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UP IN ARMS Gun Sense  moves forward



PICTURING VERMONT Three photographers document the state’s changing ways of life



“The Bachelor”  … in Vermont? PAGE 40

COOK’S BOOK A Vermont chef’s cheers to beers   PAGE 48


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The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf aims to raise $178,000 as part of a $378,000 expansion project at its Burlington HQ. Small price to fix a big hunger problem.

Driscoll recently told Seven Days that she was concerned about waning citizen engagement in city government. “People are feeling frustrated that the agenda of the city is determined by a small group of people — the mayor and the council,” Driscoll said. She said that, if she ran, she’d focus on building affordable housing, increasing affordable space for artists and businesses in the South End, and preventing citywide gentrification. Driscoll served a year in Weinberger’s administration as the assistant to the mayor for “transparency, open government and mayoral initiatives.” She’s been elected to the state legislature — she was a Progressive state rep from 2000 to 2002 — and spent a year on the Burlington City Council, from 2003 to 2004. The mother of two also served on the city’s school board. In 2007, Driscoll cofounded the Vermont Woodworking School in Fairfax. It began providing woodworking instruction to Burlington College students when Driscoll’s mother, Jane O’Meara Sanders, was the school’s president. That relationship continued until the college closed last year. Look for ongoing election coverage at


Unhappy Bennington residents say Vermont Rail System is storing propane-filled train cars near their homes. Quite the blowup.


Some 1,100 runners dressed as Santa took to the streets of Burlington on Sunday for a 5K charity race. Gotta earn those cookies.

1. “FBI: Wake Robin Resident Said She Made Toxic Ricin, Fed It to Others” by Alicia Freese and Ken Picard. Authorities say Betty Miller confessed to making poison from castor beans and testing the results on fellow residents. 2. “‘The Bachelor’ Comes to Vermont” by Dan Bolles. A spin-off of the hit reality show, titled “The Bachelor: Winter Games,” is reportedly filming in southern Vermont. 3. “Gesine Prado’s Show ‘Baked in Vermont’ to Debut Saturday” by Sally Pollak. The new Food Network show takes place at the Hartford home of pastry chef, teacher and cookbook author Gesine Prado. 4. “Council Selects Schurz, ZRF to Buy Burlington Telecom” by Katie Jickling. After six months of discussion and a final, eight-hour meeting, the Burlington City Council selected a last-minute bidder. 5. “Carina Driscoll, Bernie Sanders’ Stepdaughter, Announces Run for Burlington Mayor” by Sasha Goldstein. Driscoll is challenging incumbent Mayor Miro Weinberger in the race to run Vermont’s biggest city.

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In Vermont, the practice of bartering for goods and services is as old as the hills. But accepting payment in cryptocurrency? That’s just plain futuristic in a state where internet access is still sketchy in places. But David Sterrett, a lawyer from Monkton who has offices in Williston and Boston, is willing to give it a shot, according to a press release he circulated to media outlets last week.

Sterrett has the same concerns — but Bitcoin has become much more acceptable since its creation in 2009. Microsoft, Expedia and Overstock are among the major U.S. companies that accept Bitcoin. Sterrett decided he would, too, after last week’s news that the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers joined the crowd. “It’s sort of becoming a bit ubiquitous,” Sterrett said. The local attorney said he has “one or two clients that are really into this stuff that actually would pay me this way.” But it hasn’t happened yet. “Around here,” he acknowledged, most people are still paying by check. “Which is like, Really?”


WHAT’S WEIRD IN VERMONT Specializing in corporate law and intellectual property, he has found that some of his clients, mainly entrepreneurs in the tech industry, want to pay using the cutting-edge currency. “For them, it’s like any other type of money or compensation. Why should I be limited to American dollars?” Sterrett said. “It’s kind of a cool idea. I’m not going to say I have all these people paying me in Bitcoin right now, but — I’m open to it!” Sterrett signed up for BitPay, a company that accepts Bitcoin payments and turns it into dollars. As of this writing, one Bitcoin is worth approximately $11,700, and the price is trending up. Some worry the currency is benefiting from a bubble that could burst — and


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arina Driscoll announced Monday that she’ll seek the elected office that launched the political career of her stepfather, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): The 43-yearold South End resident is running for mayor of Burlington. “Through this campaign and then as mayor, if elected, I will work to bring Burlington to again be that vibrant, forward-thinking city where we are all so proud to live,” Driscoll said in her campaign announcement. “It is time to bring our actions in Burlington back into line with our community values.” She’ll run as an independent against Democrat Miro Weinberger, who is seeking a third term on Town Meeting Day this March. Also in the running: Infinite Culcleasure, a community organizer who has never held public office, plans an independent grassroots bid. “Burlingtonians deserve healthy democratic debate and real choice at the ballot box,” Weinberger said. “Over the next three months, I look forward to discussing the progress we’ve made over the last six years — progress that has made our city more equitable, environmentally sustainable and stronger and has built a foundation for even greater successes to come.”

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When you purchase items on Amazon that you could have purchased from your downtown community merchant in Montpelier, Barre or Church Street in Burlington, you are voting for a vacant downtown. You are voting for the elimination of local jobs. You are voting for substantial decreases to your community’s tax base that helps build roads, safe bridges, good schools, and strong fire and police departments. You are voting for a decrease in property values, as property values are tied to strong downtowns. You are voting for the depletion of financial support to kids’ sports teams, community gatherings and local support services — the kinds of things that Amazon and other online or big-box retailers aren’t supporting. You are voting for the shutdown of local bars and restaurants that rely on strong retail downtowns. And, last but not least, you are voting for a world where we are further disconnected, and all that is left is Amazon. With the closure of Montpelier’s Onion River Sports and Shoe Horn, we are reminded of our great responsibility to exercise our consumer power to maintain strong communities. Please vote for you, for your neighbors and for your town, and purchase items from downtown merchants. The annual Seven Daysies awards [“All the Best,” August 2] and gift guide [“Yule Haul,” November 22] make it easy to find the best store for what you need. Joslyn Wilschek




[Re “Last Supper? The Man Behind the ‘Meals,’” November 22]: Since director John Michael Hall took over at what was Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, then expensively rebranded Age Well, people who do the work with love and care are systematically being demoted, fired or otherwise removed. Hall’s only goal is efficiency and cost cutting. In a field — social services — where care for clients, volunteers and coworkers should be paramount, and nobody is getting rich doing the actual work, his approach is totally counterproductive. Layers of management are taking the place of people on the ground. Money is being spent to have managers fly to conferences across the country. In Middlebury, where I used to be a Meals on Wheels driver, many of us volunteers have quit as a result of Hall’s actions. Now I see that he’s gutting a long-standing, and by all accounts beloved, program in Burlington. Hall is simply the wrong man for the job. Barbara Merz



I’ve sometimes read the music columns by Dan Bolles and Jordan Adams. The similarity of their columns is their classless attempts at honesty mixed with attempts at humor.


this holiday season This time, it was the attempt in poor taste, by Adams, to tell us why he hates Christmas festivities and all that goes with the season [“Bah, Humbug,” November 29]. It’s bizarre that Adams wastes about 18 inches of print to tell us, in detail and poor humor, why he hates the holiday. Then, like we really need a disgusting conclusion to make sure we understand his point, Adams tells us that the yuletide season makes him vomit. His diatribe makes me vomit.

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Federal, state and local government finally did a small school in. Ridiculous regulations, poor leadership and a gullible public sank a 100-year-old-plus institution from a lean-run operation with above-average results to a bloated bureaucracy with high costs and poor outcomes. The majority of townspeople in Rochester who went along with this charade should be really proud of themselves.

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It took a little longer than expected, but they finally did it [“Last Gasp? How a Vermont High School Ended Up With Just Two Students,” November 22; Off Message: “After Vote, Rochester Will Close Its Middle-High School,” November 29].




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May I suggest that Margot Harrison’s 2.5-star review of Justice League [Movie Reviews, November 22] was a bit harsh? Granted, this film was no Wonder Woman, but the Seven Days critic did paint with broad strokes, to the detriment of her observations and analysis. Better to completely ignore the tiresome (and tired) Marvel versus DC Comics competition theme and instead focus on the nuances within the fairly well-paced two hours — including but not limited to designating the source of your character quote (Gal Gadot has imbued her splendid portrayal of Princess Diana with a melodramatic streak), the friction within the supergroup, the irony of Superman’s revival via much the same process as the creation of the Kryptonian monster in Batman v Superman, and, last but not least, Ben Affleck/Bruce Wayne’s subtle stab at parody of President Donald Trump in the final scene. Delving into this genre does require engaging in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s willing suspension of disbelief, but that doesn’t preclude an attention to detail, the likes of which can make (or break) the appreciation of a movie — or any other creative work, for that matter.


In [Soundbites, “Thinking Thankfulness,” November 22], Jordan Adams wrote, “The arrival of the holidays usually means an overall lull in exciting music happenings.” I could not disagree more. There is a myth that our local music scene has barely anything to offer at times — yet it always does. How cool was it when two bands from Montréal, which are friends, found out they had shows at Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop on the night before Thanksgiving? Ivamae and the Mountain Carol were great that night, too. How cool was that version of “Strawberry Fields Forever” that Barbacoa dropped on us at Foam Brewers the night after Thanksgiving? Granted, there may be lesser-publicized shows at this time of year, but there is always something great happening for you to experience, if you take a chance on going out. Heck, you might even be able to sit at home and hear live performances by Eastern Mountain Time, Black Rabbit and Zeus Springsteen on your smartphone in the coming weeks. Conversely, when Adams wrote, “I’m constantly thankful for the vastness of Vermont’s music scene. The fact that a person can go out and see live music every night of the week is special, and we’re lucky to live in a place where that’s possible,” I could not agree more. We are lucky. Anytime you need a place to go where you can hear quality music at an affordable price, you can always find something.



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DECEMBER 06-13, 2017 VOL.23 NO.13




How the Burlington Telecom ‘Debacle’ Divided a City Council




A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont Two Notorious Crashes Fuel Marijuana Legalization Debate


A New Zine Takes a Whiff of Burlington’s Skateboarders


Rutland’s Chaffee Art Center Moves Forward With Ambitious Expansion



Picturing Vermont

Art: Three photographers document the state’s changing ways of life BY RACHEL ELIZABETH JONES


Past, Present and Future

Culture: Vermont Folklife Center’s new director talks about visibility and sustaining cultures BY KYMELYA SARI



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Page 32: Short Takes on Five Vermont Books





The Presence of Words

Books: A new collection invites another read of late Vermont poet Galway Kinnell BY JIM SCHLEY




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Television: “The Bachelor: Winter Games” is coming to Vermont, and we’ve got questions BY DAN BOLLES


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Bright Lights, Rail City Chabad of Vermont invites friends and families to celebrate Hanukkah in a big way — with its Giant Menorah Public Lighting. Folks gather at St. Albans’ Taylor Park to witness the illumination of an oversize candelabrum in honor of the eight-day Jewish festival. Latkes, doughnuts and singing brighten the occasion.





Play It Forward String music doesn’t necessarily have to sound old-timey. On their 2016 album, Washoe, Dead Winter Carpenters serve up modern-day Americana tunes with shades of classic rock, alt-country, bluegrass and rockabilly. Catch the North Lake Tahoe, Calif., quintet on Thursday at Burlington’s ArtsRiot with openers the Wormdogs.


POWERFUL PIPES What’s that joyful noise you hear emanating from Burlington’s North Avenue Alliance Church? Why, it’s the Burlington Choral Society giving a rousing rendition of George Frideric Handel’s popular composition in their annual Messiah Sing. Queen City community members join in by lifting their voices in the Christmas choruses of this seasonal favorite.


Deck the Halls Attention, aficionados of architecture and design: Take a stroll through the centuries when Woodstock homeowners roll out their welcome mats for the Holiday House Tour. Each historic abode on this annual Wassail Weekend walkthrough has a docent on hand, so feel free to bring questions about the buildings and their histories. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 59


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Green Mountain State readers may be familiar with the Vermont Wild book series. With the latest installment hot off the press, author Megan Price appears at Phoenix Books Essex to sign copies of Vermont Wild: Adventures of Fish & Game Wardens, Volume 5. This collection of true stories from Vermont’s woods is sure to captivate nonfiction fans.





Reach for the Stars


“From the very start of my living and working in the Green Mountain State,” writes shutterbug Ethan Hubbard, “I have pondered the virtues of men and women born and raised in Vermont.” The photographer’s fixation on the state and its residents comes into focus in “Driving the Back Roads: In Search of Old-Time Vermonters,” a collection of audio excerpts and black-and-white portraits at Middlebury’s Vermont Folklife Center. SEE STORY ON PAGE 30


When Whitney Houston sang, “I believe the children are our future,” she could have been crooning about the aspiring superstars who’ll take the stage in the fourth annual Spectacular Spectacular. Held at Higher Ground Ballroom and presented by Seven Days’ parenting magazine, Kids VT, this dazzling youth talent show spotlights Vermont’s rising stars of song, dance, comedy and gymnastics.

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ver think about your license plate? I don’t. Couldn’t even tell you the number. But apparently, some of Vermont’s most prominent citizens think about it quite a lot. I’m talking specifically of low-number plates. You’ve probably seen them around and briefly wondered who’s driving that car with license number 136 or 899 or whatever. The answer is often somebody important. (Former governor MADELEINE KUNIN told me she has number 115.) Three-digit license plates are doled out at the pleasure of the governor like kingly favors and are often passed down from generation to generation. For example, PROCTOR PAGE SR., grandfather of Seven Days consulting editor CANDACE PAGE, was granted number 628 in the 1930s after serving as state finance commissioner; almost a century later, it’s still in the family. As a result, those low-number plates are mighty scarce. “I’ve never seen as many as 10 [available] at once,” said Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles 4:21 PMCommissioner ROBERT IDE. This little inquiry was inspired by Burlington lawyer and former city councilor ED ADRIAN. He was moved to action after reading a story by’s MARK JOHNSON about former attorney general BILL SORRELL having license plate number 420 on his car. You know, the number famously associated with cannabis. Haha, funny. Adrian wondered if it would be possible for any average joe to get one of those plates, so he submitted a public records request. He got a phone call from none other than Ide himself, who explained that there were no formal records to be disclosed because it was a tradition that had never been committed to writing. According to Adrian, Ide said the three-digit specials are not available to the general public but are under “the purview of the governor’s office.” Adrian wrote about his experience on his blog, Freedom & Ethics, and left it at that. Then I picked it up. Here’s what I found. One- and two-digit plates are reserved by law for various public officeholders. The first six numbers are for statewide elected officials, starting with the governor at number 1. Then come various cabinet secretaries, commissioners, judges, state’s attorneys and the like. “There are specific numbers for specific offices,” Ide explained to me. “For

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example, my number is 47. It became available to me when I started [at the DMV], and when I leave, it has to come off my car.” He wouldn’t reveal anyone else’s license number, because federal law prohibits disclosure of such information. Regarding three-digit plates, Ide explained that the DMV commissioner retains legal authority but chooses to defer to the governor.



“I have no idea when this started,” said Ide, who has been commissioner since 2009. “When I came in to discuss the job, governor [JIM] DOUGLAS and [chief of staff ] TIM HAYWARD wanted to know, when a three-digit plate becomes available, how would I handle it? I got the message. “When [PETER] SHUMLIN became governor, he knew exactly how the system operated and wanted it to continue. Now with another governor [PHIL SCOTT], I’m operating under the same system.” And if you think that’s petty, here’s the topper. “When governors leave office, they try not to leave any threedigit plates for their successor,” Ide said. Sheesh. Why don’t they loosen the tops on the saltshakers while they’re at it? Scott’s office confirmed the arrangement but deflected responsibility. “We followed the guidance of the DMV commissioner,” wrote REBECCA KELLEY, Scott’s spokesperson. I really wanted to know who, exactly, feels so strongly about getting a threedigit license plate. I knew I couldn’t get a list of the plate numbers and their holders, so I asked if I could get a list of names with no other identifying information. “I don’t know,” Ide replied. “I’ve never been asked that question before.” After consulting with counsel, he emailed this answer: “As that would involve the disclosure of personal information from motor vehicle records … your request cannot be granted.” That seems arguable. All I’m asking for is names, and those are hardly state secrets. But I’m not hiring a lawyer over this.

Here’s another oddity: The law is silent on how plate number 100 is to be assigned. Numbers 1 through 99 are outlined above, and state law says, “The commissioner shall issue registration numbers 101 through 9999…” No mention of plate 100. “I have noticed that, too,” Ide said. “I cannot begin to answer that question. I think everybody who knows how that happened is dead.” And he can’t tell me whose car bears that magic number. The three-digit inner sanctum is closed to the peasantry, but it is possible to request a four-digit plate. “There’s an application online. Once a month, I sit down with my assistant and decide,” Ide said, adding, “I worry that this story will increase demand.” More than once, Ide remarked that the real issue we should be discussing is Vermont’s rising traffic death toll, not this silly license plate stuff. Except… When Ide retires this month, he will have to relinquish plate number 47. Will he seek a three-numbered plate? “I don’t have to,” he replied. “Jim Douglas left one reserved for me.” That’s right, friends. Since 2009, Ide has had a hold on a three-digit plate. He may be far more concerned with traffic safety — but, after all, status is status.

Media Notes

A newspaper is a pillar of democracy, an invaluable means of fostering an informed citizenry. A newspaper is a business whose first concern is making a profit. Both statements are true … but in a pinch, which takes precedence? Members of the Vermont Press Association had a choice last week — and they resoundingly chose the latter. At issue was a motion to change the VPA’s definition of a “newspaper” to include online outlets with professional staffs that do original reporting. The measure would have opened membership to VTDigger, which is clearly one of the most prominent journalistic organizations in Vermont. The motion was sponsored by Seven Days political editor and VPA board member PAUL HEINTZ. (Heintz, who has been on paternity leave, had no say in my decision to cover this story and played no role in the editing.) You might think this a no-brainer. In an age of shrinking print media,




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“[Heintz’s] motion was to redefine the term ‘newspaper’ in the VPA constitution … [The VPA] is a trade organization that represents companies that produce print newspapers and specialty print publications … Producing and distributing print publications is the one thing all VPA members have in common.” Resmer went on to note that “most of those who spoke in favor of [Heintz’s] proposal work on the editorial side — not the business side — of their companies.” I’m an editorial worker, too, and I think relegating VTDigger to the kids’ table is shortsighted at best. The publishing world is changing rapidly. As newspapers diminish or even disappear, online publication of legal notices will become the norm. Some states have created sharing agreements for legals that include traditional publications and online sources, which would seem to offer a better public service. The VPA would be strengthened, not weakened, if it let VTDigger inside the tent. Speaking of evolving media, Vermont Public Radio news director JOHN DILLON is relinquishing his management post to become a senior reporter for the New England News Collaborative, an organization created by public radio services in eight northeastern states to report on issues affecting the entire region. The NENC is less than 2 years old, but it’s already providing a steady supply of journalism and producing a weekly program, “NEXT,” which airs Sundays at noon on VPR. Dillon was a reporter at VPR for more than a decade before becoming news director — a role he found a bit constricting. “I really want to get back into reporting,” Dillon explained. “I thought I could do some reporting as news director, but it really didn’t work out.” An opportunity arose when KATHLEEN MASTERSON, VPR’s reporter for the collaborative, left the station in November. She had taken a two-month leave to pursue fiction writing and, halfway through, decided to make it permanent. Dillon consulted with his boss, VPR senior vice president and chief content officer JOHN VAN HOESEN, and they reached agreement on the move. Masterson is at least the ninth management or programming staffer to leave VPR this year, which might seem like a worrying trend. Not so, according to Van Hoesen. “We see waves from time to time,” he said. “These days, there are lots of shifts in media. It’s not just one thing anymore. There are lots of opportunities in media.” True that. He might want to share his insight with the members of the VPA. m


VTDigger has become essential. And it shares many common interests with newspapers — transparency, access to meetings and public records, legal protections for reporters — that whole First Amendment thing. Well, it was a no-brainer in the opposite direction. The motion was defeated 31-1. (Each member newspaper, daily or weekly, gets a vote; publishers of multiple papers get one vote per paper. The sole “yes” came from the Herald of Randolph.) Instead, the VPA voted to allow VTDigger to become an “associate member” with no voting rights. Yep, they gave ’em a seat at the kiddie table. The issue that united VPA members was the publication of legal notices. Governments are required to give public notice of meetings, hearings, court actions, foreclosures and many other public-sector processes. State law requires publication in newspapers, but some states have opened the business to online sources. The idea has been considered in Vermont. Newspapers see legal ads as one of their last undiluted sources of revenue. And that was more than enough to keep VTDigger out of the club. “The VPA is a business organization that should reflect the priorities of our business model,” argued RAY SMALL of the Hardwick Gazette. He then asked VTDigger founder and editor ANNE GALLOWAY if her organization had lobbied in favor of online posting of legal notices. When Galloway said “yes,” Small referred to VTDigger as “a direct threat” to newspapers’ business model. I could suggest bigger threats: Craigslist, Facebook, Amazon. BOB MILLER of the Vermont Journal was even more vociferous, accusing Galloway of going “behind our backs” on legal notices, asserting that newspapers are a secure form of reportage while VTDigger “can be hacked,” and saying the VPA shouldn’t bestow its aura of “integrity” upon the web-based upstart. At that point, I couldn’t resist chiming in. I noted that VTDigger had plenty of integrity on its own and that I thought principle should outweigh finance on the issue. I didn’t change any minds. Some publishers were more politic than Miller, but virtually all agreed that the VPA is a trade organization that should exclude online media from full membership. One of the 31 “no” votes came from my employer, Seven Days. “This was not a vote on letting VTDigger into the VPA,” wrote associate publisher CATHY RESMER in an email.

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ive hours into the Burlington City Council’s November 27 meeting, Councilor Dave Hartnett (D-North District) decided to take matters into his own hands. His colleagues were trying for the third time to select a buyer for Burlington Telecom, and, in Hartnett’s view, they were once again headed for a deadlock. So, just before 11 p.m., he climbed the stairs to the City Hall Auditorium balcony to hash out a deal with one of the bidders. “You guys aren’t winning,” Hartnett recalled telling ZRF Partners founder Faisal Nisar and Schurz Communications president and CEO Todd Schurz, who had put together a joint-venture bid. “I don’t support your proposal.” He suggested that Nisar and Schurz restructure the bid — that Schurz take the lead role and Nisar step back and fund the venture. The result? A new, 11th-hour $30.8 million offer. Some councilors, such as Max Tracy (P-Ward 2), strongly objected to the backroom deal. He called the last-minute development a “slap in the face to the public process.” Nonetheless, it won approval from a majority of Burlington city councilors. At 1:45 a.m., they voted 8-2 for Schurz and ZRF. By then, the group had rejected the highest bidder — Toronto-based Tucows offered $32.3 million — and the lowest, which had the most vocal supporters: the cooperative Keep BT Local. To maximize profit, the city had to sell Burlington Telecom by the end of December as part of its 2014 legal settlement with creditor Citibank. The sixmonth process of vetting potential buyers was supposed to be orderly and transparent, but conflicts of interest and changing timelines, bidders and offers made it anything but. The deadline vote came after an eight-hour meeting marked by sharp disagreements, profane outbursts and Twitter battles. Because of the outcome, Councilor Ali Dieng (D/P-Ward 7) later vowed he’d work to unseat some of his colleagues on Town Meeting Day. “I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never imagined anything like it,” said Councilor Richard Deane (D-East District). “I’m a little disillusioned.” Council President Jane Knodell (P-Central District) summed up the drama as messy but necessary. It was a “process of compromise,” she said. “That is what legislative bodies do when they’re working well. At the end of the day, I honestly think we got a great bid.” How did the search for a new owner of Burlington Telecom turn the rule-bound city council into a reality show?

POLITICS Eight bids for BT came in by the June 5 deadline. An advisory board selected the final four — ZRF, Schurz, Tucows and KBTL — to advance to the full council in July. Knodell decided to make the onceconfidential offers public in September and called it a “big win for transparency.” But then three, not four, bids were released. Nisar’s ZRF had withdrawn its offer after Mayor Miro Weinberger expressed his concerns about a potential conflict of interest in the relationship between Nisar and BT adviser Terry Dorman, the latter of whom was considering staying involved with BT after the sale. The two have known each other, and served on some of the same boards, for more than a decade. Then, in October, the council delayed what was supposed to be its final vote because Councilor Karen Paul (D-Ward 6) announced that she had a professional conflict of interest. Paul subsequently quit her job and did vote, though the nature of the conflict has still not been revealed. (The city turned down Seven Days’ request for related public documents, and the newspaper is suing to obtain them.) The second time the council tried to finish the job, members were split 6-6

between Tucows and KBTL. Because the 12member council has no tie-breaking measure, it asked the two competing bidders to team up and present a joint proposal. If they couldn’t agree on one, the council decided, Schurz and ZRF could reenter the process. Dorman resolved any potential conflict by announcing that he would have no future involvement in the telecom, according to Hartnett and Weinberger. A week later, the council passed a resolution stating that “no individual city councilor shall be in contact with any bidder individually for the remainder of this process without informing the city attorney and Terry Dorman.” If that measure was intended to rein in councilors, it failed. Last week’s meeting was even more contentious than the preceding ones. The council had already taken two hourlong recesses by 11 p.m., when public deliberations on BT finally started. The long delay gave the audience plenty of time to tweet about the growing chaos. They called it a “travesty,” a “farce” and a “show de merde” — a shit show. It got worse. As the new Schurz-ZRF bid came forward, Councilor Joan Shannon

(D-South District) questioned Nisar about two meetings he’d had with Councilors Kurt Wright (R-Ward 4) and Knodell. “Bullshit!” Hartnett yelled over her. “You’re out of control, Councilor Shannon, and you’re going down the wrong path!” When she persisted, he jabbed a finger at her and declared her interrogation “boring.” Wright and Knodell jumped in to defend themselves. Speaking for the two of them, Wright denied that he had acted improperly and later asserted that Dorman had approved the November 26 sit-down at the Hilton Garden Inn. (Dorman did approve a November 22 meeting of Nisar, Knodell and Wright in the airport, the BT adviser said later. But neither he nor City Attorney Eileen Blackwood said they knew anything about a meeting at the Hilton.) Councilors traded barbs as interim Chief Administrative Officer Beth Anderson struggled to keep the meeting under control. Those who favored Tucows accused three pro-KBTL councilors of being disingenuous; Knodell, Sharon Bushor (I-Ward 1) and Sara Moore (P-Ward 3) ultimately switched their votes from the co-op to Schurz-ZRF.


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Co-op supporters alleged that Tucows that Paul should step down from the counbackers were “Miro-bots� who will do cil for her alleged conflict of interest. whatever Weinberger wants. Groups are mobilizing, too, as a result With time running out and options of the BT decision. KBTL board chair Alan seemingly exhausted, many councilors Matson said last week he was taking “a were willing to resign themselves to the ad day to mourn� but would be meeting with hoc Schurz-ZRF proposal. Schurz is a pri- members soon to decide next steps. They vate family-owned company from Indiana would consider using their groundswell that operates fiber, cable and media compa- of support — including 500 contributing nies across the country. ZRF will fund job members — to stay involved with BT or to training and provide startup capital for local back council candidates in March, he said. tech companies. Rights & Democracy is gearing up to “We couldn’t postpone any more,� said campaign for and endorse progressive Adam Roof (I-Ward 8), a Tucows supporter candidates and will be discussing BT and who nonetheless voted in favor of the final devising a strategy, according to spokesman Schurz-ZRF proposal. “It was an improper Shay Totten, a former Seven Days columnist ending,� Roof said. “But it was a fitting who supported KBTL. ending to an improper process.� “There’s a backlash that’s going to come Hartnett acknowledged that he ignored out of that that’s a little more vicious,� the council resolution from two weeks prior Totten predicted. “People have been very by approaching Nisar and energized,� he said, and Schurz at the meeting but are “seeing this as part of a said he had no regrets. “I’m broader picture that the city OK with giving up transparis sliding backward.� ency for a better offer,� he Tom Torti, president of said during a recess at the the Lake Champlain Regional meeting. Chamber of Commerce, worBesides, he told Seven ried that the “debacle� would Days later, “Everyone make Burlington look bad in had their hand in the the eyes of tech companies cookie jar going to bidders C OUNC ILOR searching for a place to land. independently.� ADAM ROOF Those councilors who Such companies seek transviolated the resolution by parency, consistency and premeeting in secret won’t face dictability, he said: “They’re any consequences, Blackwood told Seven going to look at that and say, ‘Huh?’� Days. “The people’s remedy is to unelect Plenty of questions remain about the them,� she said. winning bid. Schurz charges its consumers But Hartnett’s comments toward more than BT, according to Shannon, but it Shannon sparked outrage on social media. promised not to raise prices in Burlington At a neighborhood planning assembly for at least five years. meeting in the New North End two days The company also submitted a letter to later, several residents asked for Hartnett’s the Federal Communications Commission apology. to advocate against net neutrality — the “No apology from me for Councilor current practice that prevents internet serShannon — at all,� he said. vice providers from favoring some online In fact, Hartnett asked for Shannon’s content. But CEO Schurz promised that BT apology. He was enraged, he said, “to sit would stay net neutral. “The commitment there and have another city councilor attack we gave to the city we will absolutely keep,� the integrity of other councilors and virtuhe said. ally just flat-out lie on the floor. She should Weinberger, who backed Tucows, said consider maybe even stepping down from he was relieved the council finally acted. Of the council.� Shannon said it “pained� her to hear of Schurz, he said, “We’ll work to hold them to Hartnett’s continued criticism. “We had a higher standard than sometimes they’ve a good relationship prior to Monday,� she achieved in other markets.� He said he would help Schurz and said. “I do believe time heals all wounds, but ZRF establish a formal agreement, which how much time, I don’t know.� In a phone interview last week, Dieng, is scheduled for council approval on who voted against Schurz, said the meeting December 18. By Tuesday, the contract was was “like kindergarten.� He took the next not yet formalized. Meanwhile, CEO Schurz said he day off work. “I was totally sick from the would spend the next several months inside,� he said. He said he’d be helping to unseat those reaching out to the community, trying to current councilors who are motivated by win the hearts of Burlingtonians. A few “their own agenda. It’s really time; other days after the marathon meeting, he conpeople should run for office.� Dieng said he fessed, “We, too, were surprised by what is especially peeved with Knodell, Wright happened on Monday.� m and Hartnett, but only Wright is up for reelection in March. Dieng also suggested Contact:


A Gunshot Survivor Aims to Secure Background Checks in Vermont B Y ALI CI A FR EESE




he new leader of Gun Sense Vermont understands gun violence better than most. When Clai Lasher-Sommers was 13, her abusive stepfather shot her in the back with a high-powered hunting rifle. Forty-seven years later, lead shrapnel is still working its way out of her body, leaving sores on her skin as it surfaces. Earlier this month, Gun Sense Vermont announced that LasherSommers, 60, will serve as its acting executive director, replacing Ann Braden, the group’s founder and, for the last five years, the driving force behind the state’s only organization devoted to gun control. This leadership change raises key questions for the nonprofit and its battle to pass gun-safety measures in a state fiercely protective of the right to bear arms. Can Gun Sense Vermont survive Braden’s departure? Will LasherSommers, a longtime activist and farmer who lives in Westmoreland, N.H., be able to revive its faltering quest for universal background checks? “She is fearless, she is tenacious and she has been working on this issue for her entire life,” said Braden. Gun Sense Vermont began when Braden, a mother of two and a former middle school teacher, started a petition for universal background checks in 2012, in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that left 26 dead, 20 of them children. After collecting 12,000 signatures, she delivered the petition in March 2013 to then-governor Peter Shumlin and held a press conference at the Statehouse. Shumlin was not receptive, but Braden, undeterred, began regularly driving from her home in Brattleboro to Montpelier to lobby for background checks and other gun-safety measures. Licensed firearms dealers are required to perform the checks in Vermont, but buyers can easily purchase guns online, at gun shows or from private individuals without submitting to any scrutiny. After two years of acrimonious debate, Braden won two modest victories. In 2015, the Vermont legislature voted to mandate that mental health professionals submit information to a federal database of people who are prohibited from purchasing guns because they are at risk of harming themselves


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or others. Replicating a federal law, state legislators also made it a crime for felons to possess guns, which enabled local police to enforce the prohibition. Gun Sense Vermont has grown to a 5,000-member organization, but its central goal remains unrealized. A universal background check bill is still “on the wall” in the House, meaning it’s tacked to a wall in the Judiciary Committee conference room and hasn’t yet been taken down for discussion. Legislation on the Senate side hasn’t fared much better. Senate Judiciary Committee members discussed the bill in 2015 but, in a straw poll, voted 3-2 against sending it to the full body for a vote. As these bills have stalled, so has Gun Sense Vermont. Without a clear path to achieving its raison d’être, the group has been “a bit dormant in the past year,” in the words of board president Elissa Pine of Brattleboro. Braden, who offered a similar assessment, said she decided to step down because she is preparing to run for office

— likely a state Senate seat — and writing a novel. Her successor, Lasher-Sommers, has been a fellow at Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg after Sandy Hook. She has lobbied for gun-control measures in New Hampshire’s Statehouse and has served on the board of Gun Sense Vermont. Last year, after then-U.S. senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire declined to meet with gun-control advocates, LasherSommers traveled to Washington, D.C., and crashed the lawmaker’s Coffee With Kelly constituent event. She asked Ayotte to hold a town hall meeting on guns in a cordial but unsuccessful attempt to force the issue. Perhaps Lasher-Sommers’ most powerful asset is her own story. When Hillary Clinton made a stop in Keene, N.H., while campaigning for president in 2015, Lasher-Sommers was her warm-up act. Wearing a brocaded jacket and holding a microphone, the

New Hampshire farmer strode back and forth as she described her own grisly encounter with guns. In a video of the event posted on C-SPAN, members of the audience look stunned. Lasher-Sommers was born in Bellow Falls but moved across the border to Spofford, N.H. She lived with her mother, brother and a stepfather. The latter, she said, routinely beat and threatened to shoot the other three. “He would hang me against a wall with a gun against my throat,” she recalled during an interview last week. When Lasher-Sommers returned home from a friend’s house on a snowy afternoon in January 1970, she could tell her mother and stepfather had been drinking. Lasher-Sommers and her brother tried to keep a low profile as they heated Beefaroni for dinner but couldn’t avoid their stepfather’s rage. She had run to her bedroom and almost closed the door behind her when her stepfather pulled the trigger on his .30-06 rifle, hitting her in the


back. If the bullet hadn’t first grazed lawmakers will approve the proposal the door, she believes she would anytime soon. have died. “I am working as hard as humanly Lasher-Sommers spent six months possible to get my universal backrecovering at what is now Dartmouth- ground checks bill out of the Judiciary Hitchcock medical center; after she Committee,” Sen. Phil Baruth (D/Pwas released, she cycled through foster Chittenden) said. “To be frank, the homes until she was 17. debate is literally being impeded by a Her stepfather was convicted 3-2 vote in that committee.” of aggravated assault, according to Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington), Lasher-Sommers. who chairs the committee and was Today, she grows herbs and among those who voted no, knows vegetables at New Dawn Farm in Baruth is frustrated. He said he’ll hold Westmoreland, not far from where she hearings on the bill, but as for the 3-2 was shot. vote, “I don’t see that changing.” What can Vermonters It’s not clear whether learn about gun violence the background check bill from her story? would pass in the Senate, “It happens everybut “it has to be pushed where,” Lasher-Sommers forward even if it’s painful responded. “We just have and annoying to others,” to not think that Vermont Baruth maintained. is an island.” The proposal’s prosHaving lobbied in pects look even poorer New Hampshire, which, in the House, where like Vermont, has a cosponsor Rep. Michael CL AI L ASHERstrong hunting tradiMrowicki (D-Putney) SOMMERS tion and weak firearms said, “I would certainly laws, she is no stranger like to get a vote on it,” but to intransigence toward to new gun “it might not be this year.” He doesn’t regulations. yet know whether the House Judiciary But the fact that she doesn’t plan Committee will even discuss it. on moving to Vermont could become Perhaps recognizing this situation, a liability. Lasher-Sommers points out Lasher-Sommers said her first priority in her defense that she was born in the is bringing more structure to Gun Sense Green Mountains and lives just 12 miles Vermont. That effort includes recruitfrom Brattleboro. ing additional board members and raisStill, gun-rights proponents have ing money. long characterized the gun debate as Her predecessor supports that focus. liberal hippies versus real Vermonters. “I really want Gun Sense Vermont to Braden, a native of Connecticut, took be a long-term sustainable force in the heat for being an outsider, despite living state,” Braden said. She believes her in Vermont since 2006. departure will help by prompting the Lasher-Sommer’s state of residence organization to build a deeper leaderis the first thing Ed Cutler, president ship bench. of Gun Owners of Vermont, pointed Board president Pine is on the same out when asked about her. “If they’re page. During a short interview, she going to claim to be a Vermont orga- used the word “sustainable” at least five nization, their leadership ought to be times. “We want to be less dependent Vermonters,” he said. on riled-up individuals and have someThe second thing he had to say about thing people could step in and out of her: “We consider her a professional that is sustainable.” victim.” But even as the organization turns In addition to weathering criticism inward, its sights remain set on the from the opposition, Lasher-Sommers end goal: universal background checks. will have to contend with a reluctant “The movement is growing,” Lasherlegislature. Even though a 2016 Vermont Sommers said. “I think Vermont is Public Radio poll found that 89 percent gonna get there.” m of Vermonters support universal background checks, it remains unlikely that Contact:



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ecent news that the drivers in two deadly crashes had used marijuana is adding fuel to the ongoing debate over whether the drug should be legalized in Vermont. Wrong-way driver Steven Bourgoin had THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in his system when he slammed into a car carrying five Mad River Valley teenagers last year on Interstate 89, killing all of them. And Steven Holmes had THC in his system when he drove across the center line on Route 22A in Bridport on August 7 and struck an oncoming truck, killing himself and three passengers in his Volkswagen Beetle. Marijuana might have been a factor, along with speed and fatigue, according to a state police report on the crash. News of the Bourgoin toxicology report, which reported last week, drew strong reactions. Prolegalization forces insisted that marijuana was likely not a key factor, while others worried that it was. According to the state police, Bourgoin had 10 nanograms of THC in his blood eight hours after the crash. That’s twice the legal driving limit in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal. “To suggest that this accident wasn’t caused by marijuana use was, I think, denying the obvious,” said Rep. Ben Joseph (D-North Hero), a former Superior Court judge. Legalization would expand ready access to marijuana, increasing highway crashes, he predicted: “I just think it’s going to be a terrible price.” Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, a longtime legalization advocate, disagreed. Bourgoin also had the opioid fentanyl and an antianxiety prescription drug in his system, according to the police report, and had recently gone to the

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hospital emergency room with possible mental health problems. “It is quite clear that [Bourgoin] had a tremendous number of issues,” Zuckerman said. “I cannot say that cannabis did or did not have anything to do with that crash. What I can say is that other factors contributed significantly greater to that tragic accident. Part of this whole discussion is putting all of these things into perspective. When we start going down the Reefer Madness path, it immediately calls into question the validity of the argument being made.” The revelations about these crashes come as the push for marijuana legalization in Vermont has gained momentum, and advocates appear to be closer than ever to their goal. But the fear that legalization would lead to more driverimpaired accidents has long been an issue. Last month, Vermont Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas

Anderson said more highway deaths would result from legal use of cannabis. He made the prediction during a meeting of the Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission, which is charged with studying the impact of legalization. Advocates for legal marijuana insist that the research tells a different story and that the study commission — appointed by Gov. Phil Scott after he vetoed legislation that would have legalized marijuana — is biased. “There’s scant evidence to show that cannabis consumption alone leads to increased crash problems,” Zuckerman said. The commission, he added, is “ridiculously stacked” against what he termed “cannabis reform.” The available scientific studies have not led to consensus. People on either side of the debate argue about the current research and what it means. Anderson chairs a subcommittee of the governor’s commission that reviewed at least eight studies, including

research that looked at national data as well as recent trends in Colorado and Washington State, which have both legalized pot. “We tried to pull out the best data we could find, the best research we could find,” he told Seven Days. “I thought the data supported the conclusion that you will have increased fatalities on the roadways.” The subcommittee cited a 2017 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine study that concluded there is “substantial evidence of statistical association between cannabis use and increased risk of motor vehicle crashes.” The committee also cited a Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area report from law enforcement agencies that compared marijuanarelated traffic deaths in Colorado before and after the drug became legal there in 2014. There were 55 fatalities in 2013, which more than doubled to 125 deaths in 2015, the group found. But critics of that report say the presence of marijuana in test results does not mean it caused crashes. They also say the analysis was produced by a biased police group. “It’s a document that is designed to mislead people and to support continuing prohibition,” said Matt Simon, New England political director and legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, a national organization lobbying to legalize marijuana. The Vermont subcommittee noted that there are nuanced and differing views on crash data. A 2017 study in the American Journal of Public Health concluded that changes in motor vehicle fatality rates in Colorado and Washington since legalization are not statistically


different from rates in states where it is not legal, for example. And factors such as texting while driving must be considered along with marijuana laws. Vermont’s own data show mixed trends since 2013, when the state decriminalized marijuana by allowing possession of small amounts with no criminal charge. Worries that even this half-step toward legalization would cause a spike in traffic deaths have so far not been borne out. Overall traffic fatalities in Vermont declined from 77 to 62 between 2012 and 2016 and are nowhere near the record 161 deaths logged in 1979, according to the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Still, fatalities are trending up this calendar year. As of December 4, Vermont had logged 67 traffic fatalities, compared to 57 on the same date in 2016. And, looking at all crashes, it appears that cannabis is present more



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often. In the three years leading up to decriminalization, there were 71 crashes in which at least one driver was reported to have cannabis in his or her system, compared to 91 in the three years after, according to the marijuana commission’s roadway safety report. And when fatal crashes do occur, impairment from drugs, alcohol or both is a significant and growing factor, according to the same state data, accounting for more than half of highway deaths in 2016. But the data show that alcohol alone is the leading cause, although it is often present in concert with marijuana or other drugs. Another big question: To what degree does the presence of THC, which stays in the body for long periods of time, indicate impairment? Some speculate that regular users with relatively high levels of THC aren’t necessarily heavily impaired, while others debate that. Colorado’s DUI standard for nanograms of THC is arbitrary and unscientific, and other states should not set similar limits, said Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project. “What’s impairing for one person is not going to be impairing for another,” Simon said. Blood tests can be a useful factor in evaluating impairment, Simon said, but police need training to also consider a




broad range of factors in drivers who are suspected of impairment. These include traditional sobriety measures, such as assessing the ability to walk and talk. Research does seem to be clear that marijuana and alcohol affect driving in different ways. Marijuana tends to slow reflexes and response time and, in some cases, causes motorists to drive more slowly — and possibly be less alert. Alcohol tends to be associated with riskier driving maneuvers, speed and loss of control. Both proponents and critics of legalization acknowledge that people are driving under the influence of pot now and that, regardless of what Vermont does, neighboring Massachusetts will allow retail sales of pot next summer, right over the border. Gov. Scott declined to comment for this article. On Vermont Public Radio last Friday, he reiterated support for a

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A home that’s been under construction for nearly five decades has new owners. The long-unfinished structure at 97 Dunder Road has been a source of controversy. Some consider it an eyesore in a well-kept South End neighborhood. Tom Walsh purchased the property from the previous owners, Don and Carroll Albertson, on November 2 for $350,000, according to city records. Walsh, who lives in Charlotte, filed for city permits to renovate the home in early November and said he plans to move in with his family in the spring. “It’s kind of uneventful,” Walsh said. “I bought it, and we’re going to finish it, and then we’re going to live in it.” The house has been half finished for decades. Don Albertson, an engineer and architect, bought the parcel in 1966 and began working on the house in 1969. In 2003, his building was deemed vacant by the city. Since 2006, Seven Days reported in June, Albertson has paid more than $20,000 in fees to the city. In May, city officials filed a complaint against Albertson in environmental court for zoning violations. The court told Albertson he had nine months to sell the home, he told Seven Days. “It’s definitely a good thing to have closed in our files because it’s one of the ones that’s been open since I was appointed the director in 2010,” said city code enforcement head Bill Ward. “But, obviously, it’s been going on for decades, so it definitely feels good that we’re moving past that. There actually should be some closure now.” Albertson said he always intended to finish the building; he envisioned a net-zero energy dream home. But his age caught up to him, he said; he’s 84, and his wife is 78. “We were just at a point where we did not have the stamina,” Albertson said. “It’s a really good dream opportunity for the buyer, I think. I dearly hope it will be as successful for him as I believe it would have been for us. “I just wanted the building, if you will, to find a good home, because we put so much personal work into it,” Albertson said. “As far as I can tell, that’s what happened.”





