Hanover, says Hop publicist rebeCCA bAiley. Attendees tend to be those who “understand what the NYTW is all about,” she adds. No one should buy one of the $13 tickets ($9 for students) with the expectation of seeing a polished, smoothly staged production. Actors read from scripts that have not gone through their final revisions, Bailey points out. “The writing’s in flux,” she notes. And there aren’t any sets. Still, “it’s exciting to see work in this form,” Bailey adds. “It’s like the pleasure of watching minor league baseball — which rookies have the stuff to make it big?” Some audience members who are seriously in love with theater will travel to New York later this year or early next to compare a finished product with what they see this summer at the workshop stage, Bailey notes. This will be the 21st consecutive summer that the NYTW has presented works in progress at the Hop. “It’s a respite


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CCTA Transit Center « p.20 2008, the city went through another selection process that focused primarily on the cathedral site and a Pearl Street site that houses the Vermont Department of Labor. When the city failed to prioritize the project, CCTA took over the search. Now that site selection is complete, the next stage of the process — mandated by the project’s use of federal dollars — is the National Environmental Policy Act review, which includes an assessment of whether the site has the potential to be historically significant. CCTA hopes to complete the NEPA review by the end of November. The key NEPA decision falls to a historic-preservation officer for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and he or she is likely to declare the site historically significant, says Charles Birnbaum, founder and president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that raises awareness of important designed landscapes around the country. “It’s pretty much a slam dunk,” he D E Vi n asserts. Colman has submitted the Kiley site for the foundation’s annual list of atrisk landscapes, called Landslide. Says Birnbaum, getting on the list “can lead to designation [on the National Register of Historic Places, or the more selective National Historic Landmark list] and protection,” though the NEPA reviewer needs no such listing to find a site potentially historically significant. According to Birnbaum, Kiley is on par with Frederick Law Olmsted, the other major landscape architect the U.S. has produced. While the 19th-century giant instituted the practice of designing landscapes that looked natural — Vermont is lucky to have an example of his work in shelburne Farms — Kiley sent the field in a whole new direction in the 1960s with his signature geometric arrangements, which gave trees an architectural presence. “All of the big landscape architects today — Andrea Cochran, Tom Oslund — bring a geometry to design that was very much influenced by Kiley,” Birnbaum notes. The cathedral site is a small but representative example of Kiley’s style. Its significance, notes Colman, also lies in how it relates to both the cathedral and the surrounding city. “It wasn’t just a case of ‘build

the building and then find a landscape architect,’” Colman explains. Kiley, who was also an architect, worked closely with the cathedral’s architect, Edward Larrabee Barnes — another modernist master — to integrate the aesthetics of building and landscape. He chose locusts because their height subtly complemented that of the church, leaving its central tower to rise like a surprise beyond their screen; and because their leaves and bark matched the structure’s green- and brown-glazed brick tiles. He arranged the trees in a diagonal format, with paths leading to and past the church entrances, to foster an experience of calm for city pedestrians on their way elsewhere. “The trees’ siting relates to the surrounding streetscape,” says Colman. “I think it’s a really nice little oasis of landscaping, trees and grass in the middle of Vermont’s biggest urban space. The diagonals give a little respite from the noise of the streets. It’s a little decompression zone.” Colman says the CCTA has known about the Kiley connection since 2006, when he began bringing the site’s historical and cultural significance to its attention. He believes a NEPA finding of historic significance is less likely to result in anC O lm A n other site search than in design alterations. Says Colman, “I would hope for something that’s maybe scaled down a bit and doesn’t remove that line of trees.” Peter meyer of raycroFt/meyer landscaPe architecture in Bristol served as Kiley’s senior designer for the last 14 years of the latter’s career. Examining the CCTA website’s sketches, he comments, “The way the trees radiate out — truncating the edge and putting a wall up: I know Dan would flip over that.” On the other hand, Meyer adds, “Every architect and landscape architect has things that should be preserved and things whose time has passed. Losing a line of trees is unfortunate; I’m not sure it’s the end of the world. I don’t know that, just because this is a Dan Kiley design, this is sacred ground.” Colman takes a longer view. “When you look at those photos of Burlington in the 1880s and you see all those beautiful buildings that were torn down — I don’t want people down the road to think, What were they thinking? They destroyed that Kiley landscape for a bus station?” m

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comedy of bawdy tavern dwellers Falstaff and his seedy entourage. In a phone call on Monday afternoon, Bill Blachly reports the play will henceforth be performed at the new theater, after all, thanks to a patron’s large donation. The contribution sped up a process that he anticipated would be “a long go,” dependent on raising additional funds. “I don’t know when — or if — the state inspectors will come back, but we are definitely going to be at the new theater on Thursday,” Blachly vows. Although cast and crew adjusted nicely to the tent at Goddard, the improvised proscenium stage was not the same as a traditional thrust stage for performing Shakespeare, notes Tom Blachly. “It was a dream come true directing the dress rehearsals in the new space before it was closed down,” he says. “It really is an incredible place for Shakespeare, and for the more cutting-edge theater we have in mind for it.” Bill Blachly remains undeterred by the delayed opening weekend; after all, this

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costuming on a person’s class, rather than the importance of their character.” She made all the shoes in the show, too, mostly because “they’re easy to make and impossible to buy.” Likewise with the floor-length sleeves and tunics of the upper class, although Blachly’s heftiest achievement — literally — was a Dacron “fat suit” made for the portly, drunken Falstaff (played by David Klein). Measuring 63 inches around the waist, Falstaff’s gut is the frequent butt of Shakespeare’s jokes, and Klein played his part to perfection opposite the sprightly Prince Henry (Ian Young). Although it’s part of Shakespeare’s tetralogy chronicling three British rulers, Henry IV, Part 1 feels more like a comedic variety show than a historical drama. If the dialogue among the royals feels stilted at times, it only serves to heighten the


theater swap. A minimal set design eased the transition, allowing Ellie Blachly’s hand-sewn costumes to play a leading role in a rambunctious and well-rehearsed performance. Her ensemble of early-15thcentury designs set the scene quite literally; huge geometric paisleys and long, flowing robes executed in rich silks and brocades denoted the royals, while textures and colorful doublets dressed the lowlife tavern-goers in Eastcheap. “I took my cue from artwork, but very much based my palette on the cost of producing each color or material,” says Ellie Blachly — Bill’s daughter. “Indigo was a very expensive color to produce, so I dressed only the royals in blue. Since people expressed status and wealth through clothing, I really based my

isn’t the first time he’s reinvented a project to suit his needs. The current site of both Unadilla theaters stands on what was once Blachly’s dairy farm. “I milked cows here from 1956 to 1984; then, when the cow business fell apart, we looked for something else to do and decided to turn the barn into a theater,” he says. Blachly’s dramatic enterprise has stayed consistently in the black for the past 27 years, so he envisioned a similarly selfsupporting model for the new stage, he says. The choice to build another theater in a decidedly rural location may seem curious, but Blachly’s son says it’s in character for his father. “It’s amazing that, at 88 years old, he’s still thinking about new theaters,” Tom Blachly says. “He never stops, but this is what he wants to do. He wouldn’t be happy if he didn’t have a project.” m

enry IV, Part 1 is one of the Bard’s history plays, but at Unadilla Theatre on July 19 — one night before its opening — it was quickly turning into a near-tragedy. The situation unfolded with the timing, dramatic arc and suspense of Shakespeare: On opening-night eve, three Vermont state building inspectors arrived at the Unadilla Theatre site in Marshfield requesting an evaluation of the newly built second theater. At the conclusion of their 11th-hour visit, the inspectors presented landowner and theater founder Bill Blachly with a written mandate detailing necessary changes and pronounced the building unsafe, thereby canceling all performances of Henry IV in the space until repairs are made. “They handed us two pages of things we had to change before the show, most of it having to do with what we were planning for electricity and things like exits and facilities,” the 88-year-old Blachly says. “I suppose we were naïve to think that we could do another theater under the same permits as our original, but we’ve always been a seat-of-the-pants business up here, and it never really occurred to us.” Laundry list of repairs in hand — among the requirements are electrical, plumbing and septic improvements; fire-retardant paint; exit signs and emergency exits — general contractor Caleb Pitkin set to work. A neighbor and frequent director at Unadilla Theatre, Pitkin had created what Tom Blachly, the director of this production and Bill’s son, proclaims is a perfect theater for performing Shakespeare: a blackbox thrust stage that mimics traditional Shakespearean performance designs. Despite his small theater’s rural setting, Bill Blachly had long wanted to expand its repertoire, and he saw a new building as a perfect solution. (Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard is playing alongside Henry IV in the original, barnlike theater.) “We wanted to be able to do a greater variety of things,” Bill Blachly explains. “Our musicals are very successful, but there are a lot of less popular pieces that I really want to do. This was an opportunity to try something different.” Or, as Tom Blachly puts it, “one stage for the moneymaker shows and one stage for the cutting-edge and experimental theater.” As the new stage was designed with a Shakespearean repertoire in mind, the failed inspection was a major blow. Still, even without a stage, the show must go on. The Blachlys located a large tent at Goddard College that was available Thursday and Saturday nights and quickly shuffled costumes and props to the location just south of Calais. On Saturday night, only a few extra bumps and rustles backstage hinted at the disruption caused by a last-minute

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didn’t know I wanted to be a fighter pilot. That is, not until I went to see “Star Wars Identities” in Montréal last Saturday. Choosing an occupation was just one of the decisions that I, my four male companions — including two 9-year-old boys — and a horde of other participants made as we created our own characters in this ambitious touring exhibit. Part spectacle and part infotainment, “Identities” is also a high-concept, high-tech morality meter. The interactive exhibit presents a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the characters, costumes, sets and production arcana of George Lucas’ crazy-popular film series. Like, did you know that Yoda’s eyes were modeled on those of Albert Einstein? That Lucas considered making Luke Skywalker a female (and then just added Princess Leia to the story)? That the filmmaker modeled Chewbacca after his own shaggy dog? That the shape of Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon was inspired by a humble hamburger? Walking through the maze of displays — which make two hours fly at warp speed — you encounter such familiar sights as the actual Darth Vader outfit, Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer and models of the bizarre creatures that populate Tatooine and other planets. Even those who may have pooh-poohed the films’ bellicose storyline, or at least the cult of adoring Star Wars geeks, can find much to marvel at here: beautiful, original drawings and paintings by Ralph McQuarrie, designer of the original Star Wars trilogy (who died in March). Captivating, educational presentations on genetics, neurobiology, robotics and more. Example after example of the Lucasfilm crew’s creative genius. Passively witnessing all this would be worth the price

of admission, but “Star Wars Identities” has another, rather brilliant component. Asking, “What forces shape you?” the exhibit invites you not only to invent a character but to examine, essentially, what you’re made of. The choices you are asked to make, and the Yoda-esque lessons along the way, come this close to preachiness — Star Wars is, after all, a classic story of good versus evil. But there’s no denying that making yourself into a fantastical being is just plain fun, with or without any “meta” musing. Plus, George Lucas has clearly grasped the self-centricity of humans — and, apparently, of all those other creatures in his universe. The show cleverly and immediately latches on to viewers’ self-preoccupation, enticing them to “discover the hero inside yourself.” When you enter the exhibit at the Science Centre on Montréal’s waterfront, you’re given a headset for the sound portions of the show — it automatically picks up when you step in front of informative displays — and an electronic bracelet with which you can scan your answers to some surprisingly probing, multiple-choice questions at 10 different stations. But first, you register your name (mine: Xania) and choose your gender (female); your race from a Star Wars assortment (Togruta); and your planet of origin (Naboo). (And yes, zealous fans, I know the Togruta are from Shili; I liked Naboo better, OK?) As you pass through the exhibit, other stations request such details as how you were raised (parenting style); which intellectual, spiritual and physical abilities you have; your talents, and so on. The bracelet compiles your answers into a big reveal at the end, which I’m not going to spoil here. Let’s just say my avatar is awesome. Later, over lunch at a French café, I asked 9-year-old Ben and Andrei what they liked best about “Star Wars Identities.”


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Both agreed that making your own character was really cool. (They both became Jedi knights.) The boys also liked the technology, especially the bracelets. “It’s like a force field!” observed Andrei. And what did the exhibit teach us? “To trust your instincts,” said Andrei. “The good and evil stuff — to make the right choices,” offered Ben. Then they fell into a discussion of which movies in the series they preferred. The grown-ups chose to consider instead the merits of our lunches. No question, though, that the Force remained with us, at least for the rest of the day. m “Star Wars Identities,” daily through September 16 at the montréal Science Centre. It’s advisable to buy tickets online in advance and choose a time slot for arrival. $13.50/20/23 (family $63). note: Bringing your light saber or other replica weapons is forbidden. montrealsciencecentre. com/exhibitions/star-wars-identities.html For more info about the exhibition, visit

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he intersection of Church and Main streets is Burlington’s epicenter of late-night activity. Not surprisingly, it’s also the primary zone for taxi seekers to hook up with cabbies for their rides home. In addition, there’s a lesser taxi hub a few blocks to the north — on Pearl Street, at the divide of North and South Winooski. This corner boasts a trio of bars: the Other Place, Radio Bean and — a recent addition — the relocated Three Needs. The ambience of this cluster is decidedly different from that of Church Street: less tony, a more local, laidback clientele. Some might call it a hippie vibe. On a late Saturday evening, way past last call, I took a spin down Pearl hoping to snag one last straggler and call it a night. Sure enough, two young men hailed me from the sidewalk just down from Three Needs. Both sported blond buzz cuts, an atypical look for this easygoing town. One climbed into the rear seat, the other took shotgun. My seatmate said, “Sir, we need to get to Motel 6. Do you know where that’s at?” “I sure do, my brother,” I replied. “And what brings you boys to town?” “Sorry, did you say something?” the guy asked, holding up a hand to cup his left ear. “I can’t hear too good, and that’s a whole story.” Immediately I flashed on war injury. Buzz cut aside, this man sitting beside me had it written all over him. At 3 in the morning, he appeared wired tight, ready

to burst — miles from a devil-may-care twentysomething. My intuition told me he was troubled, maybe even in crisis. I shifted my tone accordingly. As we slowly ascended the Pearl Street hill, I asked, a little louder but gently, “What happened to your hearing?” “We just got back from a tour in Afghanistan. This was my third, Brian’s second. We were serving in Kandahar, near the Pakistan border. An RPG took out a tank I was standing near, and my ears are still ringing.”

don’t call it ‘Girlington’ for nothing.” “I don’t know about that,” Todd said, and not in a lighthearted way. “Like, in the bar, I start talking to some girl. She asks what do you do, and I tell her I blow things up and kill people, and she just kind of walks away.” His friend in the back said, “Todd here is kind of intense. I think he’ll chill once we get back to Nebraska.” Todd barely reacted to Brian’s comment. He seemed intensely present in one way, but, in another, a million miles away. Though I was more than twice

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In the rearview mirror, I saw Brian nodding his head, his lips tight. I got the feeling he was looking out for Todd, that he understood the precariousness of his buddy’s state of mind. I remember the 1970 Edwin Starr No. 1 hit song “War,” with the chorus, “War / What is it good for? / Absolutely nothing.” I suppose I would have willingly fought in my dad’s war — the one against the Nazis — or in the Civil War, on the Union side to end slavery. On this subject I’m conflicted; the morality remains hazy. It just feels like, for humankind as a species — in 2012, for God’s sake — it’s far too late in the game to perpetuate the bloodshed. At the Motel 6, Brian paid me the fare while Todd remained in his seat. I almost said, “Thank you for your service,” but caught myself. The words and the sentiment just seemed inadequate and trite. Instead, I looked directly at Todd, whose blue eyes expressed the panic of a deer in headlights. I said, “Take care of yourself, son. Now’s the time, back with your family in Nebraska. You’ve earned it.” Todd gave a slight nod, though I couldn’t tell if my words meant anything to him. And why should they? At this point, he remained on high alert — finger on the trigger, ready for the next assault. m


miles from a devil-may-care twentysomething. “Are you guys friends?” Brian said, “We sure are. Me and Todd grew up in the same small town in Nebraska. We enlisted together, right out of high school.” “Whatcha doing up in Vermont?” “Well, before this last deployment,” Brian explained, “we had a day before we had to fly out of Boston, so we drove up here. We had an awesome time, so we figured we’d try it again before we flew back home. The women here are great, real natural-like.” “I hear you, brother,” I agreed, though it’s been 30 years since I’ve done any running after women. I’m not sure I’d remember what to do if I caught one. Still, in the spirit of male camaraderie, I added, “They

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came into common use with the advent of comics. Figuring this out took a while. The Oxford English Dictionary wasn’t much help. It credits the first use of Z to signify buzzing to Henry Thoreau, who in 1852 wrote, “The dry z-ing of the locust is heard.” However, the first use of “z-zz” to represent snoring given in the OED is from a 1924 publication by the American Dialect Society, implying it was in popular use some time before. Once again, my assistant Una stepped into the breach. Searching for the letter Z in the world’s databases turned

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up a considerable number of false positives, but by and by she found an instance of Z = snoring in the humor section of the January 1919 Boy’s Life, the Boy Scout magazine. Pushing on, she found the “Krazy Kat” comic strip of May 28, 1916, in which a sleeping bear emitting Z’s is awakened when Ignatz the mouse playfully chucks a rock at its head. It soon became clear comics were the principal Z vector. In the “Katzenjammer Kids” strip of February 16, 1913, the sleeping Captain is generating b-zz-z s and z-z-z s prior to having his rocking chair pulled over backwards by the disrespectful Kids opening the door. In the November 17, 1907, edition of the comic strip “The

was the first to depict snoring with Zs. Were Rudy still around we might X, Y Z? Surely he’d say: It was simple and it didn’t crowd the panel. Still, where did Z come from? Given Dirks’ German birth and the heavy German accents of the “Katzenjammer” characters, one might think it was of German origin. However, Una was unable to find any German uses before 1903. That raised the question of how snoring is represented in other cultures. Una discovered the following:  • Germans use “chrrr,” which considering the typical German pronunciations of ch and r — i.e., you sound like you’re getting ready to use the spittoon — is a lot closer to snoring than “zzz.” • The French, who also favor a sonically rich r, use “rrroooo,” “rrr,” “roon,” “ron” and so on. The Spanish likewise use “rooooon.” • The Japanese use characters that transliterate as “guu guu,” while speakers of Mandarin Chinese use characters sounding like “hu lu.” • Finns use “kroohpyyh,” which I’m guessing gives a hint of what I sound like.  Too much to remember? Macht’s nichts. Z, like so many other effusions of American pop culture, is in common use worldwide.

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orry to go off on a tangent, Ethan, but you know what they call sleeping in the UK? Catching some zeds. I get this from my assistant Fierra, who delightfully proclaims her Britishness every time she opens her mouth. Z isn’t associated with sleeping, specifically, but rather with snoring. You may be one of the fortunate few having no personal acquaintance with this phenomenon. I don’t have much familiarity with it either, but mostly because I’m asleep when I do it. Ms. Adams tells me Z doesn’t adequately convey the experience, which she says is like hearing a drowning man being eaten by a squid. Considering that a realistic representation would be something like gaspchoke-grunt-chew-smack, I think we can agree a simple Z is good enough.  Z as shorthand for snoring is a relatively recent invention. It

Fineheimer Twins,” a blatant “Katzenjammer” knockoff, Una found a peg-legged man producing a whole alphabet of sounds while sleeping, including “g-r-r-k-k-k-k,” “z-z-z-c-r-rk-k-k-k” and plain old “z-z-z,” until a fishbowl is upended on his head. But the ur-instance of Z, or at least the earliest that’s come to light, was turned up by Sam Clemens of the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board. It was again from the “Katzenjammer Kids”, and again featured the snoring Captain, this time suspended in a hammock, unaware he’s inventing an enduring comic strip trope. The unimpressed Kids trim his beard with a push mower, then end further Z-ifying by cutting the hammock’s ropes. Date of these epochal events: August 2, 1903. Wanting to be certain there’d been no prior usage, and more important hoping to outdo Sam, Una spent several weekends searching through thousands of turn-of-the-century comics, many available only on microfilm of old newspapers. Immersing herself in far more 1890s pop ephemera than was probably safe, and getting briefly distracted by the implied lesbianism of the 1905 strip “Lucy and Sophie Say Good Bye,” she discovered other representations of snoring such as “ur-r-r-awk,” musical notes and stars. But she was obliged to conclude that “Katzenjammer Kids” creator Rudolph Dirks, who drew the comic until 1912,

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the team, all clad in bright-yellow jerseys, flood the dance floor, gyrating and stomping with gleeful abandon. For the next two hours, this is less a rehearsal than an all-out dance party. Then again, given the infectious rhythms and hooks found on the band’s debut album, Africa, Vermont, it may be good practice: There’s a strong chance A2VT’s CD release party this Friday, July 27, will be more of a hip-hop dance party than is your typical concert at Studio A. A2VT, meaning Africa to Vermont, is composed of three African refugees who now live in Winooski: Bulle, George Mnyonge and Cadoux Fanoy. Each moved to Vermont as a teenager — Bulle from Somalia and Kenya, Mnyonge from a refugee camp in Tanzania, and Fanoy from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Brought together by music, they represent the youthful face of an increasingly diverse African refugee community in Vermont. The trio’s debut album is an electric and multilingual mix of African and Western beats, flows and melodies. It reflects the young men’s varied experiences assimilating into their adopted home, and offers a glimpse of the struggles that African refugees face here.





n a recent Saturday afternoon in July, local hip-hop trio A2VT are rehearsing for an upcoming concert at Studio A on North Winooski Avenue in Burlington’s Old North End. The band’s three members and a guest percussionist wait onstage, visibly eager to begin, as David Cooper preps the sound system. Said Bulle leans in to his microphone, which has just shorted out. “Uncle Dave,” he calls out to Cooper, still speaking into his dead mic. “It’s not working.” “Yup. I know,” replies a harried Cooper from the sound booth at the back of the hall. “I’m on it.” Bulle taps the mic and grins. “I hope so, Uncle Dave,” he teases, his Somali accent bending the last word in singsong fashion. A few minutes later, sound quirks ironed out, the bombastic strains of the band’s self-titled theme song, “A2VT,” fill the hall as they begin practicing. But this is no ordinary rehearsal. Scattered around the room are about 30 members of a Somali refugee soccer team from Portland, Maine, who happen to be in town for a match. Somehow they heard that a group of African refugees would be playing hip-hop at the studio that day. As the band launches in to the song’s refrain, several members of


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Bulle, 23, remembers the exact day he arrived in the Green Mountains: September 23, 2004. “You remember when something like this happens,” he says, displaying a scar on his arm. Barely in the country for 24 hours, Bulle was riding a bicycle in Burlington. Most American bikes have the front brake on the left handle. In Africa, the front brake is on the right. “I was going down a hill, and I confused the brakes,” he says, making an end-over-end motion with his hands. “I used the front one.” “That happened to me, too!” says Mnyonge, his shoulder-length dreadlocks swaying as he chuckles. Bicycle brakes are just one of countless cultural differences that Bulle, Mnyonge and Fanoy have had to navigate since their arrival in the U.S. “Life in Africa is a lot different than life in America,” Bulle understates. As an example, he cites the rules involved with driving a car in the U.S. — getting a driver’s license, buying insurance. “In Africa, all you have to do is put gas in the car and go,” he says. Food — and its relative scarcity — is another profound difference, according to Bulle. He says lack

“This guy came up to me and said he’d been waiting for the bus for an hour and it was really cold out, and could I give him a ride into town,” Cooper recalls. During the ride, the two connected over a shared interest in music. At the time, Cooper was producing a CD for a New York friend, Amy Coleman, who wanted to give a world-music treatment to one of her songs. Cooper soon invited Mnyonge and Bulle, who’d made friends while attending Burlington High School, to the studio to add vocals to the track. “They were hooked after that,” he says. Around the same time, Bulle and Mnyonge met another refugee, Fanoy, at BHS and introduced him to Cooper. The threesome began writing material together, with Cooper’s help, and in 2009, A2VT was born. Cooper works with several local refugee acts, but A2VT are the first to release a proper album. “If you told me, when I moved to Vermont from New York, I would be working with mostly African musicians, I would not have believed it,” says Cooper. “But most of the clients I work with are young and from the refugee community.”

Edgar says that African hip-hop, like much of A2VT’s music, is generally more upbeat and catchy than its Western counterpart. “It tends to be more poppy in terms of melody and beats,” he explains. “And I definitely hear that in A2VT. It’s in keeping with a lot of African hip-hop I’ve heard recently.” Specifically, Edgar compares A2VT to Senegalese rap trio Daara J. “A2VT remind me a lot of them,” he says. He also hears similarities to a rising Malian artist, Mokobé, and to the groundswell of music coming out of Tanzania and Kenya. “Hip-hop in East Africa is really exploding,” Edgar says. A2VT’s music is “written in several languages, with acoustic African hand drums, and samples and loops,” Cooper says. “It’s really eclectic. But, like the [album’s] title says, it’s Africa, Vermont. So it’s the crashing together of cultures and what’s produced through that. It’s uniquely Vermont, because of the situation of African immigrants here. So this is what it looks like when those cultures come together.” That’s true not only in the larger sense, but in the way each writer expresses himself and relates his per-

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Jacob Edgar, the founder of Charlotte-based world-music label Cumbancha, regularly travels the globe searching for cutting-edge new music. He reports a surge in hip-hop from Africa: “It’s a big movement across the continent, and there are a lot of different styles.”

sonal cultural experiences in the context of the band. “Our stories are really different, but also similar in some ways. So when they come together, it’s really interesting,” says Fanoy. “We’ll talk about one topic in a song, but in three different ways.” Because the band writes in at least five languages, translations of the lyrics are sometimes difficult to divine. For example, the Somali dialect Mai-Mai is strictly oral, and numerous phrases don’t have literal English translations. “There are certain things I can say in Mai-Mai that I can’t say in English, because they don’t really mean the same thing,” Bulle says. Further complicating matters, sometimes the band will sing and rap in an English-African — and occasionally French — hybrid. “We call it Mai-Mai-lish, or Swahil-ish,” says Cooper, referring to two of the languages the MCs fuse with English in their lyrics. Still, even without precise translations, it’s clear that searching for a sense of home and community is a fundamental theme of the record. “Here, you live next to your neighbors, and you don’t even know them,” says Fanoy. “In my town, you know everyone, even if they’re five miles away from you.” Of the three, Fanoy, 21, is perhaps the most conceptual writer. Where the amiable Bulle and the brighteyed Mnyonge, like countless twentysomethings before them, often pen upbeat, love-struck lyrics about girls, Fanoy is more brooding and tends to ruminate on deeper issues of politics and isolation. “My writing style is about making people read between the lines,” he says, and adds that his approach is a product of listening to a lot of Congolese music.


Cooper adds that, because of financial constraints, most of the refugee artists bring tracks by other artists to rap or sing over — the mix-tape model — which is how A2VT started. But a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation allowed them to hire a few local musicians, including Ken French and Linda Bassick. The backing material on the band’s debut album is all original, except for three songs written by Cooper’s old New York City band, 46bliss. These were completely remixed as new A2VT tunes. A2VT’s members name a few American artists as influences, among them rappers Akon and T-Pain, and their music reveals other Western influences — including the liberal use of Auto-Tune on a few tracks and a nod to dubstep. But the band doesn’t stray far from its African roots. Specifically, Mnyonge cites Nigerian twin rappers P-Square as an inspiration. Cooper, whose own background is in rock and electronic music, explains that the members of A2VT “would bring music in for me to listen to, and then it would all kind of go into a big pot.” Producing hip-hop and world music is new territory for him. When asked to describe a genre where the band fits, Cooper admits he’s not sure. “Someone called it urban global, which I liked,” he says. “It’s not quite hip-hop, and it’s not quite pop. It’s world music, but not strictly so. It crosses a lot of boundaries.”


of food and water, coupled with rampant poverty, resulted in widespread violence in his native town of Jilib in Somalia. “A lot of people get shot,” he says. “People kill each other for food all the time. But then one family kills someone, so the other family kills one of theirs, and it never stops.” Mnyonge, 22, who emigrated in 2007, recalls similar struggles with drought, famine and violence in Tanzania. He remembers elderly women walking miles to fetch water in 20-liter jugs, which they carried on their heads. “They’d go six or seven times a day,” he says. While basic necessities are readily available to refugees in Vermont, their efforts to fit into a completely foreign world still occasion immense culture shock. “But if you build a drum, you’ve gotta learn how to play it, right?” says Bulle. “You choose to come to the United States; you’re learning a new life, a new culture, new rules,” he goes on. “So I learned how to play the drum.” Cooper, who moved to Vermont from New York City in 2007, has helped Bulle and the rest of A2VT learn to play the metaphorical drum. “Uncle Dave,” as the band refers to him, has become something of a mentor to the band members, in addition to engineering and producing their record from his home studio in the Old North End. Cooper met Mnyonge in February 2008. He was leaving the Department of Motor Vehicles after registering his car when Mnyonge approached him from a bus stop.


