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t’s been more than 10 years since a sitting governor testified before legislative committees. By offering himself up to lawmakers on Tuesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin sought not only to address problems with the Vermont Health Connect website but to shift attention to his goal of publicly funded single-payer health care. Acknowledging the state website’s woes, Shumlin pledged more help for day-to-day management and announced that Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller will also pitch in over the next three months, Kathryn Flagg reported on the Seven Days Off Message blog. Shumlin also announced that an independent third party will review Vermont Health Connect’s rollout, with the goal of doing a better job on future projects. Which is to say: single-payer health care. “Vermonters know that real health care reform is much more than a website,” he told lawmakers on the first day of the 2014 legislative session. “Vermonters did not elect me to nip around the edges of health
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4. “Recapping the Top Vermont Made Recordings of 2013” by Dan Bolles. Counting down the best of a great year in local music.
The third suicide in two years at the Brattleboro Retreat — this one by a 13-year-old — raises more troubling questions about the psychiatric facility.
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2. “A Vermont First Night Guide to Ringing in 2014” by Courtney Copp. Hope this guide helped you plan a kickin’ New Year’s Eve. 3. “2013: The Year in Liquids” by Corin Hirsch. The best local beer, wine, cider and spirits of last year.
5. “Best Bite of 2013: Rustic Roots” by Alice Levitt. The Shelburne breakfast spot earns top marks as the best new restaurant of the year.
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While I realize that your article [“What Do Vermont Arts Organizations Want This Year?” December 11] was supposed to be a little tongue-in-cheek, and knowing that funding for arts organizations is on the decline, we all have multiple items on our wish list. As the executive director of Burlington’s South End Arts and Business Association, a small, nonprofit arts organization that uses every last dollar to support artists and our creative economy, we have a wish for Santa that goes well beyond a new 30,000-square-foot building on Pine Street or a time machine: SEABA would wish for every resident in Vermont to purchase one piece of artwork this year, big or small, expensive
or not, hang it or store it, in order to support Vermont entrepreneurs and the local economy. Purchasing artwork can be used as an investment or to fill that ugly spot above your couch. Plus, it has an emotional attachment. Whatever your reason, know that when you purchase artwork, you are contributing to the betterment of our community, both financially and emotionally. What would Vermont look like without its creativity, its sculpture and murals, its many creative artists? Pretty bland, if you ask your fellow Burlingtonians. Arts organizations such as ours, and those in your article, do amazing work in their communities, but we would not exist if it were not for our creative entrepreneurs providing us the opportunity. Almost forgot, Santa: Could you also bring us some more South End Arts District signage? Adam Brooks COLCHESTER
My mother-in-law, Patricia Belding, beat Jessamyn to this back in 1996 [“Information, Please,” December 18]! Her book, titled Where the Books Are, which was referenced briefly in the story, includes a picture of every library in Vermont, along with its history, architecture and anecdotes. She and my father-in-law, Jack Belding, a
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“Vermont has a problem: keeping our elected officials accountable.” Those words kicked off a video Campaign for Vermont founder BRUCE LISMAN played for reporters last Thursday at a Montpelier television studio. There he unveiled a suite of reforms he said would clean up state government. Among his recommendations? A new code of ethics governing state officials and a quasi-judicial ethics commission to enforce their compliance. New conflict-of-interest rules for legislators and personal financial disclosures for statewide officials. Also, a “revolving door” ban that would keep ex-officials from lobbying their former colleagues for up to two years. “Sunlight, in almost all cases, cures problems,” said Lisman, a former Wall Street executive. But which problems, precisely, was the Shelburne resident hoping to address? Oddly, he wouldn’t quite say. Throughout his hour-long presentation, Lisman declined to cite a single conflict or ethics breach. But the four-minute video he played included some serious dog whistles. It was a virtual highlights reel of last summer’s news coverage of a controversial land deal
between Gov. Peter Shumlin and an East Montpelier neighbor. Asked if he was implying that Shumlin acted unethically when he bought his neighbor’s house on the cheap, the genial Lisman, who has spent more than a million dollars burnishing his own image with television and radio advertisements, demurred. “The answer is I don’t know,” he said innocently. “I don’t know that anything was ever proven.” That said, Lisman helpfully noted that if his proposed ethics commission had been in place, the gov “might have checked in beforehand and said, ‘What do you think?’” Told about Lisman’s proposals, state pols didn’t exactly jump for joy. Many — Democrats and Republicans alike — view Lisman warily: either as a threat to be indulged or a gadfly to be ignored. “I don’t know why this is needed,” said Sen. DICK MAZZA (D-Grand Isle), a behindthe-scenes power broker. “I think we’re trying to address a problem that’s not there.” But GORDON WITKIN, managing editor for the Center for Public Integrity, sees it differently. In 2012, the nonpartisan investigative reporting organization gave Vermont a D+ on its “Corruption Risk Report Card.” The state lost points because it’s one of only three in the country with no ethics commission or personal financial disclosure rules. “Folks from places like Vermont and the Dakotas like to cite the idea that, ‘We haven’t had any big corruption scandals,’” Witkin said. “But those who believe in strong disclosure standards say, ‘Of course not! You have none of the systems that would ferret out malfeasance or corruption.’” And despite Lisman’s reluctance to cite specifics, there’s never any shortage of eyebrow-raising moves in and out of Vermont state government. Take, for instance, KAREN MARSHALL, Shumlin’s former telecom czar, who decamped from the administration last year to take a job with the Vermont Telephone Company — just weeks after voting to increase a state grant to VTel. Or former House Majority Leader LUCY LERICHE, who resigned her seat in June 2012 to take a job with Green Mountain Power, only to be named deputy secretary of commerce six months later. Or VINCE ILLUZZI, who signed up to lobby for the Vermont State Employees Association immediately after concluding his 32-year run in the Senate. Of course, some state legislators have no need for the revolving door, since they already work for companies or advocacy groups that heavily lobby the state. Rep. JILL KROWINSKI (D-Burlington), whose day job is Vermont director of public
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teve Rodimon lay in the parking lot of a St. Johnsbury shopping center, blood gushing from bullet holes in his stomach and leg. Rodimon had made a daring attempt to grab the 9mm pistol away from the man who was aiming it at him, but succeeded only in knocking the black mask off the man’s face. And now the shooter — whom Rodimon recognized as Omar Rodriguez, his girlfriend’s estranged husband — was ordering Rodimon into the trunk of his beat-up Chevy Prism. With his wounds, Rodimon didn’t think he could stand up, let alone fold himself into a trunk, he later recalled. Plus, he thought, hopping into the trunk of a car never went well for people in the movies. And even if he were willing, there was no room: His trunk was full of papers and an old air conditioner he had been meaning to get rid of. “Are you kidding me?” Rodimon asked Rodriguez. Rodriguez squeezed the trigger once more, sending a third round into Rodimon’s stomach. “I told you I wasn’t kidding,” the shooter said. Rodimon’s memories of the next five hours of that night in March 2012 are fragmented, flashes of horror unfolding between lapses in consciousness. But the outlines of the case authorities built against Rodriguez are emblazoned in his mind: Rodimon being forced to crawl into the front passenger seat. Rodriguez, somehow manic and methodical at the same time, positioning himself with a gun in the backseat. Rodimon’s coworker, an innocent bystander named Tina Evans, being forced to drive the car for 71 miles across northern Vermont and New Hampshire as Rodriguez negotiated with police on the phone and threatened more bloodshed. Rodimon and others involved discussed the ordeal for the first time in interviews with Seven Days, shortly after a December hearing in which Rodriguez, a 37-year-old St. Johnsbury resident, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 22 years in prison. Rodimon, who has largely recovered — at least physically — from his wounds, said he expected those hours to be his last. “You don’t bring a gun unless you are planning on using it,” he said in an interview in the Wells River apartment he shares with Felicia Rodriguez and the three children she had with Omar Rodriguez. “I figured this was the end.”
court documents, began to focus his anger on Rodimon. In February 2012, Rodimon applied for a restraining order against Rodriguez, accusing him of trying to break into his vehicle, following him while he drove to work, slashing his tires multiple times and leaving threatening voicemail messages. A judge scheduled a court hearing for March 6, 2012, to decide what, if any, action to take against Rodriguez. The hearing would never occur.
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Rodimon grew up across the Connecticut River from his current home, in tiny Piermont, N.H., and graduated from Woodsville High School in 1987. He stayed in the area his whole life and by 2011 had settled into a midlevel managerial job at Ocean State Job Lot in St. Johnsbury. During that summer, he grew close with a new cashier, Felicia Rodriguez, who soon told Rodimon about her strained relationship with her longtime husband, Omar. The couple had had their first child only months after marrying in their early twenties. Times were tough from the start. Omar Rodriguez was diagnosed a few years later with diabetes, which soon led to kidney failure. By the time he was 30, Rodriguez needed kidney dialysis three times a week to stay alive, and doctors told him he would be unlikely to see his 50th birthday.
He struggled to find work, and Felicia worked a string of low-paying jobs to make ends meet. They stayed for months at a time with Rodriguez’s mother, who lives in a trailer park in St. Johnsbury. Felicia Rodriguez said the relationship turned violent, and court records show she took out a restraining order in 2011, alleging that Omar had struck both her and their sons. In the fall of 2011, Felicia said, she began making plans to leave Omar and move to Massachusetts: She obtained permission to transfer to an Ocean State Job Lot store outside Boston and filed for divorce. But, Felicia Rodriguez said, she couldn’t leave the state with her sons before the divorce was finalized. Further complicating her plan, she recalled, she began to fall for Rodimon. They started spending time publicly together outside work, and Omar Rodriguez, according to state and federal
The night before the scheduled hearing was bitterly cold, and plunging temperatures had scared away all but a few customers at Ocean State Job Lot. Rodimon and his boss, Evans, shut down the store together and walked outside into the main parking lot a few minutes after 9 p.m. Evans testified that she heard footsteps behind them as they walked through the empty parking lot. They turned around and saw a man dressed in a black ski mask, black jacket and boots, and white latex gloves. He had a gun in his hand. “Keep walking,” he said. Evans thought she recognized the voice. One of her daughters was friendly with Rodriguez’s oldest son, and she was aware of the marital strife, she explained while on the witness stand during Rodriguez’s sentencing hearing. Nearing Rodimon’s car, they stopped. “You know what this is about,” said the masked man. For a few brief seconds, a standoff ensued. Then Rodriguez lowered the gun slightly, and Rodimon thought he saw his chance and rushed forward. “I wanted the gun,” Rodimon said in an interview. “That was the only thing I was thinking.” Rodimon stands a sturdy 6 feet 2 inches tall, but Rodriguez is just as big. Rodimon couldn’t wrestle the gun away. During the struggle, the driver’s side window was broken, Rodriguez’s mask flew off and he fired two shots into Rodimon. Rodimon fell to the pavement. After he was shot a third time, Rodriguez ordered him into the car, and his victim managed to pull himself into the front passenger seat. Rodimon even remembered to put his seat belt on. Rodriguez ordered Evans into the driver’s seat, where shards of glass from the broken window dug into her legs. Rodriguez, his gun never leaving his hand, sat in the back. He ordered Evans to drive 14 miles to the Frank D. Comerford Dam in Monroe,
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Susan Grant of the Consumer Federation of America, because there has never been a federal law to stop organizations from sharing contact information without their members’ consent. For the corporation, “It’s obviously the allure of using an existing channel where there is already people with whom the entity, the partner, has some sort of relationship,” Grant says. “We certainly don’t have an overarching privacy law like most other developed countries of the world do. It’s a real problem. It’s very frustrating, because you would think you could at least get something enacted that would give people a choice.” Out of the roughly 10,000 Johnson State alums, Phillie estimates that only three have complained to her about the college sharing their information. “Off the bat, they’re like ‘Wait a minute, whoa, someone sold my name?’” Phillie says. “But we didn’t sell, or share, anybody’s name. This is really a Johnson State mailing. We’re going into a mutual partnership that they can absolutely opt out of any time.” Phillie doesn’t believe the word “selling” describes what Johnson is doing. College officials upload a fresh contact list to a secure website for every approved marketing blast. Johnson’s contract with Liberty Mutual prohibits the insurance company from saving those addresses, PHILL IE and no other personal information is shared until the next round of marketing. “We don’t collect any data,” says Glenn Greenberg, senior consultant for public relations at Liberty Mutual. “It’s really marketing to a list that’s provided to us by the alumni association. We adhere to all the solicitation regulations. If someone’s on a do-not-call list or something like that, that’s noted.” Such assurances don’t placate one UVM alumnus who recently registered his own complaint with the UVM Foundation. This fall, Gary Ellenbogen, 58, who lives in New Jersey, received both a letter and an email from Liberty Mutual. In the November letter, which had a seal from the UVM Alumni Association, the company included a pin number for him to redeem those savings. In fine print, the note indicated, “The UVM Alumni Association
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magine that you get a letter from an insurance company. Because you or your child attended a certain college, the letter enthuses, you could save up to 10 percent on a car insurance plan. A disclaimer mentions that your school’s alumni association receives a fee for allowing the company to market those savings. It also directs you to a website where you can unsubscribe from future communications. Do you take advantage of the savings? Chuck the letter? Hit that website to opt out of future solicitations? Or do you contact the alumni association directly, worried that your personal information has been sold for profit? In a process known as “affinity marketing,” some companies pay fees to membership organizations — trade and alumni groups, for example — for the right to market discounted services to people on their contact lists. In Vermont, the most visible affinity marketer is Liberty Mutual. The Boston-based provider of home and auto insurance has deals with 750 alumni groups nationwide, including those at the University of Vermont and Vermont state colleges. The way Liberty Mutual compensates those alumni groups varies from school to school. At UVM, where alumni relations are handled through the UVM Foundation — a legally indepenL AUREN dent entity incorporated in 2011 to fundraise for the alma mater — Liberty Mutual pays the association based on how many alums it predicts will sign up. At Johnson State College, the alumni association gets a cut for every alum who enrolls. “The reason that the colleges do it is because it’s win-win-win,” says Lauren Phillie, director of development and alumni relations at Johnson State. “We get a small percentage of their renewal rates or sign up rates,” she says. “The alums get a discount, and if Liberty Mutual wasn’t offering the alums a discount, we would never do it.” But some alumni and privacy advocates don’t view those partnerships so sympathetically — even if they are legal and lead to offers of cheaper service from a Fortune 100 company such as Liberty Mutual. Affinity marketing isn’t new, explains
HIGHER EDUCATION receives financial support for allowing Liberty Mutual to offer this auto and home insurance program.” In a subsequent series of emails to the UVM Foundation, Ellenbogen decried the “disrespectful and abusive approach your organization has taken to peddle alumni members’ privacy” to third parties. Of course, he also wanted off the list. In response, Rich Bundy, president and CEO of the UVM Foundation, explained that the alumni association’s board of directors carefully reviewed Liberty Mutual’s qualifications before deciding to partner with the group. He described the convenience of removing individuals from future email lists, and denied his organization “peddled” Ellenbogen’s personal information, saying Liberty Mutual “is authorized to use alumni contact information to market this program and only this program.” The federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 only requires that companies emailing advertisements allow recipients to opt out of future communications. Instead, Ellenbogen says, he’d like to see the UVM Alumni Association enforce an opt-in policy, where alums would have to consent to receive such communications. In the European Union, companies are required to take that approach. It’s not clear how many of Ellenbogen’s fellow alums share his concerns. The Consumer Protection Unit of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office hasn’t received any complaints about Liberty Mutual’s solicitations. And in a conversation Ellenbogen started on the UVM Alumni LinkedIn page — now closed by a site administrator — only two individuals responded. One hadn’t received any Liberty Mutual emails. The other expressed her appreciation for the savings. Alan Ryea, associate VP of alumni relations and development services at the
UVM Foundation, says that 23 of the university’s 105,000 graduates have contacted his office to opt out of partner mailings. What other companies are employing the “affinity” approach? Discover recently started offering a branded credit card to UVM alums and parents. At Norwich University, alumni can sign up for a United Services Automobile Association rewards credit card. Other alumni associations around Vermont have been more reluctant to enter into affinity marketing agreements. Middlebury College has never offered its grads any corporate benefits, according to Meg Storey Groves, associate VP for alumni relations and annual giving. She says vetting the proposals would require significant time and effort, and the school wouldn’t want to be seen as endorsing a particular company. Angela Armour, director of alumni and parent relations at St. Michael’s College, explains that the school’s alumni board hasn’t chosen to offer corporate benefits due to concerns about privacy and flooding inboxes. But alums working in the insurance industry have approached the group, Armour says, and it plans to give the matter some thought this year. With or without an opt-in policy, St. Mike’s and other schools remain free to go that route. That fact, says Grant, is a troubling sign of the times. Ever more personal information is flying across the internet every day, she says, that is worth a lot to companies. “There is a lot of resistance to any sort of federal legislation on the part of companies, and that resistance is only getting tougher in this era of ‘Big Data,’ ” Grant says. “The presumption is not that you’re in control of your information being shared … It’s just not where we’re at.” Contact: email@example.com
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Rodimon was airlifted to DartmouthHitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where doctors pumped 15 liters of blood into him before they could even begin operating. He stayed there for six months. His spleen was removed, his pancreas repaired and his leg healed. The prosecution of Rodriguez dragged on for nearly two years, slowed by a transfer of the case from state to federal court and by complications that arose when Rodriguez suffered kidney failure in prison. But in late 2013, a plea deal was struck. On a recent December afternoon, Rodriguez rose during his sentencing hearing and offered his first public comments on the ordeal. “I take responsibility for everything, and I’m truly sorry,” he said, before being led away by sheriff’s deputies to serve a 22-year sentence for kidnapping and attempted murder. (Because of his kidney problems, doctors expect Rodriguez to die in prison long before that sentence expires.) His attorney, Michael Desautels, argued that Rodriguez intended to kill only himself that night, and that he was “self-centered.” Evans told the judge that she now lives in constant fear: She rarely leaves home except to go to work. Her children call her constantly to make sure she is safely en route back from her shifts at the store.
“I don’t do anything any more,” Evans said. In the summer of 2012, Rodimon went back to work and now parks in the same lot where he was kidnapped. But he lives with new limitations. He walks with a stutter, the result of a blood clot that developed in his leg after he was shot. He must take blood-thinning medicine (which makes him drowsy) for the rest of his life. Walking for any length of time can exhaust him; he hasn’t bothered to get a fishing license for the past two summers. “Some days I feel shattered,” Rodimon said. He and Felicia Rodriguez are raising her three children, who range in age from 9 to 16 and have not seen their father since his arrest. The Rodriguez’s divorce is pending. While the criminal case has wrapped up, the incident is never far from Rodimon’s mind. A few months after the incident, his dad returned to him a box of belongings that had been left in his car after police finished cleaning up. The night he was abducted, Rodimon was wearing his Ocean State Job Lot name tag, which hung on a lanyard just above his belly. When he pulled the name tag out of the box, he saw the plastic marked with a streak of red and a small, round opening. It almost looked like the mark of a holepunch. m Contact Mark Davis at mark@ sevendaysvt.com.
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hen North Bennington residents voted to shutter their public school, it wasn’t because of rising teacher pay or declining test scores. Far from it: They were worried the state would close or consolidate the small, kindergarten-throughsixth-grade school in their town of 1,500. So they preempted fate and made it private. The school district now pays tuition for North Bennington children to attend the new Village School. “The reason we walked down this path was we wanted to sustain the school as it was, at the heart of the community, providing the service that it does to our district’s children,” says Ray Mullineaux, a 14-year veteran of the Prudential Committee, which governs the public school district. “We wanted to maintain local control, and we wanted to retain the climate and character and quality of the school.” For their part, state officials say North Bennington had no reason to believe its elementary school’s days were numbered — and the town’s course of action could have unintended consequences. “Basically what they did is turn over complete control of the school to a body that is not answerable to the public,” says outgoing Vermont Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca. “They made a local decision to give up local control, and that’s ironic in a way,” suggests Vilaseca’s successor, Rebecca Holcombe. In wresting that control from the local supervisory union and state education officials, North Bennington kindled a statewide debate about the role of independent schools in Vermont. Vilaseca, who leaves his post this month, condemned North Bennington’s move in a report released in December and strongly suggested state lawmakers forbid any future privatization of public schools. Further, Vilaseca is recommending some major changes to the way Vermont treats independent schools — many of which receive public dollars to educate students who are “tuitioned” in from communities without public schools of their own. Vilaseca argues that independent schools receiving public funds should provide free and reduced lunch programs. He wants private schools with publicly funded enrollments of 25 percent or more to provide the same services, and meet the same guidelines, as public schools, and is urging the legislature to repeal a provision in state law that allows communities to approve higher tuition rates for independent schools.
Advocates of independent schools are fighting back. They say Vilaseca hijacked the summer study committee that was supposed to report back to the legislature on the state and local implications of public schools closing and going independent. Seth Bongartz, the chair of Burr and Burton Academy’s board of trustees, said Vilaseca was “contemptuous of the process, of the legislative directive, of our time … That report was essentially written before we ever thought about meeting.” Fran Bisselle, the head of Manchester’s Maple Street School was also on Vilaseca’s summer study committee. “It felt like the process was really inclusive and the product was really exclusive,” she says, noting the resulting report falls short of the original charge: to help legislators make informed decisions about independent schools. Vilaseca states clearly in the controversial December 5 report that its recommendations are his own and not reflective of the committee — that was always his intention, he claims. In response, five members of the committee representing independent schools authored a dissenting report, urging against “unnecessary legislation” and arguing that it is “wise for Vermont to not only keep school choice where it is, but to look to expand it to all districts, positioning our state to be a national leader in education.” “Of course,” independent schools are concerned when officials such as Vilaseca put the spotlight on their practices, said Mill Moore, executive director of the Vermont Independent Schools Association. “Everybody’s worried about the cost of education. Money is important right now.” An estimated $34.6 million in public funds went to independent academic institutions last year. When North Bennington opted to close its school, it became one of 91 towns in Vermont that let families decide where to send their children to school — and financed their choices with taxpayer dollars. Roughly 11 percent of Vermont’s K-12 students attend independent schools; that number, provided by VISA, includes children whose parents elect to pay tuition as well as those whose tuition bills are covered by towns that don’t operate schools. Most funded students attending independent schools are in middle or high school; few towns “tuition out” elementary school kids. Around 2,500 students attend Vermont’s four town academies, which are private institutions that act like the de facto public schools in their communities. Some date back more than 100 years, and none turn away students who hail from the towns they serve. State officials are quick
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to say that their concerns about the North Bennington scenario don’t extend to these academic institutions. Moore doubts that many other districts would go to the lengths that North Bennington has to change its school structure. But he says that doesn’t mean all Vermont school districts are happy with the status quo. “I do think some small districts are looking at this,” says Moore. “They feel left out. They feel unsupported … [They have] legitimate concerns and they’re not getting much respect.”
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North Bennington’s primary school doesn’t look much different today than it did this time last year. The public school officially closed on the last Friday in June 2013, and reopened as an independent school the following Monday morning. Students returned to the building on September 4. Students still settle in for classes in the same stately brick schoolhouse that dates back to the late 19th century. Even classroom instruction remains largely unchanged: Students here still take standardized tests, and teachers adhere to the new “Common Core” standards in place at public schools throughout Vermont.
Though most of the teachers chose to stay through the transition, they did so only after being technically laid off by the local school district and rehired by the independent school; their salaries and benefits stayed the same, but they no longer have union contracts or representation. The change can be seen in the office of Thomas Martin — a former principal, now headmaster, who spent 40 years in public education. Martin is now running what amounts to a small business. He oversees payroll, internet services, building and maintenance issues — basically, anything and everything previously handled by the supervisory union. His office is part workplace, part Willy Wonka concoction. There’s a tabletop popcorn machine in one corner, and athletic pendants line the walls. Kites and brightly colored whirligigs dangle from the ceiling. On a snowy winter morning, the radiator sends up a rattle of jarring clangs, bangs and rattles. Since coming on as North Bennington’s principal in 2006, Martin has watched the town grapple with decisions about the school’s future. He ticks off a laundry list of committees and special study groups that looked into the bigger picture of school sustainability, then more specifically into the idea of going independent. He calls the
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neighboring communities whose parents might be willing to pay tuition. “This model is not a panacea,” says Martin. “It doesn’t make the problems and challenges we were facing go away. It does give us some control.” There’s still a public school district in North Bennington, but now it pays tuition — $12,938 per pupil this year — to the Village School instead of operating its own K-12 learning facility. The Village School, in turn, leases its brick schoolhouse from the district for $78,000 a year. After they graduate from sixth grade, Village School students go on to attend the public Mount Anthony Union Middle and High schools.
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That North Bennington’s Village School survived its first semester hasn’t assuaged the concerns of state officials and lawmakers. In his report to lawmakers, Vilaseca argues that a community’s decision to take a public school private poses some potential problems for the town. Vilaseca is concerned that the switch to independent status will limit the educational opportunities for some students. The school provides special-education services for all eligible current students, but there’s no guarantee, Vilaseca says, that it will continue to do so in the future. Mullineaux says that’s just not true. He says North Bennington’s independent school has pledged to provide specialeducation services for any child that it can reasonably accommodate in the building. If a student were so severely disabled that he or she couldn’t be accommodated, the public school district would fund a student’s placement in a specialized program — but that’s always been the case, and happens in towns that operate public schools, too. “There really isn’t a public school in the state that can take every student with every disability,” says Mullineaux. Meanwhile, officials say there’s also a potential financial cost when it comes to going independent: While the Agency of Education says it’s too early to know the financial impact on taxpayers, the switch means the town loses direct control of the independent school’s budget. Districts that operate public schools can drill down deep, every year, into the line items of their school budgets. North Bennington voters won’t have that option. Looking at the big picture, though, the way the town funds education won’t change; North Bennington will still pay property taxes for education to Montpelier, and receive money back depending on the tuition budget voters approve. North Bennington, like all towns in the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, is considered a “receiving” district under the statewide system that funds education and is designed to spread the wealth between
final proposal “one of the most carefully vetted” he’s ever seen. And though he had reservations initially about the plan — he cites “certain stereotypes” that get attached to private schools, such as kids in blazers — he came to support the idea. After North Bennington voters approved it — “overwhelmingly,” Martin says now, by roughly 80 percent — state education officials took notice. First came a phone call from Vilaseca, voicing concerns about the vote, followed by discouraging meetings in Montpelier. Then the Vermont Board of Education delayed the approval of the new independent school, pushing back the timeline for North Bennington’s shift and triggering two more revotes in the process. Martin says the he knew the town would get resistance from officials — “bureaucracies don’t like outriggers,” he says — but he was taken aback by the year-and-a-halflong struggle. The good news? He says all is proceeding relatively smoothly at the new independent school. After years of talk about offering language instruction, the school is partnering with students from Bennington College to provide it. What wasn’t possible before — because of employment contracts, and requirements that the supervisory union offer similar programming at all of
its schools — happened in a matter of mere months at the Village School. “I have more flexibility and freedom to do what’s best for our school,” says Martin. Outside, kids are squealing gleefully during their mid-morning recess. When Martin ducks outside to speak with a colleague, a small boy chides him, “Mr. Martin! Put on a coat!” The snow is coming down heavier. A few of the older children have commandeered sleds, which they surf down a small slope on the playground. Sixth-grade teacher Pat Gibbons, a 35year veteran at the school, ushers her pinkcheeked, snow-dampened charges back inside, where the students settle down for a period of silent reading. North Bennington educated 170 students a year when Gibbons started as a teacher here. At one point during her tenure, there were as many as 190 kids in the building, and she’s seen numbers dip as low as 116. That’s not tiny, by Vermont standards, but community members still worried about the enrollment trends. “In this age of downsizing, it’s logical to assume that a small village school will have to struggle to save its identity,” she says. “We have a very special village school that we wanted to retain.” North Bennington was the second community in Vermont to close its public elementary school and reopen a privately run one in its place. The first, Winhall, closed its public school in 1998 amid complaints about per-pupil costs — they were the highest in the state of Vermont at the time — and the quality of education. Fifteen years later, North Bennington’s decision was based on very different reasons. Formerly known as the North Bennington Graded School, the elementary school and its teachers are beloved in the community. Advocates for going independent hoped that liberating the school from the restrictions of public education would help keep it afloat in years to come. There’d be the possibility of fundraising, for instance, and of attracting students from
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rich and poor communities. That means the town gets back more for education than it contributes in property-tax dollars. “It’s clear that these people care very deeply about their children,” says Holcombe. But she says she’s still concerned that “maybe this decision hasn’t been fully thought out.” The town is still liable and responsible for educating all of its children, she says, but North Bennington has “given up control without responsibility.” In response, independent school advocates say there is a different kind of accountability at their schools; if parents don’t like the way a school is run, or aren’t happy with the results of their child’s education, they can leave. Already, Martin says, he’s fielding phone calls from parents of next year’s kindergarteners. The question isn’t when those children will enroll at his school, but if. In theory, that competitive pressure should keep the school on its toes. “The most powerful voice the community has here is choice,” says Martin. But public schools serve more than just children and families, argues Rep. Johannah Donovan (D-Burlington), the chair of the House Education Committee. Donovan introduced legislation last year that would have prevented further school conversions like the one in North Bennington. The bill didn’t pass, but Donovan and other lawmakers are gearing up for another conversation about independent schools in the 2014 legislative session. “The schools in Vermont do not exist for parents. They exist for the community and for the good of all of us,” says Donovan. “They exist because of a common need to develop good citizens, good employees, good family people.” Donovan says her critique of what happened in North Bennington isn’t an attack on independent schools. But she supports the idea of further investigating Vermont’s unusual school-choice system, particularly in cases where independent schools are receiving significant taxpayer money. In those cases, she believes, like Vilaseca, that schools should “have to play within the same sort of rules that other institutions do that take public dollars” — think school lunch, services for children with disabilities and other programs mandated for public schools. Mullineaux isn’t worried about North Bennington shortchanging its students. He says that any community that goes to the lengths his did is going to be “committed to doing the right things for kids.” “I think that if local control is to mean anything, you have to trust the communities to make these decisions for themselves about how they want to provide education for their children,” says Mullineaux. “You have to enable them, not stand in the way of them.” m
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BURLINGTON, 1975–2013 Andy was raised by his mom, Filomena Pinon, who immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines at age 16. Andy was born on August 30, 1975, in Paterson, N.J., and moved to Vermont with his mother at the age of 10. If you had the privilege of meeting Filomena, you would’ve understood where Andy’s firecracker wit, sass, resilience and amazing strength came from. A single mother who worked multiple jobs, Filomena was a role model who helped Andy to soar, and to build his own life. Everything that Andy had was a result of his passion and hard work, his genuine, contagious warmth and unquenchable curiosity. Andy’s mother dealt with a serious illness, and he did whatever he could to support her, beginning with a series of unglamorous jobs when he moved to Burlington at age 18. This continued while he worked at the B-Side and when he became an extraordinary, full-time DJ/ turntablist. When Andy moved to St. Albans, he met two friends who became brothers to him, Dennis and Bill — aka team B.A.D. Despite the name, as soon as there was any kind of trouble, the “A” in B.A.D. would flee the scene. He was mischievous, but too goodnatured to engage in any real drama. From BMX biking and skateboarding, to discovering new music and making art, these friends made the most
of their rural Vermont childhood. They used their limited means and surroundings to their advantage — a lifelong skill to be able to create something from nothing. Tenyear-old Andy was already a mini entrepreneur. He would cut out pieces of cardboard to make BMX number plates, sticker them up and collage them. Whatever stickers Andy couldn’t afford, he’d draw himself. He’d then go to school and sell them to his classmates for $5. That’s how he met Dennis: He cut him a deal at $2. After high school, Andy moved to Burlington to pursue his passions: skateboarding, music and art. Burlington was far enough from where he grew up to allow him to grow, but close enough to home that he could still support his mom. Andy didn’t follow the traditional route of college, but he hungered for knowledge and loved to learn. He frequently watched documentaries on a range of subjects — not just art and music but also the environment, agriculture and historical figures such as the Black Panthers and Malcolm X. If Andy heard of a word or subject he didn’t know, he’d ask for an explanation rather than pretend he knew, as many people do. The world was his school, and he gained knowledge and insight from unexpected places and encounters. At 18, Andy started finding DJs he respected around town and began learning how to master the turntables by watching their sets.
Beginning with his first gig, when Dave Grippo offered him a guest spot with the Grippo Funk Band, Andy quickly excelled. He manipulated the turntables as his own instrument, and anyone who has tried to do this knows what incredible skill and talent that requires. Andy displayed musical diversity in all his performances, blending and cutting up jazzed-out hip-hop grooves, funk, reggae, soul and electro. He was known around town for his weekly DJ residencies at Red Square, and also beyond Vermont. Andy became Burton Snowboard’s DJ, regularly flying around the U.S. to DJ their movie premieres and promos, as well as for other companies including Skullcandy, Analog and Nike. He toured with one of his musical heroes, Mix Master Mike, and shared the stage with many other artists including Nas, Damian Marley, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan and Lauryn Hill. Andy also rocked the decks internationally, traveling to Innsbruck, Montréal and Vancouver. He produced remixes and blends along with innumerable mixtapes over the years, always creating the artwork and graphics himself. Andy always left his visual mark: custom-made stickers and mini art projects on random surfaces. Even in the hospital, his room and IV pole were stickered up in true Andy style. He customized everything he owned, spray painting and stickering to perfection. Andy was a culture maker in the truest sense, with a keen eye for graphic design, color, photography and fashion and an ear for creative mixes and beats. His peers revered him for his talents as well as his kindness, willingness to share what he knew and his unwavering positive attitude. Despite his successes and big-name encounters, Andy was humble, genuine and down to earth. Walking somewhere with him would always take at least an extra half hour; he would run into someone he knew every couple of minutes and always had time for them, excited to hear what they had going on. If you visited Andy, you’d leave his
place with some kind of gift — a mixtape he’d just made, a new pair of headphones or sneakers. Andy’s last five and a half years were spent with his partner and soul mate, Josie Furchgott Sourdiffe. They turned their small Burlington apartment into a creative haven, making art side by side. They took immense pleasure in everything they did together — cooking, traveling, dancing. Andy often referred to Josie as his “queen” and treated her with respect, love and humor. Josie was by his side every step of the way this last tumultuous year – during Andy’s treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia, campaigning to find a bone-marrow donor and during the complications resulting from his transplant. He became a spokesperson for Mixed Marrow, an organization to find muchneeded donors for those of mixed ethnicity, and for Be the Match. Andy became passionate about turning his unfortunate situation into a positive thing, a way to help spread this knowledge so that more people could have an opportunity for a cure. He took what that life dealt him and approached every hardship with positivity. This is why Andy’s community in Burlington and beyond went all out to help him when he lost everything after his apartment burned six years ago, and why they did it again when he was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2012. This is why more than 1,000 people showed up on a freezing winter night for a candlelight walk and vigil after his passing, and why the hashtag #whatwouldandydo has gone viral. These were Andy’s mantras: absolute kindness, no grudges, appreciation for small and large, living life to the fullest. He lived with vivaciousness, passion and enthusiasm. Though he is gone much too soon, Andy lived more in his 38 years than some do in 90. He leaves an unforgettable legacy. Andy passed peacefully on December 26, 2013, at 7:07 a.m. in Lincoln, Vt., at Josie’s family home, surrounded by an immense amount of love.