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The controversial conservative activist James O’Keefe spoke on the topic of free speech without interruption in Middlebury last Thursday night. About 40 people gathered in a small event room at the Courtyard Middlebury hotel to hear O’Keefe, whose Project Veritas was in the national news last week for a botched sting that targeted the Washington Post. He declined to answer questions about why Veritas apparently attempted to plant a fake story in the Post, saying the group does not discuss its “motives or methods.” But O’Keefe vowed to keep doing undercover work and James O’Keefe video exposés. “I don’t consider anything off-limits,” he told the audience. At least 15 people in attendance were members of the media, and at times they seemed to take up most of the space in the room. A few Middlebury College students and residents of the town turned out, too. “I care about free speech. I think that hearing from O’Keefe is important,” said Samuel Zimmer, a Middlebury College sophomore, after the event. O’Keefe’s talk came as the college deals with continued fallout from a visit by The Bell Curve author Charles Murray in March. Protesters shut down his talk and mobbed Murray as he attempted to leave campus. The incident triggered national discussion about campus free speech. O’Keefe’s appearance was billed as a response to “Middlebury’s free speech problem.” There were no visible protests, although security was fairly tight. Middlebury police walked through the conference room with a canine before the speech began. A hotel manager stood at the door, monitoring the people coming and going. O’Keefe said during his talk that the security was unusual and came in response to threats. While O’Keefe was reluctant to detail the Post sting, he walked the audience through several other Veritas Projects that targeted Acorn, National Public Radio, Planned Parenthood, CNN and voter fraud in New Hampshire. O’Keefe said the mainstream media has too many sacred cows, and it’s up to organizations like Veritas to go after stories the rest of the pack ignores. “There is so much crap and so much fraud and so much hypocrisy,” O’Keefe said. He added: “I will never be out of work.”


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UVM Inks Deal to Sell Land in South Burlington for $3 Million The University of Vermont has finalized terms to sell 44 acres in South Burlington to a private housing developer for at least $3 million. Up to 176 units could be built on the property near the corner of Swift and Spear streets. It’s about 1.5 miles from campus, south of Interstate 189. A land swap is an element of the deal, which was signed Monday. Under the contract, developer Frank von Turkovich will give UVM 22 acres of land at 150 Swift Street adjacent to the acreage he plans to acquire.   UVM will use the new land for walking, biking and other recreation, according to the contract. It could also be used for parking and recreation-area restrooms, as well as for utilities serving the new housing.   The final purchase price could be more than $3 million, but it’s unclear how much more. The university blacked out a clause defining a “supplemental price” that can be added to the $3 million, subject to various conditions in the contract with Swift & Spear Associates, where von Turkovich is manager.    One of the conditions is that the development not exceed 176 housing units. Seven Days obtained the contract through a public records request. The closing will not take place until von Turkovich, a South Burlington resident, obtains local approval for the housing as well as a state environmental permit under Act 250. Von Turkovich must convince the city to change the zoning for a portion of the land. He has until January 31, 2019, to obtain the zoning change and until April 30, 2020, to obtain municipal and state permits under the contract deadline. Otherwise, UVM can back out of the deal.


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even Days writers can’t possibly read, much less review, all the books that arrive in a steady stream by post, email and, in one memorable case, a murder of magpies. So this monthly feature is our way of introducing you to five books by Vermont authors. To do that, we contextualize each book just a little and quote a single representative sentence from, yes, page 32. Inclusion here implies neither approval nor derision on our part, but simply: Here are a bunch of books, arranged alphabetically by authors’ names, that Seven Days readers might like to know about.  Contact: margot@sevendaysvt. com,,,

The Avant Garde of Western Civ The Green Mountains Deep: Fiction About Disabled Vermonters by a Disabled Vermonter Jill M. Allen, Railroad Street Press, 116 pages. $12.

It’s embarrassing to still be drinking your parents’ blood when you’re in your twenties. That wonderful sentence comes from “Dead Zone,” a short story in which a young woman’s fortunes change precipitously after her wheelchair bogs down in the mud of a Montpelier cemetery. Suffice it to say, the denouement involves vampires, but not in the way you’d expect. “I wrote this book to fill holes,” writes JILL M. ALLEN of Burlington in her introduction to this short volume of prose and poetry, self-published through St. Johnsbury’s RAILROAD STREET PRESS. Few fictions spotlight characters with disabilities without making disability the center of the narrative, she points out, and even fewer are actually written by authors with disabilities. Allen fills those holes with writing that’s sparkling, witty and fun, whether she’s spoofing traditional ballads or introducing us to characters such as a scrappy Vermont farm girl whose boyfriend surprises her with a pink wheelchair lift on their own unusual version of Valentine’s Day. We hope she’ll produce a second volume. M. H .

David Holdridge, Press Americana, 222 pages. $15.

The concrete in our projects didn’t dry and our “burn rate” or “money spent” was significantly behind donor expectations. In DAVID HOLDRIDGE’s memoir of his years heading charity relief and reconstruction efforts in Iraq after “Shock and Awe” (remember that?), the “donors” are the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. While those entities’ representatives remained safely ensconced in Baghdad’s Green Zone, Holdridge lived and worked among Iraqis, encouraging them to take ownership of civil projects funded by the U.S. The fraught world of American aid abroad deserves every revealing window it can get, and Holdridge’s perspective is chilling. A pool gets built in Kut and quickly sinks; women in black abayas are the key to change but nearly impossible to reach. “A few Western civ types are not likely to overturn thousands of years of traditional decision making,” Holdridge observes early on; by the end, he believes the U. S. Agency for International Development should be “abolished.” Discursive and lacking some basic factual framing, Holdridge’s narrative is also bracingly honest in its cynicism. A .L .

Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to a More Focused and Quiet Mind Arnie Kozak, Skyhorse Publishing, 272 pages. $19.99.

Your spiritual growth will benefit to the extent that you can hold to the three principles of self-reliance, anti-speculation, and responsibility. ARNIE KOZAK is a clinical assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the author of numerous books on Buddhism, introversion, meditation and mindfulness. The last term, which has gained attention in recent years, refers to the cultivation of a mental state in which one focuses on the present while accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and sensations. Timeless Truths, due out in midJanuary, is geared toward beginners in the field, promising to “[tell] you everything you need to know to get rid of stress and gain newfound peace.” While getting through this book might be somewhat of a haul — it includes nearly 300 pages about learning not to do stuff, and the last two sections are called “Going Deeper” and “Going Even Deeper” — Kozak’s dips into first person keep the text relatable. If recent events have you fretting about the future, this guidebook to living in the present could be just what the doctor ordered.

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is a professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine who’s published numerous scientific papers, as well as an essay on the poetry of Jim Morrison. Caveat, released by PHOENIX BOOKS’ new selfpublishing arm, is his first novel. It tackles more than a handful of hefty issues, including romantic betrayal and terrorism. Michael is a cyber-security expert struggling in his marriage. After his wife tells him she no longer loves him, he hops across the Atlantic to Paris, hitching up with a mysterious woman along the way. Soon he’s embroiled in an explosive affair. While Osol’s grasp of perspective can be shaky, and not all readers will be comfortable with Michael’s attitude toward women, this novel has plenty of action to keep it moving.

Readers will surmise from this book’s title, and the quote above, Vermont author MARK PENDERGRAST’s position on the concept of repressed, or recovered, memory. The jacket copy is sprinkled with such phrases as “the worst pseudoscience in psychology” and “dangerous junk science theories.” Actual social science agrees: The American Psychological Association has stated unequivocally that little or no empirical evidence supports the notion of recovered memory, at least regarding child sexual abuse. Yet, back in the 1980s, a tsunami of such claims emerged, along with widespread — and ultimately discredited — panic about “Satanic ritual abuse.” Pendergrast has been down this road before with his 1995 book Victims of Memory. According to this new tome, he has reason to believe the recovered-memory phenomenon has, well, recovered. Memory Warp explains why and delves further into the science that still says it isn’t a thing. Though a dense read, the book is a dramatic clarion call and includes an advice section for families, advocates and even attorneys.

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sounds like an ethnographer when he talks about Burlington’s skateboarding scene. Its culture, he asserts, is built on a foundation of shared stories and oral histories, whether related to tricks, local skate spots or the reflections of longtime skateboarders. On Thursday, December 7, a few of those stories will manifest physically in the form of a zine called Sniff This BTV, devoted to chronicling Burlington’s skating community from the 1990s through today. The debut issue of this perhaps semiregular publication will be 68 perfectbound pages printed in California and sold for a yet-to-be-determined sum — but likely about $10. It will feature more than 70 photographs, an essay by CALUM BUCHANAN on crossing cultural boundaries in a foreign country through skating, an interview with area skater KYLE BURROUGHS, jokes by comedian RICHARD BOWEN and more. Though Litsios, 28, is credited as the editor, the magazine is a group effort: 23-year-old photographer PETER CIRILLI is the deputy editor, and eight designers, including Cirilli, contributed to the layout. About as many photographers provided shots of area skaters. The project is funded by personal money from Litsios and Cirilli, as well as contributions from Zero Gravity Craft Brewery and DRIVEN STUDIO, a Burlingtonbased multimedia graphic design and video-production company at which Cirilli works. The editors hope the formation of the zine will build on the trend toward VAN LITSIOS

greater community connections that Litsios and Cirilli have noticed in the Burlington skate scene. They cite the 2015 opening of the Andy A_Dog Williams Skatepark on Burlington’s waterfront as a major part of that development. “The skateboard scene used to be stratified,” Litsios recalls. “[There were] these little cliques of people who skated in different spots, and you may or may not interact with all of them. But now that we have a world-class, amazing park downtown, people gravitate to it. It’s acting as a kingpin for the whole community. “I saw that, and saw people interacting that typically hadn’t before, and the


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idea sparked to create a publication that will give a context for those conversations to happen,” he continues. The concepts of community and storytelling are driving themes for Sniff This. “Skateboarders are really good at telling stories,” Litsios says. “It’s how skateboard culture has reproduced over

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the years. I just want to contribute to that conversation.” Litsios, a copywriter for Burton Snowboards, is himself a skateboarder who grew up reading skate magazines — making Sniff This somewhat of a fullcircle moment for him. In skateboarding, “a big part of the culture is observation and appreciation of what’s going on,” he says. “So magazines are the best platform for that to take place, because they take all these different stories and put them in one publication.” The choice to print a zine, rather than letting the content live on a website or in an Instagram account, is a conscious one. Litsios and Cirilli both say that creating a physical object is an intentional step away from the ephemeral yet highly connected world of the web. “On Instagram, the [skate] community is 100 percent connected. On a day-to-day basis, you know what skater X did yesterday, or even an hour ago,” Litsios says. “But it’s fleeting; it doesn’t have a sense of permanence and it gets you really obsessed with right now, what’s happening today in Burlington skateboarding.” The ability to keep up with hypercurrent events might feel good in the moment, but it has a negative overall effect on building a connected community, the editors postulate. The connections are forgotten as soon as they are made, and tall tales or comical remembrances soon pass into an everexpanding digital void, becoming harder to find as the hashtags, content and contributors pile up. “We’re giving [these stories] a piece of print that people can hold on to and keep for a little while,” Litsios says. “And, even if they throw it away in a year, the stories will have a longer lifespan.” Cirilli also notes that the zine has changed his practice as a photographer. Normally, he would post shots from a skate session shortly after it’s completed. “There’s not much in this area for people to shoot [photos] for,” he explains, “and you could put it on Instagram, but then it’s lost in two days. For me, it’s especially awesome because I now have something to work for, [and] I can open it up and see [my photographs] in print, and other people can see it and be like, ‘Holy crap.’” m Contact:

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Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street, Rutland, 775-0356. Art Walk, Friday, December 15, 5-7 p.m. A guided tour of seven pop-up galleries begins at 6 p.m., leaving from Gallery 77 at 77 Grove Street in downtown Rutland.




he CHAFFEE ART CENTER in Rutland has been closed since May. But big plans are afoot there, and not just to renovate its historic building or expand arts programming — though both will occur. Executive director JIM BOUGHTON and the center’s board of directors, led by new president DIMITRI AMPATIELLOS, are on a visionary mission. Their work, said Ampatiellos, will ensure that “art takes on a bigger, more expansive concept” at the center. The Chaffee Art Center, which was founded in 1961 by the RUTLAND AREA ART ASSOCIATION, is located in the 1896 George Chaffee House on South Main Street (Route 7). Rutland businessman George Thrall Chaffee built the Queen Anne Victorian mansion for his family, who resided there until the 1930s. The house was boarded up until 1961, when it reopened for the Rutland Bicentennial. With its two turrets, stone front entrance arch and exterior foundation of machine-cut marble blocks, the place is architectural eye candy. The Chaffee family donated the building to the arts nonprofit; Boughton called it a “huge piece of our identity.” But the center’s new expanded art concept starts outdoors. Working in cooperation with Green Mountain College and the University of Vermont,

closed for renovations, opening dates will soon be announced. The Chaffee has maintained a public presence: its 56th annual Art in the Park took place in August and October; in December, it is running a downtown pop-up ArtBeat Gallery and hosting a live music event; educational programming will resume in 2018. When the center reopens, the new ArtBeat Café will welcome visitors and provide a place to socialize and enjoy a meal or cup of coffee. From there, people might wander through the upgraded gallery space or attend one of 100 classes. The café will also provide a classroom for culinary arts training, Boughton said. After renovations are complete, the Chaffee will offer classes in microbrewing, organic gardening, writing, quilting and cooking international cuisine. “We’ll always offer painting, waterJim Boughton color and kids’ classes, but we’re looking into other ideas, like the art of gardening or the art of composting,” Boughton said. “We want to the Chaffee is embarking connect with the commuon a “five-year research nity in a broader way.” project that will completely An art-therapy program, transform the grounds,” new to the education deBoughton explained. Using partment, will employ a the Chaffee as a classroom, mobile unit — a van carrythe two schools “will introing art supplies and musical duce Rutland to the concept instruments — to bring art of permaculture.” classes to community memPermaculture landbers who have dementia, J I M BOU GH T ON scaping means more than autism or behavioral issues. just planting shrubs and The man behind this trees. Every plant in such a landscape broad vision for the Chaffee was board is chosen specifically to provide food, president Rick Twigg, who died of a shade or pollinators to those nearby. At brain tumor in September at age 56. the Chaffee, the transformation of the In early 2017, Twigg assembled a new grounds will double as an educational board. In May, he convinced Boughton undertaking that addresses storm-water to return to the role of executive direcrunoff, sewage, pesticide exposure and tor, which the latter had held a decade other topics critical to a healthy, sustain- ago. Boughton has also worked at the able community. Chaffee as a volunteer, teacher and gal“We’re developing the outside of lery manager. the Chaffee to look beautiful and to be Neither Twigg nor Boughton could as creative and expressive as the inside have imagined what a difficult year 2017 of the building,” Boughton said. “It will would prove to be. Instead, they imagalso be educational, identifying plants ined what could be. Twigg led the board and explaining why certain things were in creating the master plan that includes planted and where. It can link us to interior and exterior renovations to farmers, gardeners and landscapers.” the historic building, repurchasing the Bringing the community to the carriage house (which had been sold a Chaffee and the Chaffee to the commu- number of years ago to relieve financial nity are goals integral to the art center’s troubles) and creating an entire campus plan. While the building is currently still for the arts. Chaffee Art Center

According to a tribute in memory of Twigg on the Chaffee’s website, Twigg saw great potential in the Chaffee, envisioning it as a community center for locals and a destination for others to experience Rutland’s charm and history. He saw such a place as being accessible to all, with children- and family-oriented programming playing a dominant role. Twigg believed that “art” encompassed visual, literary, musical, culinary and performance arts and more, and he hoped to bring them all to the Chaffee. After Twigg’s death, the board took time to mourn and reflect on the organization’s future, said Boughton, temporarily putting plans on hold. Then the members got to work, meeting weekly with nonprofits devoted to historic preservation and other endeavors. The board accomplished weekly goals and continues on an ambitious path, said Ampatiellos, who was Twigg’s life partner and now serves at the board’s helm. “Everything is a five-year time frame,” Ampatiellos said. “We’ve begun the first phase of the permaculture project, which included excavating. We trenched out and laid conduit from the mansion to the barn.” The Chaffee board is working with VERMONT HISTORIC PRESERVATION and Rutland architects NBF ARCHITECTS, who will lead the design team. Porch railings for the house exterior are being specially milled to resemble the original rails as closely as possible. “We’ll be putting in an elevator and making the house ADAcompliant,” Ampatiellos noted. “There will be a wraparound deck and access to the third floor, which has never been possible.” The rear of the house will be expanded to accommodate the café. Staff are at work developing the Chaffee Preschool and Children’s Creativity and Imagineering Center, a full-service preschool and after-school art and creativity space to be located in the carriage house. “I believe very strongly in collaboration throughout Vermont and in our city of Rutland,” Boughton said. “We’re really looking to connect with all of the arts organizations in a different way than we have in the past. “It’s quite powerful when we all work together and speak as one voice,” he added, “and create Rutland as an arts destination.” m


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or those of you who don’t keep up on your fast-food marketing gimmicks, Mdcastle is referring to an autumn promotion at Arby’s in recent years, a special one-day-only venisonsteak sandwich. So far, the scheme seems to be working better than you might guess: The venison sells out within hours, sometimes minutes, and Arby’s gets, if not the widespread civil unrest inspired by McDonald’s Sichuan sauce, at least the spike in social media chatter any modern business craves. Who knew there was such a hunger for deer? Makes sense when you think about it, really. Millennials, we never stop hearing, are driving American food culture toward more and more outré tastes, and we were bound to get around to game eventually. In October, the food-delivery app Caviar reported that orders

for game meat had risen 80 percent over the last two years. Deer’s also healthier and easier on the environment than beef. Plus there’s that rising passion for local eating; what could be more local than deer? None of the American butcher-shop staples — cow, pig, chicken — are indigenous to the continent. Deer, on the other hand? It’s like eating out of our own national backyard. In theory, anyway. In fact, Arby’s had to source its venison from New Zealand, where there’s a robust deer-farming industry; in the U.S., only 20 percent of the demand for venison is met by domestic supply. But yes, it’s legal to raise deer here, and lots of farmers are doing it. Back in 2007, an analysis from Texas A&M found that cervid livestock — not just deer but also elk and reindeer — was one of the fastest-growing industries in rural America; fresher

stats peg its growth at 25 to 30 percent annually. That said, waltzing into your local Taco Bell on any given day and ordering the whitetail fajitas remains a distant dream. Why? There’s a catch-22 in play, applicable any time you find yourself wondering why we don’t eat more [insert name of nonstandard meat here]. Taxpayers, vegetarian and carnivorous alike, foot the bill for United States Department of Agriculture inspections of beef, pork and poultry. Farmers of other animals, though, from rabbits to goats to deer, have to dig into their own pockets to pay for inspection. Meanwhile, with demand for venison still relatively low, lenders are leery about fronting startup costs for deer farming, seeing it as a higher-risk venture. There are also cervid-specific expenses, such as the eight-foothigh (i.e., unjumpable) fencing required in most states.


So, in short: Because venison’s a niche industry, it’s more expensive to get into; because it’s more expensive to get into, it’ll probably stay a niche industry. Back up, you say: Why the special fence requirement? That’s because captive deer are at risk for chronic wasting disease, a fatal relative of madcow, and another obstacle to your aspirational deerburger. Conservationists worry that CWD will spread from farmed deer to those outside the fence, decimating wild populations; a recent article in the magazine Petersen’s Hunting referred to deer farming as a “ticking time bomb.” But here’s where things get complicated. The captive deer the article focused on aren’t raised for venison. They’re raised as stock for private game preserves — an enormously lucrative part of this industry and one with noisy detractors. Truly, the optics aren’t great. A 2014 Indianapolis Star investigation, for instance, told of a stud deer named X-Factor, “the product of more than three decades of selective breeding,” who’d been valued at a million, er, bucks owing to a set of antlers on his head too huge and heavy for his neck to easily support. Some might call this rack

grotesque; others might call it the ultimate in above-fireplace decor. That’s the dark side of the deer ranch, then: They’re breeding elaborately antlered deer to be easy quarry for weekend warriors. The odiousness of this whole setup has gained the wild deer powerful allies in the form of so-called fair-chase hunters, represented by groups like the National Wildlife Federation, who’ve been fighting various state proposals to reregulate deer as livestock, rather than wildlife. The NWF set is motivated by the obvious threat — you can’t hunt deer that’ve already dropped dead — but ties it to a bigger-picture point: Wildlife is a public trust that shouldn’t be privatized. This principle’s been kicking around the hunting and fishing communities for more than a century, once championed by folks like Teddy Roosevelt. And the fair-chase hunters have successfully fought proposals to liberalize the deer industry in states like Tennessee and Missouri. It’s a sweetly (if I may say it) un-American idea, this notion that some things are beyond buying and selling. Unfortunately for the fair-chasers, we’re still in America. The future’s not exactly on their side.


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e’ve entered the season when local news outlets look back on the past year and compile their bestof/worst-of lists. Invariably, those lists mention how Vermont stacks up relative to other states on some trend. As surely as you’ll hear “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” played ad nauseam in the local mall, Vermont will show up near the top, or bottom, of some state-by-state comparison. What should readers make of these rankings? It depends on which ones you read. By some measures, the Green Mountain State is a paradise full of happy, healthy social-justice warriors who invest heavily in their children and pets. By others, Vermont is an opioidaddicted hellhole populated by heathens, racists and internet trolls. Does the Green Mountain State’s frequent appearance at or near the fringes of national surveys indicate Vermont’s exceptionalism? Or is it just a statistical anomaly resulting from the state’s tiny population? Before a professional statistician weighs in, consider some of the bestof/worst-of lists on which Vermont appeared in 2017. U.S. News & World Report ranked Vermont No. 1 overall for “public safety,” based on its low rates of juvenile incarceration, prison overpopulation, property crime and violent offenses. Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual report on hate crimes identified Vermont as the seventh worst state, per capita, for criminal activities motivated by the victim’s race, religion or ethnicity. By one measure, Vermont is home to America’s biggest do-gooders, with more nonprofits per capita than any other state. Yet, also in 2017, Vermont ranked 33rd for its per-capita charitable giving. One possible explanation: Charitable donations often go to houses of worship; states ranked high on this measure, such as Utah, also ranked high in religiosity.

Why Does Vermont Often Appear at the Top, or Bottom, of State Rankings? Vermonters ranked dead last in their degree of religious affiliation, according to the Pew Research Center’s division on religion and public life. Vermonters are politically engaged and, presumably, satisfied with their elected officials. This year, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy

(D-Vt.) ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, among the nation’s most popular members of Congress in their own states. Yet Vermont also ranked high on a national grumpiness index: Wired magazine identified it as the state with the most internet trolls per capita. The Fiscal Times ranked Vermont among the top five states in the categories of general health and providing kids with safe and healthy childhoods. The international charity Save the Children ranked Vermont fourth best for kids, citing its high rate of high school graduations and low rates of teen births, infant mortality, and child homicides and suicides. Similarly, WalletHub ranked Vermont third among the “best states to raise a family.” What’s keeping Vermonters so healthy? Perhaps all the poop we scoop and litter boxes we empty. Polls by the American Veterinary Medical Association have consistently shown Vermont to have the nation’s highest rate of pet ownership, with nearly three out of every four households owning a cat, dog or both. Given that pet ownership has been linked to lower rates of depression, anxiety and hypertension, as well as other health benefits, Vermont’s high quantity of kibble and kale seems to serve us well. But Vermonters aren’t all low-fatgranola munchers and 5 a.m. joggers. The state ranked sixth nationally for its rate of opioid-related hospital visits. It had higher-than-the-national-average rates of binge drinking among its college students and the fifth highest rate of per-capita beer consumption nationally. How much stock should Vermonters put in this mixed bag of info? “I don’t give much credence to those rankings,” said Jeff Buzas, who chairs the University of Vermont’s department of mathematics and statistics. While he couldn’t comment on specific studies without analyzing their data collection methods, he suggested multiple explanations for why Vermont tends to rise to the top or sink to the bottom. Some results can be attributed to poorly done studies, with too-small samples, apples-to-oranges comparisons

or inconsistencies in data collection, Buzas said. Others probably show that Vermont is legitimately exceptional — or at least unique. Reports on such studies, Buzas elaborated, rarely note or quantify the uncertainty that goes into constructing rankings. In some cases, the margin of error — what statisticians call the “confidence interval” — is large enough to make the difference between the bestranked and worst-ranked states statistically insignificant. Sometimes, Buzas continued, results are skewed by the small sample size of the original survey or by data-collection methods that differ from state to state. Or they might be accurate but not indicative of anything we don’t already know. Vermont’s ranking in the rate of violent crime, for instance, reflects the state’s lower population density and lower degree of “friction” among its residents. Some polls and rankings are simply unscientific. Buzas pointed to the annual Town Meeting Day surveys created by former Washington County state senator Bill Doyle. For years, Vermont news outlets reported Doyle’s survey results as barometers of public opinion on everything from wind energy to marijuana legalization. But, Buzas pointed out, those polls were never conducted scientifically or collected in a way that meaningfully represented Vermonters’ views. Another “totally unscientific” poll that made Buzas roll his eyes: Seven Days’ formerly biannual sex survey. “Oh, my God. That was the worst!” he said. “You guys should have had a huge disclaimer that this is not a representative sample.” We did — and discontinued that survey in 2013. Finally, Buzas cautioned that, while these rankings can seem simple enough, interpreting the results is not. “It’s complex,” he concluded. “Once you start really thinking carefully about it, it’s not simple to draw conclusions. For questions that are simple to state, it’s often very difficult to collect the data to answer them.” m Contact:

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n a 1988 music video, Vermont comedy duo Gould & Stearns sang, “Vermont is a third-world country (but the people don’t know).” Provocation? Perhaps. But that statement evokes a contradiction at the core of our state’s identity: The way of life that, for many, has bestowed Vermont with its particular charm is an endangered one. That same paradox resonates in the images of Vermont photographers Richard W. Brown, Ethan Hubbard and Peter Miller. Each has devoted his time and talents to chronicling Vermont’s changing — and disappearing — ways of life, capturing privation and hardship alongside natural beauty. While Peter Gould and Stephen Stearns delivered their message about the state’s economic and cultural shifts in a wacky, overthe-top format, Brown, Miller and Hubbard strike a far more nostalgic and somber tone. “[Photographing in Vermont] really was, to me, like getting in a time machine,” noted Peacham-based Brown. His book The Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont’s Past, designed by his wife and Vermont Life art director Sue McClellan, was released this fall; he’ll speak about it at the University of Vermont on Wednesday, December 6. Over the summer, Miller published his sixth book, Vanishing Vermonters: Loss of a Rural Culture. The Waterbury-based writer and photographer has practically made a career of documenting the state’s rural identity since the 1990 publication of his iconic Vermont People. A retrospective of portraits taken by Hubbard, who lives in Washington, Vt., is currently on view at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Many of the images in “Driving the Back Roads: In Search of OldTime Vermonters” appear in his 2004 book Salt Pork & Apple Pie: A Collection of Essays and Photography

About Vermont Old-Timers, available for purchase at the exhibition. While each has his own angle and style, Brown, Hubbard and Miller also have much in common. Now all past the age of 70, they came from urban or suburban communities in the Northeast and settled in rural Vermont. They took their early photographs on blackand-white film. Generally speaking, their images belong to that category of documentary photography that sits — sometimes uneasily — between art and anthropology.



Occasionally, even the photographers’ subjects overlap. Waterbury dairy farmer and filmmaker George Woodard appears in both Miller’s Vanishing Vermonters and Hubbard’s 2009 volume Thirty Below Zero: In Praise of Native Vermonters. Both Brown and Hubbard have given special attention to Theron Boyd (1902-90), a peculiar bachelor farmer in Quechee who refused to sell his property to developers. His homestead is now in the care of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, slated for eventual opening as a historic site. The VFC plans to exhibit Brown’s work in March 2018. “Ethan and Richard have very different See more photos from these artists online at

approaches to similar subjects,” wrote executive director Kathleen Haughey by email. “That contrast is interesting and worth exploring.” Tom Slayton, who served as editor-in-chief of Vermont Life magazine from 1985 to 2007, wrote the forewords to both Brown’s recent volume and Hubbard’s Salt Pork & Apple Pie. “All of us who live here are concerned about the possible loss of Vermont’s scenic beauty,” Slayton said by phone. “I personally think it’s tied very closely to Vermont’s working rural culture. Vermont looks very different from the rest of New England because it’s farmed … Real work done on the land not only produces food, it produces a beautiful countryside.” What links these photographers, besides the format of the reverential documentary portrait, is the desire to capture a cultural landscape in which the small farm is no longer the dominant means of survival. Commodity farming, state regulation, economies of scale and fluctuating milk prices have made Vermont’s traditional lifestyles difficult to sustain. While the state claimed more than 3,000 dairy farms in the 1980s, today just 900 farmers are milking cows, sheep or goats, according to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. Haughey says Hubbard’s combination of portraiture and stories has proved an especially popular exhibition. “It’s been a rather tumultuous year in terms of politics and social stability,” she said. “I think there’s a bit of a nostalgia for past times, and people are interested in connecting to human stories. Seeing these old-time Vermonters can be a source of strength.” Seven Days spoke with Brown, Hubbard and Miller about their histories of rural image-making in Vermont and how they, having arrived “from away,” decided to document their adopted home. Contact:

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Most of the photographs in Hill Farms were taken in the 1970s. Brown’s choice of subject matter and his aesthetic show his keen affinity for scenes of farm life that could have existed decades or even a century earlier. The photographer masterfully captures a striking range of tones and texture, crafting scenes that seem to expand and slow time the longer you spend with them. “Richard has a poetic vision,” Slayton said, adding that the photographer is a “master technician” who “seems to have an innate feel for Vermont’s countryside.” “I like old stuff, that’s my problem,” Brown conceded. But, inexorably, things have changed. This fall, Brown attended a workshop in Barnet that was near some of his old haunts — “places where I could photograph four or five working farms,” he said. “Now it’s just trees.” In Peacham, he noted, the socioeconomic gap has widened considerably over the past few decades. In the ’70s, he said, “There wasn’t the sort of vast difference there is now. It was a pretty homogenous group in terms of income.” Brown acknowledged his weakness for rural romanticism. “In a lot of these places,” he said, “I’m sure there were a lot of things that were very difficult, and some things that were not good. People having to struggle with making a living and all that. “But, to look at, it was like an old painting by Eastman Johnson or Winslow Homer,” he continued. “It was so beautiful. I don’t know what else to say.”


When Richard W. Brown was still a student at Harvard University, he worked on a farm in Hartford. Driving through Quechee, he and a buddy saw a magnificent, crumbling old building. Thinking it was abandoned, they pulled over and got out to explore. They went from room to room, marveling at the structure that seemed to be from another era. “We got into the so-called parlor,” Brown remembered, “and my friend about fainted. He points, and I can see the back of this guy’s head in a chair — he’s asleep. God, did we get out of there in a hurry.” The “guy” was Theron Boyd, who would later become one of Brown’s frequent photographic subjects. “It was 1975, and when I got out of my car, it was 1875,” Brown said of his later work at the Boyd homestead. “It just kind of gave me goosebumps. And [Theron] was always glad to see me — I don’t know why.” Raised in Wellesley, Mass., Brown would come to Vermont on family trips; his great-grandfather taught at Lyndon Institute, and his family had ties to the region. “I thought it was the greatest place I’d ever seen,” Brown remembered. Growing up, he intended to become a painter. In college, Brown purchased a camera to take on an African safari, thinking he would paint from the photos. Instead, he realized he preferred the medium of photography. Eventually, Brown armed himself with the same equipment that landscape photographer Ansel Adams used in the 19th century. Thus equipped, in 1971, when he was 25, he moved to the Northeast Kingdom town of Peacham “on a leap of faith.” “I wanted to be the Vermont version of one of those guys,” Brown said, referring to Adams and his contemporaries. “I soon learned that that was a good way to starve.” Brown would go on to make his living as a freelance commercial photographer, and more than 25 books of his photographs have been published in the U.S., Europe and Japan. In the mid-’70s, Peacham was home to about 20 family farms, Brown said. Today, he knows of three or four. And “instead of milking 20 cows, they’re milking 200,” he observed. Forty years ago, however, Brown didn’t feel any sense of urgency about the state’s cultural and economic transition. “I didn’t think things were gonna change,” he said, “and it took a while.”

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landscapes or meditations on trees, graveyards and churches. For him, it’s all about the people, and he usually frames them front and center, looking directly at the camera. Sometimes he catches his subjects in motion or a little out of focus, giving his images the intimate feel of a snapshot. Hubbard doesn’t call himself a writer, but in Salt Pork, as well as in exhibition text at VFC, he recounts time spent with his subjects in clear, sweet essays. In some cases, he acknowledges the perpetual hard work, poverty and loneliness in the subjects’ lives. For the most part, though, Hubbard’s stories shroud his “Vermont old-timers” in poetry and awe. In contrast, he bemoans the fate of young people today. “They don’t have balance. They don’t know how to walk on a log in the woods,” he said. His old-timers, he said, “were the last generation to grow up without television.” Hubbard, who does not have an email account or engage in social media, attributes much of the loss of old Vermont culture to a digital revolution that he wholeheartedly shuns. “I’m outta here,” he declared. “I’m out of the digital age. Good fucking riddance.” After Donald Trump was elected president, Hubbard said, he stopped using the term “native Vermonters.” It felt “a little off-putting, a little pigeonholing,” he said, decrying the general use of labels to sow divisions. It’s worth noting that, with the odd exception (such as Hubbard’s portrait of basket maker John Sweetser), true Vermont natives — the Abenaki — are not to be found in the collections of Hubbard, Brown or Miller. Instead of “native,” Hubbard has opted for “oldtime Vermonters,” measuring one’s authenticity by the interval one’s family has lived in the state. “The people that I fell in love with have the lineage of 200 years,” Hubbard said. “They’ve retained those special qualities of the mountains and the rivers and the communities and learning to do things [themselves].” Of his beloved subjects, Hubbard offered, “They kind of chose me. These are a heartful people.”


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In conversation, Ethan Hubbard cannot contain his deep and personal affection for “old-time Vermonters.” The adoration seems to bubble right out of him. Connecticut-born Hubbard moved to Vermont in 1964, freshly graduated from Rollins College in Florida, and took a teaching job at Waitsfield High School. Photographing Vermonters seemed to arise organically from his circumstances: A self-described “hippie,” Hubbard had much to learn from the rural community in which he had planted himself, he said. Many of his subjects were, or would become, his close friends; Hubbard spoke in eulogy for East Brookfield’s Keith Perkins in 2010, for example. “They were so sweet to us hippies,” Hubbard recalled of his neighbors by phone. “Those kinds of people were really good to the transplants who wanted to live a rural existence. We needed help. We didn’t know shit about dry wood, didn’t know how to barter … We came here to be rural Vermonters, [so] who do we go to see? We don’t go to Shelburne and ask rich people.” In one of the first portraits in Salt Pork, a bespectacled woman named Erdine Gonyaw holds up an apple pie she baked for the Albany town meeting. Hubbard described the photograph, which he took in 1969, as “a good picture of a sweet woman who was good to hippies.” Indeed, Gonyaw has a patient, perhaps bemused, expression on her face. Hubbard said his inclination to document his friends and neighbors resulted from early foresight. “I had a premonition that this breed of Vermonters was the last of the breed,” he recalled. “I said to myself, Well, go out

and photograph and tape-record as many as you can.” The photos in Salt Pork span from 1967 to 2002, many taken with a Canon AE-1 35mm camera. Leaving teaching behind, Hubbard worked as deputy director of the Vermont Historical Society from 1968 to 1977. That position allowed him to “drive the back roads” and collect more than 100 oral histories from folks he identified as old-time Vermonters. Excerpts from a few of those narratives accompany some of the 40 large-scale images on view in his current retrospective at Vermont Folklife Center. After Hubbard left the VHS, he sold his Craftsbury property and used money he inherited to embark on travels that lasted 35 years and spanned some 60 countries. Occasionally he touched back down in Vermont, other times at his parents’ home in Connecticut. Of course, he took his camera with him. “I was doing the same thing as I did in Vermont,” Hubbard said of his globe-trotting. “I fell in love with these old characters.” Over his career, he has published more than 10 books of photographs, including First Light: Sojourns With People of the Outer Hebrides, the Sierra Madre, the Himalayas, and Other Remote Places (1986), Grandfather’s Gift: A Journey to the Heart of the World (2007) and “Me Like Goat Meat. Goat Meat Good, Mon”: In the Company of Curiosities, Anachronisms, Misfits, Innocents and Angels (2011). Hubbard’s photographs of Vermonters stand out for their focus on joy. His subjects almost all seem to be smiling or laughing, as if caught while cracking a sly joke or sharing a fond memory. Unlike Brown and Miller, Hubbard eschews shooting sweeping




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Vanishing Vermonters departs from the pattern of idealized portraiture and pastorals, instead combining some of Miller’s carefully composed images with quicker digital snapshots. The weight of the work lies in the text. Miller has transcribed conversations with each of his subjects, who provide illuminating documentation of a broad range of Vermont experiences. Not everyone featured was born in Vermont, and the subjects express no political consensus. Former

governor Howard Dean is there alongside Trump voters. In fact, not everyone seems unhappy with the direction the state is taking. The commonality, Miller said, is that they are all “rural people.” “I let [my subjects] speak for themselves,” he explained. “I put a few pictures in to show that I’m talking about something different that isn’t necessarily beautiful.” Among the 20-odd profiles is one of Kim CradySmith, owner of Green Mountain Books & Prints in Lyndonville. Her family has been in Vermont for generations; she and her partner have no running water or electricity, and they sell their chickens’ eggs at their store. “We joke about 2008 when the market crashed,” Crady-Smith recalls in the book. “The economic crisis didn’t really impact us because we [were] already poor.” The book’s visuals include more than portraits. It’s peppered with scenes of abandonment, such as a dilapidated house and an Irasburg hunting camp. Other pointed images include a sign protesting the Vermont Gas pipeline in Monkton, wind turbines in Lowell and a flattened can of Heady Topper. Altogether, Miller’s pictures, his introductions to his subjects and their verbatim reflections provide a nuanced view of a culture in flux. Asked if he considers himself a “vanishing Vermonter,” Miller replied, “I’m not really a Vermonter. I’m a woodchuck with a small ‘w.’ A woodchuck with a large ‘W’ is a native Vermonter. I’m an observer.” m


Peter Miller’s most recent book is dedicated to Romaine Tenney, a tragic folk hero of sorts whose story is well known by some, unknown to many. In 1964, faced with having to leave his 90-acre family farm in Ascutney to make way for the incoming Interstate 91, Tenney grabbed his rifle, lit all of his buildings on fire and died — most likely by self-inflicted gunshot — in the blaze. Vanishing Vermonters is not a happy book. In some ways, it feels like a deeper, angrier, more urgent cut than Vermont People, the collection that brought Miller renown in the state. Though he struggled to find a publisher for Vermont People, it came to be a beloved staple, reprinted three times with multiple revised editions. Miller moved with his family from Manhattan to Weston, Vt., in 1948, at the age of 14; he returned to settle permanently in Colbyville — a settlement area within Waterbury — in the 1980s. In his earlier Vermont books, Miller demonstrated keen skills as both writer and photographer, the latter honed during military service in Europe, as an assistant to photographer Yousuf Karsh and as a journalist at LIFE magazine. The images in those books are distinctly art photographs, and their tone is, for the most part, celebratory. Vanishing Vermonters strikes a different chord. It is overtly political, has a more journalistic bent and emerges not as a collection of nostalgic portraits but as a document of lives being lived in Vermont right now. In his foreword, Miller declares the book “as realistic as the smell of skunk.” It originated, he explains, in the responses to his 2013 book A Lifetime of Vermont People, as well as in two commentaries he published on “Cold Weather, Hard State” in March 2014 and “I Am Vermont Broke” in August 2016.

Those articles sparked plenty of online feedback, including heated debates on individual and governmental accountability and, Miller recalled, a lot of confirmation for his point of view. Many respondents lamented Vermont’s high cost of living, which some said had caused them to leave the state. “[These people] didn’t have anybody in Montpelier, it seemed to me,” Miller said, referring to the Vermont legislature. “So all of a sudden, it came to me: This is a book.”

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SEVEN DAYS: What has it been like easing into your new position? KATHLEEN HAUGHEY: It’s really exciting to be a woman and a leader right now, because I get to be around other really inspiring women who are leading their fields. I don’t have a lot of experience being a leader in a formal, professional space. And so I’m making it up as I go along. I’m also watching a lot of role models. There are so many ways to be a leader. I’m more quiet and not a traditional leader, in the sense that [I don’t dictate] things. I’m trying to foster a collaborative environment in which people feel they have [the reins] of their own program and the autonomy to make creative decisions. SD: What’s the most difficult part of your new role? KH: Being able to raise enough money to keep the



wo years ago, Kathleen Haughey moved from Rhode Island, where she had completed a master’s degree in ethnomusicology at Brown University, to become the education director at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. During her interview for the position, she felt an immediate chemistry with the institution’s longtime co-executive director, Greg Sharrow, Haughey recalled. She came from a family of wheat farmers in Montana; Sharrow wrote his dissertation on folklore related to agricultural practices and wheat farming. They shared the same views on how ethnography — the study of people and cultures — can help people understand one another. “When I started at the Vermont Folklife Center, I finally found my ideological family,” Haughey said. Haughey, 29, grew up in Montana and attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., where she majored in Spanish literature and cello performance. During a semester abroad in Argentina, she developed an interest in the connections between music and culture. “It was really interesting to learn about the dictatorship and its effect on Argentine culture, history and politics though [artistic] expressions,” she explained. Haughey has been VFC’s head since taking over from Sharrow about seven months ago. “It is equal parts an honor and terrifying,” she said. “I feel supported, and I also feel I have the freedom to take the folklife center in a new direction.” Besides working her full-time job, Haughey is still completing her PhD at Brown. She plans to finish her dissertation on Bhutanese musicians by spring 2019. Seven Days caught up with Haughey to learn more about her vision for VFC’s future.

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organization going, and the tension that comes with that work and the other core to my job: talking to people, recording and sustaining culture. It’s about having to choose [between] the work that needs to be done to financially sustain the operation and the work that’s moving us forward. SD: Who are the people keen on documenting their history? KH: Most people are interested in sustaining something about their own identity, whether it’s their family’s legacy or the history of their town. Most people are not only interested in that but also [in] reflecting on where they’ve come from, who they are and where they’re going. So I think it just takes a certain person or a certain experience for people to realize that they can actually do that. SD: Who are some of the people you’ve met while documenting social history and doing fieldwork in Vermont? KH: Vietnam veterans. I met a woman whose father had a very successful career in academia and also has interesting family stories, and she wanted me to interview him. She just wants to be able to have that record for her family. I’m also doing my own research for my dissertation on Nepali Bhutanese musicians, so I do a lot of interviews

with musicians in that community. I’ve spoken to a lot of farmers, especially in the Rutland area, where there’s a farming renaissance. A lot of older farmers who’ve been around for a while are mentoring new, younger farmers. SD: The center has many projects, such as publishing comics about undocumented migrant farmers and supporting immigrant musicians. These might not necessarily seem to typify “Vermont folklife.” Have changing demographics led the center to alter its mission? KH: The way in which folklore is a practice and academic discipline has evolved. People often think it’s old white people doing white-people things. But, over the years, the field, folklorists and even ethnomusicologists have opened up their lens. Now, folklife is just the way of life in any community. We’re interested in everything happening in Vermont, and not just the old things that we think we need to save. We’re interested in what’s happening right now, how the past and the present can inform the future. The [goal] within Vermont is to make Vermonters more visible to one another. We’re just trying to draw attention to the more unexamined parts of life. Greg says we’re trying to point out the extraordinary and the ordinary. SD: Tell us more about the monthly podcast you’re working on, and when it will launch. KH: It’s going to feature content from our archives. Our archives stem back to the late 1800s. We have some stories about things happening in Vermont then. We also have stories about things happening now. The core of [the podcast] is to showcase the type of storytelling that we do. [It will launch], if not by the end of this year, then very early in 2018. SD: What are your goals for the folklife center? KH: In addition to making Vermonters more visible to one another, [we want to] make the folklife center more visible to Vermonters. We need to be more present in different parts of the state. Our multimedia initiative is to get our own content out into the world and engage with people through exhibits, podcasts, documentaries or photography. [We also want to] sustain the diverse cultures of Vermont, continue our education program, continue to evolve all of our programs and digitize our archive. m Contact:

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The Presence of Words A new collection invites another read of late Vermont poet Galway Kinnell B Y JI M SCHL EY COURTESY OF RICHARD BROWN


munificently talented and prolific generation of American poets is leaving us. In recent years, we’ve lost Adrienne Rich, Philip Levine, Maxine Kumin, Daniel Hoffman, Carolyn Kizer, Galway Kinnell, and, in 2017, John Ashbery and Richard Wilbur — all writers born in the 1920s. One of those losses has particular significance for Vermonters. This month, Collected Poems was published as the final testament to Kinnell, who had a home in the Green Mountain State for more than 50 years. The volume assembles poems from all 14 books he published in his lifetime, along with seven newer poems. The book is beautifully paced in chapter-like sequences and introduced with a copious retrospective essay by poet Edward Hirsch. Locals will have a chance to celebrate both book and poet on Wednesday, December 13, at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The book’s coeditor, Barbara Bristol, will join readers Tune Faulkner, Jody Gladding, Melissa Hammerle, Bob Joly, Reeve Lindbergh and Lisa von Kann. For newcomers to Kinnell’s work, the event will reveal a writer whose poems are especially accessible via their vibrant and often comic storytelling. They are wonderful to read aloud, full of sonic complexities. Kinnell was born in 1927 in Providence, R.I., the son of a carpenter and a house cleaner, and grew up in the ramshackle mill town of Pawtucket, moving as a teen to New Hampshire. At Princeton University, his classmate was poet W.S. Merwin. After earning a master’s degree and doing some teaching, Kinnell spent much of a decade traveling in Europe and the Middle East, including more than a year in Iran, the setting of his novel Black Light. Returning to an America in tumult, Kinnell worked to promote integration and voter registration with the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In 1968, with other writers and editors, he signed a pledge to refuse payment of taxes in protest of the Vietnam War. The






Kinnell told Yvonne Daley that he made his home in Vermont because “it’s good to live in a place where you’re not entirely disapproved of, where you’re in some sort of basic agreement with most of the people about how the political life should be organized, about what is the role of the human in the environment … There’s a general respect for the land and the other creatures, which in my mind is essential.” Kinnell would always speak of humans as “creatures,” not granting us a higher status than animals but rather viewing us as exalted by our existence among them. In audacious and generous poems such as “The Bear,” “The Porcupine,” “Flies” and “Saint Francis



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anguish and strife of that epoch appear ferociously on the page in Kinnell’s long poem The Book of Nightmares (1971). In 1960, for $800, Kinnell bought a 1750s-era house in Sheffield, in the Northeast Kingdom. For many years, he divided his time between Vermont and numerous colleges, where he taught literature and creative writing. Eventually, he received an endowed professorship at New York University. In 1982, Kinnell won the Pulitzer Prize for Selected Poems, which shared the 1983 National Book Award for Poetry

with Charles Wright. Kinnell served as a chancellor of the American Academy of Poets and produced vital translations of poets such as François Villon and Rainer Maria Rilke, along with editing an “essential” edition of Walt Whitman. From 1989 to ’93, he was Vermont’s state poet, a post later renamed poet laureate. When he retired from teaching in 1995, Kinnell moved full time to Sheffield, where he died in 2014 of leukemia. Interviewed for the 2005 book Vermont Writers: A State of Mind,

and the Sow,” humans are reawakened by transformative encounters with beasts that are marvelous yet real. Kinnell described Sheffield as “a little out of the way. You can’t get anywhere by driving through the town. It’s off by itself, unassuming.” And he told Daley that he appreciated the way his neighbors “respect poetry but don’t idealize it.” Kinnell had a dual subsistence, combining a home on North Country land that he loved with the excitement of traveling as a bard-for-hire to various universities in the U.S. and abroad. “I take sustenance from wanderlust,” he told Chard deNiord — the current Vermont poet laureate — in an interview that will be included in the forthcoming book from University of Pittsburgh Press I Would Lie to You If I Could. In the process, Kinnell wrote splendidly and sensuously of wild locales and cityscapes, and about the denizens of very different places. Whether the details are urban or rural, his strongest poems have the vigor


Collected Poems by Galway Kinnell, introduction by Edward Hirsch, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 640 pages. $35. “A Party for Galway and His New Book” is Wednesday, December 13, 7 p.m., at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Free.

and, in that singing, steps out of linear time and holds open the moment for us. “The lines I return to,” added Gladding, “are from ‘Under the Maud Moon’”: And in the days when you find yourself orphaned, emptied of all wind-singing, of light, the pieces of cursed bread on your tongue, may there come back to you a voice, spectral, calling you sister! from everything that dies. And then you shall open this book, even if it is the book of nightmares.