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“The stories in Congolese music are real-life stories,” Fanoy says. That storytelling aspect is also what drew him to Western hip-hop. He says he initially patterned himself after Canadian rapper and singer Drake, because he connected with his storytelling style. “I could relate to him,” he says. Fanoy was born to a teenage mother, literally on the side of the road, as she walked from her small Congolese town to the nearest city — a journey he says takes weeks on foot. His father abandoned them before he was born. Fanoy says he started writing poetry when he came to Vermont as a way to reconcile himself to separation from his mother. “It helped me understand the pain of being away from her,” he says. The album’s closing song, “A2VT (Epilogue),” is essentially Fanoy’s life story condensed into 80 seconds. “It’s pretty much the story of coming here, going to high school and trying to fit in,” he says. That includes handling problems that accompany having a black face in a very white community. Fanoy says the racial tensions that have plagued Burlington High School recently were just as prevalent when he was there four years ago. “There were a lot of fights; a lot of people didn’t get along,” he explains. “Some people see all the African refugees and think we’re just getting handouts from the government and we’re driving their taxes up. What they don’t see is parents working two jobs to send their kids to school, trying to learn a new language. There is a lot of misunderstanding, and it’s been going on for a while.” Last month, Fanoy was the target of a racially motivated attack in downtown Burlington. He says three young men approached him and his friends in front of a gas station and began using racial slurs. Then things got physical. “It was terrible,” Fanoy says. “There is obviously still a lot of work to do.” Mnyonge would most likely agree. In June, he was stabbed several times at a party in Winooski. He declines to comment on the attack, since legal action against his assailant is still pending. But he says he’s recovering well. “I’m doing OK,” he says. “But it was really scary.” On the album’s penultimate track, “Bad Boy,” A2VT address the perceptions often associated with being young, dark skinned and foreign in Vermont. “You come to a new country, and everything is different. There are new rules, but no one tells you what they

are,” says Cooper. “That leads to some problems.” Youth and peer pressure, combined with a desire to fit into new surroundings, can be a volatile recipe for bad choices and mistakes. “It’s a picture,” Bulle says, stressing that while the song is rooted in the musicians’ experiences, it is not strictly autobiographical. “It’s about what you see around you.” “The story is sort of celebrating this ‘bad boy’ thing,” adds Cooper, “but then the bookends are ‘Actually, you should go to school.’” Greg Sharrow is the education director of the Vermont Folklife Center, a Middlebury-based organization that is sponsoring A2VT’s release party and has worked on projects, including musical ones, with local refugees. He prefers not to generalize about African refugees in Vermont, whom Sharrow says number in the thousands and hail from many countries and ethnic regions. But he says the struggles A2VT have faced are not unusual, especially for young refugees. “Kids in refugee families are bilingual and bicultural,” he says. “So you have kids who live in one world when they walk through the door of their parents’ home, and live in another when they walk through the door of the school. And after a kid has been here long enough, they integrate into both worlds. “There are fundamental cultural differences and expectations that make resettling here an enormous challenge,” Sharrow continues. As an example, he points out that in the Congo, when a police officer pulls over a car, the offending driver is expected to exit the vehicle and approach the police car. “Imagine what might happen if you do that here,” he says. Sharrow says he’s not surprised that young refugees would take an interest in hip-hop, though he doubts doing so is really a way to integrate into American culture. Rather, he sees it as a means for artists such as A2VT to maintain their cultural identity. “Kids, period, are interested in hiphop. It’s not a strategy for assimilation. It’s a product of being a young person in America,” Sharrow suggests. “But what I find fascinating about A2VT is that these kids aren’t just replicating what they hear here; they’re bringing in their own cultural influences and languages and stories. It’s a form of music that is of this time and of this place, but also refers back to who they are.” m



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ermont has produced a number of Winter Olympics gold medalists — from Rutland’s Andrea Mead Lawrence in 1952 to Norwich’s Hannah Kearney in 2010 — but, so far, only one Green Mountain State athlete has earned the top honor at the Summer Games: Albert Gutterson. And that was 100 years ago. Gutterson captured the gold medal in the long jump (then known as the broad jump or the running broad jump) at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. Yet today he is associated more with the University of Vermont field house that bears his name than for his athletic accomplishments. Albert Lovejoy Gutterson was born on a farm in Andover, Vt., on August 23, 1887, the second of three children of Charles Milton Gutterson and Rozzie Elizabeth Lovejoy Gutterson. He attended the two district schools in the Andover area, but by 1903, Gutterson had exhausted the educational opportunities available in these one-room schoolhouses. That summer, Charles Gutterson sold the homestead in Andover, which had been in the family for nearly a century, and moved the family to a farm near Springfield so 16-year-old Al could enter the high school as a freshman. He excelled there as an all-around athlete, playing first base, pitcher and catcher on the varsity baseball team, and captaining the varsity basketball team. He also served as class president each of his last three years. The young Gutterson’s greatest achievements to date, however, came at the Green Mountain Interscholastic Athletic Association track meet in Claremont, N.H., where Springfield competed against teams from both sides of the White River. In this first meet, Gutterson tied for third with a jump of 4 feet, 11 inches; the next year, he improved to second with a jump of 5 feet, 1 inch. Elected captain of Springfield High School’s track team as a junior, Gutterson won the high jump at the GMIAA meet with a jump of 5 feet,

2 inches, and the discus with a throw of 84 feet. During his senior year, in 1907, Gutterson finished third in the 220-yard dash, second in the discus throw (104 feet) and long jump (20 feet, ½ inch), and first in his best event: the high jump. Using the scissors technique, he set a new GMIAA record of 5 feet, 8 ¼ inches.


fter working a year to save money for college, Al Gutterson enrolled in the fall of 1908 at the University of Vermont. At the time, track and field at UVM was far less popular than football and, especially, baseball. The previous spring’s baseball team,

mechanical-engineering student he was than a track star, but he earned his varsity letter as a freshman. And he was the standout of UVM’s dual meet against St. Lawrence University at Centennial Field on May 12, 1909, winning both hurdle races and the long jump and finishing second in the high jump and 220-yard dash. Gutterson sprained his ankle during that meet and was unable to compete at the New England Intercollegiate Athletic Association meet, but at the following year’s competition he won first place in the long jump with 23 feet, 5/8 inch. Elected captain of UVM’s track






parade and bonfire that escalated to a near riot in Burlington. “The celebration last Saturday night was all that could be desired by the most radical freshman, but it must be admitted that there was some excuse when Vermont shut out Dartmouth [in baseball] with a score of 10 to 0 and news of Gutterson’s wonderful track work came over the wire,” reported the Cynic. Gutterson then won the low hurdles and set a new long-jump record (23 feet, 5 ½ inches) at the New England Amateur Athletic Union meet in Boston, before competing at the AAU’s National Championship in Pittsburgh. There he lost by half a yard in the low hurdles to New York’s Jack Eller, who equaled the world record for hurdles on a curved track. Again elected president of his class and reelected captain of the track team, the 6-foot1, 190-pound Gutterson was a big man on the UVM campus in his senior year. But it was an Olympic year, and many observers predicted that he would soon make his mark on the world stage. “A.L. Gutterson is probably the best broad jumper in the country, being consistent at the midway between 23 and 24 feet,” wrote the Boston American. “In competition he has never done himself justice in the broad jump, as he has always been obliged to compete in several events, thus detracting from each, but though handicapped in this way, he has to his credit the best broad jump made in 1911.” The article further noted that Gutterson had “gone well over 24 feet on many occasions” at practice, and declared him “entitled to a place on the [U.S. Olympic] team.”

led by future Boston Red Sox stars Ray Collins and Larry Gardner, had been New England champions. “Track athletics, though established at the university not a great deal later than baseball, is dependent on the work of a few faithful and enthusiastic men and fails to get the universal support that is due this branch of college activity,” editorialized the Vermont Cynic. With his blond hair neatly parted on the side and wearing rimless eyeglasses, Gutterson looked more like the

team as a junior, Gutterson enjoyed his best Centennial Field performance on April 22, 1911, when he personally accounted for 33 of the school’s 52.5 points in a dual-meet loss against the University of Maine. At the NEIAA meet that year, Gutterson was the greatest individual point winner, finishing first in the long jump (23 feet, 1 3/8 inches) and third in the high jump, and breaking the low-hurdle record with a time of 24.6 seconds. His performance incited a

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utterson began his spring season on April 27, 1912, by competing in the prestigious Penn Relays at Franklin Field, a brick, horseshoeshaped stadium that had been built in 1903 as the home of the annual Army-Navy football game. Until the first NCAA national championship track-and-field meet in 1921, each event at the Penn Relays was considered the “Championship of America.” On a cold and rainy day that turned the field to mud, Gutterson advanced a few inches with each of his attempts until he set a mark of 24 feet, 5/8 inch on his fifth effort, beating the second-place finisher by more than two feet. “The news of Gutterson’s splendid victory at Philadelphia has filled the heart of every loyal Vermont man with joyful pride and awakened the college to the fact that Vermont has a track as well as a baseball team,” crowed the Cynic. In a dual meet against Colgate University on May 13, Gutterson set a new UVM long-jump record, but injured his heel when he landed in Centennial Field’s new jumping pit. It prevented him from entering the high jump or hurdles during that meet. The injury also kept Gutterson out of the running and jumping events at a dual meet against Massachusetts Agricultural College on June 1, though he did take first in the discus throw (106 feet, 3 inches) and third in the shot put. The heel was still bothering him at the time of the U.S. Olympic Trials at Harvard Stadium on June 8. “I was lucky to make the 1912 team,” Gutterson said decades later to a reporter at a Claremont, N.H. newspaper. “I had a sore heel during tryouts and barely qualified.”

At the graduation ceremony on June 26, UVM president Guy Potter Benton announced Gutterson’s name as the recipient of a BS degree in mechanical engineering in absentia. The athlete was aboard the SS Finland, en route to the Olympic Games in Stockholm. “May he bring added glory to the Green and Gold and to the Stars and Stripes,” Benton stated at the commencement podium. According to that same Claremont newspaper account, on the afternoon of Friday, July 12, 1912, as Gutterson lay on the rubbing table before his event, he received some advice from the staunchly Catholic coach of the U.S. Olympic Team, Mike Murphy of the University of Pennsylvania. “Al, get up in the air and say as much of the Lord’s Prayer as you can and you will win,” Murphy advised the Congregationalist Vermonter. It’s not known whether Gutterson took that advice. But minutes later, as strawhatted officials crowded around and 30,000 spectators watched from the double-decker grandstand, Gutterson sped down the runway, cleared the foul line and sailed 7.6 meters (24 feet, 11 ¾ inches), shattering Frank Irons’ 1908 Olympic record and falling only a half inch shy of the world record set by Peter O’Connor in 1901. Though he made five more jumps, neither Gutterson nor any of his competitors was able to improve on his first effort. Gutterson’s Olympic record endured until 1928, when American Edward Hamm jumped 25 feet, 4 ¾ inches in the Amsterdam Games. The current

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n the center of the Precision Valley, the home of Vermont’s thenthriving machine-tool industry, Springfield was Gutterson’s home for the rest of his life. Within a month of his return, he joined the Jones and Lamson Machine Co., where his uncle, Fred Lovejoy, was the chief draftsman and special tool designer. In 1916, Gutterson married Florence Greer, an English teacher at Springfield High School. He remained with Jones and Lamson until 1925, and then spent the next 25 years selling equipment for the petroleum industry.   From 1950 until his retirement in 1963, Gutterson was president of the Lovejoy Tool Company, which his Uncle Fred had started after leaving Jones and Lamson in 1917. Gutterson remained



world record, set by Pennsylvania’s Mike Powell in 1991, is 8.95 meters — almost four feet and five inches longer than Gutterson’s winning jump. When Al Gutterson returned to Vermont on August 5 with his gold medal — and a laurel wreath presented to him by King Gustav V of Sweden — friends and neighbors met him at the train station in Bellows Falls and escorted him by automobile to Springfield. In the town square, one of the leading citizens presented him with a Tiffany-made bronze statue of Mercury — the mythological wing-footed messenger of the gods. In addition, UVM president Benton finally gave Gutterson his diploma. The day’s only disappointment came when Gutterson delivered his thankyou speech. In an era before electric amplification equipment, the modest athlete’s voice was inaudible to all but a few of the hundreds in attendance, according to the local newspaper.

a loyal and active alumnus of UVM, succeeding Ray Collins on the board of trustees in 1954 and serving through 1960. In 1961, the UVM Varsity Club awarded Gutterson a Varsity Letter in Life. By that point, UVM athletics had fallen on hard times. With no indoor ice rink, the school had not fielded an ice-hockey team since 1952, and the old gymnasium (now the Royall Tyler Theatre), built in 1902, was so obsolete that the basketball team had not played there since the ’30s. Along with Larry Gardner, Albert Gutterson spearheaded UVM’s campaign to construct a state-of-the-art athletic complex, contributing $10,000 from his own pocket toward the cause. After raising $2.93 million from donors, with the state of Vermont issuing a bond for another $2 million, Gutterson wielded the trowel when the cornerstone of the Roy L. Patrick Gymnasium was laid on June 9, 1962. Less than a year later, on February 23, 1963, he was present at the dedication of the Albert Gutterson Fieldhouse, which contained an ice rink, an indoor track and a full-size baseball diamond. Gutterson was 77 when he died on April 7, 1965, at Burlington’s Mary Fletcher Hospital. He had been ill for several months and was transferred from Springfield Hospital three weeks earlier. Gutterson never had any children; he left behind his wife and two sisters. His body was cremated and the ashes buried in the family plot in Springfield’s Summer Hill Cemetery, a short walk from his longtime home at 49 Cherry Hill. When UVM’s Athletic Hall of Fame opened in 1969, Gutterson was one of seven original inductees. Amazingly, his school record in the long jump still stands, a century after he set it. m


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hen the Olympics begin in London this week, swim fans no doubt will witness the fastest times in the history of the world. And as unlikely as it may sound, some of that speed comes from training on a machine created right here in Vermont — originally for cross-country skiers. Pretty crazy, huh? Well, swimming is a crazy sport. Pulling and kicking for miles and miles at a time, two to four hours a day, six days a week, year after year, is not normal. It’s lonely, mind-numbing, solitary work for an athlete, even when surrounded by teammates and coaches. Boredom just comes with the territory — you can’t see, hear or speak for the majority of a water-based workout. A lot of would-be swimmers simply can’t take the monotony. I know, because I endured that tedium for 20 years. In fact, I qualified for the Olympic Trials in 1988. But, alas, my shoulders didn’t survive the training. I needed major surgery just to keep the right one in its socket. Suddenly, faster than anyone could say, “That sucks,” my swimming career was a total wash. If only there had been other ways to train for my site-specific sport — a way in which I could have had my head above the water to rest a weary body and mind. Or, perhaps more importantly, a way in which weaknesses in my stroke could have been assessed and corrected before I was permanently injured. These days, thanks to Essex-based sports physiologist Rob Sleamaker, swimmers have a means for training their physiques, and resting their minds, on dry land. Equally as important, his invention provides coaches with an upclose-and-personal view for monitoring technique. Initially, Sleamaker’s invention was geared toward another sport entirely. Back in the early 1980s, working with elite Nordic skiers and biathletes (the kind who do cross-country skiing and rifle shooting), he sought ways to





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improve and rehabilitate their upperbody strength off the slopes. The “freestyle” cross-country skiing motion — arms pumping separately — inspired Sleamaker to create an actionduplicating, dry-land machine. The option to train indoors on a flywheelbased resistance apparatus offered skiers mental and physical relief from poles and snow. Yet it still provided one heck of a workout. Sleamaker dubbed his invention the Vasa Nordic Trainer as an ode to a famous Swedish marathon cross-country race called the

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(Seoul in 1988, Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000) prior to his death in 2009, swore by the Vasa for his champions, who included Rowdy Gaines, Matt Biondi, Dara Torres and Janet Evans. “It is important to do an exercise whereby the hands stay in one position and the body moves past that position,” Quick wrote to Sleamaker. “Your trainer does exactly that and it is having a profound positive effect on the specific strength, power and endurance development needed by our swimmers that are striving for national and international excellence.” The machine’s design has been refined over the years. These days, the Vasa Ergometer is comparable to a treadmill for swimmers, complete with variable settings and intensities and an electronic monitor to measure performance. The company estimates that more than 75 percent of the swimmers in the Atlanta and Sydney Games trained on a Vasa. My pal Carol Capitani, who is the head coach of women’s swimming at the University of Texas, confirms that the equipment is indeed a staple training device for most teams. Sleamaker has a picture hanging in his office of a 15-year-old Michael Phelps using one. The Russian National

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eggae music blaring from the speakers. Cans of coconut water perspiring in the shade. Shorts-clad bodies cavorting in butter-soft sand. Sounds like a beach in the Bahamas, right? Nope. It’s the scene in the Pine Street parking lot of Burlington’s during a recent lunch break, and a quartet of the employees are playing the newest seaside sport to hit Vermont: beach tennis. “Seriously, don’t let these guys advance,” murmurs Mark Bonfigli, Dealer’s cofounder and CEO, to his playing partner, Jesse Epstein. Addressing his opponent, Scott Gale, on the other side of the net, Bonfigli taunts: “Bring it, Scotty, bring it.” Wait, beach tennis? Yup. Think traditional tennis meets beach volleyball, using paddle rackets and squishy balls. Thanks to a new, private backyard court belonging to Bonfigli and his wife, Marisa Mora, a pro beach-tennis player, the sport landed on the shores of Shelburne Bay in May. This month, beach tennis scored a permanent court at Word has it the Burlington Tennis Club (BTC) may be adding a sandy spin to its traditional facilities. There’s talk of beach tennis becoming an Olympic sport, and US Weekly has published photos of string-bikini-clad celebs picking up paddles, joining an estimated 150,000 people now playing the game around the globe. The inaugural International Tennis Federation (ITF) Beach Tennis World Team Championships were held in Moscow this month. So who cares if the Queen City isn’t quite oceanfront? “Beach tennis is a fantastic sport,” says Jeanne Hulsen, codirector of BTC’s tennis programs. “It’s a nice mix of beach volleyball and tennis, and you’re in the outdoors, improving your racket skills, reaction time and fitness.” According to Beach Tennis USA, Italians played a version using tambourines in the early 1900s; in 1978, they organized the first beach-tennis tournament. Most of the world became aware of beach tennis only in the last decade, but its reaction has been swift. The





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official ITF Beach Tennis Tour began in 2008 and has since seen a nearly sixfold increase in the number of tournaments on the calendar. Stateside, the Beach Tennis USA tour launched in South Carolina in 2005; this year it has stops in New York and California. Bonfigli has been a tennis player since age 4 and was a four-time Vermont state champion as a teenager and a Division

I player at Florida’s Jacksonville University. When he picked up beach tennis in California, he was immediately hooked. “You can start playing and playing well within the same day,” he says. “That’s very rare for any sport.” At the court, Bonfigli picks up one of the balls, which resemble tennis balls but are actually “stage 2,” low-compression spheres that allow

for a bit more reaction time. For those accustomed to beach volleyball, he says, using the paddle offers a better reach, and the beach-tennis nets are lower at 5 feet, 7 inches. “So you’re basically two feet taller, and you have a bigger tool to use with a smaller ball,” Bonfigli explains. “So it makes it that much easier.” Well, yes and no. While Bonfigli came from a tennis background, his wife was a Division I volleyball player at Loyola Marymount University before becoming a beach-tennis player. In less than a year, Mora has become one of the best female players in the country; she’s trying to make it into the top 100 ITF rankings before an international event in Aruba in November. But she’s still adjusting. “Being a former volleyball player, I would have to say the most challenging aspect is getting used to holding a paddle,” says Mora. “I’m so used to striking a volleyball with just my hand and digging balls with my arms that the paddle just adds a whole new dynamic.” As BTC’s Hulsen explains, beach tennis can force die-hard tennis players to work on their volleys (the ball does not bounce on the sand) and on their speed around the court. The game is also helping detach traditional tennis from its snooty, country-club associations. “Tennis has worked really hard to minimize that projection of the game,” Mora says. “There’s a lot of grassroots in the game everywhere now.” That may be true, but sand is in short supply in Vermont. Beach Tennis USA lists no places to play in the Green Mountain State, and Bonfigli says he knows of no courts besides his backyard and Obviously, not everyone gets invited to “Veruba,” the nickname for the white-sand court on Shelburne Bay, or works at (where showers ensure the computers remain sand-free). That’s why Bonfigli and Mora want to donate a court to the Burlington Tennis Club and inspire others to get into the game. “Those of us who have played think it’s fantastic, and Mark’s enthusiasm is well placed,” says Chip Hart, BTC’s vice president and membership chair. The freedom that comes from removing tennis shoes is just part of the allure,

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he saddle is a lot like moose, only moose is a lot smaller,” shouts Don Collette over the din of a bone saw wielded by his daughter, Dawn ColletteParker. The 40-year veteran meat cutter has been providing his services at the Basin Harbor Club for 11 years, but this is the first time he’s deconstructed an entire animal at the resort. That’s because it’s one of Collette’s first times working with executive chef Rod Rehwinkel, who took the position this spring. A founding member of the Vermont Fresh Network, Rehwinkel is refurbishing the culinary landscape at the 126-year-old summer destination. Creating steaks and ground meat out of a bison from Townshend’s East Hill Bison Farm is just part of the plan. Like our Native American forebears, Rehwinkel uses every part of the animal. Peppered bison carpaccio with arugula and Parmigiano-Reggiano will be on the menu at Basin Harbor’s elegant main dining room. Ground bison will appear in burgers at the casual Red Mill — a renovated sawmill — as “a redmeat alternative to red meat,” he says. Bison also will make its way into lunch specials, perhaps sausages or stews, at the resort’s Ranger Room. Bones will be boiled into stock. Leaf lard is reserved for charcuterie. That resourcefulness is one of the reasons Basin Harbor co-owner Pennie Beach chose Rehwinkel of Clear Culinary Consulting to replace longtime chef David Merrill. Rehwinkel’s other credits include corporate-chef gigs and serving as opening executive chef at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center. “He really gets it about fresh and local,” says Beach, whose family has run the resort for four generations. “He’s been wonderful for the morale of our culinary staff.” And that staff is a small village. Some 70 people populate the sprawling kitchen and make everything from



leftover ingredients are of the highest caliber. Planning how much to make each night is a complex balancing act, since Rehwinkel oversees dining for the entire resort. For every meal, he must guess how many resort guests, golf-club members and local diners will visit each restaurant, and prepare accordingly. Visitors will have plenty of options. Besides the main dining room and the Red Mill, Rehwinkel offers a special outdoor Harbor Dinner several nights a week. On Tuesday nights, the Harbor Fair allows kids to cavort in a bouncy

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bread to ice cream from scratch. Even the staff dining hall, which Rehwinkel dubs “the zoo,” feeds more than 300 employees each day. International flags lining the cafeteria ceiling represent workers who have come from as far


away as Moldova or Jamaica. But the employees’ fare leans more toward the local — and high end. Two different lobster dishes are among the offerings when Seven Days visits. Rehwinkel explains that, at an upscale resort, even


castle while families sup on a buffet of kebabs, sliders and make-your-own sundaes. The Thursday Shore Dinner is an elevated lobster boil — the requisite corn isn’t just buttered; it’s topped with chipotle aioli and grated Manchego. On Sunday evenings, the North Dock is the site for the Vermont Artisan’s Dinner on the Lake. Rehwinkel began spreading the locavore gospel in the late 1980s as executive chef for the Perry Group, which owned Perry’s Fish House, Perry’s Market and the Sirloin Saloon. He serves the Farm to Table Buffet indoors on Saturdays, and a six-course Chef’s-Table Dinner on Monday nights, but he says the Artisan’s Dinner is his favorite locavore showcase. Perhaps his years working at Tony Perry’s restaurants and running his bison-focused farm have made Rehwinkel HARBOR HEAVEN

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particularly passionate about — and surprisingly sophisticated selections. well versed in — local meat, which takes For homemade tater tots, Rehwinkel pride of place at the Artisan’s Dinner, mixes potatoes with Taylor Farm gouda, along with a miniature re-creation of then coats them with powdered Cabot a farmers market. On the Sunday fol- cheddar. A plate of ’50s-style gelatin lowing the bison deconstruction, Long molds filled with fruit wiggle stands Trail Brewing Company offers sips in front of a tiny sculpture of a hoodieof its beers, while Vergennes’ Good sporting teddy bear. Companion Bakery sells croissants and loaves of bread for diners to enjoy Don Collette and the next morning. To the Dawn Collette-Parker accompaniment of a jazz quintet, guests can also purchase nonfoodie artisan products, from felted wool to animal-themed stained glass. As for food at the event, forget the stodgy chafing dishes of other buffets. Beach says Rehwinkel has revolutionized the service at Basin Harbor with small, artfully arranged displays. Think radishes carefully carved to resemble bouquets of flowers; zingy, brightyellow saffron cauliflower; sesame-laden green beans; and tender roasted beets with chèvre from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery. But the focus of the Artisan’s evening is the Harborside Smokehouse, which provides whole, herb-stuffed Maine salmon. The lightly Desserts for grown-ups include smoked fish goes quickly — and is blackberry cobbler and raspberry pie replenished regularly — because the crafted so carefully that the berries surprisingly mild flesh is too moist remain whole and true to their natural and tender to resist. The buffet also flavor. holds chunks of spice-rubbed local During the Artisan’s Dinner, chicken and Boyden Farm beef brisket. Rehwinkel shuttles between the dock Rehwinkel had hoped to use the bison and the kitchen, where he’s overseeinstead of beef but found it too lean to ing dinner preparation for the main stand up to the long smoking. A sample dining room. Though his special-event from the middle of the aborted bison meals stay more or less constant from brisket proves his point: While it’s week to week, dishes change nightly tender and juicy, its flavor is more like in the main room, depending on what that of sirloin than creamy, fatty brisket. Addison County farmers bring to the Another reason to make the drive to kitchen door. Appetizers might include Vergennes on a Sunday night is the ribs. Peking-duck pancakes with blueberryCut into single bones and piled high, the jalapeño-scallion jam, or profiteroles pork may not look irresistible, but one filled with foraged mushrooms and taste demonstrates otherwise. The juicy Champlain Valley Creamery Triple meat stays just slightly too firm to fall Cream. Four of the entrées on the menu off the bone, meaning that it’s gloriously appear every night: cider-brined pork tender but also easy to eat. It is a tad messy, though, courtesy of a thick sauce more food after the made with Maker’s Mark. classified section. page 43 Even the kids table is packed with

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decide to taste anyway. We don militarygreen chef coats as Cox outlines the parameters: We’ll taste coffees from four different regions — Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia and Costa Rica. We’ll smell each, dip in our spoons and slurp, then spit them out quickly and not ruminate on our sensory impressions. We’ll also be quiet the entire time. “The hardest part of tasting coffee is calming the mind and staying focused,” Cox says, his gray eyes beaming from a deeply tanned face. Focus seems to come easily to Cox, a discipline perhaps acquired from his time as an army captain years earlier.

The four of us lower our heads to smell the coffee before us. Then comes the sound of sharp slurps, followed by quick spits into the urns between our legs. This procedure moves quickly, and I scramble to keep up. As I’m unaccustomed to sampling coffee, my notes read something like this: No. 1 — bitter. No. 2 — less sharp, bright, almost sweet. No. 3 — citrus. No. 4 — robust and smoky. Within five minutes, everyone but me has finished, and we share our impressions: “light, sharp and papery” for one coffee to “very aggressive” for another. Someone says No. 3 tastes of raisins and molasses and is smooth, while another taster declares the same brew mellow, mild and citrusy. No. 4, according to yet another taster, is “neutral, nutty, sweet, mild, with toasted nuts and spice.” I’m humbled that this group can come up with so many descriptors for coffee within such a short time span. The specialists at Coffee Enterprises do tastings like this three to six times each day, sampling single-origin beans or new blends from clients looking for quality control or product development. Back in his office, Cox ticks off a kaleidoscope of influences on the beverage most drinkers take for granted: place of origin and harvest time, packaging type, brewing temperature, hardness or softness of the water. At Coffee Enterprises, says Cox, “We strip everything out of the [municipal] water, and we rebuild it, distilled to a consistent pH.” Coffee Enterprises is exacting in controlling such variables because 40 percent of its business involves ensuring consistency and quality across product lines. A few major coffee companies, such as Dunkin’ Donuts, send blends to Coffee Enterprises weekly for quality testing; others might seek help sourcing coffee or creating a blend. Each tasting costs $500, which perhaps explains the serious, almost reverential feel of the sensory room. Because the retail markup on coffee is no small beans, Cox is perplexed that more consumers don’t pay attention to its nuances, or return cups that are not up to snuff. “You’re paying $2 for something that a restaurant paid 15 cents for. You have the right to say, ‘This was not brewed properly,’” he says. “But know enough to do it professionally and not be a jerk.” Coffee Enterprises is actually the parent company of three others: Coffee Extracts & Ingredients, Coffee Analysts and Coffee Ed, all based in the same offices. The last educates those who make and drink coffee — especially those who work in kitchens. “You’re doing this chemical experiment that’s timed. Every

account, it was a major coup and a huge boost to the company. (Cox is still a pal of B&J’s cofounder Ben Cohen.) Coffee Extracts & Ingredients now accounts for half of all Coffee Enterprises’ revenue, and its products are in “stuff you can’t believe,” says Cox, from grab-andgo beverages to suntan lotion to cereal. Quality control makes up another 40 percent of the business; another sliver comes from Coffee Enterprises’ work consulting and testifying in legal cases, such as those in which a consumer claims to have been burned by scorching joe. As his business grew, Cox wanted to give back. With friend and OB/GYN Francis Fote, he founded Grounds for Health, a nonprofit that funds cervicalcancer screening and treatment for women in coffee-growing areas. Women make up a growing proportion of pickers, says Cox, so he modestly calls the organization “self serving.” Grounds for Health has screened 16,000 women since 1996, operating in four global coffee-growing regions. While he’s pleased with his successes, Cox says he’s happiest being with his family — wife Casey Blanchard, an artist, and college-age daughter Julia — and watching his nine employees grow from novice tasters to highly skilled sensory specialists.” cox As we talk, a gong sounds, signaling another tasting. We shuffle into the sensory room for a regular client’s weekly quality-control assessment. Atop a high marble table are cold and hot pairs of coffees — control brews alongside this week’s blend. Fast-paced shuffling, slurping and spitting ensue, followed by the tasters rapidly comparing scores that assess differences between the benchmark brew and the newest batch. “We also look for oxygen content, do package analysis and a full set of inspections,” says Turer. As at the first tasting, I feel lost, but a little less so. Buzzing with caffeine from possibly the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had — a citrusy Kenyan brew — I concede that coffee may be as complex as wine. I don’t think I’ll ever sip it absentmindedly again. m



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‘Headhunters’: A high-up businessman overcomes his personal insecurities by entering into the art-theft trade in Morten Tyldum’s 2011 crime thriller. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600.


Make Stuff!: Defunct bicycle parts become works of art and jewelry that will be sold to raise funds and awareness for Bike Recycle Vermont. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 264-9687.


Summer Argentine Tango Práctica: Buenos Aires-born footwork graces the wooden floor. Instructor Elizabeth Seyler is on hand to answer questions. Colibri Architects, Burlington, 7:45-10:15 p.m. $3. Info, 215-432-1023.


NEK Healthy Waters Initiative: Participants join professors Bill Kilpatrick and Art Brooks in a hands-on exploration of life at the littoral zone. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 723-6551, ext. 115,

Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. Global Films in the Park: Cinephiles screen subtitled, award-winning documentaries and short films from around the world in a monthly summer series. Burlington City Hall Park, 8 p.m. Donations accepted; bring a blanket and snacks. Info, 6602600 or 312-504-4144,

Improv Night: Fun-loving participants play “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”-style games in an encouraging environment. Spark Arts, Burlington, 8-10 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 373-4703.


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Annual Giant Book Sale: Intellectuals peruse a porch full of fiction, history, travel and children’s books — and much more. Stowe Free Library, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 253-6145.


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Not If, But When: Preparing for Floods & Managing Stormwater: Homeowners, contractors and landscape designers learn how to create flood-resilient homescapes and driveways through talks by Watershed Consulting Associates’ Andres Torizzo and environmental protection consultant Richard Czaplinski. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 6-7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 496-9127.