William “Bill” Goldstein
LINCOLN William “Bill” Goldstein, 70, passed away peacefully on the morning of Sunday, December 29, 2013, surrounded by loving family. Bill was a man of many talents and passions: an avid athlete and outdoorsman, a lover of political discussions and good books, a well-respected oral surgeon, an equestrian, a cyclist, patriarch to his children and grandchildren, and loving companion to his wife, Linda. Bill treasured his friends and the experiences they shared. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Bill was the son of Gertrude and Benjamin Goldstein. He was captain of the Tilden High School basketball team and attended the University of Bridgeport. He married his high school sweetheart Barbara (née Katz) Goldstein right after college and then attended Howard Dental School and completed his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Bill moved his then-young family to England for a fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. Dr. Goldstein practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery in central New Jersey from 1973 to 1999, where he pioneered advanced orthognathic techniques. After losing his wife Barbara to cancer in 1992, he was introduced to Linda by mutual friends, and they fell in love and married in 1994. Together Linda and Bill embarked on a second life together with their move to Lincoln, Vt., in 1999. They shared a love for hiking, skiing, horses and the beauty of Vermont in all seasons. Bill was an active board member of the Addison County Parent Child Center and the Catamount Trail Association. Bill and Linda also enjoyed arts and cultural events in Burlington and Middlebury. Bill remained, up until his illness, a remarkably fit man, playing pickup basketball games at Middlebury College well into his late 60s. One of the highlights of his life was the yearly hiking/biking trips Bill took every August with some of his oldest friends. Bill is survived by his loving and beloved wife, Linda Goldstein. He was a devoted father to Amy (Tim Zern) of Seattle, Wash., Jason (Mara Applebaum) of Seattle, Jillian Worth (Larry Weiner) of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and his stepdaughter Julie (Andrew Brooks) of New York City. He was Grandpa Bill to his grandchildren Victoria and Harrison Brooks, Lucy and Natalie Zern, and Kasper Luna and Eli Worth. Bill is also survived by his brother-in-law Marty Luloff, his neices and nephews, and his dear friends who had truly become family. You may honor his memory by contributing to the Addison County Parent Child Center in Middlebury. A service was held at Burnham Hall, Lincoln, on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
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Hopedale, Mass., 1937-2013 Leon K. “Nudge” Najarian of Hopedale died Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at home. He was born on May 13, 1937, in Dorchester, Mass., the son of the late Nevart and Krikor Najarian. He graduated from Brighton High School in 1956. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Pamela; his children, Laurie and Randall Olson of Silverhill, Ala., and Greg Najarian and Alyssa Valle of Oxford, Mass.; grandchildren Jared, Kayla, and Ryan Olson and Cassidy Najarian; his brother, George Najarian and his wife, Jean, of Walpole; and several nieces and nephews. In 1999 he retired as a field service tech from the mechanical manufacturing industry after working for such companies as Raytheon, Coulter and Bose. He was a lifetime member of the Hopedale Pistol and Rifle Club, where he served as treasurer, and the Maspenock Rod and Gun Club of Milford, Mass. In his retirement he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren; traveling; and, most especially, riding his Harley to such places as Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire and cross-country to South Dakota. His family will have a private celebration-of-life gathering at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. bumafuneralhome.com
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his verse adorns the walls of three schoolhouses in the region of southeastern Bangladesh known as the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Each was written by a Vermont author, translated into the indigenous languages Mro, Marma and Chakma and hand carved into mahogany planks. About 8,000 miles separate Vermont and Bangladesh, but an extraordinary project is bridging that distance in a most unusual way. Endangered Alphabets is an ambitious linguistic-art project created by Burlington’s Tim Brookes, a writer, artist and instructor of professional writing at Champlain College. Physically, it consists of well-polished wooden plaques, into each of which Brookes has carved a text in one of the world’s many dying languages — that is, those spoken or written by a small and dwindling number of people. In recent months, Brookes, 60, has struck up two unusual partnerships that are bringing his work to far-flung locales and expanding Endangered Alphabets’ purview. He’s astonished at how the project has grown and metamorphosed since its inception in 2010. “It’s a constant series of surprises,” Brookes says. Few people speak Mro, Marma or Chakma anymore, even in Bangladesh. Political and cultural forces have confined these languages to small geographical areas, and to members of specific ethnic groups. Mro, for instance, has fewer than 20,000 speakers. Bangladesh has one official language: Bengali, in which all business and education are conducted. In previous centuries, colonization and the spread of a global economy were the principal forces behind the extirpation of indigenous languages. Now, the internet plays a leading role in linguistic homogenization. English and Mandarin are the giants there: About half of all websites use one of those two languages. The Endangered Languages Project at UNESCO — the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization — estimates that, without intervention, nearly half of the 6,000 languages spoken around the globe today
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will disappear by the end of the century. With the disuse of indigenous languages comes the likely disappearance of the scripts in which they are written. At present, just five alphabets — Latin (the one used to make English-language characters), Arabic, Cyrillic, Chinese and Japanese — are used in the great majority of printed text. But it was the graceful curlicues of the Malayalam alphabet that first inspired Brookes’ project. He’s become a passionate advocate for protecting disappearing languages and scripts, but in the beginning, Brookes just wanted to try his hand at woodcarving. As he explains in his 2010 book Endangered Alphabets, the project began when some attractive pieces of cast-off lumber at Burlington’s Sterling Hardwoods caught his eye. With those planks, Brookes carved signs for family members. Then he thought to challenge himself by carving words in other languages, and found that he enjoyed the intense focus the project required. “Carving was extremely minute and finicky and demanding,” he says. That didn’t stop him from carving 14 planks for his first exhibition in 2010. Brookes soon branched out into threatened languages such as Nom (from Vietnam) and Bugis (from Indonesia);
in each he carved translations of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “I’ve never been a visual artist,” says Brookes. “I didn’t really think of it at the time in the way people think of art. I thought of it as preserving language using nice wood.” Soon, he found ways to accentuate the curves of his chosen scripts with the natural whorls in the wood. To superimpose a human-made pattern atop “deeper, older patterns that we recognize but can’t understand — there’s the human condition in a nutshell,” Brookes says. “This was not something I’d understood until I’d done it.” As his passion for the project grew, Brookes took to the internet, creating both a blog and a Kickstarter campaign. (He also maintains a website with a gift shop offering merch such as T-shirts, mugs and even furniture featuring endangered alphabets.) The blog caught the attention of Maung Nyeu, a Bangladeshi national and doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Nyeu is also executive director of a foundation called Our Golden Hour. Founded in 2011, the charitable organization is dedicated to educating children in the Chittagong Hill Tracts
LANGUAGE and to preserving that region’s endangered cultural history. In a recent phone conversation with Seven Days from Cambridge, Mass., Nyeu says, “I was really happy and excited to see that someone from Vermont — halfway around the world from the Chittagong Hill Tracts — was carving alphabets that most of the local population cannot read or write anymore.” He contacted Brookes, and before long the two were collaborating not only on placing the plaques in schools but on a unique series of books. Nyeu’s ongoing project asks Bangladeshi students to have their parents or grandparents tell them stories from their own youth. After writing down the stories in their indigenous language, the students read them aloud to classmates. Scans of the pages and video recordings of the readings are uploaded to Dropbox, from which Nyeu retrieves and transcribes them. Those stories then become the very material that students will study to learn about their own language and culture. Brookes joined the project in his role as the founder, editor and publisher of the Champlain College Publishing Initiative, a program that gives students practical experience in print and
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electronic publishing. He recruited a team of students to design a series of educational books in several languages of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. When the books are complete, Brookes will use the $10,000-plus raised via Kickstarter to print them and ship them to rural schools in Bangladesh. They’ll be the first printed educational materials in their native languages that the students will ever see. Among the students producing those books is Jamie Kutner, a graduate student in printmaking and book arts at Louisiana State University and a self-described “font geek.” Alerted to the project by a mutual friend, she met up with Brookes at a tapas bar in downtown Barcelona in summer 2012. “He needed to collaborate with someone who understood how writing systems are visually structured, and who was sensitive to the cultural aims of the work,” Kutner writes in an email. “I swear, I had signed on to the project by the end of the cheese plate.” Kutner has designed typefaces for the Chakma, Mro and Marma alphabets used in the schoolbooks. The work has made her more aware of the connections between language and culture, she notes. “As a linguist, you could spend your whole life studying French syntax,” she says by phone. “But how could you do only that when you know that you could use your skill set to save languages and cultures?” Endangered Alphabets’ international
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few weeks ago, when I realized the first issue of Seven Days in 2014 would be on January 8 — Elvis Presley’s birthday — I determined to find and interview an Elvis impersonator. I envisioned a cheeky Q&A with someone who spends much of his time imitating the King of Rock and Roll. I’d find out what it was like to mutate from Normal Dude into Beloved Sexy Icon, where he got his outfits, whether ladies threw panties or room keys at him, if anyone under the age of 30 knew who the hell he was — that sort of thing. But Elvis proved elusive. A friend actually saw one — with a vintage car, even — on the street in Bristol, but failed to get his name. A Google search for “Elvis impersonator Vermont” took me … far out of town. (Note to Google: New York is not in Vermont.) A colleague and I turned up two leads, but both had retired their jumpsuits. Finally, I heard about Higley Harmon. And the story took a turn I did not anticipate. Now, it must be said that the 57-yearold South Burlington resident did not set out to be an “impersonator.” He was a Beatles fan growing up. He doesn’t look like Elvis. And, though he has a genuine sort-of-Southern accent, he doesn’t sound like Elvis. He doesn’t sing, curl his Higley Harmon and lips or swivel his hips. But Harmon can Rosanne Greco dance. In a ballroom-dance When Greco met class back in his native Harmon in dance class Maryland, he met his in 2003, she was living future wife, and it was in Maryland and had for her that Higley just retired from her Harmon became Elvis military career. Harmon Presley. In a recent inwas a few years shy terview at the couple’s of his own retirement sunny South Burlington from a food-distribution home — where there’s company. “We were the a sprung dance floor in only ones who didn’t Higl ey H a rmo n the basement — I find come with partners, out why. Our soundtrack so we were matched,” is an all-Elvis Sirius channel crooning says Greco, 65. “If not, we wouldn’t have softly in the next room. learned to dance, or gotten married.” Harmon is married to Rosanne Greco. Harmon acquired his alter ego at the Locals know her as a former nun, re- altar. Well, almost. The über-organized tired Air Force colonel, ousted South Greco had planned their wedding Burlington city councilor and anti-F-35 within an inch of its life, so Harmon activist. Greco’s name has been in the decided to spring a surprise on his bride news a lot over the past couple of years at the reception. Prepared to give a (she was even recently nominated for dance lesson to the guests — the entire Vermonter of the Year in the Burlington event was dance-themed — Greco had Free Press), but not once have the head- changed into a foxy red dress. Harmon lines noted she is a huge Elvis fan. Go excused himself to the men’s room … figure. and emerged as Elvis. In on the prank,
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the band began to play Presley’s Vegasera stage-entrance tune (“Also Sprach Zarathustra,” aka the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey). “I looked across the room and thought Higley had hired an Elvis impersonator,” Greco recalls. “And then I realized it was Higley. It was adorable.” “It was bigger than the wedding,” says Harmon. “As I was walking up with two American flags, people started huddling around me.” “It’s the mystique of Elvis,” Greco explains. So powerful is the suspension of disbelief when “Elvis” enters the room that “people were sticking money in my jumpsuit,” Harmon marvels. Greco had intended to teach the male wedding guests the foxtrot, but she had few takers. Meanwhile, she says, “Higley had 30 women lined up to dance with Elvis.” On their honeymoon, Greco and Harmon went to, yep, Graceland. The couple eventually made their
way to Vermont, where Greco had vowed to spend her retirement years. And Harmon did not leave his pompadour behind. Now working as a school-bus driver, he says he’ll sometimes don the white jumpsuit, black wig and aviators for Halloween. “The kids think I’m Michael Jackson or Evel Knievel,” he says with a grin. Harmon and Greco also occasionally perform as dancers for nonprofit fundraising events — “He’ll dress as Elvis, I as a teeny-bopper,” she says. Greco recalls one costume party where the couple swapped roles — gender roles, that is: She went as Elvis, and Harmon went as Marilyn Monroe. When they enacted Marilyn’s classic windy-skirt scene, partygoers were treated to the sight of Harmon’s smiley-face undies. Harmon has even attended an F-35 rally in costume, carrying a sign that announced: “Elvis says no to the F-35.” One of Harmon’s favorite “gigs” is hanging out in Elvis-wear at the South Burlington farmers market in the summer. “It’s amazing how people [driving by] honk their horns and blow me kisses,” he says. “It’s not like I look that good in it.” Asked why Elvis has such enduring magnetism, Harmon suggests it’s because his music is so powerful. Uh-huh. Greco’s explanation touches on the “forbidden fruit” theme. When she was a kid, she explains, “We weren’t allowed to watch him or listen to him — his gyrations were scandalous.” Not until she was an adult did Greco finally experience Presley’s music and movies. But for her the appeal wasn’t the rebellion of rock and roll. “He had an extraordinary voice, and his concerts were mesmerizing. He put on a show, not just a concert,” she says. “He was a man to be respected; he had a powerful personality. He was riveting.” On the school bus one December, Harmon combined his iconography: Santa suit, Elvis hair and sunglasses. Driving home in his own car after work, he says, “I got looks from everyone.” Motorists sitting at red lights did double takes, grinned at him and waved. “Everyone knows Elvis except kids,” Harmon muses. “You can put an Elvis costume on a broom handle, and it’ll get a lot of attention.” Come to think of it, Elvis is kind of a Santa Claus for adults. “A lot of people,” notes Greco semi-seriously, “want to believe Elvis is still alive.” Happy 79th, King. m
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The BWW currently counts 476 members on the organizational website Meetup.com, Biello says, of whom about 200 are active. That’s a lot of writers to squeeze into 15-person workshops on the classic creative-writing-class model: Participants read one another’s work and offer in-depth critique. Until recently, the BWW met on the lower floor of downtown’s Halflounge, which was only available in the evenings. The search for a permanent home, Biello says, “sprang out of the overwhelming need for a place to meet during the day.” He’d noted the popularity of daytime meetings held at the YOUNG WRITERS PROJECT headquarters in the Old North End. “We had so many people who said, ‘We want a space.’” Then Biello found himself at Studio 266 (at 266 South Champlain Street) on a First Friday art walk with COLLEEN MCLAUGHLIN, a BWW member who has an art studio there. Liking the size and the price, he soon put down rent on a spacious room, he says, thinking, “I’ll just do it, and I’ll hope that everybody backs me up later.” BWW members have indeed come through with automated contributions, which currently cover about half of the space’s $610 to $630 monthly rent and heating costs. Last Saturday, they gathered to outfit the room with a coffee maker, couch and other crucial writerly amenities. “We have a lot of visual artists among the group, and they all want to put work up on the walls,” says Biello, who
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follow-ups. But Cowan and fellow owner JODI HARRINGTON are nothing if not doggedly determined to show and sell art in Winooski. In fact, says Cowan, “We’re actively seeking artist members and are forging ahead with plans to move and building a cooperative market.” Meantime, the store is open through January 15 and, notes Cowan, “We’re having some amazing sales, including showroom furniture.” Stay tuned for updates here or on the Seven Days blog Live Culture. PA M EL A P O L S T O N
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When we started with the pop-ups in 2011, none of the commercial spaces were occupied, and it seemed nobody wanted them. When artists move in, they make a neighborhood exciting and desirable, and then others, with more
income and cash flow, want to move in. In the case of the Hall Keen building, this has been a good thing. This year oak45, the new bar, opened its doors, then Salon Salon, the hair salon, moved in, and soon Misery Loves Company will open its bakery. These are all wonderful, local businesses and we are happy that they are here, and wish them all the very best success.
Biello — a producer at VERMONT PUBLIC who writes fiction — says he often hears from BWW writers that they like both the “social aspect” and the feedback. “People want to learn how to do what they’re doing more effectively. They really want to know what their work looks like to someone else,” he says. “Normally [writers] are alone and wondering if they’re any good and wondering how they could possibly get better.” And, of course, it helps that the workshops are frequent and free, making it easy for participants to come and go. “Some people arrive at a certain point where they’ve learned all they want to learn, and they can go off on their own,” Biello says. “I’m not encouraging dependence on the workshop.” BWW writers may not be dependent on their gatherings, but donations toward rental of the new writing center suggest that a critical mass of them is eager to commit.
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With barely three months behind it, the cooperative gallery WINOOSKI CIRCLE ARTS — yes, facing the infamous traffic circle — was informed by building owner Hall Keen that it had to move out by January 15. Co-owner LIZA COWAN sent a letter to members of the nascent co-op last week giving them the bad news. But, she said, there is also good news — almost. Cowan is in negotiations for another space “that will be even better than the one we are now in,” and hopes to announce that very soon. Cowan put a positive spin on the developments in her letter:
envisions First Friday events combining words and visual stimulation. There certainly won’t be a shortage of the former. Most weeks, the BWW schedules four or five workshops, which quickly fill to capacity. About eight members have volunteered to host workshops, providing informal leadership. The offerings have become more specialized, as well, with short-fiction writers, poets and creative-nonfiction writers holding dedicated gatherings; novelists can air their entire creations over a series of “book-length-narrative nights.” The new space will accommodate demand for songwriting workshops, Biello says, and a horror-fiction workshop is planned. Special events and readings are in the works, too. In November, the BWW held a publishing panel featuring, among others, Vermont novelist JON CLINCH, who recently moved to self-publishing after two well-received books with Random House. On January 16, the BWW will team up with Magic Hat Brewing Company for “Ale Tales: An Evening of Stories About Drinking” at the Artifactory. After four writers read their booze-themed narratives, audience members can contribute their own. Why are the workshops so popular?
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ure, it’s nice to find a locally crafted chocolate on your pillow in a boutique hotel. But how about a locally crafted sonnet on your bedside table? That could soon happen at Burlington’s new Hotel Vermont, which has entered into an unusual partnership with the BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP. As we reported in December on Seven Days’ Live Culture blog, the hotel will distribute a small compilation of poems, essays and stories by BWW members to each of its 125 rooms, giving the guests a taste of local lit. That’s in tune with Hotel Vermont’s branding as an establishment that showcases Vermont products, from food to building materials to art. “The arts are an integral part of the Hotel Vermont experience,” says Marketing Coordinator TORI CARTON in a December 18 press release. The compilation will be renewed quarterly, with BWW organizer PETER BIELLO selecting and sometimes soliciting submissions from the group’s members, he says. The first installment, featuring work that appeared in The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2013, should appear in hotel rooms in the next few weeks, says Carton. Meanwhile, BWW members are at work assembling a second annual “best of” anthology, due out in April. And the free workshop series, which has grown by leaps and bounds since its founding in 2009, has acquired its own dedicated space at Burlington’s STUDIO 266.
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hat sounds pretty scrambled, bud — I think you’ve got a couple separate stories mixed up. One involves Citicorp Center in midtown Manhattan, which was placed in peril of collapse when bolted joints were substituted for stronger welded ones to save a couple bucks during construction. The other is the equally frightening phenomenon of counterfeit nuts and bolts, which, when surreptitiously used instead of the genuine article, can (and do) result in catastrophic failure and death. Citicorp Center first. This 59-story building, completed in 1977 and now known as 601 Lexington Avenue, has two notable features: first, a distinctive slant-topped profile, and second, four main supporting piers, nine stories tall, each located in the center of one of the sides of the building’s square
footprint rather than in the corners. The latter evidently flummoxed some participants in the construction process. Although the building as originally designed could withstand the expected wind loads, the contractor came up with the aforementioned idea of substituting bolts for welds in the building’s wind-bracing system. This wasn’t inherently crazy, but (among other regrettable decisions) engineers evaluating the change’s impact failed to calculate the effect of winds striking the building at a 45-degree angle rather than straight on. Not long after completion, the lead structural engineer realized the building could be toppled by a storm of a severity that on average was seen in New York once every 16 years. The owners spent a frantic summer strengthening 200 bolted joints with welded-on steel plates,
I once read of a construction-industry scandal in New York involving a supplier of large nuts and bolts used to hold together steel beams in skyscrapers. He cheated by substituting cheaper, under-spec nuts and bolts for the proper ones. Evidently several skyscrapers were built using these inferior connectors. The cost to retrofit the buildings would be in the billions of dollars, and only a few have been repaired. What is the chance one or more of these buildings will collapse primarily because of the fraud? Which streets in Manhattan should I avoid, lest one of these behemoths topple as I pass by? Jim, Pawhuska, Okla. working on weekends when the building was unoccupied. The danger thus averted didn’t become public knowledge til a 1995 article in the New Yorker. To be clear: While bolted joints are cheaper and inherently weaker, nothing I’ve seen suggests their use in Citicorp Center was sneaky or that the bolts themselves were substandard. We found no cases of shady dealing by a vendor endangering major buildings in New York or elsewhere. The fact remains that in this age of global supply chains, shoddy counterfeit fasteners pose a real danger. Bolts, nuts and other fasteners are commonly rated for strength, corrosion resistance and so on. For example, a Society of Automotive Engineers grade 1 bolt can hold 60,000 pounds per square inch (PSI) before breaking, while a more expensive grade 8 bolt
• In 1989 counterfeit bolts holding together the tail of Partnair Flight 394 came loose, causing the aircraft to disintegrate at 22,000 feet, killing all 55 aboard. • Counterfeit bolts were blamed for a 1985 accident involving a U.S. Army self-propelled howitzer, in which the mechanism that elevates the gun snapped its bolts and crushed a soldier. • Counterfeit bolts were suspected in two fatal crane accidents in the 1980s — more about this directly. Bad bolts have also been cited as the cause of two military helicopter accidents, toxic industrial leaks and a broadcasting tower collapse, all of which resulted in fatalities. The Astro I space lab, launched in 1990, had to be reassembled at a cost of more than $1 million when it was discovered that defective bolts had been supplied
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bridge from scratch. And the cost of that would be — get ready for it — one billion dollars. In the meantime, bridge lanes, often more than one, are continually closed to traffic. To gain some perspective: Absent delays, it should take about a half hour to clear Montréal and cross the Pont Champlain. One hour after leaving the airport, we were still on the gridlocked access road leading to the bridge. Wolfgang is a great guy, as I’ve said, but with one quirk: He hates being stuck in traffic. He expressed his antsiness by obsessively scanning the road and “suggesting” lane changes, like, every six minutes. Under normal circumstances, I would have been more than happy to indulge him (though, wedged in a traffic jam, I have doubts it helps much). But Afework was following me, and it would have been extremely difficult for him to maintain our two-man convoy if I began changing lanes in this kind of traffic. So this left Wolfgang even more antsy. That’s when the real fun started. “Poppa!” Emily, the older girl, suddenly shouted. “Oh, my God! There’s something wrong with Tom. He just started pooping and there might be blood in it. Oh, poor Tommy. I think he’s sick.” “Oh, lord,” Wolfgang said. “I can smell it. That is horrid.” “Poppa, Poppa,” said Eve, the younger one, awakening from a restless sleep.
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“I can’t stand it! Can’t we pull over and clean it out?” “Girls, I’m so sorry,” I explained. “There’s no safe place to pull over until we get past the bridge.” “Open your windows!” Wolfgang commanded, lowering his window as the rest of us followed suit. “Jernigan, can we blast the heat?” “Sure thing,” I replied, cranking the fan to high. I was the lucky one. I’ve always had a terrible sense of smell, and it was working in my favor. “Oh, no,” Eve said, “I think Tommy is vomiting.” “No, he’s not,” Emily disagreed. “He’s got diarrhea.” “Does it really matter, girls?” Wolfgang said. “The point is, we have to bear with it until we can clean it out. The six-hour plane ride probably didn’t help the poor guy, either.” We didn’t make it over Pont Champlain for another two hours. After checking in by cell with Afework and the rest of the family, I turned onto the first well-lit side street to clean Tom’s container, along with Tom himself. Grabbing the opportunity to urinate behind a well-placed tree, I noticed that the mom was actually doing, like, 90 percent of the cleanup. Quelle surprise, I mused. When I finally made it back to B-town, it was close to 11. No party for Jernigan, I thought, allowing myself one big sigh, and then letting it go. m
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ermont Castings’ manufacturing plant is a long, narrow, forestgreen building along a railroad line on the outskirts of Bethel. On a recent weekday, the facility, in which 125 employees paint, assemble and finish high-end woodstoves and gas grills for shipment worldwide, was literally humming with activity. You could hear it from the parking lot, where two tractor-trailer trucks were backed up to loading docks. The industrial bustle signals a dramatic turnaround for Vermont Castings, which just last summer was on the brink of bankruptcy and faced a $102 million debt. Chief Financial Officer Ricardo León since convinced the company’s owner, a private equity firm called the Riverside Company, to write off its obligations, so 42-year-old León, along with three others in top management, could purchase the company outright. The entrepreneurial manuever saved nearly 200 jobs in Vermont. Today, Vermont Castings is not only in business but largely debt-free. It’s also reversing a labor trend that for decades dominated American durable-goods manufacturing: The company is bringing overseas jobs back to the United States. Robert Aitken mixes the enamels that give Vermont Casting’s woodstoves and grills their smooth and glossy veneer. The 49-year-old Vermont native said the plant is definitely busier than it’s been in years. “We’ve had our rough times in the past,” said Aitken. “Hopefully, the economy is turning around and people will buy our higher-end stoves.” Rick Grant, the Bethel plant’s general manager, confirmed Aitken’s impression of the company’s growth — but declined to release any sales figures. Grant, who’s been with Vermont Castings for 12 years, said his staff was “very nervous” about the company’s future before the purchase was announced on July 31. But León, now CEO of Vermont Castings Group, has visited Vermont every month since, in part to inform his employees about where the business is headed. Although top managers for Vermont Castings Group are still based mostly in Paris, Ky. — where the company’s two prior owners were headquartered — much of its manufacturing is now back in Vermont. In fact, Grant added, nearly every corner of his 160,000 square-foot manufacturing floor has been put into production. That’s partly because all of the company’s grill-assembly work, which was previously being done in China and Mexico, has been relocated to Bethel.
Rick Grant looks over an assembly line of woodstoves
A high-tech laser cutter, which Vermont Castings purchased a few years ago, also enabled the company to bring all of its sheet-metal fabrication back from China. The laser cutter now runs around the clock, producing not only steel stoves but also parts for the grills. “Between the grills and the stoves, our volume is the highest it’s been since I’ve worked here,” Grant added. Operations are also bustling a few miles up Route 12 at the company’s foundry in Randolph, one of the last remaining castiron foundries in North America and the only one owned by a stove manufacturer. Plant manager Bob Wright, who’s been
with Vermont Castings since the foundry was built in 1979, said it’s been an “exciting season” for him and his 75 employees. “I’ve seen a lot of the cycles the company has been through,” Wright said, “but from my point of view, this is one of the best scenarios we’ve had in quite some time.” According to Wright, the foundry pours about 3,500 molds per day of molten iron into cast-iron products and parts of various shapes and sizes; nearly all are made from scrap iron recycled from automobile wheels and drums. Some are recast into parts for Vermont Castings woodstoves. Others are products made for other
companies, such as Lodge, a Tennesseebased cookery firm that sells cast-iron pots and skillets. Over the years, the Randolph foundry has produced everything from cast-iron stadium seats to sinks, lavatories and electric hand dryers. Vermont Castings sparked a revolution in woodstove designs in the early 1970s. Before then, most were big, sooty, inefficient potbelly furnaces likely to be found in rural farmhouses. The founder of Vermont Castings, Duncan Syme, reimagined the functional heat sources as the clean, efficient, attractive hearths people congregate around today.
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Recalled Al Wilker, who designed woodstoves for Vermont Castings back in the 1980s: “Duncan’s shtick, being an artist, was if we could make a stove that looks like a piece of furniture, that might be our niche.” They succeeded. First sold through DIY magazines such as Mother Earth News, the company’s products became so desirable, a “customer appreciation day” attracted more than 10,000 stove owners to Randolph in the early ’80s, according to Wilker. In a December 2011 story, Paul Henninge, a Burlington-based industrial designer, told Seven Days that Vermont Castings “set the standard, and the rest
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of the company. But Baldwin emphasized that there were no other negative consequences for Vermont Castings’ rank-andfile workforce, such as cuts in wages, hours or benefits. In fact, the greatest threat to Vermont Castings may be a regulatory one: This month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published new proposed emissions standards for all new woodstoves, pellet stoves, wood-fired furnaces and other residential heaters. According to the EPA, in some cities, such as Keene, N.H., wood combustion in winter contributes more than 50 percent of the daily fine particle emissions. The EPA estimates compliance could cost manufacturers between $16 million and $28 million a year. “That’s going to put a really great hardship on manufacturers,” Baldwin said, “and our concern is that it’s going to put the price of stoves beyond the reach of most consumers.” But Vermont Castings employees like Aitken appear to be in for the long haul. “I bided my time for the three months to see what he was going to do with it,” Aitken said of León’s leadership. Aitken was committed enough to submit a costcutting idea that earned him a $25 bonus. Another worker said the new management gave him a free turkey for Thanksgiving and a $35 gift card from Walmart for Christmas. “Thirty-five bucks? That’s a new pair of boots,” Mike said. “Can’t beat that.” m
hearth products in 2013 will probably clock in at no more than 800,000 units. Despite the slow growth in new home construction, the new management team at Vermont Castings Group sounded optimistic when asked recently about the company’s sales potential. Reached by phone, Jess Baldwin, senior vice president of sales and customer service, said the company is once again refocusing on its signature brands — namely, high-end woodstoves, gas grills and fireplace inserts. How did Baldwin’s new boss convince the company’s previous owners to write off a $102 million debt? “It was actually a good deal for them, too,” Baldwin said, “because they wanted W r igh t to walk away with no future liabilities.” Part of the agreement, Baldwin explained, was that the new buyer would accept all past and future risks associated with Vermont Castings — financial, product liability, employee and regulatory. León’s tenure as CFO afforded him the experience to evaluate the potential risk. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing since the sale was finalized. In the months following León’s purchase, management had to, in Baldwin’s words, “bring their costs in line” by furloughing 111 jobs in Vermont, Kentucky, Mexico and Canada, mostly at the highest management levels
of the industry has been playing catch-up ever since.” Richard Wright, publisher and editor of the industry trade magazine Hearth and Home called Vermont Castings “probably the best brand in the industry.” But, like many iconic companies, Vermont Castings has changed hands numerous times over the years. Some of those owners put profits over product design. As Wright put it, “A brand is like a child. You either take care of it or it goes to hell.” In 2006, Vermont Castings’ then-parent company, Monessen Hearth Systems, was sold to Riverside. Two years later, the stock market crashed and new housing construction ground to a halt. So, too, R ic h ard did the market for woodstoves, grills and hearths. Although Riverside sank a lot of money in the company, Wright said, the timing of its purchase couldn’t have been worse. The hearth industry has been slow to recover. According to Wright, industrywide sales of all hearth appliances — including woodstoves, pellet stoves, gas stoves, fireplace inserts and the like — peaked at 2.8 million units in 2006. Those sales figures coincided with rising prices for home heating oil, which went from a record low of 30 cents per gallon in February 1999 to a record high of $4.20 per gallon in July 2008. Wright estimated unit sales of all
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His Beat Goes On Burlington remembers Andy “A-Dog” Williams
ndy “A-Dog” Williams, 38, passed away on December 26 following a yearlong battle with leukemia. Most locals knew A-Dog as the area’s preeminent turntablist, a phenomenally gifted DJ who was also successful beyond Vermont’s borders. He was a fixture in DJ booths around the state, his appearances ranging from holding weekly residencies at Red Square in Burlington to rocking massive parties with nationally touring DJs for the likes of Burton Snowboards and Gravis. Besides being a mainstay of the music scene, Williams was one of Burlington’s most beloved sons, as evidenced by the candlelight walk and vigil held in his honor a few days after his passing. More than 1,000 people turned out on that chilly December night to celebrate his life.
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The procession began on the top block of Church Street and meandered down Main Street. It held up traffic as people from all walks of BTV life, most clutching flickering candles, made their way to the waterfront skate park, one of Williams’ haunts. There, participants shared stories and laughter and tears. (For more on the vigil, turn to this week’s Soundbites column on page 57.) As an artist, a performer and, most importantly, a friend, Williams made an impact on Burlington that few can claim. How many of us will ever have, by proclamation of the mayor, our own day of tribute? Williams will, on August 30, 2014. To celebrate his short but brilliant life, Seven Days reached out to some of those lucky enough to have called Williams a friend. What follow are their remembrances. (See also his obituary on page 20.)
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I was blessed to be friends with Andy Williams for almost 20 years. When I consider just how long that actually is, I feel so lucky. Because 20 years is a very long time to learn from someone as caring, compassionate and giving as Andy was. Andy and I shared a bond over our mutual love of music. The sessions we spent just playing records and talking about which soul record bore the sample from that Tribe Called Quest or Rakim song simultaneously seem like centuries and minutes ago. Andy’s ability to make a person feel his love of life was his gift, yet he made it feel as though it was somehow ours for having the chance to experience it with him. Whether you knew Andy by a smile he flashed to you while skating by you on Bank Street, or if you were as lucky as I to share decades with him, it all seemed the same in the end. He made it seem you were special, you mattered. Andy’s talents as a DJ were worldclass. And that is not just the opinion of me, a hip-hop lifer from the Green Mountains,
but from other world-class talents such as Z-Trip and Rob Swift. As I spoke with legends such as these who came through our little state, they expressed their awe with his technique, rhythm and knowledge as a turntablist. I spent many hours telling Andy that if he had an agent and the right connections, he could easily be on tour with a major hip-hop act. He did what Andy always did: laughed, agreed and packed his crates for Red Square. He liked the fact that he was able to rock for his homies every week here. He appreciated it. And us. But his talents as a turntable artist paled in comparison to his abilities as a first-rate human being. My best example of how caring and unselfish Andy was happened a little less than a year ago. A few months after he had been diagnosed, a gang of us local friends, dubbed Friends for A-Dog, threw a fundraising event to help support Andy’s fight. We raised a significant amount of money to help him out and were all very proud. He watched from his hospital room, as we had a direct feed of the night sent to his bedside, and we shared tears of joy through texts. A few weeks later, my mom unexpectedly passed away in her sleep. I was devastated and lost, but found solace in a phone call from a hospital room in Boston — it was Andy. Even with all he was going through, he found a way to call me and ask how I was holding up. I will live the rest of my life in honor of how he lived his: by being selfless, caring, giving, loving, joyful, appreciative, positive. A true friend. This was Andy Williams. My dog.
We got a call from our web designers — way back, like 1995 or ’96 — about this new technology called Flash. They wanted to try it on our site and asked me for a recommendation of an action shot they could film. I knew A-Dog’s ollies were the most beautiful ones I had ever seen. I remember watching them film him in the parking lot on Cherry Street. He brought it. His outfit was coordinated, his moves were sick and he held his body in a manner that
made you keep an eye on him at all times. He was a natural. A star. As life went on we both had bumps in the road, but we were always there for each other without hesitation. Even when he was in fight mode against cancer, he listened and supported me in my battles and mishegas. He always had time for the people he loved and for everyone in his path. Oh, that feeling — the feeling you got when you walked in the club and made eye contact with him in the DJ booth. His eyes, his smile, his radiant love. No one lucky enough to have felt it will ever forget it.
I first met Andy in 1995. We ran in the same skateboard circle. But it wasn’t until he worked for me at the B-Side that I really got to know him. What was it about A-Dog? I was often baffled by his super easygoing, chill personality. I was always zooming around, always in a hurry. He moved slowly but with purpose. The longer we had together, the more deeply we understood each other, and the more deeply we bonded and connected. Our talks were about life, money, dreams, his mama. He always took care of his mama. As time passed and his outreach grew, Andy started getting invites to travel and DJ more and more gigs. He needed to fly, and I wasn’t going to clip his wings. I made sure he could attend all of them! I watched people fall in love with him, and he with them. I would tell him, “Andy,
you got it.” He would ask me, “What’s it?” I would smile at him and say, “I don’t know what it is, but you’ve got it.” I probably told him that same line a million times. I still don’t know what it is, but I know he has it. I also knew that everybody wanted a piece. He seemed to know everyone, like he had had a personal experience with everyone who came into his sphere. He was always talking, asking questions. And, man, did he have so much style.
