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It’s scary to hear about the behavior of some motorists when passing a bicycle [“When It Comes to Bike Safety, Vermont Falls Down — Hard,” June 16]. Vermont sends out cycling maps to tourists, advertising its great cycling routes, yet when you actually go on a tour, you encounter dangerous roads where there is not much room for passing and motorists cut you off when turning. Being from Europe and having used a bicycle for main transportation there, I have to say that I’m sad I cannot use my bike to do errands. But I just won’t feel safe without bike lanes — not a small strip painted on the road! I mean a separate bike path off the road! Impossible? I hope not. heike meyer

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together, and they gave the show 100 percent of their energy. Scott [Tournet] and Benny [Yurco] stole the show with their melodic, kinetic fretwork. Catherine [Popper] wove a textured matrix around all the players, locking into Matt [Burr]’s drums or complementing the guitars through the night. I thought Matt’s drums were going to jump up and dance a few times during the show. And then there’s Grace, who has the best female voice in rock since Grace Slick, Janis Joplin and Chrissie Hynde. Plus, she can write a range of songs, soulful and hard driving, as well as edgy yet tender ballads. Anyone who judges this band from a CD is missing all the fun. Every single member is a sight to behold, and a musical force to be reckoned with, not just the beautiful and talented Grace Potter. Angela christofides new York, n.Y.


It’s clear by Dan Bolles’ review of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals new, self-titled release [“Album Review: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals,” June 2] that he hasn’t seen the band live. If he saw the band live, he would know they have totally come into their own. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals tore New York City’s Webster Hall down on June 12. The songs from the new CD are textured and dynamic live. You can see the band members are enjoying the stage



What’s wrong with this picture [“Parental Guidance,” June 9]? Brain injury is the leading cause of death in bicycle crashes; it is the leading cause of disability among those who survive. Where do kids learn to use helmets? Parents are the role models, yet in this picture the parents are not wearing helmets, and Flynn Freeman’s helmet is not securely fastened. A bicycle helmet is a

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I love riding my bicycle around town and getting to places that I need to go with an eye on the environment, my health and my pocket [“When It Comes to Bike Safety, Vermont Falls Down — Hard,” June 16]. However, when I get out on my bike, I know I am signing myself up for an extra vigilant ride. I am all for some progress being made toward bicycle safety in regard to motorists. However, I’m ruffled about the lack of attention on the act of bicycling safely. I get ticked off when I am in my car, and I see a cyclist in the road with the vehicles and yet behaving not at all like a vehicle — no signal, not stopping with the traffic, weaving and cutting through. I have witnessed and nearly been a part of a few near collisions that were caused by reckless cycling. It annoys me to no end! Please, advocate for some new laws that require cyclists to respect vehicles, as well!


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Until now, Cormier noted, he’s refrained from hiring a lawyer to persuade Loper to pony up. If the checks don’t start arriving soon, however, Cormier says he may change his tune.

Green Guzzlers

One of Vermont’s larger environmental groups — the Vermont League of Conservation Voters — endorsed Senator DOUG RACINE (D-Chittenden) on Monday. It’s the fourth major endorsement for Racine, who has also received the support of the Vermont AFL-CIO,



the Vermont chapter of the National Education Association and the Vermont State Employees Association. Combined, the organizations represent about 30,000 members. The VLCV has about 7500 people it can mobilize for Racine, but the goal is to get a larger total of 30,000 identified Vermont “green” voters to the polls on August 24 and November 2, said TODD BAILEY, the group’s executive director. VLCV plans to conduct a strong “get out the vote” effort on Racine’s behalf, including an absentee-ballot push in what Bailey believes will be a low-turnout primary. The endorsement came less than two weeks after the group launched a new website and posted responses from candidates to a variety of questions, including one about whether climate change is real. Republican Lt. Gov. BRIAN DUBIE dropped that softball, then later had to confess to what could be an inconvenient


OPINION truth for the conservative pol: Climate change is real. The endorsement came as a bit of a surprise — and a blow — to Senate President Pro Tem PETER SHUMLIN, who has led the charge on climate-change legislation and closing down Vermont Yankee — two issues near and dear to Vermont environmentalists. Shumlin’s been on a roll lately with endorsements from several key environmental business leaders and Treasurer JEB SPAULDING, a prominent Dem who once considered a run for gov. A VLCV endorsement would have given Shumlin the necessary momentum to start separating himself from the pack — narrowing the field to a three-way race among himself, Racine and Secretary of State DEB MARKOWITZ. In response to the endorsement, Shumlin’s campaign manager ALEX MACLEAN said, “While Peter respects today’s VLCV decision, he believes that his solid record of getting tough things done … is without peer.” Senator SUSAN BARTLETT (D-Lamoille) was disappointed, too, given her longstanding support for conservation programs. “It is becoming clear that moderates don’t get endorsements from specialinterest groups. I’m counting on the independence of Vermonters to give me the endorsement that I need: that of the voters.” I love how Shumlin and Bartlett claim endorsements don’t mean much — that is, when they’ve failed to get one. The irony is that VLCV’s candidate of choice sells Jeeps and other sport utility vehicles to Vermonters; he also open to discussing whether all-terrain-vehicle riders should be allowed to create connector trails on state lands. Racine told “Fair Game” he sees no irony there. “Every chance I have, I urge my own industry to improve fuel efficiency,” he said. “We have to do more to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.”

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Leahy (D-VT) — is pushing $5 million. Leahy’s rivals, the GOP’s Len Britton and Democrat Dan FreiLich, are each struggling to get to six figures. A recent Rasmussen poll finds Leahy 30 points ahead of Britton. So why does Leahy need to raise so much cash? Perhaps he’s trying to set some kind of Vermont record? In 2006, businessman and GOP senatorial candidate rich tarrant spent $7 million — of mostly his own money — in a losing bid against then U.S. Representative Bernie SanDerS (I-VT) to fill the seat vacated by U.S. Senator JameS JeFForDS (I-VT). Sanders raised, and spent, $6.5 million, making it the most expensive senate race in Vermont history. How’s Leahy raking in all that dough when every Democrat running for statewide office has his or her hand out? A recent Washington Post report claims around 86 percent of Leahy’s campaign donations derive from out of staters. That’s tops, percentage-wise, among Senate Dems. The Post totaled Leahy’s out-of-state haul at $1.6 million. Leahy’s campaign manager caroLyn Dwyer said the Post figures are about right, but quickly added, “Thousands of Vermonters contribute to Senator Leahy’s campaign, exponentially more than all six of his opponents combined.” True dat. Despite the heavy reliance on outof-state money, Leahy has raised at least $300,000 from Vermonters since January 1, 2009. The average contribution is less than $100. For out-of-state supporters, it’s less than $50, said Dwyer. As of March 31, Britton had raised $43,517 and was more than $70,000 in debt, while Freilich raised $45,993 during the same period with no reported debt. Of the two, Freilich raised a substantial sum from out of state, while Britton has raised most of his money from in state. In fact, campaign advisor BraDForD BoyLeS says Britton has taken in at least 80 percent of his money from instate donors and is not taking any PAC money. Holy inverse proportions, Batman! “Vermonters know politicians don’t need millions of dollars of special-interest PAC money to run for reelection in the state of Vermont,” said Boyles. It seems folks outside of Vermont like Leahy, too. Dwyer’s explanation: “Senator Leahy enjoys a national base of support based on his tremendous record of accomplishment, especially his willingness to stand up to the Bush

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No More Mr. Nice Guy? Doug “Quiet Man” Racine says he’s tough enough to be governor B Y A ND Y BROMAGE

Five of the six may be almost indistinguishable on policy issues. But the men and women competing to be the next governor of Vermont are vastly different people. And their individual stories may better indicate how they’d govern than any number of speeches, videos and slogans. To that end, Seven Days reporter Andy Bromage has been getting to know the gubernatorial candidates, at their jobs, in their homes and on the campaign trail. In the third of six profiles, he shines a light on Doug Racine, who tried — and failed — to get the big job eight years ago.






he subject of buprenorphine — a drug that’s used to wean addicts off heroin — came up during a recent candidate debate in Burlington. The moderator asked all five Democrats running for governor how they would address its increasing presence in Vermont. “Bupe” has become the most abused drug in the prison population and one of the most frequently sold on the street. When it was Senator Doug Racine’s turn to answer, he didn’t dance around the question or veer off into a canned stump speech. He looked straight at the crowd and said he didn’t know. “I will tell you what kind of a governor I’m going to be,” Racine began. “I don’t completely understand the problem you presented in your question, so I’m not going to speculate on what a solution might be … I’m not going to do it off the cuff.” Politicians are famous for giving nonanswers to questions they think are too controversial, or haven’t thought through. Racine, a Richmond Democrat, can obfuscate with the best of them. But his honest response to the drug query is more typical of the so-called “Quiet Man” who’s been in Vermont politics for the better part of three decades. Even when he does have “the answer,” Racine doesn’t sugarcoat it. He believes Vermonters want real information about the state’s toughest problems, even when it hurts. So he’s sticking his neck out to talk about some of the most politically radioactive topics, such as raising taxes and growing state government. Unlike his four Democratic opponents — Secretary of State Deb Markowitz; former state senator and Google executive Matt Dunne; and state senators Peter Shumlin and Susan Bartlett — Racine is floating

new and higher taxes as fixes for solving Vermont’s continuing budget crisis. He says that taxing soft drinks and Internet sales, or even raising the rooms and meals tax by half a point, could help balance the books and avert additional cuts in state services that Vermonters have come to depend on. Racine is a big proponent of the “social safety net” and believes the wealthy should shoulder their fair share of recession-related pain. He understands the risks of that position. Taxes are “evil” in the minds of many voters, he admits, and the mere suggestion of raising them has sunk many a political campaign. His other budget-conscious brainstorm — tapping the state’s $60 million rainy day fund — is politically unpopular, too; the Senate recently shot down Racine’s proposal to use those funds to close the deficit. Racine maintains he’s the only realistic candidate in the running for Vermont’s top job. The solutions his opponents are pitching — growing the economy, controlling health care costs, reining in prison spending — are all good ideas, he says, but won’t balance the budget in the short term. “I’m going to tell people what I think, and I’m going to treat them as intelligent human beings,” Racine says. “I’m not going to be fearful or hide what I think is good public policy because some people might be able to use it against me.” In today’s sound-bite culture, that kind of candor is risky. And Racine has a lot to lose. The latest Rasmussen Reports poll shows him in second place among Democrats in hypothetical matchups against Republican candidate Brian Dubie, the popular lieutenant governor. Racine has also secured coveted endorsements from the state’s three biggest labor organizations — the AFL-

CIO, the National Education Association teachers’ union and the Vermont State Employees Association. On Monday, the Vermont League of Conservation Voters gave him the nod. Racine is doing everything he can to avoid a repeat of his last campaign for governor, in 2002, when he lost to Republican Jim Douglas by a margin of 45 to 42 in a three-way race with Con Hogan. In hindsight, Racine says he made the mistake of letting the race become a referendum on Howard Dean and failed to clearly articulate his vision for the state. Racine also concedes he was too laidback. The consensus was that Racine didn’t hit back hard enough when Douglas labeled him a “flip-flopper.” The late Seven Days columnist Peter Freyne subsequently dubbed him “The Quiet Man.” Racine insists he’s a better candidate

this time around — one capable of winning. He has hired Amy Shollenberger, an experienced community organizer, to run his field operation and political strategist Joe Trippi, who made Howard Dean a national star, to repackage him as a fighter. “I’m very clear about who I am,” Racine said during an interview last week in the cavernous Winooski storefront that has become his campaign headquarters. “I’m more willing to share my passions and my feelings and my emotions about issues than I ever have been before.” Can Racine convince voters he’s toughened up enough to lead Vermont? He sure is trying. Talking with a reporter, he taps his index finger on a wooden table to punctuate his points about Vermont’s struggling middle class and the need for better-paying jobs. He is clearly passionate but doesn’t

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might be other ways to look at it, by showing an openness ... we got people who didn’t agree with single payer, including Jim Douglas, to either help that bill become law or stay out of the way.” Racine was born in Burlington on October 7, 1952. His parents, Willie and Annette Racine, owned a gas station that eventually grew into Willie Racine’s Jeep dealership in South Burlington. Racine was the longtime bookkeeper at the family business and still works there part-time. He is divorced and has no children; his girlfriend of 14 years, Julie Moenter, is a Bristol-based veterinarian. Racine got hooked on politics early on, watching the 1964 Republican and Democratic national conventions on television. In eighth grade, he wrote a book report on Theodore H. White’s The Making of the President 1964. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1970 and from Princeton University in 1974, where he majored in “politics.” After college, Racine worked on Patrick Leahy’s first U.S. Senate campaign and went on to serve as his legislative aide in Washington, D.C. Racine’s own debut as a lawmaker

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and ill-prepared students, Racine says he wants to better integrate social services and classrooms to provide meals programs, after-school activities and earlychildhood care for parents who need it. On higher education, he proposes building satellite campuses around the state for better access to the University of Vermont and state college system. Racine calls himself a consensus seeker and an honest broker who would work to stop the “polarization” he sees solidifying in Montpelier. The image of Racine as a trustworthy truth teller is one that Trippi is eager to promote, too. “If people want empty promises — you know, We’ll cut taxes and increase spending and everything’s gonna be great — there are plenty of people you can vote for in this world,” Trippi says in a phone interview. “[Racine is] going to tell you the truth.” The senator is running on a legislative record that stretches back to Ronald Reagan’s first term in office and includes work on programs aimed at helping atrisk youth, sexual-assault victims and economically stressed families. This year, Racine’s signature achievement

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come across as really fired up. Halfway through the monologue, he interrupts himself to apologize: “I’m sorry; I do get wound up,” he says. “And that’s part of what’s different. I can really get wound up about these things.” But he doesn’t, always — not even in front of a sympathetic crowd. Speaking to supporters at Burlington’s St. John’s Club in early June, Racine delivered his stump speech with his hands clasping the microphone in prayer position. He never raised his voice or gesticulated aggressively but repeatedly insisted how “excited” he was about the campaign. In a gray suit that matched his full head of hair, he provided a stark contrast to the warm-up act that evening — the singing, dancing drag queens from the House of LeMay, decked out in patriotic red-white-and-blue regalia. They were performing for him because Racine was an early public supporter of full marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. His campaign website proudly links to a Burlington Free Press editorial from 1999 that slammed Racine for his pro-gay-rights stance. The paper called it a “serious mistake.”