Art in the Alley: Open-mic music accompanies local-art displays and a downtown “beach party” theme featuring wine tastings on the porch, a tiki bar, beach-ball decorating and volleyball. Various locations, Waterbury, 5-8 p.m. Various prices. Info, 244-1912.


‘A Man Escaped’: A condemned French Resistance fighter’s prison-break plans are thrown when he’s given a mysterious new cellmate in Robert Bresson’s suspenseful 1956 masterpiece. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center,

‘Superman’: Richard Donner’s 1978 superhero film precedes a talk and memorabilia exhibition by super-fan Patrick Peters. Bradford Public Library, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536. ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith star in John Madden’s comedy, in which a group of English pensioners find their new retirement spot — in India — rather different than what the brochure advertised. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600.

Within Shelburne Museum, visitors can observe the printing press, weaving looms and blacksmithing in action. Just outside the gates, demos at this weekend’s Shelburne Art and Craft Festival encompass everything from wood carving to oil painting. Under a sprawling, Camelot-style tent on the museum’s front lawn, more than 150 artisans and craftspeople display hand-thrown pottery, contemporary furniture, gold and silver jewelry, and collectibles at this favorite fair, returning after a six-year hiatus. Local restos — including Barkeaters, Pauline’s Café and the Wooden Spoon — serve up small plates at Sunday’s Taste of Shelburne.

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Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Shelburne Museum. $28; free for children ages 12 and under; $10 weekend pass. $1-3 for Taste of Shelburne tickets; partial proceeds benefit the Shelburne Craft School. Info, 425-3399.

Champlain Islands Farmers Market: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. St. Rose of Lima Church, South Hero, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 372- 3291.

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Barre Farmers Market: Crafters, bakers and farmers share their goods in the center of the town. Barre City Hall Park, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info,

Colchester Farmers Market: Vendors present passersby with fresh local produce, specialty foods and crafts. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7576. Cooking FUNdamentals: Hunger Mountain Coop kitchen manager Jeff Egan demonstrates how to break down a whole chicken to stretch your dinner dollars. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, Middlebury Farmers Market: Crafts, cheeses, breads and veggies vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. The Marbleworks, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 989-6012. Newport Farmers Market: Pickles, meats, eggs, fruits, veggies, herbs and baked goods are a small sampling of the fresh fare supplied by area growers and producers. 246 Causeway, Newport, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, sargentsbearnecessities@ Williston Farmers Market: Shoppers seek prepared foods and unadorned produce at a weekly open-air affair. Town Green, Williston, 4-7 wed.25

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Fire up the grills! Forty teams try to smoke their competition at the Harpoon Championships of New England Barbecue, a heated, two-day throwdown returning for its 12th year. On Saturday, Kansas City Barbecue Society-certified judges crown the 2012 Harpoon New England Grand Champion — who is then qualified for the nation’s ultimate ’cue contest at the American Royal. Come Sunday, amateurs and professionals sling chicken wings, pork chops, sausages and more at the Harpoon Summer Sizzler. Grab a plate and a pint and make the rounds — or head to “Barbecue University” to give your homegrilling skills a boost. Let’s get cookin’.

JUL.28 & 29 | FOOD & DRINK Harpoon Championships of New England Barbecue Saturday, July 28, noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 29, noon to 5 p.m., at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor. $15 includes one drink ticket; free for children under 12 with an adult; cash bar. Info, 888-HARPOON. harpoonbrewery. com

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ho but Suzanne Vega could turn a poignant song about an abused child into a chart topper? With whispering vocals, cerebral lyrics and a refreshing lack of pomp, “Luka” explains why the singer-songwriter was received as the savior of the mid-1980s folk scene. Vega’s literate songs of city life and the human experience triggered an epic rise in female folk-pop — and, more than two decades later, the uncommon storyteller reinterprets her earlier work in a series of poetically stripped-down Close-Up volumes, which can be heard at Goddard College’s outdoor pavilion on Sunday.

JUL.29 | MUSIC Suzanne Vega Sunday, July 29, at Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, in Plainfield. Gates open at 7 p.m.; concert begins at 8 p.m. $2530. Info, 595-2233.

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Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.


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Curious about the real origins of the word “horsepower”? Draft horses cut, rake and ted the fields the old-fashioned way at Billings Farm & Museum’s inaugural Hay Day. Using vintage farm equipment, mighty ungulates demonstrate 19thcentury haying techniques to educate visitors of all ages about Vermont’s early agricultural days. Folks can further explore the fields through narrated horsedrawn wagon rides and kids activities. (Who’s up for a game of Penny in the Haystack?) After a long day in the sun, kick back with switchel, a thirst-quenching water-and-vinegar-based drink — it’s known as the “haymakers punch.”

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health & fitness

Adult & Children’s Wellness Series: Naturopathic doctor Thauna Abrin discusses “ADHD and Autism: Drug-Free Options for Children and Adults” in a four-part lecture series. Memorial Hall, Hardwick, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 472-9355, Summer Skin Care: Vanquish seasonal skin stress by learning to use kitchen and garden ingredients for nourishing, hydrating facial ointments. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.


Craftsbury Chamber Players Mini Concerts: Little ones take in classical compositions with their adult companions. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-639-3443. ECHO Family-Scientist Lab: Laboratory learners ages 10 and up explore the different systems of the human body through a short lecture and hands-on activity. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 1 p.m. $6-22.50; preregister. Info, 877324-6386, ext. 100. Exordium Adventure: Preschoolers to sixth graders explore the natural world in hands-on education programs at the park. Highgate Public Library, 4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970. Garden Story Time: Weather permitting, kids ages 4 and under park themselves in the grass for tall tales and tunes. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Magic Show: Magicians Without Borders members awe and amaze young audiences with bewildering sleights-of-hand. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918.



Read to a Dog: Bookworms share words with Rainbow, a friendly Newfoundland and registered therapy pooch. Fairfax Community Library, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister for a 15-minute time slot. Info, 849-2420. Story Tour: Wordsmith Annie Hawkins shares fun and fantastical tales from around the world. Old Town Hall, Brookfield, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 276-3535. Summer Story Time: Rug rats revel in the wonder of reading. Maple Corner Community Center, Calais, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. X-Theater Presents: Burlington Parks and Recreation’s Open Stage Performance Camp produces an imaginative by-kids, for-kids play. Fletcher Free Library, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 865-7216.


Italian Conversation Group: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room 101, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869.


Adamant Music School Summer Season: Participating artists of the Traditional Summer Session share their talents. Waterside Hall. Adamant Music School, 7:30 p.m. $6-10; free for members. Info, 223-3347.


Another Way Summer Concert: Refreshments augment genre-jumping musical acts. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 595-2987. Burlington Ensemble Summer Serenades: A summer program features two sets from Vermont singer-songwriter Myra Flynn. Shelburne Vineyard, gates open for picnicking at 5:30 p.m.; sets at 7:30 and 10 p.m. $30. Info, 598-9520.

Craftsbury Chamber Players: World-class musicians explore classical compositions by Mozart, Enescu and Mendelssohn. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 8 p.m. $8-22; free for ages 12 and under. Info, 800-639-3443. Folk By Association: Harmony-heavy songs by this Burlington duo weave together folk, roots, bluegrass, jazz and world music. Mills Riverside Park, Jericho, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 324-9111. Hinesburg Concerts in the Park: Vermontbased folk outfit Hungrytown play on the green. Refreshments available for purchase; popcorn provided. Hinesburg Community School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2894. Rock the Park: Local singer-songwriters play until dusk. Bombardier Recreation Park, Milton, 7 p.m. Free; bring your own chair or blanket. Info, 893-4922.

highest green standards in “Efficient as a Flower: Phipps Conservatory’s Center for Sustainable Landscapes.” Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5545.


‘Annie Get Your Gun’: “Anything you can do, I can do better...” Stowe Theatre Guild takes aim with this 1946 Broadway classic about sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 8 p.m. $13-23. Info, 253-3961. ‘Boeing-Boeing’: A Don Draper-esque lothario skillfully juggles three flight-attendant fiancées at once until their plane schedules change in this jet-speed comedy by the Dorset Theatre Festival. Dorset Theatre, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. $20-45. Info, 867-2223.

Summer Concert Series: Michele Choiniere busts a tune under the sun. Rain site: BFA Middle School Gymnasium. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

‘Ella’: Set to Ella Fitzgerald’s hit songs, this Weston Playhouse musical looks at the offstage life of the beloved “Queen of Jazz.” Weston Playhouse, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Call for price. Info, 824-5288.

Summer Concerts in Currier Park: The Dave Keller Blues Band perform. Rain location: Universalist Church. Currier Park, Barre, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 476-0267.

Metropolitan Opera Summer Encore: Renée Fleming stars in this broadcast production of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6:30 p.m. $12-15. Info, 748-2600.

Town of Shelburne Summer Concert Series: The Peter Miles Band grace the Farm Barn lawn with electronic rock, funk, blues and jazz. Shelburne Farms, gates open at 5:30 p.m.; performance at 6:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 985-9551.

‘Over the Pub’: Pandemonium ensues when an Irish family’s son decides to scout out more “fun” religions in Tom Dudzick’s hit comedy, presented by Saint Michael’s Playhouse. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 8 p.m. $30.50-39.50. Info, 654-2281.

Village Harmony: Teen singers pipe up with South African songs and dances, shape-note singing, village music from around the world, jubilee gospel quartets from the 1930s and ‘40s, and Renaissance works. North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, 7:30 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 748-2603.

‘The Sound of Music’: Greensboro: New York’s Mirror Repertory Company sings of raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, among other things, in the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Tony nominee Marla Schaffel stars. Performance tent. Lakeview Inn, Greensboro, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $18-30. Info, 533-7487, greensboroarts@gmail. com.


Sunset > Moonset Aquadventure: Paddlers of all abilities relish the serenity of the Waterbury Reservoir as they look for loons and beavers in an educational outing. Little River State Park, Waterbury, meet at the Contact Station by 6:30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. at A-Side Swim Beach. $2-3; free for kids under 4; registration required; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, Wagon-Ride Wednesday: Riders lounge in sweet-smelling hay on scenic, horse-drawn routes. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.


Spend Smart: Those who struggle to save learn savvy skills for managing money. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114.


Mountain-Bike Ride: Onion River Sports staff bring intermediate to advanced riders to different area trails each week. Carpooling is an option; call ahead for details. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409. SUP Demo: Weather permitting, Canoe Imports exports help lake lovers plant their feet on standup paddleboards. North Beach, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $6-8 park admission. Info, 651-8760. Wednesday Night World Championships: Fast riders vie for bragging rights in town-line sprints. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409.


Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series: Landscape architect Kelly Ogrodnik discusses a building that’s achieved the world’s three

‘Yeomen of the Guard’: Unrequited love and two reluctant engagements make this one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s more emotional operas. Unadilla Theatre, Marshfield, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 456-8968.


Authors at the Aldrich: Barre historian Paul Heller highlights his Granite City Tales. A concert in Currier Park follows. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 476-7550.

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Annual Giant Book Sale: See WED.25, 9 a.m.


Vermont Venture Network: Entrepreneurs, investors, government agencies, service providers and others attend a networking forum with remarks by special guests. Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 8-9:30 a.m. $15 for nonmembers. Info, 658-7830.


Downtown Dance: Movers and shakers let loose at a community party celebrating the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The Inaccessibles provide the tunes. Vermont Center for Independent Living, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0501, Square Dance Workshop: Spectators are welcome as Green Mountain Steppers Square Dance Club members do-si-do and swing their partners ‘round. St. John Vianney Parish Hall, South Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free to watch. Info, 879-7283. Swing Dance Lessons: Singles and couples practice East Coast swing footwork to country tunes. Perkins Fitness Consulting and Personal Training Studio, South Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $8; $15 per couple. Info, 233-0648.


Burlington Walk/Bike Council Meeting: The all-volunteer advisory council to the City of Burlington considers infrastructure improvements and policy changes for pedestrian and pedaler transportation — and celebrates both by organizing events and activities. Room 12, Burlington City Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2700. Herbal First-Aid Salves for (Im)migrant Justice: Participants learn about (im)migration, both past and present, before creating healing ointments to take home and to send to No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, a humanitarian aid organization providing food, water and care to those crossing from Mexico to Arizona. Plainfield Community Center, 6-8 p.m. $5-50 donation. Info, 322-5050. Hop 2012-13 Season Sneak Preview & Hop Tours: Upper Valley arts lovers take a peek at the Hopkins Center’s 50th anniversary year, which includes big names like Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis. Refreshments follow. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. Lake Champlain Twilight History Cruise: Author and historian Tom Ledoux traces the maritime history of Vermonters during the Civil War in a scenic lake outing aboard the Carillon. Proceeds benefit the Henry Sheldon Museum. Larabee’s Point, Shoreham, 5:30 p.m. $30-35; preregister. Info, 388-2117. Peace From Below: An open discussion of grassroots peacemaking efforts with the BurlingtonBethlehem-Arad Sister City Program and Volunteers for Peace follows short films by Israeli and Palestinian youth. Burlington Friends Meeting House, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-2001. Queen City Ghostwalk: Twisted History: Haunted Burlington author Thea Lewis induces goosebumps with hair-raising tales of the city’s fascinating — and spooky — past. Meet at the fountain, Battery Park, Burlington, 11 a.m. $13.50; arrive 10 minutes before start time. Info, 863-5966. Summervale: Folks show farms and farmers a little love at a weekly educational gathering filled with food, Zero Gravity brews and music. Intervale Center, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. Free; cost of food and drink. Info, 660-0440.


‘A Cat in Paris’: A fuzzy feline is a cat burglar’s sidekick by night in this animated crime comedy by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-8. Info, 748-2600. ‘Headhunters’: See WED.25, 5:30 p.m. ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’: See WED.25, 7:30 p.m. ‘Wretches & Jabberers’: Gerardine Wurzburg’s 2011 documentary follows Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, two autistic men trying to change attitudes about disability. Producer Douglas Biklen attends a postfilm Q&A. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-0302, ext. 404.

food & drink

Berry Granitas, Popsicles & Vinegar: Forget fruit crisps. Adam Haumsann of Adam’s Berry Farm shares unusual recipes for sweet summer berries. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. Fletcher Allen Farmers Market: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. McClure Entrance, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-0797, Hinesburg Lions Farmers Market: Growers sell bunched greens, herbs and fruit among vendors of fresh-baked pies, honeycomb, artisan breads and marmalade. United Church of Hinesburg, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 482-3904 or 482-2651.

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Jericho Farmers Market: Passersby graze through locally grown veggies, pasture-raised meats, area wines and handmade crafts. Mills Riverside Park, Jericho, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, New North End Farmers Market: Eaters stroll through an array of offerings, from sweet treats to farm-grown goods. Elks Lodge, Burlington, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-8072, newnorthendmarket@ Peacham Farmers Market: Seasonal berries and produce mingle with homemade crafts and baked goods from the village. Academy Green, Peacham, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3161. Raw-Milk Workshop: With Michaela Ryan and Lisa Boisvert-McKenzie, dairy purists learn to make yogurt, paneer, ricotta and mozzarella from raw goats’ and cows’ milk. Proceeds benefit Rural Vermont. New Village Farm, Shelburne, 1-4 p.m. $20-40 sliding-scale fee; preregister. Info, 2237222, Waterbury Farmers Market: Cultivators and their customers swap veggie tales and edible inspirations at a weekly outdoor emporium. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 522-5965, info@waterburyfarmersmarket. com.


Chess Group: Novice and expert players compete against real humans, not computers. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $2. Info, 324-1143.

health & fitness

Jump-Start Your Health: Experts help build a foundation for greater health and vitality as they cover exercise, stress, fatigue, diet, weight loss and cleanses in a weekly lecture series. Vermont Women’s Wellness, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7001. Meditation 101: Folks enlighten up as Martha Tack focuses on the stress-relief benefits of this calming practice. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136.


Craftsbury Chamber Players: See WED.25, Hardwick Town House, Hardwick, 8 p.m. Dana & Susan Robinson: Two harmony-singing troubadours interpret the American experience in a concert of banjos, guitars and fiddles. Old Schoolhouse Common, Marshfield, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, Folk By Association: See WED.25, Village Green, Groton, 6 p.m. John Menegon: The jazz bassist has performed with the likes of David Newman, Dewey Redman and Lee Konitz. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $12; $22 includes early-bird dinner special; BYOB. Info, 465-4071. Kirtan Soul Revival: Audiences chime in through call-and-response chanting as the New York City trio combine Sanskrit mantras and spirituals in a funky devotional music experience. Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10-15. Info, 864-9642. Missy Raines & the New Hip: The seven-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Bass Player of the Year award bridges newgrass, jazz and other unlikely genres. Rain location: Town Hall Theatre. Woodstock Village Green, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3981. Quechee Green Concerts: The Dave Keller Band perform soul. Village Green, Quechee, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 295-5036. Rick Davies and Jazzismo: Grammy-winning piano man Arturo O’Farrill joins a jazz cabaret of original music and Afro-Cuban and Latin-jazz standards marking the album release of Salsa Norteña. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-19. Info, 863-5966.

Summer Concert Series: Chad Hollister and Trevor McCullough inspire toe tapping on the green. West Rutland Town Hall, 7 p.m.

Bernd Heinrich: In Life Everlasting, the internationally recognized scientist and author explores how the animal world deals with death. Phoenix Books, Essex, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. Meetinghouse Readings: A grassroots literary series offers readings by voices in American fiction, poetry and narrative nonfiction. Canaan Town Library, N.H., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 603-523-9650.

Water Striders: Don your water shoes for an hourlong exploration of water power and the creatures that reside along the ever-changing Stevenson Brook. Meet at the nature trail, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 2 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103,

Open Stage/Poetry Night: Readers, writers, singers and ranters pipe up in a constructive and positive environment. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-0494,

We Walk the Musical Woods: Chirping and warbling from 35 species of songbirds enliven a stroll along the lost Little River settlement. Meet at the nature center, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10:30 a.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, greenwarbler@



Thursday Night Nationals: Bikers set the pace for a weekly ride along ever-changing routes. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409.


‘Annie Get Your Gun’: See WED.25, 8 p.m.


Plant It & They Will Come II: Gardeners focus on landscaping with native plants to attract local wildlife and pollinators. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 5 p.m. $15-20. Info, 229-6206.


Annual Giant Book Sale: See WED.25, 9 a.m.


Bob Marley: New England’s comedy king is a favorite on the late-night television circuit. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $23-28. Info, 760-4634.


‘Boeing-Boeing’: See WED.25, 8 p.m.

Burlington Ruby Conference: Burlington’s ‘Ella’: See WED.25, 7:30 tech scene gets a boost as p.m. local and regional web devel‘Fiddler on the Roof’: In opers attend talks by speakpre-Revolutionary Russia, ers from companies such as Tevye the milkman tries to inpr Twitter, Heroku and thoughtbot. uc still traditional Jewish values in ep Proceeds benefit the Burlington ea his five daughters of marrying age. kp er f Vermont Web Application Group. Main or m in g ar t s Presented by Friends of the Enosburg Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Opera House. Enosburg Opera House, 7:30 Burlington, 7 p.m. $175; Friday night social is free; p.m. $10-12. Info, 933-6171. see to register. ‘God of Carnage’: Childish behavior abounds as two sets of parents try to settle their sons’ playdance ground dispute in Lost Nation Theater’s comedy of Ballroom Lesson & Dance Social: Singles “manners.” Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. and couples of all levels of experience take a twirl. $10-30; not suitable for children. Info, 229-0492. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open ‘Henry IV, Part 1’: In the hands of Unadilla dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. Theatre, the Bard’s greatest historical saga is a tale Queen City Tango Milonga: No partner is of romance, music and high political intrigue. Call required for welcoming the weekend in the for details; venue and times vary. Various locaArgentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. tions statewide, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 456-8968. North End Studio B, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $7. Metropolitan Opera Summer Encore: Info, 877-6648. Natalie Dessay stars in this broadcast producSquare Dancing: Beginners and experienced tion of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Lake folks dare to be square at a dance session with Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7 p.m. $14-16. Info, Jennifer Steckler and Her Majesty’s Streak ‘O Lean. 518-523-2512. Old Town Hall, Brookfield, 8 p.m. $5 suggested Murder-Mystery Dinner Cruise: Thrills await donation. Info, 276-3535. on the lake as the Spirit of Ethan Allen Players present With This Ring, I Thee Dead, an interactive, etc. fast-paced comedy of errors served with a threeQueen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls: course meal. Spirit of Ethan Allen III, Burlington, Chills and thrills await as paranormal historian 6:30-9 p.m. $31.92-49.54. Info, 862-8300. Thea Lewis recaps the city’s dark and twisted past. ‘Over the Pub’: See WED.25, 8 p.m. Meet at the steps, Burlington City Hall Park, 8 p.m. ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’: Three Depot $13.50; arrive 10 minutes before start time. Info, Theatre actors play all of the characters in this 863-5966. Sherlock Holmes thriller, adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. Depot Theatre, Westport, N.Y., 5 p.m. $27. Info, 518-962-4449. fri.27 p.50



Snow Farm Vineyard Concert Series: Picnickers take in live classical, jazz, swing, bluegrass and classic rock by the grapevines every Thursday evening. Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, grounds open, 5 p.m.; concert, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; cost of food and drink. Info, 372-9463.



Rotary Concerts in the Park: The Radio Rangers dole out good old-fashioned country. Rain location: Thatcher Brook Primary School gymnasium. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 922-0100.

Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike: Flashlight holders spy denizens of dusk on a journey to 19thcentury settlement ruins, where spooky Vermont tales await. Meet at the History Hike parking lot, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103,

‘Yeomen of the Guard’: See WED.25, 7:30 p.m.


Sign a Song of Dreams: Kids ages 8 and up practice sign language in anticipation of a

Burlington Ensemble Summer Serenades: A summer program features Mozart’s Serenades, Divertimento, Horn Quintet and Viola Quintet. College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, gates open for picnicking at 5:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m. $30. Info, 598-9520.

Nature at Night: In honor of National Moth Week, wilderness explorers check bait stations for colorful underwing moths and other nocturnal beauties. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 8-10 p.m. $3-10. Info, 229-6206.

Music With Raphael: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves to traditional and original folk music. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

Brown Bag Concert Series: Bring your own picnic to a big-band concert in the courtyard with Green Mountain Swing. Christ Church, Montpelier, noon. Donations accepted. Info, 223-9604.



‘Muppets From Space’: Gonzo’s breakfast cereal spells out messages from his alien family in this 1999 puppet adventure. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.


‘The Sound of Music’: Hyde Park: The hills are alive as the Lamoille County Players stage Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ever-popular musical inspired by the Trapp Family Singers. Hyde Park Opera House, 7 p.m. $12-18. Info, 888-4507.



Kids in the Kitchen: Youngsters develop their green thumbs on a hands-on tour of the National Gardening Association before transforming their harvested bounty into “greensicles.” Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. $20 per adult/child pair; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

The Children’s Fair Trade Series: Weekly reading, craft and snack activities educate little ones about other cultures and the benefits of fair trade. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.

Village Harmony: See WED.25, First Universalist Parish, Derby Line, 7:30 p.m.



Jake the Snake: Naturalist, author and former zoo and museum curator Stephen Amos organizes te a reptilian romp, including an sy of encounter with a full-grown boa Mi ssy constrictor. Ilsley Public Library, R ain e s Middlebury, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

Teen Club: Adolescents stave off — yawn! — summer boredom with movies, snacks, games and more. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

‘The Sound of Music’: Greensboro: See WED.25, 7:30-9:30 p.m.


Early-Literacy Story Time: Weekly themes educate preschoolers and younger children on basic reading concepts. Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 8785639, westford_pl@vals.

Summer Reading Celebration Cookout: Little literati and their families make use of the National Guard’s 25-foot climbing wall before kicking back with grilled goodies. Highgate Municipal Park, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.

Nonperishable food donations accepted for the West Rutland Food Shelf. Info, 438-2263.

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hands-on performance at the Summer Reading Program Party. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

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food & drink

Queen City Ghostwalk: Twisted History: See THU.26, 11 a.m. The Ghosts of the Old Posts: Brave souls follow the light of a lantern around the resting place of more than 100 unknown soldiers and the Plattsburgh Barracks for spine-tingling ghost tales. Old Post Cemetery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8-9:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577.

fairs & festivals

Bookstock Vermont: Author Sue Miller keynotes the Green Mountain Festival of Words, which includes tome talks and readings, live music, a poetry jam, and a used book sale. Various locations, Woodstock, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Info, 457-9149. Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival: Feeling blue? Wilmington, Whitingham and Dover make the best of the hue over 10 days with a Big Blue Parade, a Blue Street Fair, blues music, pickyour-own blueberries ... and even blue beer. Visit for full schedule. Various locations, Mount Snow area, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Various prices. Info, 464-8092. Festival of the Islands: Island getaway, anyone? This three-day bash in the five island towns offers concerts, flea markets, art exhibits, wine tastings, petting zoos and more. Various locations, Champlain Islands, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Various prices; most events are free; email imtherightplace@gmail. com for a festival map. Info, 999-5862, co u

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Lamoille County Field Days: All stops are pulled out for a three-day agricultural fair featuring midway rides, music, a 4-H barn, ox and tractor pulls, arm wrestling, lumberjacking and the Northern Vermont Ladies’ Underhanded Skillet-Tossing Competition. Lamoille County Field Days Grounds, Vermont Route 100C, Johnson, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. $10; $25 for a festival pass. Info, 635-7113. Shelburne Art & Craft Festival: Under Camelot-style tents, 150 exhibitors supply contemporary crafts, original arts and live demos. Sunday features a tasting menu from local restaurants. See calendar spotlight. Shelburne Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $2-8; free for children ages 12 and under; $10 weekend pass. Info, 425-3399. SOAR Summerfest: The culmination of the SOAR Summer Program kicks off with a pig-roast dinner and kids activities. Tunes by Gene Childers and the Jubilee Jazz Band follow. Central Park, Brandon, 5 p.m. $8 for food; free otherwise. Info, 247-6422.


‘Dark Horse’: Jordan Gelber and Selma Blair star in Todd Solondz’s 2011 drama about a man who clings to his childhood — and his unlikely shot at love. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600. ‘Marley’: Kevin Macdonald’s documentary features rare footage of and interviews with the revolutionary musician and social and political activist. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’: See WED.25, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Bellows Falls Farmers Market: Music enlivens a fresh-food marketplace with produce, meats, crafts and ever-changing weekly workshops. Waypoint Center, Bellows Falls, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 463-2018. Burger Night: Live music by Dana and Sue Robinson lends a festive air to a local feast of grass-fed beef or black-bean burgers, hot dogs, fresh-baked buns, salads and cookies. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free; cost of food. Info, 985-9200. Chelsea Farmers Market: A long-standing town-green tradition supplies shoppers with eggs, cheese, vegetables and fine crafts. North Common, Chelsea, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 685-9987, Community Dinner: Neighbors bring their appetites for chef-made kabobs, live music and community spirit. Osborne Parish House, Hinesburg, 5:30-7 p.m. Donations accepted for the COTS daystation. Info, 482-3352. Five Corners Farmers Market: From natural meats to breads and wines, farmers share the bounty of the growing season at an open-air exchange. Lincoln Place, Essex Junction, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 5cornersfarmersmarket@gmail. com. Foodways Fridays: Historic recipes get a revival as folks learn how heirloom garden veggies become seasonal dishes in the farmhouse kitchen. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. Friday Night Cookout: Grill meisters serve up sausages, jumbo hot dogs, marinated portobellos, salmon cakes and “more ambiance than you can shake a cream-cheesechocolate brownie at.” Local cooks supply salads and desserts. Adamant Co-op, 5:30-7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 223-5760. Hardwick Farmers Market: A burgeoning culinary community celebrates local ag with fresh produce and handcrafted goods. Granite Street, Hardwick, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 533-2337, Ludlow Farmers Market: Merchants divide a wealth of locally farmed products, artisanal eats and unique crafts. Okemo Mountain School, Ludlow, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 734-3829, lfmkt@tds. net. Lyndon Farmers Market: More than 20 vendors proffer a rotation of fresh veggies, meats, cheeses and more. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, lyndonfarmersmarket@gmail. com. Plainfield Farmers Market: Farmers, cooks, herbalists and crafters attract grocery-shopping locavores with a bounty of fresh veggies, berries, meats, infused olive oils, breads, salsa and more. Mill Street Park, Plainfield, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 454-8614. Richmond Farmers Market: An open-air emporium connects farmers and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-620-3713,

health & fitness

Avoid Falls With Improved Stability: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 658-7477. Tai Chi for Arthritis: AmeriCorps members from the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging lead gentle, controlled movements that can help alleviate stress, tension and joint pain. Winooski Senior Center, 10-11 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 865-0360.


Dream Big! Youth Media Lab: Fledgling filmmakers create movies and explore related technology in a collaborative program cohosted by Middlebury Community Television. For kids entering fourth grade and up. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Ellie’s Preschool Party: Singer, actor and children’s entertainer Ellie Tetrick amuses the 5 and under set with bubbles, music and movement. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. Fairy Door Workshop: Crafty participants fashion a pixie portal, allowing the magical beings into their world. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338. Learn About Bats: Jerry Schneider details the benefits of these fly-by-night mammals in a program including taped bat calls and photo slides. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, Stuffed-Animal Sleepover: Little ones part with their critter pals on Friday night and pick them up on Saturday morning. Snacks, stories and photographs illuminate their overnight library adventures. Fairfax Community Library, dropoff, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Teen After-Hours: Adolescents entering seventh through 12th grade take in tunes from musician Brady. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Teens Take Over the Kitchen: Serious sweet tooths make ice-cream sandwiches completely from scratch. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. ‘The Sound of Music’: Lyndonville: How do you solve a problem like Maria? Vermont Children’s Theater tells the musical story of the nunturned-governess. Vermont Children’s Theater, Lyndonville, 7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 626-5358. ‘Twelfth Night’: The Chelsea Funnery’s 27 young actors present a side-splitting, highly physical take on Shakespeare on an outdoor stage. Wellspring Waldorf School, Tunbridge, 6 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 272-2705. Who Do You Think You Are? Straight Talk for Teens: Life-purpose expert Keith Leon shares personal experiences of growing up in the streets of Los Angeles, and then opens the floor to attending adolescents to speak openly and honestly about whatever they want. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 595-3700,


Adamant Music School Summer Season: See WED.25, 7:30 p.m. Burlington Ensemble Summer Serenades: A summer program features Dvořák’s American String Quartet and Beethoven’s Heiliger Dankgesang. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, gates open for picnicking at 5:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m. $30. Info, 598-9520. Carol Ann Jones: Blanket loungers take in a mix of rock, country, pop, jazz and blues on the lawn. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1500, ext. 253. Elizabeth Thompson & Cynthia Huard: “Songs of the Heart” features art songs, Broadway favorites and spirituals by a soprano singer and piano accompanist. Salisbury Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 3524609 or 352-6671. Gene Childers and the Jubilee Jazz Band: Vermont and New York musicians keep early-jazz traditions alive with swingin’ ensembles and hot solos. Central Park, Brandon, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; bring your own chair or blanket. Info, 247-6401. Gospodi: The Flemish quartet sings a cappella psalms, hymns and prayers of the Slavic-Byzantine churches in “Music of Silence.” Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, St. Michael’s College,

Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 734-0877, erusso@ Jackson Gore Outdoor Music Series: Medicine Warriors turn the lawn into an outdoor concert venue. Grill goodies or full-service dining available. Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 228-4041. Kirtan Soul Revival: See THU.26, Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Lyra Summer Music Workshop: Guest pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine performs works by Kirchner, Haydn, Corigliano and Scriabin. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 728-6464. Marty Lloyd, James Kinne & Brendan Gilhuly: The acoustic guitarist of the Freddy Jones Band fronts a local show with a mix of autobiographical and storytelling songs. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 8-10 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 496-8994. Summer Carillon Series: Massive bronze bells ring out as Anna Kasprzycka continues the 27th summer of these campus concerts. Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433. Village Harmony: See WED.25, Thetford Hill Church, 7:30 p.m.