Thousands of memories flow through my mind when I reflect upon my beloved moments with Andy Williams. It seems almost impossible for me to narrow them all down to one. He was and always will be one of the most important people with whom I had the humble honor to cross paths. Andy was more than a friend; he was a brother to me. We would call each other that almost every time we spoke, but we did not use the term in a casual way. We both meant it and saw each other as family. Strength, love, empathy, courage, honor and humility were some of Andy’s greatest strengths. So much I have learned from my brother. So much so many have learned from Andy. His existence shall resonate and echo into eternity. One love.
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with skate and snowboard stickers and said, “Have at it.” This is where I’m sure his sticker obsession came from, because he was like a kid in a candy store. He left with, like, a hundred stickers. Months later, that same crew moved to Burlington to be closer to the skate, snow, party and DJ culture. At this point Andy was not a DJ yet. He worked at the Sheraton and T.J. Maxx. He skated to and from work. He saved and saved and hustled to afford one turntable — that was plugged into a tape deck. This is where he began to experiment with mixing and making mixtapes for his friends. Later, he would buy a mixer and the second turntable. He then lands his dream job working at the B-Side, surrounding himself in action-
A-Dog, the entertainer. Not only onstage playing those records, but any time you hung out at his house, went skateboarding or traveling, [he was] always making you laugh or discover something new he was into. But on the same hand, you were entertaining him, with your personality, your antics and your own discoveries. It was a two-way street with Andy, equal-equal all the time. The A-Dog mixtapes. Talk about dedication in promoting his work and entertaining the masses! You could count on a new A-Dog mixtape every two months, with an original collage on the cover, track listing, digital download and the whole nine. If you break it down, he’s probably
It’s hard for me to remember exactly when I first started hanging with Andy. I used to be a DJ on WRUV from the early to late 1990s. This was before the internet, social media and in the early days before a lot of local venues would even have a hiphop DJ. Checking out a DJ live was mostly done at house parties. It was literally an underground movement reserved to basement and house parties. Skating and snowboarding were treated sort of the same way. That’s what made it so cool. Being so far away from major cities, we somehow figured it out and did it ourselves. I think it was at one of those basement parties that I first met Andy. He was a little younger than me, and I had been DJing for a long time by the time he first started. But I could tell he was definitely the one to
“Help Andy and Josie [Sourdiffe, Andy’s girlfriend] out right now” mode. That show at Higher Ground with DJ Z-Trip was gigantic. Z-Trip had performed on the Grammys the night before, then hopped on a flight and came over here for Andy the next day. He put his heart into that show, and Andy was watching via live stream, texting back and forth. It was amazing how many people came out. That was the first time I was able to see how much he had affected so many different people. All types of Burlingtonians came out, including the mayor. Although he did not personally know Andy, Mayor Weinberger was so proud of his city for coming together to support one of its own. A couple of days before Andy passed, I reached out to Mayor Weinberger to let
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He was a true legend. one of the most “listened to” DJs on the planet over the last decade. It’s crazy how many mixes he put out! In skateboarding and snowboarding, style plays a really big role, so you tend to gravitate toward the riders who are really good and do it with style. Andy had both of these on lock while riding a board, but his DJ style was on point. You always tried to get near the DJ booth when he was playing, so you could see the master at work! D ean Blot to Gr ay , phot ogra pher , B urt on Snowbo ards
I met Andy in Burlington in 1994 while skateboarding by the mall on Cherry Street. Andy was with his St. Albans crew — Mike Day and Mark Wood. They all must have been 16 or 17 years old. Old enough to drive to Burlington to skateboard for the day. I could tell right away that these guys were having a “comingof-age moment,” especially Andy — his eyes were about to pop out of his head. After our session we invited them back to our apartment on North Willard Street. Our apartment was covered with skateboards, snowboards, boots, goggles, etc. I pulled out a shoebox filled
sport culture. Skating, snowboarding and DJing the infamous basement parties. At this point he’s not yet spinning at local clubs. Now it’s summer 1996, and the movie Friday is super popular with all of us — we recited it line for line constantly for months. The only VHS tapes we owned were skate videos and Friday. One day I’m in the B-Side and shouting out lines from the movie to various friends. “What up, dog?” to somebody. “What up, dog?” to another person. I see Andy behind the counter, and his name begins with an “A.” “What up, A-Dog?” Everybody always wanted to be around Andy because he always had a huge smile and was happy to see you. He was always genuine and wanted to hear how things were going with you. We spent a lot of time together and always gave each other support with our careers and loved to share each other’s successes. We kept in contact every week during his battle via text message, and he was completely positive and inspiring the entire time. S eth N ea ry, creative director, Driven Studio, s n ow b oar d er
watch from the new kids. He was, from the very beginning, one of the most technical DJs anywhere. On a personal note, being a minority here in VT, you sort of notice other minorities doing the same thing as you, and maybe that was one of the things that brought us together in the beginning. Over the years, we stayed connected. I moved out west for a while and moved back to town a little over five years ago. My first gig back was with DJ ZJ and Andy. Andy was one of the ones who encouraged me to get back into it. He was, however, without a doubt, the best DJ in town. From a technical standpoint, his music knowledge, the fact that he’d make his own music, edits, etc. He knew how to read a crowd and always get it rocking. He knew how to stoke that guy with the underground request but also keep the girls hyped on whatever new pop happened to be, well, popping. When I got the news that he was sick, I kind of went into crisis-management mode and connected with Fattie B. to see what we could do to help. A few days after Christmas, a bunch of local DJs met up at Starbucks and talked about hosting a few fundraising events. Friends for A-Dog came out of that meeting. We organized, broke into smaller groups focused on various parts, and essentially went into
him know that Andy’s health had turned for the worse. The mayor was out west on holiday with his family and sent his condolences. A couple of days later, our friend Dave Driscoll reached out to a few of us and said that he and his sister had contacted the mayor’s office and that it had approved establishing an A-Dog Day. There was a very short window of time to draft the proclamation — basically an hour. I pulled over and had my wife drive; I prayed for the words to best describe my friend. Forty-five minutes later, I sent that copy in. An hour later a proclamation came back to me. The next morning I went to pick up the physical copy and was told that the mayor wanted me to read it to the city on his behalf at the vigil for Andy on Church Street. That was a big honor for me. This is my hometown. Andy was one of my good friends, and we were going to send him off like the king he was. The vigil was an amazing experience. We came together in love to celebrate his legacy, and it was one of the most special nights this town has ever known. It was the best party I’ve been to here in the Queen City, the night we sent her king home. L u i s Ca l de r i n , Burt o n S no w b o ard s , D J
I first met Andy Williams, later known as Chico and eventually as the infamous A-Dog, when he moved from New Jersey to St. Albans in third grade. We grew up a few blocks from one another. In our childhood, we connected through fierce breakdancing sessions, BMX and freestyle biking, listening to UTFO and the Sugarhill Gang, rocking the finest parachute pants we could find. We formed a group called the “BMX Breakers” and were selected to teach the kindergarten students at City Elementary our craft. This is where our earliest pops, locks, windmills and backspins were dialed in, hauling around the O.G. boom box. As we grew up, phases changed from bikes to skateboards, metal to hip hop. Andy picked up his first musical instru-
I was very fortunate to have spent my younger years as one of Andy’s best friends. I met him around 1985 at St. Albans City School, where he was hustling BMX handlebar plates made out of construction paper. Of course, I bought one at a better rate than most of the other kids. I think we ended up making a connection because we both came from single-mother families that always tried their best to give us what they could from what little they had. We started riding freestyle bikes together and staying up late at sleepovers, waiting for “Headbangers Ball” to come on MTV. His love for music and art was something he always had. Then one of our other best friends came into the picture, Bill Dupree, bearing
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ou won’t find Edsel Hammond’s garage listed in the yellow pages or advertised anywhere, and you wouldn’t know it was there if you passed it: A small sign hanging in the window says “Edsel’s Sales and Service,” but it faces toward his adjacent house on a quiet Charlotte road. Most of Hammond’s customers are old friends, or friends of old friends, who recommend him to others. Only on rare occasions does he need to greet a customer with a friendly disclaimer, asking if they have heard of his unusual circumstance: He is legally blind, the result of a genetic eye condition that began in his mid-twenties. Hammond, now 45, was destined for a life with cars before he was even born. His grandfather owned a gas station. His dad was an autobody man. Indeed, Hammond has spent his life as a car mechanic, and his two sons also work as mechanics at a local dealership. “Motor oil is his life’s blood,” says childhood friend Darrell Brown. And about that name? Hammond’s parents owned a 1958 Ford Edsel, a shortlived vehicle that would one day make Time magazine’s list of the 50 worst cars of all time. Though his first name is Donald, even his parents ignored it; his mom registered him for elementary school as D. Edsel Hammond. “I’m glad they didn’t have a Chevelle,” he jokes. Growing up in Charlotte, young Edsel wasn’t much for school, and while most of his buddies talked about girls and sports, he talked cars. In his free time, he would ride dirt bikes or snowmobiles through farmers’ fields or on Mt. Philo, irritating more than a few landowners and park rangers. On weekends, Hammond helped his dad at Nordic Ford (now Heritage Ford) in South Burlington. A penny-pincher, he restored junkers he’d bought for a song, such as a 1980 Mercury Bobcat with a fallingapart body and an engine that could barely wheeze to life. “He had a lot of natural mechanical ability. The cars he bought were all terrible junk, and he would get them going and make them last a long time,” Brown recalls. “It’s not something anybody could do — buy a $300 car and make it reliable transportation.”
During his senior year in high school, Hammond got vocational school credit for working with his dad, and he stayed at the dealership after graduating. He liked the camaraderie and job security, and he liked being sent to annual Ford classes outside Boston, where mechanics would be taught about the latest vehicles. It was the life he wanted, Hammond says, the only one he had contemplated. His teenage years slipped into his twenties. And then, on a routine afternoon drive in his Ford Bronco, Hammond got something in one of his eyes. In the
moment when he reflexively shut the eye, he noticed something odd: The vision in his other eye seemed to have a gap in it. Over time the gap grew, and eventually Hammond made an appointment with an eye doctor. He was diagnosed with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), a rare, severe degeneration of retinal cells that afflicts primarily young men. Several medicines and treatments failed, and Hammond’s vision grew worse. In April 1993, he went to Johnson for a weekend of mud bogging with friends. The following week, he drove himself to
Fletcher Allen hospital in Burlington for a last-ditch procedure. It was the last time he would drive — at least legally. When Hammond woke up in the hospital the next morning, he remembers, the vision in his bad eye had gone velvet black, and the other eye was almost as useless. Some of his sight returned, but the operation was a failure. Hammond’s vision is 10/650, well past the legal threshold for blindness. Today, his peripheral vision resembles the grainy images on an old television, he describes, and his central vision is a “scrambled-up mess.” After several months of recovery, Hammond — who at this point was married and had two young boys — tried to resume his job at the dealership. But he was told the company’s insurer wouldn’t tolerate a blind mechanic working on the premises. Hammond grabbed his toolbox and left. “It was heart-wrenching,” Brown says. “He’s such a good person. Edsel was always my personal moral compass … He’s the kindest person I’ve ever known. For something so life altering to happen to someone so good didn’t seem fair.” For a while, Hammond worked odd jobs, piecing it together. And he collected disability. But he belonged in a garage. So, with the help of family and friends, Hammond built one next to his home. In 1998, five years after walking away from the auto business, Hammond opened his own garage in his front yard. How does he do it? You might expect that every tool would be laid out in a precise, predictable order. But on a recent afternoon, Hammond’s shelves look as disheveled as those of any other mechanic. His drills are lined up neatly, but small razor blades and nails are scattered everywhere. His friend’s toolbox, Brown says, looks scarcely different than it did when he could see. “Things could be more organized, I guess, but then I wouldn’t find anything,” Hammond says. “I know where everything is.” But he knows much of his equipment, and cars, by feel: It’s hard to tell Hammond is blind until you watch him put his face within inches of a lug nut or brake pad. He occasionally calls one of his sons or a friend for help, and has to pass on some projects involving electrical work — it’s tough to differentiate the tangles of wire. But mostly Hammond works alone, getting by on talent, memory and a willingness to embrace his weaknesses. He has little
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Hammond tells his story sitting at a small table in his cozy kitchen. A dozen red and white roses sit in a vase on the counter. Just the night before, at a restaurant in Shelburne, Hammond says he proposed to Christina Smith, whom he has dated for 10 years. Smith, 38, was born and raised in Charlotte, too, and her parents were close with his. Hammond’s older sister used to babysit Smith, he says. She was in college when he had kids, but, in an interview later, says she remembers local fundraisers to send Edsel to Japan, Hammond using his scanner where experimental drugs offered false hope of restoring his vision. Years later, their mothers both urged them to get together. For their first date, Hammond asked her to meet him at his son’s birthday party at a bowling alley. A few months later, she moved in with Hammond and set about reforming a home that had been the domain of males. Pillow fighting was banned, and the white walls were painted. Her friends forget Hammond is visually impaired, Smith says, and young children don’t understand why it’s important to take their toys off the floor when he comes to visit. “There’s nothing where he says, ‘I can’t do this because I can’t see,’” Smith says, adding, “I wouldn’t do well. I don’t think I’d have the strength to overcome—” Hammond interrupts: “You get in that situation and you figure out a way.” At home, remarkably, Hammond is the primary cook. The only time he asks for help is when he can’t read the oven temperature or instructions on a food container. He even mows the lawn with a small tractor; when the light is right, Hammond can keep straight lines by tracking shadows on the taller grass, he explains. And when the light isn’t right, he mows crookedly and laughs about it. It’s an outlook that even those close to Hammond fail to understand. But he insists that it’s as unremarkable as a regularly scheduled oil change. “When you have your life set in front of you and then it changes,” Hammond says, “you’ve got to figure something out.” m
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ot until the darkest hours of the 2008 financial crisis did Merrill Lynch’s thundering herd finally stampede off a cliff. On the calamitous September weekend that saw the collapse of Lehman Brothers, government regulators talked Bank of America into buying a debt-saddled Merrill for a firesale price of $50 billion. It was an inglorious end to a 94-yearold banking empire, which in its finest moments sought to democratize the financial-services industry and make Wall Street more accessible to Main Street. But in the view of Winthrop H. Smith Jr., the seeds of Merrill’s collapse were sown in August 2001 long before the sale. That’s when a dictatorial new company president, E. Stanley O’Neal, began replacing the firm’s old guard with inexperienced loyalists and dispensing with the company’s client-focused traditions, which had long been enshrined in a vaunted list of “the Principles.” Smith, a 28-year veteran of Merrill Lynch who now lives in Warren and owns Sugarbush Resort, was among the casualties of O’Neal’s 2001 purge. And in a new, self-published book, Catching Lightning in a Bottle: How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World, Smith blames Merrill’s downfall on O’Neal’s abandonment of the company’s culture in favor of profitable but perilous derivatives. “My feeling was that the firm would at least be marginalized,” Smith said last week in the cafeteria of Sugarbush’s Gate House Lodge after taking a bitterly cold run on the mountain he owns. “I never thought it could be brought down, but I knew it was going to be marginalized.” To the skeptic, Smith’s tale might appear a smidge self-serving. As the son of one of the firm’s early leaders, he had long been groomed to take over the institution. But in July 2001, the company’s board of directors passed over Smith and two other candidates to name O’Neal president, setting him up to become the company’s next chief executive officer. Two months later, when the new boss took away Smith’s positions heading Merrill’s foreign arm and its international private client group, the former heir apparent declined a largely ceremonial position and quit the firm. Within a few years of his
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departure, Smith had sold every stock he owned in the company his father cofounded. As it turns out, Smith was on the right side of history. His indictment of O’Neal, largely ignored during Merrill’s turbocharged and highly profitable years of 2005 and 2006, now seems prescient. That O’Neal is widely regarded these days as the villain of the Merrill saga, Smith said, made Catching Lightning easier to pen. “It would have been [difficult to write] probably eight years ago. It isn’t now,” he said. “It isn’t now because so much has been written about [O’Neal]. I didn’t have to break the news. I didn’t have to sound like sour grapes. I could, you know, put a little color on it, but everybody knows what he did.” Smith’s tome isn’t entirely about Merrill’s final years — or even about the three decades he spent at the firm. Smith chronicles, in great detail, Merrill’s rise
Catching Lightning reads more like a family saga.
from a scrappy little brokerage house to a world financial power. And he centers his story on the 12 men who led the firm, from the visionary Charlie Merrill to his own, understated father, Winthrop H. Smith Sr.; to John Thain, the Goldman Sachs alum who presided over Merrill’s sale to Bank of America. Smith knew every one of these men. He grew up in the shadow of what its employees referred to as “Mother Merrill,” and his corporate history reads more like a family saga. The chairmen and CEOs variously come across as a revered grandfather, a respected father, a batty uncle or a ne’erdo-well cousin. Thanks to the collaboration of co-author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Ecenbarger, Catching Lightning is imbued with meticulous research. Back in 1999, Merrill’s communications department hired Ecenbarger to write a history of the company, and he put in years of combing through the archives. But O’Neal canceled the project in 2003.
Six years later, after Ecenbarger saw a video of Smith delivering a powerful eulogy for the firm at its final shareholders meeting, the writer reached out to the former executive to propose a joint project. “It was pretty obvious to me that, one, he had a great affection for the company, and, two, he felt it had been seriously damaged by O’Neal. So I gave him a call,” Ecenbarger said in a phone interview. “I said, ‘I think we really ought to do this because I’ve got all this material, all this background information.’” For three and a half years, the two drafted chapters and sent them back and forth, editing each other’s work. “He’s not a writer; he’s a businessman. But as a writer, he’s pretty good,” Ecenbarger said of Smith. “He’s a better writer than I am a businessman.” While Ecenbarger focused on the company’s earlier history, Smith drafted the later chapters chronicling the era in which he played a role. Perhaps as a result of that process, Catching Lightning can feel like
FROM CATCHING LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE: HOW MERRILL LYNCH REVOLUTIONIZED THE FINANCIAL WORLD [Newly appointed Merrill Lynch president E. Stanley O’Neal] was never big on small talk, so just as I was settling into my chair he said: “I hope that you’re here to accept the job. I want you to be a core part of my team. We are going to have to change a lot of things about the way this place is being run. As soon as we get rid of Komansky, we can get started running this place the right way.” Wow! I stared at him in disbelief. Here was the new president talking about discarding his nominal superior, David H. Komansky, the chairman and chief executive officer. … O’Neal launched into a scathing attack against “Mother Merrill” — he said the words the way a sick man names his disease — and he ridiculed the Principles and the culture that had made the company revered by both its customers and its employees. As he ranted on, I grew angrier and felt my cheeks quavering and the veins throbbing in my own neck. Clearly this man cared nothing about our heritage or our prestige in the business world. Finally, I interrupted him. I had heard enough. “Stan,” I said, “thank you for your offer but I can’t work for you.” I stood up and walked out, to the silent amazement of O’Neal.
Catching Lightning in a Bottle: How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World by Winthrop H. Smith Jr. with William Ecenbarger, 609 pages. $29.95 hardcover, $19.95 paperback.
After that, the 8-year-old Win Smith was escorted to school each day by private detectives. At its core, Catching Lightning is a love story about an investment bank, which you wouldn’t expect to have much resonance in a post-Occupy Wall Street world. But it works. It works because that love story is really rather affecting. In 1961, when Smith was just 11 years old, his father died of Parkinson’s disease.
class that had never dreamed of investing in the stock market. Remarkably, its leaders convinced America to trust Wall Street. Sixty years later, that trust is gone — in no small part because of Merrill’s own mistakes. And that clearly pains Smith. “It’s sad, because 98 or 99 percent of the people on Wall Street are really good people trying to do the right things,” he said. “But to see how some people on Wall Street behaved and brought [the financial crisis] about is really upsetting. I wish the leaders on Wall Street got it a little bit better. I wish they could relate to the average person and they weren’t as arrogant and as greedy. The firms need to be taken over by a different set of characters, in my opinion.” Sadly missing from Catching Lightning is Smith’s most fascinating story: how he morphed from a New York City banker to a Vermont ski-slope owner. Not long before his ouster from Merrill, Smith had teamed up with a pair of Mad River Valley residents to buy the mountain from the American Skiing Company, which had run it into the ground. The sale closed on September 10, 2001, the day before 9,000 of Merrill’s New York City-based employees were forced to evacuate their headquarters when terrorists drove planes into the adjacent World Trade Center. Smith had initially planned to be an absentee owner of Sugarbush, but a few years after he left Merrill, he decided to take charge. “I realized this is not an investment
“Mr. Smith has been in a serious car accident and Mrs. Smith is rushing to the hospital,” the caller said. “Would you get their son ready? We will pick him up shortly.” The school was only two blocks from our apartment. They immediately called home and my mother answered the phone. “Oh, my God, keep Winnie there,” she told them. “I’ll be right over. This is a kidnapping attempt.”
“I wish I’d gotten to have him longer than that,” he writes. “I think about him every day.” It wasn’t until the younger Smith graduated from business school and, after much hesitation, took a job at Merrill that he came to know his father through the stories of his new colleagues. The firm, in a way, became a surrogate father. So when O’Neal came to power in 2001 and pushed Smith to the exit, it was as if the latter were being banished from his own family — before he could realize his dream of becoming its patriarch. After word leaked to the press of his demotion from the top of Merrill’s international private client group, Smith writes, he summoned his team members to a conference room to inform them of the news. “Someone once said you can never love a firm because it can’t love you back,” he told the crowd. “Well, that person never knew Merrill Lynch.” Even then, before the credit default swap years, Merrill Lynch had long since outgrown its role as the middlebrow brokerage house that radically transformed the banking business in the mid-20th century. It was Merrill, led at the time by the elder Smith, that first understood how much money could be made by looking beyond the 1 percent and the coastal elite. Unlike Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan, Merrill built branch offices in Middle America, prevented its brokers from charging commissions and aimed its ingenious advertising campaigns at a middle
two different books. And it drags in places, detailing yet another boardroom meeting, corporate jet ride or unexpected promotion of a junior executive. But fantastic little kernels of knowledge that only Smith could deliver enliven Catching Lightning. When the elder Smith retired in 1957, his partners renamed the company in his honor, calling it Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith. After a wave of publicity about the name change, the younger Smith’s Upper East Side school in Manhattan received a suspicious phone call, he writes:
where you’re just passive,” he said. “I decided I really wanted to put my own imprint on it. That’s when I decided to move here full time and make this a second career.” In a way, he was living up to the prediction of Donald Regan, the former secretary of the treasury and Merrill CEO who told Smith when the latter left the firm, “I sure as hell hope you’re not going to disappear and become a hermit in Vermont.” An average day for Smith is spent on the mountain and he manages to ski more than 100 days a year. But most of the time, he’s working to improve the business, which he said has turned a profit in recent years. With the help of foreign investment through the federal EB-5 program, he has expanded the resort’s base area and built new lodges and condos. Crucial to his success in Warren, Smith said, are the lessons he learned from his last job. “I basically took the Merrill Lynch principles that I believed in and brought them here,” he said. “That starts with: Your clients’ interests come first. Your guests’ interests come first. That’s important. You think about how you act. Are you doing it to make money, or are you doing it to provide a good service that, in turn, will make money?” Given his continuing affection for the firm, would Smith ever leave Warren to return to Mother Merrill? Four and a half years ago, he tried. In the summer of 2009, not quite a year after Bank of America took over their old company, Smith and two other former executives traveled to Charlottesville to see whether its new owner might be willing to sell it back to them. “We had a brief discussion, but there was no interest,” Smith said. Nowadays, that dream is gone. “You know the old phrase ‘You can never go home again’? I’d do those 28 years all over again, but now that I’ve left, I’ve moved on,” Smith said. “Now that I really love this as a second career, I wouldn’t want to do that again.”
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orrisville is not exactly a culinary hotbed. Or rather, it wasn’t one. For almost a decade, the Bee’s Knees was the only dinner destination on most nonlocals’ radar. Last summer, that began to change. New arrival Lost Nation Brewing started attracting distant drinkers, who came not only for the suds but for some of Vermont’s most creative pub grub. Then, in October, the town’s old train station, most recently home to Melben’s Restaurant, reopened as an upscale casual eatery. Co-owner Kim Kaufman calls 10 Railroad Street a “wayfarer’s tavern,” with fresh takes on comfort food for dinner and from-scratch sandwiches at lunch. Owners Kaufman and Jim Goldsmith burst onto the Morrisville dining scene after a false start in Stowe less than a year before. Already the owners of the Blue Donkey, they plopped down $1.5 million to take ownership of their former Mountain Road neighbor, the Rusty Nail. The deal disintegrated after the previous owner turned out to owe the town $27,000 in back taxes; Stowe also had a lien on the property for unpaid sewer fees. While controversy has been no stranger to the formerly New York City-based restaurateurs, they’ve given Morrisville a thoroughly comfortable restaurant experience. On a cold night last week, 10 Railroad Street was an oasis, even when the offerings weren’t entirely on track. Our server, Whit, seemed genuinely excited to seat us. Once he learned we were from Burlington, he spent the meal chatting us up about Chittenden County restaurants. The restaurant’s wide-open spaces are loosely decorated with a train theme, including artsy black-and-white photos of stations and cars hanging from the sagegreen walls. In the hallway that leads to the bathrooms, new wood floors give way to a person-size track, down which I couldn’t resist chugging. The menu likewise embraces the railroad motif, with appetizers labeled
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reminded me of clear, liquid Nutella, it might have been a better choice for dessert. Not that I had any major complaints about pairing the cocktail with the contents of the basket that emerged gratis just after we ordered. Lined with the comedy newsprint many restaurants use for fish and chips, it contained not bread but the Blue Donkey’s signature fried-toorder Donkey chips. The hot, ultra-thin chips were a well-seasoned surprise, but
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most of them suffered from a slight burnt taste. When I interviewed Kaufman just before the opening of 10 Railroad, she described the restaurant as an opportunity for Blue Donkey chef Kermit Melendez to show off his more creative side, fostered in New York and Seattle fine-dining restaurants. The spinach salad was indeed a showcase for Melendez’s talents, as well as a refreshing palate cleanser after the chips. CHUGGING ALONG
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In its 60th year, things weren’t looking too bright for the South Burlington space long occupied by the PARKWAY DINER. In September, a lease issue forced diner mogul BILL MAGLARIS to close his 5-yearold Arcadia Diner there. But since late last month, the Worcester Lunch Car has been as busy as we’ve ever seen it. That’s thanks to new owner COREY GOTTFRIED, who has revived the Parkway Diner name.
maple syrup. Gottfried roasts meats in-house for hot and cold lunch sandwiches. “You pull the turkey out to temp it, and there’s a big whiff of turkey instead of just smelling perfume,” he says, describing the olfactory rewards of his efforts. Traditional sandwiches are joined by barbecue seitan, while the burgers include a black-bean patty and a beef burger with cheddar, bacon and apples. Gottfried says he plans to keep his set menu small to allow for fresh soups each day and other specials.
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decided to do something about it. On January 24, the local businesses and associations that make up the area’s diversified ag committee will introduce IN GOOD TASTE, an event dedicated to promoting the region’s food. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Albans City Hall. According to LISAMARIE CHARLESWORTH of the FRANKLIN
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On New Year’s Day, a Parkway special breakfast sandwich consisted of an egg and deep-fried pork tenderloin topped with chipotle Hollandaise sauce on a cheesy cheddar biscuit. Gottfried says he’ll be experimenting with different versions of that dish, along with other slightly quirky takes on classic diner offerings. As the season progresses, he hopes to begin introducing more local ingredients beside the maple, eggs and dairy he currently serves. Those may include veggies from a friend’s organic farm in the Champlain Islands. With Gottfried at the helm, the Parkway Diner is 61 years old and still learning new tricks.
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The Colchester native says he’s a lifelong diner aficionado who frequented now-closed Libby’s Blue Line Diner since he was a kid. Following 10 years in the kitchen at Denny’s, Gottfried worked his way through the kitchens of Maglaris’ Chittenden and Franklin county diners, as well as that of FLETCHER ALLEN HEALTH CARE, where he learned to add a local touch to his comfort cuisine. “I’ve got about 18 years invested in breakfastand-lunch diner situations,” says the young cook. “We care about what we do.” For now, the Parkway Diner is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., though Gottfried says he may soon drop Monday. Breakfast is served all day and includes all the basics, such as fluffy pancakes and cinnamon French toast, both served with real
Green Mountain Chew Chew Festival inspired the evening’s format. Ten dollars at the door will buy guests 20 tickets for tastings from farmers, manufacturers and restaurants. The committee’s biggest event yet, In Good Taste will host approximately 35 vendors from Franklin County and the Champlain Islands. Smith says he’s especially proud to introduce participants to the region’s drink producers, including 14TH STAR BREWING COMPANY; ice cider maker HALL HOME PLACE; ELM BROOK FARM, maker of RAIL DOG barrel-aged maple vodka; and TRETAP BEVERAGES, which offers flavored, maple-harvested waters. Those who want more than just a sip can move from small samples to a cash bar. For those more interested in eating, local farms will offer tastes of their wares, such as pulled-pork or sausage-eggand-cheese sandwiches from PIGASUS MEATS; and breads, jams and soups from COLLOPY FAMILY FARM. Restaurants such as BAYSIDE PAVILION and JEFF’S RESTAURANT will get in on the act with menu items, too. Want to learn more about
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The secret was tossing the greens with shaved fennel in lightly creamy orange vinaigrette. Though a winter dish at its core, the salad was like a white suit worn in the cold months — nontraditional and full of élan. I liked the addition of thinly sliced, house-cured salmon, but the dish would have been just as good without it. Melendez clearly has a way with fruity dressings. The basic Railroad Salad was flavored with raspberry vinaigrette, neither too sweet nor too tangy. I sampled that vinaigrette on a side salad accompanying the classic macaroni and cheese. I am more than ready for the mac-and-cheese-as-meal trend to be dead and buried. But since four different iterations (including one with lobster and tiger shrimp) occupy their own section of the 10 Railroad menu, I figured I had to try one. Beyond the malaise I experience when I consume a dish with so little variety, my biggest problem with most macaroni-and-cheese offerings is that restaurants tend to serve them up too dry. Thankfully, that was not an issue at 10 Railroad. The skinny gemelli had plenty of creamy sauce, whose not-too-sharp character reminded me of a restaurant version of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. That’s not a dig. With a shower of herbs and bread crumbs, the dish was a well-executed riff on many Americans’ equivalent of Proust’s madeleine. Marcel would probably have shared my excitement at trying the next entrée. On 10 Railroad’s original menu, a rabbit cassoulet called to me. The protein had changed to duck by the time I arrived, but I can’t argue with the classics unless their execution leaves something to be desired. This one did. The Académie Universelle du Cassoulet promotes many different takes on the basic French bean casserole, but I imagine the group’s members would faint upon biting into the undercooked (shall we say more than a little al dente?) white beans that formed the base of this dish. The braising liquid was heavy with garlic and definitely conjured the French countryside in its own way, but the stew needed more character. There were only two slices of sausage mixed in with the legumes. More of the same, or of other meats, would have helped. But the duck leg that rested in the center of the gigantic bowl was the saddest part of all. Rather than being presented as a traditional confit, the gamy-tasting fowl was underseasoned and undercooked. As I got closer to the bone, it was nearly raw and exceedingly tough. Bad cassoulet makes Alice an angry girl, but a good puree can cheer her up. The menu’s description of the
beans were lemon kissed and cooked to crisp perfection. In this case, my advice to the restaurateurs would be to offer less on the plate. The $19 entrée was composed of two piles of mash, each topped with a pork chop. When I had the second set for dinner the following night, the combination made a filling repast on its own. It would be nice to be able to order half the dish for half the price. The same could be said of the cassoulet. After our dinner in Morrisville, my dining partner ate the dish again over the course of two lunches. At $21, that was a great value, but diners might appreciate the option of more reasonable portions at a lower cost. The size issue was reversed with dessert. I don’t usually expect to pay $8 for a sweet unless it’s prepared by someone named Payard or Torres. All right, that’s an exaggeration, but I was still surprised at the price-to-size ratio of my deconstructed s’more. I give big points to the chef for making every element of the dessert from scratch, but not all succeeded. The teensy chocolate cake on one side of the rectangular plate couldn’t seem to decide whether it wanted to be lava cake or simply a crisp-edged flourless one. I loved the brûléed marshmallow that capped it, but the homemade graham cracker on top of that was overly thick and hard to bite through. The plate’s greatest asset was a scoop of chocolate ice cream. Though it wasn’t as richly dark as I might have liked, the texture was delectably creamy, and thick zigzags of chocolate sauce added depth to the flavor. Morrisville is a bit of a slog from Burlington, so I may not be heading back immediately, but 10 Railroad will be on my short list when I’m in the area. And for diners in Lamoille County who want to avoid the Stowe tourist traps, it will probably chug along into their regular rotation. m jeb wallace-bRODeuR
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Cabin-Fever Drinks Use your next snow day to make bitters, infused wine or vermouth B y Cor i n Hir s ch
hen winter settles in, our homey, DIY tendencies can emerge: knitting hats, scrapbooking, organizing those vacation shots on iPhoto or … making vermouth? It may not be the most traditional of crafts, but rendering your own infused wines, syrups and bitters is immensely rewarding. If the prospect sounds daunting, it shouldn’t. Bitters and vermouth may seem like exotic cocktail ingredients, and they can add beguiling complexity to cocktails, but they’re fairly straightforward to make. That is, once you’re armed with vodka, wine or rye, bottles and an assortment of barks, fruit peel, herbs, dried fruit and seeds that you can pick up in most natural foods and herb stores. The most costly ingredient is patience: Bitters require weeks to mature, and it takes months to realize the flavors of vins de maison — or home infused wines. Yet, if
you get to work now, by the time the lilacs bloom you’ll be ready to uncork bottles you stashed away during winter’s long nights. Then you can pour a glass, fill a plate with pistachios and salty cheeses and toast to your foresight (and to the balmier weather). If you can’t wait that long, some of the elixirs detailed here make for the perfect winter drink: a Manhattan. So get cracking.
For early Americans, “taking some bitters” was a daily morning ritual. Within reach of the breakfast table were tiny vials of booze — often Madeira, rum or brandy — infused with such “medicinal” ingredients as juniper berries, mint, dried orange peel, spicebush berries and mugwort. These elixirs were believed to stimulate the digestive system, among other organs, and often had entertaining names — whiskey skin, fogcutter and timber doodle along them.
Bitters’ fortunes have risen and fallen with the decades, but they’re currently undergoing a full-on revival, with dozens of brands having hit the market in the past few years. Once you begin using bitters in your cocktails, you may get addicted to snapping up unusual bottles made with flavors such as rhubarb and celery. It’s just as easy, and cheaper, to make bitters at home, and their versatility makes them a blank canvas onto which you can project your wildest flavor fantasies. Nearly any botanical, dried or fresh fruit or herb can be commandeered: lemongrass, cola nuts, hibiscus, dandelion. The only other things you need are alcohol and a tinted dropper bottle. Steep your chosen ingredients in alcohol for a few weeks, and they’re good to go. My personal darling of the moment is Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters, so I decided to make my own version. But I added a favorite spice: cardamom. While
some recipes call for dividing your ingredients into layers before blending — the flavoring agent (such as peach leaves or rhubarb), the spice element (such as cinnamon or pepper) and the bittering agent (usually gentian or wormwood), this method is easier for the novice — including me. Cherry-Cardamom Bitters 1/2 cup dried cherries 1/4 teaspoon dried orange peel 1/4 teaspoon cardamom 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns 1/2 vanilla bean 2 cloves 1 teaspoon gentian (This can be hard to find; try Winooski’s Purple Shutter Herbs, or substitute milk thistle or dandelion.) 1 cup rye whiskey Put cherries and other dry ingredients into a Ball jar, then top with rye. Shake to
food blend and store in a cool, dark place for two weeks, shaking once daily. Decant into tinted stopper bottles. Bitters will keep for up to a year, and do not need to be refrigerated.