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“Not as liberal as he used to be,” Illuzzi clarifies. “I think he’s pulled back on that, where he’s more sensitive to the business community. He’s moderated over time and with experience.” Racine’s Senate colleagues elected him president pro tem in 1989 and again in 1991, when he presided over a split chamber with 15 Democrats and 15 Republicans. In 1996, he ran for lieutenant governor and won — three times in a row. The last time, in 2000, he beat Brian Dubie, a victory he holds over Democratic rivals Shumlin and Dunne, both of whom


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lost to the Republican who now wants to be governor. Racine’s winning streak ended in 2002, when he lost to Douglas. He took a four-year hiatus from politics following that defeat, but then returned to the Senate, where he serves as chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee. One of his Democratic colleagues explained in a May press conference why he thinks Racine is destined for bigger things. “Doug has the two pillars of character that are necessary to be governor,” said Senator Dick McCormack of Windsor, “and that is kindness in his heart and a very clear, savvy understanding of how things work.” Will years of experience and deep knowledge of public policy propel Racine to the governor’s office in November? Racine claims he is older and more confident now — more willing to admit he doesn’t have every answer, more comfortable broaching tough topics such as the fairness of our tax system. “People want more information than you can get from a 30-second TV ad,” Racine says. “They’re listening, and they get what I say. So let’s talk about this in a thoughtful way and not a sound-bite way.” 


came in 1982, at the age of 30, when he won a seat in the Vermont Senate representing Chittenden County. Republican Senator Vince Illuzzi describes his slightly younger colleague as a “wideeyed liberal” and a “stiff ” who developed a sense of humor over time. Illuzzi also remembers a fierce fight on the Senate floor that lasted well past midnight. Illuzzi supported a bill permitting gun clubs near residential neighborhoods, while Racine vehemently opposed it. When Congress was getting tougher on work requirements for welfare, Vermont was doing the same, says John McClaughry, a Republican state senator from 1989 to 1992. The Democratcontrolled House passed a bill tightening welfare rules, but Racine “watered down” the get-tough provisions, McClaughry says. One example was a rule requiring welfare recipients to find a job or accept one after 18 months of aid. “That was not some right-wing welfare reform, but was reform that had support in the Democratic House,” McClaughry says. “Doug didn’t want to see the government force people to work to get a welfare check. He’s always been extremely liberal on welfare.”


was a health care reform plan that’s getting mixed reviews. As originally written, S.88 called for establishing a single-payer health care system in Vermont. In its final version, the bill shelved an actual health plan in favor of studying three different health care models, one of which must be single payer. Racine, who chairs the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, calls it a huge step toward health care reform, but others are less enthusiastic. Dr. Deb Richter, a leading advocate for single-payer health care in Vermont, thinks Racine forfeited a chance to pass an actual single-payer system this year. Richter is endorsing Racine’s rival, Democratic Senator Peter Shumlin, because she’s convinced he’s the only candidate who can get major health care reforms enacted. “He is not assertive enough, in my view, to get the job done,” Richter says of Racine. “That is really the biggest problem I have.” From Racine’s point of view, a road map to health care reform is real progress — and the only thing that had a prayer of passing this year. “If the insistence was [single payer] or nothing, we would have had nothing,” Racine says. “By allowing that there


There’s no question that Racine has political courage. He was the first candidate to announce he was running for governor, several days before Douglas was sworn in for a fourth term. “I was sensing a growing dissatisfaction,” Racine says. “People in the business community felt there needed to be a jobs-creation strategy, and there wasn’t.” On the issues, the Racine agenda is similar to those of his rivals: He wants to make health care universally accessible to Vermonters; to build new renewable energy systems in the state, including a wood-burning biomass plant; to support local farms and tech companies through state grants and loans; and to make state government friendlier to small businesses. Education has been a main priority for Racine, who served for four years on his local school board. He says he wants to reestablish a cooperative relationship between state government and local educators and to solicit new ideas for improving Vermont schools. He supports consolidating school districts to lower administrative costs but opposes mandating such changes — it should be a local decision, he says. In recognition of Vermont’s hungry

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olitics makes strange bedfellows, but it can also produce unlikely adversaries. Consider the current case of Congressman Peter Welch and Vermont’s credit unions, community banks and small retailers. On money matters, these interest groups are often in sync with one another and with Welch’s populist politics. But convergence has given way to conflict over a major component in the financial regulatory reform package expected to become law in the coming week. At issue is the “swipe fee” merchants must pay to financial institutions and to companies such as Visa and MasterCard every time a customer makes a purchase with a debit or credit card. The fee usually ranges between 1 and 2 percent of the sales price, which is enough to erase the profit a mom-and-pop shop might make on, say, a bag of peanuts. “Take out two cents on some small item and you might as well be giving it away,” says Courtney Handy, whose family owns Simon’s convenience store across from Battery Park in Burlington. Welch calls the slice taken by Visa, MasterCard and big banks “a rip-off that has to end.” Action to limit the swipe fee is “so overdue it’s shameful,” adds Vermont’s sole member of the U.S. House. He notes that swipe fees in the United States are among the highest in the world because many countries regulate how much card companies and banks can charge on a transaction. The second-term Democratic representative demonstrated his clout on Capitol Hill by attaching a swipe-fee amendment to the House version of the megabill assembled in response to the near meltdown of the global economy in 2008. The

provision that Welch cosponsored with Illinois Senator Richard Durbin empowers the Federal Reserve to reduce the swipe fee on debit-card sales by an amount the Fed decides is “reasonable and proportional.” It also allows the fee to be kept fully in place for banks and credit unions with less than $10 billion in assets. And the amendment forbids retailers from discriminating against cards with higher swipe fees. These stipulations were sufficient to satisfy key House Democrats concerned about the Durbin-Welch amendment’s potential impact on credit unions and community banks. But the institutions themselves aren’t satisfied. The heads of their Vermont trade associations dislike what Welch has done, and are also unhappy with senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders for supporting the amendment. Joseph Bergeron, president of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions, worries that the Fed may go along with a potential refusal by Visa and MasterCard to implement a two-tier system. The two debit-card giants have argued that assessing the full swipe fees for some cards but not for others would so complicate their processing procedures that they might apply a single reduced rate to all cards, including those issued by credit unions and small banks. A twotier setup will be “very complex and difficult to program — so much so that it won’t be worth the revenues lost” by the card companies from a reduced swipe fee, adds Mike Tuttle, president of Merchants Bank. Vermont community bankers don’t think the Fed can be trusted to uphold the Durbin-Welch amendment’s intent of protecting the revenues that accrue to small financial institutions through swipe fees. “Every time they say ‘Don’t worry, this won’t cost you,’ you can probably count on it costing you,” Tuttle comments. He says Merchants has already been hit with higher costs imposed by stricter federal requirements “that don’t benefit our customers one bit.” Ken Perine, head of the National Bank of Middlebury, calls Durbin-Welch’s exemption for community banks and credit unions “meaningless.” Even if the Fed and the card companies do allow small

institutions to retain the full swipe fee, many retailers won’t go along with that, Perine warns. “If you’re a merchant and you know a Chase card has a fee of X and our card carries a fee of X-plus, you’re going to discourage use of our card,” he reasons. “I don’t know how it will happen, but it will,” Perine says in regard to the amendment’s ban on such discriminatory practices by retailers. The loss in revenues from a reduced swipe fee would be “significant” in the case of VSECU, the second-largest credit union in Vermont, says its CEO, Steve Post. He and the community bankers warn that lowered swipe fees would force them to slap their cardholders with new or higher charges and possibly end free checking as well. Chris D’Elia, president of the Vermont Bankers Association, says it’s “totally unfair” that community banks are being made to a pay a price in response to a financial disaster they didn’t cause. Narrowed banking options for Vermonters could be an unintended consequence of the swipefee reform, D’Elia adds. He warns that further consolidations could occur in the state’s banking industry due to the increasing costs and declining revenues associated with heavier federal regulations. Merchants’ Tuttle points out that the swipe-fee provision “has nothing at all to do” with financial regulatory reform. Durbin-Welch represents “an opportunity by a special interest to grab something and put it into the bill,” Tuttle says of retailers. Whatever savings merchants enjoy as a result of reduced swipe fees are unlikely to be passed along to consumers, the amendment’s opponents argue. “It’s most of all going to benefit Wal-Mart and other big chains,” Tuttle observes. “Are they going to cut prices or add to their earnings?” he asks rhetorically. Bergeron, the Vermont credit union association president, says he met with Welch on this issue “many times,” but that the congressman could not be persuaded to change his position. D’Elia is less diplomatic. “It’s frustrating to banks in Vermont that we did not create the problem, yet members of Congress and our own delegation to a degree are taking this broad, sweeping, one-size-fits-all approach,” the bankers association head declares. Welch, for his part, finds it “puzzling” that credit unions and community banks are so unyielding in their opposition to an amendment that expressly addresses their interests. “I do understand their concerns, but we’ve taken concrete steps to meet them,” Welch says. “And just because they have a worst-case scenario doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.” m

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In VT, Recession Fuels a Feud Between Banks and Credit Unions The crisis that destabilized big banks and nearly capsized the American economy actually benefited most financial institutions in Vermont. Deposits poured into community banks, and credit-union membership climbed as many Vermonters took their money and ran from jumbo institutions — out of fear or protest or both. But the windfall wasn’t distributed evenly. Deposits in Vermont’s 29 credit unions jumped 16 percent, to $2.1 billion, between mid-2008 to mid-2009, according to the state banking division. The 22 banks doing business in Vermont saw their deposits grow by a much more modest 3.8 percent during the same period, to a total of $10.3 billion. Credit union membership rose 3 percent last year to include nearly half of Vermont’s population. That market-share grab is fueling the resentments bankers have long felt for credit unions. Chris D’Elia, head of the Vermont Bankers Association, says credit unions’ exemption from federal and most state taxes as well as from communityreinvestment regulations gives them unfair competitive advantages. “A bank in Vermont might be paying $400,000 in state tax and $1 million or $2 million in federal tax while a credit union pays nothing. Where’s the justice in that?” D’Elia wonders. Credit unions have also strayed far from their original mission of serving “unbankable,” low-income groups, D’Elia adds. “Well-paid doctors at Fletcher Allen and Dartmouth Hitchcock are eligible to join credit unions,” he notes. Indeed, anyone living or working in Vermont can now pay a $25 fee and become a member of Vermont State Employees Credit Union, which was previously open only to state employees. The growing popularity of credit unions reflects a perception that they offer better loan terms and interest rates than do even Vermont-owned banks such as the National Bank of Middlebury. But its president, Ken Perine, implies that community banks are better neighbors. “We contribute to the infrastructure of our communities by paying taxes,” Perine says. Some Vermonters choose to join credit unions rather than do business with community banks for the same reason that some Vermonters shop at food co-ops rather than other markets. They find political appeal in the fact that a credit union is owned by its members, who make decisions democratically. There aren’t any shareholders seeking returns on their investments. Credit unions are tax-exempt because they’re nonprofit, notes VSECU’s CEO Steve Post. “The only money we retain from our operations is what we’re required to keep by regulation,” Post says. “The rest of what we make goes back to our members.”