Getting There From Here: Are we there yet? Walkers master the art of orienteering, from reading maps and compasses to global positioning. Meet at B-Side Playground, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10:30 a.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, greenwarbler@ Rockin’ the Little River: Visitors meet at the Waterbury Dam viewpoint and monument to explore a reforested encampment and learn about how the Civilian Conservation Corps saved the Winooski Valley from flooded ruin. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10:30 a.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, Sun Boxes: Sound artist Craig Colorusso sets up 20 solar-powered speakers on a large, open lawn. Listeners wander among them to hear everevolving musical loops. Silver Lake State Park, Barnard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular park admission. Info, 241-3665.


Affairs of the Heart: Spells for Love & Relationships: Local author, healer and teacher Kirk White shares old southern folk spells, charms and tricks for finding love or lust. Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 660-8060.


Wendy Pierson Memorial Golf Tournament for Brain Cancer Research: A shotgun start kicks off a four-person scramble format benefiting brain-cancer research being conducted by UVM’s David Krag. Rocky Ridge Golf Club, St. George, 1 p.m. $75 includes barbecue dinner. Info, 482-2191.


Brown Bag Series: Amanda Hanaway-Corrente of the Transportation Research Center hosts a discussion about “Measuring Livability in SmallUrban and Rural Communities With Disaggregate Data.” Decision Theater, Farrell Hall, UVM, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3946.


‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: Buffoonery and bewitchment abound in Shakespeare on Main Street’s steampunk-inspired production of the Bard’s magical comedy. Ackley Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 7 p.m. $5-12; free for kids under 5. Info, 287-0158. ‘Annie Get Your Gun’: See WED.25, 8 p.m. ‘Boeing-Boeing’: See WED.25, 8 p.m.


‘Charlotte’s Web’: Fairfax Community Theatre Company presents the musical adaptation of E.B. White’s treasured tale of a helpful spider. Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 849-2923. ‘ella’: See WED.25, 7:30 p.m. ‘Fiddler on the rooF’: See THU.26, 7:30 p.m. ‘God oF CarnaGe’: See THU.26, 8 p.m. ‘henry iV, Part 1’: See THU.26, 7:30 p.m. ‘oVer the Pub’: See WED.25, 8 p.m. the eleanor Frost & ruth & lorinG dodd Play FestiVal: Dartmouth College undergrads present their original one-act plays, in staged readings or fully produced, over three nights. Warner Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $2-4. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘the hound oF the baskerVilles’: See THU.26, 8 p.m. ‘the Phantom oF the oPera’: An HD broadcast brings Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lavish production about a musical genius in hiding to the screen. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $8-15. Info, 382-9222. ‘the Possibilitarians’: Live music, giant puppets and Lubberland National Dance Repertory choreography make a statement about the crumbling economic system. Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 525-3031. ‘the sound oF musiC’: Greensboro: See WED.25, 7:30-9:30 p.m. ‘the sound oF musiC’: hyde Park: See THU.26, 7 p.m.


burlinGton ruby ConFerenCe: See FRI.27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


homeGroWn in the tradition: Val Medve and Martha Kent help dancers of all experience levels connect the dots between English, Scottish and New England social dances. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 2:30-11 p.m. $8-15; bring a dish for the potluck supper; wear clean-soled shoes. Info, 225-8921.


rozalia ProjeCt: marine debris CleanuP: Volunteers pull on their gloves, pick up trash and collect data to further the understanding of water pollution in Vermont. Red Rocks Park, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 859-3413.


40th anniVersary Cookout & danCinG: The Shelburne Farms community celebrates a milestone in sustainability education with a lakeside barbecue party followed by dancing in the Coach Barn. Shelburne Farms, 4-9 p.m. $10-25; free for kids under 3; cash bar. Info, 985-8686. bristol stamPede: The Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club hosts a two-hour ride to benefit the cure for cystic fibrosis. A chicken barbecue on the green follows. Recreation Field, Bristol, noon. $25 per driver; $10 per passenger; preregistration encouraged. Info, 578-1650.

Annual Greek Food Festival Sunday, July 29 Noon-5 p.m.

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Green mountain draFt horse Field day: Farmers demonstrate the true meaning of “horsepower” through traditional sowing methods with steeds pulling plowing and reaping machines. Shelburne Farms, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular admission, $5-8; free for members and children under 3. Info, 985-8686.


annual Giant book sale: See WED.25, 9 a.m.


PreserVation burlinGton historiC WalkinG tour: Walkers and gawkers see the Queen City through an architectural and historic perspective. Meet in front of Burlington City Hall. Church Street Marketplace, 11 a.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 522-8259. Queen City GhostWalk: darkness Falls: See FRI.27, 8 p.m. Queen City GhostWalk: tWisted history: See THU.26, 11 a.m. rose street ramble-taCular: Neighbors celebrate the Old North End by taking the floor with readings, music, dancing and other performing arts. Rose Street Artists’ Co-op, Burlington, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 735-4715, rosestreetgallery@ SAT.28

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oPen house With leFty kreh: Anglers seek out the fishing legend for fly-casting answers and advice. He also signs books. The Fly Rod Shop, Stowe, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 253-7346.

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one World market: Local businesses and vendors display everything from handmade clothing and jewelry to upcycled pieces, ethnic items and artwork. North End Studios, Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7187.

kite Fliers meetinG: Common interests soar as fans of tethered aircrafts meet like-minded peers. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-0030,



hay day: Draft horses demonstrate traditional hay methods at an afternoon of narrated, horsedrawn wagon rides and family activities. See calendar spotlight. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $312; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.

historiC tour oF uVm: Folks register online, then meet at Ira Allen’s statue to tour the campus’ modest early clapboards and grand Victorians, led by professor emeritus William Averyt. University Green, UVM, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 656-8673.

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‘yeomen oF the Guard’: See WED.25, 7:30 p.m.


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‘Stanstead Project, or How to Cross the Border, Part 2’: Vancouver artist Althea Thauberger produces a film about Abenaki history in front of an audience. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. Free. Info, 873-3022.

Newport Farmers Market: See WED.25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Hidden History Walking Tour: Folks follow in the footsteps of soldiers, sailors and patriots as they hear forgotten stories of the historic downtown, including tales of murders, hangings, the epic 1814 battle and the Great Fire of 1867. Trinity Park, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6:30-8 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577.

Norwich Farmers Market: Neighbors discover fruits, veggies and other riches of the land, not to mention baked goods, handmade crafts and local entertainment. Route 5 South, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447,

fairs & festivals

Bookstock Vermont: See FRI.27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival: See FRI.27, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Festival of the Islands: See FRI.27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lamoille County Field Days: See FRI.27, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Shelburne Art & Craft Festival: See FRI.27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Ramble: Anything goes in the Old North End’s celebration of creativity and community, which includes the ONE World Market and evening tunes. Various locations in the Old North End, Burlington, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Info, 238-7994.


‘Footnote’: Dueling scholars in Talmudic Studies, a father and son reach a new stage of rivalry when one receives the prestigious Israel Prize in Joseph Cedar’s Oscar-nominated foreign film. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. & 8:45 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. Sunset & a Movie: Cinephiles screen a feature film, as well as a short by a Burlington College student, in a tent on the north lawn. Bring your own seating; refreshments available for purchase; picnicking allowed. Burlington College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616.



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Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 7632070,

Bristol Farmers Market: Weekly music and kids activities add to the edible wares of local food and craft vendors. Town Green, Bristol, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 453-6796, Burlington Farmers Market: More than 90 stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisan wares and prepared foods. Burlington City Hall Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172, Capital City Farmers Market: Fresh produce, pasteurized milk, kombucha, artisan cheeses, local meats and more lure local buyers throughout the growing season. Live music and demos accent each week’s offerings. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958, Champlain Islands Farmers Market: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. St. Joseph Church Hall, Grand Isle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 372- 3291. Harpoon Championships of New England Barbecue: Competitive grilling teams from across New England descend upon the brewery for a heated competition, complete with local music, lots of suds and how-to tips. See calendar spotlight. Harpoon Brewery, Windsor, noon-8 p.m. $15 includes one drink ticket; free for children under 12 with an adult; cash bar. Info, 888-HARPOON.

Northwest Farmers Market: Stock up on local, seasonal produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 373-5821.

Rutland County Farmers Market: Downtown strollers find high-quality fruits and veggies, mushrooms, fresh-cut flowers, sweet baked goods, and artisan crafts within arms’ reach. Depot Park, Rutland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813. Shelburne Farmers Market: Harvested fruits and greens, artisan cheeses, and local novelties grace outdoor tables at a presentation of the season’s best. Shelburne Parade Ground, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2472, shelburnefarmersmarket@ Waitsfield Farmers Market: Local entertainment enlivens a bustling open-air market, boasting extensive farm-fresh produce, prepared foods and artisan crafts. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027.


Erin Moulton: The Vermont-born author introduces her newest book, Tracing Stars, at a signing

and reading with crafts and a giveaway. Joslin Memorial Library, Waitsfield, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-4205. SkippyJon Jones: The Siamese-cat star of Judith Byron Schachner’s children’s book visits with kids in daylong craft activities and story hours at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Ten percent of that day’s book sales benefit Everybody Wins, a Vermont reading program. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Stuffed-Animal Sleepover: See FRI.27, 10 a.m.-noon. ‘The Sound of Music’: Lyndonville: See FRI.27, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. ‘Twelfth Night’: See FRI.27, 4 p.m.


Burlington Ensemble Summer Serenades: “Rustic Roots” features Dvořák’s American String Quartet, op. 97 and Beethoven’s String Quartet, op. 132. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, gates open for picnicking at 5:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m. $30. Info, 598-9520. Carillon Concert Series: International musicians play the largest instrument in the world, often called “the singing tower.” Norwich University, Northfield, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2318. Killington Music Festival: Internationally acclaimed musicians offer fine chamber music in “Vive La France,” featuring masterworks by Fauré, Debussy and Franck. The Boston Trio and New Orford String Quartet perform. Ramshead Lodge, Killington Resort, 7 p.m. $20. Info, 422-1330.

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Rusted Root: The Pennsylvania alt-rockers kick off the Cooler in the Mountains concert series, which includes lawn games, a barbecue and a beer garden. Killington Grand Resort Hotel, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 422-2185. Village Harmony: See WED.25, United Methodist Church, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m.


Bolton Valley Bird Walk: Feathered wings and spirits soar as binocular buddies take a 2.5-mile jaunt. Meet at the alpine lodge parking lot to carpool to the trail head. Bolton Valley Nordic Center, Bolton, 7:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2436, Finding Fabulous Ferns: Retired botany professor A. Murray Evans narrates an easy walk offering a close look at the common ferns found in fields and forests. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. $1-15. Info, 229-6206.

Sun Boxes: See FRI.27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Water Striders: See THU.26, 2 p.m. We Walk the Musical Woods: See THU.26, 10:30 a.m.


Building a Rain Garden: Water-quality educator Laura Killian leads a hands-on workshop in which participants construct storm-water runoffs at a local residence. Various locations, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; preregister for exact location. Info, 861-9700. Genealogy Public Document Workshop: Ancestry sleuths rifle through birth and death records, probate court records, wills and more. Noyes House Museum, Morrisville, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 888-7617.

MOTH PARTY AND OWL PROWL: Saturday, July 28, Education Barn at the Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 8-9:30 p.m. Info, 434-3068.

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Otha Day Drumming Circle: Percussive participants of all ages play games, songs and improvisational music. Bradford Public Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536.

Sunset > Moonrise Aquadventure: Paddlers of all abilities relish the serenity of the Waterbury Reservoir as they look for loons and beavers in an educational outing. Little River State Park, Waterbury, meet at the Contact Station by 6:30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. at A-Side Swim Beach. $2-3; free for kids under 4; registration required; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103,

Don’t leave your little lepidopterist home at night. Not when there’s a MOTH PARTY at Audubon Vermont, offering up nature’s nocturnal entertainment. The time is right: July’s long days lend themselves to staying up late, and July 23 through 29 is National Moth Week. You’ll see a diversity of “butterflies of the night,” ranging from pinto palm-size, and their patterns and colors are a lesson in the art of camouflage. Audubon staff set up lights and bait to attract the night flyers, and James Hedbor of the Vermont Entomological Society will be on hand with mounted specimens to help with identification. PROWL. Wind up the night with a moonlight OWL PROWL

Mount Tom Farmers Market: Purveyors of garden-fresh crops, prepared foods and crafts set up shop for the morning. Parking lot, Mount Tom,

Marlboro Music Festival: A weekend concert series showcases international musicians performing diverse chamber music from all time periods. Persons Auditorium, Marlboro College, 8:30 p.m. $15-37.50. Info, 258-9331.

Moth Party & Owl Prowl: As part of National Moth Week, a nocturnal adventure illuminates the diversity of these “butterflies of the night.” Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 8-9:30 p.m. $5-7; preregister. Info, 434-3068.


Middlebury Farmers Market: See WED.25, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

KoSA International Percussion Workshop, Drum Camp & Festival: Grand Finale Gala Concert: Instructing faculty and special guests raise the rhythm at an evening concert. See for details. Castleton State College, 8 p.m. $10. Info, 468-1119.

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Introduction to Digital Video Editing: Final Cut Pro users learn basic concepts of the editing software. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 651-9692. Open Media Workshop: Professional or novice film editors learn about various programs for mixing and enhancing all of their video assets into a single project. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.


Onion River Century Ride: Pledge-propelled bikers benefit the Kellogg-Hubbard Library by pedaling either 111, 68 or 35 miles. Montpelier Recreation Field, 8:30 a.m. $30-65; some additional fundraising required. Info, 229-9409 or 223-3338.



Looking Back: The VermonT inTersTaTe sysTem: A speaker takes listeners back through Vermont’s changing landscape, including roadways specific to Williston. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


‘a midsummer nighT’s dream’: See FRI.27, 7 p.m. ‘annie geT your gun’: See WED.25, 8 p.m. ‘Boeing-Boeing’: See WED.25, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. ‘charLoTTe’s WeB’: See FRI.27, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. ‘company’: Neil Patrick Harris leads a starstudded cast in Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy, which plays out in a broadcast production. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $8-15. Info, 382-9222. ‘eLLa’: See WED.25, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘FiddLer on The rooF’: See THU.26, 7:30 p.m. ‘god oF carnage’: See THU.26, 8 p.m. ‘henry iV, parT 1’: See THU.26, 7:30 p.m. ‘murder aT The Quarry’: QuarryWorks cast members stage a reading of a classic murder mystery and share a medley of favorite songs from past productions. Proceeds benefit the troupe, a program of the Adamant Community Cultural Foundation. Adamant Music School, 7-8:30 p.m. $10. Info, 229-6978.

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BooksTock VermonT: See FRI.27, noon. deerFieLd VaLLey BLueBerry FesTiVaL: See FRI.27, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

sheLBurne arT & craFT FesTiVaL: See FRI.27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


‘dark horse’: See FRI.27, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

‘The hound oF The BaskerViLLes’: See THU.26, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

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Brandon BarroWs: The local comic writer signs copies of his new graphic novel Jack Hammer. Earth Prime Comics, Burlington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3666.


The human oiL spiLL: Black-shirted Vermonters against tar sands form a giant “human oil spill” as part of larger protests at the New England Governors’ Conference. Battery Park, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0379.


harpoon championships oF neW engLand BarBecue: See SAT.28, noon-5 p.m. saVor The isLands summer sampLing: Champlain Islands farmers and chefs dole out locally sourced fruit desserts and drinks. Proceeds benefit the Lake Champlain Islands Agriculture Network and Food for Thought. Hackett’s Orchard, South Hero, 1-4 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 372-4848.

sToWe Farmers markeT: Preserves, produce and other provender attract fans of local food. Red Barn Shops Field, Stowe, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027 or 498-4734, summer greek Food FesTiVaL: Folks celebrate the country’s culture with tunes, traditional dancing and authentic pastries. Greek Orthodox Church Community Center, Burlington, noon-5 p.m. Free; cost of food. Info, 862-2155.


Winooski Farmers markeT: Area growers and bakers offer live music, ethnic eats, and a large variety of produce and agricultural products on the green. Champlain Mill, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info,


champLain VaLLey gem, mineraL & FossiL shoW: See SAT.28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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sundays For FLedgLings: Youngsters go avian crazy in hiking, acting, writing or exploring activities. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 2-3 p.m. Free with museum admission, $3-6; free for members; preregister. Info, 434-2167, museum@


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ride 4 our Troops: A police-escorted ride — a fundraiser for military families in need — leads to a barbecue party, book signing by World War II veteran Major Francis Angier and free veterans’ benefit counseling at Green Mountain HarleyDavidson. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $25 per driver; $10 per passenger. Info, 878-4778.

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Tuscan Brunch Fundraiser: The talented young artists of the Killington Music Festival perform classical music over Italian-style eats. Three Tomatoes Trattoria, Rutland, 11 a.m. $17-30. Info, 773-4003.


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souTh BurLingTon Farmers markeT: Farmers, food vendors, artists and crafters set up booths in the parking lot. South Burlington High School, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, sbfm.manager@

annuaL perenniaL, shruB & Tree saLe: Growers and tenders bring home new garden additions. UVM Horticultural Research Center, South Burlington, members’-only preview, 9-10 a.m.; sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 482-3287.

annuaL gianT Book saLe: See WED.25, 9 a.m.

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Tickets at the door. $15 adults (cash only), under 12 free

miLarepa FesTiVaL day: Folks fête Milarepa, a great yogi saint, through ritual chantings and dance featuring the Drepung Monks’ Tibetan Culture Pageant. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 633-4136.

‘The BesT exoTic marigoLd hoTeL’: See FRI.27, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.


World class performers on Scottish smallpipes, Border pipes, Uilleann pipes, Northumbrian pipes, Renaissance pipes, fiddle, whistle, and flute.

LamoiLLe counTy FieLd days: See FRI.27, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The eLeanor FrosT & ruTh & Loring dodd pLay FesTiVaL: See FRI.27, 8 p.m.

‘yeomen oF The guard’: See WED.25, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday August 4 @7:30pm • Sunday August 5 @ 7:30pm Alumni Auditorium, S. Willard Street, Burlington.

Jig in The VaLLey: For the 20th year, the village green fills with rock, swing and two-step dancing, as well as plenty of eats and a flea market. Proceeds benefit the Fairfield Community Center. Village Green, East Fairfield, noon-8 p.m. $10 per person; $25 maximum per family. Info, 827-3130.

‘oVer The puB’: See WED.25, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

‘The sound oF music’: hyde park: See THU.26, 7 p.m.

Two Concerts:

FesTiVaL oF The isLands: See FRI.27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

‘LiBerTy’ & ‘The piLgrim’: Hilarious, complicated costume changes abound in a double bill 1920s comedies starring Laurel & Hardy and Charlie Chaplin, respectively. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

‘The sound oF music’: greensBoro: See WED.25, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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lawn. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, gates, 6:30 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m. $45-49; free for children 12 and under. Info, 652-0777. Adamant Music School Summer Season: See WED.25, 3 p.m. Bluegrass Gospel Project: Acoustic-playing northeasterners cook up some bluegrass-Americana tunes. Proceeds benefit Island Arts’ Create Arts Youth Scholarship Fund. Grand Isle Lake House, grounds open for picnicking, 5:30 p.m.; show, 6:30 p.m. $20-25; free for children ages 12 and under with paying adult. Info, 863-5966. Burlington Concert Band: Community players unleash John Philip Sousa marches, light classical fare and Broadway favorites in the bandshell. Battery Park, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 598-1830. Kingdom Dixie Band: Northeast Kingdom musicians play toe-tapping standards of the Dixieland genre at a benefit for the opera house. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 873-3022. Lyra Summer Music Workshop: Guest violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson and pianist Akiko Sasaki perform works by Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson, Augusta Reed Thomas, Dvořák, Janáček and Brahms. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 728-6464. Marlboro Music Festival: See SAT.28, 2:30 p.m. Suzanne Vega: The contemporary folkster reimagines her earlier work in a poetically stripped-down style. See calendar spotlight. Outdoor tent. Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, gates, 7 p.m.; concert, 8 p.m. $25-30. Info, 595-2233. Village Harmony: See WED.25, Unitarian Church, Woodstock, 7:30 p.m. Info, 672-1797.


Sun Boxes: See FRI.27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.





Annual Giant Book Sale: See WED.25, 9 a.m. Book Sale: Readers get their hands on tomes for their nightstands. Rutland Free Library, 4-8 p.m. Free to attend; visit to print out a coupon for one free book. Info, 773-1860.

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‘As Good As It Gets’: The lives of an author, an artist and a waitress unexpectedly overlap in James L. Brooks’ 1997 comedy starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

Community Herb Class: Home apothecarists learn about growing and harvesting herbs and medicinal plants with VCIH faculty member Larken Bunce. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 5:30-8 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 224-7100.

‘Dark Horse’: See FRI.27, 5:30 p.m.

Creating a Financial Future: Spenders and savers learn to build wealth over a lifetime. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114.

‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’: See FRI.27, 7:30 p.m.

food & drink

Burger Night: Live music lends a festive air to a local feast of grass-fed beef or black-bean burgers, hot dogs, fresh-baked buns, salads and cookies. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free; cost of food. Info, 985-9200.

health & fitness

Avoid Falls With Improved Stability: See FRI.27, 10 a.m.


Dream Big! Stories With Megan: Preschoolers expand their imaginations through dream-themed tales, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Toddler-friendly poses meet stories, songs and games in this program for kids 4 and under with Mikki Raveh. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.


Story & Activity Time: Little ones participate in exciting activities based on the summer-reading theme: “Dream Big, Read!” Crafts include decorating a dream journal and making a dream catcher. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581,

Bread and Puppet Circus: The Complete Everything Everywhere Dance Circus and The Pageant of the Possibilitarians play out at an allafternoon event. Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, guided tours of the museum start at 1 p.m.; shows at 2:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 525-3031. ‘Charlotte’s Web’: See FRI.27, 2 p.m. ‘Circus Worx’: Funnyman Brent McCoy fixes ordinary problems with a toolbox of props, breathtaking circus feats and the help of the audience. Phantom Theater, Edgcomb Barn, Warren, 4 p.m. $15. Info, 496-5997. The Eleanor Frost & Ruth & Loring Dodd Play Festival: See FRI.27, 7 p.m. ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’: See THU.26, 5 p.m. ‘The Sound of Music’: Hyde Park: See THU.26, 2 p.m.


Summer Reading Series: Cynthia Huntington and Michael Collier have a word with listeners in the main gallery. BigTown Gallery, Rochester, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 767-9670, info@bigtowngallery. com.

Trad Camp Lunchtime Concerts: Midday shows feature Burlington- and New Englandbased dance troupes and music groups, as well as 7- to 18-year-old camp participants. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0123. Village Harmony: See WED.25, Grange Hall, Bridgewater, 7:30 p.m. Info, 672-1797.

Kids in the Kitchen: Wee chefs prepare the perfect side dish for summer barbecues: homemade potato salad. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: See FRI.27, 7 p.m.

The Champlain Echoes: New singers are invited to chime in on four-part harmonies with a women’s a cappella chorus at weekly open rehearsals. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 6:159:15 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0398.

Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival: See FRI.27, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bookin’ for the Bookmobile 5K Fun Run/ Walk: Bibliophiles take a fast and flat outand-back benefiting the Franklin/Grand Isle Bookmobile’s literacy efforts. Lincoln Park, Enosburg Falls, 8:45-10:30 a.m. $5-10. Info, 868-5077.

‘God of Carnage’: See THU.26, 2 p.m.



Music With Raphael: See THU.26, 10:45 a.m.


Caspian Monday Music: Counter tenor Peter Terry and pianist Matthew Auerbach highlight a program of Georges Bizet’s Je Crois Entendre Encore, Adolf Adam’s Chanson de Chapelou, Charles Gounod’s Salut! Demeure Chaste et Pure and more. Lakeview Inn, Greensboro, 8 p.m. $1018; free for children under 18. Info, 617-282-8605. David Neiweem & Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble: Piano chords and bell chimes ring out, both separately and together, as part of the United Church of Christ Musicians Association National Conference. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 372-5415. Recorder-Playing Group: Musicians produce early-folk, baroque and swing-jazz melodies. New and potential players welcome. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 6580030, Sambatucada! Open Rehearsal: New players are welcome to pitch in as Burlington’s AfroBrazilian street percussion band sharpens its tunes. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.


ORS Cyclocross Cruise: Riders rise and descend on a network of dirt roads. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409.


Auditions for ‘Deathtrap’: The Essex Players seek three men and two women for Ira Levin’s thriller about a Broadway mystery playwright who’s lost his touch — and will do anything to reclaim his fame. Memorial Hall, Essex, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info,


Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group: Budding wordsmiths improve their craft through “homework” assignments, creative exercises and sharing. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 388-2926, cpotter935@comcast. net.

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English Country Dance Class: Teens and adults form social lines, squares and circles from the 18th century and earlier. Bring clean, flatheeled shoes with smooth soles. Richmond Free Library, 7-9:30 p.m. $3 suggested donation. Info, 899-2378.


Green Drinks: Activists and professionals for a cleaner environment raise a glass over networking and discussion. Lake Lobby, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0188.


Going Independent in Vermont: Honoring the 100th birthday of Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist and champion of parental choice in education, speakers discuss the challenges of the independent North Bennington School. University Amphitheatre, Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 695-1448. Time-Travel Tuesday: Visitors rewind to 1890 as they cook on a woodstove, churn butter, and lend a hand with old-school farmhouse chores and pastimes. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.

fairs & festivals

Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival: See FRI.27, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


‘A Cat in Paris’: See THU.26, 7 p.m. $4-6. Creature Feature Films: Moviegoers take in animal antics onscreen. Popcorn and lemonade provided. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366, ‘Dark Horse’: See FRI.27, 5:30 p.m. ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’: See FRI.27, 7:30 p.m.

food & drink

Raspberry Jam: Home cooks follow a recipe for this quintessential homemade preserve — made without pectin — with Burlington food blogger Robin Berger. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. Rutland County Farmers Market: See SAT.28, 3-6 p.m.

health & fitness

Laughter Yoga: What’s so funny? Giggles burst out as gentle aerobic exercise and yogic breathing meet unconditional laughter to enhance physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 355-5129. Steps to Wellness: Cancer survivors attend diverse seminars about nutrition, stress management, acupuncture and more in conjunction with a medically based rehabilitation program. Fletcher Allen Health Care Cardiology Building, South Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2176. Tai Chi for Arthritis: See FRI.27, Westford Library. 2-3 p.m.


Creative Tuesdays: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Fairfax Story Hour: Good listeners are rewarded with tales based on nighttime dreaming. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5246. Summer Story Hour: Kids craft during tale time. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Try It at the Library: Kids entering grades 4 through 6 practice pottery making with artist Brian Slavin. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Party: Budding bookworms don red-and-white stripes and black-framed glasses to celebrate the elusive children’s-book character. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338. ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Party: Burlington: Small sleuths seek out the iconic picture-book star at a gathering with food and kids games. Phoenix Books Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.


Pause-Café: French speakers of all levels converse en français. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.


Bluegrass at Bayside: Special guest Will Patton joins the Missisquoi River Band, featuring Bill Gaston, Pat Murphy, and Jim and Cindy Weed. Bayside Pavilion, St. Albans, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 933-2545. Castleton Summer Concerts: Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers make a scene on the green. Old Chapel Green, Castleton, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 468-1206. Gazebo Concerts 2012: The Dave Keller Band offer guitar licks and soul mastery. Rain site: Stowe


Community Church. Helen Day Memorial Lawn, Stowe, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 253-7792. Music in the Park: Jenni Johnson delivers her signature jazz and blues sound. Knight Point State Park, North Hero, 6:30 p.m. $5; free for children 12 and under; bring a blanket. Info, 372-8400. Point counterPoint: Faculty musicians from the popular Lake Dunmore music camp play chamber works at the Constance Holden Memorial Concert. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 382-9222. shaPe-note sing: Singers of early American four-part hymns follow the “fa-sol-la-mi” tradition. Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 525-3031. suMMer Music FroM greensboro: Flutist Karen Kevra joins the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio in chamber and solo works by Bach. United Church of Christ, Greensboro, 8 p.m. $20; free for ages 17 and under. Info, summermusicfromgreensboro@ . the starline rhythM boys: Billy Bratcher, Danny Coane and Al Lemery rock out with honkytonk airs. Legion Field, Johnson, 6-8:30 p.m. Free; bring your own chair or blanket. Info, 635-7826. trad caMP concerts: Seven- to 18-year-old campers share their work alongside Village Harmony. College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 864-0123. trad caMP lunchtiMe concerts: See MON.30, noon-1 p.m. Village harMony: See WED.25, College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Info, 426-3210. Waterbury coMMunity band: Through marches and concert-band selections, the local ensemble makes merry music out of doors. Waterbury Center Park, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2137,


nature’s stories: Outdoorsy types of all ages find new ways to connect with Ma Nature at an activity-filled afternoon with naturalist, teacher and author Clare Walker Leslie. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 723-6551, ext. 115,

buddhisM in a nutshell: Amy Miller serves up a comprehensive overview of the Tibetan Buddhist path in bite-size modules, combining meditation, lively discussion and practical exercises. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136.



troPical storM irene suPPort grouP: Berlin-area residents affected by the flooding share their stories and learn coping skills. Berlin Elementary School, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 279-8246.


Make stuFF!: See WED.25, 6-9 p.m.

suMMer argentine tango Práctica: See WED.25, 7:45-10:15 p.m.