Homemade Infused Wine (Vin de Maison)
The apéritif tradition may be more pervasive in France than in the U.S., but the before-dinner ritual of sipping a light, refreshing liqueur — such as Pastis — with salted nuts or olives deserves to be enjoyed everywhere. If you’re served apéritifs in a French home, they might include a vin de maison, or a homemade wine that has been infused with anything from young peach leaves (vin de pêche) to green walnuts (vin de noix) to cherry leaves (Guignolet). Most of those leaves and fruits are distant memories in the depths of winter. But, since the key to making a vin de maison is socking it away in a dark place for months to develop its flavors, the time is nigh to make vin d’orange, or rosé wine left to macerate with orange peel and spices until it becomes a spicysweet, refreshing liqueur. Vin d’orange is traditionally made with bitter Seville oranges, but given the difficulty of finding those, navel oranges are a decent substitute. Combine their peels and parts with a bottle of dry rosé, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar and let the mixture sit for 40 days. You’ll be rewarded with a drink that’s been a staple of the early evening in France for centuries.
Sweet Vermouth 1/2 cup granulated white sugar 1/2 cup turbinado sugar 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons water 1 750-milliliter bottle dry white wine (I used Picpoul de Pinet, but Pinot Grigio or Trebbiano will do.) 1/4 teaspoon wormwood leaf, or a dash of wormwood tincture 1 teaspoon cardamom seed 1/2 teaspoon dried orange peel 1 vanilla pod Pinch of dandelion leaves Pinch of calendula leaves Pinch of white peppercorns Pinch of dried oregano Pinch of dried basil Pinch of fennel seeds 1/2 cup sherry 1/2 cup brandy
In a saucepan, heat sugars and 2 teaspoons of water over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to turn brown and caramelize, about five minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Set aside. Pour 1 cup of the wine into a saucepan, add all spices and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes, then remove from heat. Once cool, strain the infused wine through muslin to remove solids, squeezing to extract the flavors. Discard solids. Heat 1/2 cup water in a saucepan and slowly spoon in caramelized sugar, stirring until incorporated into a simple syrup. Combine infused wine, remaining wine from bottle, sugar syrup, sherry and brandy in a self-corking glass bottle. Turn over several times to combine, then label and refrigerate. Vermouth is ready to consume once combined, but its flavors will improve with time. Sweet vermouth will keep for up to a year in the refrigerator. m
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Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel two of the oranges, removing the white pith, and dry peels in the oven for one hour. Press juice from the two peeled oranges, then cut the remaining two into wedges. Combine wine, peels, juice, wedges, vanilla bean, cinnamon and sugar in a large glass jar, cover and put in a cool, dark place. Shake once every day for about a week until sugar dissolves. After 40 days, strain the wine through muslin into a nonreactive container and discard solids. Decant wine into a self-corking bottle, label with the date and stash away again for two or three months. Once opened, the vin d’orange will keep in the refrigerator for up to a year.
Bitters require weeks to mature, and it takes months to realize the flavors of vins de maison.
If the only vermouth you’ve ever tasted is labeled Martini & Rossi, you’re missing out on a world of seductive flavors. While cheap vermouth is workable for basic martinis and Negronis, handcrafted, artisanal vermouth can bring those same drinks to loftier heights. What is vermouth, exactly? Wine that’s been fortified with a hard spirit and flavored with herbs, spices and roots, sometimes a dozen or more. Sweet vermouth is often rust-colored with luscious, spicy, sometimes figgy notes —
a tasty winter tipple when served over ice. Dry vermouth is lighter and more savory, offering subtle hints of herbs and botanicals. Vermouth makers often jealously guard their recipes, but most start with white wine and a bittering agent such as wormwood. While wormwood can be hard to find locally — some herb stores have it both dried and in tincture — aniseed can be used as a substitute. I used the following recipe to render what should have been sweet vermouth, but the end product’s zesty flavors fall between sweet and dry. One of the many virtues of vermouth is that you can experiment with each new batch — try your own combination of peels, spices and dried herbs.
Vin d’Orange 1 750-milliliter bottle of dry rosé wine (a Provençal is perfect) 4 oranges 1 vanilla bean 1 stick cinnamon 3/4 cup sugar One wide-mouthed glass container Self-corking bottle
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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company: In Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music, the New York City-based company pairs award-winning choreography with live music from the Borromeo String Quartet. Intervals of full nudity. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $22.50-50. Info, 603-646-6422.
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'Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?': Using complex, lively conversations and his own illustrations, Michel Gondry explores the life and work of philosopher, linguist and activist Noam Chomsky in this animated documentary. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600. 'Muscle Shoals': Greg "Freddy" Camalier's documentary features Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards and other notable musicians who worked with hit maker Rick Hall of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600.
food & drink
Wednesday Wine Down: Oenophiles get over the midweek hump by pairing four varietals with samples from Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot Cheese and more. Drink, Burlington, 4:30-8 p.m. $12. Info, 860-9463.
health & fitness
Meditation, Healing & Reading: Local medium Michele Nappi helps attendees focus on aligning body, mind and spirit. Moonlight Gifts, Milton, 6:308:30 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 893-9966. Montréal-Style Acro Yoga: Using partner and group work, Lori Flower guides participants through poses that combine acrobatics with therapeutic benefits. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 6:307:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 324-1737. New Year's Resolution: Healthy Eating: Lisa Masé of Harmonized Cookery shares strategies to help folks transition into new culinary habits. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-6 p.m. $5-7; preregister. Info, 2238000, ext. 202. 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, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.
Spice on Snow Folk Music Festival Thursday, January 9, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, January 10, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, January 11, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, January 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at various downtown locations in Montpelier. Prices vary; $90-175 for an all-weekend pass. Info, 917-1186. summitschool.org
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Book Talks for Homeschoolers: Students in grades 4 to 8 discuss titles from this year’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award list. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956. Evening Babytime Playgroup: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 876-7555. History for Homeschoolers: In "Economy," children ages 6 through 12 explore the state's financial past and present. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 1-3 p.m. $4-5; preregister; limited space. Info, 828-1413. Homework Help: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science students assist first through eighth graders with reading, math and science assignments. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Lego Creations Toy Banks: Youngsters ages 5 through 12 create colorful receptacles for coins and bills as a way to learn about saving money. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Little Explorer Program: 'Farming With Ms. Virginia': Little ones gain knowledge about the vital role of Vermont's working landscape. Highgate Public Library, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970. Preschool Art Class: Mini Picassos ages 3 to 5 and their adult caregivers get creative with painting, clay sculpting, collage and more. Davis Studio, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $20; preregister. Info, 425-2700.
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Breaking the Silence Before he became a singer-songwriter, Darryl Purpose was a professional blackjack player and walked across the United States for peace. Along the way, he befriended musical activists who inspired him to begin performing. With these life experiences informing his lyrical gifts and finger-style guitar playing, Purpose quickly made a name for himself as a folk musician. But in 2005, after nearly a decade of touring, Purpose stepped down from the stage and sought solace in the Rocky Mountains. Remerging in 2012 with the album Next Time Around, the artist Q magazine calls “America’s most original songwriter since Harry Chapin” proves that some things are worth the wait.
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Sunday, January 12, 4-6 p.m., at Richmond Free Library. $17.50-20. Info, 434-4563. TEXT valleystage.net
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Forget traveling south to escape the winter. Head instead to the Spice on Snow Folk Music Festival, at which downtown Montpelier comes alive with the sounds and smells of Cajun culture. Pairing Louisiana cuisine with some of the country’s top performers, this fourday fête brings dances, cooking classes, music workshops and concerts to the capital city. Famed chef Toby Rodriguez introduces the flavors of gumbo, cracklins and backbone stew, while the Revelers, Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton, fiddler Bruce Molsky (pictured), and others perform.
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ichard Klovdahl is much more than the title of his one-man show, Just a Welder, suggests. He’s also an actor and author of the essay collection Hardhat Liberal, which reimagines blue-collar philosophy. Klovdahl has met a colorful cast of characters during some 30 years of traveling between construction sites from Alaska to Puerto Rico to California to Vermont — where he now makes his home in Braintree. These comrades and coworkers inspire hilarious onstage anecdotes. In a comedic and sometimes political performance, Klovdahl grants audience members access to a trade where the smallest details command the greatest attention. ‘Just a Welder’ Thursday, January 9-Saturday, January 11, 7:30 p.m., at Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield. $12. Info, 583-1674. valleyplayers.com
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For Abigail Carroll, the adage “You are what you eat” refers not just to food but the how, when and where of mealtime traditions. In her book Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal, the local writer considers the intricate relationship of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Asserting that “the shape of a meal is also the shape of society,” Carroll examines the evolution of daily eating rituals from colonial times to the present. Identifying influences such as the Industrial Revolution and the advent of processed foods and snacking culture, Carroll illustrates why knowledge of the culinary past is key to understanding its future.
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Read to a Dog: Lit lovers take advantage of quality time with a friendly, fuzzy therapy pooch. Fairfax Community Library, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 849-2420. Red Clover Picture Books for Homeschoolers: Students in grades K through 3 read two titles nominated for the 2013 Red Clover Award, then participate in related activities. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956. Story Time at the Aquarium: Tykes gather for themed tales and activities. Discovery Place, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. Story Time for 3- to 5-Year-Olds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Student Matinee Series: 'Aladdin & the Arabian Nights': Set to the music of RimskyKorsakov, the Enchantment Theatre Company uses life-size puppets and masks to interpret the adventures of Ali Baba and others. For grades 1 through 7. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. $8. Info, 863-5966. Winter Story Time: Kiddos share read-aloud tales and wiggles and giggles with Mrs. Liza. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.
Squeer Dancing: Folks swing their partners ’round during an evening of square dancing in a supportive environment. Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, Burlington, introductory lesson, 7-8:30 p.m.; plus-level class, 8:30-9 p.m. $5; free for newcomers. Info, 735-5362 or 922-4550.
Wildside Theatre Festival: Rising stars of the indie theater world showcase new works. See centaurtheatre.com for details. Centaur Theatre Company, Montréal, 7 p.m. $12.50-15; $40-50 for four-show pass. Info, 514-288-3161.
Vermont Philharmonic Chorus Open Rehearsal: New members are welcomed in preparation for the 2014 concert season. Waterbury Congregational Church, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, chorus@ vermontphilharmonic.org.
Downloadable E-books & Audiobooks Dropin Day: Readers learn how to use their devices to access available material from the library's collection. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. Essential Online Tools for Nonprofits Workshop: An open format with Rob Fish helps local organizations utilize digital technology to meet specific needs. Gilbert Hart Library, Wallingford, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091. Introduction to Cloud Computing: Attendees learn how to use the technology to benefit businesses of all sizes via improved office productivity and a stronger online presence. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 8:30-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 388-7953.
Green Mountain Table Tennis Club: Pingpong players swing their paddles in singles and doubles matches. Knights of Columbus, Rutland, 6-9:30 p.m. Free for first two sessions; $30 annual membership. Info, 247-5913.
Annika Ljung-Baruth: The UVM lecturer considers Virginia Woolf's theoretical stance on women
and writing, as manifested in A Room of One's Own and other works. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Barrie Dunsmore: Considering the question "What if the war never ends?" the former ABC News correspondent presents "Security Versus Civil Liberties: America's Perpetual Dilemma." Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. Carol Berry: The art historian outlines the painters and writers who influenced Vincent Van Gogh, then examines his legacy on 20th-century artists. Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. Cathy Voyer Lamberton: Referencing her personal healing from traumatic life experiences, the motivational speaker shares tips and strategies in "Living Your Life Fully." Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 595-9594. Jule Emerson: Fans of the popular PBS series "Downton Abbey" learn about the period's fashion with the Middlebury College artist-in-residence. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. Paul Monod: How has the British monarchy survived the last 175 years? The Middlebury College professor tracks the royal family from Victoria to Elizabeth II for answers. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. Paul Vincent: In "Daily Life in Pre-War Nazi Germany," the Keene State College professor explores how ideology and terror undermined humanity. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.
'Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?': See WED.08, 7:30 p.m. 'Muscle Shoals': See WED.08, 5:30 p.m.
Open Bridge Game: Players of varying experience levels put strategic skills to use. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 462-3373.
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Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when performing basic strikes with wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. Healing With Ancient Wisdom: Reiki master Christy Morgan helps folks find relaxation through the Japanese technique, aromatherapy and Andara crystals. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $11. Info, 671-4569. Yoga With Leo Leach: A sequence of postures exposes yogis ages 14 and up to the fundamentals of movement and breath. Personal mat required. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.
Franklin Story Hour: Preschoolers convene for tales, songs and crafts. Haston Library, Franklin, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 285-6505. History for Homeschoolers: See WED.08, 1-3 p.m.
Music With Derek: Preschoolers Polly Young-Eisendrath: up to age 5 bust out song-and-dance The psychotherapist refermoves to traditional and original ences Buddhism, Jung and folk. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, D other sources when examinN CO Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; limited to one SE UR -E I TES ing society's influence on the Y OF POLLY YOU NG session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. female psyche in "What Women Want." Skater Tots: Little ones join Ms. Diana on the ice Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. for a frosty good time. Skates and crates available Info, 223-3338. on a first come, first served basis. Highgate Sports 'The Incarnation of the Logos: An Epic Arena, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. Tale of Christ's Coming to Earth': Actor and storyteller Glen Williamson interprets the story of language Jesus' birth, childhood and youth in this Anthropos Beginner Spanish Lessons: Newcomers production. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, develop basic competency en español. 57 Charlotte Shelburne, 7:30 p.m. $25 suggested donation. Info, Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757, 825-8636. firstname.lastname@example.org.
slide show detailing his 2013 trip to Madagascar, which some biogeographers consider the eighth continent. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. Kevin McGrath: The patent attorney presents "Impacts of the America Invents Act" at the InventVermont meeting. Vermont Room, Alliot Student Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-1017.
Acting Workshop: Budding thespians ages 16 and up develop their craft under the direction of seasoned actor Tom Nielsen. Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 875-1018. 'Just a Welder': In his one-man show, welder, writer and artist Richard Klovdahl shares anecdotes from more than 30 years spent on construction sites across America. See calendar spotlight. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $12. Info, 583-1674. Kate Donnelly: The Vermont Artists' Space recipient presents A Period of Confinement, a multimedia work-in-progress that explores everyday routine actions and more. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 863-5966.
Book Discussion: 'Retellings': Bookworms share opinions about John Clinch's Finn with Helene Lang. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Vermont Humanities Council Book Discussion Series: Health & Humanities: Lit lovers consider John Berger's A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor with Linda Bland. Morristown Centennial Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-2616.
Fiction Writing Workshop: Wordsmiths read and respond to selected essays, then discuss stories by two members. Burlington Writers Workshop Headquarters, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at meetup.com. Info, 383-8104. Healing Journal & Creative Journeying: Attendees develop new material in a guided, supportive session led by Kat Kleman. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $10. Info, 671-4569.
Wildside Theatre Festival: See WED.08, 7 p.m.
'Simply Music Method' Piano Demonstration: Pianist and teacher Nicolas Mortimer discusses the innovative teaching technique, then gives a live demonstration on the ivory keys. Christ Church, Montpelier, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 595-1220.
M.T. Anderson: The award-winning author of Feed and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing reads selected works. A reception and book signing follow. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 322-1724.
Spice on Snow Folk Music Festival: A stellar lineup of musicians, including the Revelers and world-renowned fiddler Bruce Molsky, descends upon the Capital City for concerts, workshops and more. See summit-school.org for details. See calendar spotlight. Various downtown locations, Montpelier, 5-10 p.m. $90-175. Info, 917-1186.
Nonprofit Digital Skill-Share Workshop: Rob Fish facilitates an open format aimed at utilizing technology's full potential for publicity and fundraising. Castleton Free Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091, email@example.com.
Tech Tutor Program: Local teens answer questions about computers and devices during drop-in sessions. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
Essential Online Tools for Nonprofits Workshop: See WED.08. Rutland Free Library, 4-5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091. Winter Wildlife Tracking: Environmental educator John Jose teaches participants how to identify local mammals, beginning with plaster casts of their tracks. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:15 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.
Cabin Fever Lecture Series: Gary Starr of the Otter Creek Audubon Society presents a narrated
Laugh Local Comedy Open Mic Night: Jokesters take advantage of a lighthearted atmosphere and perform brief material before a live audience. American Legion Post 03, Montpelier, registration, 7:30-8 p.m; open mic, 8 p.m. Donations. Info, 793-3884.
Ballroom & Latin Dancing: Samir Elabd leads choreographed steps for singles and couples. No partner or experience required. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, introductory lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. Queen City Contra Dance: The Irregulars dole out live tunes while Luke Donforth calls the steps. Edmunds School Gymnasium, Burlington, beginners session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $8; free for kids under 12. Info, 371-9492 or 343-7165.
Team Vermont 2014 International Snow Sculpting Competition Fundraiser: DJ Brunch provides tunes at this festive gathering featuring gourmet hors d'oeuvres and opportunities to support the team's upcoming trip to Colorado. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations; cash bar. Info, 660-9005.
'After Tiller': Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's documentary examines the aftermath of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller, who provided third-trimester abortions for women. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $6-8. Info, 748-2600. 'Weekend of a Champion': Motor racing fans travel back in time to 1971, when Roman Polanski gained access to the sport, spending four days with world champion driver Jackie Stewart at the Monaco Grand Prix. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600.
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All AboArd boArd GAme NiGht: Players of all ages put their skills to the test with traditional American and European games. Adult accompaniment required for children. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free to attend; $1-2 for food and drink. Info, 864-0123. boArd GAme NiGht: A wide variety of tabletop games entertains participants of all ages. Adult accompaniment required for participants under age 13. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 758-3250.
health & fitness
Adult YoGA ClAss: YogaFit instructor Jessica Frost incorporates traditional fitness moves into stretching and breathing exercises. Cafeteria, Highgate Elementary School, 7 p.m. $7; preregister. Info, 868-3970, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Just A welder': See THU.09, 7:30 p.m. NAtioNAl theAtre live: 'hAmlet': Rory Kinnear stars in a broadcast production of Shakespeare's famous tragedy about a vengeful prince's plot against his uncle. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $18. Info, 863-5966. 'poro oYNA: the mYth of the AYNu': ShadowLight Productions uses live music and traditional Balinese shadow puppetry to explore the culture and history of Japan's indigenous Aynu people. For ages 10 and above. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $20-30. Info, 603-646-2422. 'twelve ANGrY Jurors': Under the direction of David Bailey, First Light Theatre Project presents Reginald Rose's classic drama about heated deliberations surrounding a complex murder trial. Auditorium, South Burlington High School, 7 p.m. $6-8. Info, 652-7117.
UR rewritiNG Your truths: Holistic TES Y O F L A R RY R E E D health coach Sarah Richardson helps participants move on from beliefs that no longer serve a purpose in their lives. Community Room, words Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. CreAtive writiNG workshop: Original work $2-3; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. by group members inspires spirited conversa-
uNiversAl YoGA: A blend of Vinyasa, Hatha, Kundalini and more incorporates dance, singing, deep relaxation and chanting. Jenke Arts, Burlington, 5 p.m. Donations. Info, 279-6663.
CrAfterNooN: Students in grades 4 through 8 kick off the weekend with a creative session. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. drop-iN storY time: Picture books, finger plays and action rhymes captivate children of all ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. duNGeoNs & drAGoNs seCoNd ANNiversArY CelebrAtioN: Imaginative XP earners in grades 6 and up join Luke and Andrew to exercise their problem-solving skills in an extended session of battles and adventures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-11 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
homework help: See WED.08, 3-6 p.m. musiC with robert: Music lovers of all ages join sing-alongs with Robert Resnik. Daycare programs welcome with one caregiver for every two children. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216.
wildside theAtre festivAl: See WED.08, 7 p.m.
'simplY musiC method' piANo demoNstrAtioN: See THU.09. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 595-1220. 'spiCe oN sNow' folk musiC festivAl: See THU.09, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
ChuCk ross: Vermont's secretary of agriculture discusses current issues such as emergency and disaster preparedness, as faced by local farmers. A Q&A follows. St. Albans Free Library, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 272-0822.
the NAtioNAl GAllerY: 'vermeer & musiC': A big-screen broadcast of the sold-out exhibition grants art lovers behind-the-scenes access to works by the famed painter — including "Girl With the Pearl Earring." Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 1 p.m. $5-12. Info, 518-523-2512.
vermoNt ComedY divAs: Founded by local comedienne Josie Leavitt, the nation's only allfemale touring comedy troupe presents "Divas Do Good." Proceeds benefit ReSOURCE. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966.
CommuNitY meetiNG: Locals convene to plan future activities and special events at the library. Fairfax Community Library, noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister for childcare. Info, 849-2420, fairfaxsx6@ gmail.com.
New eNGlANd super sAturdAY: CEO and founder Ron Williams leads a daylong exploration of Power Strips, a patented transdermal patch used for pain relief and increased energy. Best Western Windjammer Inn & Conference Center, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15 for members; free for guests; limited seating. Info, 846-7530.
CoNtrA dANCe & potluCk diNNer: John McIntire calls this traditional New England dance while American Toad provide live music. Potluck, 5:30 p.m.; dancing, 6:30 p.m. Caledonia Grange, East Hardwick, 5:30 p.m. $5-25 suggested donation. Info, 472-5584.
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fArm tour & 'A plACe iN the lANd' sCreeNiNG: Folks visit the Jersey herd, draft horses, oxen and sheep, then watch Charles Guggenheim's acclaimed short documentary about the farm and museum, which screens on the hour. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $3-12; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355. opeN house/suN pArtY: Sky gazers join members of the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation to mingle over a state-of-the-art research telescope. Northern Skies Observatory, Peacham, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 313-205-0724.
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vermoNt fANCY feliNes show: Cat lovers get their fix of purrfectly groomed kitties. Vendors, a raffle and the Parade of Breeds round out the fun. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-7; free for kids under 6. Info, 800-325-3535.
'After tiller': See FRI.10, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
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'CAptAiN philips': Tom Hanks stars in Paul Greengrass' thriller about the 2009 hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship by Somali pirates. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-8; $15-25 for Dartmouth Film Society pass. Info, 603-646-2422.
Saturday Story Time Every Saturday at 11am, beginning on 1/18.
'the GAtekeepers': Former members of the Israeli secret service Shin Bet reflect on their roles in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Dror Moreh's compelling documentary. Hebrew with English subtitles. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-4168.
THU 16 IF ONLY YOU PEOPLE COULD FOLLOW 7pm DIRECTIONS BOOK LAUNCH WITH JESSICA HENDRY NELSON “A quirkily mesmerizing debut memoir about a...family wracked by alcoholism and drug addiction. Bittersweet and wryly funny.” –O, The Oprah Magazine
'weekeNd of A ChAmpioN': See FRI.10, 5:30 p.m. woodstoCk film series: A captain in East Germany's secret police allows a surveillance mission to become personal in Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's drama The Lives of Others. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 p.m. $5-11. Info, 457-2355.
“It takes a virtuoso writer to make another familial memoir of addiction seem as vital and compelling as this stunning debut does.” –Kirkus Reviews
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CApitAl CitY wiNter fArmers mArket: Root veggies, honey, maple syrup and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. Gymnasium, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958. CookiNG demoNstrAtioN: Holistic health coach Marie Frohlich uses seasonal ingredients to prepare a roasted root and squash soup for foodies at the Capital City Winter Farmers Market. Patti Casey provides live music. Vermont College of Fine Arts Gymnasium, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 223-2958. NorwiCh wiNter fArmers mArket: Farmers and artisans offer produce, meats and maple syrup alongside homemade baked goods and handcrafted items. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447.
February SAT 1 GEEK MOUNTAIN STATE PRESENTS 3-5pm VERMONT SCI FI SAT 8 SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES FORUM 4-6pm Discuss the who, what, when, where
and how of developing, promoting and implementing public policy initiatives that improve local communities, the environment, and the lives of working people.
WED 12 ABOLITION AND THE UNDERGROUND 7pm RAILROAD IN VERMONT WITH MICHELLE ARNOSKY SHERBURNE OFFSITE at the Fletcher Free Library.
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roAst pork supper: Neighbors rub elbows over a buffet of tender meat, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, applesauce, rolls and dessert. Vergennes United Methodist Church, 5-6:30 p.m. $4-8; takeout available. Info, 877-3150.
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rutlANd wiNter fArmers mArket: More than 50 vendors sell local produce, cheese, homemade bread and other made-in-Vermont products at the bustling indoor venue. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 753-7269.
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ChristmAs tree burN & twelfth NiGht fuNdrAisiNG diNNer: Locals fête the new year with a multicourse gourmet meal followed by live tunes from the Bayou X Band and a community bonfire. Eclectic formal attire encouraged. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 6 p.m. $50-5000 donation for dinner; $2-20 donation for concert. Info, 356-2776.
toddler YoGA & stories: Little ones up to age 5 stretch their bodies and imaginations with Karen Allen. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:15 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.
JANe AusteN weekeNd: Fans of the iconic English novelist indulge in a weekend of themed literary events — including a Regency-style dinner, carriage rides, a Pride and Prejudice book discussion and a brunch quiz. Period dress optional. Governor's House, Hyde Park, 8 p.m. $14-35 for individual activities; $235-295 includes lodging, meals and activities; preregister. Info, 888-6888.
eArlY bird mAth: Inquisitive minds explore mathematic concepts with books, songs, games and activities. Richmond Free Library, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 434-3036.
tion. Burlington Writers Workshop Headquarters, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at meetup.com. Info, 383-8104.
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DJ Yoga: Improvisational beats by DJ tonybonez set the tone for an invigorating practice focused on personal expression and letting go. Jenke Arts, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 683-4918. Intermediate Tai Chi: Ruth Barenbaum leads participants through gentle, controlled movements to help increase flexibility and decrease joint pain. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.
Fabulous Felting Workshop: Under the guidance of Linda Littwin, folks use wool roving and a dry-barbed needle to create felted pieces ideal for accenting hats, scarves and handbags. Davis Studio, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24 includes materials. Info, 425-2700.
Family Movie Matinee: Kiddos and their parents bring pillows and blankets to get comfy as they watch the adventures of a mystery-solving dog in Scooby-Doo. Highgate Public Library, 1 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 868-3970. Junior Unconventional Terrain Competition: Skiers ages 15 and younger put their skills to the test in a spirited showdown. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, registration, 8-9 a.m.; competition, 11 a.m. $15. Info, 496-3551. Manga Club Meeting: Fans of Japanese comics in grades 6 and up bond over their common interest. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Monster Art!: Using blot paint, a drawing game and more, budding artists ages 5 through 10 create wild and wacky creatures. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $25. Info, 253-8358. Open Tot Gym & Infant/Parent Play Time: Slides, jump ropes and a rope swing help little ones drain their energy in a safe environment. A separate area for babies provides age-appropriate stimulation. Elementary School Gymnasium, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, email@example.com. Saxon Hill School Open House: Prospective students and their caregivers tour Vermont's first parent-cooperative preschool, then meet faculty, staff and families of current attendees. Saxon Hill School, Jericho, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 8992400, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildside Theatre Festival: See WED.08, 1 p.m.
Big Eyed Phish: Frontman Brandon Depaul leads the seven-piece Dave Matthews tribute band in an evening of authentic covers. Foeger Ballroom, Jay Peak Resort, 9 p.m. $10. Info, 748-2600. Cabin Fever Concert Series: Local performers warm up the microphone for the Fireside Fiddlers at a benefit show for area organizations and landmarks. Guild Hall, Guildhall, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 603-246-8998.
Two Shoes Off: Susannah Blachly, George White and Carter Stowell present an evening of folk and traditional music as part of the Adamant Winter Music Series. An optional potluck precedes the show at 5:30 p.m. Adamant Community Club, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 456-7054.
Bird-Monitoring Walk: Experienced birders lead a morning jaunt in search of various species in their natural habitats. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 8-10 a.m. Donations. Info, 434-3068. Camels Hump State Park Bushwhack Hike: Mature maple forests and stands of white pines provide moderate-to-difficult terrain on this sixmile trek that gains 1500 feet in elevation. Contact trip leader for details. Camel's Hump State Park, Duxbury, 9 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, dsmith. email@example.com. Jay Peak Rando & Snow Leopard Challenge: Winter athletes hit the mountain and make selfpowered ascents in competitive and recreational classes. See jaypeakresort.com for details. Jay Peak Resort, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. $5-40. Info, 327-2154, firstname.lastname@example.org. Ladies Nordic Ski Expo: Cross country skiers of all abilities convene for a daylong celebration of skate, classic and backcountry disciplines. A catered lunch and après ski social round out the fun. Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, Stowe, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $70-105; preregister. Info, 864-5794, email@example.com. Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey: Avian enthusiasts don binoculars and transect the lower portion of the Winooski River to monitor the activity of the birds of prey. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-6206. Race to the Cabin: Athletes test their speed on cross-country skis in a 5K showdown to Slayton Pasture Cabin, then celebrate with a party at the finish line. Proceeds benefit VTXC. Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, Stowe, registration, 9 a.m.; race, 10 a.m. $25. Info, 253-5755. The Wild Side of Stark Mountain: Nature lovers seek out tracks and others signs of local wildlife in the Green Mountains. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 496-3551.
Book Binding Workshop: Writer and bookmaker Jon Turner presents basic binding techniques with which participants can create journals, chapbooks, photo albums and more. Renegade Writers' Collective, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 267-467-2812.
Bolton After Dark: When the sun sets, skiers and riders explore Vermont's most extensive night-skiing terrain, then screen selections from Meathead Films. Bolton Valley Resort, 4-8 p.m. $19 lift tickets; $2 refreshments; cash bar. Info, 434-6804. Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Race Series: Winter athletes hit the slopes at this fast-paced, family-friendly event. An awards ceremony and victory party follow. Jay Peak Resort, registration, 8 a.m.; race, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 327-2154, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PossumHaw: Led by vocalist Women's Alpine Ski Clinic: Colby Crehan, the local bluegrass CO UR Positive attitude, tactics and TES and folk quintet celebrates the Y O F J o e S m it h techniques help ladies of all skill levels release of Waiting and Watching. Burnham achieve their personal skiing goals. Mad River Hall, Lincoln, 7:30-9 p.m. $3-8. Info, 388-6863. Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. $115-170 'Simply Music Method' Piano includes lunch. Info, 496-3551. Demonstration: See THU.09, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Adam Boyce: Through songs and humorous sketches, the fiddler tells the story of Vermont native and traveling entertainer Charles Ross Taggart. An open meeting of the Williston Historical Society follows. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Adhi Two Owls: The shaman and healer presents "Rethinking EMFs in a Positive Light" at the Chittenden County Dowsers meeting. Shelburne Town Offices, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5; free for members. Info, 434-4904.
'Just a Welder': See THU.09, 7:30 p.m. 'Othello' Auditions: Actors ages 18 and up try out for Shakespeare on Main Street's summer production of the bard's famed tragedy — reimagined amid the 2012 political turmoil of the Middle East. See shakespeareonmainstreet.org for details. Howe Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 282-2581. 'Poro Oyna: The Myth of the Aynu': See FRI.10, 8 p.m. QNEK Productions Open Auditions: Thespians showcase their skills for consideration in upcoming shows, including Boeing Boeing, Oliver! See qnek. com for details. First Universalist Parish, Derby Line, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 334-2216. 'Twelve Angry Jurors': See FRI.10, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Book Discussion: 'Farms & Gardens': Readers chat with Linda Bland about Jamaica Kincaid's My Garden Book. Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 644-6632. Jane Austen Weekend: See FRI.10, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Dartmouth Film Society: 'Leave Her to Heaven': When a writer and socialite meet on a train and fall in love, their passionate relationship proves to be more than they bargained for in John M. Stahl's 1945 drama. Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. $5-8; $15-25 for a DFS pass. Info, 603-646-2422.
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Aikido With Sensei Ryan Miller: Students tap into personal empowerment during an exploration of the Japanese martial art's self-defense techniques. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $14. Info, 870-0361. Reiki Clinic: Master teacher Jennifer Kerns and her students introduce this Japanese energy-healing technique through brief treatments. Vermont Center for Acupuncture & Wellness, Burlington, 5:30-7:15 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 339222-4753, email@example.com. Spiritual Healing & Energy-Uplifting Meditation: Drawing on 20 years of experience, Cynthia Warwick Seiler facilitates this lighthearted session aimed at accessing intuition, clarity and awareness. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 11 a.m.noon. $15 suggested donation. Info, 671-4569.
Homework Help: See WED.08, 2-6 p.m.
French Conversation Group: Dimanches: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.
RU12? Fiber Arts Group: A knitting, crocheting and weaving session welcomes all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and skill levels. RU12? Community Center, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 860-7812.
Montpelier Antiques Market: The past comes alive with offerings of furniture, artwork, jewelry and more at this ephemera extravaganza. Elks Club, Montpelier, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $2-5. Info, 751-6138.
Wildside Theatre Festival: See WED.08, 1 p.m.
Memorial Tree Lighting & Remembrance Ceremony: Folks honor the memory of Vermont Respite House residents who passed away in 2013. Williston Federated Church, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4435.
Darryl Purpose: The folk troubadour shares Americana selections from Next Time Around. See calendar spotlight. Richmond Free Library, 4-6 p.m. $17.50-20. Info, 434-3036.
Jung-Ja Kim: The internationally acclaimed pianist presents YO a program of works by Ravel FM ge idd l e b u ry C o l l e conferences and Rachmaninoff. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury NOFA Direct Marketing Conference: College, 3 p.m. $6-20. Info, 443-6433. Attendees take advantage of networking and educational opportunities related to farmers marNortheast Fiddlers Association Meeting: kets, Community Supported Agriculture and farm Lovers of this spirited art form gather to catch up stands. See nofavt.org for details. Vermont Law and jam. American Legion Post 59, Waterbury, School, South Royalton, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $40-50. noon-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 728-5188. Info, 434-4122. 'Simply Music Method' Piano RT
'Sid the Science Kid – LIVE!': The Jim Henson Company's interactive stage adaptation of the popular PBS series brings the adventures of Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald to youngsters. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 2 p.m. $12.75. Info, 775-0903.
Swim Team: The New York City-based quartet brings pop- and indie-inspired jazz to the stage. Brandon Music Café, 7:30 p.m. $15; $30 includes dinner package; preregister; BYOB. Info, 465-4071.
Preschool Art Class: See WED.08, 10-11 a.m.
'Spice on Snow' Folk Music Festival: See THU.09, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Belly Dance With Emily Piper: Drawing from ancient traditions and far-reaching cultural influences, participants tap into meditation and self-compassion. Comfortable clothing required. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 5-6:30 p.m. $14. Info, 870-0361.
Farm Tour & 'A Place in the Land' Screening: See SAT.11, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Vermont Fancy Felines Show: See SAT.11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Demonstration: See THU.09. Four Corners Schoolhouse, East Montpelier, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 595-1220.