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eldest, died. According to the filmmakers, most of the villagers they encountered in San Isidro had at least one family member working in Vermont. As Seven Days first documented in a 2003 cover story, “Green Mountain Campesinos,” the Mexican laborers’ hardships don’t end once they find work. Many put in 70- to 80-hour workweeks, surviving on little sleep and only one meal per day. Most rarely leave their farms for fear of arrest and deportment. And they do all this for low, often infrequent pay, most of which they send back to Mexico. As the film jumps between Vermont and Chiapas, it reveals the Faustian bargain the people of San Isidro have made. On the one hand, many of the housing, transportation and agricultural projects in this subsistence community have been paid for with money wired home from family members in Vermont. On the other hand, a San Isidro schoolteacher explains how difficult it is to educate the local teens, most of whom dream of little else but the day they’ll go north in search of better economic opportunities. Those who do return, either by choice or by deportment, often find it difficult to reacclimate to village life. As one resident puts it in the film, “What they were before, they aren’t now.” The 24-minute documentary is raw and unpolished, much like San Isidro itself. Inevitably, it leaves a few questions unanswered — such as why so many of San Isidro’s residents come to Vermont, how they get here and why they stay. Terán, who spent two weeks in San Isidro and narrates the film, offers some of those details in an interview. He says most of the workers spend at least $3000 getting into the United States and work for months to pay off their debts to the coyotes, or human traffickers, who brought them. The Vermont connection, established about a decade ago, was fueled by word of mouth. Typically, one person would hear about available jobs, then tell friends or other family members once he or she arrived. The film touches only briefly on the larger economic forces that have driven the villagers northward, including the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement that lowered the market value of the beans, corn and coffee they grow. “Silenced Voices” is an eye-opening reminder of the human price of maintaining Vermont’s working landscape. As one dairy worker puts it in the film, “We are all the same people, only separated by borders.” m

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ust a few weeks ago, on May 30, Peter Orlovsky passed away in Williston, Vt. The death of the 76-year-old, who’d been living in St. Johnsbury, didn’t cause much of a stir in the Vermont press. But it did inspire a lengthy obituary by Bruce Weber in the New York Times. To many, Orlovsky was simply an obscure poet. To many others, he was the longtime partner and “muse” of Allen Ginsberg, one of the last genuine Beats. The Beats are one of those groups of writers that inspire fierce fandom in some and equally fierce disdain in others. Mention them in a group of wellread people, and some will groan, while others will start quoting “Howl” or On the Road. Bennington author BILL MORGAN, 61, knows all about that. Since he discovered Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poetry while attending college in the ’60s, Morgan has been poring over Beat texts. He spent 15 years in Ginsberg’s archives, helping the poet produce a comprehensive bibliography, and later wrote a Ginsberg bio. He’s the authority to whom Weber turned in the NYT obituary for the story of Orlovsky and Ginsberg’s first meeting.






It’s a story worthy of Oscar Wilde: Ginsberg initially fell in love with a painting of the young man he spied in a San Francisco artist’s studio. That’s one of many colorful pieces of Beat lore that Morgan recounts in his latest book, The Typewriter Is Holy: The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation, published in May. In his introduction, Morgan notes that when he tells people he writes about the Beats, “I generally receive one of two reactions: One group will stare at me blankly ... Perhaps they think I’m referring to a whole segment of the population who grew up eating nothing but beets.” But those who do know the Beats, Morgan continues, usually know at least one of them well. “There appears to be no middle ground...” The Typewriter Is Holy seems to target the first group: the blank starers. In a phone interview, Morgan says he “meant it to be an introduction to the Beats, an overview to get people interested in reading more about the

individual writers.” While the most iconic Beats — Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs — have each inspired “25 to 30” biographies, Morgan says, there was “no birth-to-death book” about the whole group. He wanted Typewriter to fill that gap, “whether for Beat Generation 101 courses or for the general readers.” Though the book’s target reader is not “somebody who knows all the ins and outs of the Beats,” Morgan notes that the recent readings he’s given at places like City Lights Books in San Francisco and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., have attracted Beat enthusiasts. He hopes some of the information he offers will be new to them, he says. One aspect of the book that may seem new, or at least contentious, is Morgan’s thesis: He sees the Beats as a social movement, not a literary one. Their works are simply too diverse to lump in the same category, he believes, writing that “friendship held these writers together




as a group more than style or ideology.” And the “cohesive glue” of those friendships was the gregarious Ginsberg. Morgan reminds us that Kerouac coined the term “Beat” — referring, at least initially, to his generation’s postwar “beatdown” feeling. But it was Ginsberg “who created the Beat Generation,” writes Morgan, via his adept and tireless social networking. Kerouac rejected such buzzwords: In his mind, by the 1950s the “Beat” moment was over. But Ginsberg had taken enough day jobs in market research to know that “a group of people would command more attention, more ‘shelf space,’ and possibly even more respect than a gaggle of individual writers competing for recognition,” Morgan writes. In short, Ginsberg embraced the “Beat Generation” label as a branding tool — a brilliant one. That’s not to say Morgan sees Beat writing as all hype. While he doesn’t quote passages or do literary criticism, he does write movingly of his favorite works, such as Ginsberg’s long tribute to his deceased mother, “Kaddish.” Today, it may be hard to imagine the revolutionary impact words could have in the ’50s. The Beats were catapulted to fame by their defiance of the censors — specifically, by the well-publicized

“HORROR COMEDY” SHOOTING IN SOUTH ROYALTON If you see people in zombie makeup shambling around South Royalton this week, don’t be amazed — or scared. On Monday, Dustin Rikert, a Randolph native, started shooting a feature film there called Dug Up. It’s a horror comedy with “a zombie aspect,” says ROB MCSHINSKY, the unit production manager on the film. McShinsky grew up with Rikert, who left Vermont to attend the University of Southern California’s film school and has written, produced and directed a number of genre films, including The Gundown, Haunted Airplane and the belated sequel Easy Rider: The Ride Back. McShinsky says Rikert, who now lives in Arizona, has been looking for a chance to return to his home state. Dug Up, with its Evil Dead-like plot about a young man who seeks treasure in a graveyard and unleashes a curse, offered “the right script and genre for Vermont.” The lower-budget film will probably have a “nontraditional release,” says McShinsky, with strong social-media marketing.

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turning Americans on to drugs. After the segment aired, Vermont poet and playwright DAVID BUDBILL commented online: “The influence of the Beat writers on the future of American writing cannot possibly be overestimated.” But “Leslie in South Royalton,” a self-described “fan of the beats,” wasn’t so sure. Her three kids, she wrote, found it hard to relate to the characters in On the Road. To young people raised on ideals of “community service and sustainability,” she suggested, the midcentury champions of personal liberation seem “selfish.” Be that as it may, Morgan doesn’t Jacob and Kristin Albee 2 Church Street, Burlington . 802-540-0401 think the Beats have worn out their wel802.660.9003 come. In fact, he says, “On the Road sells 41 Maple Street, Burlington, VT Appointments Recommended Studio Hours BY APPOINTMENT ONLY more and more copies every year. Every year there’s a new supply of 17- and 18-year-olds who get that book and read it, and it means something to them.” 8v-JacobAlbee063010.indd 1 6/28/10 10:05:00 8v-sewlyyours063010.indd AM 1 6/25/10 2:21:56 PM But will those young Beat fans end up being flower children like Ginsberg, cynics like Kerouac, paranoids like Healthy males & females (18-40 yr) for an 8 wk study of the effects of dietary fat on Burroughs or eco-Buddhists like Beat body fat balance and chemical function of muscle, biopsied from thigh. Women must poet Gary Snyder? Only time will tell. not be pregnant. Eligible subjects will receive $2500 for time and expenses.

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n The Typewriter Is Holy, Bill Morgan argues that the Beats were basically a group of friends who just wrote what they felt like writing: There is no “Beat style.” Fair enough. But how does that explain the slim volumes of “neo-Beat” poetry that keep landing on my desk? DAVE DONOHUE, founder of the local DIY publisher RA PRESS, put out the first volume in his Neo-Beat Poets Burlington series last fall. Wake Up Call is an anthology featuring the works of Donohue, Jodhi Reis, Mary Randall and others — some recruited by a call to artists in Seven Days. The second book in the series appeared this month. Called My Ill-Read Ophelia Poem, it’s a collection of poems by Burlington’s SEAN TIERNEY.

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obscenity trial of Ferlinghetti for publishing and selling Ginsberg’s “Howl.” But Morgan doesn’t think literary rebellion is played out. “The world actually needs some poets and people like the Beats to come around now, when we’re Bill Morgan becoming more conservative and scared of everything,” he says in our interview. While publishers no longer fear prosecution for printing works like “Howl,” Morgan notes, political correctness encourages self-censorship. So does the current “family-friendly” slant of the Federal Communications Commission. “For 25 years,” says Morgan, “Allen was able to read his poetry on the airwaves with no censorship. I couldn’t go on a radio station now and read [“Howl”]. They would be fined an enormous amount of money by the FCC. Censorship is actually more powerful today in some ways than it was.” The responses to Morgan’s recent interview on VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO’s “Vermont Edition” suggest that the Beats polarize as much as they ever did. Frequent VPR commentator WILLEM LANGE called in to say Kerouac had changed his life: “I still keep a copy of On the Road under the seat of my car in Bubble Wrap, just in case,” he confided. Another caller accused the Beats of

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Within the same few months, we received a copy of Che.: A Novella in Three Parts, by PETER MONEY, a former student of Allen Ginsberg who now teaches at the CENTER FOR CARTOON STUDIES. While the author doesn’t call his work “neo-Beat,” he does enclose a postcard reproduction of a snapshot of himself with Ginsberg. Money’s novella, closer to prose poem than narrative, features the kind of continuously flowing imagery that many people associate with the more spontaneous modes of Beat writing. What does it mean to be neo-Beat? I ask Morgan. “Each person defines what the Beats are for themselves,” he replies. “I’m not sure you could write in a style influenced by Kerouac and Ginsberg and Burroughs and Snyder and Ferlinghetti. But you could be influenced by some of them.” When I ask Donohue the same question, he acknowledges that “each writer [in his series] is a bit different, just like the original Beats were.” The Burlington poets’ styles range from rhyme to free verse, their ages from early twenties to fifties. But, says Donohue, “what every4:48:06 PM body liked about the Beats was sort of that approachable poetry, things that hit you on a gut level.” In the poem that opens Wake Up Call, Donohue describes the Beats’ breakthroughs as “jeopardized” by the rise of electronic communication — or, as he puts it, by “humorless mechanical / communication twittering down blackberry lane.” But neo-Beats don’t have to be Luddites, he tells me. They just don’t like the kind of device dependency that screens out the world. “The Beats enjoyed the moment, enjoyed life itself,” says Donohue. “We’re trying to bring that back in the writing that we have.” And Tierney, for one, is succeeding. I don’t know whether his poems are best called neo-Beat or likened to Richard Brautigan (as Donohue suggests). But they’re great fun, as snappy as haikus and highly personable, without a hint of pretension. On the back cover, Tierney describes the poems as having been written

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worth of Ford fellows. The Ford Foundation, apparently one of the more progressive major philanthropic nonprofits, funded a program that paid a twoyear livable stipend to community organizers involved with various aspects of social change — issues such as immigrant advocacy, tenants’ rights, fighting hunger and the like. Every year the program supported about a dozen of these folks; sadly, with the economic downturn, this was its final year. “So, Randall,” I continued in what was becoming a most enjoyable shmooze, “how did you end up at this conference? Are you actually one of these Ford fellows? I got to say, I’ve always been a Chevy man.” “Good one,” he said. “And, yeah, I did get one of their fellowship grants. I’m organizing cabdrivers in the Philly area. You know, better pay, better working conditions — those breadand-butter issues.” “Really? That is just awesome! How did you get into that?” “Well, a number of years ago, me and a group of other drivers got together to try to get a fare raise out of the taxi commission. It had been, like, 14 years since the last raise. I know that sounds crazy, but it was true. We did get the raise, and it was like opening Pandora’s box. And this ultimately led to us forming the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania. I’ll tell you, that Ford money really helped. I’m president of the alliance, but I still drive once a week. Keeps my finger on the pulse.” “Again, man — that is fantastic. If I

hacking. It was indeed a shmooze for the ages. All too soon — from my perspective, anyway — we came up on the entrance sign of the Basin Harbor Club. Through the years, I’ve had the pleasure of transporting many of their guests, and I never tire of just being on the property. The physical beauty of the grounds combined with the graciousness of the staff — it’s natural elegance, Vermont style. We pulled to a stop in front of the main lodge. I’d been waiting for the club to put out its gigantic red Adirondack chair — fit for a smallish giant, perhaps a 15-footer — but I guess it was too early in the season. Randall said, “Well, it’s time to call the wife.”