Several of his poet comrades mentioned Kinnell’s skill at unearthing old words, offering them not like antique curios but as just right for the task at hand. When Vermont poet laureate Chard deNiord was interviewing Kinnell for the book I Would Lie to You If I Could, he asked where he found “words like plouters, pronotum, noggles, sloom, drouking, moils, gowpen and dunch.” Kinnell replied that he treasured a 1925 Webster’s International Dictionary containing “old words that have stuck to my brain … They’re actual words, except perhaps I made up ‘dunch.’ ‘Moils’ and ‘pronotum’ are still words in good standing. Others, unfortunately, have passed out of usage. I hate losing them, so I use them.” Also by email, Jody Gladding of Calais recalled first discovering Kinnell’s poetry in The Book of Nightmares. “Along with Denise Levertov, Kinnell seemed to me to embody the lyric poet, lyric as in the poet who sings



Asked about the impact of Galway Kinnell’s work on their own lives and practice, Vermont poets were specific. Baron Wormser, now living in Montpelier and former poet laureate of Maine, wrote in an email of Kinnell’s rootedness in a particular earth, “the autochthonous that goes with us each day, a sort of inner shadow — rags and nightmares, bears and deer — that wants a poet to pull forth its raw glory. Beneath the casual-seeming prosody, there is the taut romanticism of a clear-eyed lover who is, accordingly, ever-bewildered.” Julia Shipley of Craftsbury (a contributing writer to Seven Days) observed that Kinnell “did gorgeous things with language: ‘The bee is beautiful / She is the fleur-de-lys in the flesh.’ That’s so

playful and apt and fun to say! But he wasn’t just playful; he made music from his melancholy, too.” Shipley noted that Kinnell’s New York Times obituary called him “plainspoken.” “Sure, he used regular words: bee, brick and joggers. But he also wrote, ‘Would that muck were an ointment a chthonic / apothecary oozes up in the earth’s devastated places.’ Plainspoken, my ass — oops, I mean my fleur-de-lys.” Greg Delanty, now teaching at Saint Michael’s College, remembers eagerly waiting as a young poet in Ireland for an imported copy of Kinnell’s Selected Poems. He called Kinnell “such a great poet and such a great reader of poems, both his own and others — I don’t think there has ever been a better reader aloud of Whitman, for instance. Galway himself comes from the Whitman line and is very much a poet of the mouth — just read ‘Blackberry Eating’ aloud.”

personage called Galway Kinnell (as in “This happened to your father and to you, Galway,” from “Sheffield Ghazals”) and incorporate the names of family members, lovers and friends. Yet poems are a mongrel species; they can be as documentary as nonfiction and as inventive as fiction. In a late poem, “It All Comes Back,” the narrator/father offers his grown son Fergus a trio of options with check boxes, inviting him to select which outcome the poet should give to a poem about an embarrassment suffered by the “character” of Fergus as a little boy. The moment is hilarious and piercing, reminding us how writers utilize and transmute their own lives and those closest to them. Longtime readers of Kinnell are familiar with his almost continual tinkering with older poems. Many of us recall seeing him make changes with a pen in a printed book even while at a rostrum



The poet’s charm at such moments may have been part of the performance, but this response harmonizes with how his poems constantly celebrate our presence as bodies. Kinnell’s artistic credo was sacramental carnality, both skeptical and prayerful. He wrote exactingly of parenting and childhood — the miraculous arrival of babies and their avid, clamorous growing — and of ardent existence. In “The Quick and the Dead,” he describes our “fellow creatures” devouring a buried body: “the underdigging / and jiggling and earthing over and mating / and birthing forth.” (All quotations are from Collected Poems.) Is his work autobiographical? The characteristic Kinnell poem has an identifiable first-person narrator and a recognizable setting or dramatic situation, often unfolding like a compressed story. He might refer directly to a

giving a reading. There are at least three published versions of the poem “Feathering,” for instance, and discerning readers might well disagree on their relative merits. In other cases, revision clearly paid off. As first published in When One Has Loved a Long Time Alone, the poem “Oatmeal” was baggy, meandering; in A New Selected Poems it was briefer by a third and much more taut in rhythm. Likewise, when Kinnell edited Whitman, he dismantled that ceaselessly revising ancestor’s “final” Leaves of Grass and created a montage of what he believed to be the most intense and eloquent segments from earlier editions. Some readers enjoy comparing variations, and Kinnell’s older books are mostly in print or not hard to find used. Now, this new Collected Poems provides definitive renderings of Kinnell’s poetry in a majestic hardcover volume. Gathering the poems in one place for those who’ve long loved his work, it’s also a welcoming gateway for newcomers. 


and precision of acutely observed nature writing. And they demonstrate his special expertise with a flexible yet pressurized poetic line. Made of phrases deployed in accumulating clauses that extend into sentences, grammatically complex and complete, Kinnell’s texture is distinctive. After his first couple of books, he abandoned patterned stanzas and end rhyming in favor of custom-built forms, but he retained from poetic forebears an abiding sense of cadence. Through his Collected Poems thrums a metrical pulse, and the vowels often reverberate as though a line of verse were a flexing plank struck by the voice. Over the years, Kinnell became nearly as revered for his public readings as for his publications. His recitations in a resounding baritone verged on song while remaining grounded in speech. Strong Is Your Hold, the final book published during his lifetime, includes a CD on which the poet addresses his reader poem by poem, demonstrating his blend of oratory and everyday speaking. During one of his readings at Dartmouth College, attended by this writer in the mid-1980s, a woman with a restless child was in the audience. Concerned about the noises the little boy was making, she rose to leave, but Kinnell said, “No, don’t go — he’s my tuning fork.”

I love to go out in late September among the fat, overripe, icy, black blackberries to eat blackberries for breakfast, their stalks very prickly, a penalty they earn for knowing the black art of blackberry-making; and as I stand among them lifting the stalks to my mouth, the ripest berries fall almost unbidden to my tongue, as words sometimes do, certain peculiar words like strengths or squinched, many-lettered, one-syllabled lumps, which I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well in the silent, startled, icy, black language of blackberry-eating in late September.

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arlier this fall, reports began circulating that a spin-off of ABC’s hit reality dating series “The Bachelor” would be filmed in Vermont over the winter. The new series, called “The Bachelor: Winter Games,” is reportedly a coldweather version of another popular “Bachelor” offshoot, “Bachelor in Paradise.” Shot in Mexico, that show featured losers — er, former contestants — from previous seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” in an elimination-style competition for love and, more importantly, D-list celebrity. Details about the new series have been closely guarded, with the network revealing only that it would be shot at an unnamed ski resort in the Green Mountains and air opposite the 2018 Winter Olympics in February. Repeated inquiries about the show from Seven Days to ABC and its parent company, Disney, went unanswered. Even occasional media leaks have offered little more than speculation on casting. On Tuesday, December 5, the southern Vermont town of Manchester hosted an “Arrival Celebration” parade for “The Bachelor: Winter Games.” The parade’s location would suggest that the lucky ski hill hosting the dating show is Stratton Mountain Resort, former home of the Burton U.S. Open snowboard championships. That’s one mystery (maybe) solved. Still, it’s not every day that a steamy reality TV show films in the Rockwellian hills of Vermont. So we had some questions — not the least of which was “Wait … what?” Since ABC stonewalled us, we were left with no choice but to rephrase our questions so we could answer them ourselves, staff-survey style — by which we mean “make some shit up.” Accordingly, here is everything you need to know about “The Bachelor:

KP: Suicide Six Ski Area, because there are seven contestants, and the six losers all perform ritual disembowelment with a sharpened ski pole when they don’t get chosen.

SW: Cochran’s Ski Area. It has the most character, and “The Bachelor” has the most characters. REJ: Okemo Mountain Resort, because it’s a glittering theme park of majesty. JA: Smugglers’ Notch Resort. There’s always been something kind of dirty about its name, and I think “The Bachelor: Winter Games” is going to show us why. SP: Cochran’s. They breed studs. DB: Cochran’s. The euphemistic potential of “the rope tow” is boundless. If you could pick one Vermonter to be on the show, who would it be and why? Winter Games” — which is to say, absolutely nothing.

RACHEL ELIZABETH JONES: Why would you do that?

In seven words or less, what was your initial reaction when you found out “The Bachelor” was coming to Vermont?

JORDAN ADAMS: But we don’t have a tax credit…

KEN PICARD: Is Vermont secession still on the table?

SALLY POLLAK: Wishing my kid were back in kindergarten, when she watched her first episode. (Yes, I know that’s more than seven words.)

SADIE WILLIAMS: This is my chance at freedom.

DAN BOLLES: Sally let her kindergartner watch “The Bachelor”?

KP: Bernie Sanders, because, as he once told his supporters, “Real change never takes place from the top down, or in the living rooms of wealthy campaign contributors. It always occurs from the bottom on up — when tens of millions of people say, ‘Enough is enough’ and become engaged.” (Real quote, BTW.) SW: Bernie, because I just feel like this show needs to die, and he could do that. Sexy won’t happen while Bernie’s in the room.

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REJ: Dan Bolles, because this stupid survey was his idea. JA: Kat Wright. I feel like she would just sit in the corner, drink tea and quietly make fun of everyone the whole time. I’d watch that. SP: Peter Miller, ’cause the drunkenorgy shots would be in black and white. DB: The entire House of LeMay. What “games” would you like to see the contestants play? KP: The Hunger Games kind, preferably on land that hasn’t been posted yet. SW: Figuring out the proper order in which to eat sugar-on-snow with doughnuts and pickles. The Most Dangerous Game. Go Fish. REJ: Whiskey slaps?


SP: Hibernate. DB: Name that STD.

SP: Take your wool socks off in the sauna. DB: The Olympic coverage on Canadian TV is waaaaay better than on American networks. The show is planned to run opposite the Winter Olympics. Which Olympic events would you skip watching to tune in to “The Bachelor”?

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KP: In an age of heightened political sensitivity, dwarf tossing should have been retired years ago, so I’ll give it a pass. SW: None. I would rather die. But since that’s not an option, I would probably skip logging. Is that a sport? REJ: All of them, except ice dancing. JA: Unless the International Olympic Committee is planning to install cameras and live-stream what happens inside the Olympic Village dorms, I’d skip the whole thing. SP: Matt Lauer slopeside interviews. Oh, wait… DB: I love the Winter Olympics so much that I’ll watch curling on Canadian TV. Sorry, “The Bachelor.” Finish this sentence: “The Bachelor: Winter Games” will be… KP: …temporarily interrupted to bring you this public affairs panel discussion on GMO versus organic kale-derived snacks. SW: …full of melted hearts. REJ: …not as cute and cozy as the contestants probably think it will be. JA: …a hot mess — er, I mean cold mess. SP: …a frigid affair. DB: …yet another sign that antiintellectualism is winning the battle for the soul of America. Alternate answer: … not as much fun as watching curling on Canadian TV. m Contact:

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JA: Vermont winters are all about function over fashion. Carhartts and Pendletons are our haute couture.


What piece of Vermont-y advice would you give the show’s contestants?

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JA: I’d like to see a game in which contestants drive a snowplow and have to knock over as many mailboxes as possible. I can recommend a few expert instructors. I just need to get their names from my town clerk’s office.

REJ: Tinder doesn’t really work here like it does in other places.



SW: Talk is cheap.

Babes in Webland A Burlington Facebook group caters to safety and sensitivity B Y SA D I E W I L L IAMS




t’s no secret that the internet is a scary place. It’s home to bullies and scammers of every stripe. It may be slowly sucking the souls of America’s children (just kidding, sort of ). But there’s one corner of the web, on Facebook, where Burlington “babes” have gathered to find solace, solidarity and safe access to resources of every variety. Sensi-Babeington was founded in early 2015 by Dana Heng, Claire Macon and Sarah Attridge, all University of Vermont alums. Since then, the closed group has accrued nearly 1,500 members and passed to two new co-moderators: musician, barista, community organizer and Seven Days contributing writer Amelia Devoid and bartender Oliv Hoover. Together they oversee the forum where babes — a gender-neutral term, according to the group’s “About” page — convene to share everything from available housing information to stories of assault, or simply to inquire after CrockPots, financial literacy courses, cat sitters or femme-friendly soccer leagues. The group’s format combines the attributes of Front Porch Forum, Craigslist, an emotional support group and a networking venue. And, while it’s an entirely virtual forum, it’s designed to promote real-world exchanges and interactions. Sensi was born from a dinner conversation among Heng, who no longer lives in Vermont, and her friends. “We thought it would be a good idea to start a forum for queers and femmes in the Burlington community,” she writes in an email. “We wanted to create a space for folks to feel safe posting about housing and other queer/womyn/femme-sensitive recommendations, as well as a place to cultivate ideas and collaborate.” (“Womyn” is a feminist spelling used by some to avoid the suffix “-man” or “-men.”) The closed-group format, in which joining requires an invitation from a current member, was a deliberate choice. Burlington residents who identify as any gender are welcome, provided they support the needs of femme and queer people. “It was meant to be an open forum to combat the exclusive nature of communities,” Heng says, “but technically remains a ‘closed group’ to make sure it centers [on] the people it was created for.”

The name references those people, as well. Heng says “sensi” is a slang term for “sensitive” that she uses with her friends and “refer[s] to vulnerability and the strength of being vulnerable.” “Babeington” comes from splicing together the words “babe” and “Burlington.” In its current form, all members can approve new members. Moderators Devoid and Hoover delete posts that seem inappropriate, remove users who cause problems and help mediate any debates that may arise. Devoid says the majority of people using Sensi are in their mid-twenties, but there’s a strong showing of middle-aged women. The group has been an effective resource for single mothers, as well, she notes. Content on Sensi-Babeington spans a wide range. Most of the posts concern

housing, with some members looking for subletters, some for full-time roommates, others for a room rental. Some posters are seeking cat sitters or new homes for their animals. Others offer up physical goods for free or for sale. “Hey artist babes,” someone posted in mid-November, “I have two big bags of clean, white packing paper that could be good for lots more than in mailing things. I also have about 35 one-ish gallon white plastic buckets. They are also clean, never been used. Can anyone use these things? Let me know.” Members lined up within a day for the buckets. One poster asked to take the paper for a preschool class. Judging by their posts, many of the “babes” are focused on creative endeavors. On November 14, musician Eric

George asked if members would consider making an appearance at the monthly Radio Bean open-mic night. “I would love your assistance in overthrowing the pattern of male singer-songwriters dominating the evening,” he posted. George says four of the 12 people who performed at the most recent open mic told him they came because of that post. Still other members find support for their organizations in Sensi-Babeington. Among them is musician and community organizer Katy Hellman, the founder of Tuned In, a femme- and queer-friendly music collective. “By the time I got invited [to SensiBabeington] about two years ago, it was really encouraging to see a space already formulated for people who share a lot of these values around inclusion and safety and compassion,” Hellman says. “[There




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were] a lot of people I already knew and a ton of new faces. In regards to Tuned In, I think it’s been an awesome platform to connect with a community that’s already established, that incorporated [our] values.” Hellman describes both Sensi and Tuned In as “sacred spaces.” She admits that, to some, such femme- and queer-focused environments can feel exclusive. “People can call them [that],” she says, “but they feel really sacred [in the way they] provide for women and nonbinary [people]. It creates this sense of a capacity to be vulnerable, [to be] safe being vulnerable, and I feel like a lot of cool, transformative stuff can come from there.” In addition, most spaces, both online and in the physical world, are dominated by men and are not necessarily queer-friendly. Devoid says that’s one of the main reasons the group focuses on creating room for marginalized voices. “Statistically, there’s an overwhelming amount of violence directed toward people that don’t conform [to typical gender roles],” she says. Sensi creates a space where those people are protected. Toward that end, Devoid notes, she will remove from the group anyone who violates that standard. So far, she can recall only four such instances, which she declines to share for the protection of those involved. Devoid does provide an example, however, of a situation that might result in expulsion from the group: “If that person can’t understand why their very subtle racism or sexism might hurt others, and they’re unwilling to have a conversation about it, that’s grounds for removal.” Conversely, she adds, “if they’re willing to have a conversation, they’re super welcome.” While the bulk of posts on Sensi are geared toward sharing resources, some members have shared stories of sexual assault. Devoid estimates at least five people have come forward with that type of post in the past year. “There’s a system of trust based on the concept of protecting each other, and especially protecting each other from misogyny,” she says. “I think, overall, having a space where you can share these stories is the most important,” Devoid continues. “It’s not anyone’s job in the group to have a solution or offer a solution. It’s purely a safe space to speak.” m



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A Walk in the Park At Windsor’s unusual industrial park, food businesses thrive on synergy S TO RY & PHOT OS B Y SU ZANN E M. PODHAIZER


t SILO Distillery in Windsor, the bartenders shake up a drink called Patio Punch. It’s a combination of cucumber vodka, pink grapefruit juice and orange marmalade from Blake Hill Preserves. And at nearby Blake Hill, the shelves are jam-packed with 10-ounce jars of gemcolored fruit. Among them is an awardwinning orange marmalade made with SILO’s small-batch bourbon whiskey. The synergy isn’t surprising, given that SILO and Blake Hill occupy the same unusual 45-acre industrial park, just a mile off Interstate 91 and perched on the bank of the Connecticut River. Artisans Park is also home to the Simon







Pearce manufacturing plant and outlet store, Harpoon Brewery, a gourmet store operated by Vermont Farmstead Cheese, and one non-food-related biz, Great River Outfitters. While most industrial parks are designed to simplify the movement of 18-wheelers with acre upon acre of pavement and piping, this one actually functions like … a park. Greenery punctuates the buildings, each of which has its own distinct character. The 14-acre Path of Life Sculpture Garden puts the “art” in Artisans Park and invites walkers and hikers. Outside the Vermont Farmstead store, families can enjoy a life-size chess set and a set of swings. “We want to bend the experience of what an industrial park is,” says entrepreneur Terry McDonald, who owns the Artisans Park property. “The vision was to bring the customers into the



businesses and give them the insider’s tour.” To that end, each manufacturer in the park also has a retail presence. Harpoon operates a full bar and restaurant, serving comfort foods such as poutine, clam chowder and veggie burgers made from Vermont Bean Crafters’ black-bean patties. Its brews range from delicate wheat beers to heftier sips such as Interrobang, an espresso imperial stout with 18 percent ABV. SILO’s wooden building is both elegant and functional. Inside, visitors can sit at the bar and try a Manhattan, made with the distillery’s new maple whiskey and garnished with a “maraschino” cherry from Blake Hill plus a twist of orange peel. The distillery prides itself on using 100 percent Vermont ingredients in its spirits, such as grains grown in Clarendon, and on completing all its manufacturing steps in-house. While sipping drinks, curious guests can peek into the room where the magic happens. To a fanciful imagination, SILO’s copper and steel distilling equipment looks like musical instruments made for giants. Upstairs, the booze biz has space to host corporate events and wedding receptions. Outside, a 3,000-square-foot patio, new this year, accommodates a summer concert series. McDonald notes that the intimate “watch and shop” approach was inspired by Simon Pearce, which was the only business on the land when he purchased it just over 20 years ago. At the nearly 40-year-old glassware and pottery business, visitors peer into the manufacturing facility to watch master glassblowers at work. Then they can load up baskets with wine glasses, curvaceous wooden bowls, white and sage stoneware plates and, in winter, distinctive glass Christmas trees. McDonald moved to Vermont with a background as a small business owner who had engaged in a variety of real LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...

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estate ventures. He was ready to do something big. Though Windsor, the “birthplace of Vermont,” is tiny — population 4,954 as of 2015 — it sits not far from the nexus of major arteries, interstates 89 and 91. That makes Artisans Park easy for visitors to reach. “I bought the land, and then went about waiting for the right people,” McDonald says. He got his first big score in 1997, when Catamount Brewing


moved into a vacant building on the property. In 2000, Harpoon Brewery, headquartered in Boston, purchased Catamount and split its production between Massachusetts and Vermont. Along with a number of jobs and lots of suds, Harpoon — which, as of 2016, is the 18th-largest craft brewery in the A WALK IN THE PARK

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For four years, BILON BAILEY has been dishing up curried goat, jerk chicken, beef patties and fried plantains from his JAMAICAN SUPREME food truck. Now he’s adding a part-time brick-andmortar location to the mix. Beginning this weekend, Jamaican Supreme will serve lunch and dinner in the LITTLE RED KITCHEN at 505 Riverside Avenue in Burlington on Fridays and Saturdays. Customers familiar with Bailey’s cooking will find all their old favorites, plus new items. Red pea soup, made with kidney beans, will be a signature, he said. He’ll make wine cake, too: “It’s pretty much like every cake you’re used to, but it’s just the Jamaican version with fruits in it,” Bailey said. “It’s a pretty awesome thing.” Over time, he plans to bring in




Park Row into Buddy’s for a year. In 2016, he sold that business, and the new owners have transformed it back into Park Row Café. Meanwhile, Stoudt found a suitable space for Buddy’s in Montpelier and gutted and renovated it. Buddy’s serves grass-fed beef burgers, as well as a salmon burger, veggie burger and grilled chicken breast sandwich. The burgers ($5.99 to $7.95) come on housemade buns and can be dressed up with free toppings such as grilled onions, jalapeños and pickles. Fries can be added to a sandwich for $1.50. “Buddy’s is more about my kids and my family than my place,” said Stoudt, who lives in East Montpelier and has four sons. “I’m hopefully going to give it to my kids.” His third son, PAUL TROLLINGER, followed in his father’s footsteps and attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. Trollinger will move back to Vermont to help run Buddy’s, Stoudt said. His wife, LISA STOUDT, a special educator who works in Hardwick, manages social media, bookkeeping and Suzanne M. Podhaizer other administrative duties for Buddy’s. “We’re really overjoyed NEW BURGER JOINT IN MONTPELIER to be in Montpelier,” Stoudt said. “We’re part of the After owning and operating community, and our family PARK ROW CAFÉ in Waterbury C O U RT E has long felt that for more than two SY OF BU Montpelier decades, JEFF DD Y could use a STOUDT has left restaurant it to open a like this.” restaurant in Buddy’s Montpelier: seats about BUDDY’S 40 and is FAMOUS at 15 open daily Barre Street. from 11 a.m. Buddy’s Burger and fries at Buddy’s Famous to 9 p.m. opened in late November in the S.P. building that was home to Angeleno’s Pizza for 37 years. It serves burgers, fries, shakes and fruit CONNECT smoothies, with one salad on Follow us for the latest food the menu — Caesar. gossip! On Twitter: Hannah Before Stoudt found a Palmer Egan: @findthathannah; Montpelier location for his Sally Pollak: @vtpollak. burger concept, he said, he On Instagram: Hannah and Suzanne Podhaizer: @7deatsvt. tested it out by converting ’S

Betcher. The enterprise has three branches: a deli/luncheonette in the space that previously housed the Doughnut Dilemma, a catering business and the kitchen of the GROWLER GARAGE across the street. The deli menu and catering business have expanded since the November 29 relocation, said Betcher, who worked as a cook at Cobblestone for about two years before becoming Liska’s business partner. In addition to its “signature sandwiches,” Main Street Deli serves more vegetarian and vegan options than did Cobblestone, including grain bowls with housemade pickled vegetables and pierogi from LUIZA’S HOMEMADE WITH LOVE. Sautéed in butter with caramelized onions, the pierogi are offered with kielbasa and sauerkraut. The deli’s hot-sandwich menu includes Reubens and Montréal smoked meat ($13 each with a pickle and a side). Build-your-own sandwiches come in full and half sizes ($5 to $11), and breakfast sandwiches ($4.25 to $7.25) are served all day. The catering operation offers evening bar events (in








Cobblestone Deli in Burlington has moved and changed its name, trading its Battery Street location for a storefront at 55 Main Street and becoming MAIN STREET DELI & COBBLESTONE CATERERING. The new business, owned by PETER LISKA and NICK BETCHER, operates under an LLC called

partnership with Growler Garage) and dinner service. “We pretty much will cater anything within reason if somebody asks for it,” Betcher said. At Growler Garage, located at 30 Main Street, food service started about a month ago. Artisan’s pub-style menu focuses on small plates SA and features L a variety of sliders — beef, crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms — and chicken wings. “It’s been really well received,” Betcher said. Main Street Deli is open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Growler Garage serves food daily, too.

Caribbean soft drinks such as champagne kola (yup, it’s a soda) and grapefruit-flavored Ting. Bailey started the truck when he moved to Vermont in 2013, because, he recalled, on nights when he wasn’t cooking, he couldn’t find the kinds of dishes he wanted to eat. “If I feel this way, there are many more Jamaicans around here who have the same feelings,” he suggested. He’s expanding to meet the demands of a growing Jamaican population, he said, and of newcomers who’ve developed a taste for his food. Then there’s his insatiable passion for being at the stove. “Everybody in my family cooks,” Bailey said, noting that some of his relatives have run a Jamaican restaurant in Rochester, N.Y., for the past 35 years. “It’s not too much about money. I just love to do the cooking. I let food be my medicine, and my medicine be my food.” For now, Bailey will share the space with CHERYL STRENIO, owner of the Little Red Kitchen, who whips up her famed Parmesan dip there. He’ll stick with weekends, he said, “until things manifest.”






A Walk in the Park « P.44 country — brought the fun. The brewery hosts two major annual events: the Harpoon Point to Point, a charity cycling affair; and a barbecue competition that draws thousands of hungry eaters to the property. That kind of visibility is great for the neighboring businesses, too. Each company that lands in the park provides new draws for visitors. Vermont Farmstead has a hearth; in the summer, it shows family-friendly movies and serves pizza. Couples get married in the Path of Life Garden. “The word is spreading in a nice, organic way that allows all of us to grow at a good pace,” says Megan Donegan, director of sales and marketing at SILO. It took two decades, McDonald notes, but now the park is filled to the brim with the kind of manufacturers he was seeking. “I must have talked to 30 companies,” he recalls with a chuckle. “It’s hard to get people to relocate.” For Vicky Allard and Joe Hanglin of Blake Hill, the park’s newest residents, their talk with McDonald came at exactly the right time. The European couple — Allard is British; Hanglin grew up in Gibraltar — made jams and preserves in a commercial kitchen on their farm until they needed to either expand or start turning down new accounts. Allard and Hanglin spoke to McDonald about a space; they’d already offered samples of their wares at the Vermont Farmstead store, says Allard. Blake Hill moved into Artisans Park in 2016. “We’ve been super impressed and super excited to see the relationships in the park,” Allard says. For Cinco de Mayo, Harpoon management asked Blake Hill to make a special mango chutney that would pair well with the brewery’s mango beer. Harpoon’s restaurant served it and sent happy customers to visit the preserve shop. “To make products for other [companies] in the park, and then have customers come over after trying them … it’s amazing!” Allard enthuses. “The synergy in the park has really grown over the last two years,” says Donegan of SILO. “The businesses work really well together and support each other.” Every two months or so, she says, the business owners meet to talk about creating more opportunities for public engagement. One result: a park passport that encourages shoppers to visit every business and collect stamps. The grand prize is a dogsled ride for two from Great River Outfitters. “The [companies] sort

of feed off of each other and work together,” says McDonald. While collaborations among makers in the park are strong, the goodwill spills out to other Vermont businesses, too. In 2013, Greensboro cheesemaker Jasper Hill Farm approached Blake Hill about a line of condiments designed to pair with its products. That led to the creation of a new line, including raspberry mostarda to match gooey Harbison cheese, and a plum preserve with port and anise that’s a perfect pairing for Bayley Hazen Blue. Much of Blake Hill’s fruit comes from local orchards; even as they rack up international food awards, Allard and Hanglin still forage for their own berries and blossoms. That collaborative spirit is part of what McDonald sought as, over the past

Clockwise from top left: Harpoon Brewery, Blake Hill Preserves, a bubbly cocktail from SILO Distillery, housewares from Simon Pearce

two decades, he gradually brought new businesses to Artisans Park. Now that the land is chock-full and the various industries are humming along, he’s looking to the next challenge. “You’ve got to figure out a way to keep it fresh and add new things,” he says. What does that mean? “I’m thinking more recreational stuff, like a mountain bike experience inside the park,” McDonald says. With an amphitheater in the Path of Life Sculpture Garden that can seat 2,000, he’s also considering musical events and theater. Being in Artisans Park, says Donegan, gets small-business owners out of their

own heads and encourages everybody to see the bigger picture. “When we meet as a team, we think about benefiting the whole park,” she explains. “We’re always looking for new ways to draw people in.” m

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efore Sandi Earle became the executive chef of Champlain College, she cooked at McDonald’s, sliced meat at a bygone deli in the Old North End, managed the kitchen at the old Ground Round Grill & Bar, and worked the line at the Windjammer’s Upper Deck Pub. She has baked biscotti and banana bread for Burlington coffee shops, produced 1,000 cookies at a time and made a memorable ravioli dinner for comedian Lily Tomlin backstage at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. These days, Earle can often be found at her computer in an office behind the Champlain College dining hall. Gone are the days when she flipped burgers and baked muffins. The 54-year-old chef manages a staff of 60 who serve about 3,000 meals per day to students, faculty and staff at the dining hall on South Willard Street. (The public is welcome, too.) “I love the community of people here,” Earle said. “I have a lot of students that I’m connected with. You fall in love with people, and that’s what it’s all about.”

The pocket of her chef’s jacket holds a pen for writing down plans and a meat thermometer for quality control. Earle can tell at a glance if food has been sitting on the cafeteria line for more than 10 minutes. If it has, it’s tossed in the compost. “You may be making something as basic as chicken nuggets, but they better be fresh, hot and crispy,” Earle said. “Food doesn’t have to be pretentious. It just has to be well made.” Her recent project is as unpretentious as it is delightful. Earle is the author of My 30-Year Love Affair With Food in Vermont: Queen City Brewery Edition, a cookbook whose recipes all contain beer made at the Pine Street brewery. The first in a planned series, the book took its inspiration from an event that Earle attended at the Essex Resort & Spa in the summer of 2015. At the party’s beer garden that day, Earle tasted a porter brewed by QCB. It was the first time she’d had one of the Burlington brewery’s beers. “I didn’t go to any other booth,” she said. “I tried the porter and thought, This tastes like chocolate and coffee. Oh, my God, this is

so awesome. This would be really cool in chocolate fudge cake.” Earle learned that the brewmaster, Paul Hale, was married to Ellen Zeman, an administrator at Champlain College. Soon Earle was hanging out at the South End brewery, “because it was a cool place with cool people,” she said. Once she’d created a cake recipe with the porter that satisfied her, Earle began to experiment with other beers. In her Fairfax kitchen, and occasionally at Champlain with student guinea pigs, she set to work crafting more recipes. Earle’s recipe for mussels with fennel and garlic incorporates QCB’s South End Lager. Her ice cream gets its banana flavor from Dunkelweizen. Vienna Lager adds zing to the honey-barbecue sauce on her grilled chicken. And Gregarious Scotch Ale — brewed by Hale from a beer recipe originally created by the late Greg Noonan of Vermont Pub & Brewery — is key to Earle’s turkey chili. The brewery changes its beers regularly, so not every brew Earle used in her cookbook is in QCB’s current 14-beer lineup. Still, her recipes showcase the range of the brewery’s offerings. “We’re

good at making beers,” Hale said. “But to have somebody come in and make recipes is really cool. It’s kind of an honor.” When she had accumulated about two dozen recipes, Earle decided to turn them into a book — a virtually allChamplain endeavor. Editor Tiffany Harbrecht works in the college’s marketing department, photographer Mike Jacobs is media equipment coordinator and designer Emma Reed is a senior who will graduate this month. Proceeds from the book benefit a local nonprofit, the Vermont Family Network. The one person involved in the cookbook production who is not affiliated with Champlain is editor Jane Milizia. The longtime former proofreader at the Burlington Free Press was one of the first friends Earle made after she moved to Burlington in 1984 with her former husband, Roy St. Pierre. Earle, then 21, arrived from Watertown, N.Y., a graduate of a vo-tech culinary program. The couple moved to Vermont for Roy to take a job as a manager at Howard Johnson’s in South Burlington. (Earle still speaks lovingly of the food there: “You know what to


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when he performed at the Flynn in the mid-1990s. Earle baked three cookies shaped like penguins for Lovett, in recognition of his song “Penguins,” and left them on a plate in his dressing room. As she recalled, Lovett came to her before the show with a penguin cookie cupped in his hand and asked, “Did you make this for me?” Yes, she told him. “That is the sweetest thing anyone has ever done,” he replied. That night, from the Flynn stage, the singer dedicated “Penguins” to her, Earle said. The next year, when Lovett performed at Bolton Valley ski area, Earle baked 100 penguin cookies for the crew, with a special gift box of a dozen cookies for the singer. For Tomlin’s show at the Flynn, Earle prepared homemade ravioli and salad in the green room. Earle’s daughter Cathy, then 11, was with her that evening. Tomlin asked if the two of them would join her for the meal, so the three ate together. “That was cool,” Earle said. Patton was on the St. Pierre crew in August 2004 when the caterers worked the packed, muddy Phish concerts in Coventry. “It was mud like crazy,” he recalled. “I don’t know how those hippies did it, but they had a good time. And we fed ’em.” By then, Earle was working for Sodexo — first at the University of Vermont, then at Champlain — and running her catering business on weekends, during school vacations and in her offhours. She closed that business a decade ago, a few years after her divorce from Roy. Since then, Earle has remarried and earned her bachelor’s degree from Champlain. Now Earle is starting work on a second cookbook in her 30-Year Love Affair series. This one will feature 100 recipes from Vermont chefs — appetizers to desserts — each using a local ingredient. Proceeds of that book will benefit the culinary education program at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. “I fell in love with Vermont,” Earle said. “I got totally integrated into the culture.” The cookbooks are a way to give back, she said. m



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expect and what to look forward to,” she said.) They lived on Archibald Street, trading a big house in western New York that they had rented for $75 a month for a tiny apartment that cost $450 a month. Settling into her new home, Earle found herself “pregnant, barefoot and buying bagels at the co-op,” she recalled. “I loved that place,” she said of the original Onion River Co-op. “I loved the squeaky floor. It smelled like herbs and fresh-baked bread and beeswax.” Earle met Milizia, now 88, at Cake Top, a neighborhood baking-supply store the latter owned. The two struck up a friendship, and, with guidance and inspiration from Milizia, Earle began to make candies and other confections in her apartment. As demand for her sweets grew, she named the fledgling business Sandi’s Candies. Earle supplemented her small business with work in area restaurants. “You just got to get in there and do what needs to be done: empty the grease traps, clean the fryolator,” she said. And cook. But restaurant work — days, nights, weekends — became less tenable with three small children, and Earle’s focus shifted to her own baking and cooking business. By 1994, she and Roy had moved to South Burlington and started a catering company called St. Pierre Catering. They initially ran it out of their home, where Earle baked in an oven above her range. Later, St. Pierre Catering moved to Pines Senior Living Community, also in South Burlington, where the couple had use of the kitchen and a storage area in exchange for cooking five meals a week for the residents. Carl Patton, a manager at Chicken Charlie’s in South Burlington, was an employee of St. Pierre Catering. Now 61, he has worked in Burlington-area kitchens since he was 13. “Sandi was the Martha Stewart of baking, and I learned so much from her,” Patton said. “She taught me very explicitly.” The catering gigs came to include concert work, cooking for bands that performed in Burlington. The members of Widespread Panic were the first rockers St. Pierre Catering fed. The job, as Earle recalled, involved not so much cooking as shopping at Costco to meet the demands of the band’s 12page rider — a document that listed four cases of green Gatorade, among other requirements. “We never want to do this again!” Earle remembered thinking. But more music jobs followed, including catering for Lyle Lovett

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INTERNATIONAL BOUTIQUE: Goods from Greece, India, Nepal and beyond make for unique holiday gifts. Waitsfield Masonic Lodge, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info,


GREENER DRINKS: Supporters of commonsense cannabis reform sip beverages and discuss the culture, industry and politics of the agricultural product. Zenbarn, Waterbury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info,


IT TAKES A VILLAGE: Helping hands use card stock to construct a town for the library’s train table. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.








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COMMUNITY SUPPER: A scrumptious spread connects friends and neighbors. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300. VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: Local products — think veggies, breads, pastries, cheeses, wines, syrups, jewelry, crafts and beauty supplies — draw shoppers to a diversified bazaar. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 342-4727.


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

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BUTI YOGA: A fusion of vinyasa yoga, plyometrics and dance is set to upbeat music. Bring water and a towel. Women’s Room, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 829-0211.




‘WONDER OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: Pioneering scientists seek to answer questions about the impact of human activities on this fragile frontier. Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

Hark! The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops concert hits a high note with a program of music from around the globe. Under the baton of guest conductor Anne Decker, instrumentalists give rousing renditions of Russian works such as Alexander Glazunov’s “Winter” and selections from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Syrian composer Suad Bushnaq is on hand for a performance of her piece titled “Tomorrow.” Players also make spirits bright with American classics such as “Sleigh Ride.” Audience members, you may want to do some vocal warmups: Festive concerts in Barre, Burlington and Rutland culminate in Christmas sing-alongs.



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Into the Wild Climate change is disrupting flora and fauna around the globe. But how, exactly, is it affecting Vermont’s wildlife? Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department information and outreach specialist Tom Rogers (pictured with a sedated bear) visits the Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center to explore this question. In a talk illustrated by colorful photos, the biologist addresses the impacts that warmer winters, severe storms and other shifting conditions are having on the state’s native species. Rogers, who has worked on conservation projects from Kenya to Wyoming, also discusses how conservationists are addressing these environmental threats and how citizens can help.


VERMONT’S WILDLIFE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE Thursday, December 7, 7-9 p.m., at Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center in Quechee. $10. Info, 359-5000, ext. 245,




‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: A National Geographic film takes viewers to the front lines of powerful storms, widespread fires and rising waters. Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, noon & 2:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

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‘EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: CANALETTO & THE ART OF VENICE’: Art hounds embark on a journey into the life and work of view painter Giovanni Antonio Canal. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 11 a.m. $8-13. Info, 382-9222.


CHITTENDEN COUNTY STAMP CLUB MEETING: First-class collectibles provide a glimpse into the postal past at this monthly gathering. GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 660-4817.

‘DIOR AND I’: Shown as part of the Architecture + Design Film Series, this 2014 documentary focuses on the Christian Dior fashion house. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 6 p.m. Free. Info, adfilmseries@

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



INTRO TO SOLAR PV: Students in this 40-hour training learn the fundamentals of solar photovoltaic systems and installations. Vermont Technical College, Randolph, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 535-5315.


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NEWS & BREWS: Citizens chat up Vermont businesspeople and policy makers over cups of joe. Generator, Burlington, 8-9 a.m. Free. Info, 540-0761.


WALK-THROUGH WEDNESDAY: Attendees learn the ABCs of the independent educational institution through a campus tour and a Q&A. Orchard Valley Waldorf School, East Montpelier, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 456-7400.

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DROP-IN HIP-HOP DANCE: Beginners are welcome at a groove session inspired by infectious beats. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 540-8300.



CONTACT IMPROV: Movers engage in weight-sharing, play and meditation when exploring this style influenced by aikido and other somatic practices. The Everything Space, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. $510. Info, 232-3618.







Stratton Mountain Resort is starting the ski season with a bang. Teaming up with Manchester radio station WEQX, the resort presents the first-ever Ski-QX Winter Music Festival, featuring a high-octane roster of alternative rockers. The two-day bash begins on Friday when Made Violent, Banners and raprocker Juiceboxxx hit up the slopeside bar, Grizzly’s. The fun continues on Saturday at an outdoor stage. Here, noteworthy acts such as powersoul trio Wild Adriatic, retro singer and guitarist JD McPherson, and Gaslight Anthem alum Brian Fallon (pictured) keep the good times rolling. Not done grooving? Head back to Grizzly’s for an after-party featuring a second set by Juiceboxxx.


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CITY OF BURLINGTON ORDINANCE 5.02 Sponsor: Planning Department, Planning Commission; Ordinance Committee Public Hearing Date: 11/27/2017 First reading: 05/15/17 Referred to: Ordinance Committee Second reading: 11/27/17 Action: adopted Date: 11/27/17 Signed by Mayor: 12/01/17 Published: 12/06/17 Effective: 12/27/17 In the Year Two Thousand Seventeen

An Ordinance in Relation to COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE – Green Roofs & Lot Coverage ZA #17-10 It is hereby Ordained by the City Council of the City of Burlington as follows: That Appendix A, Comprehensive Development Ordinance, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington be and hereby is amended by amending Section 5.2.3, Lot Coverage Requirements, by adding subsection (b)(9) and by adding the definition of “Green roof” in Section 13.1.2, Definitions, to read as follows: Sec. 5.2.3, Lot Coverage Requirements Where a maximum lot coverage is specified pursuant to the requirements of Article 4, no building or part of a building or impervious surface or other form of coverage shall exceed such maximum allowable except as specifically authorized by this ordinance. (a) Calculating Lot Coverage: As written. (b) Exceptions to Lot Coverage: In all districts, the following shall not be counted as lot coverage: (1) - (8) As written. (9) For the purposes of lot coverage calculations, at-grade green roofs shall be counted as open space, and above-

grade green roofs shall be counted as lot coverage. Partially at-grade green roofs shall be counted as lot coverage as follows: i. Intensive green roofs will be counted at 50% lot coverage of their total roof area. ii. Extensive green roofs will be counted at 75% lot coverage of their total roof area. iii. Walkways, equipment, and other un-vegetated areas within the green roof shall not receive lot coverage credit. iv. These lot coverage exceptions are contingent on continued maintenance and functionality of the green roof. Sec. 13.1.2 Definitions. For the purpose of this ordinance certain terms and words are herein defined as follows: Unless defined to the contrary in Section 4303 of the Vermont Planning and Development Act as amended, or defined otherwise in this section, definitions contained in the building code of the City of Burlington, Sections 8-2 and 13-1 of the Code of Ordinances, as amended, incorporating the currently adopted edition of the American Insurance Association’s “National Building Code” and the National Fire Protection Association’s “National Fire Code” shall prevail. ***** Green roof: A contained green space planted over a synthetic waterproofed

membrane created by adding layers of growing medium and plants on top of a traditional roofing system which also includes a layer for drainage. The green space on the roof may partially or completely cover the traditional roofing system. There are two types of green roofs: extensive and intensive. Extensive green roofs have a growing medium depth of less than six inches, require little maintenance, and are lightweight. Intensive green roofs have a growing medium depth of more than six inches, require more frequent maintenance, and are heavier than extensive green roofs. In order to be classified as an intensive green roof for lot coverage credit, the green roof must have a minimum growing medium depth of six inches. ***** ** Material stricken out deleted. *** Material underlined added. CITY OF BURLINGTON ORDINANCE 5.06 Sponsor: Planning Department, Planning Commission; Ordinance Com. Public Hearing Date: 11/27/17 First reading: 09/18/17 Referred to: Ordinance Committee Second reading: 11/27/17 Action: adopted Date: 11/27/17 Signed by Mayor: 12/01/17 Published: 12/06/17 Effective: 12/27/17

In the Year Two Thousand Seventeen An Ordinance in Relation to COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE – Replacement Mobile Home ZA #17-16 It is hereby Ordained by the City Council of the City of Burlington as follows: That Appendix A, Comprehensive Development Ordinance, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington be and hereby is amended by amending Section 5.4.12, Mobile Home Parks, thereof to read as follows: Sec. 5.4.12 Mobile Home Parks In addition to the applicable provisions of Art 3, Part 5 for Conditional Uses, Site Plan Design Standards in Art 6, Part 2, and Article 10 Subdivision review (if applicable), the following additional regulations shall be applicable to any application involving a Mobile Home Park. The provisions of Art 3, Part 5 for Conditional Uses shall also apply to applications involving new or expanded Mobile Home Parks. (a) ten.