Sospiri Trio: In "Stolen Gems," oboist Margaret Herlehy, bassoonist Janet Polk and pianist Arlene Kies intepret works by Beethoven, Christopher Kies and Paul Angerer. Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. 'Spice on Snow' Folk Music Festival: See THU.09, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
All About Bears Snowshoe Hike: Animal lovers discover facts and lore about the omnivores who call local forests home. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 496-3551.
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Craftsbury Winter Triathon: Cold-weather athletes go the distance with a 4K snowshoe, 6K ski and 3K ice skate. See craftsbury.com for details. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10-20; free for houseguests. Info, 586-7767.
'Othello' Auditions: See SAT.11. Stone Valley Arts, Poultney, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 282-2581. QNEK Productions Open Auditions: See SAT.11, 2-5 p.m.
Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.
Technology Night: Angela Bernard leads this interactive class focused on downloading the library's e-books and audiobooks through Listen Up Vermont. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.
Jane Austen Weekend: See FRI.10, 11:30 a.m.
Kyu Sung Woo: The acclaimed architect discusses his craft as part of the Cameron Visiting Architect Lecture Series. Room 304, Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
Mordechai Kedar: The esteemed Israeli scholar presents "A Nuclear Iran and the New Middle East." Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 233-0556.
Legislative Breakfast Series: Diners join Governor Shumlin, who details his priorities for 2014 over the first meal of the day. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 7:30-9 a.m. $25; preregister. Info, 863-3489. Tibetan Singing & Healing Bowl Meditation: Using multitonal frequencies, Kirk Maris Jones accesses the power of the ancient instruments. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $9 suggested donation. Info, 671-4569.
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The Winter-Inspired Vegetarian: Jessica Bongard of Sweet Lime Cooking Studio helps foodies enliven their kitchens with recipes featuring seasoned lentils, roasted tomatoes and minted halloumi. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at citymarket.coop. Info, 861-9700.
Trivia Night: Teams of quick thinkers gather for a meeting of the minds. Lobby, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 651-5012.
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R.I.P.P.E.D.: See WED.08, 6-7 p.m.
Music With Peter: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song-and-dance moves to traditional and original folk. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:45 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918.
Story Time at the Aquarium: See WED.08, 11:30 a.m.
Sambatucada! Open Rehearsal: New faces are invited to pitch in as Burlington's samba streetpercussion band sharpens its tunes. Experience and instruments are not required. 8 Space Studio
Shared Moments Open Mic: Recille Hamrell hosts an evening of off-the-cuff true tales about pivotal events. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 863-1754.
Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Mixer: Area professionals network over hors d'oeuvres and vie for a wide array of door prizes. Red Clover Inn, Rutland, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-2747.
Evening Knitting Circle: Needleworkers convene to work on current projects and spin a yarn or two over a simple dessert. Shelburne Farms, 7-9 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, 985-8686.
Swing Dance Practice Session: Twinkle-toed participants get moving in different styles, such as the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.
'Cabaret': Liza Minnelli and Michael York star in Bob Fosse's 1972 Academy Award-winning musical drama about a vaudeville performer in Berlin amid the rise of the Nazi party. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 540-3018. 'Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay': Based on Laban Carrick Hill's award-winning book Dave the Potter, Mark Albertin's documentary explores the legacy of the slave who inscribed verse on his pots. For ages 8 and up. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.
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Benefit Bake: Pizza lovers dine on slices in support of Mobius mentoring programs in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. Partial proceeds from each flatbread sold are donated. American Flatbread — Burlington Hearth, 5 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 223-7222.
Kirk Maris Jones: The KyronSchool of New Consciousness instructor details the multistep approach to spiritual awakening. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 671-4569. Kundalini Yoga With Alexandra: Ancient techniques combine movement, breath and mantra to help move creative energy and awaken the authentic self. Jenke Arts, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 279-6663. Marina Mironova: The emotional-freedomtechnique practitioner details ways to heal trauma. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 671-4569. Natural Medicine Cabinet: Homeopath Patricia Hechmer shares time-tested alternative remedies applicable for first aid. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 849-2420. Vinyasa at the Vineyard: A gentle, yet invigorating class incorporates long, strengthening holds with deep stretches to foster renewed focus. A journaling session follows. Shelburne Vineyard, 5:45 p.m. $13. Info, 985-0090.
Creative Tuesdays: Artists exercise their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:15-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Preschool Art Class: See WED.08, 10-11 a.m. Preschool Story Hour: 'The Colors of Our Skin': Kiddos up to age 6 join Alana for engaging narratives and themed crafts. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Preschool Story Time & Craft: Books and creative projects help little ones tap into their imaginations and gain early literacy skills. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Skater Tots: See THU.09, 10 a.m. Story Time at the Aquarium: See WED.08, 11:30 a.m. Story Time for 3- to 5-Year-Olds: See WED.08, 10-10:45 a.m. Story Time for Babies & Toddlers: Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets arrest the attention of kids under 3. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Student Matinee Series: 'Freedom Train': Using period dance and music, TheatreworksUSA interprets Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and her influential role in the Underground Railroad. For grades 3 through 8. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. & noon. $8. Info, 863-5966. Teen Art Studio With Sally Stetson: The graphic designer discusses her work and inspires teens to pursue their own artistic visions. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 253-8358. Wii Gaming: Players show off their physical gaming skills. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Winter Story Time: See WED.08, 10 a.m.
French Conversation Group: Beginner-tointermediate speakers brush up on their linguistics. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195.
'Hanafuda Denki': Toyko's world famous Ryuzanji Company interprets Shuji Terayama's avant-garde, gender-bending musical about life and death. In Japanese with English subtitles. Bain Saint Michel, Montréal, 8 p.m. $20-25. Info, 514-987-1774.
Young Artists Concert: Pianists Kevin Chiang, Teddy Ninh and Aliza Silverstein join flutist Jillian Reed, violinist Camerone Zweber and soprano Julia Meadows in a varied program. St. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 864-0471.
Personal Blogging Series: Dave Sullivan leads participants through the steps of creating a WordPress blog. Personal laptops required. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 457-2295. Sustainable Happiness: Ginny Sassaman of the Happiness Paradigm shares research related to finding personal fulfillment in harmony with the endangered natural world. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $8-10, preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.
Trapp Nordic Cup: Cross country skiers race against the clock at a weekly 5K skate and/or timed trial. See trappfamily.com for details. Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center, Stowe, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $8. Info, 253-5755.
Glenn Andres: The Middlebury College professor of the history of art and architecture discusses prominent state and national architects as featured in the "Observing Vermont Architecture" exhibition. Room 221, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Jeanne Brink: A descendant of the Abenaki Obomsawin family, the lecturer references her ancestry when considering the importance of Native American culture in Vermont. Alexander Twilight Hall, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4009.
Cady/Potter Writers Circle: Literary enthusiasts improve their craft through assignments, journal exercises, reading, sharing and occasional book discussions. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 349-6970.
Kelley Marketing Meeting: Marketing, advertising, communications, social media and design professionals brainstorm ideas for local nonprofits over breakfast. Room 217, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:45-9 a.m. Free. Info, 865-6495. Recruiting 2020: Competing for Talent in the Digital Age: The Vermont Human Resource Association hosts industry professionals, who explore current online trends. See vthra.org for details. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $75-95; preregister. Info, 865-5458.
Recorder-Playing Group: Musicians produce early folk, baroque and swing-jazz melodies. New and potential players welcome. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poetry Writing Workshop: Wordsmiths read and respond to selected essays, then discuss works by two poets. Burlington Writers Workshop Headquarters, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at meetup.com. Info, 383-8104.
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Pause-Café: French students of varying levels engage in dialogue en français. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.
Stories With Megan: Little ones expand their imaginations through tales, songs and rhymes. Daycare programs welcome with one caregiver for every two children. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216.
Book Discussion: Sustainability Series: Lit lovers chat with Jean Gerber about Jean Giono's The Man Who Planted Trees. Latham Memorial Library, Thetford, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 785-4361.
Gaming for Teens & Adults: Tabletop games entertain players of all skill levels. Ages 13 and under require a legal guardian or parental permission to attend. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.
Intermediate Conversational Spanish Lessons: Adults sharpen their grammar skills while exploring various topics. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757, email@example.com.
Read to Van Gogh the Cat: Feline lovers share page turners with the therapy cat in 10-minute sessions. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.
Abigail Carroll: From porridge to popcorn, the author and food historian examines modern eating habits in Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal. See calendar spotlight. Kolvoord Community Room. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.
Chess Club: Checkmate! Players of all ages and abilities apply expert advice from a skilled instructor to games with others. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420, knorwood@ fwsu.org.
Natural Medicine for Children: Cold, Coughs & Ear Infections: Clinical herbalist Shona MacDougall presents herbal and homeopathic remedies for cold-weather ailments. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-7; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.
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Fairfax Community Library, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.
Community Dinner: Diners get to know their neighbors at a low-key, buffet-style meal organized by the Winooski Coalition. O'Brien Community Center, Winooski, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; transportation available for seniors. Info, 655-4565.
miDDle sChool planners & helpers: Lit lovers in grades 6 to 8 plan cool projects for the library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. presChool art Class: See WED.08, 10-11 a.m. story time at the aquarium: See WED.08, 11:30 a.m.
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story time for 3- to 5-year-olDs: See WED.08, 10-10:45 a.m.
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stuDent matinee series: 'romeo & Juliet': Toronto's Classical Theatre Project presents Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers and warring families. For grades 6 through 12. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. $8. Info, 863-5966.
WeDnesDay Wine DoWn: See WED.08, 4:30-8 p.m.
aChieving health goals: Clinical nutritionist Alicia Feltus shares strategies for managing weight loss, blood pressure, sleep and more. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. DeCrease your everyDay toxiC exposure: Michelle Robbins of Inside Out Body Therapy discusses common petrochemical exposures, then shares tips for a safer, healthier life. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. montréal-style aCro yoga: See WED.08, 6:307:30 p.m. r.i.p.p.e.D.: See WED.08, 6-7 p.m.
Winter story time: See WED.08, 11:15 a.m.
squeer DanCing: See WED.08, 7-9 p.m.
'Bhopal': Under the direction of Liz Valdez, Teesri Duniya Theatre stages Rahul Varma's drama about the aftermath of 1984 explosion of Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 8 p.m. $15-25. Info, 514-739-7944. 'hanafuDa Denki': See TUE.14, 8 p.m.
BaBytime playgroup: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 876-7555. homeWork help: See WED.08, 2-5 p.m. legos after sChool fun: Tinkerers of all ages get creative with interlocking colored pieces.
farmers night ConCert series: vermont's 40th army BanD: The patriotic ensemble takes the stage with a varied performance featuring the Liberty Belles, the Power of 10, and Ruck and Load. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 338-3480.
vermont philharmoniC Chorus open rehearsal: See WED.08. Monteverdi Music School, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, chorus@ vermontphilharmonic.org.
full moon sleigh riDe: Weather permitting, families join Pat Palmer of Thornapple Farm and his team of draft horses for an excursion across open acres. Shelburne Farms, 5:30 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 6:40 p.m. $8-10; free for kids under 3; preregister. Info, 985-8686. snoWshoe naturalist: forest eCology & Winter tree iD: On a woodland trek, folks identify cold-weather adaptations of plants and animals, as well as key characteristics of arboreal barks and buds. Fireside hot cocoa in the lodge rounds out the day. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 3:30 p.m. $5; preregister; snowshoes are available. Info, 723-6551, ext. 115.
levels. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6. soCial meDia surgery Workshop: Flummoxed by Facebook? Bewildered by blogs? A hands-on information session demystifies these online tools. Room 105, St. Joseph Hall, College of St. Joseph, Rutland, 5-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091.
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Brian mohr & emily Johnson: Adventures abound in the Vermont photographers' multimedia presentation, "Off Piste in the Alps: BicyclePowered Skiing in the Swiss and Italian Alps." Joslin Memorial Library, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free; $5 raffle. Info, 496-5434.
Catherine CaBeen: The Middlebury College visiting assistant professor of dance shares seminars her expertise in "Embracing the aDult ipaD & ipaD mini Immaterial: Dancing with Nouveau P Workshop: Participants get tech R CO Realism." Room 103, Franklin BE UR savvy and learn how to navigate apps, TES /EM Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Y OF BRIAN M OH R email and videos on their devices. Pines Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 1-4 443-3168. p.m. $20. Info, 864-1502. Jerry fox: In the narrated slide show, "Susie luxuriously healthy hair: simple hairWilson: Her Life and Her Myth," the Essex historian Care reCipes: Joann Darling of Green Sylk Soap considers the town's famed — and at times controCompany shares natural preparations for herbal versial — resident. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, shampoos, rinses and scalp treatments. City 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Market, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; preregister at citymarket.coop. Info, 861-9700. words O
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art ACCESS ART CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Watercolor with Ginny Joyner, Drawing, Zentangle, Colored Pencil, Block Print, Miniature Fruits & More, Polymer Clay, Calligraphy, kids art choices. Culinary arts: one-night, hands-on classes where you eat well! Dim Sum, Indian Vegetarian, Vietnamese, Szechuan, Thai, Turkish, Greek Coastal, Middle Eastern, Korean, Balinese, Chocolate, Argentinian, Vegetarian, Ricotta Cheese Cake, Pasta Bene, Berry Pie, Cookie Bake & Decorate. Yum. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, http://cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access/.
ARTIST MEET-UP & CRITIQUE: Connect with other artists in the community and receive constructive feedback on your artwork in a supportive setting. Bring several pieces in any media, your artist statement and your ideas. Feb. 3 or Mar. 3, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $20/person; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Wheel Throwing is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, vases and bowls. Explore various finishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No previous experience needed! Weekly on Thu., Feb. 6-Mar. 27, 12:30-3 p.m. Cost: $280/person; $252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.
DROP-IN: ADULT WHEEL: Through demonstrations and individual instruction, students will learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and making cups, mugs and bowls. No registration necessary; space is limited; first come, first serve. Purchase a drop-in card and get the sixth visit for free! Weekly on Fri., Jan. 31-May 23, 8-10 p.m. Cost: $12/participant; $11/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. DROP-IN: LIFE DRAWING: This drop-in life drawing class is open to all levels and facilitated by local painter Glynnis Fawkes. Spend the evening with other artists, drawing one of our experienced models. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit for free! Weekly on Mon., Jan. 27-May 19, 6:308:30 p.m. Cost: $8/participant; $7/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. DROP-IN: POLLYWOG PRESCHOOL: Participants will
DROP-IN: VALENTINE’S WHEEL: Bring your valentine to a special adult wheel drop-in at the clay studio for a unique (and affordable) date! Students will learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and making cups, mugs and bowls. No registration necessary; space is limited; first come, first served. Feb. 14, 8-10 p.m. Cost: $12/participant; $11/ BCA members. Couple discount, $20/couple; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. JEWELRY: LEATHER CUFFS: Co-owner of New Duds/professional crafter Tessa Valyou leads this one night class in creating leather cuffs. Using scrap leather from a local purse manufacturer, Tessa will show you simple ways to make one-of-a-kind jewelry that you’ll want to wear and give as gifts. No experience needed. Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. KIDS: ITSY BITSY FAHION DESIGN: Bring your favorite doll (American Girl dolls welcome) and become a miniature fashion designer. Learn some basic hand-stitch sewing techniques and create some fashionable outfits and accessories for your doll! Ages 6-8. Feb. 1, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. KIDS: FREE WHEELIN’: Come play with clay on the potter’s wheel and learn how to make cups, bowls and more in our clay studio. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant. All supplies provided. Ages 6-12. Feb. 15, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.
PRINT: ETCHING: Join local printmaker and illustrator Hilary Glass for an introductory etching class. This type of printmaking is perfect for artists who love to draw and want to make highly detailed prints. Learn the basics of etching a plate through drypoint and acid bath and transferring images onto paper. Weekly on Mon., Feb. 3-Mar. 31, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $220/person; $198/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. PAINTING REALISM: Create paintings so real they pop off the canvas! Classically trained realist painter Sheel Gardner Anand presents a simple approach to oil painting from life and photos. Using a multi-layered process, learn to work with color to portray light and shadow, create atmosphere, and design a composition. Weekly on Thu., Feb. 6-Mar. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $160/person; $144/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PAINTING: CONTEMPORARY FIGURE: Intermediate and advanced painters, revitalize your painting practices with a contemporary approach to the figure. Turn the page on traditional representation, using fresh color and dynamic composition to strengthen your personal expression. Work from live models each week, explore a variety of contemporary techniques. Figure drawing experience helpful. Weekly on Wed., Feb. 5-Apr. 2, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $325/person; $292.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PAINTING: OIL: Learn how to paint with nontoxic, watersoluble oils. Discover a variety of painting techniques and learn how to apply composition, linear aspects, form and color theory to
PRINTMAKING: This introductory class explores a whole range of printing techniques that can be used on their own or in combination to create unique artwork. Over the six weeks, you’ll be introduced to the studio’s equipment and materials and learn techniques such as block printing with linoleum, collograph and drypoint etching. Weekly on Tue., Feb. 4-Mar. 18, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $200/person; $180 BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. SILKSCREENING: Torrey Valyou, local silkscreen legend and co-owner of New Duds, will introduce you to silkscreening and show you how to design and print T-shirts, posters, fine art and more! Learn a variety of techniques for transferring and printing images using hand-drawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Weekly on Thu., Feb. 6-Mar. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $230/person; $207/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. THE UTILITARIAN TEAPOT: In this lecture-style workshop, Jeremy Ayers introduces the elements needed to create a successful teapot that is ready for daily use. Along with class discussion, demonstrations will be given on lid-to-body relationships and how to construct spouts and handles to make your teapots truly functional and beautiful. Feb. 9, 1:30-3 p.m. Cost: $20/person; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. WHEEL THROWING II: Refine your wheelwork in Wheel II for advanced beginners and intermediate potters. Learn individualized tips and techniques for advancement on the wheel. Demonstrations and instruction cover intermediate throwing, trimming, decorative and glazing methods. Individual projects will be encouraged. Students should be proficient in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls. Weekly on Thu., Feb. 6-Mar. 27, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $280/ person; $252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.
computers ACCESS COMPUTER CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Computer & Internet Basics, iWant iPods & iPhones, Improve Your Internet Experience, Windows Security: File and Control Panels, Cloud COMPUTERS
CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Wheel Throwing is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. You will work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces like mugs, vases and bowls. Explore various finishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No previous experience needed! Weekly on Thursdays, Feb. 6-Mar. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $280/person;
DROP IN: FAMILY WHEEL: Learn wheel and hand-building techniques at BCA’s clay studio in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. Make bowls, cups and amazing sculptures. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant. Additional fired and glazed pieces are $5 each. No registration necessary. All ages. Purchase a drop-in card and get the sixth visit for free! Weekly on Fri., Jan. 31-May 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $6/person; $5/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.
PHOTO: DIGITAL SLR CAMERA: Explore the basic workings of the digital SLR camera, learning to take the photographs you envision. Demystify f-stops, shutter speeds, sensitivity ratings and exposure, and learn the basics of composition. Pair with Adobe Lightroom 4 for a 12-week experience learning the ins and outs of photo editing and printing! Weekly on Wed., Feb. 5-Mar. 12. Cost: $160/person; $144/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
your work. This supportive class will have a nice balance of studio time, gentle group discussion and critique. Weekly on Tue., Feb. 4-Apr. 1, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $250/ person; $225/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
AN AYURVEDIC CLEANSE COURSE: Take charge of your health in the new year. Join this online Ayurvedic cleanse and use dietary changes and yoga to remove toxins, boost your metabolism, improve stubborn health issues and make changes that stick. Free Q&A call dates online. For more info and to register: adenaroseayurveda.com/ ayurvediccleanse. At your convenience, beginning Jan. 10. Cost: $130/7-day cleanse. Location: online, anywhere. Adena Rose Ayurveda, Adena Harford, 310-7029, firstname.lastname@example.org, adenaroseayurveda. com/ayurvediccleanse.
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP BASICS: Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop. This class will cover uploading and saving images for print and the web, navigating the workspace, and basic editing tools. Bring images on your camera or a Mac-compatible flash drive to class. No experience needed. Feb. 13, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $40/person; $36/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
DRAWING: In this introductory drawing class, learn a variety of techniques including basic perspective, compositional layout, and use of dramatic light and shadow. Work from observation and with a variety of media including pencil, pen and ink, ink wash and charcoal. Comics and illustrations may be incorporated. No experience necessary. Weekly on Wed., Feb. 5-Mar. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $200/ person; $180/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
MIXED-LEVEL DARKROOM: Take your work to the next level! Guided sessions to help improve your printing and film-processing techniques; discussion of technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of your work will be included. Cost includes a darkroom membership. Prerequisite: Intro to Black and White Film and the Darkroom or equivalent experience. Weekly on Thu., Feb. 6-Apr. 3, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $275/person; $247.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
Call 865-7166 for info or register online at burlingtoncityarts.org. Teacher bios are also available online.
DESIGN: ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS6: Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, create interesting graphics, design posters and other single-page documents. Participants will explore a variety of software techniques and create projects suited to their own interests. This class is suited for beginners who are interested in furthering their design software skills. Weekly on Tue., Feb. 4-Mar. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $205/ person; $184.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
create paintings, sculptures, prints and more, with a variety of changing projects to keep everyone engaged! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. No registration necessary. Ages 6 months to 5 years. Weekly on Thu., Jan. 30-May 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $6/child; $5/BCA members. Purchase a drop-in card & get the 6th visit for free. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.
TOUCH DRAWING STUDIO WORKSHOP: Great gift idea. Touch Drawing is a simple, intuitive, meditative process that moves us deeply into ourselves. Paper is placed over inked Plexiglas. Impulses from within take form through the movement of fingertips on the page. Artists of any level, including absolute beginners, can experience inner imagery coming alive. Fri., Feb. 7, 14 & 21, 9:30 a.m.noon. Cost: $135/3 sessions (incl. basic Touch Drawing supplies & 1 canvas). Location: Expressive Arts Burlington/Studio 266, 266 South Champlain St., Burlington. Topaz Weis, 343-8172, email@example.com.
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$252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.
Control, Twitter, CS Sampler, Google Sketchup, MS Word Basics and More, Smartphone Use, MS Excel Basics, Excel Up: The Next Steps, Excel Data Analysis, Website Design Fundamentals, Dreamweaver: Web Essentials, personalized lessons. Low cost, hands-on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, cvuweb. cvuhs.org/access/.
craft ACCESS CRAFT CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Pottery, Bowl Turning, Woodworking, Machining, Basket Weaving, Rug Hooking, Wool Dyeing, Wood Carving, 3 Bag Sewing, Pillows, Needle Felting, Quilting, Cake Decorating, Knitting Clinic, Paint on Glass, Perennial Gardens, Corsage & Boutonniere. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access/.
dance B-Tru Dance w/ Danielle Vardakas Duszko: B-Tru is focused on hip-hop, funkstyles (poppin’, locking, waaking), breakin’, dance hall, belly dance and lyrical dance. Danielle Vardakas Duszko has trained with originators in these styles, performed and battled throughout the world. Classes and camps ages 4-adult. She is holding a Hip-Hop Yoga Dance 200-hour teacher training this fall/winter. Kids after school & Saturday classes. Showcase at the end of May. February & spring break camps ages 4-13 also avail. $50/mo. Ask about family discounts. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. 497-0136, honestyogastudio@ gmail.com, honestyogacenter. com. Beginner Swing-Dance Lessons: Learn the basics of six-count (East Coast) swing dancing and get some great exercise with Vermont’s premier swing-dance teacher, Terry Bouricius. No partner necessary, but bring shoes that won’t track in snow or dirt. 4 Wed.: Jan. 22-Feb. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $40/4-week series. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Vermont Swings, Terry Bouricius, 864-8382, firstname.lastname@example.org, vermontswings.com. Dance Studio Salsalina: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour
class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Victoria, 598-1077, email@example.com. 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: $10/1hr. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Tyler Crandall, 5989204, crandalltyler@hotmail. com, dsantosvt.com. Healing Dance for Women: This class uses dance and other movement techniques to promote mind-body integration and deeper embodiment. We will explore the interplay of thought, feeling, sensation and action, movement as metaphor for inner experiences, and will develop comfort with self-expression through the body. Ideal for women recovering from depression, trauma and addictions. Previous dance experience is not necessary to participate. 8 Wednesdays starting January 15, 4-5:15 p.m. Cost: $150/8-week session. Location: Turnstone Associates in Psychotherapy & Expressive Arts Therapy, 1 Mill St., Suite 312, Burlington. Luanne Sberna, 863-9775-2, firstname.lastname@example.org.
drumming Taiko, Djembe & Congas!: Taiko drumming in Burlington! Tuesday Taiko Adult Classes begin Jan. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $72/6 weeks. Kids Classes begin on the same dates, 4:30-5:20 p.m. $60/6 weeks. Djembe classes start Jan. 17, 6 p.m., $60/4 weeks, $18/class. Montpelier Djembe classes start Jan. 2, 7:30-8:30 p.m., $54/3 weeks! Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3-G, Burlington; Lane Shops Community Room, 13 N. Franklin St., Montpelier. Stuart Paton, 999-4255, email@example.com, burlingtontaiko.org.
empowerment ACCESS CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Beekeeping, Creative Writing, Memoir Writing, 10 Amazing Journeys with Chris O’Donnell, Solar Energy 101, VT Architecture, Bridge (2 levels), Cribbage, Career Plan, EFT, Health Topics, Mind-Body Connection, Suburban Homesteading 101, Motorcycle Awareness, Shoulder Massage, Bird Watching, Cat Behavior, Wildlife Rehab, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Body Lotions, Herbal Facial, Tree Pruning. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes
from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/ access/. Introductory Workshop to SoulCollage: Discover your inner creative self and nourish your soul in this hands-on workshop. No artistic skills required. Facilitated by Joan Palmer, owner of Moving for Well Being. Jan. 11, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $45/person. Location: 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Joan, 578-9825. Transitions: Solstice/ Equinox: Winter solstice marks the turning point from darkness to light. The dying time is over. Our attentions turn toward new growth. This eight-week series ignites our creative selves through visual art, movement, sound, writing and speaking. Let’s make art and mobilize our resources to move forward into new experiences. Great holiday gift. No experience necessary. Thu., 6:30-9 p.m., Jan. 9-Mar. 13 (no class Jan. 30 and Feb. 27). Cost: $195/8-wk. series (all materials incl.). Location: Expressive Arts Burlington/Studio 266, 266 South Champlain St., Burlington. Topaz Weis, 343-8172, firstname.lastname@example.org. Visioneering: Learn a scientifically based technology to harness the power of vision that allows you to create the future out of the future and move your life ahead. Led by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author. Jan. 8 & 29, Feb.19 & Mar. 12, 7-9 p.m.; snow day Mar. 19. Cost: $60/person. Location: 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Sue, 244-7909.
gardening MASTER GARDENER 2014 COURSE: Learn the keys to a healthy and sustainable home landscape as University of Vermont faculty and experts focus on gardening in Vermont. This noncredit course covers a wide variety of horticultural topics: fruit and vegetable production, flower gardening, botany basics, plant pests, soil fertility, disease management, healthy lawns, invasive plant control, introduction to home landscaping and more! Weekly on Tue., Feb. 4-Apr. 29, 6:15-9 p.m. $395/ person includes Sustainable Gardening book. Noncredit course. Location: Various locations, Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Montpelier, Middlebury, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston. 656-9562, master. email@example.com, uvm.edu/ mastergardener. Stone wall workshop: Our introductory stone wall workshops for homeowners and tradespeople promote the beauty and integrity of stone. The one-day, hands-on workshop focuses on the basic techniques for creating dry-laid walls with a special emphasis on stone native to Vermont. Workshops are held inside warm greenhouses in Hinesburg. Space limited. Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Mar. 22, 8:30
a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $100/1-day workshop. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg. Queen City Soil & Stone, Charley MacMartin, 318-2411, firstname.lastname@example.org, queencitysoilandstone.com.
healing arts For Energy Work Professionals: Learn a powerful, hands-on technique to treat clients’ chakras, meridians, central channel, aura. It is also diagnostic, revealing where further healing is needed. If you can perceive energies, you can use this technique to treat a wide variety of needs. Nonprofessionals with expertise are also welcome. Four-and-a-half-hour class with optional follow-up. Sat., Jan. 18 or Sun., Jan. 19. Love offering (you determine your payment). Location: Inside Out Body Therapy & SomaWork, 528 Essex Rd. & 50 Court St., Williston & Middlebury. Barbara Clearbridge, 324-9149, email@example.com, feelingmuchbetter.org.
herbs Wisdom of the Herbs School: Currently interviewing applicants for Wisdom of the Herbs 2014 Certification Program, Apr. 26-27, May 24-25, Jun. 28-29, Jul. 26-27, Aug. 23-24, Sep. 27-28, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 8-9, 2014. Learn to identify wild herbaceous plants and shrubs over three seasons. Prepare local wild edibles and herbal home remedies. Practice homesteading and primitive skills, food as first medicine, and skillful use of intentionality. Experience profound connection and play with Nature. Handson curriculum includes herb walks, skill-building, sustainable harvesting and communion with the spirits of the plants. Tuition $1750; payment plan $187.50 each month. VSAC nondegree grants available to qualifying applicants; apply early. Annie McCleary, director. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. 456-8122, annie@ wisdomoftheherbsschool.com, wisdomoftheherbsschool.com.
language ACCESS LANGUAGE CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. French (4 levels), Kids French, Beginning Spanish (2 levels), Intermediate Spanish (3 levels), Immersion Spanish, Kids Spanish, Italian for Travelers (3 levels), Beginning Mandarin (2 levels), German 1, Ancient Greek! Low cost, hands-on, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/ access/.
Alliance FranÇaise Winter Warm-Up!: Six-week French classes at our Colchester and Montpelier locations. Designed to refresh, review and firm up your skills, readying you for your next full-term class. Just $135 per course starting January 16 (Montpelier) and January 18 and during the following week (Colchester). Descriptions and sign-up at aflcr.org. Placement or other questions? Contact Micheline. Cost: $135. Location: Alliance FranÇaise Center, see website for addresses. 881-8826, http://aflcr.org.
Exit 15. Location: Combat Fitness Mixed Martial Arts Academy, 276 E Allen St., Hillside Park, Winooski. Vincent Guy, 6555425, firstname.lastname@example.org, combatfitnessmma.com.
SPANISH CLASSES BEGINNING SOON: Sign up now for smallgroup Spanish classes. Our seventh year. 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! See our website or contact us for details. Beginning week of Jan. 6 for 10 weeks. Cost: $225/10 classes of 90+ minutes each. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center. 585-1025, email@example.com, spanishwaterburycenter.com.
VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and selfconfidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion. Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. 660-4072, firstname.lastname@example.org, vermontbjj.com.
Aikido: This circular, flowing Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape, develop core power and reduce stress. Classes are taught by Benjamin Pincus Sensei, Vermont’s senior and only fully certified Aikido teacher. Visitors are always welcome. Visit our new website at burlingtonaikido.org. Adult introductory classes begin on Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m.; children ages 7-12, 4 p.m.; ages 5-6 kids classes begin Jan. 2, 4 p.m. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. 951-8900.
Contentment in Everyday Life: Introductory meditation course. Trains us to develop gentleness, precision, appreciation and steadiness. Practicing these qualities leads to contentment, which helps us extend our mindfulness practice into everyday awake action. Course includes meditation instruction and practice, talks on the Shambhala teachings, group discussions. Tue., 7-9 p.m., Jan. 7-28 (+ Sat., Jan. 25, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.). Cost: $120/person. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 South Winooski Ave., Burlington. Melinda Haselton, 881-2775, melindahaselton@ gmail.com.
Aikido Classes: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting flexibility and a strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and confidence in oneself. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. 8629785, vermontaikido.org. Aikido in Balance: Learn how to manifest balance internally and externally. Move with grace and precision. Begin the study of observing your own mind. :) Tue. & Thu., 7-9 p.m. Cost: $10/class, $65 for monthly membership. Location: Tao Motion Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Aikido in Balance, tyler crandall, 5989204, tyler@aikidoinbalance. com, aikidoinbalance.com. Combat Fitness Martial Arts: Combat Fitness Mixed Martial Arts Academy featuring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, judo, MMA, and strength and conditioning classes for beginners through advanced. Men, women and youth programs. Private lessons and gift certificates available. Try your first class for free! All certified and caring instructors.
Introduction to Zen: This workshop is conducted by an ordained Zen Buddhist teacher and focuses on the theory and meditation practices of Zen Buddhism. Preregistration required. Call for more info or register online. Sat., Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (Please arrive at 8:45 a.m.). Cost: $30/half-day workshop; limited-time price. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. 985-9746, ecross@crosscontext. net, vermontzen.org. 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. Meditation instruction avail. Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.noon, or by appt. Meditation sessions on Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m. and Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m.
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The Shambhala Cafe meets 1st Sat. of ea. mo. for meditation & discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house occurs 3rd Fri. of ea. mo., 7-9 p.m., which incl. an intro to the center, a short dharma talk & socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center , 187 S. Winooski Ave. , Burlington. 658-6795, burlingtonshambhalactr.org. Meditation In Everyday Life: Introductory meditation course. Provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation and addresses the complexity of our daily lives in order to develop courage and sanity in these challenging and uncertain times. Course includes meditation instruction and practice, talks on the Shambhala teachings, group discussions. Tue., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. from Jan. 7-Feb. 11. Cost: $120. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 South Winooski Ave., Burlington. Melinda Haselton, 881-2775, melindahaselton@ gmail.com.
space to create a series of touch drawings. Jan. 25-7 Feb. 1. Cost: $35/2 3-hour classes. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 North Ave., Burlington. Jennie Kristel, 8606203, email@example.com, journeyworksvt.com.
Healing Dance for Women: This class uses dance and other movement techniques to promote mind-body integration and deeper embodiment. We will explore the interplay of thought, feeling, sensation and action, movement as metaphor for inner experiences, and develop comfort with self expression through the body. Ideal for women recovering from depression, trauma and addictions. Previous dance experience not needed to participate. 8 Wednesdays starting January 15, 4-5:15 p.m. Cost: $150/8-week session. Location: Turnstone Associates in Psychotherapy & Expressive Arts Therapy, 1 Mill St., suite 312, Burlington. Luanne Sberna, 8639775-2, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding Calm Amid the Chaos: How to Be Happy and Stress Free Despite Massive Change: Learn both practical and fun ways to navigate transition and change in this course that teaches you how to manage stress well. Led by Cornelia Ward, consultant, coach and author of a book on stress reduction soon to be published. Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $30/ person. Location: 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Sue, 244-7909.
reiki Blissful Wellness Center: Reiki 2, Jan. 19, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Reiki Share, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Blissful Wellness Center, Essex Jct. Linda Rock, 238-9540, blissfulwellnessvt. com.