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“Does she work down in Philly, as well?” “Yes, she’s a social worker.” “I bet you and her are quite the team.” “Yeah,” Randall replied with a relaxed smile. “I guess you could say that. Hey, thanks for the ride, brother.” He extended a big hand, and we shook — for real, eye to eye. And it was one of those meetings of the minds, or maybe the hearts, where you know it’s been a meaningful encounter, one that may well stay with you for the rest of your life. m

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about life in Vermont.” He looked out across a passing cow field in Charlotte. In the distance, the big lake shimmered in the afternoon sunlight, and beyond the water the Adirondacks rose in their sylvan grandeur. “It is so beautiful up here. I could really get used to this.” I said, “Philly’s a great town, isn’t it, though? I mean, the sports teams, the music. When I was a young teenager, I couldn’t get enough of that Philly soul music. What a sweet sound. We’re talking about Harold Melvin, The Delfonics, The O’Jays. Jeez, ‘Love Train’ is still, like, one of my all-time favorite tunes.” “Oh, yeah,” Randall jumped in. “And how about Teddy Pendergrass? Ooh-wee — that brother was somethin’ else!” For the rest of the ride, we talked about the Philadelphia Flyers’ championship run, social injustice and, of course,

anceled airline flights are common in the winter, but happen occasionally in the summer, as well. Severe thunderstorms pounding the mid-Atlantic into New York had scotched a number of Burlington Airport departures, including my guy’s. Randall Bower had finished up a conference at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes and thought he’d be sleeping at home with his wife later that night in Philadelphia. Nope, it was back to Basin Harbor; he wouldn’t be flying out until the following morning at the earliest. I arrived at the airport to find Randall at the US Airways ticket counter, negotiating his alternative flight plans. “Well, this is a revoltin’ development,” I offered, by way of commiseration. “Hey, it’s all right, man,” Randall said, finding the bright side. “There’s worse things than spending another night at that resort.” I loaded his bag into the taxi trunk, my customer took the shotgun seat, and we headed south. Randall was a husky, African American guy with dark brown skin, and an unusually warm and open demeanor. “How you like driving cab, man?” he asked as we cleared the airport horseshoe. “Well, I like it well enough. I been doing it most of my adult life.” Randall nodded and said, “I drive, too. Down in Philly.” He paused to chuckle, then added, “I guess I’m also a lifer.” I nodded back, and both of us were grinning. Cabdrivers for life — that’s no small bond. Now, of course, I was interested in his connection to the conference. I had driven a number of the attendees, so I had the basic idea. It was a reunion of about 10 years’

didn’t have to hold on to the wheel, I’d be bowing down. You know, as in ‘I’m not worthy.’” “Hey, we all do what we can do,” he said quietly. Attempting, I imagine, to move me off this hero worship, he asked, “So, tell me, what’s the cab business like up here?” “Well, it’s the same basic job as in a big city like Philly, but with one crucial difference. It’s nearly unheard of for a cabbie to get robbed, let alone assaulted or killed. The worst thing we have to deal with is fare jumpers, but that’s no big deal.” Randall let out a low whistle. “You are not kidding. Our guys get jacked all the time. I guess it’s just another fine thing

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As a person who studies the paradigms of relationships, I found Kirk Kardashian’s “Keeping Kids on Track” [June 9] extremely interesting. However, I will take issue with one point made in the article: “What you do with friends … is build a relationship with them through hard work and empathy.” Unfortunately, I don’t find that this is true for the majority of us. The affective model of relationship children receive is the one they get from their parents. Attachment theory holds that parental responses lead to the development of patterns of attachment; these, in turn, lead to internal working models that will guide the individual’s feelings, thoughts and expectations in later relationships. Valerie Hoefle is perhaps speaking of some unnamed ideal, but certainly the high rate of divorce would serve as evidence of our inability as a society to overcome the parenting of people with no experience for the job. Those old enough to remember the television program “The Waltons” will recall a threegenerational household, where grandparents, parents and children coexisted in a relational model, still common in other cultures. The focus being on interconnections and interdependencies that create the sense of self. “How does parenting affect children?” is a question we are not eager to ask ourselves if we place more value on “two wage-earner” households instead of parenting. Problems such as addiction, alcoholism, obesity and suicide are in many ways attributable to a lack of “relationship-based parenting” during a child’s developmental years. Those who cannot avail themselves of Hoefle’s “Parenting on Track” will find some version of it on the television program “Supernanny.” Theodore A. Hoppe MontPelier

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can be substantially reduced by exposure to light, including artificial light while you’re on the job. Some researchers say suppressed melatonin levels can lead to an increase in sex hormones, which in turn can increase cancer risk. In support, they cite a couple of studies indicating profoundly blind women have only half as much chance of developing breast cancer as sighted women. Scary? You bet. But let’s dive a little deeper into the numbers. The Danish investigators compared 7000 women who had breast cancer with 7000 women who didn’t, factored out things such as age and socioeconomic status, then compared job schedules. The night workers seemingly got more than their share of cancer. Trouble is, we’re not sure the “night workers” actually worked at night. The test subjects weren’t interviewed — their personal information was pulled from various databases and their schedules were inferred based on the likelihood of women’s doing night work in their various occupations, as determined by a prior survey.

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The process was imprecise, the detected risk difference modest, the possibility of confounding influences difficult to rule out. For example, flight attendants, who were assumed to do a lot of night work, are exposed to more ionizing radiation, which can cause cancer. Were the results a fluke? Hard to say, but you’d want to see if similar studies came to the same conclusion. Fine, you say. Bring on the 45,000 Norwegian nurses. Well, on close examination, the Danish and Norwegian studies don’t show the same thing — they show opposite things. Remember, the Danish study claims increased cancer risk after just six months of working nights. The Norwegian study found nurses who’d worked nights for 14 years or less had a slightly lower cancer risk than day-shift nurses. The risk was just a bit greater for those who’d worked nights for between 15 and 29 years; the only nurses with double the cancer risk were those who’d worked nights for 30 years or more. What’s more, just 24 of those nurses actually got cancer and, as with the Danish study, we’re not entirely certain they worked nights. You encounter the needle-ina-haystack problem a lot in this kind of research. For example, a 2006 study of 14,000 Japanese men purports to show rotatingshift workers had triple the risk of prostate cancer. (Those working strictly at night had no significant risk increase.) Fourteen thousand sounds impressive, and here the researchers asked the workers themselves about when they’d been working. But how many cases of cancer is our frightening conclusion based on? Just 31. I’m not seeing much reason

to revise the conclusion of a 2003 review in the journal Occupational Medicine: “Today there is no conclusive evidence that night work per se increases the risk of cancer.” I’ll boldly say the risk of rotating-shift work is unproven, too. Of course, the big C isn’t the only alleged danger: • One study found a third of night-shift workers suffered from insomnia and such, compared to less than a fifth of day workers. • A German study found night-shift workers were 60 percent more likely to have had an ulcer and 70 percent more likely to have had gastrointestinal complaints.


• A study from Sweden correlated night-shift work with a poorer ratio of good to bad cholesterol. Other studies have noted a possible link between night work and weight gain. But so far dire reports like these haven’t added up to anything either. As that 2003 review puts it, “Today, no evidence exists showing that shift work affects longevity.” Still, you never know. Common sense suggests night work is stressful; studies show the risk of on-the-job accidents is 30 percent higher at night. Science may someday succeed in penetrating the smoke and finding a fire. But it hasn’t yet.

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he one proven effect is, you hear more scary stories. Whether there’s anything to them remains uncertain. So far I’m not seeing a good reason to give up your night job. Lately, most of the attention has focused on a possible link between night work and breast cancer. A 2001 Danish study of 7000 women showed a 50 percent higher risk of breast cancer if they’d worked nights at least six months. A 2006 study of 45,000 Norwegian nurses working the night shift found the risk of breast cancer for some of them was more than double that of day-shift nurses. Why might night work lead to more breast cancer? One theory points to the hormone melatonin, which is secreted by your pineal gland and helps regulate your body clock. Melatonin is produced most abundantly at night, but this

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Dear cecil, I’ve been working third shift for approximately four years now. on my days off, despite my three children, I try to maintain somewhat the same schedule (easier since they reached school age). I’ve heard all kinds of horror stories about people working third shift living shorter lives, women being more prone to breast cancer, and other scary claims. Is there any truth to such stories? What effect does working third shift have on your body long-term? carol

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CEO, Chocolate Thunder Security LLC make sure people have as much fun as possible,” he says, “and feel like they’re not being preyed upon.” SEVEN DAYS: Your background is in communications and marketing. How did you start in security? MIKEY VAN GULDEN: I started working private parties for friends. I like to think I’m well-spoken and mellow. I have a minor background in tae kwon do. I never got past a white belt. I was captain of the high school wrestling team. Accomplishments like that carried me with the rumor mill. If people think you did more than you actually did, and you don’t correct them…

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SD: You try to avoid physical confrontations. What do you do instead? MVG: I was at an open-mic all-ages evening recently. A person under the age of 21 reached for someone’s gin and tonic. When I explained to them the wrong they had committed, they decided to defend themselves with vulgarity and maintain a “he-man” persona. I usually put an open palm on the small of their backs and lead them to the door. It’s always followed by the individual saying, “Don’t touch me.” It ends up being a verbal ping-pong match. They’ve

SD: You’re currently running for a Chittenden County senate seat. Why? MVG: After years of providing security throughout many parts of Burlington and the USA, I decided to see what I can do to help provide security for the near- and long-term future of the county I grew up in. Of all the states I’ve lived and worked in over the last 20 years, I’ve always used Vermont to gauge other places’ landscape, citizens’ personality, cleanliness, community unity and economic opportunity. All of this combined, I’ve confirmed what I’ve always felt: that Vermont is a freakin’ sweet place to have a family, work or go to school. m


SD: Speaking of your appearance, do you think the dreads help or hinder you? MVG: Having dreads definitely assists me. If I wear a hat, it gives me some hat head, so from the front it doesn’t look like I have dreads. That way, I have a few different images. It’s like changing your clothing. SD: You followed the Grateful Dead

SD: At big concerts and festivals, who is it you’re looking for? MVG: I usually work … from the festival site to the perimeter. I prevent people from sneaking onto the property without a ticket. I also prevent people from selling beer, bootleg T-shirts or illicit drugs. They suck the energy, fun and freedom from a festival.

lost as soon as they expose themselves as someone who has violated our predetermined code of existence. This individual tried to shove me and said [he] had friends there. I bent around and picked [him] up like [I was] carrying a sack of flour, or a puppy. If they’re going to act like a child, I will treat them like a child. I gave [him] two or three spanks on the way out the door. Public humiliation often goes further than physical exertion.


SD: But it stuck! Why were you really suited to the job? MVG: My size and demeanor have kept me out of trouble. People don’t want to pick fights with large individuals. I’m 6’1”; I was 6’3” with an Afro. I use my ability not to shy away from people and [to] maintain eye contact. Communicate in a clear, concise manner. People think, This man has verbal skills; we should listen to this large man.

and Phish when you were younger. It must be exciting to get paid to go to concerts. MVG: You do get that taste of excitement. And you get to see free shows. The truth is, I only really see 15 or 20 percent of the music going on. There’s a fine line between security and voyeurism. Now, I have a little more leeway with scheduling when I can be where I wanna be. But if the job’s gonna get done, I can’t be a glorified customer.

ikey van Gulden arrives at the Seven Days offices on a mission. He must protect me on a walk down Burlington’s lower Main Street. The 41-year-old Williston native shouldn’t have much of a problem. Though he studied math in college and has a degree from Champlain College in communications, van Gulden has been a bouncer and security guard for 18 years. Earlier this year he started his own company, Chocolate Thunder. It borrows its name from former NBA star Darryl Dawkins, but Van Gulden’s brand of power is all his own. On our short walk, few cars pass without their occupants waving to the local celebrity, who’s known for his cheerful well wishing at local concerts and festivals, and checking IDs at Higher Ground. It’s not just van Gulden’s welcoming manner that makes people remember him. There aren’t many tall, well-dressed black men with dreads and huge smiles walking around Burlington. Perhaps it’s not surprising that van Gulden says his “dream job” would involve protecting a politician or celebrity. With that in mind, he subtly shepherds me to his left as we take to the South Champlain Street sidewalk. “That way you wouldn’t be susceptible if someone were to lunge or hurl something in your direction,” he explains. “Also, it’s a basic courtesy when you’re walking with a lady.” We arrive at One Main Street, where van Gulden has worked events. In seconds, he has surveyed the upstairs space. He points out every exit and says that if Chocolate Thunder were protecting an event there, one of his 10 employees would be watching each. On the outside deck, van Gulden calls my attention to the dangers of party drunkenness. “These railings could lead to someone falling over,” he says. “Alcohol [relieves] people of common sense and magnifies their emotional state. I’d have one person standing near the partition railing and one person at the top of each stairway.” Though van Gulden calls Chocolate Thunder a security company, he prefers to focus on ensuring safety. Hence the tagline “Specializing in Safety” on the official T-shirts, which he designed and silk-screened himself. “My job is to




ean Luc Dushime and his family fled genocide in Rwanda when he was 14, and then a second horrific war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo nine years later. As refugees, they arrived in Burlington in 2004. Now 29, Dushime has a degree in public relations from Champlain College and a minty-fresh U.S. citizenship. He has embraced life not only in his new country but in Vermont, happily engaging in physical activities from snowboarding to mountain biking to basketball. He works as a mentor at the King Street Center and is a capable, selftaught photographer who enjoys taking pictures of his friends, many of them also “New Americans.” This stark recitation of facts does not come close to telling Dushime’s full story, one that finds parallels time and time again in the lives of refugees. Dushime, whose demeanor is calm, humble and thoughtful, says he’s grateful to be alive, proud to be an American and lucky to be in Burlington, where he feels “grounded.” Though he’ll give you details if you ask, he’d rather not focus on his past. Instead, Dushime is determined to tell the stories of ones left behind. “I want to go back and document people’s lives,” he says. “I feel like our story has not been told well. Anyone who goes through something like that needs to be heard; without that,” Dushime adds, “their stories are gone forever.” Such a project would help him find closure, too, he readily concedes — “I feel like I can’t move on without that,” Dushime says. He’s acutely mindful of the thousands of fellow refugees who may never have the fruits of his good fortune: safety, most of his family around him, an education. And, not least, the ability to “have a dream and the means to pursue it,” as he puts it. “The war made me really sensitive to people’s pain,” says Dushime. “I reflect every day on my life and what I can do better. No matter what happens to me, I just smile. It couldn’t get any worse.” With any luck, he’ll find his way back to Africa with camera in hand and have a chance to tell those stories to the world. Meanwhile, Dushime is creating a compelling portfolio of American portraits in Vermont. For this pre-Fourth of July issue, he agreed to share some of his pictures with Seven Days.