– (b) As writ-

** Material stricken out deleted. *** Material underlined added.

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. §4442 and §4444, notice is hereby given of a public hearing by the Burlington City Council to hear comments on the following proposed amendment to the City of Burlington’s Comprehensive Development Ordinance (CDO): ZA-18-02 Rezone St. Joseph’s School NMU The public hearing will take place on Monday, January 8, 2018 during the Regular City Council Meeting which begins at 7:00 pm in Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT. Pursuant to the requirements of 24 V.S.A. §4444(b): Statement of purpose: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to rezone the portion of the former St. Joseph’s school site currently zoned Residential Medium density to Neighborhood Mixed Use, consistent with the rest of the site. Geographic areas affected: The proposed amendment applies to a portion of the site of the former St. Joseph’s school, located between North Street and Allen Street in the Old North End. List of section headings affected: This



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Neighborhood Mixed Use Districts, Map 4.4.5-1 Residential Zoning Districts, and Map 8.1.3-1 Parking Districts

[CONTINUED] amendment modifies Map 4.3.1-1 Base Zoning Districts, Map 4.4.2-1

The full text of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance and this proposed amendment are available for review at the Department of Planning and Zoning, City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30

p.m. or on the department’s website at www. PUBLIC NOTICE Pathways to Well Being, Inc., has dissolved its status as a nonprofit corporation effective as of November 13, 2017. Any claim against the corporation must include a statement as to the nature and date of the transaction, the amount due, and all necessary

contact information for the person or party submitting such a claim. The mailing address for any claim is Pathways to Well Being, 168 Battery Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401. Any claim against the corporation will be barred unless a proceeding to enforce the claim is commenced within five (5) years after publication of this notice.


property is further idenRecords at Book 279, tified as the land and Pages 426-427 as the premises conveyed to note that said mortgage Arden Johnson by Harsecured was fully paid old W. Norris and Pamela off by a refinance that To Mr. Khoa Nguyen, you A. Norris on February occurred on August 2, are hereby notified that 29, 1988 pursuant to a 2004. you have been sued in Warranty Deed recorded the Court above named. in the Town of Milton A full and complete copy Th6.e nature of the suit Land Records at Book of the Complaint may be considerations of Art against you is aofquiet 306, Pages 719-721. e that abuts obtained by contacting 2. Structures shall be setback a minimum 15-feet along any zoning district boundaryTh line a NOTICE TO DEFENDANT residential zoning district. Lots of record existing 2015 that are split by neighborhood title action seeking a as of September Plaintiff9,is attempting the Vermont Superior mixed use and residential zones are exempt from this district boundary setback. OF ACTION TO REMOVE declaration establishto release Mr. Nguyen’s Court, Chittenden Unit, Structures a minimum ofs12-feet curb on amortgage public street.that CLOUD ON3.TITLE ON shall be setback ing the Plaintiff’ fee from theprivate Civil Division, 175 Main 4. Exceptions to maximum lot coverage are provided in (d)2. LAND AND PREMISES ownership of the abovewas dated August 12, Street, P.O. Box 187, 5. Notwithstanding footnote 3, the NMU district at the intersection of Pine St. and Flynn Avenue shall have a LOCATED AT 15 SMITHfront yarddescribed 2003 and recorded at Burlington, VT 05401 minimum setback of 10lands feet. in the ROAD, MILTON, VERTown of e to the periphery the Town Milton Landand not(802-863-3467) or by 6. Side and rear yard setbacks areMilton. applicableTh only of the of NAC-CR district to individual STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO. 907-1617 CNCV ARDEN JOHNSON v. KHOA NGUYEN


parcels within the district. Front yard setbacks for buildings fronting on North Avenue shall be 20’ min and 30’ max.

(c) As written.


(d) District Specific Regulations: 1. – 2. As written.

ORDINANCE 5.05 Sponsor: Planning Department, Planning Commission; Ordinance Committee Public Hearing Date: 11/27/17 First reading: 09/18/17 Referred to: Ordinance Committee Second reading: 11/27/17 Action: adopted Date: 11/27/17 Signed by Mayor: 12/01/17 Published: 12/06/17 Effective: 12/27/17

In the Year Two Thousand Seventeen

An Ordinance in Relation to COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE – Article 4 Development Bonuses ZA #17-15

3. Development Bonuses/Additional Allowances The following exceptions to maximum allowable base building height and FAR in Table 4.4.2-1 above may be approved in any combination subject to the maximum limits set forth in Table 4.4.2-2 below at the discretion of the DRB. The additional FAR allowed shall correspond to the proportion of the additional building height granted to the maximum available. A.

A maximum of an additional 10-feet of building height, and corresponding 0.5 FAR, may be permitted at the discretion of the DRB for an additional 5% inclusionary housing units provided onsite in excess of the requirements of Article 9, Part 1. The total gross floor area dedicated to the additional inclusionary housing shall be equivalent to the gross floor area resulting from the additional allowance.

It is hereby Ordained by the City Council of the City of Burlington as follows: That Appendix A, Comprehensive Development Ordinance, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington be and hereby is amended by amending Sections 4.4.2, Neighborhood Mixed Use Districts, B.

and Sec. 4.4.5, Residential Districts, thereof to read as follows: Sec. 4.4.2 Neighborhood Mixed Use Districts (a)

As written.

(b) Dimensional Standards and Density: The density and intensity of development, dimensions of building lots, the heights of buildings and their setbacks from property boundary lines, and the limits on lot coverage shall be governed by the following standards:


Table 4.4.2  -­‐1  Dimensional  Standards  and  Density  





Max. Intensity (floor area ratio1) 2.0 FAR


Minimum Building Setbacks (feet) Front3 Side2 Rear2

Building Height (feet) Min: 22’, 2 stories Max: 35 Min: 22’. 2 stories Max: 35 Min: 22’, 2 stories Max: 35 Min: 22’, 2 stories Max: 65’





2.0 FAR






2.0 FAR






2.0 FAR


Min. 07 Max. 207






Max. Lot Coverage

3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Sec. 4.4.5 Residential Districts (a) – (c) As written. (d) District Specific Regulations:

The following regulations are district-specific exceptions, bonuses, and standards unique to the residential districts. They are in addition to, or may modify, city-wide standards as provided in Article 5 of this ordinance and district standards as provided above.

1. – 6. As written. 7. Residential Development Bonuses The following exceptions to maximum allowable residential density and dimensional standards in Tables 4.4.5-2 and 4.4.5-3 may be approved in any combination subject to the maximum limits set forth in Table 4.4.5-8 at the discretion of the DRB. Any bonuses that are given pursuant to this ordinance now or in the future shall be regarded as an exception to the limits otherwise applicable. A. – D. As written. E.

Limitations on Residential Development Bonuses: For projects where the conditions of more than one applicable bonus listed above are met, the applicant may use the most permissive exemption to the underlying lot coverage or residential densities applicable, but applicable bonus provisions shall not be cumulative. In no case shall any development bonuses and allowances granted, either individually or in combination, enable a building to exceed the maximum density, lot coverage and building height permitted in any district as defined below:

(c) As written. C-4 CLASSIFIEDS

Senior Housing: A maximum of an additional 10-feet of building height, and corresponding FAR, may be permitted at the discretion of the DRB in the NAC and NAC-Riverside districts where no less than twenty-five per cent (25%) of the total number of onsite units are reserved for lowmoderate income senior households as defined by state or federal guidelines, including no less than ten percent (10%) reserved for low-income households. The total gross floor area dedicated to the senior housing shall be equivalent to the gross floor area resulting from the additional allowance. Maximum Bonus: In no case shall any development bonuses or allowances granted, either individually or in combination, enable a building to exceed the maximum FAR and maximum building height permitted in any district as defined below: Table 4.4.2 -2: Maximum FAR and Building Heights with Bonuses Maximum Maximum FAR Height NAC 3.0 FAR 45 feet NAC-Riverside 3.0 FAR 45 feet

Floor area ratio is described in Sec. 5.2.7. Measurement of and exceptions to height limits are found in Sec 5.2.6. Bonuses for additional FAR and height where available are described in section (d)3 below, and additional height, FAR and lot coverage is afforded by-right for inclusionary housing projects under Sec. 9.1.12. Actual maximum build out potential may be reduced by site plan and architectural design considerations of Art 6. Structures shall be setback a minimum of 15-feet along any zoning district boundary line that abuts a residential zoning district. Lots of record existing as of September 9, 2015 that are split by neighborhood mixed use and residential zones are exempt from this district boundary setback. Structures shall be setback a minimum of 12-feet from the curb on a public street. Exceptions to maximum lot coverage are provided in (d)2. Notwithstanding footnote 3, the NMU district at the intersection of Pine St. and Flynn Avenue shall have a minimum front yard setback of 10 feet. Side and rear yard setbacks are applicable only to the periphery of the NAC-CR district and not to individual parcels within the district. Front yard setbacks for buildings fronting on North Avenue shall be 20’ min and 30’ max.

(d) District Specific Regulations: 1. – 2. As written. 3. Development Bonuses/Additional Allowances The following exceptions to maximum allowable base building height and FAR in Table 4.4.2-1 above may be approved in any combination subject to the maximum limits set forth in Table 4.4.2-2 below at the discretion of the DRB. The additional FAR allowed shall correspond to the proportion of 23H-CityofBurlington(ZA#17-15)120617.indd 1 the additional building height granted to the maximum available.

Inclusionary Housing: Inclusionary housing units shall be provided, with applicable additional coverage and density exceptions, in accordance with the provisions of Article 9, Part 1. An additional allowance in the NAC and NAC-Riverside districts may be permitted at the discretion of the DRB for the provision of additional onsite inclusionary housing units.

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Table 4.4.5-8: Maximum Density, Lot Coverage and Building Heights with Bonuses As written. Material stricken out deleted. Material underlined added.

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(e) There shall be onsite management by qualified adults during all hours of operation with at least 1 management person for every 25 beds; and, (f) An emergency shelter may be the primary use of a property, or it may be accessory to another primary use on a property.


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An Ordinance in Relation to COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE – Emergency Shelters ZA #17-11

Sec. 8.1.8 Minimum Off-Street Parking Requirements ORDINANCE 5.03 Sponsor: Planning Department, Planning Commission; Ordinance Com. Public Hearing Date: 11/27/17 First reading: 05/15/17 Referred to: Ordinance Committee Second reading: 11/27/17 Action: adopted Date: 11/27/17 Signed by Mayor: 12/01/17 Published: 12/06/17 Effective: 12/27/17

It is hereby Ordained by the City Council of the City of Burlington as follows: That Appendix A, Comprehensive Development Ordinance, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington be and hereby is amended by amending Section 5.4.4, Community House, by adding Section

Parking for all uses and structures shall be provided in accordance with Table 8.1.8-1. (a) - (b) As written. Table 8.1.8-1 Minimum Off-Street Parking Requirements Neighborhood Districts

amending the Use Table – All Zoning Districts, thereof to read as follows: Sec. 5.4.4


Community House

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Sec. 13.1.2

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adopted edition of the American Insurance Association's "National Building Code" and the National Fire Protection Association's "National Fire Code" shall prevail. ***** Emergency shelter: Overnight shelter with supportive services for homeless persons that is limited to temporary occupancy, typically 180 consecutive nights or less, by a homeless person. Provide shelter only overnight.


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Unless defined to the contrary in Section 4303 of the Vermont Planning and Development Act as amended, or defined otherwise in this section, definitions contained in the building code of the City of Burlington, Sections 8-2 and 13-1 of the Code of Ordinances, as amended, incorporating the currently

Distance (feet)

7 – 12


Per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area (gfa) except as noted ***** ***** *****


The minimum distance (lot line to lot line) between any two community houses shall not exceed be at least the following:

6 or less


Per Dwelling Unit except as noted *****

Emergency Shelter

Density shall not exceed 1 person per two hundred (200) square feet of gross floor area;

Total Occupancy (beds)

Per Dwelling Unit except as noted *****


(b) All dimensional standards for the underlying zoning per the requirements of Art. 4 shall be applicable; and, (c)


For the purpose of this ordinance certain terms and words are herein defined as follows:

Community houses shall be considered a conditional use in any residential district and subject to all applicable provisions of Art 3, Part 5, and the site and design review standards in Art 6. In addition to conditional use standards, proposals for new community houses shall also comply with the following requirements: (a)

Downtown Districts


5.4.13, Emergency Shelters, by amending Section 8.1.8, Table 8.1.8-1 Minimum Off-Street Parking Requirements, by adding the definition of “Emergency Shelter” to Section 13.1.2, Definitions, and by

Shared Use Districts

***** Appendix A—Use Table—All Zoning Districts—*See proposed changes on attached table.

Sections 5.4.5 – 5.4.12 As written.

Material stricken out deleted. Material underlined added.


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Section 5.4.13 Emergency Shelters

Emergency shelters shall be subject to the site and design review standards in Art 6. In addition to conditional use standards where applicable, proposals for all new emergency shelters shall comply with the following requirements:

Appendix A-Use Table – All Zoning Districts

(a) All dimensional standards for the underlying zoning per the requirements of Art. 4 shall be applicable;

(c) Density within the neighborhood mixed use zones shall be limited to fifty (50) beds, and there is no density limit in the downtown or downtown transition zones; (d) Overnight stays by any individual are limited to 180 consecutive days. An extension of up to 60 days may be provided if no alternative housing is available; (e) There shall be onsite management by qualified adults during all hours of operation with at least 1 management person for every 25 beds; and,

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1. – 30. As written. 31. See special use standards of Sec. 5.4.13, Emergency Shelters.


(f) An emergency shelter may be the primary use of a property, or it may be accessory to another primary use on a property.

Urban Reserve USES

Legend: As written.

Sec. 8.1.8 Minimum Off-Street Parking Requirements Parking for all uses and structures shall be provided in accordance with Table 8.1.8-1. (a) - (b) As written. Table 8.1.8-1 Minimum Off-Street Parking Requirements Neighborhood Districts

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Shared Use Districts

Downtown Districts


(b) Density within the residential zones shall be per the residential density standards of Article 4. For the purposes of density calculation for emergency shelters, every four (4) beds shall count as one (1) dwelling unit;

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Alwayne R. Grim) dated July 31, 2009 and soon to be recorded in the City of Barre Land Records






MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered August 23, 2016, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Deborah S. Goewey to Universal Mortgage Corporation, dated July 31, 2009 and recorded in Book 254 Page 564 of the land records of the City of Barre, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Universal Mortgage Corporation to Mortgage Electronic Registrations Systems, Inc. dated August 7, 2009 and recorded in Book 256 Page 248; (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registrations Systems, Inc. to Nationstar Mortgage, LLC dated August 31, 2015 and recorded in Book 292 Page 209; (3) Assignment of Mortgage from Nationstar Mortgage, LLC to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development dated February 13, 2017 and recorded in Book 326 Page 236 and (4) Assignment of Mortgage from Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to U.S. Bank National Association, Not In Its Individual Capacity but Solely As Trustee For The RMAC Trust, Series 2016-CTT dated March 22, 2017 and recorded in Book 326 Page 238 all of the land records of the Town of Barre for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 14 Dagmont Avenue, Barre, Vermont on December 19, 2017 at 10:00AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Deborah S. Goewey by Warranty Deed of John H. Worcester and Alwayne R. Worcester (f/k/a

Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to John H. Worcester and Alwayne R. Grim by Warranty Deed of David W. Moody and Jody T. Whitaker dated June 25, 2004 and recorded in Book 214 Page 149 in the City of Barre Land Records. Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to David W. Moody and Jody T. Whitaker by Warranty Deed of William Gray Ricker, IV and Debra P. Ricker dated July 31, 2000 and recorded in Book 181 Page 298 in the City of Barre Land Records. Meaning to convey the land and premises located at 14 Dagmont Avenue, City of Bane, Vermont. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale.

THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 0104266 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DR. OR 48 INDUSTRIAL DR., WILLISTON, VT 05495, WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT DECEMBER 14TH, 2017 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF NANCY STEVENS. Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur. THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 012422 & 01-03511 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DR. OR 48 INDUSTRIAL DR., WILLISTON, VT 05495, WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT DECEMBER 14TH, 2017 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF SCOTT NICHOLSON. Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur.

DATED: November 17, 2017 By: /S/Rachel K. Jones, Esq. Rachel K. Jones, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032

Final Plat Public Hearing for 2 Lot Subdivision – Owner: Stephen and Doreen Goodrich (26.48 acres) on 61 Sanctuary Road in the Rural 3 (R3), Rural 10 (R10) and Water Resources Overlay (WRO) Zoning Districts. The Applicant seeks to create one single family dwelling lot for the existing dwelling and one deferred development lot. For information call the Town Offices at 8784587 Monday–Friday 8:30am–4:30pm.

Matt Wamsganz, Chairman Dated December 6, 2017

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The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale.

TOWN OF WESTFORD DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. Chapter 117 and the Westford Land Use & Development Regulations, the Development Review Board will hold a public hearing at the Town Offices, VT Route 128, at 7:15 pm on Monday, January 8, 2018 in reference to the following:




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ORDINANCE 5.04 Sponsor: Planning Department, Planning Commission; Ordinance Committee Public Hearing Date: 11/27/17 First reading: 09/18/17 ORDINANCE 5.04 to: Ordinance Committee Referred Sponsor: Planning Department, Second reading: 11/27/17 Planning Commission; Ordinance Action: adopted Committee Public Hearing Date: 11/27/17 Date: 11/27/17 First reading: 09/18/17 Signed by Mayor: 12/01/17 Referred to: Ordinance Committee Published: 12/06/17 Second reading: 11/27/17 Effective: 12/27/17 Action: adopted

In the Year Two Thousand Seventeen CITY OF BURLINGTON


In the Year Two Thousand Seventeen Preschool Technical Corrections

ZA Ordinance #17-14 in Relation to An

support COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE – Date: 11/27/17 groups Signed Mayor: 12/01/17as follows: Preschool Technical Corrections by the City Council of the City It is hereby Ordained ofbyBurlington Published: 12/06/17 ZA #17-14 Effective: 12/27/17 [CONTINUED] That Appendix A, Comprehensive Development Ordinance, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of

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Burlington be and hereby is amended by amending Table 8.1.8-1 Minimum Off-Street Parking Requirements G.R.A.S.P. (GRIEF

INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS/PAINFUL BLADDER SUPPORT GROUP Interstitial cystitis (IC) and painful bladder syndrome can result in recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder/pelvic region & urinary frequency/ urgency. These are often misdiagnosed & mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone. For Vermont-based support group, email or call 899-4151 for more information.

It is hereby Ordained by the City Council of the City of Burlington as follows:

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HEARING VOICES GROUP This Hearing Voices Group seeks to find understanding of voice hearing experiences as real lived experiences which may happen to anyone at anytime. We choose to share experiences, support, and empathy.  We validate anyone’s experience and stories about their experience as their own, as being an honest and accurate representation of their experience, and as being acceptable exactly as they are. Weekly on Tuesday, 2-3 p.m. Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-777-8602, abby@ HEARTBEAT VERMONT Have you lost a friend, colleague or loved one by suicide? Some who call have experienced a recent loss and some are still struggling w/ a loss from long ago. Call us at 446-3577 to meet with our clinician,

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KINDRED CONNECTIONS PROGRAM OFFERED FOR CHITTENDEN COUNTY CANCER SURVIVORS The Kindred Connections program provides peer support for all those touched by cancer. Cancer patients as well as caregivers are provided with a mentor who has been through the cancer experience & knows what it’s like to go through it. In addition to sensitive listening, Kindred Connections provides practical help such as rides to doctors’ offices & meal deliveries. The program has people who have experienced a wide variety of cancers. For further info, please contact LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE SafeSpace offers peer-led support groups for survivors of relationship, dating, emotional &/or hate violence. These groups give survivors a safe & supportive environment to tell their stories, share information, & offer & receive support. Support groups also provide survivors an opportunity to gain information on how to better cope with feelings & experiences that surface because of the trauma they have experienced. Please call SafeSpace 863-0003 if you are interested in joining.

MALE SURVIVOR OF VIOLENCE GROUP A monthly, closed group for male identified survivors of violence including relationship, sexual assault, and discrimination. Open to all sexual orientations. Contact 863-0003 for more information or MARIJUANA ANONYMOUS Do you have a problem with marijuana? MA is a free 12-step program where addicts help other addicts to get & stay clean. Ongoing Tue. at 6:30 p.m. and Sat. at 2 p.m. at Turning Point Center, 191 Bank St., suite 200, Burlington. 861-3150. THE MEMORY CAFÉ The Memory Café is where people with memory loss disorders and their care partners can come together to connect and support one another. Second Saturday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Info: 223-2518. MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP Area Myeloma Survivors, Families and Caregivers have come together to form a Multiple Myeloma Support Group. We provide emotional support, resources about treatment options, coping strategies and a support network by participating in the group experience with people that have been though similar situations. Third Tuesday of the month, 5-6 p.m. at the New Hope Lodge on East Avenue in Burlington. Info: Kay Cromie, 655-9136, NAMI CONNECTION PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS Bennington, every Tue., 1-2:30 p.m., CRT Center, United Counseling Service, 316 Dewey St.; Burlington, every Thu., 3-4:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2 Cherry St. (enter from parking lot); Montpelier, every Fri., 2-3:30 p.m., Another Way, 125 Barre St.; Newport, first Wed. of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Church, 44 2nd St.; Rutland, every Sun., 4:30-6 p.m., Rutland Mental Health Wellness Center, 78 S. Main St.; St. Johnsbury, every Thu., 6:30-8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 47 Cherry St. If you have questions about a group in your

area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, program@ or 800639-6480. Connection groups are peer recovery support group programs for adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Brattleboro, 1st Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., 1st Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., West Brattleboro; Burlington, 3rd Wed. of every mo., 6 p.m., Community Health Center, Riverside Ave., Mansfield Conference Room; Burlington, 2nd & 4th Tue. of every mo., 7 p.m., HowardCenter, corner of Pine & Flynn Ave.; Berlin, 4th Mon. of every mo., 7 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center, Room 3; Georgia, 1st Tue. of every mo., 6 p.m., Georgia Public Library, 1697 Ethan Allen Highway (Exit 18, I-89); Manchester, 4th Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., Equinox Village, 2nd floor; Rutland, 3rd Mon. of every mo., 6 p.m., Rutland Regional Medical Center, Leahy Conference Ctr., room D; Springfield, 3rd Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., HCRS (café on right far side), 390 River St.; St. Johnsbury, 4th Wed. of every mo., 5:30 p.m., Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Library, 1315 Hospital Dr.; White River Junction, last Mon. of every mo., 5:45 p.m., VA Medical Center, William A. Yasinski Buidling. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, info@namivt. org or 800-639-6480. Family Support Group meetings are for family & friends of individuals living mental illness. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS is a group of recovering addicts who live w/ out the use of drugs. It costs nothing to join. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Info, 862-4516 or Held in Burlington, Barre and St. Johnsbury. NAR-ANON BURLINGTON GROUP Group meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Turning Point Center (small room), 191 Bank St., Burlington. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or

SCLERODERMA FOUNDATION NEW ENGLAND Support group meeting held 4th Tue. of the mo., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Williston Police Station. Info, Blythe Leonard, 878-0732. SEX & LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery group. Do you have a problem w/ sex or relationships? We can help. Ralph, 658-2657. Visit slaafws. org or for meetings near you.

STUTTERING SUPPORT GROUPS If you’re a person who stutters, you are not alone! Adults, teens & school-age kids who stutter & their families are welcome to join one of our three free National Stuttering Association (NSA) stuttering support groups at UVM. Adults: 5:30-6:30, 1st & 3rd Tue. monthly; teens (ages 13-17): 5:30-6:30, 1st Thu. monthly; school-age children (ages 8-12) & parents (meeting separately): 4:15-5:15, 2nd Thu. monthly. Pomeroy Hall (489 Main St., UVM campus. Info:, burlingtonstutters@, 656-0250. Go Team Stuttering! SUICIDE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP For those who have lost a friend or loved


Post & browse ads at your convenience. one through suicide. Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 N. Main St., Wallingford, 446-3577. 6:30-8 p.m. the 3rd Tue. of ea. mo. SUICIDE HOTLINES IN VT Brattleboro, 257-7989; Montpelier (Washington County Mental Health Emergency Services), 229-0591; Randolph (Clara Martin Center Emergency Service), 800-639-6360. SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN who have experienced intimate partner abuse, facilitated by Circle (Washington Co. only). Please call 877-5439498 for more info. SURVIVORSHIP NOW Welcome, cancer survivors. Survivorship NOW has free wellness programs to empower cancer survivors to move beyond cancer & live life well. Regain your strength & balance. Renew your spirit. Learn to nourish your body with exercise & nutritious foods. Tap in to your creative side. Connect with others who understand the challenges you face. Go to survivorshipnowvt. org today to sign up. Info, 802-7771126, info@

the month, 7-9 p.m., at Kismet Place, 363 Blair Park Rd., Williston. Call/email Jay at 802-373-1263, compassionatefriendsvt@ TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapter meeting. Hedding United Methodist Church, Washington St., Barre. Wed., 5:15-6:15 p.m. For info, call David at 371-8929. VEGGIE SUPPORT GROUP Want to feel supported on your vegetarian/ vegan journey? Want more info on healthy veggie diets? Want to share & socialize at veggie potlucks, & more, in the greater Burlington area? This is your opportunity to join with other like-minded folks. veggy4life@, 658-4991. WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FAHC. Led by Deb Clark, RN. Every 1st & 3rd Tue., 5-6:30 p.m. Call Kathy McBeth, 847-5715.

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE — BURLINGTON Who: Persons experiencing the impact of a loved one’s suicide. When: 1st Wed. of each mo., 6-7:30 p.m. Location: Comfort Inn, 5 Dorset St., Burlington. Facilitators: Myra Handy, 951-5156 or Liz Mahoney, 879-7109. Request: We find it important to connect with people before their first meeting. If you can, please call one of the facilitators before you come. Thank you!

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YOGA FOR FOLKS LIVING WITH LYME DISEASE Join as we build community and share what works on the often confusing, baffling and isolating path to wellness while living with Lyme disease. We will have a gentle restorative practice suitable for all ages and all levels from beginner to experienced, followed by an open group discussion where we will share what works and support one another in our quest for healing. By donation. Wear comfortable clothing. March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4. 2-3:30 p.m. More information at laughingriveryoga. com XA – EVERYTHING ANONYMOUS Everything Anonymous is an all encompassing 12-step support group. People can attend for any reason, including family member challenges. Mondays, 7-8 p.m. Turning Point Center, 191 Bank St., Burlington. Info: 777-5508, definder@


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THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP The Compassionate Friends international support group for parents, siblings and families grieving the loss of a child meets every third Tuesday of


SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE If you have lost someone to suicide and wish to have a safe place to talk, share and spend a little time with others who have had a similar experience, join us the 3rd Thu. at the Faith Lighthouse Church, Rte. 105, Newport (105 Alderbrook), 7-9 p.m. Please call before attending. Info: Mary Butler, 744-6284.

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QUIT TOBACCO GROUPS Are you ready to be tobacco free? Join our FREE five-week group classes facilitated by our Tobacco Treatment Specialists.  We meet in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  You may qualify for a FREE 8-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Contact us at (802)-847-7333 or QuitTobaccoClass@

SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT HOPE Works offers free support groups to women, men & teens who are survivors of sexual violence. Groups are available for survivors at any stage of the healing process. Intake for all support groups is ongoing. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule an intake to become a group member, please call our office at 864-0555, ext. 19, or email our victim advocate at advocate@

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PEER ACCESS LINE Isolated? Irritable? Anxious? Lonely? Excited? Bored? Confused? Withdrawn? Sad? Call us! Don’t hesitate for a moment. We understand! It is our choice to be here for you to listen. Your feelings do matter. 321-2190. Thu., Fri., Sat. evenings, 6-9 p.m.


OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Do you promise you’ll only have one more but then you eat the whole bag? Have you tried every diet possible and nothing works? There is hope. Come to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting and find out about a 12 step program of recovery. There is a solution! Turning Point Center, 191 Bank

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (OA) Meetings in Barre Tue. 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Sat. 8:30-9:30 a.m., at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St. Info, Valerie 279-0385. Meetings in Burlington Thurs. 7:30-8:30 a.m., at the First United Church, 21 Buell St. Info, Geraldine, 730-4273. Meetings in Johnson occur every Sun., 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Johnson Municipal Building, Rte. 15 (just west of the bridge). Info, Debbie Y., 888-5958. Meetings in Montpelier occur every Mon., 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Bethany Church, 115 Main St. Info, Joan, 2233079. Steps to Food Freedom Meetings in Morrisville occur every Sat., 10-11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church, 85 Upper Main St. Contacts: Anne, 888-2356. Big Book Meetings in Morrisville occur every Tue., 6 p.m. at the North Central

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS 12-step. Sat., 9-10 a.m. Turning Point Center, 182 Lake St., St. Albans. Is what you’re eating, eating you? We can help. Call Valerie, 825-5481.

QUEER CARE GROUP This support group is for adult family members and caregivers of queer, and/or questioning youth. It is held on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. at Outright Vermont, 241 North Winooski Ave. This group is for adults only. For more information, email


OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS 12-step fellowship for people who identify as overeaters, compulsive eaters, food addicts, anorexics, bulimics, etc. Tue., 7 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 4 St. James Place, Essex Jct. All are welcome; meeting is open. Info: Felicia, 777-7718.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Do you worry about the way you eat? Overeaters Anonymous may have the answer for you. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Mon., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai, 500 Swift St., S. Burlington. Info: 863-2655.

Recovery Center (NCVRC), 275 Brooklyn St. Info: Debbie, 888-5958.


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

Street, Suite 200, Burlington. Weekly on Thursdays, 7 p.m. Info: Elise, 302-528-6672. OA Big|Book Solution Group of Burlington.

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The CTA is accepting applications from candidates with a strategic and creative mind-set, superb communication & organizational skills, and a collaborative leadership style. Candidates will also have an appreciation for the organization’s history, passion for stewarding its mission, and vision for furthering the CTA’s leadership in the future sustainability of the Catamount Trail and Vermont’s expanding network of winter backcountry trails and terrain. For more information visit:

Full and Part Time, for various shifts, nights & weekends. Duties include customer service skills, cashiering, retailing and accounting. • Wages based on experience • TRAINING PROVIDED Call Scott for an interview at 434-3818 or visit us at Exit 11 off I-89, 1534 Main St. Richmond, VT 05477.

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PART-TIME (20 HOURS/WEEK) SHELTER/HOTLINE ADVOCATE To provide direct supportive services to those who have experienced domestic violence, including residents at our emergency shelter and via the 24/7 hotline. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and an additional four hours during the week to be determined. Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in social services or related field, or equivalent experience required. Experience in crisis response and/or in residential settings preferred. Prorated benefits. Resume & cover letter by December 13 to

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Executive Director A unique, full-time Executive Director is sought for a small, non-profit, free health clinic for the uninsured and underinsured to begin mid-February. Need to be good working with people - patients, volunteers, staff, and board - creative, caring, patient, and flexible. The ED has overall responsibility for the clinic, including personnel, administration, finances, quality improvement, fundraising, public relations, case management, and safety of the environment. The successful candidate will have strong communication skills, working knowledge of Vermont’s health care landscape, grant writing and management, fundraising, and financial management experience. Working with a dynamic board, the ED will guide in the development and implementation of budgetary and programmatic strategic planning. Salary and benefits are competitive. Applicants should send a cover letter, a resume, and a persuasive writing sample (e.g. fundraising or advocacy) to ED Search Committee, PHWC 553 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05641, or via email to NO PHONE CALLS, please. Deadline: COB Friday, December 8. EOE.

Grounds/ Maintenance Position Responsibilities include plowing, athletic field maintenance & linestriping, mowing, mulching & maintenance of flower gardens as well as other general building maintenance and custodial duties. Successful candidate should have a minimum of two years landscaping & athletic field maintenance experience with the ability to operate commercial grounds equipment. Pay range $16.00-$17.00 per hour and employer offers competitive health care and retirement package. Must be able to pass a background check. To apply, visit bsdvt. org and click on “Careers” for current listing of employment opportunities. EOE

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Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care (VPQHC) seeks a part time skilled and experienced individual to perform a wide variety of support activities related to Practice Transformation and work collaboratively in a team atmosphere. Excellent administrative and communication skills and ability to interact effectively with a variety of personalities as well as professional phone etiquette is required. If you are responsible, effective, organized, self-directed and able to handle multiple tasks then we would like to talk with you. This position requires an Associate’s Degree OR high school degree/equivalency and 3 plus years’ direct experience. VPQHC offers competitive salaries and benefits. For a complete job description and information on how to apply, please visit our website:

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Join the Head Start Team! We are seeking an Early Head Start Care Coordinator for Washington and Lamoille Counties to provide mentoring to partnering licensed child care centers, and registered family child care, and support and strengthen families of young children through comprehensive Early Head Start services. The successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s in early childhood education, child/human development or related fields with a focus on infants and toddlers, and experience working in a child care setting. Some evening and weekend hours. Position will be open until filled. Benefit package, paid leave and 401K. Starting wage commensurate with education and experience, beginning at $16.17/hour. Please send cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to:

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Capstone Community Action, Inc. Human Resources 20 Gable Place Barre, VT 05641. Or email to: Capstone Community Action, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS The Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) in Norwich is seeking an experienced Director of Communications to support all aspects of the mission of this science-based conservation organization. Learn more about the position and how to apply here:

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The Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA), a nonprofit membership organization serving school board members in Vermont, is seeking an attorney for the position of Director of Legal and Policy Services. This position assists school board members and superintendents by providing legal information and guidance, drafting and reviewing model policies and procedures, overseeing the VSBA’s work in the Vermont General Assembly, and delivering educational workshops. The position may involve evening work. Competitive salary and benefits package. 2h-VTEcoStudies112917.indd 1

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Entrepreneurial Business Development Lead & Business Consultant (IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Supply Chain). Go to For Full Job Descriptions. Email to apply.

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SEEKING SHARED LIVING PROVIDERS The Howard Center’s Shared Living Program creates opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to live in the community. The Shared Living Program is currently accepting expressions of interest from experienced caregivers to provide a home, day-to-day assistance, and support tailored to the needs of individuals seeking caregivers. This is a rewarding employment opportunity for individuals who are interested in working from home while making a meaningful difference in someone’s life. We use a careful matching process to ensure that each placement is mutually compatible. A generous tax-free stipend, Room & Board, respite budget, training, and team support are provided. Potential Opportunities below: 1. SLP to support an 18 year old woman who enjoys puzzles, listening to music, swimming, and has a passion for farming. 2. SLP to support an independent 21 -year-old woman who enjoys video gaming, cooking, and spending time with her dog. 3. Experienced, attentive and confident SLP to support a fun loving 24 year old man. Our client’s wish is to have the support of a strong male role model that exhibits clear boundaries, energy and enthusiasm. 4. Seeking caring SLP to support a 54 year-old woman who enjoys gardening, socializing over a cup of coffee and engaging with the community. 5. Seeking a live-in SLP to support a 30-year-old man who enjoys taking walks, playing music, helping others and participating in hands-on activities. This individual is seeking a roommate to share a furnished, centrally located, home in Essex Junction.

Apply online at: or call us at 802.860.4663

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Operations and Help Desk Supervisor We’re looking for an experienced professional to join our Information Technology & Project Management team. The ideal candidate is a strong team leader, who is proficient in a variety of technical applications, tools, and operating systems (mostly windows), has great interpersonal and communication skills and wants to continue to learn and grow both themselves and those around them. If you have about five years of experience in a service oriented leadership position in a technical area and can help lead our back office operations and our front line helpdesk team as we all work together to serve Vermonters, we want to hear from you. (Experience with IBM iSeries administration, Project management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related discipline would be preferred, but don’t let that hold you back if you’re the right person to join our team)

70x2025vt Program Manager You’re all about mission. Like us. VSAC is totally focused on helping young people and adults succeed in life beyond high school. 70x2025vt is a new statewide collective action organization intended to build commitment to the ambitious goal of assuring that 70 percent of Vermonters possess a postsecondary degree or credential of value by 2025. We’re looking for a Program Manager who will be an essential member of a small team with significant responsibility over major facets of 70x2025vt. The position will be charged with supporting the work of the 70x2025vt Council and cross-sector working groups, leading program development, newsletter publication, and web, social media and data dashboard content development. The position will play a key role in partner engagement, strategic planning, and grant management. Our ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field, at least 2 years’ experience in project management, public policy and/or advocacy work, plus experience with local/state education and/or workforce development policy. VSAC offers a dynamic, professional environment with competitive compensation, generous benefits package, a fabulous onsite fitness room and healthy café. Apply ONLY online at

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Home Instead Senior Care, a provider of home helper services to seniors in their homes, is seeking friendly and dependable people. CAREGivers assist seniors with companionship, light housekeeping, 2:14 PM meal preparation, personal care, errands, safety presence and more. Part-time, flexible scheduling, including: daytime, evening, weekend and overnight shifts currently available. Higher pay for weekend shifts. No heavy lifting.

We’re all about mission at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). Help us fulfill our mission of providing all Vermont students with information and financial resources to reach their educational goals. You’ll work in a relaxed yet challenging environment.

To learn more about these exciting opportunities, contact or call (802) 488-6372.

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Personal Fitness Interiors Vermont’s Premier Fitness Equipment Store is hiring for the position of

SERVICE MANAGER. Responsibilities include: • • • •

Delivery/installation of equipment Repair and service of equipment Scheduling of deliveries and service, and ordering parts Maintaining the loading dock & stock

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Be able to lift heavy equipment, and work safely Have mechanical repair experience. Have a valid VT driver’s license and clean driving record. Pay attention to detail and be respectful of customers’ property. • Be able to problem solve, think creatively, and communicate with technical support


Zoning Administrator Starksboro, Vermont The Town of Starksboro is seeking a part-time Zoning Administrator. Duties to include: implementation of land-use regulations; administering zoning permits; enforcement actions for non-compliance with land-use regulations; and assistance to the public, Planning Commission, and Development Review Board, including taking minutes at meetings. Position will also help the Selectboard and Town Clerk with planning and land-use related issues. Interested candidate must be available for evening meetings and daytime work at town office; estimated 24 hours per week. A detailed job description is available at: Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: Town of Starksboro P.O. Box 91, Starksboro, VT 05487 or Applications preferred by Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Position open until filled.

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UVM Foundation Marketing and Communications Opportunities

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS The UVM Foundation seeks a focused, creative professional to develop and execute integrated, multi-channel marketing and communications efforts that support the strategic objectives of the University of Vermont Foundation, which includes the UVM Alumni Association. The Director will partner with Foundation communications staff embedded within the teams in an effort to create coordinated, proactive and inspirational stories about the University and Foundation.


We need a forward thinking and creative communicator to develop and implement innovative and effective communications plans to advance priorities of the UVM Alumni Association. The Assistant Director will manage electronic communications presence, including websites, email-sending services, and social media accounts in collaboration and partnership with colleagues at the UVM Foundation.



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Digital Communications Specialist Vermont PBS is seeking an individual to oversee Vermont PBS’ social media content, growth and effectiveness. Must have strong experience working on social media strategy, as well as creating content and building organic relationships across all social channels. Proven track record of success driving engagement and producing digital content for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Manage the setup, adjustments, monitoring and reporting for digital marketing and social advertising campaigns. Basic graphic design capabilities with the ability to create, edit, crop, color-correct graphic images in Photoshop or Canva. Experience managing a content calendar and plan. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, flawless spelling, grammar, editing and proofreading skills. Meticulous attention to detail as well as strong organizational skills required. For more information please visit:


The Foundation is looking for a motivated and innovative professional who will be responsible for collaborating with Foundation teammates to deliver coordinated, proactive and inspirational communications that highlight the University of Vermont, its donors, and the impact of their generosity. This individual will work to find stories, create the content that tells those stories, and deliver that content through a variety of print and digital channels. For a detailed description of the positions and information on how to apply, please visit our website, 9t-UVMFoundation120617.indd 1

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Please submit resume and cover letter by December 18, 2017 to or Vermont PBS Attn: HR Dept. 2 204 Ethan Allen Avenue Colchester, VT 05446 An equal opportunity employer and provider.





Director of Admissions & Financial Aid The Director of Admissions & Financial Aid reports to the President and serves on his Senior Staff. The Director oversees all operations of the admissions department and supervises admissions and on-site financial aid personnel. The Director will work closely with academic programs to advance enrollment goals, manage partnerships with thirdparty vendors, use current technologies for recruiting, admissions, enrollment management, marketing and communications (including student information system, application management system, and marketing/CRM software), and provide relevant data reporting.

Diabetic Living is a quarterly print magazine that helps people live well every day with diabetes. We provide readers with community and support plus the tools they need: exercise plans, medication management advice, healthy cooking tips and delicious recipes. Now Hiring: Executive Editor, Associate Editor, Production Designer For full job descriptions, go to the links after each job title. Cover letter & resume to: Wendy Ruopp, 3h-EatingWell112917.indd 1


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Seeking a successful candidate to work with our Grades 6-8 students who will be committed to ensuring the effective daily implementation of physical education and organized sports. This is a short-term assignment to cover a leave. Anticipated dates: March 6, 2018 to May 14, 2018 (45 days). Daily rate of $100.00. 10:12 AM

SHORT-TERM EEEP OR SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER Our Early Education Program is looking for a short-term Special Education or EEE Teacher to cover a leave. The position starts in February 2018 through to the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Daily rate of pay is $100 per day.

GROUNDS KEEPER This is a permanent full-time year round Grounds Keeper Position. Qualifications: Mechanical aptitude; understand job orders: three years’ experience with building and grounds maintenance required; able to work with minimal supervision; able to work a flexible schedule.

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

P S Y C H I A T R I C C L I N I C A L S P E C I A LT Y N U R S E REGISTERED NURSE I, II & III - BERLIN Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital (VPCH), a 25 bed state-of-theart, recovery oriented facility located in beautiful Central Vermont, has immediate openings for Registered Nurses on all shifts. Nurses function as fully integrated members of a multidisciplinary team while providing excellent psychiatric nursing care. Whether you are an experienced psychiatric nurse or a nurse seeking a new opportunity, you can make a difference in the evolving landscape of mental health care at VPCH. In addition to an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement and loan repayment assistance may be available for eligible applicants. Apply Online at Registered Nurse I (Psychiatric Clinical Specialty Nurse) – Job Opening ID# 622070 Registered Nurse II (Psychiatric Clinical Specialty Nurse) – Job Opening ID# 621711 Registered Nurse III (Charge Psychiatric Clinical Specialty Nurse) – Job Opening ID# 621805

FULL-TIME CUSTODIAN This is a full-time year round custodian position to help clean and keep our buildings safe for our students. Must be able to operate cleaning equipment; exhibit habits of cleanliness; be able to deal with general public, staff, and students; be able to follow written directions and complete assigned tasks with minimal supervision; and be able to work a flexible schedule. Eight hour days five days a week. With benefits.

DAILY SUBSTITUTES Do you have extra time? A flexible schedule? Just looking for a part-time job? The district has several openings for Substitutes to cover our Classroom Teachers, Support Staff Positions and for our Nursing Department.


Substitute custodians needed for our second shift positions to help clean and keep our buildings safe for our students. Must be able to operate cleaning equipment; exhibit habits of cleanliness; be able to deal with general public, staff, and students; be able to follow written directions and complete assigned tasks with minimal supervision; and be able to work a flexible schedule. Submit all application materials that include your cover letter, resume, transcripts, license and three letters of references electronically via Or Mail to: MILTON TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT ATTENTION: TERRY MAZZA 42 HERRICK AVE. MILTON, VT 05468 FAX: 802-893-3213

For more information, please contact Stephanie Shaw at 802-8283059 or

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The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Department of Labor is looking for a self-motivated individual with insurance adjusting and/or paralegal & informal dispute resolution skills. This is a Full-time position with the Workers’ Compensation Program in Montpelier. Responsible for informal disposition of contested WC claims. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills. With the ability to read and apply statutes and regulations, also efficiently manage heavy caseload of complex claims. Prior legal, medical and/or insurance work experience is preferred. For more information, contact Kristina Bielenberg at Job ID #621819. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: 12/11/2017.

Financial Manager III – Montpelier

This position participates on a team responsible for the administration, accounting and financial reporting for several State funds and programs, preparation and audit of schedules and footnotes included in the Consolidated Annual Financial Report, and in supporting the issuance of the State’s general obligation bonds. The division monitors, reconciles and ensures proper reporting and recording of internal and external accounts on the State’s books for financial reporting purposes. State Treasurer’s Office. For more information, contact Dan Currier at Dan. Job ID #622194. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: 12/13/2017.