‘a birthday celebraton: the grateFul dead MoVie eVent’: A 1977 cinematic concert journey honors Jerry Garcia on what would have been his 70th birthday. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $12.50. Info, 660-9300. ‘dark horse’: See FRI.27, 5:30 p.m. ‘interrogation’: Banned in Poland and smuggled out years later at great risk, Ryszard Bugajski’s award-winning 1989 crime thriller follows the unexplained imprisonment of a cabaret singer. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘the best exotic Marigold hotel’: See FRI.27, 7:30 p.m.

food & drink

trad caMP lunchtiMe concerts: See MON.30, noon-1 p.m. Village harMony: See WED.25, Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Info, 426-3210.


Wagon-ride Wednesday: See WED.25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


sPend sMart: See WED.25, 6-8 p.m.


chaMPlain islands FarMers Market: See WED.25, 4-7 p.m.

suP deMo: See WED.25, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday night World chaMPionshiPs: See WED.25, 5:30 p.m.

Middlebury FarMers Market: See WED.25, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


health & fitness

adult & children’s Wellness series: Naturopathic doctor Thauna Abrin discusses “Gluten Sensitivity: Is This the Diet for You?” in a four-part lecture series. Memorial Hall, Hardwick, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 472-9355, wellness@


craFtsbury chaMber Players Mini concerts: See WED.25, 4:30 p.m. dreaM big With oWls & their calls: Discover the incredible adaptations of these nighttime hooters in a program with two live owls and touchable artifacts. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, echo FaMily-scientist lab: See WED.25, 1 p.m. exordiuM adVenture: See WED.25, 10 a.m. garden story tiMe: See WED.25, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

yesterMorroW suMMer lecture series: Architect and author Duo Dickinson explores the middle ground between elitist modern architecture and traditionalist “faux history” in “The Tyranny of Style.” Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5545.


‘annie get your gun’: See WED.25, 8 p.m. auditions For ‘deathtraP’: See MON.30, 6-9 p.m. ‘ForeVer Plaid’: 1950s boy-band members Sparky, Jinx, Smudge and Frankie sing songs of the era in this Saint Michael’s Playhouse musical. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 8 p.m. $31.50-40.50. Info, 654-2281.



craFtsbury chaMber Players: World-class musicians explore classical compositions by Schubert, Poulenc and Debussy. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 8 p.m. $8-22; free for ages 12 and under. Info, 800-639-3443.

steVe delaney: The Milton author of Kevin: The Last Invisible Vermonter and Cooney: The Making of a Country Cop discusses the charming fictional characters of his Vermont-set books. Milton Historical Society, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2598. m

Folk by association: Harmony-heavy songs by this Burlington duo weave together folk, roots, bluegrass, jazz and world music. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 324-9111. hinesburg concerts in the Park: Jimmy “T” X-perience rock out on the green. Refreshments available for purchase; popcorn provided. Hinesburg Community School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2894.

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daVe & aMy FreeMan: Two travelers in the final stage of a three-year, 12,000-mile kayak, dogsled and canoe trek across North America with Wilderness Classroom — an environmental-education nonprofit — discuss their odyssey in a lecture16t-Girlington072512.indd 1 and slideshow. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 7-9 p.m. Free; food available for purchase. Info, 312-505-9973.

authors at the aldrich: Science writer Sue Halpern highlights her nonfiction work about modern memory research, Can’t Remember What I Forgot. A concert in Currier Park follows. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 476-7550.

adaMant Music school suMMer season: See WED.25, 7:30 p.m.

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colchester FarMers Market: See WED.25, 4-7:30 p.m.

Williston FarMers Market: See WED.25, 4-7 p.m.

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trad caMP concerts: Seven- to 18-year-old campers and their instructors showcase their work in the youth wing. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 864-0123.



VerMont FestiVal oF the arts: A whoppin’ five-week festival boasts art exhibits, performances and workshops celebrating painting, poetry, crafts, culinary arts and everything in between. Visit for details. Various locations, Mad River Valley, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Various prices. Info, 496-6682,

toWn oF shelburne suMMer concert series: The Rhythm Rockers grace the Farm Barn lawn — and fireworks follow. Shelburne Farms, gates open at 5:30 p.m.; performance at 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 985-9551.


cycling 101: Pedal pushers get out of the gym and onto the road on a relaxed spin with Linda Freeman. Call ahead for starting location. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409.

deerField Valley blueberry FestiVal: See FRI.27, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


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TINY-HOUSE RAISING: Cost: $250workshop. Location: Hyde Park, Hyde Park. Info: Peter King, 933-6103. A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a tiny house at Hyde Park, August 11 and 12. Local housing available.





business WOMEN’S SMALL-BIZ STARTUP: Aug. 23-Dec. 14. Every Thu., 5:30-9 p.m., every other Sun. noon-6 p.m. for semester. Cost: $2,195/15 wks., 120 classroom hrs. Incl. all materials. Application required (download from website). Location: Mercy Connections Office, 255 S. Champlain St., #8, Burlington. Info: Women’s Small Business Program, Mercy Connections, Gwen Pokalo, 846-7338, gpokalo@, wsbp. org. Make your business idea a reality! This intensive, 15-week course functions like a miniMBA, with a comprehensive curriculum taught by experienced instructors with visiting experts, guest lecturers and WSBP alumni. Far more than just business theory, you’ll spend 120 hours completing a bullet-proof business plan, doing feasibility studies and becoming fluent in the language of business.


THE SCIENCE OF ROCK CLIMBING: Aug. 6-10, 9 a.m.4 p.m., Daily. Cost: $340/ weeklong camp. Location: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & outdoor climbing areas, 105 Briggs St. , Burlington. Info: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School, Andrea Charest, 6573872, andrea@petracliffs. com, adventure-science-the-science-of-rock-climbing. Explore what goes into the design and testing of climbing gear, investigate forces, the dynamics of falling, energy transfer, strength of climbing gear and factors of safety. We’ll climb, rappel, belay, build anchors, get dirty, do some hiking, study science, do some math, read some maps and have fun!

TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, AllTogetherNow, 170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd., E. Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255, spaton55@gmail. com. Burlington classes: Call for weekly conga and djembe lessons in Burlington. Burlington Beginners Taiko starts Tuesday, September 11, and October 30; kids, 4:30 p.m., $60/6 weeks; adults, 5:30 p.m., $72/6 weeks. Monday Advanced classes start September 10 and October 29, 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. Cuban Bata and house-call classes by request. Call for Women’s Friday 5 p.m. Conga class. Montpelier classes: Djembe class starts Thursday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. $45/3 weeks. Thursday Conga, Haitian, Taiko and children’s drumming classes. Call with interest.





dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary.

DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! DSANTOS VT SALSA: Jul. 30Aug. 27, 7-9:15 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: Movement Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,, Add some spice to your life by learning to dance salsa club style. We also touch on bachata, merengue and cha-cha-cha. LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4-wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons also avail. in St. Albans. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,, Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to

YOUR BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS: Jul. 27, noon-1 p.m., Cost: $49/1-hr. workshop. Location: Office Squared, 77 College St., Burlington. Info: Connie Livingston, 864-2978,, Connie Livingston provides the tools and support to help you successfully navigate transition. Her tool, Your Blueprint For Personal and Professional Success, can help you get on top of all the changes happening in your life. Create your Blueprint and feel calm and confident!

herbs WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Wild Edibles Intensive 2012: summer/fall term: Aug. 19, Sep. 16 & Oct. 14, 2012. VSAC nondegree grants avail. to qualifying applicants. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122,, wisdomoftheherbsschool. com. Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk, Tuesday, August 21, 6-7:30 p.m., sliding scale free to $10, preregistration appreciated. Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild

edible and medicinal plants, food as first medicine, sustainable living skills, and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.

jewelry JEWELRY CLASSES: Tue., 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m, also Sun. on a monthly announcement. Cost: $1402.5 hrs. 4x/mo. Sun. class will be announced monthly. Location: Alchemie, 2 Howard St., A1, Burlington. Info: jane frank jewellerydesign, jane frank, 999-3242,, Learn how to make your own jewelery with German-trained goldsmith (at Alchemy Jewelry Arts) in a fully equipped studio in town. You will learn basic and advanced techniques but also be able to focus on individual projects.

language LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 5851025, spanishparavos@gmail. com, spanishwaterburycenter. com. Broaden your horizons, connect with a new world. We provide high-quality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Our fifth year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private instruction, student tutoring, AP. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. SPANISH CLASSES: Jul. 19Sep. 13, 6:30 p.m. Location: TBA. Info: 123 Spanish Now, Constancia Gomez, 917-1776, Learn the basics of Spanish from pronunciation, basic vocabulary and situations. Beginners, intermediate, AP Spanish, Spanish conversation

and Spanish literature. We speak and practice Spanish in class, and you learn quickly. We are experienced Spanish teachers from Argentina, and we make learning fun.

martial arts AIKIDO: Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 9518900, This Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape and reduce stress. Classes for adults and children ages 5-12. Scholarships for youth ages 7-17. Classes are taught by Benjamin Pincus Sensei, Vermont’s senior and only fully certified Aikido teacher. Visitors are welcome seven days a week. AIKIDO CLASSES: Cost: $654 consecutive Tue., uniform incl. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others and confidence in oneself. Vermont Aikido invites you to explore this graceful martial art in a safe, supportive environment. MARTIAL WAY SELF-DEFENSE CENTER: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, a courteous staff, and a nontraditional approach that values the beginning student as the most important member of the school. Experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward and fair tuition and billing policies. We are dedicated to helping every member achieve his or her highest potential in the martial arts. Kempo, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, Thinksafe Self-Defense. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072,, vermontbjj. com. Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian JiuJitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination

and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian JiuJitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

massage ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY PROGRAM: Weekly on Mon., Tue. Cost: $5,000500-hr. program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 288-8160,, This program teaches two forms of massage, Amma and Shiatsu. We will explore Oriental medicine theory and diagnosis as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, Yin Yang and 5-Element Theory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology will be taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. NCBTMB-assigned school. MASSAGE PRACTITIONER TRAINING: Sep. 11-Jun. 2, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $8,000course, + supplies. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, 187 St. Paul St., Burlington. Info: Touchstone Healing Arts, 658-7715, touchvt@gmail. com, touchstonehealingarts. com. Touchstone Healing Arts School of Massage offers a 690-hour program in Westernstyle (Swedish) and therapeutic massage. This course is a solid foundation in therapeutic massage, anatomy and physiology, clinical practice, professional development, and communication skills. Since 1998 we have provided quality education in downtown Burlington. Join us!

meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction avail. Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Meditation sessions on Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m. The Shambhala Cafe meets the 1st Sat. of ea. mo. for meditation & discussions, 9

a.m.-noon. An Open House occurs every 3rd Fri. evening of ea. mo., 7-9 p.m., which incl. an intro to the center, a short dharma talk & socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington shambhala center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. LGBTQ ReTReaT: ConfidenCe & Compassion: Sep. 7-9, 9 a.m. Location: Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude Lane, Barnet. Info: 633-2384, karmecholing. org. come together both as a lGBTQ individual and a community! Meditation, tai chi and yoga, discussion and celebration. explore confidence and compassion and connect more fully to your naturally wakeful heart and mind.


snake-sTyLe Tai Chi Chuan: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, The Yang snake style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. yanG-sTyLe Tai Chi: Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/ class, $60/mo. Beginners welcome. No class Aug. 1 & 4. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Turn right into driveway immed. after the railroad tracks. Located in the old Magic Hat Brewery building. Info: 735-5465. Tai chi is a slow-moving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved balance and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

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yoGa & sTone-BuiLdinG ReTReaT: Sep. 14-16. Cost: $399wknd. Location: Common Ground Center, 473 Tatro Rd., Starksboro. Info: 8649642, yoga@evolutionvt. com, In this weekend workshop, we will be constructing, from start to completion, a beautiful culinary herb spiral. This weekend workshop focuses on the basic techniques of working with stone including site selection, ground prep, stone shaping, the art of fitting stones together, design and building strategies.

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aduLT saiLinG CouRses: Location: Community Sailing Center, 1 Lake St., Burlington. Info: 864-2499, If you’ve never sailed before or used

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LauGhinG RiveR yoGa: Yoga classes 7 days a wk. Individual classes range from $5 to $15; $115/10 classes; $130/ unlimited monthly. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 343-8119, We offer yoga classes, workshops, retreats and 200-hour teacher training taught by experienced and compassionate instructors in a variety of styles, including Kripalu, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Yoga Dance, Yin, Restorative and more. Hit the beach for Yogasurf with emily september 7-9 in York, Maine!

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sTand-up paddLeBoaRdinG: Weekdays by appt.; Sat. & Sun. Cost: $30hourlong privates & semiprivates; $20 ea. for groups. Location: Oakledge Park & Beach, end of Flynn Ave., a mile south of downtown along the bike path, Burlington. Info: Paddlesurf Champlain, Jason Starr, 881-4905,, learn to stand-up paddleboard with Paddlesurf champlain! Get on board for a very fun and simple new way to explore the lake and work your body head to toe. Instruction on paddle handling and balance skills to get you moving your first time out. learn why people love this Hawaiian-rooted sport the first time they try it.

evoLuTion yoGa: $14/ class, $130/class card. $5-$10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner to advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, anusara-inspired, Kripalu and Iyengar yoga. Babies/kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre-/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: evoblog.


piLaTes! ChaCe miLL!: 6 days/wk. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@, so many people love Pilates! Join in the fun in Reformer, circuit and Mat classes. From gentle to vigorous, we have a class that is just right for you. Not ready for Reformer? Just sign up for our Pilates circuit class and learn as you go! Get strong, stay healthy!



shamBhaLa TRaininG LeveLs 1-3: Jul. 14-Sep. 21, 9 a.m. Location: Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude Lane, Barnet. Info: 633-2384, awaken your inner compassionate warrior! shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops, suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is the basis of a secular path of meditation, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition.

to sail in the past but need a refresher, these courses are for you! The curriculum includes an introduction to sailing over the course of 15 hours: nautical nomenclature and boat rigging to sailing maneuvers such as tacking, jibing, docking and mooring.


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Keith Murray with BURNTmd play the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington on Thursday, July 26, with DJ Dakota, Lynguistic Civilians, Learic, Nastee & S.I.N., Memaranda, KS Boyz and more, 8:00 p.m. $12/15. AA.

ong before BURNTmd became a successful MC and music promoter, he was 5-year-old Brent Kauffman, selling baseball cards on the beaches of Brooklyn. Now 31, he has since worked through a difficult adolescence marked by insecurity, drugs and crime to reconnect with his enterprising spirit. The onetime Vermont rapper’s latest album, Not So Black & White, comes after 13 years free from addiction. It features an impressive lineup of hip-hop luminaries such as Planet Asia, Madlib and Def Squad’s Keith Murray, the last of whom BURNTmd will join for a homecoming appearance at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge this Thursday, July 26. “My journey has had a lot of obstacles to overcome,” he says simply. BURNTmd attributes his bourgeoning success to hard work and perseverance. Now a resident of Denver, Colo., the entrepreneur has launched GTD Entertainment — a multifaceted A&R company that records, promotes, consults and distributes all things hip-hop. Artists who have worked with GTD include Snoop Dogg, George Clinton and Game. BURNTmd founded the company in Burlington, where he landed after a series of false starts. Throughout his tribulations, however, a passion for writing, performing and production never left him. BURNTmd says he discovered his musical talents when he was 14, living in New Jersey and emulating the MCs he’d see at raves. “You know, growin’ up and listening to music, everyone sings a song they like. But some people want to go and sing their own song one day,” he says. He cites Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Notorious B.I.G., Funkmaster Flex and Cypress Hill as early influences. Writing, he says, was a better form of expression than acting out how he felt. BURNTmd adds that he found the quick drum-and-bass tempo of the electronic scene congenial to his lyrical flow. “I think fast,” he says. After establishing a confident writing voice, the MC says it took years to perfect a blend between his content and delivery. “I wasn’t just trying to write a song or a rap,” BURNTmd says. “I wanted to make sure I captured my expression, as well.” Uncomfortable in “the dirty Jerz,” Burnt says he mellowed his negative experience with drugs, only to find himself temporarily homeless during high school. “I was numbing my feelings,” he says. “I didn’t care about myself. I

was living reckless.” Cajoled by his concerned parents, BURNTmd joined the NAVY, or “Never Again Volunteer Yourself,” as he quips, when he was 19. His brief stint in the military ended after he failed a drug test that a recruiter had promised he wouldn’t have to take for a month after signing up. The erstwhile cryptology trainee soon found himself hitchhiking to Burlington from his father’s cabin in Stowe. Vermont, he says, turned his life around. He learned to coordinate events, and propelled himself vigorously into the flourishing music scene here. “When I first got there, Liquid Energy was going on,” he says, referencing the now-defunct Church Street café and nightclub. Having some booking experience from a production company he had started during his New Jersey rave days,


called Stay Away Productions, BURNTmd was soon bringing local rappers together while honing his craft at Metronome and Higher Ground. His streetwise attitude, however, was not always particularly embraced. “I was still learning the Vermont quality of life,” he says. “I grew up in a place where there were probably 60 white kids out of 1000. So people would always call me the Nword without a thought, as a term of endearment. Then I would get on stage here and start rapping, and people would look at me like ‘What the hell is this guy doin’?’” Eventually BURNTmd’s Vermont hip-hop confederates helped him find a balance without abandoning his voice and style. “You gotta serve yourself on a platter,” he says of promoting himself. “But you’ve gotta be tasteful, you know? You don’t go into a barbershop with a lawn mower.” After his Burlington adaptation, a local guitar player, Chris Kyle, heard BURNTmd at a Loomis Street house party. Kyle, who BURNTmd

says was “very, very drunk” at the time, insisted he meet his roommate, Danny Mansion. Mansion and BURNT hit it off, and the former ended up producing one of the MC’s most successful tunes, “Stormy Mondays,” along with many others. Mansion also appears on the latest release. Not So Black & White offers BURNTmd’s reflections on growing up as a religious and ethnic minority in the tristate area. The MC, who is Jewish, says he frequently got into fights and constantly questioned why race and ethnicity create such barriers. He says he prefers asking questions in his songwriting, rather than making statements. “We don’t need the right answer,” BURNTmd says, “just the right question.” One of those questions was asking Keith Murray to work with him. The former Def Squad founder and notoriously rambunctious MC has become a frequent collaborator. “People were real cautious about messing with Keith,” says BURNTmd. “But I got his number and called him up right away. You just gotta know how to talk to people.” Nastee, a respected local rapper and producer in his own right, reveres his rhyming ally for his exceptional business sense. “BURNT works harder than most established artists do, and his grind never stops,” Nastee says. “Persistence overcomes resistance, and BURNT is most definitely persistent.” The upcoming Higher Ground show will mark BURNTmd’s first return to town since hosting a benefit at Burlington bar Ruben James in May. Inspired by his stint with philanthropy, he decided to host what he’s calling the Vermont Free Ticket Giveaway. To be given to patients, volunteers and donors. Thirty-five free tickets to his concert are being distributed, via the radio station Planet 96.7, to the American Cancer Society. Local businesses, including the Spirit of Ethan Allen III, Full Tank, Jivana Holistic Spa, Third Shift Clothing, Wild Life and the Village Sweep, were willing to sponsor his idea immediately, he says. “I’m just so happy to put a smile on the face of someone whose life might be in jeopardy,” says BURNTmd, sustaining the motto of GTD Entertainment: “Spread the cure.” “The cure is love,” he adds. “That’s the answer for most things in life, other than bills.” 



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A few weeks ago, I reviewed the latest record from Plattsburgh-based Latin jazz cat rick davies, called Salsa Norteña. To refresh your memory, the record, loaded with local and regional jazz luminaries, was one of the more entertaining CDs I’ve spun in my player this year, and it offers proof that latitude does not preclude aptitude when it comes to sizzling Caribbean grooves. Anyway, this Thursday, July 26, Davies and company are throwing a Burlington release party for that album at the FlynnSpace. In addition to band regulars such as trumpeter ray vega, Davies will be joined by Grammywinning pianist arturo o’farrill, who founded the afro latin Jazz orchestra, which is kind of a big deal. Also, to clue you in on a little unwritten rule: Anyone named Arturo is automatically awesome at Latin jazz. True story. Speaking of release parties for albums that came out months ago, zack duPont is (again) celebrating the release of his most recent record, Somewhere In Between, at Nectar’s on Wednesday, August 1, with support from BoB Wagner and pedal-steel whiz Brett lanier. Typically, this is where I’d make some snide comment about the statute of limitations regarding how long you can SoUnDbITeS




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The third annual Cooler in the Mountains festival at Killington kicks off this week, with 1990s worldrock stalwarts rusted root — who, apparently, still exist — on Saturday, July 28. The festival continues every

Saturday for five weeks, highlighted by a performance from the legendary dirty dozen Brass Band on August 18. That is all.

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Speaking of big-deal local music festivals, last week, grace Potter and the nocturnals announced a few more details about September’s second annual Grand Point North Festival at Waterfront Park in Burlington. It seems the Black croWes’ chris roBinson has been added to Friday’s lineup. Additionally, a pair of after-parties was announced, including a solo performance from GPN guitarist Benny yurco at Nectar’s on Friday, September 14, and an all-star jam with galactic at the Higher Ground Ballroom on Saturday, September 15.



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showcases, the festival was modestly attended. I was honestly a little surprised not to see more folks down on the farm while I was there. But the crowd that did show up was eager and attentive. As a friend pointed out, “It’s not a huge crowd. But it’s the right crowd.” Mild elitism aside, I’m inclined to agree. And I’ll hope that if lee anderson and Joe adler, among several others who brought the festival to life, decide to make this an annual affair — and it sounds as though they just might — more of the “right crowd” will venture down. Because, really, the right crowd includes anyone who cares about local music. If you’re reading this column, I’m guessing that includes you. So whaddya say — see you next year?


I hate it when you make me scold you. But if you missed the Precipice, last weekend’s all-local, three-day rockanalia at the Intervale in Burlington — and a lot of you did — you, my friend, suck. This would normally be the part of the column where I backtrack and say something like “Just kidding!” to soften the blow of the insult I’ve just fired off. But seriously, what gives? It was a remarkable festival, and an excellent showcase of the wide range of musical talent our little corner of the world has to offer. To anyone who gripes that the local scene ain’t what it used to be — especially if you passed on the fest — consider yourself shouted down. In fairness, there was an awful lot going on this weekend competing for your attention: the Vermont Brewers Festival, absolutely stunning performances by both Andrew Bird and Patrick Watson at Higher Ground, ’90s night at Metronome, probably some karaoke somewhere, etc. But if you didn’t take the opportunity to catch at least some of the Precipice, you missed something special. I went down Saturday afternoon and had a thoroughly awesome time. Maryse sMith, who had been on a performance hiatus recently, unveiled a suite of new material from her forthcoming album as gorgeous and heart wrenching as anything she’s produced thus far — which is saying something. Even seemingly battling a tired voice, she was as swoon-worthy as ever alongside Pat Melvin on upright bass. Wave of the future delivered some seriously gnarly, sci-fi dance punk. ParMaga offered sneak peeks at material from their forthcoming album. BarBacoa continued their triumphant homecoming run. shelly shredder sounded muscular and confident, locking in harmonies to offset the loss of founding member Johanna hiller, who recently left the band. They also inspired the evening’s first random shirtless dancing dude, a summer-festival staple. So Shredder have got that going for them, which is nice. The Wee folkestra were not so wee, adding squid city’s tyler george Minetti on lap steel. And craig Mitchell & Motor city continued to impress, closing out the night with sinfully funky R&B strut. And that was just Saturday evening. From what I saw Saturday, and heard about the Friday and Sunday

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City LiMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. gooD tiMEs Café: Nelson Lunding (piano), 8:30 p.m., $12. tWo BrotHErs tavErn: summer Artist series: Zack duPont Duo (indie folk), 9 p.m., $2.


BEE's knEEs: Last October (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. tHE HuB PizzEria & PuB: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 6 p.m., Free. Moog's PLaCE: Lesley Grant and stepstone (country), 8:30 p.m., Free.


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1/2 LoungE: Burgundy Thursday Finale (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free. Electroshock with selector Dubee & Liam (dubstep), 10 p.m., Free. BrEakWatEr Café: slick Bitch (rock), 6 p.m., Free. CLuB MEtronoME: Waylon speed, the mallett Brothers (outlaw dirt rock), 8 p.m., $6/12. franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

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short of changing his last name, to distance himself from the legacy cast by his iconic father, Leonard Cohen. Recently, after carving out a successful career in his own right, the younger Cohen has begun to embrace his musical lineage, even occasionally performing versions of dear old dad’s tunes in concert. He’s currently touring with a pair of pop tunesmiths who also know a thing or two about heightened expectations wrought by their famous surnames: rufus WainWrigHt

and tEDDy tHoMPson, the sons of Loudon Wainwright III and Richard and Linda Thompson, respectively. Wonder if they ever considered careers in accounting? Catch them at the Higher Ground Ballroom this Wednesday, August 1. HigHEr grounD sHoWCasE LoungE: Keith murray with BuRNTmd, DJ Dakota, Lynguistic civilians, Learic, Nastee & s.i.N., memaranda, Ks Boyz (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $12/15. AA.


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MonkEy HousE: Am & msR Presents: Jonny corndawg (rock), 9 p.m., $8. 18+. nECtar's: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Bluegrass Thursday: Blind Owl Band, 9:30 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. o'BriEn's irisH PuB: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. raDio BEan: Jazz sessions, 6 p.m., Free. shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3. rED squarE: corbin marsh Band (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. rED squarE BLuE rooM: DJ cre8 (house), 10 p.m., Free. rí rá irisH PuB: Longford Row (irish), 8 p.m., Free. tHE skinny PanCakE: Zack duPont (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation. vEnuE: Karaoke with steve Leclair, 7 p.m., Free.

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roll with the release-party gimmick — the album dropped in May and he had a Burlington release party at the FlynnSpace. But I’m going to give duPont a pass here because his album is excellent, revealing a supremely gifted songwriter at the peak of his powers. So if he wants to celebrate it again, I give my blessing.

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note singing group VILLAGE HARMONY on Tuesday, July 31, an afternoon set from Burlington-based Syrian oud master ANWAR AGHA on Wednesday, August 1, and an evening showcase at the weekly Summervale series at the Intervale on Thursday, August 2. For a full schedule of events and info on the camp, visit

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— no shortage there — practice them (or don’t) and unveil their version for the right to be called the worst ever. Apparently, the idea grew out of the annual BOB DYLAN Wannabe contest in Montpelier. But rather than limit folks to butchering one artist, they wanted to open the entire catalog of bad pop. Now, it should be noted, the idea isn’t necessarily to crush an already bad song. It’s to take a terrible song and try to make it good, which is way harder than it sounds. Just ask NICKELBACK; they’ve been trying to make bad songs sound good for years. Zing! For more info, visit 

Last but not least, I usually try to focus on good music in this lil’ ole column, but there is a show coming up at Espresso Bueno in Barre this Saturday, July 28, that sounds so horrendous it just has to be awesome. The. Worst. Song. Ever. competition is, well, pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Contestants pick terrible pop songs

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And now for something completely different, the Young Tradition Trad Camp gets under way this week, starting Monday, July 30, and running through Friday, August 3. The weeklong day camp at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington offers daily sessions for singers, players and dancers of all abilities. But more importantly, the camp is presenting a series of daytime and evening concerts. Highlights include two performances by shape-

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1/2 lounge: Afternoon Jazz with chris peterman & Joe capps, 3 p.m., free. flashback with DJs rob Douglas & r2 (retro dance), 10 p.m., free. BacKStage PuB: chasing Days (rock), 9 p.m., free. BReaKwateR café: phil Abair Band (rock), 6 p.m., free. cluB metRonome: retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. fRanny o'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. The Holter Brothers (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. JP'S PuB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free. leVity café: saturday night comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $8. saturday night comedy (standup), 10 p.m., $8. maRRiott haRBoR lounge: The Trio (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., free. nectaR'S: Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (&), 9 p.m., $5. Radio Bean: clause n' Effect (rock), 12 p.m., free. cave Bees, the Toes cD release (rock), 10 p.m., free. Vermont Joy parade (suspender fusion), 10 p.m., free. Red SquaRe: sarah stickle (singersongwriter), 5 p.m., free. Zack dupont (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., free. Otis Grove (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5. Red SquaRe Blue Room: DJ raul (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ stavros (EDm), 10 p.m., $5. Rí Rá iRiSh PuB: The Blame (rock), 10 p.m., free.

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51 main: nathan Brady crain (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., free. city limitS: Top Hat Entertainment Dance party (Top 40), 9 p.m., free. two BRotheRS taVeRn: flashback friday with DJ mixwell (Top 40), 10 p.m., free.


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51 main: The Amida Bourbon project (folk rock), 9 p.m., free. city limitS: Dance party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., free. two BRotheRS taVeRn: Bob mcKenzie Blues Band, 7 p.m., $3. DJ Alex (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., free.


Bee'S KneeS: Open mic, 7:30 p.m., free. chow! Bella: The Best Little Border Band (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free. the huB PizzeRia & PuB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. moog'S Place: sweet and Lowdown (gypsy jazz), 9 p.m., free.

Wilco (the Spotlight)

PaRKeR Pie co.: The stereofidelics (rock), 8 p.m., $5. RimRocKS mountain taVeRn: DJ Two rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. RoadSide taVeRn: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., free. RuSty nail: single speed race party, the Black Owls (rock), 9 p.m., nA.


monoPole: capital Zen (rock), 10 p.m., free. naKed tuRtle: party Wolf (rock), 10 p.m., nA. taBu café & nightcluB: All night Dance party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., free.


burlington area

1/2 lounge: colin Lenix & friends (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., free. DJ cre8 (house), 10 p.m., free. BReaKwateR café: King me (acoustic rock), 3 p.m., free. cluB metRonome: sunday night mass: pete moss (EDm), 9 p.m., $8/10. 18+. higheR gRound ShowcaSe lounge: The Growlers, census, Electric sorcery (rock), 8:30 p.m., $10/13. AA. monKey houSe: crowd control hosted by colin ryan and pat Lynch (standup), 7 p.m., $8. 18+. monty'S old BRicK taVeRn: George Voland JAZZ: Dan silverman and Dan skea, 4:30 p.m., free. sun.29

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For nearly two decades, wilco have been among

America’s most inventive and unpredictable rock bands. From their early days as an alt-country outfit (A.M., Being There), to collaborations with Billy Bragg celebrating Woody Guthrie (Mermaid Avenue), to landmark art-rock records (Summerteeth, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), to their more recent, mellower output (Wilco (the album), The Whole Love), the Chicago-based outfit always finds new ways to challenge themselves and their audiences. This Sunday, July 29, Wilco headline a concert on the Midway Lawn at the Champlain Valley Exposition. The lee Randaldo Band open.