What is Orthodoxy?: This look at the central tenets of the Greek Orthodox Church will explore how one of the oldest branches of Christianity resonates deeply in the world today. Informed by a video series featuring theological thinkers, the free class will tackle topics from contemporary family life to the environment. Every Sat. for 10 weeks starting Jan. 11, 10-11 a.m. 1-hour class. Location: Dormition Greek Orthodox Church Community Center, 600 S. Willard St., Burlington. Father Ephraim Ehrs, 862-2155, email@example.com, gocvt.org.
spirituality Touch Drawing: Touch drawing is a form of printmaking that involves using the hands to draw and paint. The connection of fingers to the paper offers us a direct relationship to the soul. In this two-day workshop, you will have the time and
Hwa Yu Tai Chi, Montpelier: Hwa Yu is an early form of Tai Chi in the Liuhebafa lineage. Regular practice of Tai Chi can enhance physical and spiritual well-being, improve balance and coordination, ease tension, and wake up the mind. Get grounded and let your energy flow. Mixed-level class maximizes mentoring potential. Weekly on Mon. starting Jan. 6, 5-6 p.m. Cost: $160/16week semester; $88/half semester. Location: Montpelier Shambhala Center, 64 Main St., 3rd floor. Ellie Hayes, 456-1983. 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. 864-7902, ipfamilytaichi.org. Yang-Style Tai Chi: The slow movements of tai chi help reduce blood pressure and increase balance and concentration. Come breathe with us and experience the joy of movement while increasing your ability to be inwardly still. Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo., $160/3 mo. Location: Mindful Breath Tai Chi (formerly Vermont Tai Chi Academy and
writing Brave New Worlds: Bill Schubart is the author of several books and writes about Vermont in fiction, humor and opinion pieces. He will discuss/answer questions about the relative merits of seeking discovery by traditional publishers or seizing the bull by the horns and self-publishing. He will be explicit about costs, services and challenges. Wed., Jan. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $30/1.5-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, 233 Falls Road, Shelburne. Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, firstname.lastname@example.org, windridgebooksofvt.com. Delights and Shadows: “Delights and Shadows” with Poet Danielle Lusk. Guided practice in poetry writing for adult poets looking to jump-start practice, try a new direction or enliven poems that initially fall flat. Beginners and veterans welcome. Explore the craft of poetry and develop fresh, new ideas in a supportive setting. Thursdays beginning January 28. Cost: $150/6 classes. Location: Wind Ridge Books of VT/Writers Barn, 233 Falls Road, Shelburne., Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com, windridgebooksofvt.com. Novel Writing Workshop: Recommended for aspiring novelists who have completed at least 35,000 words of a novel and wish to move the manuscript toward a final draft. Participants will learn and apply the writing techniques of the commercially successful author. Classes consist of lecture, writing exercises and small-group critique. Tue., 6-9 p.m. Runs Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25, & Mar. 4. Cost: $300/6-week course. Location: Renegade Writers’ Collective, 47 Maple St., suite 220, Burlington. Jessica Nelson, 267-467-2812, email@example.com, renegadewritersvt.com. Performance Writing: Join local actress, drama teacher and writer Alexandra Hudson
Social Media:Tools for Writers: Learn how to use Facebook and Twitter more effectively to make connections with readers, to inform and promote your own writing, and to build an effective author’s platform. In today’s environment, Facebook and Twitter are essential tools for connecting with your readers, shared interest group and experts in your field. Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Cost: $30/1.5hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont/Writers Barn, 233 Falls Road, Shelburne. Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com, windridgebooksofvt.com. Writing Micro Memoirs: Flash fiction as a short form also works well for memoir and nonfiction. Writing short-short pieces can give a laser focus on the most important aspects of your story and highlight key people and events. Explore how short, intense busts of writing illuminate the larger truths of our lives. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Cost: $150/6 classes. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont/Writers Barn, 233 Falls Road, Shelburne. Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com, windridgebooksofvt.com.
yoga Burlington Hot Yoga, Try something different!: Offering creative, vinyasa-style yoga featuring practice in the Barkan Method Hot Yoga in a 95-degree studio accompanied by eclectic music. Go to our website for the new fall schedule. Ahh, the heat on a cold day, a flowing practice, the cool stone meditation, a chilled orange scented towel to complete your spa yoga experience. Get hot: First visit 2-for-1 offer, $15. 1-hr. classes on Mon. at 5 & 6:15 p.m.; Wed. & Fri.: 5 p.m.; Thu.: noon &
Evolution Yoga: Evolution Yoga and Physical Therapy offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: Beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and pre-natal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, Core, Therapeutics and Alignment classes. Become part of our yoga community. You are welcome here. Cost: $14/class, $130/class card, $5-10/community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St. , Burlington. 864-9642, evolutionvt.com. Honest Yoga, The only dedicated Hot Yoga Flow Center: Honest Yoga offers practice for all levels. Brandnew beginners’ courses include two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have daily classes in Essentials, Flow and Core Flow with alignment constancy. We hold teacher trainings at the 200- and 500-hour levels. Daily classes & workshops. $25/new student 1st week unlimited, $15/class or $130/10-class card, $12/ class for student or senior or $100/10-class punch card. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. 497-0136, honestyogastudio@ gmail.com, honestyogacenter. com. Laughing River Yoga: Highly trained and dedicated teachers offer yoga classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training in a beautiful setting overlooking the Winooski River. Check our website to learn about classes, advanced studies for yoga teachers, class series for beginners and more. Gift certificates available online too! Classes 7 days a wk. $5-14/single yoga class; $120/10-class card; $130/ monthly unlimited. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. 343-8119, laughingriveryoga.com. Yoga Roots: Flexible, inflexible, an athlete, expecting a baby, stressed, recovering from an injury or illness? Yoga Roots has something for you! Our aim is to welcome, nurture and inspire. A peaceful studio offering: Prenatal, Postnatal (Baby & Me), Kids, Vinyasa Flow, Heated Vinyasa, Therapeutic Restorative, Gentle, Kundalini, Kripalu, Yin, Anusara, Meditation and more! Jan. 11, The Birth That’s Right for You; Jan. 12, Create a Vision Board for Birth; Jan. 18, Yoga ROOTS Kids; Jan. 31, Dr. Maria Sirois. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. 985-0090, yogarootsvt.com.
Adobe Lightroom Bootcamp: Adobe Lightroom 5 has quickly become one of the industry’s leading photo editing software applications. Join professional photographer Kurt Budliger during this one-day workshop, where you’ll learn to harness the power of Lightroom 5 for organizing, editing and making your images sing. Sat., Feb. 15. Cost:
ACCESS CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Core Strength with Caroline Perkins, Weight Training, Weight Bearing and Resistance Training, Golf Conditioning, Zumba Gold, Yoga, Tai Chi, Swing or Ballroom with Terry Bouricius, Salsa, Jazzercise, Voice-Overs, Guitar (2 Levels), Banjo, Mindful Meditation, Neck Massage, Soap Making and Juggling. Low cost, excellent instructors, guaranteed. Materials included. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, cvuweb. cvuhs.org/access/.
5:30 p.m.; Sat.: 8:30 & 10 a.m.; Sun.: 10 a.m. Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave., Old North End, Burlington. 9999963, hotyogaburlingtonvt.com.
ACCESS CAMERA CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Photoshop Basics, Digital Camera: Buttons/Menus, DSLR Foundations, Digital Action Photography, Picasa Workshop, Aperture Info, Shutter Speed Skills, Shoot & Share Video, Photoshop Basics, Digital Spectrum, Next Layers of Photoshop, Advanced Digital Photography: Blending/Filters. Full descriptions available online. Senior discount. Ten minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. 482-7194, cvuweb. cvuhs.org/access/.
Social Anxiety Support Group: Do you feel nervous when you are the center of attention? Do you avoid social situations? Does social anxiety prevent you from living your life fully? Meet other people with similar experiences and learn techniques to reduce anxiety based on the Social Anxiety Institutes program. A supportive and confidential environment. Weekly. Cost: $10/2 hrs. Location: TBD, Montpelier. Danielle, 595-9821, freefromsa@ yahoo.com.
in a day of creative writing for the stage. Take creative risks through games and play to help create characters, scenes, monologues and dialogue for the stage. Be brave, and make the magic of theater come alive on the page. Saturday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Cost: $75/5-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont/Writers Barn, 233 Falls Road, Shelburne. Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com, windridgebooksofvt.com.
Treasures of the World’s Religions: Discover the gifts that each of the major religions and indigenous spiritualities contributes to our world, including mystical and ethical dimensions and the new emerging form of spiritual expression. Led by Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author. Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27, & Mar. 6, 7-9 p.m.; snow day Mar. 13. Cost: $90/ person. Location: 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Sue, 244-7909.
Healing Center), 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. 735-5465, firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Steps in Music Classes: Our interactive music classes are designed for children birth to pre-kindergarten and their parents/caregivers. Children will be exposed to different types of music, such as folk, traditional and classical. Class activities include dancing, singing, movement and playing classroom instruments. Register online at champlain.bsdvt.org. Class runs for 12 weeks. Weekly on Thursdays starting Jan. 16, infant/toddler 9:30-10 a.m., preschool 10:15-11 a.m. Cost: $90/ sliding scale, $65 for additional siblings. Location: Champlain Elementary School Art Room, 800 Pine Street, Burlington. Stephanie Larkin, 652-1272, champfirststepsmusic@gmail. com.
$195/1-day workshop. Location: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, central Vermont TBA. Kurt Budliger, 223-4022, info@kurtbudligerphotography. com, greenmtnphotoworkshops. com.
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Capital Cajun Spice on Snow festival brings Louisiana heat to chilly Montpelier B Y GA RY M I L L ER COURTESY OF ROBERT HAKALSKI
epending on your perspective, January in Vermont might represent a climactic blessing that enables a glorious month of recreational adventure, or a hellish, relentless beast that grips you in its jaws for 31 of the most miserable days of the year. Either way, you might want to consider a slide to Montpelier this weekend, where the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture’s Spice on Snow festival offers a musical — and gustatory — respite from winter’s coldest month. Spice on Snow is the fourth annual mid-winter festival for the Summit School. Since its inception in 2011, the event has doubled from two to four days, and expanded from a music slate of all-local performers to one drawing nationally known players for a series of concerts and intimate instructional workshops. This year’s headliners include the Revelers, a Lafayette, La., Cajun ensemble featured on HBO’s post-Katrina epic series “Treme” and Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations.” They’ll hit Montpelier Town Hall on Friday, January 10, for a Cajun dinner, concert and dance.
Sharing top billing is Bruce Molsky, a legendary old-time fiddler who has been nominated for two Grammys and whom Darol Anger — no slouch in the strings section himself — calls “the Rembrandt of Appalachian fiddle.” Molsky will perform Saturday, January 11, at Bethany Church in downtown Montpelier. Other musical guests include Ithaca, N.Y.-based old-time musicians Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton, and Vermont’s venerable old-time master Pete Sutherland, who’ll be playing the festival’s finale with Yankee Chank and Friends. Spice on Snow also offers free coffeehouse shows with local groups Good Old Wagon, the Zeichner Family Band and the Turning Stile. The Cajun theme pervading the festival has its roots in the musical explorations of Summit School founder and board member Katie Trautz, who’s been traveling to Louisiana for the past two years to perform, first with the Kick ’em Jenny Stringband and then with Montpelier rocker Jay Ekis. Trautz describes her adventures, which center on Lafayette’s Blackpot Festival, as an immersive learning experience. And
during her time there, she’s befriended iron cookware used to simmer up a good a number of Cajun musicians, including gumbo. Spice on Snow will bring the heat to the kitchen courtesy of Lafayette chef members of the Revelers. Reached by phone at the Ashokan Mu- Toby Rodriguez and Montpelier’s New sic and Dance Camp in the Catskills, where England Culinary Institute. Rodriguez, who has appeared on “No he’s teaching at an annual New Year’s workshop, Revelers bassist Eric Frey Reservations” and “America’s Top Chef,” seemed quite pleased to be making the has taught the mysteries of Cajun bouchjourney to Montpelier, despite its north- erie as far north as Alaska. And when he ern locale. When informed of the current visits Montpelier for Spice on Snow, he plans on going at it whole-hog in a series of weather conditions, he chuckled. “People say, ‘I bet you aren’t used to this what he calls “extremely hands-on” cookkind of weather down in Louisiana,’ but ing workshops. On Friday morning, Rodriguez will every year we come up and do some sort of winter tour, so we are pretty accustomed lead a class in South Louisiana whole-hog to it,” said Frey. And, he added, it’s easy to butchering at NECI’s College Street kitchget warmed up at a Cajun performance, ens. He’ll follow it up in the afternoon with a class on cooking traditional neck-bone because Cajun is about participation. “It’s a very social music,” continued stew. That dish will form the centerpiece Frey, who grew up in a musical family in of a Town Hall meal preceding the RevelLouisiana and started picking bluegrass ers concert. On Saturday at NECI’s School Street guitar at age 8. “Whether you are getting into the mix and playing some tunes with kitchen, Rodriguez will work with stueverybody or participating by dancing, or dents to make Cajun sausage and smoked just hanging out at the bar drinking a beer meats. Later that day, he’ll collaborate with students on boudin and having a good time,” and hog headcheese. The he said, “it’s not the kind products of these classes of music you want to sit will be served at a dinner around and just watch.” before Bruce Molsky’s SatThose who don’t know urday night concert and any Cajun dance steps in a five-course brunch needn’t worry. The RevelSunday morning at Three ers regularly travel with Penny Taproom. dance instructor Corey Rodriguez, a sculpPorche, who’ll be offering tor and furniture maker free lessons just before the ER I C F R EY, B A S S I S T, who has never trained as band’s Town Hall show. T HE R EV EL ER S a chef, emphasizes that if And, according to Frey, you cook or eat at Spice on there’s a side benefit to learning the steps: “Once you can dance to Snow, you’ll learn the difference between spurious Cajun food and the real thing. Cajun, you can dance to anything.” In addition to the free dance class, Most people, he says, equate Cajun with Spice on Snow includes more than a dozen one type of spice: heat. And they couldn’t 90-minute workshops in Cajun, Zydeco, be more wrong. “There’s a whole array of country and old-time music, at a cost of spices that go into it,” Rodriguez says. With that, he might well be describing $10 to $25 each. Offerings include old-time fiddle and banjo, Cajun/Zydeco accordion, not only Cajun cooking but the Spice on harmony singing, Cajun guitar and a more Snow festival itself. in-depth dance class. Everyone, from neophytes to musical veterans, is invited to INFO participate. At most traditional Cajun events, music For more on the Spice on Snow festival, is only part of the picture, and the role of including scheduling and ticket info, visit food can’t be overstated. In fact, the name summitschool.wix.com. See calendar for the Blackpot Festival comes from cast- spotlight.
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It was an outpouring typically reserved for the passing of beloved heads of state, or maybe a religious figure. But I suppose in Burlington, that’s exactly what it was: the loss of a saint. On Saturday, December 28, people from nearly every walk of Burlington life gathered on the top block of Church Street to mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Andy “A-dog” WilliAms who had died two days earlier after a yearlong fight against leukemia. It was just about the most beautiful thing I’ve ever witnessed. If you are connected to Burlington in any way, you know that the DJ’s death struck a profound chord within the community. For one thing, at 38, he was far too young to leave us. It was never a fair fight, though Williams would have been the last to say so. As his longtime girlfriend, Josie Furchgott sourdiFFe, told me in a recent phone call, throughout his illness Andy never complained or sought sympathy.
“He would have had every right to say, ‘Why me?’” she said. “But he never, ever did.” That’s just how he was wired. I met Andy shortly after I started working at Seven Days in 2007. In 2008, his Burlington apartment was destroyed in a fire. Save for a couple of boxes of sneakers and some records, he lost virtually everything he owned. Andy came down to the 7D offices to talk about it. Or so I thought. We sat outside on a bench. We spoke for maybe five minutes about the fire and an upcoming benefit concert. We spent the next hour talking about music and our families. Before he left, he handed me a stack of remixes he had made. I still have them. It was a special gesture to me. But if you knew him, even just a little as I did, the gesture was hardly unusual.
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As I would come to find out, Andy was notoriously generous with gifts, whether it was mixtapes for fans, promo gear for the dudes at the record shop from parties he played or, best of all, a smile and nod from behind the turntables for, well, just about everyone. He was luminous like that. When he was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2012, even knowing how grave his disease was, Andy seemed to convey a sense that he would beat it. How could he not? This was a man who came from virtually nothing, a skinny kid raised by a single mother in a lily-white, blue-collar Vermont town who made himself into one of the finest and most respected DJs in Vermont, if not the entire country. Ask around, it’s true. It’s hard to comprehend just how long those odds were. Maybe about as insurmountable as the chances of finding a bone-marrow donor who matched his multi-ethnic genetic makeup. But Andy beat those odds, too — twice, in fact, as two matching donors were found in the span of a week. We always thought he’d find a way to beat cancer, too. Because how could he not? About a week before he passed away, Andy’s doctors at the Dana Farber Institute in Boston informed him that complications from his bone-marrow-transplant surgery — including infections and a lung fungus — had progressed beyond the point of treatment. The fight was over. Told he had mere days to live, Andy looked each of his doctors in the eye and said a remarkable thing: Thank you. “He shook their hands and thanked them for all they had done,” said Josie. “Who does that?” Andy passed away early on the morning of Thursday, December 26, at the Furchgott Sourdiffe home in Lincoln, Vt. It was uncertain whether he could even make the trip home from Boston. But again, Andy defied the odds.
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grEEn Mountain taVErn: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free. skinny PanCakE: Jay Ekis saves Wednesday in montpelier (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
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City liMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., free.
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bEE's knEEs: Al 'n' pete (folk), 7 p.m., Donations. Moog's PlaCE: Fred Brauer (blues), 8 p.m., free. ParkEr PiE Co.: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. PiECasso: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.
MonoPolE: Open mic, 8 p.m., free.
on taP bar & grill: timothy James Blues & Beyond, 7 p.m., free.
ManHattan Pizza & Pub: hot Waxxx with Justcaus & pen West (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., free.
raDio bEan: cody sargent & Friends (jazz), 6 p.m., free. shane hardiman trio with Geza carr & Rob morse (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. The Family Night Band with Alex Budney (rock), 11 p.m., $3.
nECtar's: trivia mania with top hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free. something With strings, Burlington Bread Boys (bluegrass), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
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SATURDAY 1/11, 8PM into the park by the ramps. A hot-air SWEAR AND SHAKE lantern was lit and released, barely $10 ONLINE, $12 AT THE DOOR squeezing through a set of power lines “FOLKSY, FOOT-STOMPING ROCK” before floating into the overcast sky – NEW YORK TIMES and disappearing in the clouds. Then another took flight. THURSDAY 1/16, 8PM What followed was a series of TOWN MOUNTAIN eulogies to a fallen friend, stories from $8 ONLINE, $10 AT THE DOOR fellow DJs, snowboarders, skaters and neighbors that were by turns touching, “HARD DRIVIN’ CAROLINA hilarious and heartbreaking. Later that STRING BAND” night, tributes abounded in and around Burlington. Fattie B. and crew reprised their roles rapping with the GRIPPO FUNK BAND at Nectar’s. There was a quiet moment at a rock show at the Monkey House in which DINO BRAVO front man MATT PERRY asked us to raise a glass. There were undoubtedly countless other smaller and more private benedictions throughout the Queen City 60 Lake St, Burlington 540-0188 and beyond that night. When someone dies, we tend to 89 Main Street, Montpelier 262-CAKE emphasize the departed’s best qualities Burlington International Airport — their easy smile, their selfless generosity, their vibrant spirit. It’s a coping mechanism. By choosing to focus on and magnify those aspects of someone’s personality, we remember 8v-skinnypancake010814.indd 1 1/7/14 12:54 PM people as we want them to be, even when that’s not exactly true. No one is a saint, right? But if ever someone came close to sainthood in Burlington, it would have to be Andy Williams. It’s hard to overstate just how remarkable a human being he was, how broad was his reach. It’s equally hard to grasp how much he will be missed, how much he gave to our small community and how much better off we are for having known him. We love you, Andy. Rest in peace.
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had proclaimed August 30, 2014, to be Andy Williams Day in Burlington. Then someone busted out the boom box. Led by our hip-hop pied piper, we walked down the Marketplace, slowly and en masse. But it was hardly somber. Shouts of “AAAA-Dog!” could be heard for blocks in any direction. As we passed Red Square, DJ A-Dog’s home away from home, cheers went up as beats flooded from the empty bar into the street. We were told that the procession would continue down Main Street. And it did. Rather than navigate icy sidewalks, we spilled into the street, walking 10 and 12 abreast and gleefully disrupting traffic as we made our way down the hill. The front of the procession stopped briefly at the ECHO Center on the waterfront. When I looked back, a line of flickering lights could be seen stretching to the Skinny Pancake, behind the Burlington Bay Market, past Main Street Landing and up Main Street, where it disappeared from view, but still continued for blocks. We convened at the waterfront skate park. After placing our candles in a snowbank outside the entrance, we filed
He hung on long enough for his closest friends to visit him on his deathbed and say good-bye. He died peacefully, and, said Josie, “He was surrounded by love.” In Burlington, Andy’s passing spurred a phenomenon. For days, the Facebook and Twitter feeds of Burlingtonians near and far were filled with pictures and music and videos of and for DJ A-Dog. In the Queen City, the number of posts mourning Andy’s death likely outpaced those about Nelson Mandela’s passing weeks before. And so we gathered on a chilly night in late December. Contrary to one media report, there were not “dozens” of us. There were not hundreds. The mass of people huddled together, futilely trying to keep our candles lit against the breeze at the top block of Church Street, easily numbered more than 1,000. We listened as Josie bravely addressed the crown, choking back tears and thanking us for being there — as if we’d be anywhere else. We listened as Luis Calderin, an old friend and musical colleague who had helped spearhead numerous benefit shows under the Friends for A-Dog banner, informed us that Mayor Weinberger
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Now Hear This Here’s our first bold prediction of 2014: If you haven’t already heard New York’s
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Red SquaRe Blue Room: DJ Reign One (house), 10 p.m., free.
BagitoS: andy pitt and Friends (americana), 6 p.m., Donations. ChaRlie o'S: hayley Jane and the primates (americana), 10 p.m., free.
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Skinny PanCake: Rosie Newton and Richie stearns (americana), 8 p.m., $15/18. Sweet meliSSa'S: andy Lugo (rebel folk), 8 p.m., free. whammy BaR: Lizzy mandell with christine malcom and mary collins (folk), 7 p.m., free.
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BaCkStage PuB: Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9:30 p.m., free. CluB metRonome: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. dRink: comedy showcase: hillary Boone, chad cosby, Josh starr, Kyle Gagnon, host mike Thomas (standup), 7 p.m. & 10 p.m., $7/10. Finnigan'S PuB: The Whiskey Dicks, Jangover (rock), 10 p.m., free. JuniPeR at hotel veRmont: Joshua Glass trio (rock), 9 p.m., free. maRRiott haRBoR lounge: chris peterman Group (jazz), 8 p.m., free.
51 main: Gumbo YaYa (funk), 8 p.m., free. City limitS: city Limits Dance party with top hat Entertainment (top 40), 9 p.m., free. on the RiSe BakeRy: Leatherbound Books (indie folk), 7:30 p.m., free. two BRotheRS taveRn: Bob mcKenzie Blues Band, 6 p.m., $3. mashtodon (EDm), 10 p.m., free.
SCAN HER LISTEN T matteRhoRn: The sugardaddies (rock),TO 9 p.m., $5. moog'S PlaCe: Dukes county Love affair, George TRACK agnew (rock), 9 p.m., free. northern
RimRoCkS mountain taveRn: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.
City limitS: trivia with top hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free.
on taP BaR & gRill: Loose association (rock), 5 p.m., free. RmX (rock), 9 p.m., free.
theRaPy: pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.
on the RiSe BakeRy: Open mic, 7:30 p.m., free.
Radio Bean: Kid's music with Linda "tickle Belly" Bassick, 11 a.m., free. Greg alexander (folk), 7 p.m., free. Jason Lee (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. alicia & tom (jazz), 9:30 p.m., free. Boo city (folk rock), 11 p.m., free. al moore Blues Band (blues rock), 12:30 a.m., free.
Red SquaRe: Blue Fox (blues), 5 p.m., free. Funktapuss (funk), 9 p.m., $5. DJ craig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5.
BaCkStage PuB: ambush (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. CluB metRonome: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5.
Red SquaRe Blue Room: DJ mixx (EDm), 9 p.m., $5.
FRanny o'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.
RuBen JameS: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., free.
JuniPeR at hotel veRmont: Bonjour-hi (EDm), 9 p.m., free.
Bee'S kneeS: Kip de moll (blues), 7:30 p.m., Donations. ClaiRe'S ReStauRant & BaR: Karen Krajacic (folk), 7 p.m., free. the huB PizzeRia & PuB: Dinner Jazz with Fabian Rainville, 6:30 p.m., free. Open mic, 9 p.m., free. moog'S PlaCe: Open mic, 8:30 p.m., free. PaRkeR Pie Co.: Val Davis (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., free.
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neCtaR'S: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Blues for Breakfast (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5.
51 main: andric severance Quartet (jazz), 7 p.m., free.
two BRotheRS taveRn: DJ Dizzle (house), 10 p.m., free.
monoPole: The snacks (rock), 10 p.m., free. monoPole downStaiRS: Gary peacock (singersongwriter), 10 p.m., free. theRaPy: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYcE (top 40), 10:30 p.m., free.
Rí Rá iRiSh PuB: supersounds DJ (top 40), 10 p.m., free. venue: area 51 (rock), 8 p.m., $5.
BagitoS: Jim Thompson (piano), 6 p.m., Donations. ChaRlie o'S: The Lucky Jukebox Brigade (Vaudevillian rock), 10 p.m., free. gReen mountain taveRn: DJ Jonny p (top 40), 9 p.m., $2. Sweet meliSSa'S: honky tonk happy hour with mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., free. Brett Lanier, Bob Wagner & D. Davis (rock), 9 p.m., free.
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whammy BaR: celtic session, 7 p.m., free.
monoPole: hayley Jane and the primates (americana), 10 p.m., free.
JP'S PuB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free.
maRRiott haRBoR lounge: Queen city Quartet (jazz), 8 p.m., free. neCtaR'S: chakra-5 Records presents: community songwriters circle with Eric Daniels, Joshua Glass, Julia Beerworth, Laura heaberlin (singersongwriters), 7 p.m., $10 donation. Gang of Thieves, DcLa, Funkwagon (funk, rock), 9 p.m., $5. on taP BaR & gRill: Leno, cheney & Young (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. The conniption Fits (rock), 9 p.m., free. Radio Bean: matthew azrieli (indie folk), 7 p.m., free. antara & John holiday (folk rock), 8 p.m., free. Brittany Kussarow (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., free. The Lucky Jukebox Brigade (Vaudevillian rock), 10 sat.11
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According to Baudelaire — and later Roger “Verbal” Kint in The Usual Suspects — the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. But after spending time with Dead Bods, the latest from Vermont’s Ausable Killings, I would submit a slight alteration: that Mephistopheles’ most devious illusion is his ability to manifest in myriad forms. Sure, the most famous image of Satan is with red skin, black horns and a pitchfork. That fearsome, demonic visage has been the inspiration for countless artistic tributes, especially of the heavy metal variety. But Dead Bods suggests he is at his most dangerous as the Trickster, appearing in ways we’d least expect. Ausable Killings is a side project of Teleport’s Adam Fuller and Sean Martin. For fans of that band’s breezy, light-rock leanings, AK may indeed prove too fiery at times. However,
those who fondly remember Martin’s acclaimed metal band Romans will find a lot to like. In fact, on a very basic level, AK is something like a hybrid of Romans and Teleport: black metal heart with blue-eyed soul. The results are suitably disorienting and endlessly entertaining. The album begins, appropriately enough, with “You’re Gonna Die”— an ethereal intro that evokes Explosions in the Sky and is overlaid with a sample from the film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? (“Martha, I have some terrible news…”). Then AK explode in a crush of deliberate, sludgy guitars and drums. Above this, Martin unleashes a melodic banshee wail, eventually yielding to pulverizing double bass drum assault. “Devil’s Garden” is next, with Martin adopting the high-toned screech of a cheese-metal singer. Fuller, who handles all the album’s instrumental duties, surrounds his partner with a gruesome assault of guitars, drums, more film samples and — wait for it — machine-gun fire. Following the deftly subversive “Spawn of the Serpent,” AK offer the record’s gnarliest twist, “Die.” Here, AK depict Satan seducing a helpless
girl over a twisted jumble of R&B slow jamz, which is a jarring but hypnotizing stylistic turn. “Well, girl, pretty girl,” sings Martin in a cheeky falsetto style borrowed from Beck’s “Debra.” “All we want you to do … is sit there and die.” It’s that sort of ghoulish, slasher-flick humor, couched in a shifting cloak of musical trickery, that characterizes Dead Bods. In Ausable Killings’ idle 12v-Sovernet010814.indd hands — the Devil’s playthings, doncha know — eternal damnation almost sounds like fun. Which is precisely why it’s so dangerous. Dead Bods by Ausable Killings is available at ausablekillings.bandcamp. com.
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especially Acab. But in testament to his ingenuity and ability, Woodward never seems constrained by hero worship, as many young artists often are. Rather, he uses inspiration as a foundation on which to build his own sonic structures — often only to tear them back down. Take You Home works as something of an open love letter to Woodward’s surroundings. On the album’s first two cuts, “St. Albans” and “Vermont,” he paints impressionistic sonic landscapes, melding steamy electronic beats with almost wordless vocals — the last enveloped in swells of Auto-Tune that suggest time well spent with recent Justin Vernon records, especially his latest with Volcano Choir.
WDY is the pseudonym of local DJ and producer Matt Woodward. For several years, the 20-year-old native has been creating tracks in his St. Albans bedroom, honing his craft until he finally had something to show the world. Take You Home, his 11-track debut LP, is the fruit of those labors. Dense, atmospheric, and rooted in a variety of sounds and styles, Woodward’s freshman outing offers a tantalizing glimpse from a promising young artist that capitalizes on his obvious talent, yet reveals he’s still got plenty of room to grow. Woodward claims a wide array of influences, from the electro-pop indie stylings of bands such as MGMT to hip-hop mogul Kanye West to witch house phenom Balam Acab. Fleeting elements of each of those artists’ styles dot Woodward’s hazy soundscapes —
Though the record bears almost no discernible lyrical content, Woodward imparts a sense of isolation and melancholy that should be familiar to anyone who has endured Vermont winters. Even in the album’s more danceable moments, such as the YOUR SCAN THIS PAGE downtempo “Dreams (Livelong)” TEXT WITH LAYAR and the electro slow jam of “The HERE SEE PROGRAM COVER Weekend” — the latter presumably inspired by Canadian artist the Weeknd 7:00 PM — Woodward manipulates a chilly atmosphere. The only flaws on Take You Home are a few occasionally clunky cuts and $12 adult | $8 kids one or two jarring transitions. But those minor blips add a certain handmade advanced appeal, a welcome warm quality amid Tickets Online this tapestry of coolly inorganic sound. And that cuts to the essence of what makes Woodward’s debut so inviting: It has heart. Take You Home by WDY can be streamed at soundcloud.com/wdymusic.
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p.m., free. Electronic Music Night with Reginald Achilles, Pours, Electric Halo, 11 p.m., free. Red Square: A Fly Allusion (hip-hop), 7 p.m., $5. Mashtodon (mashup), 11 p.m., $5. Red Square Blue Room: DJ Raul (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ Max Cohen (EDM), 11 p.m., $5. Ruben James: Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. Skinny Pancake: Swear & Shake (indie folk), 8 p.m., $10. Venue: Saturday Night Mixdown with DJ Dakota & Jon Demus (hip-hop), 8 p.m., $5. 18+.
Bagitos: Good Old Wagon (blues), 11 a.m., Donations. Irish Sessions, 2 p.m., free. Art Herttua and Steve Morabito (jazz), 6 p.m., Donations.
Halflounge: Family Night (rock), 10:30 p.m., free. JP's Pub: Dance Video Request Night with Melody (dance), 10 p.m., free. Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. Nectar's: Family Night (rock), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. On Tap Bar & Grill: Open Mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free. Radio Bean: Open Mic, 9 p.m., free.
Skinny Pancake: Spice on Snow Cajun Dance Party, 9:30 p.m., $8.
Skinny Pancake: Kids Music with Raphael, 11 a.m., $5 donation.
Sweet Melissa's: Blue Fox (blues), 5 p.m., free. Red Hot Juba (cosmic Americana), 9 p.m., NA.
Two Brothers Tavern: DJ Jam Man (house), 10 p.m., free.
Bee's Knees: Christian & Mitchell (acoustic), 11 a.m., Donations. McBride & Lussen (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
Charlie O's: Trivia Night, 8 p.m., free.
Moog's Place: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., free.
Club Metronome: Dead Set with Cats Under the Stars (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
The Hub Pizzeria & Pub: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. Matterhorn: Live Music, 4 p.m., NA. Josh Panda & the Hot Damned (rock), 9 p.m., $5.
Higher Ground Ballroom: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (supafunkrock), 8 p.m., $27/30. AA.
Moog's Place: Entendre (rock), 9 p.m., free.
Leunig's Bistro & Café: Paul Asbell, Clyde Stats and Chris Peterman (jazz), 7 p.m., free.
Piecasso: The Usual Suspects (blues), 10 p.m., free.
Monopole: The Snacks (rock), 10 p.m., free.
Backstage Pub: Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. Franny O's: Vermont's Got Talent Open Mic, 8 p.m., free. Higher Ground Ballroom: Clutch, the Sword, Crobot (rock), 8 p.m., $25/28. AA. Nectar's: Mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., free. On Tap Bar & Grill: Mitch Terricciano (acoustic), 11 a.m., free. Penalty Box: Trivia with a Twist, 4 p.m., free. Radio Bean: Queen City Hot Club (gypsy jazz), 11 a.m., free. Saloon Sessions with Brett Hughes (country), 1 p.m., free. Audry Houle (pop), 5:30 p.m., free. Wolcot (rock), 7 p.m., free. The Five Bar Seven (jazz), 9 p.m., free. Revibe (jam), 10:30 p.m., free. Skinny Pancake: Spark Arts Open Improv Jam, 7 p.m., $3. Peter Day CD Release (rock), 8 p.m., $8.
Bagitos: Dave Moore (folk), 11 a.m., Donations.
Hinesburgh Public House: Sunday Jazz with George Voland, 4:30 p.m., free.
Bee's Knees: Rebecca Padula (folk), 11 a.m.,
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Halflounge: Funkwagon's Tequila Project (funk), 10 p.m., free.
Parker Pie Co.: The Kingdom Tribute Revue: Creedence Clearwater Revival (rock), 8 p.m., $5.
Ruben James: Why Not Monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.
City Limits: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., free.
The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room: Jason Lowe (rock), 10 p.m., free.
51 Main: Ben Carr Music Project (eclectic), 8 p.m., free.
Sweet Crunch Bake Shop: Abby Sherman (indie folk), 10:30 a.m., free.
Charlie O's: Dance Party, 10 p.m., free.
Donations. Keith Williams & Claire Byrne (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
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Monty's Old Brick Tavern: Open Mic, 6 p.m., free. Nectar's: Gubbulidis (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free. Dead Set: A Month of Europe ’72 (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. On Tap Bar & Grill: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free. Radio Bean: Stephen Callahan Trio (jazz), 6 p.m., free. Leatherbound Books (indie folk), 8:30 p.m., free. Honky-Tonk Sessions, 10 p.m., $3.
wed.15 // Meklit [world music, pop]
San Francisco Giant Ethiopian-born and California-based, songwriter
both literally and figuratively transcends cultural and artistic
boundaries. Blending native Ethiopian sounds with Western influences, her music hasSCAN been likened to that of Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman and Billie Holiday. She possesses
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a rare, vibrant style that inspired her hometown San Francisco Chronicle to call her “an artistic giant in the making.” Meklit plays ArtsRiot in Burlington on Wednesday, January 15.
Red Square: Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.
Halflounge: Wanted Wednesday with DJ Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.
JP's Pub: Pub Quiz with Dave (trivia), 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with Melody, 10 p.m., free.
Charlie O's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.
Juniper at Hotel Vermont: Ray Vega Quintet (Latin jazz), 8 p.m., free.
Sweet Melissa's: Andy Plante (singersongwriter), 5 p.m., free. Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.
Leunig's Bistro & Café: Dan Liptak Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.
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Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9:30 p.m., free.