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The Town of Colchester is seeking a Coordinator for the Planning and Zoning Department. This position will have variable work including assisting the public, developing and implementing long range plans, implementing permit review, and managing the department’s groundbreaking permitting software. Interested candidates must be highly motivated self-starters who have excellent customer service and writing skills. For more info go to Application deadline is January 12th. E.O.E.

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Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services

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A nonprofit organization in Berlin, VT, providing substance abuse services to central Vermont residents. Services include outpatient, intensive outpatient intervention, education, prevention, intervention and treatment. Drug Court Clinical Supervisor: The person who joins our team will be an active participant in a county wide Treatment Court program. This position is responsible for coordinating services and resources for people who are in recovery and have legal actions against them. The position is an integral part of a treatment team which includes lawyers, a judge, probation, law enforcement, mental health and substance abuse providers. As a clinical supervisor the position will access resources, track and report follow through of scheduled appointments and assist the team in setting attainable goals for participants. This position is based in Berlin but will require some light travel. Master’s Degree and Licensed as a Mental Health Counselor and Alcohol & Drug Counselor required. We are also seeking to fill a full time Master’s Level Clinician position working with adults or adolescents in Substance Abuse treatment setting. This position will provide group and individual counseling, assessments, treatment planning, referral and will help provide a bridge from the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program to other treatment service options available in the local community. Work will involve coordinating with representatives from the Department of Corrections, health care providers and other referral sources. Previous experience working with people in recovery from addictions is preferable. Clinical Supervisor: We are currently seeking a dynamic and clinically talented person to serve in the supervisory role for our Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse programs. This position leads a dedicated group of direct care counselors while assuring case coordination, follow up and quality of care in the delivery of substance abuse services to adults and adolescents in the Barre, VT, region. Focusing on coaching, developing and supervising staff to create a cohesive team through regular clinical supervision and facilitation of team meetings, this position also includes some direct assessments of the needs of our clients and ensuring that those needs are being met. Functions include conducting intake evaluations, developing treatment plans, making case assignments, monitoring and evaluating caseloads and funding compliance. Master’s degree and Licensure required.

12/1/17 12:45 PM Join the team at Gardener’s Supply Company – we’re America’s leading web-based gardening company! We work hard AND offer a fun place to work including BBQs, staff parties, employee garden plots and much more! We also offer strong cultural values, competitive wages and outstanding benefits!

ADMINISTRATIVE/HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR: In collaboration with the Distribution Center Director, supervisors, and the human resources team, the Admin/HR Coordinator will be responsible for localized human resources and training functions, while managing administrative reporting functions at the Distribution Center. Our ideal candidate will have: 4 years of strong administrative experience including working with different employees; 1-2 years professional human resources experience; an Associate’s degree or equivalent education/experience; strong planning, organizational & communications skills; and strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

DIGITAL IMAGE RETOUCHER/ ASSET COORDINATOR: We’re looking for a Digital Image Retoucher/Asset Coordinator to join our Creative team. This person will be responsible for editing product and editorial images in a fast-paced, high volume studio, as well as maintaining the digital asset management (DAM) system. Our ideal candidate will have: 2+ years of prior experience in commercial retouching; 2+ years digital asset management and/or related creative function; bachelor’s degree or equivalent education/experience; and expert level skills in in Adobe PhotoShop CC, proficiency in Bridge and Lightroom. We are a 100% employee-owned company and an award winning and nationally recognized socially responsible business. Interested? Please send your cover letter & resumé to Gardener’s Supply Company, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT 05401 or to

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Ruby on Rails Developer We seek an experienced RoR Developer to continue active development of our web-based products. These currently include a mobile version of our pediatric electronic health record application (PCC EHR), patient portal, and reporting solution. Our developers work on delivery teams consisting of a Business Analyst, UI Designer, and Developer. This team environment provides a dynamic working environment in which all players have the opportunity to share in all aspects of the development process. The RoR developer position requires experience with RoR, javascript (Coffee), css (SASS) running under Apache and Passenger on a linux server. Experience with Jquery Mobile helpful.

Seeking part-time research interviewer to conduct interviews with caregivers of newborns as part of research study based in Lamoille County, Vermont. 15-20 hrs/wk contract position. Compensation on a perinterview completion basis + additional stipends and quality incentives. Own transportation required. See online post for full position description.

As a Benefit Corporation, we place high value on client, employee and community relationships. Our company offers a friendly, 2v-Chapinhall112917.indd informal, and professional work environment. PCC offers competitive benefits as well as some uncommon perks.


PCC is located in the Champlain Mill in Winooski, VT. To learn more about PCC, this position, and how to apply, please visit our website at The deadline for submitting your application is December 15, 2017.

Community Capital of Vermont seeks a dynamic, effective Executive Director with a strong commitment to our mission. CCVT is a statewide small business and microenterprise lender serving low and moderate income entrepreneurs. CCVT specializes in providing loans to business owners who lack the collateral or credit history to qualify for traditional bank loans. Reporting to a Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization and supporting the Board’s leadership on policy and long-term planning. Please submit resume and cover letter via email to Position remains open until filled. EOE

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Maintenance Person Full-Time Wake Robin seeks a Maintenance person to join our Staff. Our maintenance team utilizes a variety of technical skills to repair and maintain Wake Robin facilities, resident homes, and grounds. S/he will provide a wide array of repair services involving, but not limited to plumbing, electrical, carpentry, HVAC, adaptive equipment, and grounds. Monitor and maintain computer-based operation systems to include fire alarm, motion sensors, and card access locking system. Qualified candidates will have at least 5 years’ general maintenance experience in a residential or industrial setting, demonstrated skills in at least two areas mentioned above, as well as a strong aptitude for computerbased operational systems. Wake Robin provides an extensive benefit package and a team centered atmosphere where customer service and resident interaction combine to create a unique and rewarding work environment. If you have high standards of service and a strong desire to learn, please email your resume with cover letter or call HR, (802) 264-5105. Wake Robin is an equal opportunity employer.

This position is part of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps (VHCB AmeriCorps). HV Connections is a Housing Vermont initiative with a goal of improving property performance and resident well-being within its communities by connecting outside organizations, resources and activities with the affordable housing development and measuring success of those connections through results based accountability. The HV Connections Coordinator will assist the HV Asset Management team along with local partners, management companies, residents, and other stakeholders to identify and coordinate proven low-income resident services and eviction prevention strategies. The position will require regular travel to housing developments around Vermont and may include some evening and weekend hours. Position begins January 8th, 2018 and ends August 10th, 2018 and is half time that serves approximately 30 hours per week. Additional information on AmeriCorps is available at This position does have recurring access to vulnerable populations (youth, persons over 60, individuals with disabilities). To Apply: For questions about this position or to send additional materials please email Andrew Brown, HV Connections Program Manager, The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) is sponsoring this AmeriCorps position through their AmeriCorps Program.

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Corporate Support Associate

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If you have a passion for VPR and helping Vermont businesses grow, consider becoming the new VPR Corporate Support Associate. You’ll work with businesses and organizations which use VPR to reach the desirable public radio audience through traditional underwriting on VPR and VPR Classical, as well as through sponsorship of podcasts, our web and mobile sites, and special programs and events. You’ll exercise your creativity, strategic thinking, and strong communication skills daily as you present opportunities to prospective underwriters. Your account management prowess means you’ll be on top of renewals and copy deadlines. We expect you to have at least 3 years of experience in marketing, development, or media buying or sales. Of course, you’ll present yourself professionally in person, in writing, and on the phone, and you aren’t shy at networking events. You’re excited to work with dedicated and curious people who take what they do very seriously but appreciate a good sense of humor. While our offices are located at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester, we are open to considering candidates who are based outside Chittenden County and offering a flexible office schedule. This is a salaried position. Read the full job description and application instruction on the Careers page of VPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Seeking a dynamic, creative, project based science educator for a part time (1.5 to 2.5 days/ week) Middle Grades (6-8th) position beginning 1/2/18. Primary responsibility: developing and delivering a project-based curriculum for a multi-aged program. Focus is on biological and environmental sciences. The teacher will work with other members of the team to support all aspects of the students’ experience. Send resumes to: 3h-TheSchoolHouseMIDDLE112217.indd 1

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Lund’s mission is to help children thrive by empowering families to break cycles of poverty, addiction and abuse. Lund offers hope and opportunity to families through education, treatment, family support and adoption.


• Full-time supervisor within residential treatment program serving pregnant and/or parenting young women and their children. • Responsibilities include supervision of residential counseling staff, milieu management, and providing life skill and parenting support to young women that are receiving treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues. • Four ten-hour shifts. • Supervisor will have the opportunity to provide direct parent education and life skill support to pregnant and parenting women and their children in residential treatment setting.

What We Look For: • Leadership skills and experience working in a residential setting are required. • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in human services related field. • Experience working with young women and providing care to children a must. • Supervisory skills, adaptability, ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, and strong communication skills preferred.

Direct Support Professional Feel good about what you do! Provide individualized supports to people with intellectual disabilities and autism and help them realize dreams and reach their goals. Starting wage is $14.35 per hour with mileage compensation, a comprehensive benefits package and a fun, supportive work environment. This is an excellent job for applicants entering human services or for those looking to continue work in this field.

• Looking for a candidate that is an energetic, quick problem-solver and able to work independently during non-traditional hours. • Valid driver’s license required.

Why Join Our Team at Lund: • We honor and celebrate the distinctive strengths and talents of our clients and staff. • Our work encompasses collaboration with a strong team of professionals and a strengths-based approach to providing services to families. • Lund’s adoption program provides life-long services to families brought together through adoption. • Lund’s residential and community treatment programs are distinctive as our work focuses on both treatment and parenting. • Lund’s educators believe in laughter, the importance of fun, community-oriented activities, and non-stop learning. • Ongoing training opportunities are available.

Send your application and cover letter to Karen Ciechanowicz at

• Lund offers competitive pay and paid training, as well as a comprehensive and very generous benefit package including health, dental, life, disability, retirement, extensive time off accrual, 11 paid holidays, and wellness reimbursement. EEO/AA

Building a community where everyone participates and everyone belongs. EOE.

Please send resume and cover letter along to: Human Resources, PO Box 4009, Burlington, VT 05406-4009 fax (802) 864-1619 email: 10v-Lund120617.indd 1

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Indie Kingdom Youth Radio Program Coordinator & Educator Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three employment references to to be part of this collaboration between WGDR and Big Heavy World.

Clinical Social Worker— Community Health Team

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Qualified Candidates Will Have: MSW, current LICSW; license to practice in Vermont required  Minimum of 3-5 years experience in community health care as  clinical care provider and advocate

Starting pay $20/hour based on experience. Benefits, guaranteed 40 hours/week, year-round. Please contact 372-6139 or email

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Facilitate access to health care for all patients including patient case management as appropriate Competitive pay and great benefits


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Lund’s mission is to help children thrive by empowering families to break cycles of poverty, addiction and abuse. Lund offers hope and opportunity to families through education, treatment, family support and adoption.


APPLY ONLINE: Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protective veteran status.

• Clinical supervisor will assist with implementation and provide oversight of innovative program that bridges agencies in an effort to provide immediate, holistic, familycentered services and increase the collaborative capacity of the community to respond effectively to support family systems impacted by substance abuse. • This position supervises clinicians co-located in 3 district offices throughout Vermont and works collaboratively with the DCF Investigation and Assessment staff. • Primary responsibilities include supervision of clinical staff that are providing clinical and family support services in the districts as well as program and grant management. Untitled-25 1

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The City of Montpelier is seeking candidates to fill the position of Foreman in the Water & Sewer Division. The successful applicant must be a high school/vocational school graduate, have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a municipal water and sewer distribution system, possess a Class D water certification or higher, and have a valid Vermont CDL. Must be highly organized and have good supervisory and communications skills. The Foreman will be responsible for supervision of one or more work crews, coordination and scheduling, record keeping, operation of equipment, and maintaining high safety standards. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position open until filled. Please contact for a copy of the job description and the employment application. Or visit the Public Works Office at City Hall, 39 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. The City of Montpelier is an equal opportunity employer.

What We Look For: • Minimum of Master’s degree in human services related field and Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. • Two years supervisory experience preferred. • Strong desire and ability to work with the identified population and effectively communicate and collaborate with interagency programs and community partners required. • Experience working with family services/child welfare preferred.

Why Join Our Team at Lund: • We honor and celebrate the distinctive strengths and talents of our clients and staff. • Our work encompasses collaboration with a strong team of professionals and a strengths-based approach to providing services to families. • Lund’s adoption program provides life-long services to families brought together through adoption. • Lund’s residential and community treatment programs are distinctive as our work focuses on both treatment and parenting. • Lund’s educators believe in laughter, the importance of fun, community-oriented activities, and non-stop learning. • Ongoing training opportunities are available. • Lund offers competitive pay and paid training, as well as a comprehensive and very generous benefit package including health, dental, life, disability, retirement, extensive time off accrual, 11 paid holidays, and wellness reimbursement. EEO/AA

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Do you remember why you became a Nurse? Our Nurses Do.

Schoolhouse preschool - an amazing nature-play based program, is looking for an after school teacher for our 4-5 class. Hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday 2:15-5:30 and Tuesday/Wednesday 1:30-5:30. For more information and to apply go to:

Addison County Home Health & Hospice is seeking:

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• Full time and per-diem (nights, weekends, Holidays) Hospice Nurses • Community Health Nurses (per-diem, nights, weekends, Holidays) • Community Care & Support Services Manager

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A Healthy work/life balance Competitive Pay Comprehensive Benefits The option for additional income for weekend shifts Reimbursement of Travel Expenses

You will benefit from the schedule flexibility that only Home Health can provide. To apply please send resume and cover letter to

Jessica Fredette

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ARCh Program Leader Responsible for overall clinical and administrative oversight of the ARCh program, offering leadership, supervision, expertise and care coordination. ARCh serves children and adults up to the age of 22 who have an intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder or an emotional/behavioral challenge. Master’s degree and Vermont clinical license required.

Building Cleaning Services Specialist Building Cleaning Services Specialist position available in our Facilities Department. Special project cleaning, accountable for proper floor maintenance practices, plus other duties. Must have valid driver’s license and transportation and experience as a cleaner or housekeeper.

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Energy Services Manager Leads a dynamic energy services team including residential & commercial sales and efficiency programs. This role leads the development of ambitious growth and efficiency targets including implementing innovative strategies to achieve these goals. Directly manages sales and efficiency staff and works closely with all customer-facing functions to serve customers in a fast, effective, modern way within a regulatory framework. Provides a knowledgeable, collaborative presence to develop community and technical relationships and leverages effective partnerships to improve the customer experience. The Energy Services Manager is constantly searching for innovation, working to streamline processes, and building teams to promote natural gas growth and sustainability efforts.

BENEFITS: TOTAL REWARDS Our generous benefits package includes comprehensive healthcare coverage, 401(k) with employer contributions and bonus potential. See all the details at Vermont Gas is an Equal Opportunity Employer EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Seeking a dedicated full-time LPN who will be responsible for safely dispensing methadone and buprenorphine products and maintaining all Nursing Dispensary operations. Minimum one to two years’ experience in nursing and education based on that required by State of Vermont for licensure (LPN). We are looking for someone with excellent attention to detail and organizational skills plus strong interpersonal and communication skills. Must be reliable, polite, motivated and able to work early mornings.

Registered Nurse – Medication Assisted Treatment Program

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CCV in Montpelier is looking for a dynamic office and operations manager who has experience with facilities oversight and has strong organizational and administrative skills. This position will ensure building safety, access, security and efficiency and will provide administrative leadership and support for center operations, building facilities management, and activities relating to academic support. Bachelor’s degree plus two years’ experience required. TO VIEW THE FULL POSTINGS AND APPLY: Please submit a complete application package which includes a cover letter, resume, and three references at:

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Wednesday, December 6, through Friday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 9, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 10, 2 & 6 p.m., at FlynnSpace in Burlington. $28.80-37.50; $55 for Sunday night gala. Info, 863-5966,





uring the cold-weather months, there’s nothing quite like settling in with a good story. For the 13th year, Vermont Stage invites friends and families to gather for Winter Tales, a performance of songs, poetry and narratives by Vermont writers and musicians. Audience members get that cozy feeling when featured readers share humorous and touching new works by authors Chris Bohjalian, Geoffrey Gevalt, Stephen Kiernan and Kathryn Blume. Members of the Young Writers Project impress with poetry, and folksters Patti Casey and Pete Sutherland offer up original tunes. As Vermont Stage puts it on the company’s website, these stories and songs are sure to “shine a bit of sunlight on the dark days of winter.”


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MAKE THIS YOUR HEALTHIEST WINTER YET: STRATEGIES FOR PREVENTING WINTER WOES: Nutritionist Suzanna Bliss prescribes holistic methods to address cold-weather challenges ranging from suppressed immune function to falls on the ice. City Market/Onion River Co-op, Downtown Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 861-9700.







11/30/17 11:08 AM movements drawn from healing, martial and

dance arts propel an animated barefoot workout. South End Studio, Burlington, 8:30-9:30 a.m. $14; free for first-timers. Info, 372-1721.

You can give the greatest gift of all. This holiday season, we’re partnering with Children’s Literacy Foundation to collect books for children all over Vermont.

THE POWER IS IN YOUR HANDS: Reflexologist and yoga instructor Frances McManus demonstrates hand yoga postures to strengthen and open the lungs. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: Folks in recovery and their families enrich mind, body and spirit in an all-levels class. All props are provided; wear loose clothing. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. SUNRISE YOGA: Participants of all levels enjoy slowing down, moving mindfully and breathing deeply while building strength and stamina on the mat. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 6-7 a.m. Donations. Info, WEDNESDAY GUIDED MEDITATION: Individuals learn to relax and let go. Burlington Friends Meeting House, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8605.


ZUMBA EXPRESS: A shortened version of this guided, beat-driven workout gives students a much-needed midday surge of energy. Marketplace Fitness, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-noon. $12; free for members and first-timers. Info, 651-8773.



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CHRISTMAS-TREE LIGHTING: Revelers warm their hands and hearts over a fire, hot beverages, caroling and kids’ activities. Town of Plattsburgh supervisor Michael Cashman throws the switch at 6 p.m., sharp. Elfs Farm Winery & Cider House, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-2750. DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Locals lend a hand with adorning the Milton Historical Society in preparation for a community event. Milton Historical Society, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2598. HOLIDAY EVENT: Revelers browse for gifts, gaze at art and dine from chef Vicky Regia’s special menu. Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon, 2-8 p.m. Free. Info, 247-4295.

CLiF serves children who are at high risk of growing up with low literacy skills. CLiF works with rural school and libraries, prisons, shelters, low-income housing communities, refugee programs, Head Start, nutrition programs, and many others. Make it a meaningful holiday season with CLiF and Phoenix Books. 191 Bank Street, Downtown Burlington • 802.448.3350 2 Carmichael Street, Essex • 802.872.7111

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A VERY MERRY MIDDLEBURY: Festivities throughout the month of December transform the town into a winter wonderland for the whole family to enjoy. See for details. Various downtown Middlebury locations. Prices vary. Info, 345-1366.



GINGER’S EXTREME BOOT CAMP: Triathletes, Spartan racers and other fitness fanatics challenge themselves to complete Navy Seal exercises during an intense workout. Come in good shape. Private residence, Middlebury, 7-8 a.m. $8-12; for ages 16 and up. Info, 343-7160.

‘SCROOGE: A CHRISTMAS CAROL’: Large-scale puppets star in No Strings Marionette’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale about Ebenezer Scrooge and a trio of ghosts. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. $4. Info, 748-2600.


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GENTLE YOGA: Individuals with injuries or other challenges feel the benefits of a relaxing and nourishing practice. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 8:309:30 a.m. Donations. Info,


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GENTLE CHAIR YOGA: Yogis limber up with modified poses. Waterbury Public Library, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

REINDEER QUEST: Shoppers in pursuit of prizes explore various stores, restaurants and activities, collecting snowflake stamps as they go. See for details. Various Stowe locations, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Info, 253-7321.

‘WINTER TALES’: Folk singers Patti Casey and Pete Sutherland join members of the Young Writers Project in Vermont Stage’s annual seasonal celebration of stories and songs. See calendar spotlight. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $28.80-37.50; $55 for Sunday night gala. Info, 863-5966.



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LOST NATION THEATER’S ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY’: A guardian angel saves a hopeless man from despair in Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic, which comes to life before a live studio audience. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall, 7 p.m. $10-15; free for kids 11 and under with a paying adult. Info, 229-0492. MAKE A HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENT: Festive floral designs take shape with help from Sharon Niquette of Buds & Roses. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.





HOUR OF CODE: Tech-savvy tots ages 8 and up hone their skills as part of a worldwide event. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. READ TO DAISY: Budding bookworms join a friendly canine for ear-catching narratives. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956. STORY TIME: Children are introduced to the wonderful world of reading. Richmond Free Library, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. STORY TIME & PLAYGROUP: Engrossing plots unfold into fun activities for tots ages 6 and younger. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. STORY TIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS: Picture books, songs, rhymes and early math tasks work youngsters’ mental muscles. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. YOGA FOR KIDS: Yogis ages 2 through 5 strike a pose to explore breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1111:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


BEGINNER ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS: Students build a foundation in reading, speaking and writing. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. DUTCH LANGUAGE CLASSES: Planning a trip to Amsterdam? Learn vocabulary and grammar basics from a native speaker. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, bheeks@yahoo. com. GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Community members practice conversing auf Deutsch. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Pupils improve their speaking and grammar mastery. Private residence, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS: Learners take communication to the next level. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH: ¡Hola! Language lovers perfect their fluency. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


Find club dates in the music section. FREE ENERGY DRUMMERS OPEN REHEARSAL: The percussion group seeks alternate players to contribute to renditions of West and North African and Brazilian rhythms. Extra drums available. 83 Nottingham Lane, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.


SONG CIRCLE: Singers and musicians congregate for an acoustic session of popular folk tunes. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 775-1182. VERMONT YOUTH STRINGS: Mini maestros play their best. University Mall, South Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 655-5030.


FIRE CIDER WORKSHOP: Participants arm themselves against the cold season with a traditional and tasty tonic. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. $15. Info, 540-0595.


WOMEN’S PICKUP BASKETBALL: Players dribble up and down the court during an evening of friendly competition. Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $3; preregister at meetup. com. Info, 540-1089.


AMY HUNGERFORD: Hailing from Yale University, the First Wednesdays series speaker explores the voices and themes at the heart of the Franny and Zooey author’s work in “J.D. Salinger’s Family Dramas.” Norwich Congregational Church, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. BARRY DIETZ: Lit lovers lend their ears for “Charles Dickens and the Writing of A Christmas Carol,” delivered as part of the First Wednesdays series. Trinity Episcopal Church, Rutland, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. CARRIE ANDERSON: In the First Wednesdays series lecture “Rembrandt and Vermeer in their Place and Time,” the Middlebury College professor explores 17th-century Amsterdam and Delft. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. JANE CARROLL: The Dartmouth College professor shares her expertise in “Reformation and Response: What Luther Did to Art,” a First Wednesdays series lecture. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. JERRY SCHNEIDER: Old stereotypes give way to a new understanding of bats and their role in the environment. Attendees decorate T-shirts with dyes and bat cutouts. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:45 p.m. Free; $4 for a T-shirt. Info, 426-3581.

MARCELO GLEISER: The Dartmouth College professor shares his knowledge in the First Wednesdays series talk “Physicists’ Dream of a Theory of Everything.” Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.

WODEN TEACHOUT: The author makes a case for the intellectual skills and larger cultural understandings that come from studying the past in the First Wednesdays series lecture “What We Learn When We Learn About History.” Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902.

TECH HELP WITH CLIF: Electronics novices develop skill sets applicable to smartphones, tablets and other gadgets. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, noon & 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955.


‘KINKY BOOTS’: SOLD OUT. A failing factory owner and a fabulous drag queen join forces to create a line

Sun-Wed: 10am-10pm Thurs-Sat: 10am-11 pm

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: Wordsmiths focus on elements of craft while discussing works-inprogress penned by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. MEMOIRS GROUP: Writers come together to compose and share short stories about the past. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920. RICHARD W. BROWN: The shutterbug covers his new book of words and photos, The Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont’s Past. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, University of Vermont, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 373-1131. WRITING CIRCLE: Words flow when participants explore creative expression in a lowpressure environment. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218.



BRANCH OUT BURLINGTON! ANNUAL MEETING: Arboreal aficionados recognize this year’s winners of the Awesome Tree Contest. Pizza and dessert are served. The Innovation Center of Vermont, Burlington, 6-7:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 660-2673. DAIRY DAY: Agricultural experts deliver a moo-ving discussion on the manufacturing of milk products. Joseph C. Burke Education and Research Center, Miner Institute, Chazy, N.Y., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 518-846-7121, ext. 117.

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CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASS: Movers infuse technique with improvisation, composition and play. North End Studio B, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $12. Info, FOR REAL WOMEN SERIES WITH BELINDA: GIT UR FREAK ON: R&B and calypso-dancehall music is the soundtrack to an empowering sensual dance session aimed at confronting body shaming. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $15. Info, bestirredfitness@


INTRO TO SOLAR PV: See WED.6. VERMONT’S WILDLIFE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE: Colorful photos enliven biologist Tom Rogers’ talk on the impacts of global warming on the state’s flora and fauna. See calendar spotlight. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, 7-8:30 p.m. $10. Info, 359-5000, ext. 245.


AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS VERMONT ANNUAL MEETING & DESIGN AWARDS: Industry professionals recognize winning structures amid cocktails, jazz, food and conversation. Gatehouse Lodge. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 5-10 p.m. $5070. Info,



‘DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID’: Northern Stage presents a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about the under-the-sea adventures of Ariel, who longs to live above water. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. $15-69. Info, 296-7000.




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‘RINGING DOWN THE CURTAIN’: SUNY Plattsburgh theater and dance students pool their talents in a joint performance. Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-2243.


WILLARD STERNE RANDALL: Part romance and part tragedy, Alexander Hamilton’s life takes center stage in “Hamilton: The Man and the Musical.” Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

of sturdy stilettos in this Tony-Award winning musical with songs by Cyndi Lauper. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25-90. Info, 863-5966.


KENT MCFARLAND: Coming from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, the speaker spreads his wings in a discussion on the natural history and conservation of the state’s butterflies. Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Info, 800-635-2356.

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JOB HUNT HELP: Community College of Vermont interns assist employment seekers with everything from résumé writing to online applications. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1393. LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETING: Nursing mothers share breastfeeding tips and resources. Essex Free Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, lllessexvt@gmail. com.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.6. WINTER WILDLANDS ALLIANCE BACKCOUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL: Skiers start the season right with an evening of short films, a raffle and refreshments. Proceeds benefit the Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance. Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, 7:45 p.m. $5. Info, 860-0190. ‘WONDER OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.6.

food & drink

COMMUNITY LUNCH: Farm-fresh fare makes for a delicious and nutritious midday meal. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 309. CUSTOMER APPRECIATION NIGHT: Chocoholics sample Lake Champlain Chocolates’ goodies, sip Stonecutter Spirits cocktails and browse holiday gift boxes. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 800-465-5909.




QUEEN CITY BICYCLE CLUB MONTHLY RIDE: Women, queer and trans folks empower one another on a group excursion complete with glitter and a giant boom box. Wear a helmet and rock front and rear bike lights. Old Spokes Home, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-4475.

UVM MEDICAL CENTER FARMERS MARKET: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. Davis Concourse, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, 2:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 847-5823.

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FILM & MEDIA CULTURE FALL SCREENING: Students showcase work produced in Sight and Sound II and 3-D Computer Animation classes. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


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POKÉMON LEAGUE: I choose you, Pikachu! Players of the trading-card game earn weekly and monthly prizes in a fun, friendly environment where newbies can be coached by league leaders. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0498.

health & fitness

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE SUN-STYLE TAI CHI, LONG-FORM: Improved mood, greater muscle strength and increased energy are a few of the benefits of this gentle exercise. Winooski Senior Center, 6:45-8 p.m. Free. Info, 735-5467. BEGINNERS TAI CHI CLASS: Students get a feel for the ancient Chinese practice. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS: A 20-minute guided practice with Andrea O’Connor alleviates stress and tension. Tea and a discussion follow. Winooski Senior Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-1161. CORNWALL FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Interval training helps participants improve strength, agility, endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Cornwall Town Hall, 9-10 a.m. $12. Info, 343-7160. FORZA: THE SAMURAI SWORD WORKOUT: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when using wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: A peaceful, guided meditation helps participants achieve a sense

of stability and calm. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 777-8602. REFLEXOLOGY FOR WINTER WELLNESS: A workshop covers points on the body for relieving pain and tension. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 540-0595. VINYASA FLOW: A well-balanced flow pairs movement with breath to create a stronger mind-body connection. Kismet Place, Williston, noon-1 p.m. $12. Info, 343-5084. YOGA: A Sangha Studio instructor guides students who are in recovery toward achieving inner tranquility. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.


‘CLARA’S DREAM: A NUTCRACKER STORY’: Fresh choreography puts a new spin on the classic ballet for adults and kids alike. Preperformance tea at the Lebanon Ballet School is optional for some shows. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. $9-43. Info, 603-448-0400. HOLIDAY SING-ALONG WITH THE SONGFARMERS OF HINESBURG: No musical ability is required to join in an evening of melody and merriment. Holiday treats are served. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. HOME FOR THE ALLIDAYS: STORIES FROM THE KIDS’ TABLE: Sue Schmidt, Kevin Gallagher and Melinda Moulton tell hysterical tales that have audience members laughing ’til they cry. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, cocktail hour, 6:30 pm.; show, 7:30 p.m. $30. Info, 876-5315. LOST NATION THEATER’S ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY’: See WED.6. THE MERRY MIXER: Friends and colleagues toast to the year over savory snacks and delightful drinks. KeyBank, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $12-20; preregister. Info, 863-3489. MIDD NIGHT STROLL: Pop-ups, tastings, promotions and dining specials make community members merry. Various downtown Middlebury locations, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 345-1366. REINDEER QUEST: See WED.6. A VERY MERRY MIDDLEBURY: See WED.6. VIENNA BOYS CHOIR: One hundred operatic voices are in perfect harmony during stirring renditions of “Sleight Ride” and “Carol of the Bells.” Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $40-54. Info, 775-0903. WINOOSKI HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP: More than 25 local artists and vendors set up shop in businesses around the rotary while bartenders sling drinks and DJs provide the grooves. Various Winooski locations, 4-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, ‘WINTER TALES’: See WED.6.


BABY TIME: Books, rhymes and songs are specially selected for tiny tots. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. FOOD FOR THOUGHT TEEN LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS: Pizza fuels a discussion of books and library projects. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. PJ STORY HOUR: Little ones dress for bed and wind down with tales and treats. Fairfax Community Library, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. PRE-K ART PLAY: Children let their imaginations run wild during a free-form paint-and-canvas session. Caregivers must stick around. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 10-11:30 a.m. $5. Info, 253-8358. PRESCHOOL MUSIC: Tykes up to age 5 have fun with song and dance. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. READ TO A DOG: Book hounds ages 5 through 10 curl up with a good story and a furry friend. Fairfax Community Library, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. READ TO ARCHIE: Budding bookworms join a friendly therapy dog for entertaining tails — er, tales. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

a weekly help session. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291, ext. 302.


‘DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID’: See WED.6, 2 & 7:30 p.m.


BEGINNER-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Basic communication skills are on the agenda at a guided lesson. Private residence, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. FRENCH CONVERSATION: Speakers improve their linguistic dexterity in the Romantic tongue. Bradford Public Library, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536.


Find club dates in the music section. EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC CONCERT: Lichti Dentico Duo, Toussaint and id M Theft Able dole out experimental, free improvisation and spoken word performances. Private residence, East Montpelier, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, subversive.intentions@ JAZZ GUITAR ENSEMBLE & LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA: Student musicians interpret tunes by Benny Golden, Oliver Nelson, Mongo Santamaría and others. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040. JAZZ SHOWCASE: Middlebury College singers and instrumentalists join forces in a celebration of the genre. Lower Lobby, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. JUST JAMMIN’: Music lovers dance, listen or join in with a group of local instrumentalists. Light supper items are available for purchase. VFW Post 309, Peru, N.Y., 6 p.m. Free. Info, 518-643-2309. MUSIC AT NOON: Organist Arthur Zorn accompanies community readers in “Poetry of the Season.” Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, noon. Donations. Info, 223-3631. PUMPKIN HILL SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Popular and sacred songs of the season ring out under the direction of Robert Wilson. Danville Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 633-3043.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘YOUNG MARX’: Broadcast from London, this new comedy spotlights the early life of revolutionary socialist Karl Marx. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 2 & 7 p.m. $18. Info, 863-5966. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. ‘RINGING DOWN THE CURTAIN’: See WED.6. ‘SCOOTER THOMAS MAKES IT TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD’: Parish Players raise the curtain on a revival of Peter Parnell’s play about a young man searching for clues about his best friend’s death. Eclipse Grange Theater, Thetford, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 785–4344.


BILL MCKIBBEN: The wordsmith covers his new novel, Radio Free Vermont, before delving into a conversation with sportscaster Ken Squier. A Q&A and book signing follow. Bridgeside Books, Waterbury, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-1441. ‘SNIFF THIS’ MAGAZINE RELEASE: Zero Gravity Craft Brewery suds sustain attendees as a new print zine created by and for Burlington skateboarders makes its debut. Zero Gravity Craft Brewery, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 497-0054.



TOXIC WHITENESS BAG LUNCH DISCUSSION GROUP: Peace & Justice Center representatives facilitate a conversation on the harmful effects of white supremacy on communities and individuals. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 383-2345, ext. 6.


THURSDAY PLAY TIME: Kiddos and their caregivers convene for casual fun. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918.


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

‘FAST AND FURIOUS: AN INSIDER’S LOOK AT WORLD CUP SKI RACING’: World class ski racers Jimmy Cochran and Igor Vanovac speak of the slopes in a moderated roundtable talk. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Stowe, 6-9 p.m. Donations; cash bar. Info, 253-9911.


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

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BALLROOM & LATIN DANCING: Learn new moves with Ballroom Nights, then join others in a dance social featuring the waltz, tango and more. Singles, couples and beginners are welcome. Williston Jazzercise Fitness Center, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance social, 8-9:30 p.m. $10-14; $8 for dance only. Info, 862-2269. CELTIC KNIGHTS END-OF-SEMESTER DANCE: A collection of traditional and student-choreographed routines enchants audience members. Alliot Student Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.

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CONTRA DANCE: Lausanne Allen calls the steps at a Queen City Contras shindig. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes. Shelburne Town Hall, beginners’ session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8 p.m. $9; free for kids under 12. Info, 371-9492. FRI.8


GUIDO MASÉ: An herbalist digs into the beneficial properties of garden variety and wild plants. Bellwether School and Family Resource Center, Williston, 6-7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 863-4839.




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


THURSDAY NOON CONCERT: Emily Sunderman directs the Addison String Quartet in works by Beethoven and Corelli. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on the Green, Middlebury, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7200.



SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS WINTER CONCERT: The coed student a cappella group hits all the right notes. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 8 p.m. Free. Info, scavanaugh@mail.

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DANCE END-OF-SEMESTER SHOWING: Soloists, groups and classes present a variety of fall semester projects. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040. ECSTATIC DANCE VERMONT: Jubilant motions with the Green Mountain Druid Order inspire divine connections. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info, 505-8011. FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Merrymakers cut a rug to the rhythms of the ’90s. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 8 p.m.-midnight. $5-7; BYOB. Info,

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JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE DANCE CLUB: Students bring spectacular choreography to the stage in Danceland. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 635-1476.




MONTHLY WOMEN’S SHARING CIRCLE: Those who identify as female gather to laugh, cry and connect on a spiritual level. Essex Hub for Women & Business, 6:30-8 p.m. $10. Info,


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‘REEL ROCK 12’: Climbing’s biggest stories and athletes are the subjects of four new films full of edge-of-your-seat action. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $15. Info, 748-2600.

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ACUDETOX: Attendees in recovery undergo acupuncture to the ear to propel detoxification. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150.

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BONE BUILDERS: Folks of all ages ward off osteoporosis in this exercise and prevention class. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. BUTI YOGA: See WED.6, 10-10:45 a.m & 6-7 p.m. FELDENKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT: Aches and pains, be gone! The physically challenged to the physically fit increase flexibility and body awareness with this form of somatic education. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 12:30-1:30 p.m. $10. Info, 560-0186.

RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: See WED.6. REFUGE RECOVERY: A LOVE SUPREME: Buddhist philosophy is the foundation of this mindfulnessbased addiction-recovery community. Turning Point Center, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 861-3150. TAI CHI AT ZENBARN STUDIO: Instructor Shaina shares the fundamentals of Yang style, including standing and moving postures. Zenbarn Studio,

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

FRIDAY NIGHT POWER YOGA: Practitioners get their sweat on during a full-body, flow-style mindful workout. Kismet Place, Williston, 5:15-6:15 p.m. $12. Info, 343-5084.

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ARTIST TO TABLE DINNER: Song meets sustenance during a four-course Italian dinner replete with a mini opera performance by tenor Joshua Collier. MKT: Grafton, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. $70; preregister. Info, 843-2255.


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CAROL ANN JONES QUARTET HOLIDAY CONCERT: Energy and life thread through seasonal and original numbers infused with rock, country, pop and jazz sounds. Bliss Room, Saint Albans Museum, 7 p.m. $15; cash bar. Info, 527-7933. ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’: Miserly Mr. Scrooge gets unexpected Christmas Eve visitors in Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ tale. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15-45. Info, 863-5966. CHRISTMAS MUSIC: Friends and neighbors join for festive songs, readings and refreshments. United Reformed Church, New Haven, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 877-3878.

CHRISTMAS TREE & WREATH SALE: Browsers bag decorative boughs to support Harwood’s class W ED of 2020. Harwood Union High School, I’ .6 | FI L M | ‘D I O R A N D South Duxbury, 4-7:30 p.m. Cost of items purchased. Info, 522-9316.


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COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: Mad River Valley shops, galleries, inns and restaurants welcome winter in style with two days of indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family. Various Mad River Valley locations, Warren, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Info, 496-6682. ‘ELF’: Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious musical comedy staged by Very Merry Theatre follows Buddy the elf on his quest to find his true identity. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 355-1461. ESSEX COMMUNITY PLAYERS’ ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY’: A guardian angel saves a hopeless man from despair in Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic. Essex Memorial Hall, 7:30-10 p.m. $16-18. Info, 881-7116. ESSEX JUNCTION TRAIN HOP & TREE LIGHTING: Following a tree-lighting ceremony in the village center, folks make stops at local businesses, where they view model-train displays. Various Essex Junction locations, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-1375. HOLIDAY BEER & CHOCOLATE PAIRING: Lake Champlain Chocolates and Switchback Brewing join forces for a self-guided gustatory extravaganza. The Tap Room at Switchback Brewing, Burlington, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 651-4114. HOLIDAY CABARET: Songs ranging from American standards to seasonal favorites find eager ears in an intimate setting. The Grange Theatre, South Pomfret, 7:30 p.m. $20; cash bar. Info, 234-1645. A HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH CANTUS: Known for its warmth and innovative programming, this all-male vocal ensemble enchants with “Three Tales of Christmas” as part of the UVM Lane Series. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5-40. Info, 656-4455. HOLIDAY TRACTOR PARADE: Families line the streets for a festive procession of farm machinery. Downtown St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 524-2444. LESSONS & CAROLS: The Counterpoint vocal ensemble accompanies the St. Michael’s College Chorale for a celebration of music and scriptural readings. Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2284. THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS IN ESSEX, N.Y.: Three days of festivities feature a pancake breakfast, a scavenger hunt, live entertainment and more. See for details. Various Essex, N.Y., locations, 5 p.m. Prices vary. Info, MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE CHOIR: Jeff Buettner directs student singers in a holiday-themed program. Williston Old Brick Church, 7-9 p.m. $11-15. Info, 764-1141. REINDEER QUEST: See WED.6. ‘THE TURNING OF THE YEAR: A CELTIC/ AMERICANA HOLIDAY CELEBRATION’: Awardwinning accordionist John Whelan joins forces with fiddler Katie McNally and roots band Low Lily for a lively concert of jigs, reels and Christmas

LIST YOUR EVENT FOR FREE AT SEVENDAYSVT.COM/POSTEVENT carols. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-22. Info, 728-6464. VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY POPS: Chamber musicians perform a joyful program complete with a carol sing-along. See calendar spotlight. Barre Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $10-30. Info, 476-8188. A VERY MERRY MIDDLEBURY: See WED.6. WASSAIL WEEKEND: Folks spread holiday cheer at this annual three-day fête including an equestrian parade, concerts, holiday shopping and a historic home tour. Various Woodstock locations, 5-8 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 457-3555. ‘WINTER TALES’: See WED.6.


ACORN CLUB STORY TIME: Little ones up to age 4 gather for read-aloud tales. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. COMOTION: Youngsters and their grown-ups explore movement and rhythm. The Everything Space, Montpelier, 9:30-10:15 a.m. $9 per family. Info, 232-3618. EARLY-BIRD MATH: Books, songs and games put a creative twist on mathematics for tots ages 2 through 5. Richmond Free Library, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. ‘HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD (AND OTHER LESSONS ON NOT BEING A GROWN-UP): A charming and witty score propels a musical revue centered on the joys and sorrows of being a kid. Middlebury Union High School Auditorium, 7 p.m. $7. Info, 382-9222. MIGHTY ACORNS CLUB: BEING CONNECTED TO NATURE — LEARNING FROM THE ABENAKI: Artifacts, stories and an outdoor scavenger hunt engage preschoolers and their grown-ups. The Nature Museum at Grafton, 10-11:30 a.m. $5-8. Info, 843-2111. MUSIC WITH ROBERT: Sing-alongs with Robert Resnik hit all the right notes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. PRESCHOOL YOGA WITH DANIELLE: Yogis up to age 5 strike a pose and share stories and songs. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. STORY TIME IN ESSEX JUNCTION: Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets work youngsters’ mental muscles. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

SKI-QX WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Brian Fallon, JD McPherson and the Rebel Light are among the acts to rock the resort during a two-day fest. See calendar spotlight. Stratton Mountain Resort, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $15-40; free for kids 10 and under. Info, 800-787-2886. WINTER WINE DOWN MUSIC SERIES: Oenophiles let loose with live music by Jon Sochin, awardwinning wine and mouthwatering eats. Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 372-9463.


YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: This class is aimed at training parents, teachers and others to help young people experiencing mental health or addiction challenges. Lamoille County Mental Health Services, Morrisville, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 888-5026.


EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT FOR EVERYONE: VTDigger editor Anne Galloway shares her knowledge in “Real v. Fake News: How Alternative Facts Are Eroding Our Grip on the Truth.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, winter luncheon, noon, talk, 1 p.m.. $5. Info, 864-3516.


‘DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID’: See WED.6, 7:30 p.m. ‘HOTBALL: A NEW VERMONT MUSICKAL’: Seven actors share the stage with 12 squirrel puppets for this apocalyptic musical written and composed by Geof Hewitt and David Schein. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $8-15. Info, ‘SCOOTER THOMAS MAKES IT TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD’: See THU.7.


BOOK SALE: Bookworms stock up on gently-used reads at this benefit for the library. Rutland Free Library, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. FRIDAY MORNING WORKSHOP: Wordsmiths offer constructive criticism on works in progress by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.



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TRANS TOWN HALL: GETTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS: Transgender individuals join local therapists to chat about navigating the winter holiday season. Holiday-themed refreshments are provided. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info,



CRAFT FAIR: Goods from more than 30 vendors fill tables. Food is available. Hinesburg St. Jude Catholic Church, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 434-4782.

ACABELLAS WINTER CONCERT: An all-female ensemble serves up a lively a cappella performance. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.

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

FRIDAY NIGHT WINE DOWN: Locals welcome the weekend with the musical stylings of the Funky Batz. Elfs Farm Winery & Cider House, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-2750.


MEMORY CAFÉ: Mick Byers serves up toe-tapping tunes at a social gathering for people with in early- to mid-stage memory-loss disorders. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 229-9630.


VICTORIAN STARS & FANS WORKSHOP: With a few folds and embellishments, paper is transformed into trimmings for trees, windows and packages. SAT.9


ROBINSON & ROHE: Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe bring their folk-music roots and contemporary sensibilities to songs new and old in “The Longest Winter.” Huntington Public Library, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info, 434-4563.



BROADWAY DIRECT: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF COLE PORTER & FRANK LOESSER: Veteran performer Bill Carmichael leads a lineup of talented thespians in an evening of popular tunes. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5-18. Info, 877-6737.

BAKED BEADS TRUNK SHOW: Fashionistas scoop up baubles from a Vermont jewelry maker. The Vermont Country Store, Weston, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 362-5950.


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STORY TIME IN WINOOSKI: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers drop in for books, rhymes, songs and activities. Winooski Memorial Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424.

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Colchester’s Mead Hall, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Info, 497-2345.

Catamount Outback Artspace, St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.


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

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LEGAL CLINIC: Attorneys offer complimentary consultations on a first-come, first-served basis. 274 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 383-2118.



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INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY MEETING PLACE: Brainstorming leads to forming activity groups for hobbies such as flying stunt kites and playing music. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-0030.

TRACEY MEDEIROS: The author serves up samples from her taste-bud-tempting title The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook: 125 Organic and Farm-toFork Recipes From the Green Mountain State. Phoenix Books, Rutland, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 855-8078. N


‘WHEN THE NORTH WIND BLOWS’: A weathered trapper adapts to life among Siberian tigers in this 1974 drama shown on 16mm film. Newman Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Donations. Info, serious_61@

NORWICH WINTER FARMERS MARKET: Farmers and artisans offer produce, meats and maple syrup alongside homemade baked goods and handcrafted items. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447.