PaRKeR Pie co.: Americana Acoustic session, 6 p.m., free. RimRocKS mountain taVeRn: friday night frequencies with DJ rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. RuSty nail: Todd shaeffer, Aaron flinn (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., $13.50/16.50. AA.


monoPole: sinecure (rock), 10 p.m., free. naKed tuRtle: party Wolf (rock), 10 p.m., nA. theRaPy: pulse with DJ nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.

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the SKinny PancaKe: Leo Disanto (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation.

cOurTEsy Of WiLcO


UVM, Burlington

the SKinny PancaKe: chelsea Berry (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation.


REVIEW this The Hardscrabble Hounds, The River and the Rain (SELF-RELEASED, CD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)

Making a consistently solid album might be one of the most daunting and underappreciated challenges in music. It’s even trickier when a band has more than one songwriter and/or lead vocalist, as disparate writing and vocal styles can either complement or cloud a band’s vision. In short, striking a balance is sometimes a tall order. Such is the case with Burlington-based acoustic roots outfit the Hardscrabble Hounds and their debut album, The River and the Rain. Centered on the two-pronged songwriting attack of Brian Gatch and Nick Galante, the album is an appealing but uneven collection of songs. At moments it thrills with renegade roots energy, but wilts meekly in others. The Hounds burst out of the gate with the Gatch-penned barnstormer “Jamaica Bound.” Bristling with ragged, locomotive force, the song feels like a cross between

the early work of Austin, Texas, roots band the Gourds and any number of outlaw country badasses. Gatch sneers and snarls with a rock-tumbler-in-the-throat delivery that adds a rusty edge to his musings on wanderlust. Fiddler Patrick Ross colors the track with pure tones that twist mournfully around Galante’s nimble mandolin runs. That rebel feel continues through the next cut, “Hound Dog Eyes,” also written by Gatch. The guitarist writes with the weary sensitivity of a classic blue-collar bard. His lyrics are plainspoken and gruff, but artful. In contrast, Galante generally favors a blunt approach and insistent delivery. The duo share songwriting and leadvocal duties on the Cajun-tinged “Tower Down.” Here, Gatch and Galante are well paired, the latter proving a smooth


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Rorschach opener “Stars Are Cold” begins with a wordless, three-part harmony before a distorted loop and drums-and-handclap percussion set up Kettler’s first couplet: “When you’re down, you try to see a light in it / when you’re up, you always expect loss in it.” The chorus, on which Kettler harmonizes with himself singing the words “Stars are cold,” is stark, chilly and somehow — like much of Kettler’s music — very northern. Northern Gothic, even. Kettler follows the murky crunch of “Stars Are Cold” with the plaintive beauty of “The Lions Were Hungry.” Over a simple waltz of strummed acoustic guitar, bells and faint bass drum, Kettler sings variations on the lines “When lions get hungry / they do things that we wish they wouldn’t do.” It’s wistful, like a love song of regret. And it works.

Guzen Type begins in a similar vein with “At Least the Crows,” a ballad-noir with banjo, an organ drone and Kettler singing, “Summer’s fallin’ by the side / we both love to watch it die. / Sure it gets dark here in this town, / but at least the crows stick around.” After the opener, Guzen Type gets experimental, with loops, distortion, obscure instruments and longer instrumental passages. At times, it’s easy to imagine “Stare at the Drifts” being used as mood music in an art-house flick. “Built to Wood Smoke” has a dreamy, late-winterday vibe courtesy of impressionistic lyrics about woodpiles and layers of electric guitar brightened with digital delay. A new farm album is always in the works — the band is prolific — but these two EPs under the name Dashboard Hibachi provide a reminder that Jedd Kettler is just as good working alone in his house as he is with his two buddies over in Enosburg Falls. Let’s hope he keeps at it. Dashboard Hibachi plays Charlie O’s in Montpelier this Friday, July 27, with Nuda Veritas and Mouthbreather, the latter a side project of farm’s Ben Maddox.

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Dashboard Hibachi is the solo project of Jedd Kettler, who is best known as onethird of the experimental folk-rock band farm. Kettler and his fellow farmhands, Joshua Givens and Ben Maddox, have spent most Saturday nights over the past several years writing and recording songs down in the basement of Maddox’s Enosburg Falls coffee and record shop, the Flying Disc. Each has learned to play a variety of instruments, from bass, drums and guitar to keyboards, percussion and fiddle, to fill in all the colors on their three full-length albums: Gray Birds, The Cave and Sat., Cloudy, Calm, 36º F, 10:44 p.m. Those years of woodshedding and home recording have served Kettler well. He released two new EPs, Rorschach Dress Pattern and Guzen Type, earlier this year. And there’s good news for farm fans: Kettler’s apples haven’t fallen far from the tree. Most of these songs sound like farm outtakes. Several stand side-by-side with the band’s best work.

counter to the former’s wily exhortations. Unfortunately, that balance tips on the album’s latter half, which, save for two covers, consists solely of Galante’s songs. Following Gatch’s “Long Time Coming” — and a disposable take on Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” — the record drastically changes in both mood and style. On “Pursuing Happiness,” Galante shifts to a jammy, upbeat acoustic groove that stands in stark contrast to the hairy Americana preceding it. “Angry Wind” retains some heartland heart, replete with wailing harmonica and righteous, 99 percent indignation. But the album goes off the rails on “Never Gonna Let You Go”: It’s a mincing, acoustic pop love song riddled with clichés and mixed metaphors, and features a stilted vocal performance by Galante. That leads to an album-closing cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” on which Gatch mystifyingly butchers the song’s iconic opening guitar line. It’s a disappointing finale to a record that begins with legitimate promise. The Hardscrabble Hounds play the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington on Wednesday, August 1, as part of the Northern Exposure series.

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Nectar's: mi Yard Reggae night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free. radio BeaN: Queen city Hot club (gypsy jazz), 11 a.m., Free. saloon sessions with Brett Hughes (country), 1 p.m., Free. nathan Rivera (ragtime), 4 p.m., Free. Randal pierce (jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Fiona Luray (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Grace Askew (Americana), 8 p.m., Free. Egg Brains (experimental), 9 p.m., Free. srch party: Early morning Bear Attack, 10 p.m., Free. christie Lane (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. metameric (rock), 11:30 p.m., Free. red square: The Amida Bourbon project (folk rock), 7 p.m., Free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


Bagitos: sunday Brunch with Andrew Donovan (jazz), 11 a.m., Donations. the skiNNy PaNcake: phineas Gage (bluegrass), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.


Bee's kNees: Woodchuck's Revenge (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. river house restauraNt: stump! Trivia night, 6 p.m., Free. sweet cruNch Bake shoP: Linda Bassick (singersongwriter), 10 a.m., Free.


(Remember dubstep? Yeah, that’s so last month, bro.) The latest craze sweeping dance floors around the globe is

moombahton, a down-tempo offshoot of house music laced with electro and reggaeton thump and just a hint of breezy Tropicália. In the words of 2k deeP’s dJ haitiaN, “It’s pretty damn sexy.” No doubt. This Friday, July 27, 2K Deep welcome the genre’s DC-based progenitors, NadastroM, as part of the collective’s ongoing Platinum Summer Series at Club Metronome. They’ll be joined by locals Lazerdisk Party sex, cake effect, JahsoN and the whole 2K Deep Crew. radio BeaN: Brett Hughes & Kat Wright (country), 4 p.m., Free. magdelena Estrela: the cheese stands Alone, 5 p.m., Free. Brett Hughes & Lesley Grant (country), 7 p.m., Free. Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.

cLuB MetroNoMe: WRuV & miss Daisy present motown monday (soul), 9 p.m., Free.

ruBeN JaMes: Why not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

higher grouNd showcase LouNge: scars on 45, Goldspot (alt-rock), 8 p.m., $10/12. AA.



Nectar's: Zack dupont Album Release with Bob Wagner (indie folk), 8 p.m., $7/10. 18+.

Whatchamacallit Trends change in EDM about as fast as, well, the BPM on the latest club hit.

Moog's PLace: Jason Wedlock (acoustic), 8 p.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 LouNge: sofa Kings with DJs




J Dante & Jordan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. higher grouNd BaLLrooM: Dawes, Robert Ellis (rock), 8 p.m., $18/20. AA. LeuNig's Bistro & café: Audrey Bernstein (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. MoNkey house: Am & msR presents: natural child, Liquor store (indie), 9 p.m., $5/7. 18+. MoNty's oLd Brick taverN: Open mic, 6 p.m., Free. Nectar's: Les Raquet with Burn switch (indie rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. oN taP Bar & griLL: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. radio BeaN: Lokum (Turkish gypsy), 6 p.m., Free. steph pappas Experience (rock), 8:30 p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk sessions

is en route!


(honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3. red square: Gabe Jarrett Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free. red square BLue rooM: DJ Frank Grymes (EDm), 11 p.m., Free. t BoNes restauraNt aNd Bar: Trivia with General Knowledge, 7 p.m., Free.


Back to verMoNt PuB: John Gillette & sarah mittlefeldt (folk), 7 p.m., Free. charLie o's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

two Brothers taverN: Trivia night, 7 p.m., Free. monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.


Bee's kNees: Danny Ricky cole (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. the huB Pizzeria & PuB: Tall Grass Get Down (bluegrass), 9 p.m., Free.

oNe PePPer griLL: Open mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free. oN taP Bar & griLL: Karaoke, 7 p.m., Free. Leno, cheney & Young (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. radio BeaN: Rik palieri (folk), 6:30 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. mushpost social club (downtempo), 11 p.m., Free. red square: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. t BoNes restauraNt aNd Bar: chad Hollister (rock), 8 p.m., Free.


Bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam with the usual suspects, 6 p.m., Free. gusto's: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

Moog's PLace: Open mic/Jam night, 8:30 p.m., Free.

champlain valley


two Brothers taverN: summer Artist series: Honeywell (rock), 9 p.m., $2. 18+.

burlington area

1/2 LouNge: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. scott mangan (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. cLuB MetroNoMe: mildred moody's Full moon masquerade: Dr. Ruckus, the Human canvas (funk), 9 p.m., $5.

city LiMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.


Bee's kNees: Live music, 7:30 p.m., Donations. Lesley Grant (country), 7:30 p.m., Donations.


MoNoPoLe: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free. m

1:30 PM

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MoNkey house: This is cinema, Errands (indie), 9 p.m., $7. 18+.

Fri.27 // NADAStrom [EDm]

1/2 LouNge: Family night Open Jam, 10:30 p.m., Free.

fueled by...

higher grouNd showcase LouNge: northern Exposure: the Beautiful Awakening, metameric, Wolcot, the Hardcsrabble Hounds (rock), 8:30 p.m., $6. AA.

MaNhattaN Pizza & PuB: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.

burlington area

oN taP Bar & griLL: Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free.

higher grouNd BaLLrooM: Rufus Wainwright, Adam cohen, Teddy Thompson (singer-songwriters), 7:30 p.m., $35/38. AA.

JP's PuB: Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., Free.

red square: The Hardscrabble Hounds (rock), 7 p.m., Free. industry night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.

Nectar's: metal monday: the Wards, phantom suns, mac swan & Black Holly, underneath the scabby sheets (metal), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

fraNNy o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.





venueS.411 burlington area


big PicturE thEAtEr & cAfé, 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994. thE bLAck Door, 44 Main St., Montpelier, 225-6479. brEAkiNg grouNDS, 245 Main St., Bethel, 392-4222. thE cENtEr bAkErY & cAfE, 2007 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7500. cAStLErock Pub, 1840 Sugarbush Rd., Warren, 5836594. chArLiE o’S, 70 Main St., Montpelier, 223-6820. ciDEr houSE bbq AND Pub, 1675 Rte.2, Waterbury, 244-8400. cLEAN SLAtE cAfé, 107 State St., Montpelier, 225-6166. cork WiNE bAr, 1 Stowe St., Waterbury, 882-8227. ESPrESSo buENo, 136 Main St., Barre, 479-0896. grEEN mouNtAiN tAVErN, 10 Keith Ave., Barre, 522-2935. guSto’S, 28 Prospect St., Barre, 476-7919. hoStEL tEVErE, 203 Powderhound Rd., Warren, 496-9222. kiSmEt, 52 State St., Montpelier, 223-8646. kNottY ShAmrock, 21 East St., Northfield, 485-4857. LocAL foLk SmokEhouSE, 9 Rt. 7, Waitsfield, 496-5623. mAiN StrEEt griLL & bAr, 118 Main St., Montpelier, 223-3188. muLLigAN’S iriSh Pub, 9 Maple Ave., Barre, 479-5545. NuttY StEPh’S, 961C Rt. 2, Middlesex, 229-2090. PickLE bArrEL NightcLub, Killington Rd., Killington, 422-3035. thE PizzA StoNE, 291 Pleasant St., Chester, 875-2121. PoSitiVE PiE 2, 20 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453. PurPLE mooN Pub, Rt. 100, Waitsfield, 496-3422. thE rESErVoir rEStAurANt & tAP room, 1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-7827. SLiDE brook LoDgE & tAVErN, 3180 German Flats Rd., Warren, 583-2202. South StAtioN rEStAurANt, 170 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-1736. tuPELo muSic hALL, 188 S. Main St., White River Jct., 698-8341.

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bEE’S kNEES, 82 Lower Main St., Morrisville, 888-7889. bLAck cAP coffEE, 144 Main St., Stowe, 253-2123. thE brEWSki, Rt. 108, Jeffersonville, 644-6366. broWN’S mArkEt biStro, 1618 Scott Highway, Groton, 584-4124. choW! bELLA, 28 N. Main St., St. Albans, 524-1405. cLAirE’S rEStAurANt & bAr, 41 Main St., Hardwick, 472-7053. coSmic bAkErY & cAfé, 30 S. Main St., St. Albans, 524-0800. couNtrY PANtrY DiNEr, 951 Main St., Fairfax, 849-0599 croP biStro & brEWErY, 1859 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4304. grEY fox iNN, 990 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8921. thE hub PizzEriA & Pub, 21 Lower Main St., Johnson, 635-7626. thE LittLE cAbArEt, 34 Main St., Derby, 293-9000. mAttErhorN, 4969 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8198. thE mEEtiNghouSE, 4323 Rt. 1085, Smugglers’ Notch, 644-8851. moog’S PLAcE, Portland St., Morrisville, 851-8225. muSic box, 147 Creek Rd., Craftsbury, 586-7533. oVErtimE SALooN, 38 S. Main St., St. Albans, 524-0357. PArkEr PiE co., 161 County Rd., West Glover, 525-3366. PhAt kAtS tAVErN, 101 Depot St., Lyndonville, 626-3064. PiEcASSo, 899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411. rimrockS mouNtAiN tAVErN, 394 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-9593. riVEr houSE rESturANt, 123 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4030. roADSiDE tAVErN, 216 Rt. 7, Milton, 660-8274. ruStY NAiL bAr & griLLE, 1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-6245. ShootErS SALooN, 30 Kingman St., St. Albwans, 527-3777. SNoW ShoE LoDgE & Pub, 13 Main St., Montgomery Center, 326-4456. SWEEt cruNch bAkEShoP, 246 Main St., Hyde Park, 888-4887. tAmArAck griLL At burkE mouNtAiN, 223 Shelburne Lodge Rd., E. Burke, 626-7394. WAtErShED tAVErN, 31 Center St., Brandon, 247-0100. YE oLDE ENgLAND iNNE, 443 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-5320.

seven days band night... workin’ hard. playin’ harder. This Friday, celebrate 5 years of the Up Your Alley music series with a star-studded line up of bands featuring some of your wacky pals at Seven Days.

jeanne & the Hi-tops aw

 Michael Bradsh

bob degree & the bluegrass storm  Andy Bromage



giLLigAN’S gEtAWAY, 7160 State Rt. 9, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-8050. moNoPoLE, 7 Protection Ave., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-563-2222. NAkED turtLE, 1 Dock St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-6200. oLiVE riDLEY’S, 37 Court St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-324-2200. tAbu cAfé & NightcLub, 14 Margaret St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-0666. thErAPY, 14 Margaret St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-561-2041.

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51 mAiN, 51 Main St., Middlebury, 388-8209. bAr ANtiDotE, 35C Green St., Vergennes, 877-2555. brick box, 30 Center St., Rutland, 775-0570. thE briStoL bAkErY, 16 Main St., Bristol, 453-3280. cAroL’S huNgrY miND cAfé, 24 Merchant’s Row, Middlebury, 388-0101. citY LimitS, 14 Greene St., Vergennes, 877-6919. cLEm’S cAfé 101 Merchant’s Row, Rutland, 775-3337. DAN’S PLAcE, 31 Main St., Bristol, 453-2774. gooD timES cAfé, Rt. 116, Hinesburg, 482-4444. ND’S bAr & rEStAurANt, 31 Main St., Bristol, 453-2774. oN thE riSE bAkErY, 44 Bridge St., Richmond, 434-7787. South StAtioN rEStAurANt, 170 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-1730. StArrY Night cAfé, 5371 Rt. 7, Ferrisburgh, 877-6316. tWo brothErS tAVErN, 86 Main St., Middlebury, 388-0002.


1/2 LouNgE, 136 1/2 Church St., Burlington, 865-0012. 242 mAiN St., Burlington, 862-2244. AmEricAN fLAtbrEAD, 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999. AuguSt firSt, 149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 540-0060. bAckStAgE Pub, 60 Pearl St., Essex Jct., 878-5494. bANANA WiNDS cAfé & Pub, 1 Market Pl., Essex Jct., 879-0752. thE bLock gALLErY, 1 E. Allen St., Winooski, 373-5150. brEAkWAtEr cAfé, 1 King St., Burlington, 658-6276. brENNAN’S Pub & biStro, UVM Davis Center, 590 Main St., Burlington, 656-1204. citY SPortS griLLE, 215 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 655-2720. cLub mEtroNomE, 188 Main St., Burlington, 865-4563. DobrÁ tEA, 80 Chruch St., Burlington, 951-2424. frANNY o’S, 733 Queen City Park Rd., Burlington, 863-2909. hALVorSoN’S uPStrEEt cAfé, 16 Church St., Burlington, 658-0278. highEr grouND, 1214 Williston Rd., S. Burlington, 652-0777. JP’S Pub, 139 Main St., Burlington, 658-6389. LEuNig’S biStro & cAfé, 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759. LEVitY cAfé , 9 Center St., Burlington, 318-4888. Lift, 165 Church St., Burlington, 660-2088. mAgLiANEro cAfé, 47 Maple St., Burlington, 861-3155. mANhAttAN PizzA & Pub, 167 Main St., Burlington, 864-6776. mArriott hArbor LouNgE, 25 Cherry St., Burlington, 854-4700. moNkEY houSE, 30 Main St., Winooski, 655-4563. moNtY’S oLD brick tAVErN, 7921 Williston Rd., Williston, 316-4262. muDDY WAtErS, 184 Main St., Burlington, 658-0466. NEctAr’S, 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771. o’briEN’S iriSh Pub, 348 Main St., Winooski, 338-4678. oN tAP bAr & griLL, 4 Park St., Essex Jct., 878-3309. oNE PEPPEr griLL, 260 North St., Burlington, 658-8800. oScAr’S biStro & bAr, 190 Boxwood Dr., Williston, 878-7082. PArk PLAcE tAVErN, 38 Park St., Essex Jct. 878-3015. rADio bEAN, 8 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346. rASPutiN’S, 163 Church St., Burlington, 864-9324. rED SquArE, 136 Church St., Burlington, 859-8909. rEguLAr VEtErANS ASSociAtioN, 84 Weaver St., Winooski, 655-9899. rÍ rÁ iriSh Pub, 123 Church St., Burlington, 860-9401. rozzi’S LAkEShorE tAVErN, 1022 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester, 863-2342. rubEN JAmES, 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744. SigNAL kitchEN, 71 Main St., Burlington, 399-2337. thE SkiNNY PANcAkE, 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188. t boNES rESturANt AND bAr, 38 Lower Mountain Dr., Colchester, 654-8008. VENuE, 127 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, 310-4067. thE VErmoNt Pub & brEWErY, 144 College St., Burlington, 865-0500.

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The Great Hall, Springfield



Carolyn Enz Hack






ntering the former Fellows Gear Shaper building in Springfield, Vt., feels a bit like approaching a fortress. The enormous factory, which once employed thousands of people, sits along the edge of the Black River. To get to its front door, you have to cross a long walking bridge, which could easily pass for a drawbridge over a moat. Inside, remnants of the past sit side by side with evidence of the future. From the renovated front entryway, you can peer around to the shiny new Springfield Community Health Center, which will open next fall at the building’s southern end. But turn to the right, and you’ll find the old Fellows office, which looks as if it hasn’t been touched since factory workers left nearly 40 years ago. The 160,000-square-foot building has been deteriorating for nearly as long. But on a recent weekend it was bustling with visitors for the grand opening of the Great Hall, a 150-by45-foot art space on the second floor. With 25-foot ceilings, brushed concrete floors and clerestory windows, the place is perfect for showing large-scale artwork — which is exactly what’s on view as part of the inaugural exhibit, “Emergence.” Brandon artist Patty Sgrecci’s buoyant mobiles hang in the sunlit clerestory. A luminous paper-and-wire installation by Thetford’s Carolyn Enz Hack is mounted high on the front wall. There’s plenty of room to play with Oliver Schemm’s interactive sculpture — as Vermont printmaker Sabra Field gleefully does at the reception, tugging on a bar attached to long metal poles to flip a heavy, gong-like disc. According to Joe Manning, a Massachusetts historian and photographer whose photos of the former factory are included in the exhibit, the Fellows Gear Shaper Company was formed in 1896. Its founder, Edwin Fellows, had developed a gear-cutting tool while working at another Springfield company that designed turret machinery. In 1943, writes Manning, the Fellows Gear Shaper Company employed more than 3300 people — in a town of only about 8000. But the company moved to North Springfield in the 1960s. The town took ownership of the emptied building, which deteriorated over the next few decades.


Then, in 2008, John Meekin and Rick Genderson bought the building and planned a multimillion-dollar renovation to transform the complex into a downtown hub. They envisioned offices, restaurants, shops and an art gallery. To that end, last September the pair invited Nina Jamison, who founded Springfield’s Gallery at the VAULT — one of the state’s three designated craft centers — and that gallery’s executive director, Melody Reed, to tour the former factory, now known simply as 100 River Street. At that point, the gallery space was “very unfinished,” recalls Jamison in an email. “But the integrity of the design … and the respect that all the refinishers were giving to this project was so

impressive that I was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the project.” Jamison became the gallery coordinator, but the project had its hurdles. “‘Emergence’ was originally planned to open in the spring, but the building wasn’t ready yet,” she writes. New problems arose: leaky pipes, pigeons roosting in the rafters, late arrival of parts. “The place was repainted at least five times,” says Jamison. “Of course, that is why the colors are so rich!” Meanwhile, Jamison put out a call to artists. She wanted large-scale work to do justice to the expansive space, and sought pieces that fit the emergence theme: “An unfolding flower, a whale exuberantly breaching, the large mural

installation with fresh mountain water flowing down from spring melt,” she says. The last image refers to the work of Brattleboro artist Scot Borofsky, who began his career making graffiti in New York City’s East Village. These days he uses spray paint to create meditative Aztec- and Mayan-inspired scenes, often featuring stepped mountains with repetitive patterns that are visually hypnotic. In his five-panel, 84-by-172inch “The Story of Fresh Water” — one of the most striking works in the Great Hall — five streams of silver water tumble over rows of green, gray and violet mountains, then rise into mist in the valleys. Much of 100 River Street remains unoccupied and eerily frozen in time. During the opening of “Emergence,” curious gallerygoers slipped off into parts of the plant that hadn’t been renovated — massive rooms littered with hulking, dusty machines from another era. Wires and pulley systems hung from gaping holes in the ceiling. In one room, a black letter board — its long-ago messages, presumably to factory employees, made incomprehensible by missing white letters — leaned against a coatrack on the concrete floor. Around it everywhere were rusted old fans, levers, tires and at least one rickety staircase leading up to more monstrous machines. The detritus made for a compelling exhibit all its own. Jamison says the building’s owners are hoping to attract a restaurant to fill some of the riverside space, and there have been discussions about creating an assisted-living facility there, too. Jamison, who has lived in Springfield for 18 years, says it has been a thrill to help bring the building, once the town’s beating heart, back to life. She’s been especially moved, she says, to watch former factory employees get involved. Five of them have volunteered to work as gallery docents through August. “To give these former employees a voice, and the respect they deserve, is a bonus that I was not expecting,” says Jamison. 

“Emergence,” at the Great Hall in Springfield. Through November 1. Info, 258-3992.


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tAlkS & eventS 'Art on pArk': Local artisans sell their handcrafted products, artwork, specialty foods and more; musicians perform. Thursday, July 26, 5-8 p.m., Park Street, Stowe. Info, 793-2101. 'Art in the Alley': Artists and vendors line the streets to sell their wares, exhibit their work and give demonstrations. Wednesday, July 25, 5-8 p.m., various locations, Waterbury. Info, 244-1912. CrAig ColoruSSo: "Sun Boxes," a solar-powered sound installation comprising 20 independently operating speakers. Friday through Sunday, July 27-29, Silver Lake State Park, Barnard. ted ziliuS: A retrospective exhibit encompassing 70 years of work, from childhood drawings through distinctive recent collage/paintings. Through August 10 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. The artist talks about his work over seven decades: Wednesday, July 25, 7-8 p.m. Info, 888-1261. feStivAl of the iSlAndS trunk Show: Work by artists Meta Strick, Greg Drew, Robert Genzlinger, Jim Holzschuh, JoAnn Flanagan, Fred Snay, Diane David, Ellen Powell and Doug Hoppes. Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Grand Isle Art Works. Info, 378-4591.

ChAmplAin iSlAndS ArtiStS' orgAnizAtion AnnuAl Art Show And SAle: Work in a variety of media by more than 50 area artists. Reception on Friday, 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 27, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., North Hero Community Hall. Info, 372-5236. CASpiAn ArtS Studio tour And rAffle pArty: Art lovers grab a map and spend the day visiting area studios; wine-and-cheese party, with raffle starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Grange Hall. Tuesday, July 31, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Greensboro Grange Hall. Info, 533-7733. SAbrA field: A retrospective that spans 50 years of work by of the iconic Vermont printmaker. Through July 31 at Frog Hollow in Burlington. The artist leads a walking tour, beginning at Frog Hollow and ending at 152 Cherry Street, where her work is included in the "FIVE" exhibit. Sunday, July 29, 2 p.m. Info, 863-6458. rAmbletACulAr Art Show: Artwork and performances by Old North End artists. Saturday, July 28, 2-5 p.m., Rose Street Co-op Gallery, Burlington. Info, rosestreetgallery@hotmail. com. Judith brown: "Aegean Trio," three larger-than-life figurative sculptures made from reclaimed materials, is dedicated to the college. The Mitchell Kaltsunas Band performs. Monday, July 30,

ongoing AAron Stein: "Junkyard Treasure," assemblages of found objects, such as toys, tarnished chrome, cast iron and vintage license plates. Through July 31 at Vintage Inspired in Burlington. Info, 355-5418.

Anne CAdy: "Into the Hills, High Flying," paintings of the Vermont landscape. Through August 31 at Shelburne Vineyard. Info, 985-8222.

ChriStiAn tubAu ArJonA: "Textures of the Earth," photographs that invite the viewer to contemplate the transparencies of autumn leaves, the colors of a stone's strata and the purple veils of light at dusk. July 26 through September 21 at Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. Reception: Thursday, July 26, 5-7 p.m. Info, 272-0827. vermont wAterColor SoCiety AwArdS exhibition: Work by member artists. Through August 18 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Reception: Saturday, July 28, 4-7 p.m. Info, 775-0356.

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'bird': Four Vermont artists explore the avian kingdom in an exhibit guest-curated by Adelaide Tyrol: photographer Don Hanson, painters Tyrol and Valerie Hird, and doll maker Beth Robinson. Through August 14 at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. Info, 985-3848.

'the emergenCe of the grAnite City: bArre 1880 to 1940': Artifacts from the city's heyday as the granite capital of the world; 'iConS, odditieS And wonderS: StorieS from the vermont hiStoriCAl SoCiety’S ColleCtionS': An exhibit of local history. At Vermont Heritage Galleries in Barre. Reception: Thursday, July 26, 5-7 p.m. Info, 479-8525.


'An outgrowth of nAture: the Art of toShiko tAkAezu': Ceramic sculptures inspired by the poetry of the Buddhist nun Otagaki Rengetzu (through September 9); ShAhrAm entekhAbi: Happy Meal, a film featuring a young Muslim girl eating a McDonald's Happy Meal, in the New Media Niche (through August 26). At Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.




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luiS JACob: The Torontobased artist, who uses a variety of media to address issues of social interaction and the subjectivity of aesthetic experience, gives a presentation called "Pictures at an Exhibition." Friday, July 27, 7 p.m., Noble Lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier. Info, 828-8599.

JAmeS lunA: The internationally renowned artist, who lives on the La Jolla Indian reservation in California, gives a talk called "American Indian Contemporary Artists: Installations & Performance Works." Wednesday, August 1, 4:15 p.m., Noble Lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier. Info, 828-8599.


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'Curtains Without Borders': large photographs of Vermont's painted theatrical scenery created between 1900 and 1940, plus one 1930s curtain from beecher Falls, Vt. Through July 28 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington. info, 652-4510. david stromeyer: "equilibrium," a retrospective of the Vermont artist's monumental-scale, steeland-concrete sculptural works; 'emergenCe': Digital and traditional artwork by members of the first graduating class of Champlain College’s emergent media MFA program. Through september 28 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166.

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deB Ward Lyons: "still life, landscapes and stuffed Animals," impressionist-style paintings by the executive director of puppets in education. August 1 through 31 at north end studio A in burlington. info, 863-6713.