Picturing Jean Luc Dushime aims to tell refugee stories

Left to right: Rwandans Arnold Vainqueur, Cedric Mahoro, Regis Gospel, 2009


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Independence Jean Luc Dushime (right) receives U.S. citizenship in April

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Book review: Authentic Patriotism: Restoring America’s Founding Ideals Through Selfless Action B Y KEVI N J. KEL L EY






eaders old enough to remember the first Bush presidency can surely recall the “thousand points of light” initiative he championed throughout his term. George Herbert Walker Bush laid it out in poetic terms in his 1989 inaugural address: “I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the nation, doing good .... The old ideas are new again because they are not old, they are timeless: duty, sacrifice, commitment and a patriotism that finds its expression in taking part and pitching in.” Stephen Kiernan, 50, surely remembers the proto-Bush’s advocacy of citizen voluntarism as a patriotic endeavor. So why is this Charlotte author writing about the virtues of volunteering as though he has made some dazzling discovery? Kiernan’s new book, Authentic Patriotism: Restoring America’s Founding Ideals Through Selfless Action, takes an apolitical approach to social action similar to the one urged 20 years ago by Bush senior and, more recently, by Bush junior. In 300 pages, Kiernan formulates an overall analysis that’s essentially conservative, even though he clearly wants the book’s thesis to be regarded as progressive. The myopic mindset at the core of Authentic Patriotism distracts readers from its solid journalistic aspects as well as its insights into the impact volunteering can have on both the doers and receivers of good deeds. The book also highlights an important but underreported social trend in today’s America: a broadening commitment to giving time and money to help the ill and the impoverished. Kiernan, a Middlebury graduate, cites the many “service learning” programs that have sprouted at U.S. colleges, and he points out that it’s become unusual for endurance races not to include fundraising efforts on behalf of one charity or another. He’s probably right that this phenomenon, along with the many individual initiatives he recounts in the book, represents a response to the alienation and passivity

so pervasive in American consumer society. Kiernan marshals a fleet of statistics showing the persistence of poverty in the United States. These symptoms of “a nation adrift” reveal the inability of both government and the market to solve social problems, he argues. What’s needed, Kiernan concludes, is an outpouring of “authentic patriotism” — not the flag-waving, jingoistic kind, but a self-

powerless to “lift the world as we might until we are taking better care of ourselves. We need to get our house in order first.” That sounds like an excuse for narcissism in a book that’s supposed to be about altruism.


SIMILAR TO THE ONE URGED 20 YEARS AGO BY BUSH SENIOR AND, MORE RECENTLY, BY BUSH JUNIOR. less “love of country” expressed through commitment to “the common purpose and shared values within a geographic boundary … Authentic patriotism,” he adds later, “is about the United States of America, its well-being, its future, its adherence to founding principles.” Defining “selfless action” in nationalistic terms may seem oxymoronic. It’s true, of course, that millions of Americans suffer deprivation amid enormous wealth. But hardly anyone starves to death in this country. And, if all human lives are to be valued equally, why doesn’t Authentic Patriotism at least mention the millions of Africans who do succumb to hunger? Kiernan writes inspiringly about volunteers’ efforts to help fellow Americans stricken with cancer or ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), but he says nothing about easily preventable maladies such as malaria and diarrhea that might kill fewer children in poor countries if people in this richest of all nations undertook fundraising campaigns on their behalf. Kiernan says the U.S. will remain largely

A bigger defect is the book’s contention that the federal government is now inherently incapable of bringing about positive social change. “Government is too sluggish, and too divided by partisanship, to lead the way to a stronger America,” Kiernan tells us. The New Deal/Great Society “model” of federal action producing dramatic reductions in poverty rates no longer applies, he adds. So much money is now spent on lobbying that Congress cannot and will not help Americans in need, the book maintains. That’s true — up to a point. Yes, the insurance industry succeeded in killing the “public option” in health care legislation. And corporate lobbying groups made sure that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system was never seriously considered. But the health insurance bill Congress finally did adopt contains far-reaching reforms that big-money interests bitterly resisted. The same goes for the financial regulation bill opposed by Wall Street. Oil company shills likewise attacked the clean-energy com-

ponents of the massive economic rescue package put together last year by Congress and the Obama administration. Maybe the FDR/LBJ model does still work, however imperfectly, now that a compassionate Democrat once again occupies the White House. Kiernan has little to say about Obama’s significance and potential. He does acknowledge that the president’s “call to unity of national spirit, his urgings toward service, have galvanized millions of people.” Kiernan seems dubious, however, about Obama’s ability to achieve much of anything, what with “two wars under way, an economy in crisis, and global mayhem, from the nuclear ambitions of North Korea to the contested election in Iran.”


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what solitary volunteers cannot bring about. Let’s continue using DNA testing to free the wrongly convicted, tutoring in schools in poor neighborhoods and providing free medical care to underserved communities — all examples described in Authentic Patriotism. But let’s also, and above all, (re)build a movement that will persuade our elected representatives to take several billion dollars away from the Pentagon and use it to improve the criminal justice system and every school in every poor neighborhood. With the money left over, we’d also be able to guarantee basic health care for all citizens, just as every other rich country has already managed to do. 


But most of those who voted for Obama did so with the expectation that he can and will make progress on all these fronts — especially if pushed hard by his supporters to fulfill his campaign promises. Kiernan further claims that federal spending initiatives don’t make much of a difference. He describes the nearly trillion-dollar stimulus measure as having failed to end the recession while plunging the budget so deeply into debt that it’s now impossible to allocate funds to worthy causes. Here again, Authentic Patriotism makes some partially valid points — and again it fails to look beyond the limitations it wrongly imposes. The book is premised on a weird refusal to challenge the ways in which Americans’ tax dollars are being spent in what is still a democratic political system where citizens’ grievances can be redressed. Framing volunteer action in terms of patriotic sentiment leads Kiernan to take some reactionary stands. For too many Americans, he writes, “patriotism is scorned as weak or simple or compliant with outdated norms. These views are expressed by protest, by ridicule of power, by buying a bumper sticker that mocks leaders or questions authority. This is not patriotism either. Not even close . . . these expressions of liberal perspectives are far too superficial to be called the real thing.” If real Americans don’t question authority, then it’s easy to see why this particular promoter of patriotism treats the Pentagon as though it were a benign institution. “National defense continues to be a priority; it may even grow in importance,” Kiernan observes as part of his argument for why the federal government can’t cure social ills. He assumes, too, that all the money Washington spends goes toward uniformly commendable goals. After having reported that federal outlays climbed to an unprecedented level in October 2007, he comments, “so government’s fiscal exertions on the people’s behalf had reached an all-time high.” No waste, then? No reckless squandering of the people’s money in pursuit of a war of aggression in Iraq? No point in trying to reorder our government’s priorities? Authentic Patriotism ignores the fact that as much as 44 percent of federal tax receipts — close to $1 trillion — go to military purposes. Kiernan doesn’t point out that the 2009 U.S. military budget was almost as large as the total of all other nations’ military appropriations combined. Does he believe this is as it should be? Does he think it would be unpatriotic to suggest otherwise?


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Terror 101 Norwich grad students explore the roots, and remedies, of terrorism B Y KEN P IC AR D


hen it comes to international terrorism, Jocolby Channel 15 Phillips has seen it up close. POST-MORTEM During his deployment to ESPRESSO Iraq in 2005, one of his primary tasks MOnDaYS > MIDnIGhT was to repair the Americans’ reputation, Channel 16 damaged by years of broken promises. DCF ChilDREn’S Phillips, a U.S. Army captain assigned BOOk AwARD Sun. 7/4 > 7 pM to oversee reconstruction efforts in the ThurS. 7/8 > 8:30 pM tiny town of Tounis, 30 miles south of Baghdad, had to keep the local sheiks Channel 17 kARl BERRY happy and violence at a minimum. That POETRY was no easy task in a region where diploWeDneSDaYS > 7:00 pM matic victories were measured street by gET MORE inFO OR wATCh OnlinE AT street, block by block. vermont • ChAnnEl17.ORg “It was tough,” recalls the 29-yearold Kermit, Texas, native. “They see you, and you represent the whole coun16t-retnWEEKLY.indd 1 6/24/10 3:53:35 PM try: everyone in Washington, all the policies and everything that’s gone wrong. You’re the face of those policies, good, bad or indifferent.” Phillips, who served two tours in Iraq, eventually made some headway against the terrorist cells operating in his area. Working with his Iraqi counterparts, he and the soldiers under his command managed to “pin the rose” on some of the makers of the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that were so deadly to soldiers and civilians alike. But doing so meant learning to distinguish terrorist operatives who were motivated by political and religious ideologies from those who were driven by financial desperation. “You have guys who are putting IEDs on the side of the road just to put food on the table. That’s not necessarily a terrorist,” explains Phillips. “It’s the guys outside of Iraq, the Al Qaeda-type leaders, that you really want to go after.” Phillips brought those hardwon experiences to the campus of Norwich University last week when he presented his final paper for a master’s degree in 81 Church Street, Burlington • 860.2220 diplomacy. Hewas oneof 162students who mon-sat 10-9 • sun 11-6 parties. black tie events.special occasions. received that degree from the school’s 6/22/10 4:13:28 PM


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online graduate program, and one of 41 whose course work focused on international terrorism. As they presented their work, the students had an opportunity not only to meet face to face but to gain a broader perspective on possible applications of their work in fields such as law enforcement, emergency planning, policy making, diplomacy and journalism. Created in 1997 in partnership with the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., Norwich’s online diplomacy


master’s program entails 18 months of course work, including a weeklong residency on the Northfield campus. For last week’s residency requirement, students and instructors traveled to Vermont from all over the world, where most are already employed in related careers. Phillips, for instance, began his online studies during his second military deployment. Their instructor on international terrorism was Dr. James Miskel, a consultant on defense policy and homeland security from Newport, R.I. Miskel, 64, is a former professor and associate dean of academics at the U.S. Naval War College who served on the National Security Council during the Reagan and Bush I administrations. In the early 1990s he was a senior official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The international terrorism

common with other terrorist organizations, he says, the radical Islamic movement has some unique characteristics — notably its expansive goal of imposing Sharia, or Islamic sacred law, in all the lands it controls. As Miskel puts it, “I don’t think the Catholics in Northern Ireland ever thought of [their cause] as a religious crusade that would take over the United Kingdom.” Based on Miskel’s experience ad-

could just mean that the terrorists got sick that day or decided to attack Spain instead of the United States.”


ames Fulton, 35, another grad student in Norwich’s international terrorism program, is already knee deep in counterterrorism work. A former Raleigh, N.C., police officer, Fulton currently works for the European Union’s organized





crime unit in Kosovo, where, he says, “Organized crime and terrorism are joined at the hip.” Fulton, whose EU contract is due to expire soon, speaks to this reporter with surprising bluntness about the government of the country where he serves. “The major political parties in Kosovo are all the biggest mafia clans. [Prime Minister] Hashim Thaçi is a former terrorist,” Fulton says. “It’s all heroin trafficking and human trafficking. The government is the organized crime. There’s no two ways about it.” The biggest emerging threat in Kosovo right now, Fulton asserts, is religious fundamentalism. He recounts how radical clerics have been flowing in from Saudi Arabia and paying young Muslims 300 euros a month to grow long beards and wear traditional Islamic


vising presidents, generals and other senior policy officials on defense policy and arms control, one would assume he has come up with a checklist for gauging the success of counterterrorism efforts. He hasn’t. “That’s really hard,” he says. “I don’t know the answer.” As he puts it, there’s “no PowerPoint slide or list of five bullet points” with which to measure success. While Miskel points to several useful indicators — including the numbers of enemy combatants captured, training camps and safe havens raided, and illegal funds intercepted — such metrics don’t necessarily tell the whole story. “The fact that you don’t have an attack in a given year doesn’t necessarily mean that your counterterrorism [efforts] were successful,” he says. “It

garb. That’s enough money to support the average Kosovar family. Why should Americans care about such developments? Fulton’s classmate, Kyle King, is a former U.S. Marine who spent two and a half years in Afghanistan. He now works as a civilian contractor for NATO in Kosovo doing civil protection and disaster planning. King, 36, points out that the goal of the radical clerics is to “normalize” the presence of fundamentalist Islam in Kosovo and create the impression that it has established a permanent foothold in the Balkans. “You’re not going to have major Al Qaeda cells operating in Kosovo. But that’s not the point,” King says. “The point is, a weakened government will facilitate terrorist organizations to transit through ... gain forged documents, passports, etc., and move into Europe.” “The borders are very porous,” Fulton adds. “We’re constantly finding Afghans without documents in Kosovo ... They may be guys who are poor and trying to make a decent life for themselves. Or sometimes they have ulterior motives. But it’s definitely alarming.” Fulton and King agree that the international terrorism program at Norwich gave them a much more comprehensive understanding of how terrorist groups think, organize and recruit. For example, while many people assume poverty is a “cause” of terrorism, these students characterize it more as a contributing factor and a tool that terrorist groups use to manipulate the local populace. In fact, Miskel points out that many terrorist leaders are wealthy, or at least middle class, and were educated at colleges and universities in the West. “Especially with the history of ethnic conflict in the Balkans region, you have to look at the underlying sources of terrorism, and why people are doing what they’re doing,” King says. For his part, Phillips says the lessons he’s learned from the Norwich program will be immediately applicable when he returns to Iraq this fall for his third tour of duty. “The biggest thing it’s done for me, being a company commander, is given me a better understanding of who my enemy is, their motivations and what drives them,” he says. “It’s been an eyeopening experience.” 