‘HOME ALONE’: Macaulay Culkin stars as an 8-yearold boy who must single-handedly defend his home against a pair of bungling burglars. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422.


CONTRA DANCE: Adina Gordon is the caller at a jamboree featuring live music by Red Dog Riley. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes. Cornwall Town Hall, 7-9:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 462-3722.



COMMUNITY SWING & BALLROOM DANCE: Propelled by live tunes by Joe’s Big Band, dancers of all ages and abilities move and groove in a relaxed atmosphere. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-11 p.m. $15-20. Info,

MIDDLEBURY WINTER FARMERS MARKET: Crafts, cheeses, breads, veggies and more vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. VFW Post 7823, Middlebury, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m. Free. Info,



CHICKEN & BISCUITS SUPPER: Diners pile their plates with comfort food, including poultry, stuffing, veggies and dessert. Takeout is available. Vergennes United Methodist Church, 5-6:30 p.m. $5-9. Info, 877-3150.








BURLINGTON WINTER FARMERS MARKET: A bustling indoor marketplace offers fresh and prepared foods alongside crafts, live music and lunch seating. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, CAPITAL CITY WINTER FARMERS MARKET: Root veggies, honey, maple syrup and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. City Center, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 793-8347.




VERGENNES FARMERS MARKET: Local food and crafts, live music, and hot eats spice up Saturday mornings. Kennedy Brothers Building, Vergennes, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 233-9180.

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FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Ma’am, yes, ma’am! Exercise expert Ginger Lambert guides active bodies in an interval-style workout to build strength and cardiovascular fitness. Middlebury Recreation Facility, 8-9 a.m. $12. Info, 343-7160.

R.I.P.P.E.D.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet define this high-intensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. WELLNESS DAY: Attendees pamper themselves with a variety of mini treatments such as massage, sound healing and an ionic foot bath. Cedar Wood Natural Health Center, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5828. YIN YOGA: Students hold poses for several minutes to give connective tissues a good stretch. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 8-9:30 a.m. Donations. Info,


BARBERSHOP HOLIDAY CONCERT: Burlington’s Green Mountain Chorus and Barre’s BarreTones band together for a choral music extravaganza. Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly, Waterbury Center, 2 p.m. $12; free for kids under 8. Info, 505-9595. ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’: Shakespeare on Main Street interprets this timeless holiday classic about Ebenezer Scrooge and a trio of ghosts in a chamber theater-style performance. The Little Theater, Woodstock, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 282-2581. CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXTRAVAGANZA: Sweets lovers fill boxes with take-home confections. Jericho Community Center, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; $7 per pound for cookies. Info, 899-3315. CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE: Fancy cookies, candies, Dutch goodies and other treats are sold by the pound. Champlain Valley Christian Reformed Church, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 349-0229. CHRISTMAS TREE & WREATH SALE: See FRI.8, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. CHRISTMAS WITH THE CELTS: Modern seasonal classics meet ancient carols, courtesy of an




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MAIDEN VERMONT: SOLD OUT. Central Vermont’s all-female barbershop chorus presents the holiday concert “Come Fly With Us,” featuring guest singer Moira Smiley. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 4 p.m. $22-25. Info, 382-9222.

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CAROL SING-ALONG: With the help of take-home carol books, friends and neighbors find perfect harmony. Seven Stars Arts Center, Sharon, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 763-2334.


NEW DUDS HOLIDAY SALE & OPEN HOUSE: Sartorially savvy shoppers print their own T-shirts, score sweet deals on new and old designs, and browse unique wares from guest vendors. New Duds Screen Printing & Illustration, Winooski, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 310-6803.

FULL BARREL COOPERATIVE BREWERY & TAPROOM HOLIDAY HOMEBREW SOCIAL: Suds lovers sip homemade brews amid appetizers, desserts and music. 12-22 North Street, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info,

‘THE NUTCRACKER’: Ballet Wolcott’s Youth Company, students and community members dance to Tchaikovsky’s classic score. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $820. Info, 533-9075.


OLD-FASHIONED VISITS WITH SANTA: Saint Nick has tots smiling from ear to ear. Danforth Pewter Workshop and Store, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 345-1366.

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: See FRI.8. ‘ELF’: See FRI.8, 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.

HOLIDAY CHARACTER PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Two seatings treat families to balloons, music, delicious eats and colorful personalities. Middlebury Inn, 8:30 & 10 a.m. $8-12; limited space. Info, 345-1366. HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: Browsers bag take-home treasures. Malletts Bay Congregational Church, Colchester, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 343-9767. HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR: Deck the halls! Historic homes are open to visitors as part of Wassail Weekend. Downtown Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $35-40; free for kids 17 and under. Info, 457-3981. HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS PARTY: Folks with developmental disabilities and their families and friends celebrate with music, dancing, crafts, refreshments and Santa on roller skates. Masonic Lodge, St. Albans, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 524-5197. MAD RIVER CHORALE: Conductor Arthur Zorn leads vocalists in “The Splendor of Christmas.” Waitsfield United Church of Christ, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $12-15; free for kids under 11. Info, 496-4647.

‘THE POLAR EXPRESS’ EVENT: All aboard! A family hayride paves the way for a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved book. Highgate Public Library, 5-6:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 868-3970. REINDEER QUEST: See WED.6. SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN: Tots tell Saint Nick all about their Christmas wishes. Adults can soothe frayed nerves with samples of hard cider. Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Waterbury Center, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 244-8771. VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY POPS: See FRI.8, Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-52. Info, 863-5966. A VERY MERRY MIDDLEBURY: See WED.6. VICTORIAN HOLIDAY: Folks ring in the holiday season with a community-wide celebration including

visits from Santa, a cookie walk, Hanukkah crafts and more. See for details. Various St. Johnsbury locations, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 748-7121. VICTORIAN HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: Visitors ring in the holiday season with craft time, live music and a Christmas reading by Bob Joly. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1393. WASSAIL WEEKEND: See FRI.8, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. ‘WINTER TALES’: See WED.6, 2 & 7:30 p.m. WREATH MAKING: Evergreen branches get repurposed into one-of-a-kind adornments in a family-friendly creative session. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30 a.m.-noon. $10-20; preregister. Info, 849-2420.


THE SKY WRITING GROUP: Creative storytelling supports health and community cohesion in a critique-free environment. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info,


SHOWCASE NIGHT — MONTRÉAL: Straeon Acting Studios stages Christmas-themed scenes from TV shows and movies such as The Family Stone and Bridget Jones’ Diary. MainLine Theatre, Montréal, 7 & 9 p.m. Free. Info, 514-849-3378.



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DAVID MALLETT: The Sky Blue Boys join forces with the folkster for a recital new and signature songs. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $20. Info, 249-8262.

FAMILY DAY: Sweet treats and seasonal art activities make spirits bright. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 253-8358.

SPANISH MUSICAL PLAY GROUP: Language learners up to age 5 get together for stories, rhymes and songs en español. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918. SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR: Youngsters skilled in singing, dancing and playing instruments strut their stuff on stage. Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 12:30 p.m. $7-10; free for kids 6 and under. Info, 877-987-6487. ‘STAR WARS’ DAY: May the force be with you! Costumed kiddos geek out over face painting and a themed craft. Turner Toys & Hobbies, Essex Junction, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 233-6102.

BROADWAY DIRECT: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF COLE PORTER & FRANK LOESSER: See FRI.8, McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 2 & 7:30 p.m. $18. Info, 654-2281.

DUPONT BROTHERS: The Americana duo perform Vermont-made refrains from their upcoming album. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $20; $45 includes dinner; preregister; BYOB. Info, 247-4295. GUITAR OPEN MIC: Instrumentalists test their talents onstage. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-5792. HONEYSUCKLE: Progressive folk stylings find eager ears. The Sparkle Barn, Wallingford, 3-5 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, 446-2044. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, 7 p.m. $7.50. Info, 558-6155.




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LEWIS FRANCO & THE MISSING CATS: The Brown Eyed Girls add their vocal stylings to a swing-music extravaganza. Music Box, Craftsbury, 7-9 p.m. $10; free for kids under 16. Info, 586-7533.

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THEY MIGHT BE GYPSIES: High-energy numbers inspired by gypsy jazz master Django Reinhardt fill the air. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. $10; free for kids and teens. Info, 388-6863.

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MIKE CHECK FALL CONCERT: Members of this all-male a cappella group reveal the set list they’ve been preparing all semester. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.

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VCAM’S DIGITAL EDITING CERTIFICATION: Adobe Premiere users get familiar with the most recent version of the editing software. Prerequisite: VCAM Access Orientation or equivalent, or instructor’s permission. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.



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THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HD LIVE: ‘HANSEL AND GRETEL’: An onscreen production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy tale opera enchants viewers. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘PETER PAN’: Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily and Captain Hook hit the silver screen in a broadcast production of J.M. Barrie’s classic children’s fantasy. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 2 p.m. $20. Info, 775-0903. ‘SCOOTER THOMAS MAKES IT TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD’: See THU.7.


BOOK DISCUSSION: PORTRAITS OF THE ARTISTS: Francette Cerulli facilitates a conversation on Tracy Chevalier’s Girl With a Pearl Earring: A Servant’s Life, a Master’s Obsession, a Matter of Honour. Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 644-2025.


BOOK SALE: See FRI.8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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FREE TRADE VERSUS FAIR TRADE: Locals learn the basics of globalization and how certain policies pave the way for companies to profit at the expense of people and the planet. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.



WINTER OWL EXPLORATION: Whooo’s there? Nature lovers head into the great outdoors in search of winged species. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 3-8 p.m. $10-20; preregister; limited space. Info, 229-6206.

‘DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID’: See WED.6, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

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CELEBRATE THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: In an International Day of Human Rights event, activists learn about the 2017 prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons coalition. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-3:45 p.m. Free. Info, 355-3256.



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FARMERS BANQUET ON CLIMATE CHANGE: Rural Vermont and Vermont Climate Union host a panel presentation and a farmer-to-farmer conversation on global warming and agriculture in Vermont. Capital City Grange, Berlin, 3-8 p.m. $5-25 includes dinner; cash bar. Info, 324-3073.

INTRODUCTION TO POWERPOINT: Those new to the program practice making slide shows, charts, footers and animation. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217.

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



MEGAN PRICE: The author signs copies of the humorous and harrowing tale Vermont Wild: Adventures of Fish & Game Wardens, Volume 5. Phoenix Books, Essex, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.

BOOK SALE: Avid readers scoop up stories on the cheap. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. MARK BUSHNELL: The local author autographs copies of his new volume, Hidden History of Vermont. Bridgeside Books, Waterbury, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 244-1441.

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COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS WITH THE CENTER FOR MINDFUL LEARNING: Peaceful people gather for guided meditation and interactive discussions. Burlington Friends Meeting House, 5-7 p.m. $10. Info,


BALKAN FOLK DANCING: Louise Brill and friends organize participants into lines and circles set to complex rhythms. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 3-6 p.m. $6; free for first-timers; bring snacks to share. Info, 540-1020.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.6. ‘HOME ALONE’: See SAT.9, The Sparkle Barn, Wallingford, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 446-2044. ‘WONDER OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.6.

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HEMP & HOPS DINNER: Five palate-pleasing courses showcase the culinary applications of hemp and cannabidiol. Diners can browse a cannabis marketplace before and after the meal. Zenbarn, Waterbury, marketplace, 4-9 p.m.; dinner seatings, 5 & 7 p.m. $75; cash bar. Info, 244-8134. KNIFE SHARPENING: Dull blades, be gone! Jim Cunningham of JRC Knife Sharpening whets cutting tools. Chef Contos Kitchen & Store, Shelburne, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $4-5 per knife. Info, 497-3942. TRACEY MEDEIROS: See SAT.9, Phoenix Books, Essex, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.


POKÉMON LEAGUE: See THU.7, noon-5 p.m.

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SOUND BATH: Participants don eye masks and embark on a sonic journey of relaxing and restorative vibrations. Sacred Mountain Studio, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $10-20; preregister for a cushion. Info, TRADITIONAL YOGA FLOW: Breath accompanies each transition during a vinyasa flow focused on body awareness and self-acceptance. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 9-10:15 a.m. Donations. Info, 244-8134.



BRANDON FESTIVAL SINGERS: Twenty-five voices ring out in a concert of carols. Brandon Congregational Church, 3 p.m. Donations. Info, 247-0180. ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’: See SAT.9, 2:30 p.m. CHRISTMAS TREE & WREATH SALE: See FRI.8, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ‘CLARA’S DREAM: A NUTCRACKER STORY’: See THU.7, 3 p.m. COMMUNITY CAROL SING: Families lift their voices to seasonal strains. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free; nonperishable food donations accepted. Info, 223-7861.

‘HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD (AND OTHER LESSONS ON NOT BEING A GROWN-UP): See FRI.8, 2 p.m. PEER-LED MINDFULNESS MEET-UP FOR TEENS: South Burlington High School junior Mika Holtz guides adolescents toward increased awareness through music, movement and other techniques. Stillpoint Center, Burlington, 9-10:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 720-427-9340.


DIMANCHES FRENCH CONVERSATION: Parlezvous français? Native speakers and students alike practice the tongue at a casual drop-in chat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.


SPANISH GROUP CLASSES: Students roll their Rs while practicing en español. New Moon Café, Burlington, 2:45-4:30 p.m. $20. Info,










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COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Rufus Patrick directs the South County Chorus, In Accord and the Hinesburg Artist Series Orchestra in seasonal songs new and old. Hinesburg St. Jude Catholic Church, 2 & 4:30 p.m. Free; donations of nonperishable food items accepted. Info, 373-0808.

Malletts Bay Congregational Church, Colchester, 3-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 658-9155.



LGBTQ FIBER ARTS GROUP: A knitting, NM S OUN crocheting and weaving session welTAIN YOU T H comes all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and skill levels. Pride Center of Vermont, HOLIDAY BEER & CHOCOLATE PAIRING: See FRI.8, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. EE

HOLIDAY CONCERT: Musical stylings ranging from Irish folk to classical string music fill the air at a benefit for local people in need. Vergennes Congregational Church, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, vucc@ HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE LUNCHEON: Locals catch up over a shared meal and sweet treats. Milton Historical Society, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2598. HOLIDAY SHOP-A-PALOOZA: Scoring the perfect present is made easy at this extravaganza of crafters and vendors ranging from LuLaRoe to Barefoot Books to 802 Magic. Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 777-8257. LESSONS & CAROLS FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS: Jeffrey Buettner directs the Middlebury College Choir in choral works during a program that includes biblical readings. Mead Memorial Chapel, Middlebury College, 4 & 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 443-3168. MAD RIVER CHORALE: See SAT.9, Waterbury Congregational Church, 3-5:30 p.m.

‘MESSIAH’ SING: Handel’s holiday favorite is revived with help from a world-class ensemble and four featured soloists. Our Lady of the Snows, Woodstock, 4 p.m. $10. Info, 457-3981. MILTON COMMUNITY BAND: Special guests from FootWorks Studio of Dance perform selections from The Nutcracker during a family-friendly concert and sing-along. Milton Middle/High School, 2-3:30 p.m. Free; nonperishable food donations accepted. Info, 893-1398. REINDEER QUEST: See WED.6.

A VERY MERRY MIDDLEBURY: See WED.6. WASSAIL WEEKEND: See FRI.8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ‘WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT AVE’ STAGED READING: MOXIE Productions gives voice to this new creatively named holiday play by Waterbury wordsmith Curtis Paul Ostler. Grange Hall Cultural Center, Waterbury Center, 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 244-4168.


DRUM CIRCLE: Feel the beat! Kids of all ages find rhythm at this informal percussion session.

GREEN MOUNTAIN YOUTH SYMPHONY FALL CONCERT: The repertory, concert and senior orchestras present a varied program with a reading by guest poet Tamra Higgins. Barre Opera House, 2 p.m. $5-15; free for kids under 5. Info, 476-8188. JOINT STUDENT RECITAL: Student singers and instrumentalists show their stuff in a varied recital. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2284. NORTHEAST FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION MEETING: Lovers of this spirited art form gather to catch up and jam. Canadian Club, Barre, noon-5 p.m. Free; donations of nonperishable food items accepted. Info, 431-3901.




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ORCHESTRACHORUSPALOOZA: A Vermont Youth Orchestra Association concert includes compositions by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Rossini and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 4 p.m. $7-12. Info, 863-5966. RHYTHM FUTURE QUARTET: Fans of gypsy jazz flock to a concert featuring four virtuosos with international influences. Richmond Congregational Church, 4-6 p.m. $20-25. Info, 434-4563. UKULELE MÊLÉE: Fingers fly at a group lesson on the four-stringed Hawaiian instrument. BYO uke. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info,





SOUTH BURLINGTON ROTARY UGLY SWEATER FUN 5K RUN & 2.5K WALK: Participants pound theCM pavement wearing deliberately unattractive knitwear. Veterans’ Memorial Park, South Burlington, MY 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $15-35. Info, southburlingtonrotaryCY WILDLIFE TRACKING CLUB: Outdoor enthusiasts CMY seek signs of species in Burlington’s urban wilds. Rock Point Nature Trails, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. K Free. Info,


WOMEN’S PICKUP SOCCER: Swift females shoot for the goal. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3; $50 for unlimited drop-in pass. Info, 864-0123.





‘WINTER TALES’: See WED.6, 2 & 6 p.m.

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VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY POPS: See FRI.8, Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 3 p.m. $10-32. Info, 775-0903.



SOUTH BURLINGTON COMMUNITY CHORUS: Singers find perfect harmony in spirited renditions of “Twelve Days of Christmas” and John Rutter’s “Requiem.” McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 5 p.m. $10; free for kids under 18. Info, 846-4108.





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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘FOLLIES’: Broadcast to the big screen, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary play follows fictional stars of yesteryear as they reminisce on their glory days in a famous musical revue. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. $23. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘SCOOTER THOMAS MAKES IT TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD’: See THU.7, 3 p.m.


BOOK DISCUSSION: B.I.G. (BIG, INTENSE, GOOD) BOOKS: Readers looking for a challenge share opinions on George Eliot’s Middlemarch. Dailey Memorial Library, Derby, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 766-5063.


QIGONG: Basic movements and fundamental breathing principles engage participants. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 9-10 a.m. $10. Info, 505-1688.


SALSA MONDAYS: Dancers learn the techniques and patterns of salsa, merengue, bachata and chacha. North End Studio A, Burlington, fundamentals, 7 p.m.; intermediate, 8 p.m. $12. Info, 227-2572. SHAKE IT OFF: A diverse array of music propels an instruction-free dance party. The Everything Space, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 232-3618.


WEST AFRICAN DANCE: Live djembe and dundun drumming drive a family-friendly class with teacher Seny Daffe of Guinea. Drop-ins are welcome. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 5:30-7 p.m. $10-16. Info,


CAMPUS TOUR: Potential students ages 16 through 24 check out a facility offering free housing, meals, career technical training, high school diplomas, driver’s licenses and job placement. Northlands Job Corps Center, Vergennes, 9:45 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 877-0121.

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AMERICAN VETERANS VERMONT POST 1: Those who have served or are currently serving the country, including members of the National Guard and reservists, are welcome to join AMVETS for monthly meetings. American Legion, Post 91, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 796-3098. JOB HUNT HELP: See THU.7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.




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CONTACT IMPROV: See WED.6, Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $4. Info, 864-7306.


ADVANCED SUN-STYLE TAI CHI, LONG-FORM: Elements of qigong thread through the youngest version of the Chinese martial art. Winooski Senior Center, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 735-5467.

NUTRITIONAL WISDOM TO OPTIMIZE FERTILITY: Women learn to optimize their bodies for pregnancy by utilizing basic principles of Chinese dietetics. Holistic School of Business, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 255-5960.



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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS FOR SENIORS: Attendees choose the topics for group-driven discussions offering accurate information and helpful resources. Champlain Senior Center, McClure Multigenerational Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 316-1510.

GUN VIOLENCE VIGIL: Individual prayer gives way to group reflections. Charlotte Congregational Church, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 425-3176.

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MAH JONGG: Longtime players and neophytes alike compete in the popular Chinese tile game. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.

WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: Wordsmiths of all genres and experience levels sharpen their storytelling skills with the help of creative exercises. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info,


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

See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.6. ‘WONDER OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.6.

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BTV POLY COCKTAILS: Those who are polyamorous, in an open relationship or just curious connect over drinks. Drink, Burlington, 7 p.m.-midnight. Free. Info,


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.6, 6:30 p.m.

RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: See WED.6. SEATED TAI CHI: Movements are modified for those with arthritis and other chronic conditions. Winooski Senior Center, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 735-5467. TEDMED: ‘A DOCTOR’S CASE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA’: Curious minds watch a TED Talk by physician David Casarett, author of Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. YIN YOGA: See SAT.9, noon-1:15 p.m. $10.


HOLIDAY STORY TIME: Traditional tales and contemporary narratives set the tone for music, rhymes and a snack. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 264-5660. REINDEER QUEST: See WED.6. A VERY MERRY MIDDLEBURY: See WED.6.


CRAFTERNOON: HAPPY TREES: A themed activity motivates children ages 6 and up to create. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. CRAFTS FOR KIDS: Kiddos 5 and up flex their creative muscles with unique projects. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660. GO CLUB: Strategy comes into play during a 4,000-year-old game suitable for players in grades 1 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 5:306:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. KNITTING FOR KIDS: Fiber fanatics use needles and looms to create hats and scarves. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. PAJAMA STORY TIME: Picture books await PJ-clad kiddos. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. PAJAMA STORY TIME & COOKIE DECORATING: Little ones in PJs bring their favorite stuffed animals for stories and a creative activity. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. PRESCHOOL MUSIC: See THU.7, 11 a.m. STORIES WITH MEGAN: Lit lovers ages 2 through 5 open their ears for exciting tales. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.



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ADVANCED-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Language learners perfect their pronunciation with guest speakers. Private residence, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: Bring a bag lunch to practice the system of communication using visual gestures. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


Find club dates in the music section. TIM BRICK: The country crooner brings bootstomping tunes to an intimate show. Lake Champlain Access TV Studio, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free; limited space. Info, 862-5724.




LOVE TO READ? LEARN TO EDIT!: Wordsmiths hear about the benefits of becoming a freelance book editor during a talk by editors Nancy Marriott and Susannah Noel. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 793-7121. MUST-READ MONDAYS: Lit lovers cover A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. POETRY WORKSHOP: Wordsmiths analyze creative works-in-progress penned by Burlington Writers Workshop members. Poet Kerrin McCadden leads. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. ‘TALK OF THE PORCH 2.0’: A ‘NEW YORKER’ FICTION DISCUSSION GROUP: Local writers Stark Biddle and Julia Shipley direct a dialogue on the short story “The Christmas Miracle” by Rebecca Curtis. Craftsbury Public Library, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 586-9683.

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INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED WEST COAST SWING: Fun-loving folks learn the smooth, sexy stylings of modern swing dance. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $11-16. Info, SWING DANCING: Quick-footed participants experiment with different forms, including the Lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Beginners are welcome. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.6. HOWARD FRANK MOSHER: Filmmaker Jay Craven reflects on his collaborations with the late Vermont writer before showing his 1993 movie Where the Rivers Flow North. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 357-4616. KNIGHTS OF THE MYSTIC MOVIE CLUB: Cinema hounds view campy features at this ode to offbeat productions. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 356-2776. ‘WONDER OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.6.

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PENNYWISE PANTRY: On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market/Onion River Co-op, Downtown Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9757.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.6, 7 p.m. TUESDAY NIGHT BINGO: Participants cover squares and dip into refreshments. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.

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50/50 POWER/YIN YOGA: Physical therapist Kyle McGregor designed this class to address the needs of cyclists and those with a sedentary lifestyle through a strengthening warm-up and restorative poses. Kismet Place, Williston, 4-5 p.m. $12. Info, 343-5084. AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT LESSON: From reducing pain to improving mobility, this physical practice reveals new ways to live with the body. Come with comfy clothes and an open mind. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $10. Info, 504-0846. BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE SUN-STYLE TAI CHI, LONG-FORM: Improved mood, greater muscle strength and increased energy are a few of the benefits of this gentle exercise. South Burlington Recreation & Parks Department, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 735-5467. BEGINNERS TAI CHI CLASS: See THU.7. BRANDON FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Hop to it! Get fit with strength, endurance, agility and coordination exercises. Otter Valley North Campus Gym, Brandon, 5-6 p.m. $12. Info, 343-7160. DE-STRESS YOGA: A relaxing and challenging class lets healthy bodies unplug and unwind. Balance Yoga, Richmond, 5:45-7 p.m. $14. Info, 434-8401. PEACEFUL WARRIOR KARATE: Martial-arts training promotes healthy living for those in recovery. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. PRENATAL YOGA: Moms-to-be prepare their bodies for labor and delivery. Women’s Room, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $15. Info, 829-0211. REIKI CLINIC: Thirty-minute treatments promote physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. JourneyWorks, Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. $10-30; preregister. Info, 860-6203.

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

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BEGINNER WEST COAST SWING & FUSION DANCING: Pupils get schooled in the fundamentals of partner dance. North End Studio B, Burlington, 8-9 p.m. $11-16. Info,

DANCE, PAINT, WRITE: DROP-IN: Creative people end their day with an energetic meditation, music, movement, intuitive painting, free writing and destressing. Expressive Arts Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $15. Info, 343-8172.

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TUESDAY VOLUNTEER NIGHTS: Helping hands pitch in around the shop by organizing parts, moving bikes and tackling other projects. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 264-9687.


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HEART-CENTERED WEBSITES: HOW TO USE YOUR WEBSITE TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS: Entrepreneurs pick up tips for connecting with ideal customers by way of their web presence. Holistic School of Business, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 225-5960.

support the effort of Vermont and like-minded states to meet Paris Climate Accord goals. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0218.


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HAPPY, HEALTHY HOLIDAYS WITH FOOD AS MEDICINE: Healthy eating equals healthy bodies in a workshop with Harmonized Cookery’s Lisa Masé. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-6 p.m. $3-5; preregister. Info, info@ LIGHT UP THE NIGHT: The spirit of Hanukkah shines at a grand menorah lighting complete with music, latkes and donuts. University Green, University of Vermont, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 658-5770. ‘MESSIAH’ SING: Community members are welcome to join the Burlington Choral Society in singing the Christmas choruses of Handel’s composition. North Avenue Alliance Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, REINDEER QUEST: See WED.6. A VERY MERRY MIDDLEBURY: See WED.6.


CHILDREN’S UNDERGROUND FILM SOCIETY: Monthly movie screenings encourage viewers of all ages to think critically about artful cinema. Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield, 5:30 p.m. $5. Info, 496-8994. CREATIVE TUESDAYS: Artists exercise their imaginations with craft materials. Kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:15-4:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR: MUSIC WITH CAITLIN: Imaginations blossom when kids up to age 6 engage in themed tales and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Books and creative projects help tykes gain early literacy skills. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. SEWING CLUB: Needle-and-thread neophytes stitch together new skills in a two-part class. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 849-2420.





STEAM TUESDAYS: Creative activities are based in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. STORY TIME FOR BABIES & TODDLERS: Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets arrest the attention of children and their caregivers. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

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OPEN MIC: Singers, players, storytellers and poets entertain a live audience at a monthly showcase of local talent. Wallingford Town Hall, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 446-2872.






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


FIRST THURSDAY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST LADIES’ LUNCHEON: Women come together for a midday chat-and-chew. Irises Cafe and Wine Bar, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 1:30 p.m. Cost of food and drink; preregister. Info, 518-310-1457. VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: See WED.6.



GOOGLE DRIVE BASICS: Folks who are familiar with using the internet get dialed into the basics of cloud computing. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7217.

ENDANGERED ALPHABETS GAMES WORKSHOP: Fans of Scrabble and other word-based pastimes test new games as part of the Endangered Alphabets Games Project. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5429.





MAH JONGG: Players of all levels enjoy friendly bouts of this tile-based game. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-3:30 Z O O AL p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. SP




U SI ORU C | O RC BOOK DISCUSSION: SEVEN DEADLY H E ST R A C H SINS: Lit lovers look closely at short stories health & fitness from The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler. Kimball BUTI YOGA: See WED.6. Public Library, Randolph, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 728-5073. GENTLE YOGA: See WED.6. CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP: Folks give

feedback on essays, poetry and journalism written by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.

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SEEING & DISRUPTING RACISM: A learning opportunity geared toward white community members elucidates the concept of white fragility and prepares participants to challenge prejudice. Shelburne Town Offices, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 3832345, ext. 6.


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‘LA CAUSERIE’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners are welcome to pipe up at an unstructured conversational practice. El Gato Cantina, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195.

COFFEE HOUR: Friends, neighbors and AARP Vermont volunteers catch up on upcoming activities and issues facing older Vermonters. Cups of coffee are free! The Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 951-1313.

LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: ITALIAN: Speakers hone their skills in the Romance language over a bag lunch. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Frenchlanguage fanatics meet pour parler la belle langue. Meet in the back room. ¡Duino! (Duende), Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 430-4652.


OPEN JAM: Instrumentalists band together for a free-flowing musical hour. Borrow an instrument or bring your own. The Pathways Vermont Community


COMMUNITY MEAL: Diners dig into a hot lunch. United Church of Johnson, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1247.


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LEGO CLUB: Kiddos ages 6 and up snap together snazzy structures. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.

VERMONT BRASS ENSEMBLE: The 35-member group breaks out the horns for “A Salute to the Winter Olympics.” University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, l.solt@

STORY TIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS: Picture books, songs, rhymes and early math tasks work youngsters’ mental muscles. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

SOCIAL GATHERING: Those who are deaf or hard of hearing or want to learn American Sign Language get together to break down communication barriers. The North Branch Café, Montpelier, 4-6 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 595-4001.

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JOE ROMAN: In a Natural Marshfield series talk, the University of Vermont Gund Institute for Environment fellow covers how conservation is good for the Vermont economy. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


OPEN MIC NIGHT: Feats of comedy, music, poetry and storytelling fill five-, 10- and 15-minute time slots. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info,



CHOIR OF CLARE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE: Spirits soar during the vocal program “A Seasonal Celebration of One That Is So Fair and Bright.” United Community Church North Building, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $15-35; free for students. Info, 748-2600. DESTROY APATHY HOLIDAY MARKET: Shoppers support local artisans while snagging gifts for loved ones. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 5-9 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0406. THE FESTIVAL OF SANKTA LUCIA: In a traditional Swedish Christmas festival, costumed kids and adults celebrate the story of Saint Lucia with songs and narration. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on the Green, Middlebury, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7200. GIANT MENORAH PUBLIC LIGHTING: Friends and families gather ’round an oversize candelabrum for singing, latkes and doughnuts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 802-658-5770, ext. 5. HOLIDAY COCKTAIL PARTY: Music, appetizers, a cash bar and good cheer are in store for merrymakers at this spirited benefit for Meals on Wheels. Waitsfield Inn, 5-7 p.m. $20. Info, 496-9416. JUDY COLLINS: ‘HOLIDAYS & HITS’: Fans file in to hear the folk legend sing festive favorites plus hits such as “Send In the Clowns.” Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7-9 p.m. $55. Info, 457-3981. REINDEER QUEST: See WED.6. A VERY MERRY MIDDLEBURY: See WED.6.


BOOK DISCUSSIONS FOR HOMESCHOOLED STUDENTS: Grouped by age, youngsters chat about celebrated titles. Call for details. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.





Find club dates in the music section. SINGER-SONGWRITER NIGHT: Aspiring performers test their talents on stage. Elfs Farm Winery & Cider House, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-2750.


A COURSE IN MIRACLES: A monthly workshop based on Helen Schucman’s 1975 text delves into the wisdom found at the core of the world’s major religions. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920. RUNNING SHOES: Certified running instructor Sarah Richardson demystifies footwear. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@




LESLEY-ANN GIDDINGS: The Middlebury College assistant professor schools listeners on the discovery and engineering of natural products made from micro-organisms. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1327. RICK WINSTON: In “Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense,” the film buff references movie clips when tracing the arc of the iconic director’s career. Richmond Free Library, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3036.


TECH HELP WITH CLIF: See WED.6, noon, 1, 6 & 7 p.m. TECHNOLOGY NIGHT: Online music and podcasts become second nature during a class with Vermont Technical College’s Ken Bernard. Bring your own device. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.




CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: See WED.6. A PARTY FOR GALWAY & HIS NEW BOOK: Poetry pundits fête the publication of the late Galway Kinnell’s Collected Poems with readings and refreshments. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1393. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST BOOK CLUB: Bookworms sound off on a popular page-turner. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920. WRITING CIRCLE: See WED.6. m

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Call 865-7166 for info or register online at Teacher bios are also available online. ABSTRACT PAINTING: Explore the many exciting possibilities of abstract painting through a variety of fun demonstrations and exercises designed to help you open up and work intuitively. Experiment with paint of your choice (water-soluble oils, acrylics or watercolor) and a variety of other mixed media. Learn from fellow students and discuss techniques and ideas in a supportive setting. Beginners are welcome. Thu., Jan. 25-Mar. 1, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. ADOBE LIGHTROOM: Learn how to easily upload, organize, edit and print your digital photographs using Adobe Lightroom. RAW file management, exposure/white balance corrections and printing high-quality archival inkjet prints on our Epson printers will be covered.

Students will leave with the skills and confidence to join the digital lab as a member. Bring a Mac-compatible portable drive with your images to the first class. No experience necessary. Mon., Mar. 19-Apr. 23, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $275/person; $247.50/ members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. ADULT WHEEL DROP-IN: Curious about the pottery wheel? Spend a Friday night with our pottery instructors learning the basics of wheel throwing with clay. This is a great introduction to our studio for those who don’t have time for an eight-week class or who just want to have fun with other beginner potters. There is a $5 additional fee per clay piece to be kept, fired and glazed. No registration necessary, but space is limited. First come, first served. Groups larger than six people are encouraged to set up a private workshop. Fri., Jan. 26-May 18 (no class Mar. 6), 7:30-9 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9/members. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit free! Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7157. BANGLES: Come check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your silver, copper or brass bangle. Open to all skill levels. All materials included. Thu., Feb. 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $37/person; $33.30/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. COLOR FILM PROJECTS: Learn how to scan, edit and print your color film and receive feedback on your work in this introduction to working with color film in a digital workflow. Film scanning basics, editing techniques and printing on our large format Epson archival color printers will be covered. This class will also explore ideas in contemporary photography through special readings, and we will discuss the technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of your work in supportive critique sessions. Thu., Mar. 29-May 17, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $360/person; $324/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. CONTEMPORARY FIGURE PAINTING: Intermediate and advanced painters, revitalize your painting practices with a contemporary approach to the figure. Use fresh color

and dynamic composition to strengthen your personal expression. Work from live models each week, explore a variety of contemporary techniques with non-toxic water soluble oils and get supportive feedback in a small group environment. Figure drawing experience is recommended. Wed., Mar. 21-May 2, (no class Apr. 25), 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $270/person; $243/BCA members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405, Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DARKROOM CRASH COURSE: Explore the traditional, analog black-and-white darkroom! Learn how to properly expose black-and-white film, process film into negatives, and make silver gelatin prints. Students will leave with the skills and confidence to join the darkroom as a member. All film, paper and darkroom supplies included. Bring your manual 35mm or medium format film camera to the first class. No experience necessary. Mon., Mar. 19-Apr. 9, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS: Refine your blackand-white darkroom skills and receive feedback on your work in this supportive, project-based class open to all levels of experience. Guided sessions to help you improve your printing and film processing techniques and discussion of the technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of your work will be included. Bring a selection of recent darkroom prints to the first class. Thu., Jan. 25-Mar. 15, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $360/person; $324/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIGITAL PRINTING CRASH COURSE: Are you comfortable with organizing, editing and sizing your digital photographs in Photoshop or Lightroom but have never printed your work? Are you curious about testing paper surfaces or printing large? This intensive workshop will go through all of the basics of printing to the large format, archival inkjet Epson printers at the BCA Photo Labs. Bring a selection of digital files prepped and ready to print on a Mac-compatible external hard drive. Option 1: Wed., Jan. 31, 6-9 p.m.; Option 2: Fri., Mar. 30, 10-1 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIGITAL SLR CAMERA: Explore the basic workings of the digital SLR camera and learn how to take the photographs you envision. Demystify f-stops, shutter speeds, sensitivity ratings and exposure, and analyze the basics of composition. Bring your camera and owner’s manual to the first class. Pair with Adobe Lightroom to learn how to edit and print your images. Option 1: Mon., Jan. 22-Mar. 5, 6:30-8:30

p.m. (no class Feb. 19); Option 2: Thu., Feb. 8-Mar. 15, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Option 3: Tue., Apr. 3-May 15, 10-noon (no class Apr. 24). Cost: $180/person; $162/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

DIY DESIGN: MINI SUCCULENT GARDEN: Whether you are a master gardener or think you have a black thumb, you can design and grow your succulent garden. Using easy-to-care-for succulent plants and a variety of fun containers, you will come away with a fully planted mini garden of your own and plant care instructions. All materials provided. Registration required. Mon., Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30/ person; $27/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

vibrant. All materials provided. Registration is required. Mon., May 14, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30/ person; $27/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING: Learn how to tell a compelling story with your photographs! This six-week class will introduce participants to the process of documentary storytelling and include discussions of subject matter, composition, editing and story structure. Group discussion and critiques as well as shooting assignments, readings and writing exercises will give participants the opportunity to begin a new photographic project or refine works in progress. Film or digital photography acceptable. Thu., Feb. 8-Mar. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DRAWING: Learn a variety of drawing techniques including basic perspective, compositional layout and use of dramatic light and shadow. Students will work mostly from observation and will be encouraged to work with a variety of media including pencil, pen and ink, ink wash, and charcoal in this small group setting. All levels of experience, including beginners, are welcome. Wed., Jan. 24-Mar. 7 (no class on Feb. 14), 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $255/ person; $229.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

DIY DESIGN: SCREENPRINTED TOTE BAGS: Learn to pull a print from an existing silk screen and decorate your tote bag! We’ll discuss the process of creating silk screening from start to finish, and, using one of four designs, you will use fabric ink to create your washable tote bag that will be ready to take home and use at the end of the workshop. All materials provided. Registration required. Mon., Mar. 12, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30/ person; $27/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIY DESIGN: SUNPRINTS: Create unique prints using photo-sensitive paper and everyday objects. Local artist Laura Hale will lead you through this simple way to create beautiful artwork and will show you how to frame the results. All participants will leave with one framed sun print. All materials provided. Registration required. Mon., Apr. 30, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30/person; $27/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIY DESIGN: TERRARIUMS: Join artist Laura Hale and create your custom-designed terrarium. You’ll learn how to choose the right plants and create the right soil conditions for them to thrive. You’ll leave with your custom creation and care instructions for keeping it healthy and

EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING: Expand on your drawing skills, while discovering the possibilities of abstract drawing styles and compositions. A variety of drawing mediums, sizes and techniques will be explored, with plenty of flexibility to incorporate individual visions. Benefit from constructive feedback and gentle coaching in this supportive environment. Class price includes basic drawing materials. Prerequisite: Some drawing experience is recommended. Thu., Jan. 25-Feb. 15, 9:30-12:30 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. FAMILY WHEEL DROP-IN: Explore BCA’s clay studio while hanging out with the family. Try the pottery wheel or create

fantastic clay sculptures while our staff gives demonstrations. There is a $5 additional fee per clay piece to be kept, fired and glazed. No registration necessary, but access to wheels is limited. Groups larger than six people are encouraged to set up a private workshop. All ages. Fri., Jan. 26-May 18, 5-7 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9/members. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit free! Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7157. GLAZE CHEMISTRY: For ceramics artists, glazing can be a daunting and mysterious process: part alchemy, part magic and part pure luck. During this two-hour lecture, we will pull back the curtain to reveal the science behind this mysterious process. We will cover families or types of glazes, the breakdown of components in a glaze, common and less-common raw materials, and the basics of what you can do to start making and troubleshooting your glazes. Mon., Apr. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. GRAPHIC NOVEL: Learn the art of visual storytelling through this immersive class in the comics discipline. Students will learn a broad range of techniques for communicating with both words and pictures, with an emphasis on using pen and ink. The class will also review the work of a variety of cartoonists as inspiration for student work. Some basic drawing experience is encouraged; students should be comfortable with and enjoy doodling. BCA will provide all basic materials. Wed., Mar. 21-Apr. 25, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $255/person; $229.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY: Tell your story with photographs in this six-week session for high school students! You will explore your ideas, go on group photo shoots, process and print digital photos and zines in our digital lab, experiment with film photography in our darkroom, and participate in supportive discussions and critiques. All supplies and cameras provided. Scholarships are available. Ages 14-18. No experience required. Fri., Feb. 2-Mar. 16 (no class Mar. 2), 4:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $150/person; $135/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. JEWELRY: Learn the basics of creating metal jewelry. Techniques covered will include sawing, piercing, filing, annealing, soldering, texturing, cold connections, basic hollow construction, ring sizing and more, so that students can create at least two completed pieces. The class includes copper and brass and use of all basic tools, as well as studio access during the weeks of your class. Tue., Jan. BULINGTON CITY ARTS

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23-Feb. 27, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $255/person; $229.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. LIFE DRAWING DROP-IN: Spend the evening with other local artists drawing from one of our experienced models. Please bring your drawing materials and paper. No preregistration is necessary. Ages 18 and up. Fri., Jan. 26-May 18, 7:30-9 p.m. Cost: $10/ person; $9/members. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit free. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.





MIXED-LEVEL JEWELRY: This is a less-structured fine metals jewelry class for students who would like to work on a specific project, brush up on their techniques or learn some new techniques with the aid of an instructor there to coach them. Open to all skill levels, but some experience is helpful for this open-style class. Tue., Mar. 13Apr. 17, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $255/ person; $229.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. MIXED-LEVEL WHEEL THROWING: Mixed-Level Wheel supports students across a range of skill and experience levels who have thrown on the wheel. This eight-week course is rooted in fundamentals and encourages individual projects. Demonstrations and instruction will cover centering, throwing, trimming and glazing, as well as forms and techniques determined by students. Prerequisite: wheel-throwing experience required. Option 1: Wed., Jan. 24-Mar. 21 (no class Feb. 14), 1:30-4 p.m.; Option 2: Wed., Mar. 28-May 16, 9:30-noon; Option 3: Wed., Apr. 4-May 23, 1:30-4 p.m.; Option 4: Thu., Mar. 29-May 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $340/person; $306/members. Class includes first bag of clay; additional bags can be purchased separately. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. OIL PAINTING: Learn how to paint with non-toxic, watersoluble oils. With an emphasis on studio work, this class will begin with fun exercises. Using direct observational skills, we’ll work on still life and referencing photographs, and we’ll explore the landscape. Discover a variety of painting techniques and learn how to apply composition, linear aspects, form and color theory to your work. Beginners are welcome. Tue., Jan. 23-Mar. 20, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $340/person; $306/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. PAINTING SEMINAR: COLOR HARMONY: Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of color in this one-day, hands-on seminar. Focus on the vital role of color harmony and how to achieve it. Guided exercises will stimulate

awareness of color changes and temperatures and will show how to mix colors simply and accurately. Also, learn how various application techniques affect the appearance of color. Sat., May 5, 9:30-4 p.m. Cost: $100/ person; $90/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. PHOTOGRAPHING PAINTINGS & PRINTS: Learn how to take professional-quality digital images of your paintings or prints in this hands-on workshop in our lighting studio. Whether you’re applying to art school, submitting work for an exhibition or putting together a website, you’ll leave this workshop with techniques that improve your images and enhance your presentations. Bring up to five 2-D pieces no larger than 40 x 60 inches. Wed., Apr. 11, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

PHOTOGRAPHING POTTERY & CERAMIC ART: Learn how to take professional-quality digital images of your ceramic work in this hands-on workshop in our lighting studio. Whether you’re applying to art school, submitting work for an exhibition or putting together a website, you’ll leave this workshop with techniques that will improve your images and enhance your presentations. Bring a selection of pieces. Wed., Apr. 18, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

that can be used on their own or in combination to create unique artwork. Over six weeks, you’ll be introduced to the studio’s equipment and materials and learn techniques such as block printing with linoleum, collograph (a low-relief intaglio technique) and monoprinting. Thu., Jan. 25-Mar. 1, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $255/person; $229.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. RINGS: Come check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your silver ring. Open to all skill levels. All materials are included. Thu., May 3, 5:308:30 p.m. Cost: $37/person; $33.30/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. SILKSCREENING: Expert screen printer Aaron David will introduce you to silkscreening and show you how to design and print t-shirts, posters, fine art and more! Students will learn a variety of techniques for transferring and printing images using hand-drawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Students will learn how to apply photo emulsion, how to use a silkscreen exposure unit and how to print on a variety of surfaces. No experience necessary. Option 1: Wed., Jan. 24-Mar. 21, (no class Feb. 14), 6-8:30 p.m.; Option 2: Thu., Mar. 29-May 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $340/person; $306/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. WATERCOLOR: Learn how to paint with watercolor. This class will focus on observational painting from still life, figure, landscape and photos. Students will paint on watercolor paper and gain experience with composition, color theory, layering, light and shade. The class may move outdoors to paint en plein air on nice days! No experience necessary. Thu., Mar. 29-May 3, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

PHOTOSHOP CRASH COURSE: Learn the basics of photo editing and printing using Adobe Photoshop in this three-evening intensive workshop. You’ll learn to upload and save images for print and the web, navigate the workspace and adjustment layers, and use basic editing tools. Bring images on a Maccompatible portable drive to class. No experience necessary. Mon., May 7-21, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $135/person; $121.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

WHEEL THROWING: This class is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Students will work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, cups and bowls. Students will also be guided through the various finishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No previous experience needed. Option 1: Wed., Jan. 24-Mar. 14, 9:30-noon; Option 2: Wed., Jan. 24-Mar. 21 (no class Feb. 14), 6-8:30 p.m.; Option 3: Thu., Jan. 25-Mar. 15, 6-8:30 p.m.; Option 4: Wed., Apr. 4-May 23, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $340/person; $306/members. Class includes first bag of clay; additional bags can be purchased separately Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

PRINTMAKING: This introductory class will show you a whole range of printing techniques

WOODCUT: Discover the unique process of woodblock printing with local artist Ashley Stagner.