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Creative ComPetition_004: presented by the Root gallery. $8 entry fee. people’s-choice vote; winner takes all (compounded entry money). limit one piece, any size, media or subject. First Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m. Vote for your favorite piece until awards ceremony at 8:30 p.m. location: Rlphoto, 27 sears lane, burlington. info, Photo Contest: gov. shumlin has started an initiative to showcase photography in Vermont in the aftermath of Tropical storm irene. info, sCuLPtFest 2012: The Carving studio and sculpture

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essex art League: paintings and photographs by member artists. Through August 31 at The gallery at phoenix books in essex Junction. info, 849-2172. 'Five': Artwork by Jeanne Amato, Faith Fellows, Daryl storrs and Marie weaver, all of whom have worked as assistants or apprentices to printmaker sabra Field, whose work is also on display. Curated by Frog hollow. Through July 30 at 152 Cherry street in burlington. info, 863-6458. gaBrieL Boray: Acrylic paintings of cows, gates 1-8; Leah van rees: Abstract oil paintings, skyway; eLizaBeth neLson: "interstate Rocks February and March," acrylic on cotton canvas, escalator. Through July 31 at burlington Airport in south burlington. info, 865-7166. heidi aLBright: Twisted branches painted to resemble snakes. Through August 1 at The Firebird Café in essex Junction. info, 316-4265. Karen J. LLoyd: "into the heart," digital photographs of the natural world. Through August 3 at block gallery in winooski. info, 373-5150.

Center invites sculptors to submit proposals for sculptFest2012. The theme for this year’s outdoor installation event is “Keep on Keepin’ on.” proposals should include a project description on one or two pages, sketches or other visual representations, resume, optional statement, and up to 10 digital images portraying previous site-specific work. Deadline: August 3. info, 438-2097 or amazing Creative sPaCe! seeking creative professional to share a space in the historic schoolhouse in Colchester. bright interior, original architecture. open floor plan. 350-450 square feet, plus storage. info, CaLL For art: 20 mediums have your artwork seen by thousands at the 20th south end Art hop! The soda plant is hosting an exhibit featuring “20 Mediums” of art. submissions: id: the oBJeCt oF seLF Calling for submissions. The self-portrait: is it your compulsion? we want to see. Deadline: August 22, midnight. Juror: You and Cig harvey. darkroomgallery. com/ex33. submissions@ inviting 2013 soLo ProPosaLs studio place Arts uses its second- and third-floor spaces for solo and small group shows. we encourage artists to submit a proposal. Deadline: August 1. info, roCK soLid This annual exhibit showcases stone sculptures and assemblages by area artisans. while the emphasis is on sculptural works, the show includes a small number of 2-D works. Deadline: August 10. show dates: september 25 through october 27. info,

stoWe vermont PLein air Calling all plein-air artists for september 27 and 28. At galleria Fine Arte, stowe. info, 253-7696, galleria@ CuLturehaLL neW artists: Culturehall, a curated online resource for contemporary art, invites artists to submit work to an open application call. info, CaLL to PhotograPhers: “Mobile-o-graphy,” a juried cellphone photography exhibit at Darkroom gallery. show us your latest mobile creations. Deadline: August 1. Juror: Dan burkholder. info, haiLing steamPunK artists! shelburne Museum is calling for steampunk artists to vend at an event on August 9. no fees. info, pfeeser@shelburnemuseum. org. CaLL to artists: The Firefly gallery in downtown burlington is seeking submissions of 2-D art for our gallery spaces. Details at magiC hat: Magic hat and seAbA are calling on local Vermont artists to create a label for Art hop Ale, a limited-edition, 22-ounce beer that will be available in 2013. info, magichat. net/seaba/rules. Deadline: August 15. strut CaLL to designers! Are your designs ready to hit the runway? break into the world of fashion by watching your creations walk down the catwalk at the annual fashion sTRuT put on by seAbA and Seven Days. Apply at art-hop/strut-registration. CaLL to artists: The great Vermont plein Air paint-out in historic waitsfield Village is a festival within the Festival of the Arts! August 18. info and registration, vermontartfest. com or 496-6682.

art shows

Summer Show: Work by Joan Hoffman, Lynda McIntyre, Johanne Durocher Yordan, Anne Cummings, Kit Donnelly, Athena Petra Tasiopoulos, Don Dickson, Kari Meyer and Gaal Shepherd. Through September 30 at Maltex Building in Burlington. Info, 865-7166. 'The 3rd Floor Show': New work by artists who occupy one floor of Burlington's Howard Space Center: Julie Davis, Sharon Webster, Linda Jones, Maggie Standley, Paige Berg Rizvi, Maea Brandt, Maggie Sherman and Wylie Sofia Garcia. Through July 29 at Flynndog in Burlington. Info, 'Waves of Revelation': Paintings and prints from more than a dozen of the world's leading surf artists, including Wade Koniakowsky and Pablo Ugartetxea, plus unique surfboards from all eras. Through August 10 at JDK Gallery in Burlington. Info, 864-5884. Will Patlove & Katie Harrington: "I Love You," abstract paintings by husband and wife. Through July 28 at Backspace Gallery in Burlington.

“The Pastelists” Pastel has long had a bad rap as a minor artists’

medium. Then, earlier this year, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” — a pastel on board — sold for nearly $120 million. Vermont artists further the cause in a show called “The Pastelists” at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville through September 3. Wendy Harris creates an impossibly glassy water surface in “Fen Reflection” (pictured). In Marcia Hill’s “Lemon Sunset,” rolling magenta hills glow under a yellow sky. And in “Laundry Day,” Aline Ordman’s expressive strokes make everything in the scene appear to be dancing: a dairy cow, a field of wildflowers and a colorful line of laundry. Lin Warren: "Light + Arc," artwork that employs textural form and reflective surfaces to define contrast. Through August 2 at The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington. Info, 777-6100.

individuals and their allies who have tried to make the world a fairer place. Curated by Vermont artist Judith McManis. Through July 31 at St. Paul's Cathedral in Burlington. Info, 310-3046.

Linda Berg Maney: Paintings, collages and prints. Curated by SEABA. Through August 31 at Speeder & Earl's (Pine Street) in Burlington. Info, 859-9222.

'RUN': An exhibit of 6-by-6-inch wood-panel works by 100 artists. Curators Laura Green and Karyn Vogel chose the theme because "run" has more meanings than any other word in the Oxford English Dictionary. Through August 1 at Penny Cluse Café in Burlington. Info, 318-1906.

Lynn Rupe: "Disaster Detritus," acrylic paintings by the Vermont artist. Through July 31 at Metropolitan Gallery, Burlington City Hall. Info, 865-7166. Marian Willmott: Monoprints, oil paintings and poetry by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at Pine Street Deli in Burlington. Info, 859-9222.

Mary Claire Carroll: "Living Connections: Voices and Visions for Shared Lives," photographs of Vermonters with developmental and other disabilities. Through July 30 at Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington. Info, 865-7211.

Nanci Kahn: Underwater photography and papiermâché bird sculptures. Through July 31 at Left Bank Home & Garden in Burlington. Info, 862-1001. 'Owls and Other Birds': A traveling exhibit by the Birds of Vermont Museum. August 1 through 31 at Burnham Memorial Library in Colchester. Info, 434-2167. Pete Sutherland: Collage work by the Vermont folk musician and songwriter. Through July 31 at North End Studio A in Burlington. Info, 863-6713.

'Rumble and Roar: The Hot Rod Series': Acrylic paintings of souped up T-buckets, deuce coupes, low riders and lead sleds by Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr. Through August 30 at Dostie Bros. Frame Shop in Burlington. Info, 660-9005. 'Secrets and Mysteries': Enigmatic and haunting photographs from nine different countries. Through July 29 at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. Info, 777-3686. 'Snow Mobiles: Sleighs to Sleds': Early, experimental snowmobiles, machines from the ’60s and ’70s, and today’s high-powered racing sleds, as well as horse-drawn sleighs; 'Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present': Quilts made by men; Elizabeth Berdann: "Deep End," miniature watercolor portraits on pre-ban and prehistoric mammoth ivory; 'Time Machines: Robots, Rockets and Steampunk': Toys, textiles and art representing the golden age of sci-fi, the 1930s to '50s, as well as work by contemporary artists and designers. Through October 28 at Shelburne Museum. Info, 985-3346.

Judy B. Dales: "Curves, Naturally!," colorful, textured fiber-art wall hangings. Through July 31 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 533-7733. Kelly Holt: "Dancing Barefoot," abstract paintings. Through July 31 at Quench Artspace in Waitsfield. Info, 598-4819. Matt Thorsen: "Sound Proof: The Photography of Matt Thorsen, Vermont Music Images 1990-2000," chemical prints accompanied by audio recordings in which the photographer sets the scene and the bands play on. Through July 31 at Big Picture Theater & Café in Waitsfield. Info, 496-8994.

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'ARTISTS | EXPRESSIONS': Work in a variety of media by New England artists. Through August 11 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616. 'Big Bike Show': An exhibition featuring new prints by Edward Koren and custom bikes by Zak Hinderyckx, in celebration of nearby Green Mountain Bikes' 25 years in business. August 1 through September 30 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. Brian Zeigler: Mixed-media collages, ranging from small arrays to wall-size hangings, by the Vermont artist. Through July 31 at Local 64 in Montpelier. Carol Lippman: "Trail Markers/Seasonal Signs," new prints inspired by the artist's hikes with her dog. Through July 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. Christine Destrempes: "Stream of Conscience: River of Words," a community art project in which participants write their thoughts and memories of water onto tiles, which are arranged like a river on the museum grounds. Through September 9 at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200. Donna B Flat Moran: "Prozac Versus Feelings," oil paintings exploring depression and the human spirit. Through August 31 at Project Independence in Barre. Info, 476-3630. 'Emergence': Large-scale works by artists from Vermont and beyond make up the inaugural exhibit in the former Fellows Gear Shaper Factory building. Through November 1 at The Great Hall in Springfield. Info, 258-3992.

“10 for 10” A decade ago, a

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First Anniversary Exhibition: Charcoalon-paper landscapes by Ailyn Hoey; metalwork sculptures of wildlife by Mark Goodenough; oil-onpanel landscapes by Judith Carbine; and abstract paintings by Scott Morgan. Through August 15 at WaterMusicArt Gallery in Chester. Info, 875-2339.

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Henry Erickson: "Connections," ink drawings of the natural world. Through July 28 at Festival Gallery in Waitsfield. Info, 496-6682.

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Henry Swayze: "Celebrating Nature All Around Us," photographs of natural Vermont. Through August 11 at Tunbridge Public Library. Info, 889-9404. 'Hey Joe: An Homage to Joseph Cornell': Work by 10 artists, including Varujan Boghosian, Kirsten Hoving, Michael Oatman and Rosamond Purcell, guest curated by W. David Powell. Through July 29 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. Jack Dowd: "The 27 Club: Legends in Music," pastel profiles of Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Amy

informal gallery. Since then, Art on Main has expanded to include more than 100 member artists. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the who have been involved since the beginning. Look for ethereal stained-glass works by Terry Zigmund, hand-tinted photographs by Victoria Blewer and stoneware pottery by Liz Saslaw. Here’s to 10 more years of community-supported art. Through August 16. Pictured: “Tall Tree” by Zigmund.

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'Prophetic Vision, Courageous Lives: LGBT Saints, Heroes & Martyrs': Photographic portraits of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender

Robin Katrick: Music photography by the Vermont artist. Through July 31 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438.

Jeneane Lunn: Pastels depicting Italy and Vermont. Through July 28 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Info, 229-4676.


Meryl Lebowitz: Oil paintings of the Vermont landscapes. Through August 31 at Pompanoosuc Mills in Burlington. Info, 862-8208.

Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr.: "Five-Second Rule," dropped-food acrylic paintings. Through July 28 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. Info,

Jeanne Evans: "Wowie Maui," watercolors, oils and acrylics. Through August 24 at KelloggHubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 223-3338.


Mark Boedges & Brenda Black: New paintings by Boedges; pottery by Black. Through July 31 at Mark Boedges Fine Art Gallery in Burlington. Info, 735-7317.

Robert Selby: Paintings by the Champlain College instructor of graphic design, game art and animation. Through August 31 at SEABA Center in Burlington. Info, 859-9222.

Zelde Grimm: "Animals With Things Living in Their Stomachs," slightly macabre pen-and-ink drawings. Through July 31 at Speaking Volumes in Burlington. Info, 540-0107.

Jayne Shoup: "Barns, Waterscapes and Florals," works in pastel. Through July 31 at The Drawing Board in Montpelier. Info, 223-0100.

Lorin Duckman: "Street Burlington," portraits of people who hang out on Queen City streets. Through August 31 at New Moon Café in Burlington. Info, 989-3944.

'Winooski Pop-Up Gallery District': More than 50 Vermont artists have transformed several vacant retail spaces, plus the Winooski Welcome Center, into temporary art galleries. Through August 4 at various locations in Winooski.

Winehouse and seven other musicians who died at 27. Through August 19 at Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Info, 875-1018.


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Michael T. JerMyn: "New American Impressionism," photographs by the Montpelier artist. Through August 31 at Savoy Theater in Montpelier. Info, 223-1570. neal ranToul: "Wheat: An American Series," photographs of planting and harvesting in the La Palouse region of Washington State. Through July 31 at PHOTOSTOP in White River Junction. Info, 698-0320. 'off The Wall': Sculptural works in a variety of media; roberT chapla: "Baled to Abstraction," paintings; D'ann calhoun fago: A 75-year retrospective. Through September 8 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069.


'reD fielDs & yelloW skies: The arT of The lanDscape': Work by 12 Vermont artists. Through September 2 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 431-0204. sTuarT elDreDge & Marion schuMann: "A Love Story in Paintings and Letters," artwork and correspondence by the Springfield couple who met at New York City's Art Students' League in the 1930s. Through October 8 at Springfield Art and Historical Society at the Miller Art Center. Info, 885-4826. Tica neTherWooD: "Journey & End," works in acrylic, watercolor and pencil. Through July 29 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, curator@

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Viiu niiler & Terry J. allen: "Transformations," abstracted landscape paintings and documentary photographs, respectively. Through August 31 at Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 229-0303.

photography, oral-history interviews, fair

'WalTer DorWin Teague: his life, Work anD influence': Creations and artifacts from the man who designed numerous Kodak cameras, the Bluebird radio, Steuben glassware and many other iconic objects. Through August 31 at Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design in Waitsfield. Info, 496-2787.


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'10 for 10': Work by 10 member artists who have been with the gallery since it opened a decade ago. Through August 16 at Art on Main in Bristol. Info, 453-4032.


carolyn shaTTuck: "Key West: Inside/Outside," collages that celebrate the energy of Key West and its environs. Through August 24 at WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room in Bristol. Info, 453-3188.


Dona ann McaDaMs: "A View From the Backstretch," photographs and audio stories from the venerable Saratoga racecourse. Through September 8 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964.

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'eMerging sculpTors': Work by Amy Boemig, Erica Johnson, Persi Narvaez and Meghan Rigali. Through August 19 at The Carving Studio in West Rutland. Info, 438-2097.

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visit to the fair. This season, fair lovers

'Tol’ko po russky, pozhaluisTa (russian only, please)': Russian School photographs, Slavic festival costumes and Russian Imperial badges make up this exhibit chronicling the history of Norwich's Russian School, which operated from 1968 to 2000. Through September 2 at Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. Info, 485-2183.

anneMie curlin: "Charlotte, a Heavenly View," colorful aerial-view oil paintings of the town. Through August 31 at Charlotte Library. Info, 425-3301.

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“Take Me to the Fair: An Addison County Tradition”

— without the crowds or the heat — at Middlebury’s Sheldon Museum through November 10. “Take Me to the Fair: An Addison




posters and ribbons from the Addison County Fair and Field Days. Connecticut Markham


documented last summer’s event, and his work is displayed beside historic photos and ephemera from as far back as the first Addison County fair in 1844. Pictured: “The Road to the Fair” by Markham Starr.

'lake sTuDies: conTeMporary arT': Work by painters Janet Fredericks, Catherine Hall and Nancy Stone, sculptors Chris Cleary and Kate Pond, fiber artist Marilyn Gillis, and installation artist Jane Horner. Through July 29 at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes. Info, 475-2022. 'on The WaTer': Paintings by Rory Jackson, Janis Sanders, Mary Graham, Henry Isaacs and Homer Wells (through September 3); sara & ellioTT kaTz: Sara's oil paintings presented in a terrarium-inspired installation by her brother, Elliott (through July 31). At Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098. sTephen beaTTie: "There's Something in the Water," photographs. Through July 31 at Gallery 160 in Richmond. Info, 434-6434.

graziella Weber-grassi: "Lonely Interiors," paintings that express modern desolation. Through August 3 at ZoneThree Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 800-249-3562.

'Take Me To The fair: an aDDison counTy TraDiTion': Photographs of the 2011 fair by Mark Starr, plus 19th- and early-20th-century fair posters, ribbons, photographs and other ephemera from the Sheldon collection. Through November 10 at Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Info, 388-2117.

kaThryn Milillo & susan shannon: "Double Vision," oil paintings by Milillo; Su Chi pottery by Shannon. Through August 28 at Brandon Artists' Guild. Info, 247-4956.

'The DelighT of Decoys': A bird decoy for each of the 25 years the museum has been open. Through October 31 at Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. Info, 434-2167.

Art ShowS

Tom merwin & Diane LaFonTaine: "Maui Artist in Residence," Merwin's Vermont landscapes paired with LaFontaine's mixed-media works depicting Hawaiian plants. Through November 1 at Merwin Gallery in Castleton. Info, 468-2592.

'exposeD': This annual outdoor sculpture exhibit includes site-specific installations by 17 regional and international artists around the gallery grounds, along the bike path and throughout town. Through October 13 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.

'whaT's haTching in BranDon?': Artistenhanced roosters, hens and other barnyard fowl fill the gallery and appear in various downtown locations as part of the annual town-wide art project. Through September 30 at Brandon Artists' Guild. Info, 247-4956.

'FanTasia': A group show featuring dragons, elves, goddesses, mermaids, flying horses and witches portrayed in clay, fiber, wood, glass and painting. Through July 28 at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-0158.

'whiTe on whiTe wiTh Touches oF coLor': Work in a variety of media by members of the North Chittenden Women's Art Collective. Through August 13 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 388-1827.


BiLL Brauer & margiT J. FüreDer: "The Observer," new sensual paintings of women by Brauer; "Queen of Heart," paintings by Füreder inspired by images from Austrian television and film. Through August 15 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943. caTherine m. eLLioTT: "Flower Impressions," paintings by the world-renowned practitioner of contemporary impressionism. Through August 28 at Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe. Info, 253-7696. 'DirecTions: Line, space & coLor': Work by Lois Eby, Paul Gruhler and Kathy Stark. Through August 19 at White Water Gallery in East Hardwick. Info, 563-2037. 'engage': A juried exhibition of artwork by Vermont artists with disabilities. Through August 31 at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. Info, 655-7772. essex arT League show: Paintings, prints and photographs by member artists. Through July 31 at The Old Red Mill in Jericho. Info, 849-2172.

gaiL saLzman: "Undercurrents," monotype/ collages exploring energy and movement in the natural world. Through August 12 at Bent Northrop Memorial Library in Fairfield. Info, 827-3945. 'heaLing engine oF emergency: The increDiBLe sTory oF The saFeTy pin': A visual history of the safety pin, including a miniature menagerie made from safety pins, a collection of ancient Roman fibula, the precursor to the safety pin, and other oddities. Through August 31 at The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover. Info, 626-4409. 'hookeD on The isLanDs': Fiber artworks, including traditionally hooked rugs with modern designs, by members of the local textile group Fiber Bees. Through July 31 at Island Arts South Hero Gallery. Info, 372-5049. 'impresseD: VermonT prinTmakers 2012': Work by Vermont artists in the print medium (through September 9); haL mayForTh & eLi simon: Ink drawings and paintings by Mayforth and a terracotta sculptural installation by Simon (through July 29). At Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358. JenniFer huBBarD: "Activating the Character," portraits in oil on canvas. Through July 31 at Townsend Gallery at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Info, 279-4239.

Jericho pLein air FesTiVaL exhiBiT: Work by more than 80 artists produced during the annual outdoor painting festival. Through August 12 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211. Jim coLLins: Surrealistic photographs of Cuba and other subjects. Through July 29 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366. John cLarke oLson: "Pastoral Vermont," landscapes in oil on panel. Through August 15 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818. JuLy show: New works by Barbara Colgrove, Pam Voss, Beth McAdams and Jo Anne Wazny. Through July 31 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403. Larry goLDen: Plein-air paintings by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Info, 748-8291. Louise Von weise & marcia VaLLeTTe: "Critters," mono prints by the Vermont artists. Through August 10 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469. miLTon arTisTs' guiLD exhiBiT: Work by member artists. Through July 28 at Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery in St. Albans. Info, 524-3699. 'newporT: an imageD perspecTiVe': Historic photos, postcards and memorabilia, plus new artworks depicting local landmarks, people and Lake Memphremagog. Through September 3 at MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport. Info, 334-1966. 'summer Fun!': Artwork celebrating the season by Maurie Harrington, Diane David, Megan Humphrey, Ellen A. Thompson, Nancy Jacobus, Mags Bonham and Jim Holzschuh. Through August 31 at Grand Isle Art Works. Info, 378-4591. 'The pasTeLisTs': A juried exhibition of 80 works by 42 artists working in the medium. Through

September 3 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100. warren kimBLe: Folk art depicting the animals, rural landscapes and buildings of Vermont. Through August 2 at Fisk Farm Art Center in Isle La Motte. Info, 928-3364.


phyLLis chase: “Inns and Outs of Vermont,” oil paintings of the Grafton Inn, the Inn at Weston, the Four Columns Inn, the Inn at Sawmill Farms and Windham Hill Inn. Through August 12 at Gallery North Star in Grafton. Info, 843-2465. sTeVe hamLin: Nature-themed watercolor prints. Through July 28 at VINS Nature Center in Quechee. Info, 359-5000.


annuaL JurieD summer exhiBiTion: Work in a variety of media curated by Fleming Museum of Art director Janie Cohen. Through August 3 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 603-448-3117. ‘Looking Back aT earTh’: Contemporary environmental photography from the Hood’s permanent collection (through August 26); ‘naTure TransFormeD: eDwarD BurTynsky’s VermonT Quarry phoTographs in conTexT’: Monumental photographs from Danby and Barre, Vt., and Carrara, Italy (through August 19). At Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808. ‘sTar wars: iDenTiTies: The exhiBiTion’: An interactive investigation into the science of identity through Star Wars props, costumes, models and artwork from the Lucasfilm Archives. Through September 16 at Montréal Science Centre. Info, 514-496-4724. m

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hy am I writing about a Will Ferrell movie that played in our area for about five minutes last March? For several reasons: One is that it was just released on DVD. Another: In a season dominated by sequels and reboots, it’s a refreshing example of bizarro, go-for-broke originality. And then, of course, there’s the fact that The Dark Knight Rises was the only new film in theaters last weekend. One of us had to find something else to do. I decided to check out this cultural curio to see what most moviegoers have been missing, and was glad I did. Though not for the reasons you might think. Ferrell here collaborates again with friend and coproducer Adam McKay, with whom he’s made some of the most widely embraced comedies of our time, including Anchorman and Talladega Nights. This isn’t one of them. Casa de Mi Padre is, in fact, the opposite of a hit Hollywood comedy. And not just because it wasn’t a hit. An affectionate spoof of a Latin American TV genre few non-Latinos

in this country will have encountered, filmed entirely in Spanish with subtitles, it comes off as an absurdist exercise in concept art rather than an attempt at mass entertainment. There are Dada masterworks more conventional than this. Ferrell plays Armando, the older son of a proud rancher whose operation has fallen on hard times. The character is a Mexican variation on the movie man-child, so we are not surprised to learn that he’s somewhat slow witted and a virgin waiting for the right woman. She arrives when Armando’s brother, Raul (Diego Luna), returns, promising to restore the place to its former glory. Armando’s ideal is Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez, a real-life Mexican soap star), the ravishing fiancée of Raul, a drug dealer who foolishly believes he can conceal this fact from his family. Here’s a gag representative of the picture’s understated tone: All the other members of the clan wear cowboy gear; Raul dresses like a character straight out of Scarface. This being a parody of overwrought tele-

WILL POWER Ferrell flexed his serious Tinseltown muscle to get this esoteric comedy made.

novelas, drama arrives from all directions. From the moment they meet, Armando and Sonia realize they were destined to be together. I don’t believe I’ll be accused of hyperbole when describing the consummation of their love as the weirdest sex scene in the history of popular film. It involves extreme close-ups of both performers’ buttocks and the use of mannequins as body doubles. David Lynch is kicking himself.

Trouble also takes the form of a local drug lord called La Onza, played by Luna’s Y Tu Mamá También costar, Gael García Bernal. He wants Raul off his turf and wields enough corrupt law-enforcement muscle to make even a fashion-backward cokehead think twice. Nick Offerman nails a small part as a dirty American cop. Written by “Saturday Night Live” alum Andrew Steele and directed by “SNL” alum Matt Piedmont, Casa de Mi Padre can feel at times like another “SNL” sketch stretched to feature length. The film’s shortcomings are more than balanced, however, by its deliriously surreal touches: goofball musical interludes (some of which have gone viral); a vision quest led by an animatronic mountain lion especially designed by the Jim Henson Company to look like it was not designed by the Jim Henson Company; and countless riffs on the famously cheesy production values of Mexican soaps. Easily the picture’s most surreal effect, though, is Ferrell himself. We’ve seen him play the meathead-with-a-heart-of-gold so often that we’ve made him the biggest name in movie comedy. How many such performers would devote themselves to a project this quixotic? Whether you get the joke that is Casa de Mi Padre or not, you’ve got to admire the guy. Clearly, he isn’t only in it for the pesos. RICK KISONAK






The Dark Knight Rises ★★★★


atman Begins was a beautifully executed, hokey comic-book movie. Its sequel, The Dark Knight, was a cultural event. It played on public fears of terrorism and urban unrest, countered them with undeniable (if unsubtle) humanist convictions, and showcased an unforgettable performance. Now comes the final chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. It, too, will be remembered as a cultural event, but for tragic reasons unrelated to the images on the screen. What is on screen is a skilled marriage of noir drama, urban nightmare and hokey comic-book stuff. While most superhero movies reach awkwardly for “epic” status — think of the heavenly choir at the climax of The Amazing Spider-Man — Nolan earns that designation by deftly orchestrating a staggering number of characters, plotlines, themes, callbacks and operatic action sequences. The movie has no slack spots, and its busyness isn’t mindless cacophony; it’s the Goodfellas of superhero flicks. Still, it may leave nonBatman fans colder than its predecessor did. The end of The Dark Knight sent Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) on a Christ-figure trip: By letting his vigilante alter ego take the

fall for the crimes of corrupted civic leader Harvey Dent, and putting his suit in mothballs, he “perished” for Gotham’s sins. The sequel opens about eight years later, with Wayne a Howard Hughes-like recluse in his mansion, tended by the loyal Alfred (Michael Caine). But, of course, the Caped Crusader’s resurrection is imminent. A masked muscle man named Bane (Tom Hardy) is building an underclass army in the sewers, and his daring attack on the city’s stock exchange is just the start of a fiendish plan. So Wayne dons the mask — not for his own gratification, naturally, but for our poor, malleable citizens of Gotham. (In the films’ metaphorical universe, the city stands in for America, or even the world.) There’s a strong element of antidemocratic noblesse oblige to this conceit. But Nolan counterbalances it by introducing potentially heroic representatives of the 99 percent, including John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a young cop who idolizes Batman; and Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), a cat burglar struggling to escape her criminal past. While the Passion of Batman motif is a heavy (and humorless) cross to bear, Bale acquits himself well, as do the other players. Hathaway can’t match Michelle Pfeiffer’s

MASKED AND NOTORIOUS Bale and Hardy face off in the final chapter of Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

turn as a mousy-spinster-turned-Catwoman in Batman Returns, but she’s great fun. Bane isn’t as scary as the Joker (really, who could be?), and his mayhem initially seems like a retread. But Hardy makes him watchably bizarre: part Mad Max heavy, part H.R. Giger-esque design, part Darth Vader, part inexplicably avuncular vocal rhythms. He acts enough with his eyes to offset the inherent disadvantages of a dramatic showdown between two guys in masks. Having squeezed topicality from themes like the corruption of the finance industry and the rage of the underclass, The Dark Knight Rises turns about and resolutely heads in a more classic comic-book direction. (Batman may not be superhuman, but his lightning-fast recovery from crippling injuries suggests otherwise.) As the movie

goes on, borderline-silly moments accumulate, and readers who shun the stylization of the paneled source material may weary of the twisting plot, pounding music and constant, claustrophobic sense of menace. But, for those who are willing to give the genre its due, Nolan has crafted a surprisingly satisfying conclusion. Some commentators, particularly those who doubt the cathartic value of violent fictions, have already drawn connections between the film’s content and the off-screen bloodshed in Colorado. Maybe their reaction is partly the fault of overeager critics, such as myself, for elevating a superhero movie into something Important. In the end, it’s just a good story, and stories can go to dark places — and emerge from them. M A R G O T HA R R I S O N

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THE INTOUCHABLES: In this hit from France, a young daredevil from the Paris slums (Omar Sy) brightens the life of a wealthy quadriplegic (François Cluzet) when he becomes his personal assistant. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano directed. (112 min, R. Roxy) STEP UP REVOLUTION: An aspiring dancer tries to join a Miami crew whose members aren’t happy about her wealthy dad’s development plans in the fourth installment in the dance-film series. Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman and Cleopatra Coleman star. Scott Speer directed. (99 min, PG-13. Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic, Palace)

DARK SHADOWS★★1/2 Johnny Depp plays Barnabas Collins, a vampire who pops up in the Nixon era to find his ancestral home full of polyester, in this dark-comedy adaptation of the cult 1966-71 TV soap from director Tim Burton. With Chloe Moretz and Helena Bonham Carter. (120 min, PG-13. St. Albans, Sunset)

THE WATCH: A bumbling batch of suburban neighborhood watchers find themselves facing a real menace — from extraterrestrials — in this comedy. Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Rosemarie DeWitt and Billy Crudup star. Akiva (Hot Rod) Schaffer directed. (R. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)

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wednesday 25 — thursday 26 The Dark Knight Rises 1:30, 6, 9:45. The Amazing Spider-man 2, 6, 9. Ice Age: continental Drift 2, 6:30, 9. friday 27 — thursday 2 *The Watch 2, 6:30, 9. The Dark Knight Rises 1:30, 6, 9:15. Ice Age: continental Drift 2, 6:30, 9.