51 Main: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., free. City Limits: Karaoke with Let It Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., free.
Nectar's: What a Joke! Comedy Open Mic (standup), 7 p.m., free. Mother Falcon, And the Kids (Radiohead tribute, chamber pop), 9:30 p.m., $8. 18+.
Bee's Knees: Kari Beth (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
On Tap Bar & Grill: Chad Hollister (rock), 7 p.m., free.
Two Brothers Tavern: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.
Moog's Place: The Jason Wedlock Show (rock), 8 p.m., free.
Radio Bean: Myra Flynn (neo-soul), 7 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 8 p.m., free. This Time Stars (screamo), 11 p.m., free.
Red Square: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. Jake Whitesell Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.
Moog's Place: Big John (rock), 8 p.m., free.
Skinny Pancake: Josh Panda's Acoustic Soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
Piecasso: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.
ArtsRiot: Meklit (world music, pop), 8 p.m., $10/12. AA.
Bagitos: Open Mic, 6 p.m., free.
Two Brothers Tavern: Monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.
Club Metronome: Drop It with DJ Drew and J DuBz (EDM), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.
Bagitos: Papa Greybeard (blues), 6 p.m., Donations.
Franny O's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.
Green Mountain Tavern: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free.
Skinny Pancake: Jay Ekis Saves Wednesday in Montpelier (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
Sweet Melissa's: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Open Bluegrass Jam, 7 p.m., free.
On the Rise Bakery: Doug Perkins (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
Bee's Knees: Danny Ricky Cole (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Parker Pie Co.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.
Monopole: Open Mic, 8 p.m., free. m
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Double Vision Johanne Durocher Yordan at Vintage Inspired
ermont artist Johanne Durocher Yordan chose an interesting point in her artistic journey to stage her current exhibition. Without looking at the labels of the works on view at Burlington’s Vintage Inspired, a viewer could be forgiven for thinking two artists were sharing the show. That’s because Yordan’s exhibit is bifurcated. On one side of the room we find collagepaintings dominated by bold, outsize poppies painted over layers of torn ephemera, and a few stylized sunflower paintings with subtler, more decorative collage elements. On the opposite wall are abstract paintings in earthier palettes whose compositions follow the logic of linearity. Artists are not required to stick with one style or medium, of course, and there is no reason to believe that Yordan is not happily turning out florals and abstractions simultaneously. Both paths are compelling, for different reasons, and so are her artworks. In fact, on her website Yordan tells us, “Many of my paintings are well planned while others are impromptu.” But she also writes, “As I continue on in my journey of abstract painting, I find more fascination and freedom to explore and experiment.” Yordan’s trajectory seems to be toward more abstraction and greater freedom of expression, and that liberation may well cause her to leave flowers and carefully composed collages behind. Before she does, they’re worth a closer look. In this show, Yordan includes eight poppy paintings in sizes from 10 inches square to four feet tall. Regardless of their dimensions, these vermilion or orange flowers do “pop” visually, and their vibrancy is appealing, especially in the dead of winter. While not rigidly realistic, the blossoms are fairly true to form with their ruffly edges and curvy stems. The pigment is transparent enough to allow Yordan’s backgrounds to peer faintly through. In “Poppies #6” and “Poppies #7,” a pair of similar, 16-by-12-inch works, that backdrop consists of torn pages of poetry, handwritten notes with lacy penmanship, musical scores, postage stamps and the like. These are presumably meaningful to the artist and intentionally arrayed, yet Yordan’s surface treatment renders them flawlessly smooth. Her meticulous production rather homogenizes the collage, sealing the diverse elements as if in amber. Accordingly, this viewer chose to gloss right over them. Yordan’s paintings featuring poppies and maps are more effective — because
“Second Chances” may have a significant title, but the painting itself is rather ungainly. The primary color is a thin brown, made milky in places by white; a lagoon of pale green emerges in the center, and a succession of white, brushy blobs bisects the composition horizontally just below the middle. In addition, unidentifiable lumps in a variety of shapes have been affixed to the canvas and painted over; thick, swirly drools of paint provide still more texture. The work is a definite departure from elegant flora, but it tries too hard. Yordan moves in a more promising direction with “Dimensions” — whose dominant color is sage green, with elements of black, white and mustardy gold — and with two companions titled “Alternate Dimensions” (#1 and #2), which play with browns, gold and rose. In each of these the artist explores the interplay of vertical and horizontal, mostly using wide, roughly brushed strokes and blocks, layering and cutting into the paint. No new art-historical ground is broken here, but Yordan’s experimentation is refreshing. “Chaos,” aptly named, goes the furthest in rattling the integrity of the grid. In fact, the painting appears to be disintegrating, which gives it a tension some of the other works lack. Yordan has built an uneven structure of chocolate-brown blocks — an implied wall, perhaps, with some of the “bricks” missing. Broad vertical strokes of white paint rain down on this armature, softening the edges of the blocks. Collapse seems imminent. These sheet-like strokes begin near but not quite at the top of the painting, an effectively unsettling choice. Behind the white curtains is a wall of ochre, blemished by rogue drips of brown. The canvas is showered in slashes, their slightly curving lines shooting downward as if from an explosion. Despite the limited palette, this painting commands attention, and Yordan’s intuitive embrace of “chaos” is an exciting development.
they are conceptually simpler, and because the contrast is greater between the in-your-face blossoms and the minuscule, pastel geographies. Still, both components are grounded in the earth. There is quite literally a sense of place in these works — particularly in the 48-by-30inch “On Route,” which employs Vermont maps. The place names are familiar, yet maps by their very nature suggest travel to parts unknown. Perhaps to “Across the Lake” (30 by 24 inches), which offers four poppies and fragmented maps of upstate New York.
A VIEWER COULD BE FORGIVEN FOR THINKING TWO ARTISTS WERE SHARING THE SHOW. By contrast, Yordan’s abstract paintings are utterly devoid of representational content; they owe their cohesion — if sometimes just barely — to the grid. Like the collages, these works are layered. But here the strata consist of hues, paint over paint, and textures created by impasto, bits of wire mesh adhered to and nearly buried within the paint, a variety of brushstroke and knife techniques, and gashes. It’s not evident in what order Yordan painted these pieces, but some are more successful than others. The 36-by-18-inch
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Johanne Durocher Yordan, paintings and collage, at Vintage Inspired in Burlington. Through January 31. jdyart.com
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Exposed! Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. Open call to artists and writers for the 23rd annual Exposed! Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Deadline: January 27. helenday.com/exposed
HeART Attack! - A Valentine’s Exhibit at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery Bring us your good, bad and lovely! All work will be considered in this Valentine-themed exhibit of love and loss. Submit up to 10 pieces to be juried (all artists will be represented with at least one piece selected) and bring unlimited Valentine cards! Submit your work online through January 31; drop-off times to be announced from February 1-5; First Friday opening on February 7. Visit spacegalleryvt.com/call-to-artists for all the details and submission forms! The Nitty Gritty Often Vermont is depicted as a bucolic, utopian dream. This show invites artwork in all media that shows another side: Show us the industrial buildings, the quarries, the tools and equipment, and the people who have left an indelible imprint. Deadline: January 24. Show Dates: March 4-April 5. studioplacearts.com Vermont Artists Week at Vermont Studio Center April 28-May 5. VSC’s annual Vermont Artists Week supports Vermonters coming together each spring for an intensive week of focused studio work, community and interaction with our Visiting Artists and Writers. Applications must be received by January 31. Visit: vermontstudiocenter.org for information, or apply at vsc.slideroom.com.
Abbie Bowker: "Winter-Time," a selection of old and new prints inspired by Vermont's winter landscape. Through January 29 at Brownell Library in Essex Junction. Info, 578-1968. Aidan Collins: The cartoon artist displays his work inspired by fantasy, adventure and superhero lore. Through January 25 at North End Studio A in Burlington. Info, 863-6713. Al Salzman: "Subversive," paintings and drawings. Through January 17 at ArtsRiot in Burlington. Info, 540-0406. Barbara K Waters: An exhibit of mono prints in various styles by the local artist. Through January 31 at New Moon Café in Burlington. Info, 383-1505. 'Boldly Patterned and Subtly Imagined': The 22nd annual winter group show highlights the work of painter/printmaker/book artist Carolyn Shattuck and potter Boyan Moskov and also features works by 16 regional artists in a variety of mediums. Through January 31 at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. Info, 985-3848. Courtney Mercier: "Escape," photography that represents adventures in the here and now. Curated by SEABA, including in adjacent RETN offices. Through February 28 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. Creative Competition: Now in a new location, the friendly comp invites artists to submit one work of any size or medium to a vote by viewers. $8 entry fee, and winner takes all! Exhibit through January 10 at Backspace Gallery in Burlington. Info, spacegalleryvt.com. Django Hulphers: Influenced by "California lowbrow art," these acrylic and spray paintings and retouched antique photographs feature absurdity and odd juxtapositions. Through February 28 at Speaking Volumes in Burlington. Info, 540-0107.
Illumine: Call for Photos For “Illumine” we are looking for works that explore the vast languages of light. Low light, bright light and every stop in between. Deadline: February 5, midnight. Juror: Robert Hirsch. Info: darkroomgallery.com/ex53/.
'Dorothy and Herb Vogel: Fifty Works for Fifty States': Work from the Vogels' extensive collection by more than 20 artists, including Carel Balth, Judy Rifka, Pat Steir and Richard Tuttle; 'EAT: The Social Life of Food': A student-curated exhibit of objects from the museum collection that explores the different ways people interact with food, from preparation to eating and beyond. Through May 18 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.
Indoor Artist Yard Sale! The Space Gallery in Burlington is hosting an indoor artist yard sale on January 25! Looking to make some money from those leftover art supplies, unused materials or unfinished art projects? All creative objects will be for sale, with the option to staff a booth of your own or drop off items for the gallery to sell for you. Visit spacegalleryvt.com/call-to-artists for all the details and applications. Deadline January 20, or until all the spots are filled.
Johanne Durocher Yordan: Multimedia collagepaintings by the Burlington artist. Through January 31 at Vintage Inspired in Burlington. Info, 355-5418. John Douglas: "Unreal and Real Images," 40 prints of recent photography and computergenerated images. Through February 1 at Lake and College Building in Burlington. Info, jdouglas@ burlingtontelecom.net. 'Large Works': Artists display works between three and 15 feet in size in this annual exhibition. Through January 31 at Soda Plant in Burlington. Info, spacegalleryvt.com. Lincy Sullivan: "Sharpie Art Show," drawings created with just Sharpie pens. Through January 15 at Diversity Studios in Burlington. Info, 349-6209. Local Artist Group Show: Paintings by Carl Rubino, Jane Ann Kantor, Kim Senior, Kristine Slattery, Maria Del Castillo, Philip Hagopian and Vanessa Compton on the first floor; and by Holly
Kate Donnelly: Recipient of a Vermont Artist's Space Grant, the Burlington artist presents her work-in-progress, titled "A Period of Confinement," using video, performance and sound. Thursday, January 9, 7-8:30 p.m., FlynnSpace, Burlington. Info, 863-5966. Brian Zeigler: The local artist talks about his process for transforming ink drawings into large, abstract collages, and shows a video of his 2012
Healing Arts for Women Exhibit: The monthly support group is open to women who have suffered from trauma or abuse. Five members, Jenny Harriman, Lauren Wilder, Tracy Penfield, and Anne and Mitch Beck, show artworks in a variety of media. Through February 3 at Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton. Reception: Sunday, January 12, 2-4 p.m. Info, 763-7094. 'The Labels for Libations Road Show': An exhibit of more than 70 submissions over two years to the label competition sponsored by Magic Hat. January 10 through 31 at SEABA Center in Burlington. Reception: A reception features live music by the Pine Street Irregulars and Magic Hat brews on tap. Friday, January 10, 5-8 p.m. Info, 859-9222. Kate Reeves: "My Winter World," watercolor landscapes that express the artist's passion for wintry scenes and feature her technique of creating snowfall or frost on
Hauser, Louise Arnold, Jacques Burke, Johanne Durocher Yordan and Tessa Holmes on the second. Curated by SEABA. Through February 28 at Innovation Center of Vermont in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. Lydia Littwin: "Blind Contours," works drawn from memory, or from direct observation, with eyes closed. Curated by SEABA. Through February 28 at Pine Street Deli in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. Lynn Cummings: "Textures," collages and nature-inspired paintings on gessoed paper. Through January 31 at Dostie Bros. Frame Shop in Burlington. Info, 660-9005. Nancy Tomczak: Avian watercolor paintings by the local artist and ornithologist. Curated by SEABA. Through February 28 at Speeder & Earl's (Pine Street) in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. Nikki Laxar: Watercolor illustrations and prints. Through January 31 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438. Riki Moss & Janet Van Fleet: "Parade: A Collaboration," a collection of creatures made from paper, mixed media and found materials that examine life's migration through time and space and address issues of species loss, migration, ethnicity and death. January 13 through February 7 at Living/Learning Center, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 372-4182.
art listings and spotlights are written by pamela polston. Listings are restricted to art shows in truly public places; exceptions may be made at the discretion of the editor.
‘REference for radicals’: Works by local artists based on terms in an activist booklet. Through January 8 at BCA Gallery in Burlington. Closing reception: Wednesday, January 8, 5-7 p.m. Info, 865-7166. 'Roadside Picnic': Large-scale leaf prints by Emiko Sawaragi Gilbert and an installation of sculptures by Midori Harima that reflect her experiences in Vermont. January 10 through February 28 at Flynndog in Burlington. Reception: Friday, January 10, 6-8 p.m. Info, 363-4746. 'Full House': An exhibit of works in a variety of media by regional artists Peter Lundberg, Skip Martin, Joshua Rome, Brigitte Rutenberg and Claemar Walker. January 10 through February 28 at Chaffee Downtown Art Center in Rutland. Reception: Friday, January 10, 5-7 p.m. Info, 775-0062. Kate Gridley: "Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults," life-size oil paintings by the Vermont artist. January 10 through April 12 at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, in Burlington. Reception: Friday, January 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info, 652-4500.
'Small Works': In this annual exhibit, artworks in a variety of media and subject matter measure 12 inches or less. Through January 31 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. Info, spacegalleryvt.com. Steve Hadeka: "Riffing on the Modern Birdhouse," avian architecture in a variety of midcentury styles. Through January 31 at Penny Cluse Café in Burlington. Info, 318-0109. Strength in Numbers: "A Mixing of Words and Media," collaborative paintings and individual works by a group of art teachers who regularly meet to support each other in art making; in the Mezzanine Balcony. Through January 30 at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Info, 865-7211. Studio 266 Group Exhibition: Fourteen working artists open their studios and show their works in a variety of media. Through January 31 at Studio 266 in Burlington. Info, 578-2512. Sue Mowrer Adamson: "Monsters, Owls and Zombie Bunnies … Oh My!" funky, colorful prints in frames or on wood bases. Through February 15 at Chop Shop in Burlington. Info, 233-6473. Vermont Watercolor Society: A selection of watercolor paintings by members of the Burlington and St. Albans branches of the 240-member group. Through January 31 at Art's Alive Gallery in Burlington. Info, 660-9005. central vt shows
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Team Vermont Snow Sculpting 2014 Party: Vermont's reigning snow sculptors throw a fundraiser to help pay their way to an international championship competition. Friday, January 10, 7-10 p.m., ArtsRiot, Burlington. Info, 660-9005.
Evie Lovett: “Backstage at the Rainbow Cattle Co.,” photographs taken at a gay bar in Dummerston, along with audio interviews by Lovett and Greg Sharrows of Vermont Folklife Center. January 9 through March 9 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Reception: Thursday, January 9, 5-7 p.m. Info, 253-9911.
Kelly Holt: "Where," mixed-media abstract paintings. Through March 9 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Reception: Thursday, January 9, 5-7 p.m. Info, 888-1261.
Call to Artists: Winter Art Mart The Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon is currently accepting work for its Winter Art Mart, to be held from January 15 through March 31. All types will be accepted, including pottery, jewelry, paintings, photographs, fiber work and more. Space is limited. All artwork must be delivered by January 12 along with a completed submission form, which can be found at cmacvt.org. Info: Edna, 247-4295, or email@example.com.
Jackson Tupper: "Oh Um Ah," paintings by the Vermont artist. Through January 28 at New City Galerie in Burlington. Info, 735-2542.
'Observing Vermont Architecture': Photographs by Curtis Johnson and commentaries by Glenn Andres explore the state's diverse built environment, and accompany Andres' forthcoming book, The Buildings of Vermont. Through March 23 at Middlebury College Museum of Art in Middlebury. Talk: Glenn Andres, professor of Art and Architecture, gives an illustrated lecture. Tuesday, January 14, 4:30-6 p.m. Info, 443-5007.
branches. Through February 12 at Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock. Reception: Friday, January 10, 4-6 p.m. Info, 457-2295.
Creative Competition The Space Gallery is now hosting the Creative Competition! Artists may drop off one piece of work, in any size and medium, that is ready to display or hang on the wall. Entry is $8 and work will be labeled with the title, medium and price. Drop off at 266 Pine Street from noon on Wednesday through noon on the First Friday of every month. The gallery will display the work during viewing hours for one week after the opening. Pick-up/drop-off times, commission structure and location details can be found at spacegalleryvt.com/call-to-artists.
Inaugural Exhibit: Prints by Bill Davison, sculpture by Kathleen Schneider, photographs by Don Ross and paintings by John Gonter. Through January 9 at Vermont Metro Gallery, BCA Center in Burlington. Info, 865-7166.
'Art Under the Influence': Art supplies are provided at SEABA's community artmaking event with guest artist Lydia Littwin. Thursday, January 9, 6-8 p.m., Drink, Burlington. Info, 859-9222.
"Cut Continuity" performance. Friday, January 10, 12:30-1:15 p.m., 5:30-6:30 p.m., Local 64, Montpelier. Info, 279-0968.
Waterbury ARToberFest 2014 Be THE artist! Call for the perfect logo to represent Waterbury’s first ever ARToberFest. Deadline February 1, 2014. Full details at www. acrossroads.org.
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'1864: Some Suffer So Much': With objects, photographs and ephemera, the exhibit examines surgeons who treated Civil War soldiers on battlefields and in three Vermont hospitals, and also the history of post-tramautic stress disorder. January 13 through December 31 at Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University in Northfield. Info, 485-2183. Buddhist Thangkas: Beautiful scrolls by various artists from Nepal and India are for sale to benefit the nonprofit Child Haven International. Through January 31 at Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. Info, 223-0043. 'Earth as Muse: Beauty, Degradation, Hope, Regeneration, Awakening': Artwork that celebrates the Earth's beauty while reflecting on tensions between mankind and the environment by Fran Bull, Pat Musick, Harry A. Rich, Jenny Swanson and Richard Weis. Through April 4 at Great Hall in Springfield. Info, 258-3992. Holiday Show: Small works by artist members in a variety of printmaking media. Through January 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. 'Interpreting the Interstates': Compiling photographs from state archives taken between 1958 and 1978, the Landscape Change Program at the University of Vermont produced this exhibit, which aims to illustrate how the creation of the interstate highway system changed Vermont's culture and countryside. Through April 26 at Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. Info, 479-8500.
'Confederate Pictures': A mixed-media installation by Phil Whitman based on a Gettysburg battlefield of the American Civil War, and using photographs he took of tourists at the site. Through January 11 at Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland. Info, 802-468-1266. 'New Lives, New England': Weaving, henna art, drums and other cultural traditions illustrate how Vermont's refugee communities stay connected to their heritage and form new lives from "whole cloth." Through February 8 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964. 'Small Treasures': Small-scale artwork and craft by guild members, plus handcrafted holiday ornaments. Through January 28 at Brandon Artists Guild in Brandon. Info, 247-4956. Tom Merwin: Abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through February 28 at Brandon Music in Brandon. Info, 465-4071.
Ann Young: New oil paintings. Through January 20 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366. 'Cats and Tigers and Turtles, Oh My!': Artwork by Gayleen Aiken, Berta Diller, Huddee Herrick, Dot Kibbee and Phyllis Putvain. Through January 14 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857.
'JUICE BAR' Winter Show: The annual rotating members' show features works by Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Jessica Straus, Kirsten Hoving, and Richard E. Smith. Through April 5 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. Janet Fredericks: "Quiet Observations: Anthills, Insects & Water," contemplative paintings on the natural environment by the Vermont artist. Through January 10 at Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre. Info, 371-4100. Janice Walrafen: "Grief and Praise," decorative clay masks created by the artist in reflection of a seven-day walk-about fast in Arizona. Through January 21 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Info, 223-1242.
Regis Cummings: "Places and Faces on a Journey," paintings and multimedia works by the local artist. Photo ID required for admission. Through March 28 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. 'Shared Landscape': Kim Ward and Terri Kneen exhibit photography and multimedia landscapes. Through January 31 at Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, curator@ capitolgrounds.com.
Kate Gridley In an era when selfies are arguably the most common
images of young people, it’s unusual to see paintings of almost-adults — never mind
life-size oil paintings. Because, you know, they take a long time to create. Vermont artist Kate Gridley defies instant gratification in her series titled “Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults.” She’s been touring the large-scale works — realistic, richly painted figures against stark white backdrops — around Vermont and this week brings them to the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center in Burlington. Her 17 subjects represent a range of beliefs, sexual identities, socioeconomic statuses, health issues and life experiences, but what they all have in common is their stage of life. “‘Passing Through’ 66 ART
marks moments in which emerging adults transition to realizing their selves and claim their voices,” Gridley writes on her website. The exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, January 10, at 5:30 p.m., and will be on view through April 12.
'Something to Celebrate': A twofold exhibit includes "Out of Bounds," works by Vermont Watercolor Society members Richard Weis, Johanne Durocher Yordan and Frieda Post; and a variety of pieces by returning VTica artists Nancy Pulliam Weis, Miranda Updike, Laura Rideout, Irene Cole and Nicholas Kekic. Through January 19 at Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Info, 875-1018. Tom Berriman: Bird photography from wildlife and management areas in Vermont. A portion of sales will benefit VINS' educational, conservation and rehabilitation work. Through March 31 at Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee. Info, 359-5001. 'Toys: The Inside Story': An interactive exhibit of playthings shows visitors of all ages the gadgets and gizmos that make them work. Through January 14 at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200.
Berriman’s artwork is for the birds. So passionate about avian photography is he that he employs a technique called digiscoping: shooting through a camera attached to a spotting scope. That’s helped him to take seemingly up-closeand-personal shots of feathered fauna all around the wildlife refuges and management
Vermont. As a board member of Northeast Kingdom
frequent birding trips throughout the year, and he is a Fellow and staffer at St. Johnsbury’s Fairbanks Museum, as well. All this knowledge and experience lies behind his exhibit of bird photographs on view at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee through March 31. A percentage of sales of his images will support VINS’ educational, conservation and avian rehabilitation programs. Pictured: a common redpoll.
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Going?” That 1897 oil, created in Tahiti, ostensibly represents the stages of life. If symbolic, Gaugin’s painting is figurative, which radically distinguishes it from Holt’s abstractions. Looking at them, viewers might not guess that she is “addressing how turbulence changes direction in a planned path.” But who cares? Whatever we see looking is a most engaging visual journey. The exhibit opens with a reception Thursday,
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'KicK and Glide: Vermont'S nordic SKi leGacy': An exhibit celebrating all aspects of the sport, including classic and skate skiing, Nordic combined, biathlon, ski jumping, telemark and backcountry skiing. Through October 13 at Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. Info, 253-9911.
trine wilSon & doriS weeKS: Photography and watercolor and oil paintings, respectively. Through January 31 at Westford Public Library. Info, 355-4834. william B. hoyt: "Realizations," realistic paintings. Through February 28 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818.
Pat muSicK: “Our Fragile Home,” sculptures and works on paper inspired by the words astronauts
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JuleS de Balincourt: A premier exhibit of contemporary paintings by the Franco-American pictural artist. Through March 13 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000. 'SPlendore a Venezia: art and muSic From the renaiSSance to Baroque in Venice': An exhibit featuring approximately 120 paintings, prints and drawings, plus historical instruments, musical manuscripts and texts, including the first edition of The Four Seasons by Vivaldi. Through January 19 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000. 'Studio SelectionS': Work by current students in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Through January 26 at Plattsburgh State Art Museum, N.Y. Info, 518-564-2474. m
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'Surreal': Surreal and otherwise weird paintings, photographs, sculptures and video by northern Vermont artists Bradleigh Stockwell, Mary Brenner, Donald Peel, Diana Mara Henry, Chris Hudson, Sam Thurston and Mandee Roberts. Through January 31 at 99 Gallery and Center in Newport. Info, 323-9013.
have used to describe seeing the Earth from space. Through February 28 at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Brattleboro. Info, 257-0124.
Kent Shaw: Color photographs taken in Morrisville, Elmore and Hardwick. Through January 20 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.
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August: Osage County ★★
hope your holidays were jolly. When the offices of Seven Days shutter during the festive season to give its staff a well-earned break, it’s the only week of the year I don’t have a deadline to meet. You’d think not having a film to review might provide a welcome vacation for my brain, but that’s not what happens. What happens is, I actually see way more films than I normally would. It’s the holiday season for you, but it’s awards season for me. The final round of Critics’ Choice Awards voting is right around the corner. (Catch the live broadcast January 16 on the CW Network. That’ll be me drinking too much and talking George Clooney’s ear off.) For Your Consideration DVDs have been pouring in since October, and the time for considering the last of them has arrived. Over the break, one of the pictures to which I’ve been giving a great deal of consideration is August: Osage County. Clooney produced it, and the question I feel compelled to ask is Why, George, for the love of God, man, why? It is perhaps the year’s most jaw-dropping dud — a miserable failure and a failure of miserablism featuring an unbelievable gang of A-listers. Half the stars at the Critics’ Choice ceremony will have played a role in this offense against cinema.
Directed by John (The Company Men) Wells, this two-hour adaptation of Tracy Letts’ three-and-a-half-hour Pulitzerwinning play stars Meryl Streep as Violet Weston, a pill-popping Oklahoma monster who’s watched Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? too many times. “I’m just truth telling,” she slurs to family members who’ve gathered round following the disappearance SCAN THIS PAGE of her husband (Sam Shepard, as an alcoholic WITHBeverly). LAYAR But truth is the last poet named SEEinterested PROGRAM COVER thing she’s in. Violet lives to draw blood, and words are her weapon of choice. Set in 2007 and marketed as “the year’s most wicked comedy,” the movie’s light on laughs and heavy on boilerplate family dysfunction. Its centerpiece is an extended dinner scene in the course of which the merciless matriarch tears into her three daughters (Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson and Juliette Lewis), feasting on their flaws and misfortunes. In the process, everyone from Ewan McGregor to Chris Cooper to Dermot Mulroney to Abigail Breslin to Margo Martindale to the suddenly inescapable Benedict Cumberbatch is served up as a side dish. For the first half hour or so, Streep’s bitch-on-wheels shtick is good mean fun. But the script (by Letts) jettisons so much
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of the play that the remainder feels sketchy and super-stagy — like something Eugene O’Neill might have written for the Lifetime channel. On the menu: infidelity, family secrets, addiction, divorce and, of course, life lessons. Yawn. The missing hour and a half likely would’ve made a more interesting movie. The best scene is the first. Shepard opens it by quoting from T.S. Eliot’s 1925 poem “The Hollow Men”: “Life,” he recites, “is very long.” You come to understand how someone
surrounded by such boring barracudas could feel that way, and never for a second question his decision to make an early exit. You may well decide to make one yourself. And — speaking of Eliot — Wells, Letts and their cast (some of Hollywood’s best, not remotely at their best here) in effect rewrite one of his classics with this freak show’s festival of caterwauling, claw baring and catfights. April, once the “cruellest month,” can’t hold a candle to this August. RI C K KI S O N AK
Inside Llewyn Davis ★★★★
hen writer-directors consistently produce work as strong as that of brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, audiences may be tempted to overanalyze their every film as a Definitive Statement. No wonder, then, that Inside Llewyn Davis has prompted critical ruminations on the significance of folk music in American life. Now, in the wake of that praise, comes a small swell of backlash from former habitués of the milieu recreated in the movie, the early ’60s Greenwich Village folk scene. A recent post on the New York Times’ Carpetbagger blog quotes singer-songwriter Christine Lavin as saying she “was hoping this film would make folk music cool again.” Instead, Lavin was “outraged” to find that Llewyn Davis, the Coens’ folk-singer protagonist (loosely based on real musician Dave Van Ronk, who in real life made albums at Vermont’s Philo Records), is actually kind of a “doofus.” Welcome to the world of the Coens, whose characters (the Dude excepted) can rarely be described as “cool.” Looking for definitive anything in Llewyn seems like an inappropriately heavy-handed approach to two filmmakers who have always reveled in pastiche, local color and shaggy-dog stories studded with memorable dialogue. Llewyn isn’t one of their greatest films. But as a distinctive Coen entertainment, combining gorgeous music and cinematography with
a sly mix of absurdist comedy and straight drama, it does not disappoint. This one is actually a shaggy-cat story. In the dead of winter, 1961, the title character (Oscar Isaac), formerly half of a popular folk duo, struggles to kickstart his solo career. Lacking a roof over his head, he crashes with a well-off academic couple and accidentally locks himself out of their apartment — along with their beloved ginger cat. Llewyn’s mock-heroic odyssey to return the pet to its owners forms the backbone of a wandering narrative. We meet the married woman he wronged (Carey Mulligan), her blithely clueless husband and singing partner (Justin Timberlake) and various others, in and out of the folk scene, none of them particularly sympathetic to Llewyn’s aspirations. That’s not surprising, considering his overall arrogance and lack of tact. But when Llewyn opens his mouth to sing “Fare Thee Well” or “The Death of Queen Jane,” he somehow metamorphoses from a petty, hapless jerk to a full-fledged, emotionally generous artist. The character’s duality may offend our desire to see artists as “cool” people, but it’s hardly unknown in the creative world. In many ways, Llewyn recalls Barton Fink, the 1991 film that established the Coens’ international auteur cred. Like John Turturro’s screenwriter character, Llewyn is a narcissist, cocksure and insecure in equal
CAT TALE Isaac has an unlikely travel companion in the Coen brothers’ comedy-drama about a struggling folk singer.
measures — but he’s not bad at heart. (He does, after all, try to bring that cat home.) And, like Barton Fink, Llewyn gets an unsettling wake-up call from a fellow artist (of sorts) played with great gusto by John Goodman. Here he’s a deteriorating jazz musician, supremely contemptuous of folk, with whom Llewyn catches a ride to Chicago in a last-ditch effort to resuscitate his career. Musically and visually, Inside Llewyn Davis offers plenty of frictionless pleasures to compensate for the prickly scrappiness of its hero. Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel gives painterly luminosity to bleak settings such as a Midwest highway rest stop, blunting their hard edges, and the soundtrack (produced by T-Bone Burnett) is highly listenable.
But it’s Llewyn’s prickliness — his failure to, as he’s told, “connect” with audiences — that makes him interesting. He’s not an effortlessly likable mainstream artist like Timberlake’s character, nor is he a genius like Bob Dylan (glimpsed in one scene) who can rewrite all the rules. In short, Llewyn is the kind of artist we see almost never in biopics and all too often in real life: a talented also-ran. The Coens gravitate toward such underdogs (and, yes, undercats). Regardless of their fidelity — or lack thereof — to Van Ronk’s story, they’ve crafted a vital character and given him his due. MARGO T HARRI S O N
now playing 47 RoNiNH1/2: Keanu Reeves stars in this action flick about a band of samurai out for revenge against their master’s killer. with hiroyuki Sanada and Kô Shibasaki. carl Rinsch makes his directorial debut. (119 min, Pg-13) AmeRicAN HUstleHH1/2 In the 1970s, an fbI agent (bradley cooper) enlists two con artists (christian bale and amy adams) to work undercover among Jersey’s high rollers. with Jeremy Renner and Jennifer lawrence. david O. (Silver Linings Playbook) Russell directed. (138 min, R) ANcHoRmAN: tHe legeND coNtiNUesHHH: will ferrell reprises his role as blowhard Ron burgundy, who heads east and struggles to adjust to the new world of 24-hour news. adam McKay directed the sequel to his hit comedy, also starring Paul Rudd, christina applegate and Steve carell. (119 min, Pg-13)
new in theaters AUgUst: osAge coUNtYH1/2 tracy letts adapted his play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family dealing with tragedy to the screen. Meryl Streep plays the matriarch; Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Julianne nicholson, Ewan Mcgregor, Juliette lewis, chris cooper, Margo Martindale and benedict cumberbatch have to put up with her. John wells directed. (121 min, R. Roxy) tHe BRokeN ciRcle BReAkDoWN: In this belgian drama on the Oscar short list, a bluegrass-singing couple struggles with their young daughter’s grave illness. Johan heldenbergh and Veerle baetens star. felix Van groeningen directed. (110 min, nR. Savoy)
iNsiDe lleWYN DAvisHHHH Oscar Isaac plays a hard-luck folk singer trying to make his name in 1961 greenwich Village in this music-studded drama from writer-directors Joel and Ethan coen. also starring carey Mulligan, John goodman and Justin timberlake. (105 min, R. Roxy, Savoy)
loNe sURvivoR: Mark wahlberg stars in the factbased account of an ill-fated 2005 navy SEal team mission in afghanistan. with taylor Kitsch, Emile hirsch and ben foster. Peter berg (The Kingdom) directed. (121 min, R)
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tHe HoBBit: tHe DesolAtioN oF smAUg HHH1/2: are we really only in the middle of this Middle Earth saga adapted from tolkien’s short novel The Hobbit? bilbo baggins clutches his precious as his dwarf companions set out to reclaim their homeland in director Peter Jackson’s adventure. Martin freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard armitage star. (161 min, Pg-13) thE hungER gaMES: catchIng fIREHHH1/2: In the second flick adapted from Suzanne collins’ best-selling dystopian ya trilogy, rebellion in the districts leads to a very special 75th hunger games. with Jennifer lawrence, Josh hutcherson, liam hemsworth and Philip Seymour hoffman. francis (I Am Legend) lawrence directed. (146 min, Pg-13. Starts Thursday, november 21) JUstiN BieBeR’s BelieveHH: and that’s what you may need to do to enjoy this documentary tracing the pop singer’s rise both on and backstage. (91 min, Pg) mANDelA: loNg WAlk to FReeDomHH1/2: Idris Elba plays South africa’s first democratically elected president in this biopic tracing the late nelson Mandela’s youth, struggle and rise to power. with naomie harris and terry Pheto. Justin (The Other Boleyn Girl) chadwick directed. (139 min, Pg-13)
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9:30. The secret life of walter mitty 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55. walking with dinosaurs 12:20. The wolf of wall street 1, 4:45, 8:30. friday 10 — thursday 16 american hustle 12:55, 3:50, 6:45, 9:45. anchorman 2: The legend continues 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:35. Frozen 12, 2:20, 7:05. *her 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:45. *The legend of hercules 3d 2:45, 5, 7:15. *The legend of hercules 12:30, 9:30. *lone survivor 1:15, 4:15, 7, 9:45. paranormal activity: The marked ones 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30. saving mr. Banks 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30. The secret life of walter mitty 4:40, 9:25. The wolf of wall street 1, 4:45, 8:30.