concentration entails three semesters of course work. One is devoted entirely to state-sponsored terrorism, something Miskel describes as “a declining art form”; another addresses the motives, methods and psychology of nonstate actors, such as Al Qaeda, and their relationships to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and organized crime. Each seminar includes detailed case studies for comparative analyses. For example, students have looked at the agendas, ideologies and strategies of such groups as the Tamil Tigers, Hezbollah, Hamas and Abu Sayyaf. Although the seminar and student presentations weren’t opened to the press, Miskel and several of his students agreed to talk afterward about the program and its applicability to their day-to-day work. During our interview, Miskel notes that, while the media toss around the word “terrorism” every day, it actually has no universally accepted definition. Interpretations of the word can vary widely, especially since one country’s “terrorist” may be another’s “freedom fighter.” Such disagreements aren’t mere semantic squabbles, since, as Miskel explains, the counterterrorist policies and methods used against nation-states aren’t necessarily effective against nonstate actors. For this reason, Miskel begins his class by defining terrorism and how it differs from other forms of violence, such as conventional and guerilla warfare, insurgency, personal vengeance and organized crime. In its simplest form, Miskel defines it as “violence against innocent civilians or noncombatants, by a nonstate group, that is done for a political purpose ... achieved through the creation of fear.” All too often, he says, the public and press confuse “terrorism” with “insurgency.” A roadside bomb aimed at a military target is insurgency. A bombing of an abortion clinic in an effort to end legalized abortion is terrorism. A Hells Angels killing of a rival drug gang member over disputed turf is organized crime. All three constitute violent acts. The difference, Miskel emphasizes, is one of motivation: Is the individual driven by political, ideological, financial or personal motives? Unsurprisingly, Miskel sees Al Qaeda and its associated movements within radical Islam as the biggest terrorist threat to the United States and its allies. While such groups have a lot in

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As CIO, West oversaw IT operations for the entertainment giant. During his four years as NBC’s top IT guy, West lived a dream life — he had a tony condo in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, a high-profile job and a handsome physician for a partner. But in 2002, he began showing symptoms of the rare liver disease with which he’d been diagnosed five years earlier. He would need a transplant almost immediately. And, just like that, West’s New York City corporate life of long hours and cutthroat competition ended. How he arrived where he is now — in Vermont, teaching young people to drive — has to do with a promise West made post-transplant. It wasn’t exactly a deathbed vow, but it was close. West received a transplant in 2004 from a 46-year-old Louisiana woman who had died of a stroke. Upon his recovery, he wrote a letter to his donor’s family vowing to honor her memory by doing good. He’s been doing so ever since. “He brings such an incredible energy to everything,” says friend Linda Ayer. “He motivates people to reach out and help other people.” Much of the energy West exudes comes from a healthy diet and a strict regimen of swimming and cycling. Despite his gray hair, which is closely cropped, he looks far younger than 56. West has a swimmer’s physique — broad, muscular shoulders and a trim waist. You’d never know he has to take 14 different medications to stay alive.


est grew up in eastern Pennsylvania, where his father was the president of Bethlehem Steel. After graduating from college, he entered GE’s financial-management program, but it wasn’t for him. West was more interested in gadgetry and the “geeky” tech side of things, recalls his ex-wife, Bonnie West. Years later, after working in IT for his alma mater, Union College, West returned to GE. The company sent

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n the morning of his second driving test, David Faske seemed confident. Having practiced parallel parking, hill starts and the “Vermont turnaround” countless times in the weeks before the test, he felt sure he would pass. Then he saw his examiner — the same seemingly unfriendly, unsympathetic man who’d failed him the first time around. Faske was rattled. His driving instructor assured him everything would be fine, even though the examiner had failed the middleaged man who went before Faske. After the 20-year-old left for his road test, his instructor, Bill West, admitted he felt anxious. Faske needed to pass. To get a job as a welder — his chosen trade — he required reliable transportation, and the bus system wouldn’t cut it. When he returned from the road test, Faske was all smiles. He threw West a thumbs-up, and West breathed a sigh of relief. “Now I can get a job,” Faske said to West, beaming. Another student passed. West was on a roll. While a professional driving instructor might shrug off another success, West had a personal investment in the outcome. That’s partly because he isn’t really a driving instructor. The South Hero resident volunteered to help Faske, letting him use his new Volkswagen Jetta to practice and test on, just as he has done for about a halfdozen kids from Spectrum Youth & Family Services who, like Faske, have no one to teach them to drive. Not everyone would let a new driver learn on his or her car. But, while West is one of many devoted mentors serving youth in this region, his brand of hands-on volunteerism is unique. He’s not afraid to get dirty. In fact, he’s pledged his life to it. Before West was helping teenagers learn the rules of the road, he served as chief information officer for General Electric’s NBC Universal division. Think a tech version of Alec Baldwin’s character on “30 Rock,” Jack Donaghy.

him all over the country — Lynchburg, Va., Rochester, N.Y., Washington, D.C. During that time, he married, had a son, got divorced and came out as a gay man. In 1992, during a tour of duty in Cincinnati, West met his now-partner, Daniel Wilds. Bonnie West guesses that much of her former husband’s drive comes from his father, a no-nonsense

executive. “His dad pushed him to succeed and be as good as him,” she says. “Bill, in his career, has probably striven to fulfill that obligation to his dad.” While climbing the corporate ladder, West received a troubling diagnosis. During a routine gall bladder removal, doctors discovered severe scarring on his bile ducts indicating

primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a disease that would eventually lead to liver failure. Doctors suspected West’s liver disease resulted from a bout of Crohn’s disease some years before, but couldn’t be certain. That’s part of the difficulty of having layered illnesses. In West’s case, the base-layer illness is HIV, which was diagnosed 24 years ago. His depressed immune system makes him no stranger to health crises. In a perverse way, HIV may have helped save West’s life. His HIVpositive status requires him to get blood work done every three months. A routine workup eventually led to the gall bladder removal and discovery of PSC. West’s liver remained asymptomatic for years. But in 2003, he was told he’d need a transplant. He took a leave of absence from work and waited for an organ. Soon West’s symptoms worsened appreciably, and he and Wilds moved to Florida to be closer to family and to Louisiana’s Tulane Medical Center — at the time, one of only three transplant centers in the nation that would operate on an HIV-positive patient. Most refuse to do so because the risks of rejection and concomitant infection are too high. Finally, on the day of his son Eric’s college graduation, West got the call — a donor had been found. He flew to New Orleans on a private jet and walked into the transplant center alone. “It was very surreal going in by yourself,” West says. After 12 hours, West’s transplant was complete. But his journey to health had only begun. In the days following the transplant, he was in and out of intensive care as his bile ducts leaked and kidneys began to fail. West gained 80 pounds of fluid, and then lost 140 pounds during his five-week hospital stay. He returned home a virtual skeleton. The day West left the hospital was

the day he vowed to “focus my life on helping others who go through difficult times.” His commitment may sound like the hollow pledge of a man in crisis who promises to be good if things get better. Once healed and deposited back in his New York life, would he be motivated to keep his promises? “It could have been like a New Year’s resolution,” West says. “It’s so easy to fall back to the way things were. But I was determined not to let that happen.” If there’s one guiding principle in West’s life, it’s the importance of following through. His first act of helping others was endowing a professorship at Tulane University Health Sciences Center. Then came his vow to honor the gift his donor’s family made. That life-changing promise led West and Wilds to Vermont. Seeking a slower life, they made up a spreadsheet of potential landing spots, which included all the usual progressive enclaves. Vermont won out, in part because Bonnie West, the mother of Bill West’s son and still a friend, lived here, and in part because Wilds was smitten with the place. When the couple moved to Vermont in 2005, they decided to “live organically,” allowing time to take them where they were meant to be. They joined the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Burlington and founded the Care Network Ministry to help elderly, sick and homebound members of the congregation. It was at the UU that West learned about Spectrum Youth & Family Services, which provides support services to homeless and at-risk youth. The nonprofit needed mentors, and West needed a mission. Spectrum paired him with a teenage boy named Matt Lawrence. A handful from the beginning, Lawrence missed appointments and didn’t return phone calls. But West stuck with him. He knew the

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his HIV, his liver transplant, and his sexual orientation. It was a sobering story for Lawrence, but ultimately it helped the pair relate to each other. West, too, knew what it was like to suffer. While West was mentoring Lawrence, he volunteered to help fellow UU Society members as well. Linda Ayer recalls how, recently, when West heard she had signed up for a charity bike ride, he offered to help her

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train. He and Wilds took her out on the roads near their lakefront home, one riding in front of her, and one behind. The gesture touched Ayer. “It exemplifies how important humanity is to them,” she says. “I didn’t know them very well, but I knew if I needed anything, I [could] call them.” West also devotes much of his time to the Hospice of the Champlain Valley. In the tradition and spirit of gay caregivers during the early 1980s AIDS crisis, he and Wilds provide care to people at the ends of their lives. Some of those he has comforted have suffered from liver failure and died awaiting transplants. It serves as an acute reminder of just how lucky he is. “It was really hard seeing a patient who was yellow with jaundice and know I [had] looked worse,” West said. Post-transplant, he’s lived by the biblical maxim that “to whom much is given, of him much will be required.” Because of his previous career, West is financially secure enough to spend his days volunteering. Some days, he’s busier than he ever was at NBC. “There’s just a neverending vortex of need,” West says. It was after West taught Lawrence to drive that word got around, and he became the go-to guy for other Spectrum youth who need driving lessons. Many of the kids don’t have access to driver’s ed or a parent willing to teach them. Somehow, he also ended up teaching a handful of Bhutanese refugees to drive. “On his own, he offered to take kids out in his own car. I just thought that was a pretty cool thing,” Spectrum’s executive director Mark Redmond says. “He could be out golfing every day, but instead he’s spending his time volunteering.” People can’t believe West lets new drivers, especially teenagers, get behind the wheel of his car. But he trusts the kids, something many of these youths have never experienced with an adult before. He’s only had to pull the emergency brake once. “The transplant thing has helped me not worry,” West says. “I don’t worry about my car.” m

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onald Wright sits at the foot of schools and community centers, an array the stage, silently reading along of summer camps, Burlington’s annual with the script for a dramatic WigWag! festival, and a 19th-centuryadaptation of Disney’s Aladdin. style traveling theater wagon with a A gaggle of pint-sized actors huddle on foldtout stage, which allows the young the floor in front of him. They are rapt, company to bring outdoor shows to watching a trio of their fellow perform- parks throughout the state. Wright has ers break-dance to the genie’s big song, directed children ages 6 to 18 in produc“Friend Like Me.” tions from Macbeth to The Adventures of This version — which Wright adapted from the film for his Very Merry Theatre in Burlington — has two genies, a girl and a boy. And in this summer’s show at the company’s Old North End performance space, she does all the singing while he acts as her mostly silent but unusually expressive accomplice, his face painted blue. A keen viewer would notice that Princess Jasmine and our hero, Aladdin, have undergone significant transformations since the play began: She has grown at least six inches, and he was black at the start of the show. Narrative cohesion isn’t exactly what Wright is after. This director’s prerogative is simple: The kids should have fun, work together and, for a moment or two up there on the stage, find an opportunity to shine. Emma Sutton, Madeline King, As the audience cheers, Sarina Osaba, Lena Sauter egging the dancers on, it’s clear Wright has once again hit the mark. “I can’t tell you how many shows I’ve been to where Don has 80 kids on a stage by the end,” Tom Sawyer to West Side Story. Last year says Bill Harvey, president of the VMT the company performed for 10,000 audiboard and the parent of two alumni. “For ence members in five Vermont counties. the audience, it’s a little disjointed, but Very Merry acquired its own quarters for the kids, they’re having the time of at 333 North Winooski Avenue two years their lives.” ago, in the back side of a building that Very Merry Theatre began as a also houses Pho Hong restaurant, Good summer drama camp and has evolved News Garage and a laundromat. In doing into a multifaceted community-theater so the company made good on Wright’s institution, including programs at local goal to create an integrated performing

arts center that would draw children and families from across neighborhood borders and cultural divisions. It was important to Wright and the board that their performance hub be rooted in this part of town. They had already built a strong partnership with the Integrated Arts Academy at Wheeler and wanted to reach more children in

Along with those kids from the ONE come older teens from other Burlington neighborhoods, volunteering their time. Laura Massell’s 17-year-old daughter, Emily, has been participating in VMT productions since she was 5. Now she works as a summer camp counselor to the younger children at “333.” “A real striking thing for us to watch, as parents, is the cumulative effect of being in these school-based productions, starting with children at the age where they’re just part of the chorus, to the auditions where they have D o nal d Wr i g ht to explain what they’d like to be this year,” says Massell, whose two younger daughters also participate in Very Merry. “Our kids have grown so much in their confidence, in their ability to think and express and work together.”