Students will focus on fundamental relief printing techniques and will be able to transform their designs into unique prints. The class will then progress to more sophisticated processes, including multi-color printing and 2-3 color reduction block printing. Wed., Apr. 4-May 9, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

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Choose from 1 to 5 days of art workshops for your child during Spring School Break. All basic supplies are included. Students must bring their bag lunch, and snacks will be provided. CRAZY CREATURES: Create awe-inspiring creatures out of the pages of your favorite book, from your favorite movie or your imagination. Will your creature have two or four heads? Will it be an animal or vegetable? You get to decide in this fun one-day camp that lets you get creative, through drawing, painting and craft. Ages 6-8. Wed., Apr. 25, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/ person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. MINI WORLDS: Shrink down with us and create small beautiful worlds. Campers will be encouraged to explore a variety of craft media to develop tiny, intricate terrariums, doll houses or fairy worlds. Ages 6-11. Thu., Apr. 26, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/ members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. PAINTING: This one-day camp is designed for the young painter who wants to go beyond the typical tempera. Join us at BCA’s painting studio to experiment with watercolors and acrylic on paper or canvas, large or small. Have fun while learning new techniques that will help you make even better paintings. Ages 6-11. Tue., Apr. 24, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. PHOTOGRAPHY: Explore photography in our black-andwhite darkroom and digital lab! Campers will go on guided photo shoots and will create prints in this fun, hands-on day. Ages 9-11. Wed., Apr. 25, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/ person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

POTTERY WHEEL: This day is all about learning the basics of the ever-popular pottery wheel. Students will have all day to get their hands into clay, spinning it into small bowls or cups to be fired and glazed by the studio. All items will be dishwasher safe and lead-free. Ages 6-11. Fri., Apr. 27, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/ person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. POTTERY WHEEL: This day is all about learning the basics of the ever-popular pottery wheel. Students will have all day to get their hands-on clay, spinning it into small bowls or cups to be fired and glazed by the studio. All items will be dishwasher safe and lead-free. Ages 6-11. Mon., Apr. 23, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/ person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.



ADULT: BEGINNER CLAY: Instructor: Rik Rolla. Learn how to throw clay on the wheel. Explore centering, throwing, trimming and glazing. Gain confidence with hands-on demonstrations and one-on-one time with the instructor. Leave with several finished pieces. Gas reduction kiln and electric oxidation kiln are available for firing. Fri., Jan. 12-Mar. 9 (no class Mar. 2), 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $335/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School , 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, ADULT: CLAY ALTERNATIVE FIRING: Instructor: Rik Rolla. Explore clay on the wheel in a creative, mixed-level, supportive environment. Examine properties of form function, color and glazes. Fire finished pieces in the primitive pit, the Raku Kiln with the option to explore other firing techniques. Gas reduction kiln and electric kilns are also available. Mon., Jan. 8-Mar. 5, (no class Feb. 26), 6-8 p.m. Cost: $335/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, ADULT: DRAWING FOUNDATIONS: Instructor: Neil Berger. Learn the fundamental skills of observational drawing. Explore the technical and conceptual foundation of drawing

using a variety of drawing materials such as graphite, charcoal, pen and ink. Develop personal goals while examining creative concepts through demonstrations. Materials not included. Mon., Jan. 8-Mar. 5 (no class Feb. 26), 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $248/ person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,, ADULT: MIXED-LEVEL WHEEL: Instructor: Rik Rolla. Further develop the fundamentals of wheel-throwing. Explore techniques through demonstrations and hands-on assistance. You set the pace and gain experience through guided individualized practice. Gas reduction kiln and electric oxidation kiln are available for firing, including an option to explore other firing methods. Wed., Jan. 10-Mar.7 (no class on Feb. 28), 6-8 p.m. Cost: $335/ person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,, ADULT: PAINTING PRACTICE: Instructor: Neil Berger. Together we will explore painting as performance: a series of gestures more like a dance than a marathon. We will look at pictures as holistic arrangements of shapes and colors instead of “subject matter” and learn to trust the intimate, awkward and natural encounter with paint. Tue., Jan. 9-Mar.6 (no class Feb 27), 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $248/ person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,, ADULT: SHAKER HALL TABLE: Instructor: Ryan Cocina. Learn a comprehensive introduction to woodworking. This course explores basic principles of lumber selection, hand-tool and machinery usage, milling, joinery, and finishing. You will build a Shaker-style hall table, taking the project from blueprint through completion, while gaining familiarity with the woodshop environment. Wed., Jan. 10-Mar. 21 (no class Feb. 28), 6-9 p.m. Cost: $565/ person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,, WORKSHOP: BRANCH TO SPOON: Instructor: Rob Palmer. Learn to carve spoons from locally sourced green wood using hand tools you keep and traditional Swedish carving methods. Learn to identify appropriate species of wood for carving spoons and other utensils. Learn about the anatomy of a spoon and carving safety and techniques. Sat., Feb. 24, 10 SHELBURNE CRAFT SCHOOL P.70


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a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $175/workshop; incl. materials & a set of carving tools to take home. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@, WORKSHOP: METALS: Instructor: Sarah Sprague. In this two-day workshop, students will learn the basics of metalsmithing. You will learn how to saw, file and solder and make a small sculpture or pendant. All materials will be supplied for this workshop. Bring a brown bag lunch. Sat. & Sun., Jan. 13 & 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $355/ person, member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648,, WORKSHOP: WATERCOLOR STILL LIFE: Instructor: Frances Cannon. New to watercolor? Learn how to translate a threedimensional object onto a twodimensional surface through basic drawing techniques, how to set up a color palette and how to apply basic color theory. We will also explore various approaches to texture and composition. Sat., Jan. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $100/person; member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648, info@,





dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wed., 6 p.m. $15/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington, Info: Victoria, 598-1077, DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now. Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $12/1-hour class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Jon Bacon, 355-1818, crandalltyler@hotmail. com, LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Come alone or come with friends, but come out and learn to 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. Private lessons

also available. Cost: $50/4-week class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,,

drumming DJEMBE & TAIKO: Classes in Burlington, Hyde Park and Montpelier. Drums provided. Classes for adults (also for kids with parents) Mon., Tue. & Wed. in Burlington. Wed. a.m. or Friday a.m. in Hyde Park. Thu. in Montpelier. Most classes are in the evenings or after school. Conga classes, too! Visit our schedule and register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington; Capital City Grange, 6612 Rte. 12, Berlin; Moonlight Studios, 1670 Cleveland Corners Rd., Hyde Park. Info: 999-4255,

embodiment THE EVERYTHING SPACE: Skillful and accessible somatic education curated by Abbi Jaffe and Amanda Franz. Join us for Re-Embodiment Training, Being Trauma-Informed Training, Contact-Improv Foundations Series, Mindful-Eating, PlaybackTheater, Contact-Improv Jams, Bodies-in-Wild Retreat, CoMotion-Dance for Families, Somatic-Movement Series, Dance-Connect, Shake-It-Off, Monthly Community Practices of Resilience with Potluck, private sessions and more. TraumaInformed. Everyone welcome. Schedule a private session most days of the week, or register for a class, training or series. Location: The Everything Space, 64 Main St., 3rd Floor, Montpelier. Info: Abbi Jaffe, 318-3927,,

family FAMILY DAY: Join the Helen Day Art Center for an afternoon full of sweet treats and seasonal art activities in conjunction with the Festival of Trees and Light exhibit. We’ll create holiday decorations and build gingerbread houses. It’s an afternoon not to be missed! Sat., Dec. 9, 1-4 p.m.; drop-in anytime. Free. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: programs@

fitness LEVEL 1 NIA: Nia is a transformational, joyful and expressive dance fitness practice that combines martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Level 1 Nia is a great class for beginners or those looking to move at a less vigorous pace with fewer step combinations. Come experience the joy of movement with Nia. Wed., 11 a.m.-noon. Cost: $14/1-hour class. Location: South End Studio, Burlington. Info: 540-0044.


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STONE WALL WORKSHOPS: Our introductory stone wall building workshops for homeowners and tradespeople promote the beauty and integrity of stone. The one-day workshop covers basic techniques for creating dry-laid walls using stone native to Vermont. Workshops are held in warm greenhouses in Hinesburg. Space is limited; gift certificates available. Sat., Jan. 20, Feb. 10, & Mar. 3 & 17, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $100/oneday class. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Queen City Soil & Stone, Charley MacMartin, 318-2411,,

ACHIEVE YOUR POTENTIAL: Change your life at Wu Xing Chinese Martial Arts. Join other thoughtful, friendly adults to learn traditional arts taught in a contemporary manner. We teach tai chi, kung fu, meditation, dynamic physical exercises and effective self-defense techniques to maximize your mental tranquility and clarity, physical health and fitness, and selfconfidence. Fri., 6-7 p.m. & 7-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-noon & noon-1 p.m. Cost: $12/1-hour class; $40/ mo. (incl. all classes offered); $5/ trial class. Location: 303 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: 355-1301,,

healing arts RAISE YOUR VOLTAGE: Understand your body’s electromagnetic system to increase energy, feel healthier and overcome physical, mental and emotional limitations. An empowering oneday workshop with Burlington’s pioneering researcher and international thought leader in the frontier fields of Biofield Science and therapeutic sound, Eileen Day McKusick. Sun., Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $75/ early registration until Dec. 1; $90/regular registration/door. Location: Black Box Theatre at Main Street Landing, (above the Skinny Pancake), Burlington. Info:

language ALLIANCE FRANCAISE WINTER WARM-UP!: Is learning French part of your 2018 resolutions? The Alliance Francaise can help: 6-week session designed to take you where your language competencies are, reviewing and firming up your skills, and readying you for your next full-term course. Starts Jan. 15. Cost: $140/course. Location: Locations in Burlington, Colchester, Montpelier. Info: Micheline Tremblay, 881-8826,, ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Join us for adult Spanish classes this winter. Learn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers. Also lessons for young children; they love it! Our 12th year. See our website or contact us for details. Starts week of Jan. 15; 10 weeks. Cost: $225/10 weekly classes 90+ min. in length. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025,,

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

meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: 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. Shambhala Cafe (meditation and discussions) meets the first Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house (intro to the center, short dharma talk and socializing) is held on the third Sunday of each month, noon-2 p.m. Instruction: Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Sessions: Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795,

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MARTIAL WAY: Colchester and Milton locations. Classes in self-defense, Karate, Kung Fu, Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi. We have 14 different age and experience levels, so the training is always age- and skill-appropriate. Beginner or experienced, fit or not yet, young or not anymore, we have a class for you! Days and evenings; see website for schedule and fees. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 73 Prim Rd., Colchester, Colchester. Info: David Quinlan, 893-8893, info@, martialwayvt. com. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Brazilian jiujitsu is a martial arts combat style based entirely on leverage and technique. Brazilian jiujitsu self-defense curriculum is taught to Navy SEALs, CIA, FBI, military police and special forces. No training experience required. Easy-to-learn techniques that could save your life! Classes for men, women and children. Students will learn realistic bully-proofing and self-defense life skills to avoid them becoming victims and help them feel safe and secure. Our sole purpose is to help empower people by giving them realistic martial arts training practices they can carry with them throughout life. IBJJF & CBJJ certified black belt sixth-degree Instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr.: teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. A five-time

SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: 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. 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,

well-being RAISE YOUR VOLTAGE: Understand your body’s electromagnetic system to increase energy, feel healthier and overcome physical, mental and emotional limitations. An empowering oneday workshop with Burlington’s pioneering researcher and international thought leader in the frontier fields of Biofield Science and therapeutic sound, Eileen Day McKusick. Sun., Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $75/ early registration until Dec. 1; $90/regular registration/door. Location: Black Box Theatre at Main Street Landing, (above the Skinny Pancake), Burlington. Info:

yoga BALANCE YOGA CLASSES/ WORKSHOPS: Offering a variety of yoga classes and wellness workshops to meet individual needs, from beginners to experienced yogis seeking to deepen their practice. Our welcoming community offers support to experience and explore yoga, meditation, sound therapy and

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Four more locals albums you (probably) haven’t heard B Y J OR D AN A D AMS & DAN B OLLE S






ermont’s music scene is an embarrassment of riches. If you find yourself wondering how it’s possible for a state with such a small population to produce so many homegrown records per year, know that you’re not alone. The number of albums Seven Days receives for review constantly amazes and overwhelms us. To wit: 2018 is just around the corner, and we’re still making our way through the 2017 submissions and likely will be well into next year. So, to help clean the slate heading into the New Year, we’ve collected a handful of recordings that likely flew under the radars of most local music fans. They come from all corners of the state and are worthy of your time. 





Cannabis and Caffeine

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Singer-songwriter Victor Tremblay felt inspired to send us his EP, Cannabis and Caffeine, after Seven Days published a November 8 cover story about controversial marijuana activist and researcher Bob Melamede. In a handwritten note accompanying the submission, Tremblay expressed hopes that his brisk collection of back-porch country would “get a few smiles.” Based on my reaction, I suspect he’ll succeed. Except for a stray harmonica solo, Tremblay’s vocals and acoustic guitar are the only musical elements in play. But the songwriter’s wry lyrics set him apart in the overpopulated dude-with-an-acoustic-guitar genre. You can tell that the Granby resident doesn’t take life too seriously as he jokes about, among other foibles, the pitfalls of public sex and ways to combine mild, mindaltering substances to achieve a perfect high. The title track is a laid-back humdinger that serves up a recipe for a super-chill buzz: “’Cause the cannabis / And the caffeine / And a little Irish cream / Will keep you from climbing the wall.” Say what you will about self-medication, but the dude sounds relaxed and happy. “Places to Almost Make Love” contains pearls of wisdom for anyone looking to get frisky in risky spaces: “But one thing’s for sure / It’s just a matter of fact / At home with your love’s the best place to complete your act.” Tremblay’s EP is a quirky and unpretentious slice of Northeast Kingdom goodness. It’s full of irreverent tunes and showcases the artist as a kooky hidden gem. To obtain a copy of Cannabis and Caffeine, send Tremblay a letter at Box 22, Granby, VT 05840. J.A.

Montpelier poet, photographer and musician Michael T. Jermyn fancies himself a “reincarnated impressionist.” While it’s unclear exactly which impressionist the multitalented artist believes he is the reincarnation of, he seems to think he’s derived of some ultrafine artistic stock. A press release accompanying the songwriter’s latest album, Aristocratic Peasants Unite, references the likes of Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg, Paul Westerberg, Leonard Cohen and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti as inspirational touchstones. Jermyn doesn’t come close to approaching those artists’ levels of greatness on his new record — nor could he reasonably be expected to. But, lofty ambition aside, he does establish himself as a songwriter with a unique voice and perspective. The 10-track record is flush with vividly rendered tales of life, love and loss. Especially when he reins in a penchant for overwriting, Jermyn displays a poet’s eye for detail. The lead track, “Suitcase Full of Denial,” is particularly potent — as are the standouts “Song for the Jesuits” and “Valentino’s Shoes.” Like his idol Ferlinghetti, Jermyn has a subtle, raffish sense of humor. Redolent with whiffs of early R.E.M. and Camper Van Beethoven, the album suggests an affinity for 1980s college rock. That feel suits Jermyn’s enigmatic writing style — although this listener could do with fewer, or at least shorter, guitar solos. Aristocratic Peasants Unite is available on iTunes. D.B.

If you’re in the South Royalton area, you might have heard singer-songwriter Jamie Gage cohosting “The Antidote,” a weekly radio program on WFVR-LP 96.5 FM. His playlists include Neil Young, Phish and Bob Dylan, as well as locals Bow Thayer, Kelly Ravin and Kristina Stykos. Those names should offer insight about what to expect from Gage’s EP, Earth Turns: straight-ahead folk, country and Americana. Gage’s songwriting can be a bit bland at times, but his musicianship, along with that of his band — trumpeter Gary Hubbard, drummer Jeff Berlin, fiddler Patrick Ross and Stykos, who contributes guitar, keys, ukulele and bass — helps to round out tracks that may have been less compelling if stripped bare. Nature references and elemental imagery root the EP in the natural landscape that inspired it. “Old Man of the Mountain” is a stirring waltz about war and the endless cycle of humanity’s self-destruction. We see through the eyes of a New Hampshire mountain — presumably Cannon Mountain, the site of the Old Man of the Mountain until it collapsed in 2003 — as people make the same mistakes over and over again. The gloomy song’s centerpiece is a dramatic fiddle solo that grates and writhes in discord. Gage paints a bewildering tapestry of political, historical and literary references on the humdrum “In the Park.” The song comes to life when Hubbard’s rubbery trumpet solo slices through the otherwise monotonous tune. Stykos joins Gage on vocals for the title track, which closes the somber EP on a strong note. The melancholy duet is a waltz set primarily to ukulele that finds the singers lamenting a tragic love story. Earth Turns is available artist/jamiegage. J.A.

When last we left Bob Devins, the local tunesmith was, to paraphrase his words, tuning his mental transistors to the cosmic airwaves in an attempt to divine artistic inspiration from the ether. Or something. Whatever he was doing, his description sounded good to us — as did the result of those efforts, Devins’ debut album, My Destiny. Devins is back with a follow-up, the less loftily titled An Even Dozen. Featuring — you guessed it — 12 tracks, the album picks up where Devin’s freshman outing left off. It features earnest writing that charms with a lack of pretense embodied in Devins’ boyish vocal tone and backed by solid, if unflashy, arrangements. Devins composed and performed every note of the album — including playing electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, and banjo. In certain moments, he has a tendency to overstuff arrangements, which obscures the immediacy of his writing. But when he composes sparingly, as on “Easy Walking Shoes,” the results are compelling. The loping, banjo-tinged tune is among Devins’ most likable yet, a hummable throwback that nods to a young Jay Farrar — late Uncle Tupelo or early Son Volt, take your pick. An Even Dozen is a promising step forward for Devins, especially as a writer. One can’t help but wonder what he might produce if he found a few bandmates to help with the musical heavy lifting. An Even Dozen is available at D.B.


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In case you haven’t already heard, Vermont was recently selected as the primary shooting location for “The Bachelor: Winter Games,” an upcoming installment of ABC television’s “The Bachelor” franchise. Several competitive reality series exist in the so-called Bachelor Nation, including the flagship series, “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise” and, as of February 2018, the new cold-weather iteration. Few details are known about the series, despite repeated inquiries from Seven Days staff — see page 40 for more on that. Given that we’re in Bachelor Nation territory, it’s highly likely that past contestants from previous shows will return to compete in some “Survivor”style sporting events to claim the ultimate prize. Not that we know what the ultimate prize will be. I mean, it can’t be true love, right? That’d be too obvious. (Also, true love has no cash value.) You’re probably wondering why the hell I’m using a music news and

views column to brief you on an upcoming reality TV show — especially when we’ve already dedicated some ink to speculation about the series. Well, it turns out that Vermont’s own traditional roots trio PETE’S POSSE are set to make an appearance on the program. Congrats, guys! On Wednesday, December 6, the Posse provides accompaniment for a special contra dance at the Historic Memorial Hall in Wilmington that will be taped for use on the series. The event is open to the public, and those who wish to attend can RSVP to (We don’t have any concrete information about how to get in on the action other than that. Sorry!) Saint Michael’s College associate professor of fine arts and expert contradance caller WILL MENTOR will direct the revelers throughout the evening. “It’s all very curious,” Pete’s Posse multi-instrumentalist TRISTAN HENDERSON recently told Seven Days regarding his band’s unusual prime-time TV debut. “It definitely has a surreal element to it. It’s most peculiar.”

The Posse recently returned home from an extensive West Coast tour in November, which took them to Washington State, Oregon and Arizona. Shortly after the fellas — founder PETE SUTHERLAND, OLIVER SCANLON and Henderson — arrived home on Thanksgiving morning, they got a call from the show’s producers, on Mentor’s recommendation. Apparently, the group was also propositioned to participate in the show’s “Arrival Celebration” parade on Tuesday, December 5, in Manchester. They declined. “I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to have my instruments in the freezing cold at a welcome march through town in December,’” said Henderson. It’s currently unknown how the event fits into the series. Is contra dancing one of the many “games” the contestants will have to play? If so, they luckily won’t need expert knowledge of the dancing style, because most contra dances begin with a bit of instruction. “The beauty of contra dance is that it’s accessible to someone who has no experience,” Henderson said. “That’s because there’s a caller who teaches the dance beforehand, and then they call the dance while the music is going on.” Enter Mentor. (Oh, my God, that rhymes!) The professor first dabbled with the discipline about two decades ago. “I was teaching at the University of Iowa,” Mentor told Seven Days during a

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Listening In If I were a superhero, my superpower would be the ability to get songs stuck in other people’s heads. Here are five songs that have been stuck in my head this week. May they also get stuck in yours. Follow sevendaysvt on Spotify for weekly playlists with tunes by artists featured in the music section. FETTES BROT, “Echo” CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS, “Tilted” SAM & SOMBA, “OTW” CORBIN, “ICE BOY” DENITIA, “Waiting”

know which one will be my first.) “I don’t have much of a handle on reality TV,” admitted Mentor. “My students said that they thought this was going to be what’s called a ‘date night’ episode, where it’s just one guy and one woman.” Let’s hope that’s not the case, because that sounds boring AF. It would be much more interesting for audiences if our contestants got their hands dirty and learn a thing or two about do-si-



dos, promenades, and swingin’ yer partner round and round, rather than sat on the sidelines. And, given all the intermingling that happens between dancers during a jig or a reel, I feel like that’s where the most drama will happen. “Contra dance is a social dance,” Mentor said, describing how partners navigate the step’s signature twocolumn structure. “You kind of work your way up and down the line.” It’s possible that we’ll have to wait until the show airs to find out NEXT WEEK exactly what happens at the dance, as it’s likely that those in attendance will have to sign a nondisclosure agreement. “The Bachelor: Winter Games” airs in February on ABC.

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recent phone call. “My first wife was [going to a contra dance] and then dragged me to it. After doing it for about a month, I kind of started to like it.” Mentor was as surprised as the band when he was asked to participate. “I was in the car when the producer called me,” he continued, noting that a colleague in Brattleboro recommended him after the show’s producers contacted them. Mentor is not sure why he was picked over others in his field, though he halfjokingly suspects it may be because of his outlandish orange eyeglasses. Though I think we’re all hoping to see a bunch of reality star wannabes flounder their way through a contra dance, it’s also possible that the event might be something the contestants simply observe. “[The producers] asked us to promote [the event] on our social media,” Henderson said. He noted that the show’s bigwigs seemed to hope that circulation of the event in the band’s digital spaces might drum up some experienced dancers. That would leave the contestants free to sit back and, like, canoodle or whatever they do on these shows. (Truth be told, I’ve never seen an episode of any Bachelor Nation program. But I think I




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Steady as She Goes In the last

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HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Front Country (roots, eclectic), 8 p.m., $10/12.


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ARTSRIOT: Dead Winter Carpenters (alt-country), 8:30 p.m., $12/$15.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): High Summer (jazz, groove), 8 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: College Improv Throwdown!, 7 p.m., $5. The Daily Grind: Kelly Goyette (improv), 9 p.m., $5.

mad river valley/ waterbury LOCALFOLK SMOKEHOUSE: Open Mic with Alex Budney, 8:30 p.m., free.

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

chittenden county

FINNIGAN’S PUB: DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 10 p.m., free.

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

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: DJ Da.Root (hits), 10 p.m., free.

MONKEY HOUSE: Psymon Spine, Bison, DJ Disco Phantom (experimental pop), 9:15 p.m., $3/8. 18+.


HALF LOUNGE: SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Aaron Lucci Quintet (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., $5-10. Dan Ryan Express (jazz), 10:30 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Good Morning Gills (rock), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. Magic Beans, Adventure Dog (funk, groove), 9:30 p.m., $10. RADIO BEAN: DJ Chia (house), 4 p.m., free. Liam Alone (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Greggy Wah (psychedelic folk), 8:30 p.m., free. New Holland (bedroom folk), 10 p.m., $5. The Mangroves (funk, rock), 11:30 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: The Growlers (rock), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (mashup, hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: Let’s Be Leonard, 2% (rock), 9:30 p.m., $3.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Nobby Reed Project (blues), 7 p.m., free. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Fred Brauer (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Colin McCaffrey and Friends, 6 p.m., free. GUSTO’S: Open Mic Night, 8 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: Robert Morgan (Celtic, sea shanties), 8 p.m., donation. WHAMMY BAR: VT Bluegrass Pioneers, 7 p.m., free.


EDSON HILL MANOR: Blackwolf (acid-folk, blues), 7 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Open Mic with Allen Church, 8:30 p.m., free. SUSHI YOSHI (STOWE): Andrew Moroz Trio (jazz), 4:30 p.m., free.

chittenden county

BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Northern Faces, OWEL (indie rock), 7:30 p.m., $10/12. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: The Brevity Thing (Americana), 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Untapped: A Night of Burlesque and Drag, 9 p.m., $10. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Shane’s Apothecary (folk), 5 p.m., free. Justice (rock), 9 p.m., free. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: The Balladeer and the Bluesman (rock), 7 p.m., free. WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: DJ Disco Phantom (eclectic dance), 9 p.m., free.

CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Dan Zura (indie pop, psych-folk), 6 p.m., free. Forget, Forget (electro-pop), 9 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: Jah9 & the Dub Treatment, DJs Big Dog and Jahson (reggae), 9:30 p.m., $12/15.

BACKSTAGE PUB: Trivia, 9:30 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Tig Notaro (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $25/32.



SIDEBAR: Hotel Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Standup Open Mic and Improv Jam, 7 p.m., free. Songs in the Key of Slink (improv), 9 p.m., $5.

THE TAP ROOM AT SWITCHBACK BREWING: Front Porch Foursome (folk), 6 p.m., free.

middlebury area

RICK & KAT’S HOWLIN’ MOUSE: The TV Show, George Nostrand (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom HARDWICK STREET CAFÉ AT THE HIGHLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Fishhead (rock, blues), 6 p.m., free.

outside vermont

OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Karaoke with DJ Jon Berry & DJ Coco, 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk), 7 p.m., free.



ARTSRIOT: Kelly Ravin, Francesca Blanchard (country), 8:30 p.m., $8/10. BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Dan Ryan Express (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: Dino Bravo, Swillbillie, Blowtorch (rock), 8 p.m., free. FOAM BREWERS: Emma Cook & Questionable Company (indie-pop), 8 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: Gold Cheng and Crystal Jones (open format), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: John Abair and Collin Cope (folk), 9 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Trio Gusto (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Honeysuckle (folk), 9 p.m., $5. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Big Lonesome (indie rock, alt-country), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Gang of Thieves, Backup Planet (funk, rock), 9 p.m., $10/15. RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ Supersounds (hits), 10 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Friday Morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids’ music), 11 a.m., free. DJ Ryan Kick (eclectic), 4 p.m., free. Sophie Patenaude (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Kerr Griffin (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. Joy on Fire, Gnomedad (punk-jazz, fuzzrock), 10 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: Andriana Chobot (singer-songwriter), 4 p.m., free. Freevolt (rock), 7 p.m., $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 11 p.m., $5.

DEMENA’S: Robin Sunquiet (electro-pop), 8 p.m., $5. GUSTO’S: Rehab Roadhouse (rock, blues), 9 p.m., $5. POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): Lespecial (funk, electronic), 10:30 p.m., $5. SWEET MELISSA’S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., donation. WHAMMY BAR: Big Hat No Cattle (Western swing), 7 p.m., free.


EL TORO: Eric George (Americana), 6:30 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Chris Lyon (solo acoustic), 6 p.m., free. Cookie’s Hot Club (gypsy jazz), 9 p.m., free.

mad river valley/ waterbury

ZENBARN: Annie in the Water (jam), 9 p.m., $5.

middlebury area HATCH 31: The Big Pick (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m., free.


PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Good Noise (covers), 8 p.m., free.

champlain islands/northwest TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: AmeriKana Blue (Americana), 7 p.m., free.


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folk music, goth-industrial, and trance, to name a few. Singer-songwriter and flutist Margot Day jockeys between viscid whisper-singing and ascendant operatics. Her range and passion are impressive, but her songs’ mechanics have an elementary quality, both structurally and lyrically. Beatsmith and guitarist Kurtis Knight crafts rhythms that sound

suspiciously similar to loops that come prepackaged with Apple’s GarageBand recording software. “Dragonfly Kiss” is a club banger about sexual pleasure — presumably the kind derived from cunnilingus. Knight’s gravelly guitar sizzles underneath chintzy beats and Day’s randy vocals. She coos, “Kissed by a dragonfly / In our sweet spot / You can make my panties drop.” Sandwiched between references to lotus flowers and eclipsed moons, her sexual frankness feels out of place. A fuzzy bass line, rain stick and tabla beat open “Daisy Logic,” a slowburning song that plays with an age-old deliberation: He loves me; he loves me not. However, the song spurns relatability with gratuitous mentions of mythical creatures (gargoyles, griffins, dragons) and other mumbo jumbo (ether trails, seers). “Winds of Durga” and “CATTALK” — the album’s opener and closer, respectively — are essentially the same

song. Both are composed largely of mantras, including the aforementioned Hare Krishna (“CATTALK”) and Jaya Ganesha Pahimam (“Winds of Durga”). Day’s exceptional flute skills are showcased prominently in both. With its acid-house beat, “Work My Body” drifts between chilledout and dance vibes. Lyrically, it’s another mishmash of vaguely mystic, cartoonish imagery. There’s also a strange contradiction: “Our bodies are a temple / An altar / A rave / Home for depraved.” Does depravity have a place in a reverent setting? Hypothetically, a person who’s deeply interested in Eastern philosophy, religion and yogi culture might get a kick out of this album. Beyond that, I doubt many listeners will be able to disregard its low production values and hackneyed aesthetics. E T H E R is available at margotday.

influence can be heard on his latest project, ET, a collaboration with rapper Ol’ Crow. Ol’ Crow is the rap alias of Evan Tillson. He has yet another alias as a producer: ET. His appearance on Avanti, rapping on a concept track called “Golden Record,” was an album highlight. It was also clearly the seed from which the concept of the new album grew: a meditation on humanity’s place in our universe, half De La Soul, half Carl Sagan.

For the LP treatment, LoKi and Ol’ Crow push that concept even further, structuring the album as a nine-track cycle built around spokenword invocations from featured rapper Hanni. It’s fully committed art rap, reminiscent of West Coast legends such as Blackalicious or Aceyalone. LoKi’s experience on previous projects really pays off here, because ET is a lean, potent set. The duo’s vision isn’t about actual contact with extraterrestrial life as much as how much mankind will have to grow when that happens. This concept gives them a canvas nicely suited to mixing the personal and the cosmic, and both of these young MCs make the most of it. A concept album about space had better sound huge, and ET delivers. Between Ol’ Crow’s lush, bottom-heavy production work and the careful mixing and mastering of SkySplitterInk, this is one of the best-sounding rap projects of the year. The vocals are carefully layered, and every detail has a psychedelic sheen. Ol’ Crow’s beats are distinctive, both

in terms of his sonic palette and his orchestral, minor-key melodics. With previous Milkhaus releases, it was clear the label was working toward its breakout. ET is exactly that: a cohesive, professional album that allows the collective’s signature sound to really shine. This is light-years away from the bedroom-studio sound of its earlier work. Still, ET is not for everyone — art rap never is. Introspection abounds, and, while they’re wise beyond their years, Ol’ Crow and LoKi are also clearly young writers. Milkhaus is experimental and earnest to a fault, but that’s what makes ET such an interesting listening. This album is a real milestone and certainly LoKi’s best effort so far. In a year full of impressive local hip-hop releases, Milkhaus has an undeniable standout here. Anyone looking for a quick out-of-body experience is strongly advised to give this a spin. ET is available at milkhaus.


Each corner of the back cover for E T H E R, the latest album from Montpelier-based tantric-techno duo Metamorph, is adorned with a symbol: a yin-yang, an ankh, a Sanskrit om and a pentacle. Each has ties to disparate geographical regions and historical periods, but all are related to mysticism and spiritual connection. As such, E T H E R is undoubtedly a concept album. Unfortunately, Metamorph cram in so many metaphysical references that their agenda is muddled, their music alienating. That is, unless the mantra Hare Krishna excites you as much as it seems to excite them. Stylistically, the Vermont-based duo pulls influence from all over the genre-sphere: glitch, ’90s techno and breakbeat, Hindu Bhajan, Aboriginal




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Vermont hip-hop has had a strong run in 2017, with more shows, more artists and more albums than any year in recent memory. That trend is largely due to the hard work of young, tightknit collectives such as artisan record label and studio Milkhaus. Hungry, bursting with ideas and constantly improving, this crew has been fun to watch. In particular, LoKi — aka Liam Corcoran — has been a constant presence this year. He collaborated with rapper/producer Pensive for Avanti, a promising homebrewed celebration of their Milkhaus studios retreat. He also made a 25-track album for which he concocted one beat per day for 24 days leading up to his 25th birthday, on which he wrote a song for each beat. This kind of Andy Warhol-level output is fitting, though, since LoKi is the gravitational center of the collective. Further evidence of his powerful


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MONOPOLE: Let’s Be Leonard (rock), 10 p.m., free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY’S: All Request Night with DJ Skippy (hits), 10 p.m., free.

It Takes Two A few years ago, Portland, Maine’s

FORGET, FORGET were a large-scale, polyphonic indie-rock

band — as heard on their debut, We Are All. For their second album, You’re Not Gone, they stripped down to a duo and shifted their sound to kaleidoscopic synth-pop. The new crop of songs has the vulnerability of the Flaming Lips, a glittery majesty akin to Clock Opera, the volcanic synths of Com Truise and an emotional resonance that would make Arcade Fire break down in tears. Check out Forget, Forget on Friday, December 8, at Charlie-O’s World Famous in Montpelier.

FOAM BREWERS: Local Dork (eclectic vinyl), 6 p.m., free. THE GRYPHON: P’tit Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: James Harvey (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

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

CLUB METRONOME: Mastermind After Dark: A Benefit for UVM Children’s Hospital featuring The Grift and Josh Panda (rock, funk), 7 p.m., $25. Retronome With DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Pullin’ Yo Chain Comedy Showcase (standup), 7:30 p.m., free. Zac Clark (alt-pop, space-country), 9:30 p.m., $5. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Gordon Goldsmith (singersongwriter), 9:30 p.m., free.

HALF LOUNGE: D-Lav, Parks & Gunn, Matt Musgrave (house), 10 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Dead Serious featuring members of West End Blend (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5.

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Zach Nugent (acoustic rock), 9 p.m., free.



RED SQUARE: DJ A-RA$ (open format), 8 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Ryan Sweezey and Julia Mark (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free. Gang of Thieves, Mister Burns (funk, rock), 9 p.m., $10/15.

JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: The Jeff Salisbury Band (blues), 7 p.m., free.

TRES AMIGOS & RUSTY NAIL STAGE: Jibba the Gent’s Birthday Bash featuring Slaine and Termanology (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $20.

RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ Dodg3r (EDM, hits), 10 p.m., free.

MONKEY HOUSE: El Malo, Miku Daza (salsa-core), 9:30 p.m., $3/8. 18+.

mad river valley/ waterbury

RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ Supersounds (hits), 10 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: AM Radio (Americana), noon, free. Charley & Grace (folk), 7 p.m., free. Shlomo Franklin (folk), 8:30 p.m., free. Robin Sunquiet (electro-pop), 10 p.m., free. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11:30 p.m., $5.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Mitch & Devon (rock), 5 p.m., free. Real Deal (rock), 9 p.m., free.

middlebury area

RADIO BEAN: Maple Street Six (jazz), 1 p.m., free. Old Sky and Friends (Americana), 6 p.m., free. Paul Lyons (indie), 8:30 p.m., free. Cole and the Gravity (alt-rock), 10:30 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Left Eye Jump (blues), 3 p.m., free. The Tricksters (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation.

SMITTY’S PUB: 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party with the Growlers (rock), 8 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Tig Notaro (standup), 7, 9 & 11 p.m., $25/32.

chittenden county


RADIO BEAN: DJ Lee J (eclectic), 4 p.m., free. Stephen Callahan Trio (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Katie Lyon (country), 9 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Ponyhustle, 10 p.m., $5.

Suzanne Santo (country, folk), 8 p.m., $18/20.

SIDEBAR: Cam Will (folk), 7 p.m., free. SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: ‘Spectacular Spectacular’ (Kids VT variety show), 12:30 p.m., $7/10. The Machine performs Pink Floyd, 9 p.m., $23/25. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: The White Buffalo,

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

ARTSRIOT: ‘Stranger Things’ Trivia, 7:30 p.m., free.


RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (Latin), 6 p.m., free.




MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Vin Mott’s Rhythm & Blues Band, 10 p.m., free.

CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Sons of Pitches (alt-country), 9 p.m., free.


THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Saints & Liars (bluegrass, rock), 8 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: SHAY (folk), 7:30 p.m., free. The Giant Peach (indie rock), 9 p.m., free. DJ Disco Phantom (eclectic dance), 11 p.m., $5.


STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Alec Delphenich (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Papa Greybeard (blues), 6 p.m., free. The Big Lonesome, Lake Superior (alt-rock), 9 p.m., free. ESPRESSO BUENO: Jazzyaoke (live jazz karaoke), 7:30 p.m., $5. GUSTO’S: DJ Guy Miller (hits), 9:30 p.m., $3. SWEET MELISSA’S: Queen City Drag Cabaret, 9 p.m., $5. WHAMMY BAR: Broken String (bluegrass), 7 p.m., free.


EL TORO: Stefani Capizzi (folk, Americana), 6:30 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: EVNGwear (improvisational, funk), 9 p.m., free.

ZENBARN: Thea Wren (soul, jazz), 9 p.m., $5.

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: DJ Earl (open format), 9:30 p.m., free.


PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Good Noise (covers), 8 p.m., free.

champlain islands/northwest NORTH HERO HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT: Ed Schenk (piano), 5:30 p.m., free. TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Cooie & Skip (Americana), 7 p.m., free.

outside vermont

MONOPOLE: Knot Dead (rock), 10 p.m., free.

SUN.10 burlington

HALF LOUNGE: Junglist Lounge (drum and bass), 10 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Game Night, 8 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Jahson, 9:30 p.m., free/$3. 18+.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch, noon, $5-10 donation. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Comedian Holiday Party (improv, standup), 7 p.m., free.

chittenden county

MONKEY HOUSE: Father Mountain, Mr. Doubtfire, Calvin Coolidge (punk, indie), 8:30 p.m., $3/8. 18+.

barre/montpelier SWEET MELISSA’S: Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m., donation.

outside vermont

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Pickin’ Party with Dave Clark (bluegrass), 3 p.m., free.

MON.11 burlington

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading), 8 p.m., free. Mic Raygun, Panama Papers, Shanghai Beach (electro-pop), 10:30 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Seth Yacovone (blues), 7 p.m., free. Blackout Barbie and SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

chittenden county

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Fast Romantics (rock, pop), 8 p.m., $8/12.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.

MONKEY HOUSE: Sons of Pitches (alt-country), 8:30 p.m., $3/8. 18+.

NECTAR’S: Kudu Stooge (psych-rock, jazz-funk), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Shane & Martin (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free. Dakotah Hutkin (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., free. Andrew of the North (folk), 9 p.m., free. Fire in the Field (rock), 10:30 p.m., free.

WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT (hits), 7 p.m., free.

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

SIDEBAR: Family Night (open jam), 9 p.m., free.


THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Comedy & Crêpes (standup), 8 p.m., free.

chittenden county BACKSTAGE PUB: Open Mic, 9:30 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: The Victor Wooten Trio featuring Dennis Chambers and Bob Franceschini (funk), 8 p.m., $28/32. MONKEY HOUSE: Motown Mondays (Motown DJs), 8 p.m., free.


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

MOOGS PLACE: Cal Stanton (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free.

middlebury area

HATCH 31: Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk), 6 p.m., free. Kelly Ravin and Lowell Thompson (country), 7 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Karaoke with DJ Chauncey, 9 p.m., free.


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Get in the holiday spirit at HCA! Saturday, December 9, 2:30 pm



The Nutcracker, performed by Ballet Wolcott

Ballet Wolcott’s Youth Company, students, and community members dance to Tchaikovsky’s classic score. Tickets: $20 Adults / $15 Seniors / $8 Students


U.S. presidential election. Through 11 other tracks, the group delivers an effervescent sophomore album full of singable hooks. Fast Romantics play on Tuesday, December 12, at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington. TUE.12

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

WED.13 burlington

CITIZEN CIDER: Brett Hughes (country), 6 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

Thursday, December 21, 7:00 pm

JUNIPER: The Ray Vega Latin Jazz Ensemble (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

Home for Christmas with Elisabeth Von Trapp

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

Elisabeth Von Trapp continues an annual Trapp Family Singers tradition, and is accompanied by cellist Erich Kory and the Hazen Union High School Chorus. Tickets: $10 Adults / $8 Students

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. Sons of Pitches (altcountry), 9:30 p.m., $5. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Wiley Griffin (acoustic), 7 p.m., free. a.m.

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rejoice with Special Guests (indie folk), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Open Mic NIght, 7 p.m., free.

RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: The County Down (Americana, reggae), 7 p.m., free.


RADIO BEAN: DJ Two Sev (eclectic vinyl), 4 p.m., free. Virginia Marcs (art-rock), 7 p.m., free. HAiL (roots), 8:30 p.m., free. Papa’s Porch (bluegrass, folk-rock), 10:30 p.m., free.

WHAMMY BAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 7 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: Hotel Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Standup Open Mic and Improv Jam, 7 p.m., free. Songs in the Key of Slink (improv), 9 p.m., $5.

chittenden county

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Bear Grillz, Phase One, Dirt Monkey, Kompany (EDM), 8:30 p.m., $14/16. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Bluegrass Session, 7 p.m., free.

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

mad river valley/ waterbury

ZENBARN: Zach Nugent (rock), 7 p.m., free.

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

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., free.

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outside vermont MONOPOLE: Open Mic with Lucid, 10 p.m., free. 