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SAVAGES★1/2 Things get very unmellow for two young pot dealers when a Mexican drug cartel abducts their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively). Oliver Stone directed, so expect an über-intense crime drama, not a stoner comedy. With Aaron Johnson, Benicio del Toro and John Travolta. (131 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Sunset) SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN★★★ In our second, purportedly “darker” Snow White film of 2012, Kristen Stewart plays the title character, who teams up with Chris Hemsworth to battle her nemesis, the evil queen (Charlize Theron). Rupert Sanders directed. (127 min, PG-13. Sunset; ends 7/26) TED★★1/2 A Christmas miracle brings a boy’s teddy bear to life — and, as an adult, he can’t shake the fluffy, obnoxious companion in this comedy with Mark Wahlberg, Joel McHale, Mila Kunis and Giovanni Ribisi. Seth (“Family Guy”) MacFarlane wrote, directed and voice-starred. (106 min, R. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) TO ROME WITH LOVE★ Woody Allen explores another postcard-perfect European capital, this time through four interlocking stories of Italians, Americans and others in the “eternal city.” With Allen, Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. (95 min, R. Roxy, Savoy)

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THE DEEP BLUE SEA ★1/2 Rachel Weisz plays an aristocrat in postwar London realizing her love affair with a younger pilot (Tom Hiddleston) has gone sour in this adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play from director Terence (The House of Mirth) Davies. (98 min, R) FOOTNOTE★★★★ An elderly Talmudic scholar faces off against his son in a battle for recognition in this Israeli drama from director Joseph Cedar. With Schlomo Bar Abe and Lior Ashkenazi. (105 min, PG) JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI Octogenarian Jiro Ono, generally hailed as the world’s best sushi chef, obsesses about sculpting the perfect roll while his son sweats the day he’ll take over the family restaurant in David Gelb’s mouthwatering documentary. (81 min, PG. Look for a review this Friday on our staff blog, Blurt.)

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A 42-year-old woman, who police in Lynn, Mass., reported was being “chased frantically” by a man wielding a large kitchen knife, sought safety by running into the police station, where she “quickly began to cower.” The man followed her and raised the knife above her head while punching her. Officer Raymond Therrien said he grabbed the man’s arm and “delivered several knee strikes to his midsection” until he dropped the knife. Police filed multiple charges against Constantine Greven, 40. (Lynn’s Daily Item)

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Margo Reed, 54, pleaded guilty to stealing $163,582 from three public library branches in Yonkers, N.Y., over a seven-year period. Reed was responsible for depositing fines collected for overdue books (10 cents for most, 50 cents for new ones). She said she would regularly alter the paperwork with correction fluid and pocket the difference, usually $100 or more each time. A new business manager discovered the theft when he observed the alterations, which he said were obvious but never noticed because everyone trusted Reed as a longtime, conscientious employee. “It’s like no one was checking the checker,” business manager Stephen Force explained. (New York Times)

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Louisiana is issuing publicly funded vouchers for the coming school year that will allow thousands of children to attend private schools where they will learn that Scotland’s Loch Ness monster is real. The schools follow a fundamentalist curriculum that includes the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) program, which aims at disproving evolution and proving creationism. One of its tenets is that if dinosaurs lived the same time as humans, then Darwinism is flawed. One ACE biology textbook declares that scientists are becoming more convinced that dinosaurs are alive today, explaining that the Loch Ness monster “has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.” Another claim is that a Japanese whaling boat once caught a dinosaur, an event that did occur in the movie Godzilla but hasn’t yet happened in real life. Scotland’s position is that such teaching is good for tourism. Nessie expert Tony Drummond, who leads Loch Ness tours, called it “Christian propaganda” and “ridiculous,” but urged pupils at the Louisiana schools “to come and investigate the loch for themselves.” (Scotland’s Herald)

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To celebrate the end of the term, a private girls school in Sherbooke, Québec, hired hypnotist Maxime Nadeau to entertain a group of 12- and 13-year-old girls by putting some in a trance while others watched. When the show ended, several girls in the audience who’d fallen under Nadeau’s spell remained mesmerized. Nadeau, who received about 14 hours of instruction in basic hypnotism, couldn’t snap them out of it and had to call the hypnotist who trained him. Richard Whitbread, who drove an hour to Collège du SacréCoeur to release the girls, said he found several girls still under the effects of “mass hypnosis.” He made them think they were being re-hypnotized and then awakened them. School administrators said they learned after the fact that hypnosis isn’t recommended for people younger than 14 because they’re particularly susceptible to suggestion. (CBC News)

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Improvements in airline safety have complicated rules to improve flight safety. That’s because the benefits of these rules are calculated primarily on how many deaths they may prevent. “If anyone wants to advance safety through regulation, it can’t be done without further loss of life,” said William Voss, chief executive officer of the Flight Safety Foundation. (Bloomberg News)

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Philadelphia police arrested Kenneth Butterworth, 45, saying he pulled out a crossbow in a fit of road rage and pointed it at the other driver. (Philadelphia’s WCAU-TV)

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Eiliya Maida decided the best way to remove cobwebs from the backyard of his home in Chico, Calif., was to use a propane blowtorch. He ended up igniting dry plants, which started an attic fire that caused $25,000 in damages, according to Fire Inspector Marie Fickert, and displaced the family, which has no insurance. (Chico Enterprise Record)

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After a drunk driver killed her oldest son, Loretta Robinson told the judge at the driver’s sentencing in Greenville, S.C., that even though her son wasn’t at fault, she has received bills associated with his death, including paying to have his wrecked car stored for months, in case there was a trial. “I had to pay to have the vehicle towed,” she said. “I had to pay for the vehicle removed and to clean up the street from Justin’s blood on the ground.” The charge for cleaning the street was $50. (Greenville’s WYFF-TV)

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aRies (March 21-april 19): in your personal chart, the planet Uranus symbolizes those special talents you have that are especially useful to other people. Which aspects of your soulful beauty are potentially of greatest service to the world? How can you express your uniqueness in ways that activate your most profound generosity? if you learn the answers to these questions, you will make great progress toward solving the riddle that Uranus poses. i’m happy to report that the coming years will provide you with excellent opportunities to get to the bottom of this mystery. and now would be a good time to launch a concerted effort. tauRus (april 20-May 20): in the coming

weeks, i’m afraid there’s only a very small chance that you’ll be able to turn invisible at will, shape-shift into an animal form and back, or swipe the nectar of immortality from the gods. The odds of success are much higher, though, if you will attempt less ambitious tasks that are still pretty frisky and brazen. For example, you could germinate a potential masterpiece where nothing has ever grown. you could legally steal from the rich and give the spoils to the poor. and you could magically transform a long-stuck process that no one thought would ever get unstuck.

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21-July 22): if you narrow your focus now, the world will really open up for you in the second half of october and november. to the degree that you impose limitations on your desire to forever flow in all directions, you will free up creative ideas


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The state of Maine has a law that prohibits anyone from leaving an airplane while it is flying through the air. This seems like a reasonable restriction until you realize how badly it discriminates against skydivers. Legal scholars will tell you that examples like this are not at all rare. Laws tend to be crude, one-size-fits-all formulations. And as I’m sure you’ve discovered in your travels, Leo, one-size-fits-all formulations always squash expressions of individuality. In the coming weeks, be extra alert for pressures to conform to overly broad standards and sweeping generalizations. Rebel if necessary. You have license to be yourself to the 10th power. that are currently buried. so summon up some tough-minded discipline, please. refuse to let your moodiness play havoc with your productivity. Dip into your reserve supply of high-octane ambition so you will always have a sixth sense about exactly what’s important and what’s not.


(aug. 23-sept. 22): i propose that you try to accomplish the following clean-up

liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): Philosopher William irwin Thompson says that we humans are like flies creeping along the ceiling of the sistine Chapel. We literally cannot see the splendor that surrounds us. as a result, we don’t live in reality. We’re lost in our habitual perceptions, blinded by our favorite illusions and addicted to beliefs that hide the true nature of the universe. That’s the bad news, libra. The good news is that every now and then, each of us slips into a grace period when it’s possible to experience at least some of the glory we’re normally cut off from. The veil opens, and previously undetected beauty appears. The weeks ahead will be the closest you’ve come to this breakthrough in a long time. scoRPio (oct. 23-nov. 21): Can you guess

which european country has the best military record in the last eight centuries? it’s France. out of the 185 battles its soldiers have engaged in, they’ve won 132 and lost only 43. ten times they fought to a draw. of all the signs of the zodiac, scorpio, i think you have the best chance of compiling a comparable record in the next 10 months. your warrior-like qualities will be at a peak; your instinct for achieving hard-fought victories may be the stuff of legends years from now. but please keep in mind what the ancient Chinese military strategist sun tzu said in his iconic text The Art of War: The smart and powerful warrior always avoids outright conflict if possible, and wins by using slyer means.

sagittaRius (nov. 22-Dec. 21): after consulting the astrological omens, i’ve concluded that during the next three weeks, you will deserve the following titles: 1. Most likely to benefit From serendipitous adventures; 2. Most likely to exclaim “aha!”; 3. Most likely to Thrive While Wandering in Wild Frontiers and

exotic locales; 4. Most likely to Have a Wish Come true if This Wish is Made in the Presence of a Falling star. you might want to wait to fully embody that fourth title until the period between august 9 and 14, when the Perseids meteor shower will be gracing the night skies with up to 170 streaks per hour. The peak flow will come on august 12 and 13.

caPRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): you may have to travel far and wide before you will fully appreciate a familiar resource whose beauty you’re half-blind to. it’s possible you’ll have to suffer a partial loss of faith so as to attract experiences that will make your faith stronger than it ever was. and i’m guessing that you may need to slip outside your comfort zone for a while in order to learn what you need to know next about the arts of intimacy. These are tricky assignments, Capricorn. i suggest you welcome them without resentment. aQuaRius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): My daughter

zoe has been writing some fine poetry these last few years. i regard it as professional-grade stuff that has been born of natural talent and developed through discipline and hard work. you might ask, quite reasonably, whether my evaluation of her literary output is skewed by fatherly pride. i’ve considered that possibility. but recently, my opinion got unbiased corroboration when her school awarded her with the “all-College Honor” for her poetry manuscript. i predict you will soon have a comparable experience. your views or theories will be confirmed by an independent and objective source.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): The critic Dorothy Parker didn’t think highly of Katharine Hepburn’s acting skills. “she runs the emotional gamut from a to b,” said Parker. i realize that what i’m about to suggest may be controversial, but i’m hoping you will be Hepburn-like in the coming week, Pisces. This is not the right time, in my astrological opinion, for you to entertain a wide array of slippery, syrupy, succulent feelings. nor would it be wise to tease out every last nuance of the beguiling vibes rising up within you. For the time being, you need to explore the pleasures of discerning perception and lucid analysis. get lost in deep thought, not rampant passion.

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Laughing, eating, exploring Friendly, honest, food-loving, cocktailimbibing gal looking for the same in a guy. I love experiencing all of the food, music, arts and beauty that Burlington offers, and would like to share it with someone, whether as a friend or more than that. arovt, 33, l Ready for a new beginning I am a single girl looking for a single MAN. I have been out of the game to focus on school but now I want the best of both worlds. I am fun loving, quiet at first but then I can become a total dork. I enjoy the simple things in life and don’t believe in being materialistic. L118413, 27, l Looks and acts young :P Young looking and young at heart 52-year-old looking for someone active and in shape to get to know and see what happens. Not into hunting/ fishing, religious folks or folks with kids. I am in good shape and love both exercise and also online gaming (wow)... weird combo I know. I am also spiritual, intelligent and compassionate. Desire same. Whitetara0831, 52, l Love to laugh Love being outside. Love to hike, bike, swim, and challenge myself physically. Laughing is one of my favorite pastimes! Prefer no pressure; if we hit it off and want to learn more about each othergreat! If not, don’t take it personally. Becoming friends first is necessary before a romantic relationship can occur. I do love that flirtatious period in between! sweetsunshinegirl, 38, l

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I’m caring, energetic, adventurous and crazy about living in Vermont. I’d love to have someone to share all the wonders of life with. Things that make me happy include: hikes, homemadehomegrown dinner, friends, my dog, kayaks, hula-hoops, sunny dispositions, road trips, family, my motorcycle, dancing barefoot, live music, other music, climbing trees, bonfires, books, “that’s what she said” jokes, green building, travel and sunglasses. ContentinVT, 25, Women Seeking Men What is the one thing you hate that everybody else loves? Deviled eggs. Active outdoosy geeky traveling foodie Extremely energetic, fun, well-rounded guy. Very outgoing, talkative and friendly. Not shy AT ALL. I’m often out and about having adventures but I know how to chill and unwind low key when the time is right. I love camping, hiking, biking, traveling, exploring restaurants, cooking, dancing, reading, going to the beach, watching movies. I need a beautiful adventure partner! You? Aeonscrythe, 37, l Pull up a chair I’m a simple guy who values life’s simple things...good times with great friends, laughing as often as possible, and MUSIC. Music rules my life. A lot of my time is spent listening to it, learning it, seeing live shows, etc. There’s more, of course, but I’ll save the rest. If you think there’s a chance we might click, don’t be shy! heftylefty, 34, l Happy happy joy joy I’m just looking for a friend, hardworking guy who loves to learn and loves to make art. Just moved here at the beginning of the year and I’m liking it. I’m starting school this fall and hope to get all As. I think we all have someone in this world, the hardest part is finding them. lumonisee, 32, l

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looking for the one Hello, my name is Ed, looking to meet man for friendship and more. Love going out for walks, coffee and movies, eating out. I am new at this, don’t know a lot of gay men. ejw, 46 Sweet, strong, spirit man Accepting that I’m gay has connected me with a deep source of strength and authenticity. This energy is fueling the realization of dreams in the realm of my career and everywhere. I’m looking for friendship and dates with men who have an intention and at least some activity geared toward living the life of their dreams. Thanks. t4yl0r, 39, l

single gay country guy Came back to Vermont after being away for 30 years, and looking to meet Mr. Right or make great new friends. lablover, 53

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Looking for new adventures If I only had a few words, I would describe myself as patient, quirky and passionate about politics and social justice. I’m a born Vermonter, so I love being outdoors as much as possible; hiking, swimming in the lake. I love cooking, yoga and potlucks. she8organic, 25

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YOUNG, HOT, SEXY, FUN, FIESTY Let’s go dancing! Let’s get tangled up in the sheets! Let me kiss you wherever you please! I love women, can’t find any in my area who really wanna get down to it. I’m short, slender, Asian, 24, busty and obsessed with feet. Let’s get a drink and see where our feet take us ;-). asianlady24, 24, l

mellow skier Hi, I’m 25 yo. Vermont native, currently working on a master’s degree. When I’m not working or studying, I love being outside. This includes skiing, hiking, swimming and just enjoying nature. I love trying new things, especially recipes, and I like smart people who aren’t afraid to be silly and who appreciate my outrageous side, too. skiboots2stilettos, 25, l


Sassy, sexy, soulful and sweet You will never be bored with me... but will you be able to keep up with me? I am high energy with diverse passions for physical and intellectual pursuits. I hike, bike, canoe, ski, dance, garden, paint. Quietly read a book or the news (occasionally read a passage to you). Hard nosed about practical matters; soothing when you really need me. Clevergirl, 59, l

Life Is Good Hey...I would so much rather tell you about myself in some other venue. I’m smart, well educated, down to earth, love thrillers, sci-fi and have a quirky sense of humor. I’m not looking for anything in particular...just that something that happens between people that can’t be described, but brings a sense of peace and warmth. dqsusanita, 60

Seeking Princess Jasmine Aladdin seeks scintillating stellate eye princess for 1001 romantic nights. A whole new world could come out of our legerdemain mutual fantasies. What secret delights await when we role play? GAC1LBH, 56, l

Spirited Eclectic Swishy Butch I embrace the masculine/feminine within, but prefer being with a woman who brings out the butch in me. That said, I was in a great relationship with someone who didn’t! I don’t like boxes, but do like being conscious - of many things - love to communicate. Love arts, nature, people/humor. If you reply (please do!), I’ll send photo or polite response. dorightwoman, 53, l

health. I am looking for a long-term relationship. WorldTravele7570, 70

Athletic, Active and Appreciative Honest, loving, gentle and passionate, looking for all that in a partner as well. Looking for someone who appreciates nature, gardening, community and a healthy body! casey, 52, l

Stop searching...You found him! I’m in my element on the job as a newspaper reporter talking to random people and driving to random places across Vermont. I’m always willing to try new things, and this year, I started playing hockey for the first time. Because my skills with the puck are still not up to par, I frequently play against 50-plus-year-olds :). firepatrol, 25, l

big, strong, respectful Easygoing, active, looking for a girl to please. Write me and see how it goes. Best if you’re at least a bit odd. Good with my tongue. Get ready. planetx88, 24, l

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can handle me in bed. Ex-horseback rider and current cyclist who can hold her own on top. Likes the idea of being ordered around or doing the ordering, not looking for anything long term, or any kind of attachment, just fun and adventure. Pravda, 20

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Fun fun fun! Looking for some fun and play. Nothing too kinky. But dating, sex, playing, massage and experimenting sound good. Black_beauty, 27 Deviant bluestocking seeks sensual Earthy, kittenish and exploratory iso an ongoing thing that can be casual or more. I am in a poly relationship. I adore langorous sessions with time to focus on each other’s every reaction. I also adore soft control games. If you are stepping out on a commitment or want a single encounter, don’t contact me. tarka, 46, l Easy Lover... I don’t really want to go for long walks on the beach or out to a romantic dinner. Although if you are mentally stimulating, you could change my mind. I am into long foreplay, amazing sex and interesting pillow talk over a glass or two of wine. An intelligent, witty, sexually-charged man who is looking for the same. Happycooker, 36, l

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wonderously responsive Creative, happy, healthy, artsy, passionate etc. Likes: massage, meditation, walking in the rain and ‘nasty’ dancing, (a guilty pleasure rarely indulged). Love lots of touching and body contact. My whole body is quite sensitive and I have been known to O from a back massage (oopsie!). Hoping to meet some passionate new friends for a walk, dancing or a nooner. *smiles*. petal, 39, l i don’t know you Looking for someone and something new and thrilling. Just a sexual relationship but the right vibe has to be there. I want to make love to you, feel safe around you. But have my entirely own life void of any commitments or obligations. hazel, 26, l fun fit sexually seeking vt Looking for someone to have fun with this summer. Someone I can take hiking, camping, running; or someone just to have over and watch a movie after a busy day. Also, someone that isn’t too shy between the sheets. I am a very sexual person and am looking for someone that is similar. fun2b0, 22 Wanna see my wild side? Seeking guy who wants to have NSA fun and explore fantasies. Love guys with tattoos and a bit of a bad side. Must be able to handle a feisty woman. emjay666, 21, l



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up for some fun I’m looking for some fun and sexy times 1x1c-mediaimpact030310.indd 1 of 3/1/10 1:15:57 PM outside these deep woods VT that I live in. Most of the time I know how I want things done, but once my clothes are off, I want to be told what to do. I’ll do whatever I’m told. Send me a picture and I’ll send one back. yesss, 34, l natural and organic I am a student. I like fun. I like when things just happen. I am very laid back and open. I enjoy art, and anything outdoors. Looking for someone like minded. Looking for excitement. organic17, 22, l Give Me Your Attention Not looking for anything crazy or kinky, I just want to have some fun while I’m still in Vermont. I plan on moving in 4-6 months... gotta make it count! kh87, 25, l adventurous kitty wants more I’m a clean, well-dressed college student who wants someone that

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Curious, Bondage, Willing I’m a college freshman with a BDSM curiosity, with no opportunity to explore until now. I’m looking for a friendship or Dom and Sub relationship where we can explore safely and freely. Sorry but no anal. Want to know anything else? Feel free to message me. CuriousKit, 19 Good times to be had I’m looking for a casual thing. Sex, sleeping, foreplay, cuddling, oral, movies, drinking, hanging out. One, some or all of the above. Not sure what to expect from this, but message me and we’ll see what happens. c_ullr, 24, l Talk Dirty To Me Looking for a guy with similar fantasies... let me know what your interests are and just what you’d like to do with me!Send me an erotic message and we’ll take it from there! talkdirtytome, 24, l What’s your horoscope? Did you know Scorpio is the most sexual of signs? Looking for some NSA summer fun. Don’t be afraid to contact me for a walk on the wild side! sexiscorpio69, 26, l

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Let’s please each other I have a committed relationship, but she has lost all interest in sex, at least with me. It is very possible she is having it elsewhere and certainly has told me to, but I want to be respectfully discreet none the less. She is. I joined this site because I want to get passionately and respectfully laid. Merlin, 52 Just Looking for Fun Sex I’m not in a place in my life right now where I’m ready or have the time for a serious relationship. That said, I would still love to have a nsa sexual relationship with a good-looking and fun woman. I’m someone who likes exercise, the outdoors, good meals out or in, movies and spending time with family and friends. nostringsfun, 33 You first I’m a good-looking guy looking for some fun with women ages 18-30. Just email me for more info. Don’t worry, you won’t be disappointed ;). ZIP, 22 Younger Version of Kevin Costner A younger version of Costner. Amazing with the art of oral, clean, 6’1, all male, 171 lbs., athletic body, blue eyes, firm chest, strong arms with gentle touch. Epic sex drive, plenty of me to make it magic. Truly all about you! I am turned on most by finding your buttons. kevincostner2, 37 rollin’ big dice Lookin’ to get my head screwed on straight. Literally! Tired of waiting patiently for star ship estranged to balloon her way back to VT from N.H. Any friends with benefits out there ? Yesss, I bet there are. Funny, twisted, working guy would enjoy a new outlook in life. crowsarecool, 50, l

Don Quixote seeks Dulcinea Looking for something involving, not just a roll in the sheets, but also not just an invigorating book-club discussion punctuated by a peck on the cheek. Neither a long-term thing, but I’m also not five minutes of anonymous humping. A day (or a weekend) spent discovering what makes each other hum with bliss sounds about right. Any takers? Picaro, 40, l let’s do this New to this, looking for some discreet fun and excitement. Open to some ideas, nothing too crazy. Chemistry would be nice. Enjoy many things. We can email, chat and go from there. new_adventure, 36

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Young Fast Fun! My gf and I are looking for young girls under 30 who want to have sum fun. We are 20 and 21. We both are athletic and good looking. We like to party and havalota fun in bed and want to bring sum 1 in on it. Contact us if u want to cum hang out. DandSForFun, 21, l two fit guys seeking lady We are two fit, good-looking guys seeking a woman to join our fun. He is 21, blond and very handsome. I am 47, fit and also very handsome. He is shy and gentle, while I am more edgy with a dominant streak. We want to make love to the same woman at the same time, and also indulge her fantasies. boytoys, 46 Couple seeking playmate Couple seeking female playmate to help us fulfill a fantasy. Do you want to play? Vtcouple67, 45

Kink of the w eek: Fit and Eager to Please I’m looking for a friend to have some fun with. If things evolve beyond friendship, that’s fine too. I love to be told what you want, and to please. Kissing, biting, dirty talk...this could be a really fun “friendship”. NaughtyPainter, 24. Great sex calls for lots of... sexy music, domination, communication.

Just looking for fun I am just looking for someone to have fun with, no strings, or drama please. You will not be disappointed. warlok09, 47 Playfully passionate adventerous explorer. Passion that will make you weak at the knees, the desire to have foreplay until you cannot stand it any longer. The willingness to do whatever it takes to make you lose your breath. The obedient who will be your slave or the master that will make you wait on the edge of pleasure until the time is right. lvtoplease, 43 insatiable appetite for sex... Attractive, healthy, kind and passionate lover with insatiable appetite for sex. Very open minded. Live in Stowe, happy to host or willing to travel. I am interested in attractive women, couples and groups. New to this, but have always wanted to see if there are others who are as horny as me ;). hornyashell, 40, l Skinny, Sexy JewBoi for Your Pleasure Looking to be submissive in a variety of contexts. One big turn-on I want to explore is being a cuckold or serving a couple. I am orally gifted and am growing in my ability to take an ass pounding. ;P I also want to dom a petite girl, focusing on the psychological/emotional. Bbw, trans, phd’s, bitchy amazons especially appreciated! SexySub4U, 36, l

FWB couple for FMF encounter Discreet and NSA for one-time encounter. Looking for woman to help please him. Sane, clean, d/d free, professionals. Your first time with a couple? We are the perfect match! 2FORUR1STTIME, 40 lovers who love to lick Awesome, full-figure couple who love SEX. gomerpyle69420, 41 Open-minded couple in open relationship She is bi and looking for a girl mostly. He will only be with another woman but doesn’t mind grouping up on her. She has a strong sexual appetite, not to be denied. We would like a woman, but if you are a guy or couple then come on and let’s talk. Nothing will happen without meeting first. OpenRelationship, 18, l Adventurous Wave Riders Healthy, free spirited, all about fun, adventure, seeking seasoned 40+ yr. young couple seeking like-minded, ready for a new-to-all-of-us kind of play. We see a fit, vibrantly alive and curious woman on our horizon for a bit of 3-some play. Is this YOU? 2curious2contain, 49, l

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Olivia at Mr. Mike’s We quoted “Trailer Park Boys” back and forth at Mr. Mike’s a few Thursdays ago. You said you tortured children at your orthodontist’s office. I wish more girls could have your sense of humor. ‘Let’s get drunk as f@$k’ sometime, or maybe just hang out. When: Thursday, June 28, 2012. Where: Mr. Mike’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910443

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Kayley...I think? It was a pleasure meeting the host of American Idol, thanks for the intro! If you weren’t just passing through town for brewfest, let’s hang out! When: Saturday, July 21, 2012. Where: In line for some pita action. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910457 Making Trust in Montpelier Between your fabulous face (and hot bod), incredible love for your pooch, your sweet heart and brilliant mind, I’ve got it bad. You are spectacular and I can’t wait to keep hiking this trail with you, wherever it leads us. You up for the adventure? When: Friday, July 20, 2012. Where: Montpelier and the Green Mountains. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #910456 Limits? Hey Kait. Saw your ads, would like to perhaps meet and was curious as to your min-max age limits. Hit me up! :) When: Saturday, July 21, 2012. Where: Two 2 Tango. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910455 Murray Street I spy the most BEAUTIFUL young lady I’ve ever had the pleasure to lay my eyes on. You were with the guy that owns the blue Jeep. I mistook you for his girlfriend. Damn; tell me you’re into older men, because I’d so love to show you the weekend of your LIFE! Let’s have some fun. You’re beautiful, I’m yours. When: Friday, July 20, 2012. Where: Murray St. every day. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910454 Reds Place - Two 2 Tango Saw your profile by chance. I don’t answer personals, but I can’t stop thinking of you. I decided to contact you but your profile is gone. Everything matched how I feel and would like to find in a partner. You are so beautiful! I am single, kind, honest, healthy, sane, hardworking and attractive. Maybe you will see this. When: Thursday, July 12, 2012. Where: Two 2 Tango. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910453

July 2nd I SPY, W=W Hey. I believe you I spied me July 2. You saw me few times and now wondering if I was unattached. The answer is yes to the questions you have asked me. PS, sorry it took so long to respond. When: Monday, July 2, 2012. Where: I spy, Btown. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #910446 Winooski Circle (and my heart) Every time you give me a banana at work, I die a little inside. When can I give you mine? When: Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Where: Winooski Circle. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910445 Jamao - Eloquent and Funny Hey there Jamao, I don’t think I ever realized what an aphrodisiac a good vocabulary could be. You haven’t been online for a while and I didn’t want us to miss meeting each other. Get in touch? I’d like to practice my aplomb. When: Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Where: the ether. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910444


Dear Mistress,

I’m a single woman, 38 years old. I’ve known my best friend — let’s call him “John” — for more than 18 years. I think I fell in love with John’s smile the moment I met him all those years ago. We were both so young and carefree. It seemed like something would happen between us, but it never quite got off the ground. After a couple years, I met another man and got married. John became distant. When I got a divorce four years later, John came back into my life. Again, nothing happened. When he got a girlfriend, I couldn’t bear to see him with another woman and kept my distance for three years until they broke up. Now, here we are, both single and inseparable again. We both date, but we don’t talk about it. I find myself comparing every man I date to him, which seems unfair to the guys I date — and yet I cannot figure out how to tell my best friend that I would gladly spend the rest of my life with him. A couple close friends are encouraging me (hounding me is more like it) to finally tell John my feelings, but I just can’t. He hasn’t said anything all these years, so why should I expect that he’ll return my feelings?


Bound By Friendship

I liken your situation to playing the stock market. Do you want to make a safe investment to gain a modest and reliable return — or do you want to make a more risky move and possibly cash in big? Are you willing to put your friendship on the line to possibly gain the biggest love of your life? You don’t want to lose John’s friendship, but let’s face it: It’s not a true friendship if you’re hiding deeper feelings from him. Though you might have to move out of your comfort zone, consider sharing your feelings with John. Unrequited love rarely ends well, and you don’t want your secret feelings to slowly erode your relationship. Don’t hide behind the excuse that he hasn’t said anything all these years — you haven’t said anything, either. You have both avoided one another when lovers and spouses were in the picture, and this indicates a deeper level of intimacy. Don’t remain in a state of suspended animation. Take a chance and tell him how you feel. Sometimes you have to climb a scary tree to find life’s sweetest fruits.

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Our hard to get Mud men, baseball, walking down the street, cheers us on, no one can get her attention! She’s fun, tough, smilie, chill. Thanks Brandy, you’re the best. When: Thursday, July 19, 2012. Where: Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910449

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Guy and pug Battery Park Sat next to you and your pug Thursday evening at Battery Park concert. Took a picture for you. I was shy, want to actually talk sometime? Ha. When: Thursday, July 19, 2012. Where: Battery Park concert. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910450

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City Market Peanut Butter Guy You fixed the peanut butter grinder for me and assured me that the orphaned peanut butter goes to a good home. You were very patient and fun to chat with (not to mention cute). After, I wished I was the sort of person who gave strangers my number. When: Thursday, July 19, 2012. Where: City Market, Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910451

ONE hottie with yellow purse My sexy neighbor in the ONE with the yellow purse. Would love to buy you a drink sometime. When: Saturday, July 14, 2012. Where: Old North End. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910440

Champlain Farms North Ave Oh Sara, you beautiful young lady. Ya made me smile, giggle and now you’re in my head so I’m thinking dinner is in order. You’re single I ask; so let’s keep the laughs going. Dinner and a movie? When: Friday, July 20, 2012. Where: Cashier at Champlain Farms. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910452

Italy at Walmart You were a gorgeous, long, dark-haired beauty. You had jean shorts on and a white tank top. I asked you if you were Philippino.You said no, I’m Italian, but I get that a lot. I’m chicken in person but wanted to know if you were available for dinner sometime. Hope you see this. Tell your Mom hi. I think you were with your mom. When: Thursday, July 19, 2012. Where: Walmart. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910447

Beautiful You It’s been amazing getting to know you these past five years. I’m really looking forward to spending some family time in the valley, but mostly, I can’t wait to start a new life and a new adventure with you. When: Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Where: Lazuli. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910441

Infectious smile in South Burlington First saw you in electronics, purchasing a laptop. That smile, wow. I wanted to stick around until you were through but was at a loss for words. Your computer was at the register I was finishing up at and I had the pleasure of seeing you again. Your rosy-red cheeks were adorable. Would be great to see them again. When: Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Where: Kmart. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910442

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