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that low-income neighborhood who might not otherwise have access to a program like Very Merry. “We knew if we put the home base in the Old North End, if we set up dropin workshops and Saturday afternoon productions, kids could come by on foot from the neighborhood,” says Harvey. So far, it’s been working “like you wouldn’t believe.”

he kid-focused company may be far reaching now, but it began as sort of a family pastime about two decades ago. A couple weeks after the Aladdin show, Wright, 52, sits down at a Burlington café to talk about children, Shakespeare and community. He’s easygoing, but has the focus of someone who loves what he does. And during the interview, he asks just as many questions about the reporter as he answers about himself. Storytelling, Wright says, has always come naturally to him. (“The real magic is that he makes everyone feel like it’s coming naturally to them,” says Massell.) He grew up on the campus of Proctor Academy in New Hampshire, where both his parents taught. His mother, writer and director Nancy Means

Always angling to integrate the diverse communities within Burlington, Wright proudly reports that, at a recent production of Peter Pan at Wheeler Elementary, Edmunds parents were in the pit. It wasn’t the first time the two schools pulled together for a VMT production. According to Wheeler’s (now outgoing) principal, Joyce Irvine, the Edmunds Parent Teacher Organization

about it. He holds auditions, not to find out who the best is, but to find out how he can tweak his script so he can get everyone involved.” As for his unique adaptations, Wright says he steers clear of the already-condensed-for-kids versions of the classics, such as Charles and Mary Lamb’s Tales From Shakespeare. Very Merry may be about performing, but literacy is an Matthew Thorsen

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important underlying agenda. Wright encourages his actors to go home and read the original books and plays they’re doing, and he finds they connect to the language more readily than one might expect. “I think it’s fun to keep some of the original language,” he says. “Kids love to say things like ‘Have at thee!’ you know, when they’re swinging their swords.” Even young children, Wright says, can intuit Shakespeare. You just have to meet them halfway. He’s staged a production of The Tempest as a circus and King Lear as a Western, because most kids know what it means to be a clown or a cowboy. Give them that one point of reference, Wright says, and they can figure out the rest. “Not everything has to be explained to us,” he notes. “If you point the way enough and then allow for a lot of discovery and then, as the director, give


funded the first schoolwide Very Merry performance at Wheeler six years ago when that school’s PTO couldn’t afford it. Very Merry has been transformational for the school, where many students are learning English as a second language, Irvine says. “We talk a lot about the ESL kids, but even the [other] Old North End kids, they don’t have the opportunities to get out and deliver anything publicly,” she says. “[By] having that annual play, bringing them over to 333 for a workshop, offering them scholarships, [Wright] really has immersed himself in the community.” And the community has rallied around Wright. “The kids can’t wait until they get into third grade so they can be in his performances,” Irvine says. “He takes kids from where they are, builds scripts around them, and that’s what we love


space for kids to play, they’re always smarter than you expected.” Wright elaborates, paraphrasing something author Louisa May Alcott once said about Shakespeare: “It’s kind of like looking at the mountains at night in the moonlight, and seeing the immensity of them,” he says. “You know that sun is going to come up over the mountains and reveal them. But when you’re a child, maybe you’re only getting the silhouette, the sense of majesty; you’re not necessarily comprehending and getting every detail of it. But the power still impacts you.” Wright gives his mushroom soup a stir and looks up again. “Life is like that, you know what I mean?” he says. “You only get a little bit of what being a mom or dad is about, even though you spend every day with [your parents] growing up. And then you become a parent and you look back and go, Oh, my God, they were just figuring this out for the first time, they were just winging it! And I thought they knew everything.” Wright knows a bit more about parenting now than when he started, he says, in no small part because of Very Merry. Within that community he’s had full access to the proverbial village that’s raising its kids, figuring it out together. And even now that his kids are grown, his words ring distinctly paternal when he talks about his goals for Very Merry’s future. “I see Very Merry continuing to evolve to meet the needs of children all over our wonderful state,” he says. “And to continue to bring people together through the performing arts to build better and stronger communities.” Wright says he is beginning to really understand why his mother took him to that JV baseball game years ago. “I was [directing theater] because of my kids in the beginning,” he says. “But by allowing it to grow, it made me realize how important it was for me to be there for all the kids, and that, when my kids were with me, they were just part of the ensemble.” m

Wright, started slipping the classics into his hands as soon as he was able to read. “I spent a lot of time in my childhood sort of banding together kids in the neighborhood to do fun stuff,” Wright says. “I’d often start up detective clubs, story clubs, stuff like that. So I guess what I’m saying is, it’s always sort of been in my blood.” Wright’s parents instilled a strong sense of community in him at an early age, too. He recalls one spring day when he came home from school to his mother’s suggestion that they go watch the junior varsity baseball team’s first game of the season. Wright loves baseball — he plays now in a Burlington adult league — so he happily went along. But he recalls wondering, on the walk over, why they were going. “I remember thinking to myself, My brother — he’s five years older — he’s not on this team. Like, why are we watching the JV baseball game? My father wasn’t coaching it. He didn’t coach baseball,” Wright says. So he asked his mother. Turns out, a few of the boys on the team were in her French class. “[She supported] them above and beyond,” he says. “But for her, it was just, like, that’s what you did.” After Wright graduated from the University of Vermont in 1983, he started Home Base, a social-services company that supports developmentally disabled adults in living as independently as possible. He still runs it today, with a business partner. But his literary leanings never faded. When Wright became a father — his first of three sons just turned 21 — he wanted to spend as much time with his kids as possible. So he began organizing summer drama camps. At first it was just his boys and their friends playing games to patch together plot lines. Sometimes they started with Shakespeare; other times they just made stuff up. “It was something I could share with them,” Wright says. From those carefree early days, the camps grew organically and steadily into a bona fide year-round nonprofit children’s theater company. Now Very Merry’s shows draw hundreds of kids each year. For the production of Aladdin, the actors came from all five Burlington elementary schools, as well as from Shelburne and Charlotte. And along with these little performers come parents, who volunteer to sew costumes, build sets, help with makeup and fundraise. Burlington musician and VMT parent Brett Hughes has written and performed music for shows. Wright has also enlisted his brother-inlaw, guitarist/songwriter Bill Mullins.




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oward the north of Honshū, Japan’s largest island, lies a tiny town called Tome. The former samurai garrison is filled with narrow, twisting roads designed to help warriors evade enemy fire. Near the center of town is a restaurant by the name of ToKai-Tei. The Yoshida family opened it in 1879 when they realized they could make more money selling the eels they had caught if they cooked them first. Michiko Yoshida-Hunter is a sixth-generation descendant of those Yoshidas. Ten years ago this month, she brought a second incarnation of the restaurant to small-town Vermont. It’s located in the Old Town Farm Inn on Route 10 in Chester. But you wouldn’t know that from the outside of the 1861 building, which has no sign indicating that here, in the heart of rural Vermont, visitors can find authentic tastes of the Japanese coast. Yoshida-Hunter grew up in Yokohama. She spent her summer breaks during high school and college in Tome, learning the ropes at the original ToKai-Tei. “For the first six months, all they let you do is wash rice,” explains Yoshida-Hunter’s husband, Aleks Hunter — who’s also co-owner and sous-chef in Vermont. Eventually, Yoshida-Hunter’s aunts and cousins allowed her to join them in preparing their famous broiled eel, a favorite of emperors Yoshihito and Hirohito. Before long, she was certified as a chef in her home country. Though she enjoyed cooking, in 1989 Yoshida-Hunter came to the U.S., where she studied at a series of colleges. “I was very curious,” she says in barely accented English. She laughs easily and wrinkles her nose when tickled by one of her husband’s funny comments. Yoshida-Hunter started out at a community college in the Adirondacks, where she met Hunter, an assistant physics professor. She studied interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, then got a master’s degree in lighting design at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. By then, she and Hunter were married and settled in Brooklyn with their daughter, Kuniko. Though New York was ideal for a pair of engineers, it was less so for their small child. “She was in an elementary school that had bars [on the windows],”





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says Yoshida-Hunter. “Policemen were at the gate in the morning.” In 1999, Hunter noticed a banner ad on his computer screen. “It was for someone selling a ski area in Taos, New Mexico,” he says. “I mentioned it to her, and a light went [on] for both of us.” The couple began to research other ski areas. Vermont stood out as a perfect place to raise their daughter. In December of that year, the family moved into the Old Town Farm Inn, just a stone’s throw from Okemo Mountain Resort. Though the couple knew they wanted to refurbish the kitchen in the 1861 home and serve food to guests, they chose not to advertise that they were serving only classic Japanese food, fearing they would alienate traditional locals. Hence the lack of signage. “We didn’t come to Vermont to stick out like a sore thumb,” says Hunter.


He and Yoshida-Hunter had a few parties to introduce area business owners to their offerings. Soon, locals and tourists alike were trickling in. The demographics of the restaurant’s most frequent customers were a surprise to the newcomers. “We thought sushi was a younger market,” says Hunter. Instead, most regulars turned out to be Vermonters who had been stationed in Japan between World War II and the Korean War, and were eager to enjoy the dishes they had not tasted for more than half a century. The owners did their best to preserve a Vermont farmhouse feel in the small dining room of ToKai-Tei, which discloses no Asian influence at first glance. First-place certificates from the Vermont State Zucchini Festival, signed by the “Duke of Zuke,” cover one wall papered with a red and yellow floral


pattern. Sophie, a tan cocker spaniel, darts in and out of the dining room on three legs, her tail wagging feverishly. A closer look reveals some not-soYankee touches. A shelf holds a Maneki Neko, the beckoning lucky cat that appears in many Japanese homes and businesses, along with other traditional Edo-style sculpture. Several walls hold plaques awarded to Yoshida-Hunter’s father, Tsunal, a top golfer in the 1960s. The setting may blend cultures, but there’s nothing Western about the cuisine. Hunter recounts stories of tourist families asking for a burger for the kids. “I told them they could go somewhere else for dinner,” he says. What makes the chow uniquely Vermont as well as Japanese is the ingredients. ToKai-Tei is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, and the owners are friendly with Black River Produce founders Steve Birge and Mark Curran. The company helped the couple connect with local farmers willing to grow shiitake and maitake mushrooms specially for them. Much of their other produce comes from We Are All What We Eat, a market in Gassetts that sells, among other things, the Black Watch Farm beef that YoshidaHunter uses in teriyaki steak. The chef also grows many ingredients herself. Salad greens, heirloom tomatoes and Japanese cucumbers are all nurtured in the Old Town Farm Inn’s garden, in view of the postcard-picturesque pond where the inn has hosted many weddings. “It’s really nice to see her picking the stuff for the salad, then bringing it in and cleaning it, then serving it,” says Hunter, who is especially proud of their deep pink Julia Child tomatoes. The salad, composed of those homegrown greens and tomatoes as well as peppers and matchsticks of radish, is covered with brightly colored ginger dressing. It comes with every entrée, as does ToKaiTei’s miso-potato soup. The rich umami broth, filled with supple seaweed and tofu, also has cubes of potato. Made from soybean paste and dashi, the soup tastes as much like the earth as the sea.

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Diners get their fill of ocean tastes in the jewellike sushi plates. Like many restaurants in Japan, ToKai-Tei serves “superfrozen” bigeye tuna in sashimi, nigiri and rolls. In superfreezing, fish are plucked from the ocean, then immediately butchered and preserved at minus 76 degrees Fahrenheit. The process delays the onset of rigor mortis and prevents any decay beyond cellular death. When the meat is quickly thawed, it emerges in essentially the same state in which the animal died — and tastes good. The meaty tuna, served with lightly vinegared rice, practically melts in the mouth. It’s especially appealing in the spicy tuna roll, a creation that gets a crunchy texture from tempura crumbs mixed with the rice and spicy mayonnaise on the fish. But ToKai-Tei’s pièce de résistance comes not from the sea but from rivers. The restaurant generally gets its eel from




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mushrooms and tofu, which tastes both complex and austere. Beverages include several different teas, most notably matcha. The thick green tea is served in a tall glass with crushed ice, and the sweet concoction brings to mind an elegant Slush Puppy. For dessert, ToKai-Tei has homemade red bean and green tea ice cream — and it may be the only place in Vermont to get homemade daifuku. The round cakes are made from chewy mochi, then filled with sweet red bean paste. The flavor is not far from that of chocolate, and the combination of creamy and chewy textures makes for a seriously fun end to the meal. The cuisine is so much fun at ToKai-Tei, in fact, that it has attracted customers from around the world. A few years ago, the restaurant appeared in a feature on Vermont in a Japanese magazine for women. The

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Japan, though not from the Yoshidas. The revered fish is filleted backward. According to Hunter, this is because “an eel wouldn’t commit seppuku.” To make unagi kabayaki, Hunter runs the broiler and fires up the eel, then steams it to rid it of excess fat. Finally, it’s broiled again for a crisp finish. The flesh is brushed with a sweet, red-tinged, soy-based sauce. The result is lusciously fatty, moist fish with a crispy outside — the Japanese version of fish and chips. No wonder Yoshida-Hunter says that her cousin Ken, who now runs the original ToKai-Tei, serves little else. Unlike its forebear, the Chester ToKai-Tei has plenty of other choices for diners who wriggle at the suggestion of eel. There’s the aforementioned local steak, and a popular ginger-pork dish called butaniku no shogayaki. The loin is presented in paper-thin slices with a gingery, sesame-laced sauce, sweetened with mirin. Both dishes come with colorful sides that make the plates resemble artists’ palettes. In winter, when hot pots replace grilled dishes on the menu, the veggies are mostly roots. In late June, they included lightly pickled cucumbers and eggplant, and a soy-and-sesame-flavored slaw of carrots and burdock. Best of all is a warm salad of bamboo shoots, thinly sliced