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but who needs a bag she can “toss like a potato sack onto the floor and get on with the day.” Mott offers custom options for the bags, too: different color combinations, straps or detailing. Her popular leather jewelry, priced at $40 to $42, includes tassel earrings and wrap bracelets in a multitude of colors. Mott began her creative career as an art major at the University of Vermont and later became a painter. Right before she started experimenting with leather, she was making and selling jewelry — mostly


That curious company name? “Ma” and “Pembum” were Mott’s names for her maternal grandparents, she explains. But rather than naming her bags after people, as many well-known companies do — “The Emma! The Juanita!” she quips — Mott labels her products descriptively so that customers can picture them. From the Market Tote to the Crossbody to the Wristlet, Mott currently makes 12 styles of bags, priced from $65 to $299.25. “There’s a list in my head of about 100 I want to do, but I don’t have the time,” says the mother of two. “And that’s a good problem!” All the soft leather bags come in Mott’s signature colorful shades and definitive, clean style. And they each suggest a playful attitude — apart from talking about the dream that inspired her business, Mott doesn’t take herself too seriously. Ma & Pembum designs are for the woman who is “bold, confident and classy,” she says,

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herself. A red Triple Wrap bracelet adorns her wrist; a large, coral-colored bag dubbed the Biggie sits on the table next to her; and a mint-green Leather Tassel Long keychain dangles from it.


our years ago, Phebe Mott had a nightmare: “My kids had been taken, and I didn’t know where,” she says. Sitting in a sunlit booth at the Bristol Bakery & Café in Hinesburg, she recalls the dream and shudders. “It was like a movie,” she continues quietly. “Somehow, I found out they were at this hospital that did scientific experiments on people. And a woman and a man in lab coats were looking for my kids.” It was only a dream, but it changed Mott’s life. “I literally could not stop thinking about it,” she says. “What stayed with me was the fact that there are parents who that happens to. And they really don’t know where their kids are.” Ma & Pembum was Mott’s response. She started the leather bag and accessories business in 2013 with a model some might call crazy — or just crazy-generous. Mott donates 50 percent of her profits from each sale to anti-human-trafficking organizations. Yes, half. She chooses a different organization to give to each year. So far, the list of recipients includes A21, End It Movement and Amirah. 2017 has been her busiest year yet. In fact, Mott has so much business right now that she can barely keep up. Every leather item is made to order. Mott, 42, is wearing big earrings and lots of colorful leather accessories. Of course, she made them all

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CHAMPLAIN VALLEY PHOTO SLAM: Darkroom Gallery in Essex is now accepting submissions of up to five photographs for this fourth annual event. Champlain Valley region residents are eligible and guaranteed to have at least one photo exhibited. For details and to submit, visit Deadline: December 19, 11:59 p.m. Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction. $25 for up to 5 images; $15 for students and under 18. Info, 777-3686. ‘THE DECISIVE MOMENT’: Welcoming submissions of photography that reflect Cartier-Bresson’s concept that there is both truth and beauty in the image that eloquently and decisively captures life’s fleeting moments. National Geographic photographer Sam Abell will jury submissions. For details and to submit, visit Deadline: December 11. PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury. $35 for one to five photographs; $6 for each additional. Info, 388-4500. ‘GOLDEN’: Submissions relating to aging, broadly conceived, are invited for a January exhibition. Traditional and nontraditional media, 2D and 3D works, and small installations are welcome. Deadline: December 9. For details and to submit, see Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Info, 479-7069. ‘MY FAVORITE THINGS’: Established and emerging artists are invited to submit one or two pieces of 2D artwork in any medium for an exhibition January through April. The work must depict one or more identifiable people, objects and/or places and be able to hang on a wall. For info and to register, email catherinemcmains@ Deadline: December 15. Jericho Town Hall. ‘NOURISHMENT’: The gallery welcomes submissions for this upcoming show, to be juried by Cindy Griffith, Nathan Suter and Adelaide Tyrol. For details and to submit, visit Deadline: January 7. T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier. $30 for one to three submissions. Info, 262-6035. ‘PLEASED TO MEET YOU!’: This 2018 show will bring to life fantastical, imaginative creatures and beings of the nonhuman variety, whether based on folklore, ancient myths, wild imagination or a memorable dream. Any medium welcome. Deadline: February 2. For more info and submission guidelines, see Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Info, 479-7069. RIVER ARTS PHOTO CO-OP PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: Welcoming photography submissions from all photo enthusiasts involved with the River Arts Photo Co-op. Contest participants must attend at least one Photo Co-op meeting to qualify. Each photographer may enter up to three digital photographs. For details and to submit, visit Deadline: December 17. River Arts, Morrisville. Info, 888­​-​1261. SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS: Vermont students in grades seven through 12 are invited to submit art and writing entries to this prestigious national recognition initiative for teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent. There are dozens of categories, including ceramics, digital art, painting, photography, poetry, humor, science fiction, personal essay/ memoir and more. For details, visit or email Deadline: December 14. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. ‘TELL ME’: There are currently 6,909 living languages. What do the connected sounds and symbols of words suggest for the visual arts? Studio Place Arts is seeking diverse languages and letterforms (real or invented), new communication technologies, censorship, graffiti, collage and urgent messages to create a Tower of Babel in the center of the gallery. Proposals for this structure in whole or part are welcomed. Deadline: April 6. For info and submission guidelines, see Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Info, 479-7069.





earrings and necklaces — using found vintage items such as watch faces. In late 2013, Mott stumbled across some leftover pink leather scraps from a college art project. “I thought, I could sew with this,” she says. “So I experimented, and I found out it wasn’t all that hard.” With that first piece of leather, Mott made a zip-up bag that she uses to this day. Then she began making more and more leather bags, asking herself, Who needs so many bags, anyway? “Meanwhile, I had this thing in my head about the dream,” Mott says. At first, she didn’t put the two together, but, she says, “I couldn’t stop thinking about it. And I felt like God was telling me something.” Mott says that praying on the matter brought this message: Keep making the bags because you love it. And sell them and donate half to organizations that fight human trafficking. So that’s exactly what she did. In September 2016, Mott’s mother hosted a bag party for her. “People, like, actually bought stuff!” Mott says, still looking incredulous. “And then I just threw myself into it.” Ma & Pembum began to take off. Mott’s friends, and then friends of friends, hosted bag parties at their homes. The requests poured in. “I got busier and busier,” Mott says. “I wasn’t prepared for the volume of orders, and everybody, of course, wanted them for Christmas. I assumed it would slow down after the holidays, but it was still really steady, which was a shock to me.” This year has brought more of the same. Now, orders come in from Ma & Pembum Facebook and Instagram followers. Mott’s best seller this year is the Shopper Mini, a bag priced at $210 to $220. Her leather goods are also available at select local shops. Mott used to scavenge leather at vintage and secondhand clothing stores, but she now orders it in the colors she wants from a leather distributor in Massachusetts. She still runs the business out of her Hinesburg home, sewing everything on a large Necchi machine. Mott has hired two “part-part-time” employees, both friends. Next year, she plans to buy two or three industrial sewing machines. “The goal, of course, is to have a retail space and work space in one. Ideally, in town,” she says. “Gotta sell a few more bags first!” Mott downs the last of her coffee and gathers up her bright leather bag. Time to get back to work. m


WINTER DANCE GALA: The Vermont Dance Alliance welcomes proposals for performances of all genres for this second annual event on March 18 at Green Mountain College. Applicants must be alliance members. Send proposals to, and include choreographer and performers’ full names, a short choreographer bio, work title, length, description and a link, plus one dance photo and a statement of participation. Deadline: December 30, 11:59 p.m. Green Mountain College, Poultney. ‘Y2K+18’ COMMUNITY ART SHOW: Local artists are invited to submit up to two exhibition-ready works in any medium or size for this upcoming exhibition. To participate, bring works to Battery Street Jeans by Friday, December 15, 7 p.m. Battery Street Jeans, Burlington. Info, 865-6223.

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‘EVERYTHING, MAYBE LESS’: Works by students of Iskra Print Collective’s fall 2017 class. Reception: Thursday, December 7, 6-10 p.m. Info, Karma Bird House in Burlington.

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 JUDI MACULAN & JOHN PENOYAR: Paintings by the Hinesburg artists. Reception: Saturday, December 9, 1-3 p.m. December 9-January 13. Info, 482-2878. Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg.

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INSTALLATION OF FOLK, ETHNIC, VINTAGE & CONTEMPORARY ART: An installation inspired by the studio of surrealist André Breton, featuring African and European objects, as well as works by gallery artists. December 7-January 31. Info, 349-0979. BigTown Gallery Vergennes.


CAROLINE TAVELLI-ABAR: “Glimpse: an evolution in water, line and collage, 1998–2017,” an exhibition featuring works extracted from multiple series, including photographs, watercolor paintings and mixed media. December 6-February 28. Info, 828-3293. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier.

ART EVENTS ‘3/4 EMPIRE CANTASTORIA’: A performance featuring Peter Schumann, Alexis Smith and Maria Schumann, in conjunction with the current exhibition of “3/4 Empire” banners, cheap art for sale, and bread and aioli. Black Horse Gallery, Burlington, Friday, December 8, 6 p.m. Donation. Info, 860-4972.

ART BREAK FOR MOM & MOMS WITH BABES: Join other mothers in creating guided eclectic art projects each week, or use the studio materials to make the art of your choice. Babies welcome. Expressive Arts Burlington, Friday, December 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $15. Info, 343-8172.


BOOK SIGNING: ‘VANISHING VERMONTERS: LOSS OF A RURAL CULTURE’: The Vermont photographer signs copies of his latest book, Vanishing Vermonters: Loss of A Rural Culture . White River Craft Center in Randolph, Saturday, December 9, 3-5 p.m. Info, 728-8912. BLUEBIRD FAIRIES HOLIDAY SHOP: Emily Anderson opens her studio for holiday shoppers, welcoming visitors to stop in for a Fairy Card reading, a Bernie Fairy T-shirt, a framed Leonard Cohen Fairy or any needed inspiration. Bluebird Fairies, Burlington, Saturday, December 9, noon-5 p.m. Info, 238-4540.



60+ ART GROUP: A free meet-up for folks 60 or older who’d like to be creative and make art in a social environment. River Arts, Morrisville, Thursday, December 7, 10 a.m.-noon. Info, 888-1261.

CLAUDE LEHMAN POTTERY HOLIDAY SALE: Unique wheel-thrown ceramics by the Vermont artisan. Free gift for the first 25 customers. Light refreshments, live entertainment and a nesting bowl raffle. Claude Lehman Pottery, Burlington, Friday, December 8, 4-8 p.m.; and Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, 399-5181.

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E-1 STUDIO COLLECTIVE HOLIDAY SHOP: Collective artists open their studios to offer creative holiday gifts including cards, prints, paintings, textiles, ceramics and glass. E-1 Studio Collective, Burlington, Saturday, December 9, noon-6 p.m., and Sunday, December 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 324-4019. ESSEX ART LEAGUE MEETING: Essex-area art lovers gather for a business meeting and guest

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Northern Daughters takes the opportunity to exhibit three new artists alongside new works from gallery staples Anne Cady, Sobelman Cortapega and Pamela Smith. The newcomers are New York mixed-media abstract artist Edward Holland, Vermont/ Nantucket landscape painter Julia Jensen and Burlington artist Molly Bosley. The last is likely best known for her expansive, intricate paper-cut works, recently exhibited at the BCA Center in Burlington and Studio Place Arts in Barre. Northern Daughters’ lineup is smartly curated to encompass a broad array of inclinations, from sharp, surreal collage (Cortapega) to landscapes rooted in place (Cady, Jensen) to self-taught folk (Smith) to open-ended invitation (Holland). A reception is Friday, December 8, 5 to 8 p.m. Through January 28. Pictured: “The Fish (Version 7)” by Holland.

artist presentation. First Congregational Church Essex, Essex Junction, Thursday, December 7, 9-11 a.m. Info, ETHAN AZARIAN POP-UP: New and old mediumsize and large paintings by the Vermont-born, Austin-based artist. Cactus Café, Stowe, Wednesday, December 6, 8 p.m. Info, inhousegallery@ GRAND OPENING: EDGEWATER GALLERY IN STOWE: The gallery celebrates its newest location, featuring a raffle to benefit the United Way of Lamoille County and artworks donated by Joe Bolger, Matt Brown and Homer Wells, as well as music, food and drink. Edgewater Gallery in Stowe, Friday, December 8, 5-7 p.m. Info, 7600-6785. IN RESIDENCE: JON BLACK: The Stowe-based jeweler will be in the gallery to discuss his process and answer questions. Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery, Burlington, Friday, December 8, noon-8 p.m. Info, 863-6458. IN RESIDENCE: WOODY JACKSON: The Vermont artist will sign books and answer questions about his work in the gallery. Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery, Burlington, Saturday, December 9, noon-3 p.m. Info, 863-6458. ‘LOST AND FOUND’: An “art treasure hunt” instigated by Vermont artist DJ Barry, in which he places stenciled woodcuts in various locations,

free to those who find them in exchange for paying it forward. Find the artist on Facebook for clues. Various Vermont locations, Wednesdays, December 6 and 13. Info, MORETOWN ARTISANS SALE: This 15th annual holiday marketplace features more than two dozen area artists, artisans and food vendors, as well as a free Santa photo booth, live entertainment, and a silent auction and raffle to benefit Hannah’s House. Moretown Elementary School, Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, December 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. OPEN HOUSE: PETER MILLER: The Vermont photographer signs prints and copies of his books. Peter Miller Photography in Waterbury, Sunday, December 10, noon-5 p.m. Info, 272-8851. OPEN ART STUDIO: Seasoned makers and first-timers alike convene to paint, knit and craft in a friendly environment. Bring a table covering for messy projects. Swanton Public Library, Tuesday, December 12, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, OPEN STUDIO: STUDIO ROJI: Lincoln artists Sam and Kathryn Wyatt open their studio doors to the public and offer a 30 percent discount on their works. Studio Roji, Bristol, Saturday, December 9, 2-6 p.m. Info, 349-0991.

RUG-HOOKING DEMONSTRATIONS: Local rug hookers demonstrate their craft and make themselves available for questions and conversation, in conjunction with “Hooked on Patty Yoder.” Shelburne Museum, Wednesday, December 6, through Friday, December 8, 1-3 p.m. Included with museum admission. Info, 985-3346. SCHOLAR’S TOUR: ‘SPIRITED THINGS: SACRED ARTS OF THE BLACK ATLANTIC’: Champlain College associate professor Stephen Wehmeyer leads this tour of the current exhibition. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m. Info, 656-0750. STUDIO SALE: Browse the wares of fine craftspeople, including handblown glass, pottery and tiles, wooden cooking utensils, hand-forged ironware, handmade soaps, chocolate truffles, and woven dishtowels and textiles. Marshfield School of Weaving, Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Info, 426-3733. TALK: ‘EXHIBITING THE SACRED: RELIGION, RACE AND REPRESENTATION’: Vicki Brennan, UVM professor of religion and director of the African Studies program, speaks in conjunction with “Spirited Things: Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic.” Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Thursday, December 7, 3 p.m. Info, 656-0750. TALK: ‘THE LAST OF THE HILL FARMS: ECHOES OF VERMONT’S PAST’: Vermont photographer Richard W. Brown speaks about his recent collection of photographs documenting rural Vermont and Vermonters in the 1970s. Waterman Memorial Lounge, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, December 6, 7 p.m. Info, TALK: ‘THE PAST IS PROLOGUE’: Photographer Jim Blair discusses his work documenting ecological crisis, in conjunction with “Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment.” Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Friday, December 8, 12:30 p.m. Info, 443-3168. TRUNK SHOW: AURORA BRYTE POTTERY: Ceramicist Lauren of Aurora Bryte Pottery shares her popular Green Mountain mugs, along with syrup pitchers, batter bowls, pie plates, large planters and more. Birdfolk Collective, Winooski, Thursday, December 7, 4-8 p.m. Info, 497-0582.

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‘THE ART SHOW’: Local artists exhibit one work each and compete for a people’s choice “mini-grant” cash prize. Through December 21. Info, publicartschool@ RLPhoto in Burlington. ‘CHIMERA’: A student-curated exhibition of works by Champlain College Creative Media students, including Sketchy Pete, Ren Golis, m.decapua, Sam Kimball-Sperberg, Ali Usuloglu and Juliana Skelly. Through December 15. Info, margaret.decapua@ Emergent Media Center, Champlain College, in Burlington. ‘IMAGINING HOME’: Original home designs created through the collaboration of socially engaged architects and seven community members who have experienced homelessness. Info, 863-3403. CHRISTINE DEMARAIS: “When I’m Sixty-Four,” recent costumes and props by the Vermont artist. Info, 863-3403. CORRINE YONCE: “Voices of Home,” an initiative of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition pairing audio stories of individuals who live in affordable housing with painted portraits. Through December 31. Info, 865-7211. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. ‘HERBERT BARNETT: VERMONT LIFE AND LANDSCAPE, 1940-1948’: An exhibition that reexamines the contribution of this midcentury modernist painter through the subject matter and time period in which his distinctive style found its greatest expression: Vermont landscapes of the 1940s. Through December 15. ‘SPIRITED THINGS: SACRED ARTS OF THE BLACK ATLANTIC’: An exhibition featuring objects from the Yoruba religion of West Africa, as well as Haitian Vodou, Cuban Santería, Brazilian Candomblé and Caribbean Spiritism. These faiths emerged from the practices of enslaved Africans who blended their ancestral cultures with that of their captors. Through December 16. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington. HUNTER HEDENBERG: Installations of metal and light, made in partnership with the Soda Plant and SEABA for the South End Holiday Shop. Through January 3. Info, 658-4482. Conant Metal & Light in Burlington.

KIRSTEN HURLEY: Paintings by the Burlington artist. Through December 10. Info, 865-6223. Cavendish Gallery & Collective in Burlington.

‘ON THE FLIPSIDE’: Artwork by DJ Fattie B. printed on vinyl records. Through December 31. Info, Half Lounge in Burlington. ‘PHISH IN THE NORTH COUNTRY’: An exhibition of posters and show flyers to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the WaterWheel Foundation, the charitable partnership of Phish and their fan community. Through December 30. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington.

SOUTH END HOLIDAY SHOP: The 10th annual holiday shopping event features local artists and artisans and turns the South End into a marketplace of open studios and artist shops. Through December 24. Info, 859-9222. South End Arts District in Burlington.

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VERMONT COMIC CREATORS GROUP SHOW: Works by members of this statewide comic arts organization. Through December 31. Info, 859-9222. The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

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‘EL YUMA: CONTEMPORARY CUBAN ART’: An exhibition of work by contemporary Cuban artists examining images, histories and fantasies about the United States. Curated by Sachie Hernández and A.D. Guerra. Through December 15. Info, 654-2536. McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester. ‘IMPRESSIONS OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN & BEYOND’: New paintings by Helen Nagel, Ken Russack, Athenia Schinto and Carolyn Walton. Through December 30. Info, 985-8223. Luxton-Jones Gallery in Shelburne. JOHN D. MOYERS: “The Art of Giving and Taking and Giving,” an exhibition in which guests are invited to take one fine art print off the wall in exchange for something of their choosing: a spontaneous poem or sketch, cash, a piece of their own art, or an explanation of why they selected a particular image. Through December 30. Info, 989-3996. Living Room: Center of Positivity in Essex Junction.

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KEILANI LIME: Abstract, minimalist acrylic paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 31. Info, Shelburne Vineyard. PHIL HERBISON: Assemblages of wood created intuitively by the Stowe artist. Through January 28. Info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in Shelburne. ‘SWEET TOOTH: THE ART OF DESSERT’: An exploration of the American appetite for sweets and its impact on modern visual culture. Through February 18. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum. ‘WILD THINGS’: Works by Susan Raber Bray, Wendy Copp, Cindy Cowles, John Hodgson, Max Hodgson, Juliet McVicker, Bethany Myrick and John Rivers. Through January 31. Info, 985-3819. All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne.


‘CELEBRATE!’: Annual local arts celebration featuring a wide variety of art and crafts created by SPA member artists. Through December 28. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. CRAIG MOONEY: “Green Mountain State of Mind,” paintings of pastures, cities and seascapes. Through December 29. Info, 828-0749. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier.

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‘EXPLORERS OF NORWICH’: An exhibition exploring the lives of Norwich University alumni who shaped and changed the U.S. during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. Through June 30. Info, 4852183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield.


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‘POST-APOCALYPSE FOR 3/4 EMPIRE’: A selection of Bread and Puppet Theater banners that previously hung in the barns of the radical


‘SMALL WORKS’: An annual seasonal exhibition featuring works measuring not more than 12 inches by local artists. Through January 20. Info, 540-6840. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.


‘MAPPING EXPERIENCE’: Art Shape Mammoth presents this group exhibition featuring nine artists who consider self-exploration and the documentation of experience through manipulating materials. Through December 9. Info, 656-4200. Living/Learning Center, University of Vermont, in Burlington.


SEB SWEATMAN: Abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 15. Info, seb@ Karma Bird House in Burlington.


JORDAN DOUGLAS: “Shadows and Vines,” a series of recent analog photographs shot with a Holga, the $25 plastic medium-format camera. Through January 1, 2018. Info, 651–8834. Penny Cluse Café in Burlington.

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ROSS SHEEHAN & RUEBEN VIDRIO: Abstract paintings and expressionistic pop sculptures, respectively, by the Vermont artists. Through December 31. Info, 363-4746. Flynndog in Burlington.


INNOVATION PLAYGROUND EXHIBIT: An exhibit celebrating lifelong play and its role in sparking technological, social and artistic innovation in our community. Features giant blue blocks, virtual galaxies, a cardboard spaceship and a fully equipped maker space. In partnership with Champlain College Emergent Media Center and Generator. Through January 15. Free with admission or ECHO membership. Info, 864-1848. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington.

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This Vermont artist has figured out how to be in more than one place at once. She just opened a solo exhibition at the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro, featuring 64 paintings derived from the 64 hexagrams of Chinese divination text, the I Ching. Twelve of Nelson’s Icelandinspired paintings are on view as part of the BCA Center’s annual “Of Land & Local” initiative. And she has nearly 20 works on view at Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical center in Lebanon, N.H. For the most immersive experience with Nelson’s work, viewers can check out “ĺsland í Maí: Iceland in May” at River Arts in Morrisville. This solo exhibition includes 25 acrylic paintings (similar to those on view at BCA). The images contemplate the sublime Icelandic landscape through watery and often cosmic abstraction, collapsing macro and micro natural phenomena.




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‘FREAKS, RADICALS & HIPPIES: COUNTERCULTURE IN 1970S VERMONT’: An exhibition that explores the influx of people and countercultural ideas to the state, from communes to organic agriculture, progressive politics to health care reform, alternative energy to women’s and gay rights. Through December 31. Info, 479-8500. Vermont Heritage Galleries in Barre.

MARGARET SPARROW: “Still Time,” fine paintings by the northern Vermont artist. Through January 31. Info, 279-6403. Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

‘NEW AMERICAN REALISM’: Paintings by Heidi Broner and August Burns. Through December 22. Info, T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier.

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MAGGIE MORRIS: Crazy-quilt-style inspirational wall hangings made from reused fabric remnants, yarn and other embellishments. Through December 31. Info, 223-1981. The Cheshire Cat in Montpelier.



‘FAMILY TRAITS: ART, HUMOR & EVERYDAY LIFE’: An exhibition originating from the Vermont Folklife Center that tells the story of Stanley Lyndes, a Calais-born teacher, craftsman, storyteller, artist, hunter and grandfather. Through January 26. Info, 479-8519. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.

MATTHEW MONK: “Painting as Language,” 50 recent works by the artist and academic dean of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Through January 20. Info, 828-8556. College Hall Gallery in Montpelier.

NICK NEDDO: “Primeval Pigments,” works created using primitive skills from tools and materials including fibers, furs, berries, beeswax, mud, sticks and stones. Through December 29. Info, 828-0749. Governor’s Gallery in Montpelier. RENÉ SCHALL: “New England Stone Portraits,” paintings of rocks by the Vermont artist. Through December 15. Info, 476-2131. Morse Block Deli in Barre.

‘SHOW 22’: An exhibition featuring works by guest artist Dana Wigdor, as well as the latest works by the gallery’s member-artists. Through January 6. Info, 552-0877. The Front in Montpelier. STEVE SHARON: Vermont Contemporary Art Space presents large, abstract color paintings by the Burlington mixed-media artist and musician. Through December 15. Info, 468-4888. Goddard Art Gallery, Pratt Center, Goddard College, in Plainfield.


CINDY GRIFFITH: “Magic in the Landscape,” paintings by the Vermont artist. ‘ÍSLAND Í MAÍ: ICELAND IN MAY’: Paintings by Elizabeth Nelson inspired by the country’s raw and dramatic landscape. Through December 29. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville. ‘CURIOUS & COOL’: Unusual and seldom-seen artifacts of ski culture from the museum’s archives. Through October 31. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. ‘FANTASTICAL LANDSCAPES AND IMAGINARY PLACES’: A juried group exhibition featuring 100 works by 53 artists who were asked to depict places that exist only in their minds. ‘LEGACY COLLECTION 2017’: Works by 19 living and 14 deceased artists whose art continues the legacy of Alden and Mary Bryan. Through December 23. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. JIM WESTPHALEN: The Vermont photographer uses an adapted vintage camera to capture dynamic winter landscapes, blurring the line between photography and painting. Through January 14. Info, 253-8943. West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe.

featuring decorated evergreens, a Hanukkah display and more than 100 artworks by center members in an exhibition curated by Chiyomi McKibbin and Amanda Marquis. Through December 30. Info, Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.

f ‘THE PLACE JUST RIGHT’: The gallery’s inaugural exhibition features works by Joe Bolger, Matt Brown, T.J. Cunningham, Kate Gridley, Gary Hall, Jonathan Ebinger, Rory Jackson, Kathryn Milillo, Jay Lagemann and Homer Wells. Gallery grand opening and reception: Friday, December 8, 5-7 p.m. Through December 31. Info, 760-6785. Edgewater Gallery in Stowe. f THREE ARTIST THESIS EXHIBITION: Bachelor of fine arts candidates Kris Brown, Dusty Gonyea and Lucas Sisko show culminating works from their programs of study. Reception and artists’ talk: Thursday, December 7, 3-5 p.m. Through December 15. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. ‘VERMONT LANDSCAPES’: A group exhibition featuring 38 paintings by 18 artists, curated by Bryan Memorial Gallery. Through December 30. Info, 644-5100. Lamoille County Courthouse in Hyde Park.

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f GROUP HOLIDAY EXHIBITION: An eclectic mix of illustration, watercolors, sculpture and paintings by artists Chris Sageman, Rich Gombar, Frankie Gardiner, Hugo Mesa and Roger Weingarten. Reception: Friday, December 8, 6-8 p.m. Through December 23. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury.

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‘DRAW ME A STORY, TELL ME A TALE’: Paintings, illustrations, photographs and completed books by 18 contemporary Vermont children’s book authors and artists. Through January 13. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. ETHAN HUBBARD: “Driving the Back Roads: In Search of Old-Time Vermonters,” a retrospective of the photographer’s work in Vermont. Through January 6. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. HOLIDAY SHOW: An exhibition featuring 22 regional artists who work in a wide variety of mediums and styles. Through December 31. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. ‘A STORY OF ART’: GIFTS AND BEQUESTS FROM CHARLES MOFFETT ’67 AND LUCINDA HERRICK: Organized by assistant professor of art history Carrie Anderson and her students, this eclectic selection of drawings, photographs, paintings and sculpture tells a story of artistic production from its conception to its afterlife. ‘LAND AND LENS: PHOTOGRAPHERS ENVISION THE ENVIRONMENT’: A comprehensive survey of photographs drawn primarily from the museum’s collection, featuring some 70 images that address environmental appreciation, concern or activism. Through December 10. Info, 443-3168. Middlebury College Museum of Art. MARK BENTON: “Rural Industry: An Embellishment or Blemish on the Landscape?” a series of paintings exploring the rustic aesthetics of the energy and agricultural industries in the rural landscape. Through January 31. Info, 453-7011. WalkOver Gallery and Concert Room in Bristol.



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f ‘MORE LIGHT’: Small works by Molly Bosley, Anne Cady, Edward Holland, Julia Jensen, Pamela Smith and Sobelman Cortapega. Reception: Friday, December 8, 5-8 p.m. Through January 28. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes. ‘THE SOVIET CENTURY: 100 YEARS OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION’: Highlights from the museum’s holdings of Russian art, including photographs, luxury items by Fabergé and a recently acquired Soviet poster. Through December 10. Info, 443-5258. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College.


‘WINTER IN VERMONT’: A festive holiday show featuring works by more than 40 artists and artisans, including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more. Through January 29. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild. ‘ART OF RUTLAND COUNTY’: Inaugural gallery show featuring works by 34 area artists, including Bonnie Baird, Joan Curtis, Kerry O. Furlani, Warren Kimble, Grace Mellow and Erika Lawlor Schmidt. Through March 30. Info, The 77 Gallery in Rutland. THE GUILD OF VERMONT FURNITURE MAKERS: An exhibit of handcrafted works including tables, chairs, mirrors, bowls, chests, desks and more. Through December 9. Info, 287-8398. Feick Arts Center, Green Mountain College, in Poultney. JOAN CURTIS: “Living With the Earth,” three collections of paintings by the Brandon artist. Through March 31. Info, Rutland City Hall. RICHARD WEIS: “The Figure,” drawings by the Vermont artist. Through December 15. Info, The Alley Gallery in Rutland. STEPHANIE STOUFFER: “Holiday Legacy,” an exhibition of seasonal commercial artworks from the artist’s 35-year career. Through December 31. Info, 247-4295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon.

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HELEN SHULMAN: “Art of Place,” an exhibition of abstract oil and cold wax paintings. Through February 1. Info, Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction. HOLIDAY SHOW: Annual exhibition featuring small, gift-size matted prints. Through January 31. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.

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‘BELLS & WHISTLES’: An exhibition exploring the myriad forms and associations connected to these ordinary objects. Through May 1. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover.


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‘IN-SIGHT EXPOSED’: An exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of this program, featuring images by In-Sight students curated by Rachel Portesi. Through January 8. ‘TOUCHSTONES, TOTEMS, TALISMANS: ANIMALS IN CONTEMPORARY ART’: An exhibition exploring the deep connections humans have with animals, both domestic and wild, with works by Walton Ford, Bharti Kher, Colleen Kiely, Stephen Petegorsky, Shelley Reed, Jane Rosen, Michal Rovner, Rick Shaefer and Andy Warhol. Through February 11. ‘YOUR SPACE: FLIGHTS OF FANCY’: Images of iconic artworks inspired by birds, from Leonardo’s sketches of flying machines to Ai Wei Wei’s design for the Olympic stadium in Beijing, assembled by education curator Linda Whelihan. Through February 11. ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA: “Shimmering Mirage,” a sculptural light installation inspired by Islamic architecture. Through March 10. ROGER SANDES: “Constellations,” a new series of kaleidoscopic works featuring the artist’s colorful, patterned paintings surrounded by secondary manipulations of these originals. Through January 8. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

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EMILY MASON: “Explorations,” a survey of the New York-based abstract painter’s explorations in prints from 1985 to 2016. Through January 7. Info, 2518290. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts in Brattleboro. ‘WILDLANDS’: Works by 10 artists that celebrate public lands, national parks and wilderness. Through March 30. Info, 885-3061. The Great Hall in Springfield.

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‘WONDERLAND FOREVER’: A group exhibition of works inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Featured artists include Valery Mahuchy, Robert Rae, Jon Stroker and Trisa Tilson. Through December 31. Info, 763-7094. Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton. m


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WINTER MEMBER SHOW: A group exhibition of works by artist-members in a variety of mediums. Through December 30. Info, 362-1405. Yester House Galleries, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester.

JOHN F. PARKER: Sculptural assemblage works by the veteran designer and home builder. Through December 31. Info, 498-8438. White River Gallery @ BALE in South Royalton.


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‘PHOTOGRAPHS BY LAURA GILPIN AND HER CIRCLE: GERTRUDE KÄSEBIER, CLARENCE H. WHITE AND CLARA SIPPRELL’: Early 20th-century photographs by the noted photographer and her friends and acquaintances. Through December 30. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum.

JOAN WALTERMIRE: Natural history illustrations by the former curator of exhibits at the Montshire Museum of Science. Through December 31. Info, 685-2188. Chelsea Public Library.




HOLIDAY ARTISANS MARKET: A seasonal exhibition of fine art, craft and specialty food, including jewelry, fabric art, handmade stationery, pottery, holiday ornaments, dolls, soaps and more. Through December 24. Info, 355-5557. Chandler Gallery in Randolph.



CHARLIE HUNTER & STUDENTS: Plein air paintings by the Bellow Falls artist and participants from his March retreat. Through January 5. Info, 869-2960. Main Street Arts in Saxtons River. DENISE BEAUDET: “Roots to Resistance,” a public art installation of 12 eight-foot portraits of women activists from across the globe, intended to make a connection for the viewer to the pathways of social change. Through January 31. Info, Gallery in the Woods in Brattleboro.

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ELIZABETH NELSON: “The Book of Changes: Symbolic Landscapes of the I Ching,” paintings by the Vermont artist depicting the 64 hexagrams of the Chinese religious text. Through January 6. Info, 533-2045. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.



‘ARTS CONNECT AT CATAMOUNT ARTS’: An exhibition juried by Hood Museum of Art director John R. Stomberg, featuring outstanding work submitted by emerging and established artists from across the country. Through February 16. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury.

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‘THE LIGHT AROUND US’: An interactive, educational exhibition exploring the physics of light and how we see it. Through May 2. Free with museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich.

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ver the past 40 years, Denzel Washington has played so many attorneys (at least five by my count), he could probably pass the bar. He’s argued cases in modern classics (Philadelphia), in ho-hum paycheck projects (The Pelican Brief) and in films so disposable I’d wager nobody reading this can recall them (Heart Condition, Ricochet ... anyone?). In all that time, however, Washington has never lawyered up in a picture as ill-conceived, poorly executed and just plain wacko as this one. Roman J. Israel, Esq. was written and directed by Dan Gilroy, who made his behindthe-camera debut with 2014’s Nightcrawler. It’s doubtful anyone who saw that transfixing thriller imagined his follow-up would prove a spectacular train wreck, but no other verdict is possible. Even after extensive tweaks, edits and cuts following its tepid reception at the Toronto International Film Festival, the picture ranks among the year’s most confounding and flawed. The version now playing at theaters is 12 minutes shorter than the one that premiered in September. Which leaves it roughly two hours and nine minutes too long.


Washington plays the title character, a lawyer with that variety of autism that imbues an individual with savant-like superpowers — shamefully, the only part of the spectrum Hollywood appears interested in portraying. Roman — who, of course, knows the entire California legal code by heart — finds himself unemployed after his boss has a heart attack and dies. The character is an improbable collection of tics and traits. He dresses and speaks like a 1970s civil rights activist, addressing women as “sister” and pontificating at the drop of a dashiki on proper protest etiquette. His quirks also include the nerdiest specs since Napoleon Dynamite, a compulsion to blurt out whatever he’s thinking (he doesn’t think much of slick lawyers), and a fondness for pro bono work and peanut butter sandwiches. Colin Farrell costars as George Pierce, precisely the sort of lawyer Roman looks down on. Those tweaks, edits and cuts leave his character with an arc that’s beyond baffling. One moment, Roman is looking down on George; the next, he’s inexplicably working for him. Mere minutes separate the scenes in which George berates his new lackey to within an inch of his life and then takes him to a Lakers game to confess he yearns to be like him.

OBJECTION There ought to be a law against Oscar bait that’s as much of a trial to witness as this.

Just when you’re sure the film couldn’t possibly hurtle farther off the rails, the noble idealist commits a ludicrously outlandish breach of ethics, which enables him to buy expensive suits like George’s and an oceanfront home. Oh, and he gets a client killed. Did I mention that a babelicious activist (Carmen Ejogo) falls adoringly in love with Roman after he attempts to lecture her staff and gets laughed out of the place? I’ve had LSD trips that didn’t get this weird. Speaking of weird: In a rambling Christian Post interview Washington gave last month, he counsels millennials against watching too much news or using social

media, in addition to declaring that God put Donald Trump in the White House for a reason. It’s worth a read. The actor also reveals that he and Gilroy read scripture and prayed together on set every day. Which I mention for a couple of reasons. First, it may provide insight into some of the nuttier artistic choices Washington and Gilroy made. And, second, I suspect most viewers would agree that time could have been put to better use. Whatever the pair was asking for, it’s safe to say those prayers went way unanswered. RI C K KI S O N AK





The Florida Project ★★★★★


hether it villainizes or sanctifies them, Hollywood seldom offers us convincing portraits of the contemporary poor. Panhandlers and welfare moms apparently don’t fit the aesthetics of the dream factory. But, as we discover in writer-director Sean Baker’s new movie, they fit just fine into the physical margins of another dream factory: Orlando, Fla.’s Walt Disney World. A scripted drama with the unflinching, unjudging eye of a documentary, The Florida Project revolves around Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), a 6-year-old torpedo of energy who lives in a very mauve motel called the Magic Castle. While her young mom, Halley (Bria Vinaite), watches TV or cooks up moneymaking schemes, Moonee enjoys a degree of freedom (and danger) unknown to most middle-class kids today. Some directors might have turned this into a cautionary tale. Instead, Baker adopts Moonee’s perspective for long stretches of the film, recapturing the joy of being a kid out of school and on the loose. Moonee and her friends may not have access to the mammoth Disney complex that looms nearby, but their imaginations transform their neighborhood of tourists and transients into something as exciting as any theme park. Abandoned, mold-spotted condos are a playground; a deformed tree is a marvel; Twistee Treat is a chance to “get free ice cream.”

PURPLE HAZE Dafoe plays a motel manager and unofficial babysitter in Baker’s vital slice-of-life drama.

Alexis Zabe’s cinematography gives a dreamlike texture to the pastel buildings and lush foliage, drawing us into this twisted paradise where roadside signs entice tourists with promises of Disney knockoff toys and the opportunity to “shoot real machine guns.” But Baker doesn’t censor the darker aspects of the place, or of his characters. Halley is a loving mom to Moonee in many ways, but she’s also a loudmouth con artist with a teenager’s knee-jerk disdain for authority.

Like the trans sex-worker heroines of Baker’s breakthrough Tangerine, she struts as if her very existence were a middle finger to society, parading an anger that’s both beautiful and scary. Scary because we care about Moonee, who doesn’t realize how perilous the pair’s way of life is. While Moonee’s friends have more stable parental figures, Halley’s inability to get a straight job puts her on an inexorable collision course with the authorities.

The only one who seems to foresee that collision is Bobby (Willem Dafoe), the Magic Castle’s manager, who’s also often the only one watching the kids. A working stiff with little real power, he’s the closest the movie has to a hero. Dafoe does wonders with a tense scene in which Bobby steers a likely creep away from the obliviously playing children. He gives the character no theatrics or machismo, just a low-key determination to keep the Magic Castle as safe as it can be. For a film with such a neutral viewpoint, The Florida Project is an intense experience; viewers may come out drained, ready to argue or still worrying about the characters. But it’s neither a condescending treatment of underrepresented people nor — surprisingly — a depressing one. By the end, we feel like we’ve experienced a real place with real, vital people, not a case study in American decline. European filmmakers have been depicting poverty head-on for a while; with last year’s American Honey, English director Andrea Arnold tried out a similar approach in the U.S. Like her, Baker gives his movie a youthful exuberance that makes it anything but an earnest slog. And much of that exuberance comes from Prince: Moonee is bratty, she’s bossy, she’s a show-off, she’s almost never “cute,” and it’s impossible not to care about her. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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JUSTICE LEAGUEHH1/2 Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and various other DC superheroes team up, while the survival of humankind hangs in the balance. With Jason Momoa and Henry Cavill. Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) directed. (121 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 11/22) LADY BIRDHHHH Actor Greta Gerwig wrote and directed this acclaimed coming-of-age tale about a Sacramento teen (Saoirse Ronan) navigating her senior year. With Laurie Metcalf and Lucas Hedges. (93 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 11/29)

BATTLE OF THE SEXESHHHHH Steve Carell and Emma Stone play Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in this comedy-drama about their historic 1973 tennis match. With Andrea Riseborough and Natalie Morales. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) directed. (121 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 10/11)

DADDY’S HOME 2H1/2 More daddy issues? In this sequel to the 2015 comedy, the “cool” dad (Mark Wahlberg) and the “uncool” stepdad (Will Ferrell) must deal with their own dads (John Lithgow and Mel Gibson) during the holidays. Sean Anders again directed. (100 min, PG-13)

JANEHHHHH This documentary from Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck) chronicles anthropologist Jane Goodall’s early fieldwork with apes. (90 min, NR. Savoy; reviewed by R.K. 11/15)

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURIHHHHH In this drama from writerdirector Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), Frances McDormand plays a grieving mom who doesn’t take kindly to the local sheriff’s failure to arrest her daughter’s killer. With Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Caleb Landry Jones. (115 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 11/29) WONDERH In this adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s middle-grade bestseller, a 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with a facial disfigurement goes to mainstream school for the first time. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson also star. Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) directed. (113 min, PG; reviewed by R.K. 11/22)

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As far back as ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, people staged ceremonies to mark the embarkation of a new ship. The intention was to bestow a blessing for the maiden voyage and ever thereafter. Good luck! Safe travels! Beginning in 18thcentury Britain and America, such rituals often featured the smashing of a wine bottle on the ship’s bow. Later, a glass container of champagne became standard. In accordance with the current astrological indicators, I suggest that you come up with your own version of this celebratory gesture. It will soon be time for your launch.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The members of the fungus family, like mushrooms and molds, lack chlorophyll, so they can’t make

(May 21-June 20): I’m guessing you have been hungrier than usual. At times you may have felt voracious, even insatiable. What’s going on? I don’t think this intense yearning is simply about food, although it’s possible your body is trying to compensate for a nutritional deficiency. At the very least, you’re also experiencing a heightened desire to be understood and appreciated. You may be aching for a particular quality of love that you haven’t been able to give or get. Here’s my theory: Your soul is famished for experiences that your ego doesn’t sufficiently value or seek out. If I’m correct, you should meditate on what your soul craves but isn’t getting enough of.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The brightly colored birds known as bee-eaters are especially fond of eating bees and wasps. How do they avoid getting stung? They snatch their prey in mid-air and then knock them repeatedly against a tree branch until the stinger falls off and the venom is flushed out. In the coming weeks, Cancerian, you could perhaps draw inspiration from the bee-eaters’ determination to get what they want. How might you be able to draw nourishment from sources that aren’t entirely benign? How could you extract value from influences with which you have be careful? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The coming months will be a ripe time to revise and rework your past — to reconfigure the consequences that emerged from what happened once upon a time. I’ll trust you to make the ultimate decisions about the best ways to do that, but here are some suggestions. 1. Revisit a memory that has haunted you, and do a ritual that resolves it and brings you peace. 2. Go back and

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The astrological omens suggest that now is a favorable time to deepen your roots and bolster your foundations and revitalize traditions that have nourished you. Oddly enough, the current planetary rhythms are also conducive to you and your family and friends playing soccer in the living room with a ball made from rolledup socks, pretending to be fortune-telling psychics and giving each other past-life readings, and gathering around the kitchen table to formulate a conspiracy to achieve world domination. And no, the two sets of advice I just gave you are not contradictory.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You may feel quite sure that you’ve gotten as tall as you’re ever going to be. But that may not be true. If you were ever going to add another half-inch or more to your height, the near future would be the time for it. You are in the midst of what we in the consciousness industry call a “growth spurt.” The blooming and ripening could occur in other ways, as well. Your hair and fingernails may become longer faster than usual, and even your breasts or penis might undergo spontaneous augmentation. There’s no doubt that new brain cells will propagate at a higher rate and so will the white blood cells that guard your physical health. Four weeks from now, I bet you’ll be noticeably smarter, wiser and more robust.



SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): To discuss a problem is not the same as doing something practical to correct it. Many people don’t seem to realize this. They devote a great deal of energy to describing and analyzing their difficulties and may even imagine possible solutions, but they neglect to follow through. And so nothing changes. The sad or bad situation persists. Of all the signs in the zodiac, you Scorpios are among the least prone to this disability. You specialize in taking action to fulfill your proposed fixes. Just this once, however, I urge you to engage in more inquiry and conversation than usual. Just talking about the problem could cure it.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It’s one of those bizarre times when what feels really good is in close alignment with what’s really good for you, and when taking the course of action that benefits you personally is probably what’s best for everyone else, too. I realize that the onslaught of this strange grace may be difficult to believe. But it’s real and true, so don’t waste time questioning it. Relish and indulge in the freedom it offers you. Use it to shush the meddling voice in your head that informs you about what you supposedly should be doing instead of what you’re actually doing.

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In accordance with the long-term astrological omens, I invite you to make five long-term promises to yourself. They were formulated by the teacher Shannen Davis. Say them aloud a few times to get a feel for them. 1. “I will make myself eminently teachable through the cultivation of openness and humility.” 2. “I won’t wait around hoping that people will give me what I can give myself.” 3. “I’ll be a good sport about the consequences of my actions, whether they’re good, bad or misunderstood.” 4. “As I walk out of a room where there are many people who know me, I won’t worry about what anyone will say about me.” 5. “I will only pray for the things I’m willing to be the answer to.”

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You come into a delicatessen where you have to take a numbered ticket in order to get service. Oops. You draw 37, and the counter clerk has just called out number 17. That means 20 more people will have their turns before you. Damn! You settle in for a tedious vigil, putting down your bag and crossing your arms across your chest. But then what’s this? Two minutes later, the clerk calls out 37. That’s you! You go up to the counter and hand in your number and, amazingly enough, the clerk writes down your order. A few minutes later, you’ve got your food. Maybe it was a mistake, but who cares? All that matters is that your opportunity came earlier than you thought it would. Now apply this vignette as a metaphor for your life in the coming days.


ARIES (March 21-April 19): You may get richer quicker in 2018, Aries — especially if you refuse to sell out. You may accumulate more clout — especially if you treat everyone as your equal and always wield your power responsibly. I bet you will also experience deeper, richer emotions — especially if you avoid people who have low levels of emotional intelligence. Finally, I predict you will get the best sex of your life in the next 12 months — especially if you cultivate the kind of peace of mind in which you’ll feel fine about yourself if you don’t get any sex at all. PS: You’d be wise to start working on these projects immediately.


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I have hemorrhoids. My boyfriend has a very large penis, and we like to do it doggy style. The last time we had sex, the stimulation was so much that I thought I pooped, but it was a hemorrhoid poking out! It was so embarrassing that I had to stop, but he doesn’t seem like he noticed. Now I’m too embarrassed to be in that position again, because I know he has a good view of everything. My hemorrhoids aren’t painful or even itchy — they only affect my sex life. I’ve considered surgery on them, but I’ve also heard how expensive and painful it is. What should I do?


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Double ouch! Not only is this a major bedroom buzzkill for you, hemorrhoids are just plain uncomfortable. I’ve got a few simple strategies for you to try so you can leave this painful problem behind you. (Sorry for the pun.) First, sex can exacerbate your hemorrhoids. When you get aroused, the genitals and anus engulf with blood. That increases pressure to the affected area, resulting in a flare-up. And if you engage in anal sex, you’re going to majorly disrupt your hemorrhoid situation. So, you’re going to have to treat those suckers before you saddle up for some more lovemaking. There are many safe and easy ways to treat this issue, and, if you stay on it, it should pass within days, or a week or two at most. • Use topical ointments and oral medication to treat the pain. • Take warm Epsom salt baths for 15 to 20 minutes each day until symptoms decrease. • Keep your bottom clean and tidy and avoid dry, rough toilet paper. • If hemorrhoids are common for you, consider adding more water and fiber into your diet to increase regular bowel movements, and add exercise to your daily routine. Even a 20-minute daily walk can help! • If your symptoms don’t subside, or you experience bleeding or more pain, call your doc. Here’s another tip: Talk to your partner about this. My advice almost always ends with this sentiment, but communication really is the key to harmony in and out of the bedroom. If this guy is your boyfriend, and you’re comfortable doing the nasty with him, don’t be embarrassed to talk to him! Fill him in on your problem. He’s bound to be sensitive and respect the space your body needs so you can be in tip-top booty shape soon. And it’s not like there aren’t other ways to share intimacy and pleasure — get creative!

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