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wednesday 8 — thursday 9 47 ronin 6, 9:15. 47 ronin 3d 3:40. american hustle 1:40, 4:30, 7:30. anchorman 2: The legend continues 1:15, 3:50, 6:35, 9:10. Frozen 1:35. Frozen 3d 3:30. Grudge match 1:10, 6:20, 8:50. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d 4, 7:20. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 1:30, 8:30. The hunger Games: catching Fire 3, 6:10. paranormal activity 1, 4:50, 7:10, 9:20. saving mr. Banks 1:05, 3:45, 6:25, 9:05. The secret life of walter mitty 1:25, 4:05, 6:40, 9:10. walking with dinosaurs 1:20. The wolf of wall street 1, 4:40, 8:15. friday 10 — sunday 12 american hustle 12:10, 3, 6:40, 9:35. anchorman 2: The legend continues 12, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35. Frozen 12:50, 3:50. Frozen 3d 11:50, 2:20. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d 12:30, 6:20. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 3:20, 9. The hunger Games: catching Fire 3:15, 6:30, 9:10. *The legend of hercules 1, 2. *The legend of hercules 3d 4:45, 7:05, 9:25. *lone survivor 12:20, 4:20, 7, 9:40. paranormal activity 11:55, 2:30, 6:50, 9:40. saving mr. Banks 12:45, 3:30, 6:10, 9:35.The secret life of walter mitty 12:40, 3:40, 6:35, 9:40. The wolf of wall street 3:15, 6, 8:55. monday 13 — tuesday 14 american hustle 1:35, 4:30, 7:30. anchorman 2: The legend continues 1:15, 3:55, 6:35, 9:10 .Frozen 1:30, 8:50. Frozen 3d 4:20. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d 4, 7:20. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 1:25. The hunger Games: catching Fire 1, 6:20. *The legend of hercules 4:45, 9:20. *The legend of hercules 3d 1:40, 7:10. *lone survivor 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:05. paranormal activity 4:10, 6:50, 9:20. saving mr. Banks 1:05, 3:45, 6:25, 9:05 .The secret life of walter mitty 1:20, 4:05, 6:40, 9:10. The wolf of wall street 1, 4:40, 8:20.
7. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 7. The wolf of wall street 7. friday 10 — thursday 16 american hustle Fri: 6, 9. Sat: 1, 3:30, 6, 9. Sun: 1, 3:30, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. Frozen Sat & Sun: 1:30, 4:30. saving mr. Banks Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat: 1, 3:30, 6:30, 9. Sun: 1, 3:30, 7. MonThu: 7. The wolf of wall street 7.
merrill’s roXy cinema 222 College St., Burlington, 8643456, merrilltheatres.net
wednesday 8 — thursday 9 american hustle 1:15, 4, 6:20, 9:15. anchorman 2: The legend continues 1:20, 3:40, 6:50, 9:25. dallas Buyers club 8:40. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d 3:10, 9. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 1:05, 6:10. nebraska 1:30, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10. philomena 1, 4:20, 6:30. The wolf of wall street 1:10, 4:40, 8:10. friday 10 — thursday 16 american hustle 1:05, 3:45, 6:35, 9:20. *august: osage county 1, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10. *her 1:30, 4, 6:40, 9:15. *inside llewyn davis 1:20, 3:55, 6:45, 9:05. philomena 1:10, 3:50, 6:20, 8:40. The wolf of wall street 1:15, 4:50, 8:15.
palace 9 cinemas 10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610, palace9.com
wednesday 8 — thursday 9 47 ronin 3:20, 6:20. american hustle 1:20, 4:05, 7, 8:40. anchorman 2: The legend continues 1:05, 3:35, 6:10, 8:50. Frozen 4:30. Frozen 3d 1:25. Grudge match 1:35, 6:30, 8:55. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d 4:20, 8. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 1:10, 6:50. Justin Bieber’s Believe 4. *mandela: long walk to Freedom 1, 3:40, 6, 8:45. paranormal activity: The marked ones 1:40, 3:50, 6:40, 9:05. The secret life of walter mitty 1:30, 4, 6:35, 9:05. walking with dinosaurs 1:15. friday 10 — sunday 12 american hustle 12:40, 3:50, 6:45, 8:30. anchorman 2: The legend continues 12:45, 3:20, 6:30, 9. Frozen 12, 2:25, 3:40. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d 12:20. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 2:50, 8:15 *The legend of hercules 4:30, 9:20. *The legend of hercules 3d 12:10, 2:20, 6:40. *lone survivor 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:15. *mandela: long walk to Freedom 6:35, 8:45. nebraska 12:30, 3:10, 6:20, 8:50. paranormal activity: The marked ones 12:50, 4:40, 6:15, 9:25. The secret life of walter mitty Fri: 1, 3:30, 6:10. Sat & Sun: 1, 3:30, 6:10, 9:10. monday 13 — thursday 16 american hustle 1, 3:50, 6:45, 8:30. anchorman 2: The legend continues 1:40, 4:05, 6:30, 9. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in hFr 3d 6. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 1:30, 3, 8:15. *The legend of hercules 4:30, 9:20. *The legend of hercules 3d 1:45, 6:40. *lone survivor 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:15. *mandela:
long walk to Freedom 6:35, 8:45. nebraska 1:20, 3:55, 6:20, 8:50. paranormal activity: The marked ones 1:05, 4:40, 6:15, 9:25. The secret life of walter mitty 1:15, 3:45, 6:10, 9:10.
paramount twin cinema 241 North Main St., Barre, 4799621, fgbtheaters.com
wednesday 8 — thursday 9 Frozen 6:25. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug in 3d 7. The hunger Games: catching Fire 9:05. friday 10 — monday 13 Frozen 6:25. Frozen 3d Sat & Sun: 12:45, 3:15. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Fri: 9:30. Sat: 1:30, 9:30. Sun: 1:30. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 3d Fri & Sat: 6. Sun & Mon: 7. The hunger Games: catching Fire 9:05.
the savoy theater 26 Main St., Montpelier, 2290509, savoytheater.com
wednesday 8 — thursday 9 The armstrong lie 8:30. The Great Beauty (la Grande Bellezza) 6. philomena 6:30, 8:30. friday 10 — thursday 16 *The Broken circle Breakdown Fri: 6, 8:15. Sat and Sun: 1, 3:30, 6, 8:15. Mon to Thu: 6, 8:15. *inside llewyn davis Fri: 6:30, 8:30. Sat and Sun: 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:30. Mon to Thu: 6:30, 8:30.
stowe cinema 3 pleX Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2534678. stowecinema.com
wednesday 8 — thursday 9 anchorman 2: The legend continues 4, 7:15. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 4, 7:15. The wolf of wall street 4, 7:15. friday 10 — thursday 16 american hustle Fri: 7. Sat: 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15. Sun: 2:30, 4:45, 7:15. Mon-Thu: 4, 7:15. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Fri & Sat: 9:20. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 3d Fri: 6:30. Sat: 2:30, 6:30. Sun: 2:30, 7:15. Mon-Thu: 4, 7:15. The wolf of wall street Fri: 6:30, 9:20. Sat: 2:30, 6:30, 9:20. Sun: 2:30, 7:15. Mon-Thu: 4, 7:15.
104 No. Main St., St. Albans, 5277888, weldentheatre.com
wednesday 8 — thursday 9 anchorman 2: The legend continues 7:05. The Book Thief 7. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug 7. friday 10 — thursday 16 anchorman 2: The legend continues Fri: 6:30, 9:30. Sat & Sun: 4:30, 6:30, 9:30. The Book Thief Fri: 7. Sat & Sun: 4:15, 7. Mon-Thu: 7:05. Frozen Sat & Sun: 2. The hobbit: The desolation of smaug Fri: 8:30. Sat & Sun: 2:10, 8:30. Mon-Thu: 7. saving mr. Banks Fri: 7:05, 9:30. Sat & Sun: 2:05, 7:05, 9:30. Mon-Thu: 7:10.
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tHe secRet liFe oF WAlteR mittYHH1/2: Ben Stiller plays James Thurber’s all-but-proverbial mild-mannered office drone, who dreams himself up several far more exciting lives, in this comedy also directed by Stiller. With Adam Scott and Kristen Wiig. (120 min, PG) WAlKiNG WitH DiNosAURsHH: Who hasn’t wanted to spy on the great beasts who roamed the world 70 million years ago? Of course, in this family adventure from BBC Earth, the dinos are computer generated and have voices supplied by John Leguizamo, Justin Long and other actors. Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale directed. (120 min, PG)
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tHe WolF oF WAll stReetHHHH: Leonardo DiCaprio plays stock swindler and party animal Jordan Belfort in director Martin Scorsese’s chronicle of his rise and fall, based on Belfort’s memoir. With Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill and Jon Favreau. (179 min, R)
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pHilomeNAH: Stephen (The Queen) Frears directed this fact-based drama about a journalist (Steve Coogan) who helps a woman (Judi Dench) search for the son the Catholic church forced her to give up decades earlier. (98 min, R. Roxy) sAviNG mR. BANKsHHH Emma Thompson plays Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in this comedydrama about her conflict with Walt Disney over the book’s movie adaptation. Tom Hanks plays Disney, from whose empire this film issues. With Colin Farrell and Paul Giamatti. John Lee (The Blind Side) Hancock directed. (125 min, PG-13)
tHe Act oF KilliNGHHHHH Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-short-listed documentary investigates the legacy of mass murder through interactions with Indonesian former death squad leaders who faced no consequences. (115 min, NR) closeD ciRcUitHH1/2 Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall play lawyers in love — well, formerly in love — who run into government roadblocks as they defend an alleged international terrorist in this UK conspiracy drama. John Crowley directed. (95 min, R) i’m so eXciteDHHH An airplane crew tries desperately to distract passengers facing their likely deaths in a doomed jet in the latest sort-ofcomedy from writer-director Pedro Almodóvar. (95 min, R) tHANKs FoR sHARiNGHH1/2 Stuart Blumberg makes his directorial debut with this ensemble drama about a group of sex addicts trying to learn how to have relationships. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Pink and Mark Ruffalo. (112 min, R)
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He’s way out of his depth at the Italian studio. The pompous producer (Cosimo Fusco) and lecherous director (Antonio Mancino) roll their eyes at Gilderoy’s shyness and squeamishness. The secretary gives him the runaround when he tries to get his expenses reimbursed. And he just can’t get used to the bearded Foley artists, known as Massimo and Massimo, who smash melons to approximate smashing heads.
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Troy Foster Mitchell, 47, was in the process of robbing a bank in Modesto, Calif., when another teller called out, “Hi, Troy.” The teller recognized Mitchell because he’d been in the bank a month earlier to apply for a car loan. After Mitchell made off with $5000, bank officials showed Mitchell’s application form to police, who arrested him at the address he’d given. “Most people make more of an effort to hide, wear a mask or have a getaway vehicle,” Lauren Horwood of the U.S. Attorney’s Office said, “but he had nothing.” (Stockton’s the Record)
An Indian merchant named Chandrashekhar posted a billboard in Tamil Nadu intending to honor the late Nelson Mandela. The sign showed a photo of actor Morgan Freeman instead of one of the South African leader. Freeman portrayed Mandela in the 2009 film Invictus. The merchant blamed the mistake on the billboard’s designer. (Agence France-Presse)
Flush with Wealth
Workers cleaning a Jet Airways aircraft at Kolkata, India, found 240 gold bars worth more than $840,000 that had been left in the lavatory. Regional authorities disclosed that cleaning crews have made “scores” of similar discoveries, which are connected to smug-
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The Nonhuman Right Project filed four lawsuits asking a New York state court to establish the “legal personhood” of chimpanzees and affirm their basic right not to be held captive for entertainment or research. Chimpanzees “possess complex cognitive abilities that are so strictly protected when they’re found in human beings,” Steven Wise, president of the nonprofit declared. “There’s no reason why they should not be protected when they’re found in chimpanzees.” (Reuters)
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Medical researchers have developed a robot butt. The device is designed to train student doctors to give prostate exams, according to its inventors, Drs. Benjamin Lok and Carla Pugh. The plastic posterior is hooked up to a video screen featuring a virtual male named “Patrick” who is bent over a desk. “The mannequin is instrumented with force sensors that can measure where the student is examining and with how much pressure,” Lok said, adding that Patrick even measures eye contact between the student and the virtual patient to help improve bedside manner. (The Huffington Post)
A citizens group is suing the city of La Jolla, Calif., demanding that it eradicate the “foul, noxious and sickening odors” left by birds and sea lions defecating on the rocks below restaurants overlooking scenic La Jolla Cove. Citizens for Odor-Nuisance Abatement blames the foul smell on city officials, who two years ago approved a fence to keep people away from the rocks. Since then, birds and marine mammals have flocked to the site. The lawsuit complains that sea lions particularly have made the problem “much worse” because they’re eating strong-smelling anchovies on the rocks. Removing the fence, the lawsuit contends, would let people clamber on the rocks and,
by doing so, chase away the birds and mammals to defecate elsewhere. (Los Angeles Times)
Waste of Taste
The chief cause of food waste in the United Kingdom is fussy shoppers, according to the supermarket chain Tesco. Officials reported that in the first six months of 2013, its U.K. stores threw away 30,000 tons of edible food that customers rejected because they “always pick the cream of the crop” and turn down old or misshapen produce, regardless of whether taste is affected. “Customers will always make the choice of the one that cosmetically looks better,” Matt Simister, Tesco’s food sourcing director, told a House of Lords panel. “That’s a very difficult reality for us.” By contrast, Simister noted, Eastern European customers more willingly accept less than perfectlooking food. (Britain’s Daily Mail)
Lest We Forget
After movie star Paul Walker died in a car crash, Scottish authorities reported that a car burst into flames during a gathering to honor Walker organized by a group of car enthusiasts. Police charged a 19-year-old man with causing the fire, which began “after revving the engine for 20 minutes in tribute.” (Scotland’s STV)
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gling operations. A passenger carries the gold aboard an international flight bound for India, hides it in the lavatory and leaves it there when exiting the plane to clear customs. The aircraft itself continues as a domestic flight. A new passenger retrieves the gold and carries it off the plane because customs officers don’t check domestic flights. (Britain’s Daily Mail)
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Can you guess what combination of colors makes the most vivid visual impact? Psychologists say it’s black on yellow. Together they arrest the eye. They command attention. They activate a readiness to respond. According to my reading of the astrological omens, this is the effect you can and should have in the coming weeks. It’s time for you to draw the best kind of attention to yourself. You have a right and a duty to galvanize people with the power of your presence. Whether you actually wear yellow clothes with black highlights is optional as long as you cultivate a similar potency.
aRies (March 21-April 19): you can blame it
tauRus (April 20-May 20): When is the
last time you did an experiment? I’m not
gemini (May 21-June 20): to help take the edge off the darkness you have been wrestling with, I offer you these lines from a poem by Kay ryan: “The day misspent, / the love misplaced, / has inside it / the seed of redemption. / nothing is exempt / from resurrection.” In other words, Gemini, whatever has disappeared from your life will probably return later in a new form. The wrong turns you made may lead you to a fresh possibility. Is that what you want? or would you prefer that the lost things stay lost, the dead things stay dead? Make a decision soon. canceR (June 21-July 22): “Human beings
are often unable to receive because we do not know what to ask for,” says the writer Malidoma somé in his book Water and Spirit. “We are sometimes unable to get what we need because we do not know what we want.” With that in mind, Cancerian, hear my two pleas: first, that in the next six weeks, you will work diligently to identify the goodies you want most; and second, that you will cultivate your capacity to receive the goodies you want most by refining your skill at asking for them.
leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Julia Morgan (18721957) was the first woman licensed as an architect in California. she designed over 700 buildings in the course of her brilliant career, and thrived both financially and artistically. one key to her success was her humility. “Don’t ever turn down a job because it’s beneath you,” she advised. That’s a helpful message for you to hear, Leo. It applies to the work-related opportunities you may be invited to take on, as well as the tasks that your friends, associates and loved ones ask you to consider. you can’t possibly know ahead of time how important it might ultimately be to
apply yourself conscientiously to a seemingly small assignment.
(Aug. 23-sept. 22): one of beethoven’s music teachers said, “As a composer, he is hopeless.” When Thomas edison was a kid, a teacher told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Walt Disney worked at a newspaper when he was young, but his editor fired him because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” I’m sure there was a person like that in your past — someone who disparaged and discouraged you. but I’m happy to report that 2014 will be the best year ever for neutralizing and overcoming that naysayer’s curse. If you have not yet launched your holy crusade, begin now.
liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): As a child, french philosopher and writer blaise Pascal (16231662) loved math. but his father, who homeschooled him, forced him to forego math and concentrate on studying the humanities. blaise rebelled. When he was 12 years old, he locked himself in his room for days and immersed himself in mathematical investigations. When he emerged, he had figured out on his own some of euclid’s fundamental theorems about geometry. eventually, he became a noted mathematician. I see the coming weeks as prime time to do something like the young Pascal did: seal yourself away from other people’s opinions about who you’re supposed to be, and explore the themes that will be crucial for the person you are becoming. scoRPio
(oct. 23-nov. 21): In 1609, Dutch sea explorer Henry Hudson sailed to America and came upon what we now call Coney Island. back then it was a barren spit of sand whose main inhabitants were rabbits. but it was eventually turned into a dazzling resort — an “extravagant playground,” according to the documentary film Coney Island. by the early 20th century, there were three sprawling amusement parks packed into its two square miles of land, plus “a forest of glittering electric towers, historical displays, freak shows, a simulated trip to the moon, the largest herd of elephants in the world, and panoramas showing the Creation, the end of the World, and Hell.” I mention this, scorpio, because 2014 could feature your very own
Henry Hudson moment: a time when you will discover virgin territory that will ultimately become an extravagant playground.
sagittaRius (nov. 22-Dec. 21): “If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to be crows,” said 19th-century social reformer Henry Ward beecher. That might be an accurate assessment for most people, but I don’t think it will be true for you sagittarians in the foreseeable future. your animal intelligence will be working even better than usual. your instinctual inclinations are likely to serve as reliable guides to wise action. trust what your body tells you! you will definitely be clever enough to be a crow. aQuaRius (Jan. 20-feb. 18): I’m guess-
ing that in a metaphorical sense, you’ve been swallowed by a whale. now you’re biding your time in the beast’s belly. Here’s my prediction: you will be like the biblical Jonah, who underwent a more literal version of your experience. The whale eventually expelled him, allowing him to return to his life safe and sound — and your story will have the same outcome. What should you do in the meantime? Here’s the advice that Dan Albergotti gives in his poem “Things to Do in the belly of the Whale.” “Count the ribs,” he says. “Look up for blue sky through the spout. Make small fires with the broken hulls of fishing boats. Practice smoke signals. Call old friends. organize your calendar. Dream of the beach. review each of your life’s ten million choices. find the evidence of those before you. Listen for the sound of your heart. be thankful that you are here, swallowed with all hope, where you can rest and wait.”
(feb. 19-March 20): How do you like your tests? short, intense and dramatic? or leisurely, drawn-out and low-pressure? Here’s another question: Do you prefer to pick out the tests you take, making sure they’re good fits for the precise lessons you want to master? or do you find it more exciting and adventurous to let fate determine what unpredictable tests get sent your way? ruminate about these matters, Pisces. you’re due for a nice big test sometime soon, and it’s in your interest to help shape and define how everything unfolds.
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on the coming full moon. you can blame it on the gorgeous storm or the epic dream or the haunting song or the suffering you’re struggling to vanquish. All I ask is that you don’t blame it on the alcohol. oK? If you’re going to do wild and brave and unexpected things, make sure they are rooted in your vigorous response to primal rhythms, not in a drunken surrender to weakness or ignorance. I’m all for you losing your oppressive self-control, but not the healthy kind of self-control.
talking about scientific tests and trials that take place in a laboratory. I’m referring to real-life experiments, like when you try out an unfamiliar experience to see if it appeals to you … or when you instigate a change in your routine to attract unpredictable blessings into your sphere. now would be an excellent time to expose yourself to a few what-ifs like that. you’re overdue to have your eyes opened, your limits stretched and your mind blown.
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You complete me 44 DWF looking for someone who just gets me. I am loyal, loving and pretty sentimental. People tell me they don’t believe my age. I try to take care of myself. I am military and work in my edu training. I am a good listener but people say I don’t let people give back to me. I am working on it. Get to know me and we might complete each other ... hugs. Me4u, 44
Outdoorsy sun-worshipping Vermonter! I love doing things outside, from hiking, sledding, skiing, swimming to biking. I could also easily and happily do nothing but soak up the sun all day on a lounge chair. The outdoors centers me. Travel does the same – and helps me put life into perspective. I am appreciative of all that I have and all I able to do. seejrun, 47, l
Greetings For me, happiness comes in many forms. In the broad sense, it stems from simplicity, a conscious appreciation of my surroundings - both place and people, the capacity to contribute and the well being of others. On a daily basis, it means an opportunity to learn something new and to be outside everyday in every season. echo65, 48
Becoming what I already am Genuine lady seeking sensitive soul. While I try to balance motion with stillness, my nature is to embrace momentum ... kayaking, dancing, walking on back roads, riding my bicycle, cruising on my motorcycle, encouraging people to have the courage to grow. Looking to find someone who likes to find secret treasures and celebrate the small things often overlooked. Naima, 34, l
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Creative comedian seeking playmate I am an easygoing sort with a good sense of humor. I do believe in chemistry and that “spark.” We would enjoy each other’s company, tickle each other’s sense of humor, engage in silliness, complement each other, and take ourselves down paths otherwise unknown. GreatCatch, 57 Patient, funny, active, methodical, atentive Looking for active, interesting women to spend worthwile time with. Anything is possible once you walk through the door. Time waits for no one. Torso, 39
Bearded n Burly in VT I enjoy the outdoors, creating art, getting in as much time with my dog as possible. I love to cook. I come from a big family, I will never master cooking for one. I think animals are the best therapy you could ever find. I have a big heart. I paint. I photograph. I teach art. maxcho, 33, l Wandering Minstrel Just an average, down to earth guy – I know it doesn’t sound like a sales pitch but it did say honestly describe (and in all shouting caps at that). So I guess I’ll add kind, happy, passionate about making the world a better place with a keen sense of humor, taste for adventure and an occasional dose of dorkiness. songwriter62, 51, l Old Dog, New Tricks. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, care to prove them wrong? Long term single guy, looking for long term relationship, pet me, feed me, let me sleep in your bed and I promise I’ll follow you anywhere. I would go on, but there’s not enough room, if you want to hear more, give me a call. deb74vt, 39
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Fetishes turn me on Looking for a relationship to build trust in therefore allowing for greater ability to explore deeper and wilder fetishes. Looking for someone who knows how to conduct themselves in public and when alone is a real fetish freak. I am discreet. I am sober, drug free, and STD clean and cautious. I prefer you have recent STD results before sex. DiscreetFetishFan, 26, l Out for a stroll I’m yearning to lie down with some beautiful little thing so we can share and explore each other for hours. I would love to discover what makes you quiver and squirm and giggle. I’m very happy with my boyfriend, but we both agree that I need a female playmate. A_Good_Read, 29 Fwb 5’4”, athletic, attractive, professional looking for an NSA FWB. Must be athletic, attractive, professional and D&D free. Ideally this would be an ongoing thing. vtluna, 33 Sexy in the sheets Hello, I am cute, sexy, slender, regular person! I have a life, husband all that “fun” stuff. I am looking for a clean, slender, easygoing girl to get in the sheets with once in a while. My husband is cool with it & doesn’t get to join. No drama seriously! No guys! sweetcheeks, 34 Someone to play with Looking for discreet fun! Open to most anything and very fun. sopretty, 38
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Sexy couple looking for excitement Sexy, professional couple looking to make our fantasies become a reality. She is bi-curious, he is straight. We want to find a woman (or two) we can hang out with, laugh, have fun and fool around with. Honesty, trust, privacy and communication are all things we value. Let’s get to know each other and see if we can have some fun! sexycouple84, 26, l New to this, Couple ISO fun, sexy couple Attractive couple, mid-40’s, she is gorgeous, he is funny :-), looking for discreet encounters, staying in BTV on Saturday nights. Would love to meet for drinks and see. blairbest, 46, l Up for a threesome? We’re a polyamorous couple in our 30s looking to add another woman as a play partner. She is pan-sexual (gender blind) and he is straight. We dabble in BDSM, but are not hard core. We’re super lowkey, fun, slightly geeky and very open. If you think you might be interested, let’s grab a drink. We’re always excited to meet new people! welovewomen802, 32 Looking for more! Down-to-earth couple looking for more in our sex lives. We’re fun-loving and know how to party, but have our shit together and live normal lives too. Discretion is important for us, and will be afforded to you as well. Cum and see what you have been missing! BTW he can make you pass out with his tounge. hisandhers, 44 Perfect Situation Willing to try anything (twice). We’re a well-educated couple in a “perfect situation.” We’re looking for another woman, or a couple, to try new things. LASE2VT, 28
My wife and I have been a couple for more than 20 years. The sex is very good – when we do it. We average about once per week, but I wish it were two or three times. She works from home, and I asked her if she masturbates during the day, and she confirmed that she does. The problem is that I wish she would not take it upon herself to orgasm; I would like her to wait for me. I have talked to her about this and, after the talk, it is better for a few weeks, and then it goes back to the way it was. How should I approach this?
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First, let’s address what’s going well. Kudos on your enduring relationship. You’re clearly still into one another, and I commend you for working to make your relationship even stronger. Regarding your “problem,” I have a radical idea for you. It’s quite possible that your wife’s masturbatory habits have nothing to do with the frequency with which you have sex. If you’re trying to have more sex with your wife by decreasing the number of times she has sex with herself, you’re going about it all wrong. In fact, I would argue that the more you encourage her to engage with herself, the more likely she will be to have sex with you. Women’s bodies are magical multiple-orgasm machines. Unlike men, we don’t have much of a refractory period before we can perform again; thus, it doesn’t matter how many times she gets off during a workday — she is fully capable of coming again when you get home. If she’s not into having sex with you as much as you’d like, perhaps you’re not appealing to her emotionally. Think about it: By petitioning her to stop masturbating, you’re putting limitations on her pleasure and connection with her body — does that sounds sexy to you? It doesn’t turn me on, that’s for sure. Forget about her daytime diddling and rev up the romance and intimacy. During particularly heightened sexual times in your long relationship, what was working well? Do more of that! If you stop focusing on what she shouldn’t be doing and start focusing more on what you could be doing, you might see a positive shift toward the bedroom.
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Army “Annie” at On Tap Very cute, petite blonde, nice, smart and so easy to talk with! I’m “Bill” and we met in between bites of your huge burger :), Seems we have much in common and covered a lot in a short time (helicopters, Ft. Rucker, teaching, kids). Would love to meet again and learn more about you — maybe at a quieter place this time? When: Saturday, January 4, 2014. Where: On Tap, Essex Junction. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911903 Penalty Box Colchester I saw you NYE and so wanted to talk to you, but I think you were with your boyfriend. We exchanged glances a couple times and you even grabbed my ass as you walked by and took some food off of the table I was sitting at. Please contact me. You are a hot-looking, long-haired woman. When: Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Where: Colchester. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911902 Tattoo freak Christmas Day. We shared an amazing kiss outside of a gas station. It’s been a few months since we have seen each other we used to spend lots of amazing times together. You were my best friend and I want you to know I miss you! I want everyone to know that I truly did and still do LOVE you! When: Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Where: Champlain Farms (next to Chuck’s Mobil). You: Man. Me: Woman. #911901 Hey there Good Stuff guy! I’ve never done this before but you were so helpful today that I thought I might try this. I came in tonight to the St. Albans Good Stuff. You helped me with stainless steel items and vaporizers. You’re really attractive and funny. I wish I had caught your name. I was wondering if you might be into getting coffee sometime? When: Friday, January 3, 2014. Where: St. Albans Good Stuff. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911900 devosail I’d love to go for a ski. Do you teach? When: Friday, January 3, 2014. Where: surfing on a chilly day. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911899
I fell for you, willow1116 I guess I flew a bit too close to the sun. All I can see now are diamonds. I’m so glad you found me. What a sweet relief! 143 bigrigg When: Friday, January 3, 2014. Where: somewhere before or maybe not. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911898 Hen of the Wood Hostess I came in with some friends last Friday around 9:30. You greeted us at the door with an unforgettbale smile and those eyes, I couldn’t look away. I was too nervous to say anything to you when we left. You’re a gorgeous girl. When: Friday, December 27, 2013. Where: Hen of the Wood. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911897 Looking For Anna I saw you working in a jewlery store on Church Street. I have been wanting to talk with you but I’m a little shy. I beleive your name was Anna. If you should see this and would be interested in coffee or something, please let me know. When: Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Where: at jewlery store on Church Street. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911896 mr. flatbread bartender We have mutual friends and we’ve hung out several times but it’s been awhile. I’ve been to your lake house and we’ve snuggled on couches. You offered to walk me home last time I saw you. I should have said yes —a decision I regret all the time. Been thinking of you. Have always thought you’re pretty amazing. Happy New Year! When: Friday, November 1, 2013. Where: close to home. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911894 FAHC Harvest Café You: a handsome, tall, blond man who was having lunch with a colleague at the Harvest Café. Me: I sat right behind you, blond, glasses, usually wearing a scarf. We’ve been making eye contact and saying hi for months. Would you like to get some coffee? When: Thursday, January 2, 2014. Where: FAHC Harvest Café. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911893
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Baggage claim from Atlanta 1/1 We were both checking each other out while waiting for our bags, until your BF and my GF showed up. You: tall, hot, blond, white blouse. Me: tall, short brown hair, brown T-shirt, 40ish. Would love to meet and have some fun. When: Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Where: baggage claim at airport from Atlanta. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911891 eyes dilate when we kissed Been thinking of you often. Miss the fun we had together. The looks and smiles we would get as we passed people; the drinks of coffee,;the hotel stays; local road trips. I always said I’d spy you someday. Your eyes dilate when we kiss. Text me if you want. Same # for me. Friends again? When: Friday, October 2, 2009. Where: Price Chopper. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911890 Black Beanie in RJ’s Place: Reuben James. Date: New Years Eve (ball drop). You: tall, handsome, bearded gentleman with black beanie standing with your buddy. Me: brown hair, champagne and black striped dress. New year rung in with a wonderful kiss. Looked for you after but you had already left. Be in touch. When: Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Where: Reuben James. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911888 Tunbridgeshindigger too! December 7,2013 I might be who you are looking for. Across a crowded room of dancers, a tall, silver man, very interesting looking. I saw you look at me and wondered who you were. When: Saturday, December 7, 2013. Where: Tunbridge shindig. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911887 Cute Indian at Waterbury gas station Cute Indian, or East Indian, at Waterbury gas station, waiting for something, New Years Eve day, about 2:45 p.m. Thought you were too young for me, but still thinking about you. Wearing puffy jacket, possbly purple or black. Me: middle-age white male wearing black as usual, getting phone card and lottery tickets. Would like to meet you, hook up. When: Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Where: Waterbury. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911886 Babe at Church & Main You and your friend were just too charming to resist. I had a lot of fun dancing with you and kissing you, too bad we’re both taken. Maybe we’ll meet again in the future. At least I’m hoping so. When: Saturday, December 28, 2013. Where: Church & Main. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911885 Hi Karmaman! Message me and we can email and get to know each other a little! When: Monday, December 30, 2013. Where: men looking for women. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911884 You have freckles, beautiful You: at the bar, ordering drinks. Me: saying you must be thirsty. You were ordering two drinks, one mixed, one beer. You said you were very thirsty. You stayed all night, left after me. You: cute, freckles, brown shirt, blue jeans. Me: just a guy next you, while you ordered drinks. If you want to get a drink sometime, holler. When: Sunday, December 29, 2013. Where: you’ll know where. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911882
Lake St. Dive show Wearing a denim shirt tucked into black jeans, dancing up toward the front. Silver hoop earrings. You’re so pretty, ugh wow, and I liked that you dug the music. I saw you looking at me but was embarrassed and didn’t want to come off creepy in front of your friends. I’m even a bit embarrassed writing this. When: Sunday, December 29, 2013. Where: Higher Ground. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #911881 I HAVE ... and of course I know it’s you. A quality still of that tacit connection we always had. How two people could meet at such a level but always be pointed into such opposite life directions. Thank you for the kind words S. All that means so much to me and I feel the same towards you with all of it and yes, skipping beats. When: Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Where: on a rock ledge. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911880 Fun and Honey. Saw you looking over at 80s night and we shared the most incredible smile. I faked a policeman pulling me over to spend the night with you and amazingly you agreed. Thanks for all the Fun and Honey! Until I’m back in your life I’ll send a white lilly on the first of the month to remind you of how beautiful and perfect you are. When: Saturday, December 28, 2013. Where: 80s Night. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911879 Barnes and Noble Café You have short brown hair and always spell my name wrong when making my coffee. I go there all the time with my friend and have always wanted to have an actual conversation with you. Hope to bump into you ;). When: Friday, December 6, 2013. Where: Barnes and Noble, S. Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911878 old mercedes man in the O.N.E. You keep beeping, we have the same car I believe. Sorry my passenger window doesn’t work. Thank you for always waving! When: Friday, December 20, 2013. Where: the O.N.E. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911877 Beautiful smile and eyes You were walking around the corner of Church and Pearl streets and I glanced at you and smiled. Your smile back took me by surprise and also your eyes. Quite a beautiful lady, you were wearing a brown (I believe) North Face jacket and a lighter color hat. Sorry, I was more focused on your smile :). Coffee? When: Saturday, December 28, 2013. Where: Church St., Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911876 Work Buddy You make it fun to be at work. When I know you’re there I get a little bit happier. I know life is rough and sucks 90 percent of the time. Just know you make someone’s day brighter. When: Saturday, December 28, 2013. Where: work. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911875 Crayon sweaters 4 SS You graciously served our party of five at Posi-Pie in Montpelier last Sunday, and joined me giggling over the flamboyant pullover my friend received for Chanukah. Grandma wondered why we were so flustered; it was because we thought you were pretty much the hottest person in the world. Want to make homemade pies sometime? When: Sunday, December 22, 2013. Where: Montpelier PP. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #911874
Where’s Waldo? Is she mentoring children, or being a great mom to her own? Is she hosting friends at her house, or out helping people in need? Is she doing three-hour workouts, or just making people smile? Is she teaching classes in school, or doing thoughtful things for friends? The answer: All the above, and more. She inspires! She warms my heart! When: Monday, December 23, 2013. Where: Everywhere, but not every day :0(. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911873 I see you everywhere Even in Walmart ... lol! There is something about you. I do try to avoid you for I am afraid if we were close enough you would be able to read my mind. When: Thursday, December 26, 2013. Where: Hannaford. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911872 Coffee Corner Cutie To the waitress in the black tights and white T: Your hot chocolate (hold the whipped cream AND sprinkles) was the best part of my breakfast. Mmmmm. When: Thursday, December 26, 2013. Where: Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911871 Bread and Puppet in Hardwick A lady with dark hair driving a B&P white Dodge van. Saw you at Poulin Lumber and then you pulled in next to me on Mill St. We said hi to each other. Ever go to Parker Pie? When: Monday, December 23, 2013. Where: Hardwick. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911869 Alpine Shop I was just killing time on Christmas Eve, but after you asked if there was anything you could help me find – I wish I had a list. Your brown dress was a perfect compliment to your blond hair and bright smile, and you made my morning merrier. When: Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Where: t he Alpine Shop. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911868 Cold Beer, Hot Shower You were wearing jeans with no long johns or yoga pants, a Christmas coat, you bought for yourself, drinking a chocolate stout.Your favorite movie is the Goonies. Your beautiful smile and great sense of humor is still on my mind. Me sitting next to you enjoying great conversation. Looking forward to seeing you again. When: Monday, December 23, 2013. Where: Parlor. You: Woman. Me: Man. #911867 Chances are ... You will never see this. An email just came and the sender shared your name. My heart skipped a beat. Unconditional reaction that still leaves me in awe over the effect you will always have on me. I will always believe you are nothing but kind and will always wish you all the best. When: Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Where: here, there, never enough. You: Man. Me: Woman. #911866
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