Old Town Farm Inn’s guest book is filled with visitors hailing from such places as Turkey, Brazil and India. One couple from Bournemouth, England, thank the owners for excellent meals, adding, “We’re glad to be back.” ToKai-Tei is especially busy one week every summer. When telescope makers meet each year at Stellafane, their annual convention in Springfield, many take time out from the stars to stop at the restaurant. “Lots of people have come here every year since we’ve opened,” says Hunter. The Yoshida-Hunters aren’t sure how much longer they’ll remain at the Old Town Farm Inn. Their daughter, Kuniko, now 17, is spending the summer studying at Harvard and will enter her senior year of high school in the fall. Once they’re empty nesters, her parents say, they may want to move on. They realize that if they do, the community will miss their culinary contribution. And new visitors will miss out on the surprise of finding a Japanese restaurant in a classic Vermont inn. As Hunter points out, “There are a lot of Easter eggs in Vermont. We’re one of them.” m

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are made to be refilled, we allow that,” he explains. As counterintuitive as it seems, the easy-to-clean glass versions aren’t considered reusable. And the practice of Participation involves: “marrying” ketchup bottles at the end of Brief (20-min) visits each day, which results in remnants from numerous bottles going in one? “That 3-4 times/week should not happen,” Burns says gruffly. for about 7 weeks When it comes to homemade dressings and sauces at The Scuffer, Taking capsules says Verdery, “They stay in the at each visit refrigerator unless they’re in your hand to dress the plate.” When it’s extra busy, squeeze bottles of salad Completing questionnaires dressings and other sauces are kept at and following each visit on ice, and the cubes are changed every hour. “We’re really health conscious,” Verdery notes, but says Compensation she’s worked at Burlington-area of up to $1,050 restaurants that weren’t. “With seafood and red meat, you can’t Call 656-8887 mess around,” she says. Freshly made aioli is the name of the game at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill, where eaters go through up to 25 gallons of the stuff per week. “We make five-gallon batches about every two days,” says Jed Davis. For now, the Farmhouse crew is buying ketchup and mustard, but they eventually plan to make those, too. What happens to leavings at the end of the night? 6v-uvm-psych052610.indd 1 5/24/10 11:29:24 AM “We dump them all,” Davis says. Chef Aaron Josinsky of Bluebird Tavern, one of the first local restaurants to start making nearly everything from scratch, says his team prides itself on cleanliness in their kitchen. “Food safety is obviously very important,” he notes. That’s why jars of aioli and ketchup come out cold. “Every table that orders something that requires those condiments receives a fresh, cold jar from the wait station,” Josinsky assures. Keeping condiments safe, in short, means sometimes sending carefully crafted foods into the trash or compost bucket. But Josinsky says making them in-house is still worth it: “We could be buying Hellman’s or Heinz, but we think we can make a better product.” Given the number of people enthusiastically spooning up freshly made condiments from jars at local restaurants, it seems as if the customers agree. m 06.30.10-07.07.10

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crispy pork-cheek croquettes, and Ariel’s Restaurant wowed us with a fluffy goatcheese soufflé. I couldn’t stay away from the pork cracklings made at southern Vermont’s Verdé. Burlington offered fewer food options, but each one was nearly a meal unto itself. I spent my first token for L’Amante’s perfectly cooked rib-eye and giant prawn with white bean and arugula salad. Then I followed the scent of smoke to The Belted Cow Bistro table, where I was rewarded with a shaved pork and broccoli rabe sandwich topped with a sprinkling of Parmesan. Healthy Living’s plump, homemade chicken sausage with curried slaw packed tons of flavor. I honestly can’t say which festival’s food I preferred. Everything else may have been worlds apart, but the events shared celebrity flair. Stowe boasted famed winemakers Bruce Neyers of Neyers Vineyards in St. Helena, Calif., and David O’Reilly of Owen Roe Winery in Oregon’s Yakima Valley, plus a cooking demo from Yankee Magazine’s Annie Copps in a perfectly outfitted traveling kitchen. The Queen City fest’s crown jewel was figure-skaterturned-winemaker Peggy Fleming and her husband, Greg Jenkins, who own Fleming Jenkins Vineyards & Winery in Los Gatos, Calif. Some diners might prefer the fashionable ease of the Stowe Food & Wine Classic, others the lively scene on Burlington’s waterfront. Me? I’ll take ’em both. m

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while people in casual dress lined up to sample a few of the 200-plus wines. Although you could get Vermont artisan breads and cheeses in this main tent, you had to visit a separate section outside for main dishes from area restaurants. Other purveyors, such as those for Ben & Jerry’s and Stonyfield yogurt, camped out around the venue’s edge. The whole area was loud, fun and bustling. Inside the big tent, a few people danced, and some couples, apparently overcome by the wine, got hot and heavy. The difference in crowds and vibes is explained partly by location and partly by price. The Burlington festival cost $40 per person, while Stowe’s ran $60. But that bought unlimited samples, while B-town’s cheaper cover actually purchased 15 drink tickets and just one food token (more could be had for $1 and $5, respectively). That meant digging around for tickets while balancing a wine glass and a plate of food, and, in my case, spending an extra $20 to try more of the fare. Worse, I agonized over each pour, hoping I’d happened on the most complex cabernet or the sexiest syrah. In Stowe, by contrast, I pinged carefree from table to table, trying three Rieslings here, going back for seconds of the Three Penny Taproom’s housemade chorizo there. Small plates were the order of the day. Michael’s on the Hill had small cups of chilled smoked-trout vichyssoise, Hen of the Wood offered

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and solo — with a heady mixture of speed, technique and showmanship that either makes you stand up and shout encouragement or look at your watch, depending. Luckily, Sanborn knew to mix it up, at one point paying tribute to two of Ray Charles’ sax players, Hank Crawford and David “Fathead” Newman, and leading the trio through some more soulful numbers. After Sanborn’s set, I left the building and walked outside to the unmistakable strains of Brian Setzer’s version of “Jump Jive an’ Wail.” In classic Jazz-Fest style, the streets were packed with thousands of revelers drinking beer, munching frites and watching Setzer’s big band rock through his own catalog of hits. After some much-needed sleep, I spent a glorious Saturday walking through the Plateau neighborhood, sipping espresso and tasting my way through the grand Marché Jean-Talon — cod fritters, duck sausage, fresh peaches, fried cheese and a strawberry smoothie kept me busy. But my mind was occupied by music. My lone ticket for that night was a triple bill headed by DJ Kid Koala, a band called Spank Rock ,and local opener DJ Food. Sure, it kind of fit my loose, emerging “Is it jazz?” theme. But I couldn’t help thinking I might miss out on something else. I needn’t have worried. Perched on a bar stool in the dark, multilevel balcony of Club Metropolis, I witnessed a show that banished all thoughts of saxophone virtuosos. After a pedestrian set by DJ Food and a wild, rocks-out set by Spank Rock — a Philadelphia-based band consisting of a drummer, two DJs, and rapper and raconteur Naeem Juwan Hanks — Kid Koala took the stage. From the moment he dropped a needle on his first record of the night, the cheerful, Montréal-based DJ displayed an unCOURTESY OF WWW.MONTREALJAZZFEST.COM


ionel Richie. The Steve Miller Band. The Roots. Rakim. Fans of these artists would probably look at you sideways if you described 12v-Nectars063010.indd 1 6/28/10 12:17:35 PMany of them as “jazz.” So why are they booked to play one of the biggest jazz festivals in the world? The answer is simple: Because they’re fun. Though it probably twists Wynton Marsalis’ undies in a bunch, each of these acts, and many more, have been corralled under the umbrella of “jazz” for the 12-day Festival International de Jazz de Montréal — aka the Montréal Jazz Festival, which is currently under way and runs through Tuesday, July 6. In the case of stars such as Richie, festival cofounder and artistic director André Ménard claims that his inclusion in this year’s schedule has to do with the way jazz musicians have always turned popular songs into standards. And Richie has written more than his Lionel Richie fair share of those. But when Menard stood onstage last Friday, introducing the pop giant to a crowd 12v-3penny021010.indd 1 2/8/10 7:16:24 PM shimmering with excitement, it was clear he was there for another reason: People really, really wanted roller. But the crowd ate it up. From the to see the guy sing all those hits. opening notes of “Easy,” you couldn’t help And that’s exactly what he did. After a but surrender to his powers of seduction. dramatic intro involving lots of white spotAfter about 45 minutes — and though lights, smoke machines and a lead guitar- witnessing Ritchie singing “Dancing on ist who was the spitting image of Olym- the Ceiling” would have made my life compic-medal-winning snowboarder Shaun plete at that moment — I remembered I had White, Richie rushed onstage to bask in a tickets to see the alto saxophonist David thunderous standing ovation. Then he led Sanborn. I excused my way through his band through a newish song, “Just For the throng; they probably thought I You,” before launching into a cavalcade of was nuts. mega-hits and self-effacing stage banter. Sanborn brought me back to Earth — or All this made it perfectly clear who Lionel at least planet jazz. Though his reputation Richie is: a star. is as a session player more than a bandAt one point, Ritchie introduced a med- leader — he’s recorded with everyone from ley of his famously romantic ballads by say- Stevie Wonder to the Grateful Dead to ing, “Now, when I play these songs, you’re Ween — his true love is jazz. going to remember three things: Where The set Sanborn put across on Friday you were, what you were doing, and who night with organ virtuoso Joey DeFrances(thanks to our awesome advertisers.) you were doing it with.” In the hands of a co and fusion drummer Gene Lake bristled lesser talent, this could have been an eye- with confidence. Each of these guys play —

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canny talent for knowing exactly which record to pull out of his stack at the exact right moment, and how to mix beats and samples to make jaws drop. His choices were obscure — big beats, little beats, horn lines, monstrous guitar hooks, snippets of conversation, old novelty records — but every time he mixed a new record in, it sounded like the most obvious choice in the world. I didn’t recognize a damned thing, but it was better that way; it felt like his music, and his music alone. But in the end, every note seemed like a warm-up for Koala’s version of “Moon River.” Yes, that “Moon River.” With two turntables spinning, he more or less let the classic play while he used his fingers to alter the pitch and phrasing of a single violin note, played from a sample from a third turntable. He had already delivered the head-bobbing beats; now he was showing the more subtle side of his art. Kid Koala was improvising a solo — in classic jazz style. I thought of Koala’s set on Sunday as I walked through “We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz,” an exhibition at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. The multimedia retrospective starts with Davis’ childhood and takes you through each step of his musical life, from meeting Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s to covering Michael Jackson in the ’80s. It was then, surrounded by evidence of how fluid and ever-changing jazz was during its first several decades, that I could see Koala as a legitimate part of that world. The way he uses what came before him and what is happening around him — the samples he uses and artists he quotes — is exactly what Davis did as an artist: He pushed himself to constantly redefine his music, incorporating bebop, modal improvisation, electric instruments, funk, tape edits and much more. And he called it jazz. Sunday, my final show was flamenco pianist Chano Domínguez, whose new project reinterprets and pays tribute to the Miles Davis classic Kind of Blue. (I didn’t plan this, I swear.) Accompanied by a bassist, drummer, singer and dancer, Domínguez brought an exuberance to the classic tunes, flying through flamenco takes on songs such as “So What.” He reminded the audience of how much respect jazz musicians have for what has come before them — and how the finest among them know to pull from the past to create something new. In fact, it’s what all great musicians do, whether they’re playing rock ’n’ roll, hip-hop, country or jazz. What you call it isn’t that important. It’s what you do with it that matters. m

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Thursday, June 24, 2010 — a date that will live in infamy — Vermont music fans were suddenly and deliberately attacked by … well, a bunch of skittish ninnies. In case you’ve been living under a rock, happened to be away for the weekend or recently awoke from a coma, the Concerts on the Green show scheduled for Shelburne Museum on Monday, July 5, featuring Grateful Dead cash cow, er, legacy band Furthur was abruptly and unceremoniously canceled last Thursday. Sadly, space is at a premium in this column. But here’s the Reader’s Digest version of how it all went down. (For a more thorough retelling, visit our staff blog, Blurt — — which features the blow-by-blow account as well as scads of anonymous, inflammatory commentary in the comments section. Ain’t the Internet grand?) Thursday, Furthur announced, via their website, that “local authorities” (the man) had pulled the plug on the show, citing security concerns over an influx of “ticketless fans” (goddamn dirty hippies), “traffic concerns” (in veggie-oilpowered microbuses) and “other issues” (duuuuuuude). As it turns out, local and state authorities, including the Town of Shelburne and the Department of Public Safety — the latter being the only “authorities” with authority to cancel the show — had no idea it had been canceled and found out about it the same way everyone else did: online. Friday afternoon, following rampant outrage, speculation and paranoia across the blogosphere, Tweetscape and Facebook, the folks at Shelburne Museum set the record

straight, once and for all, dagnabbit, with an “official” statement. Here’s the whole thing: “We regret that the July 5 Furthur concert at Shelburne Museum had to be canceled. We could not host this show without an adequate security plan from the concert’s organizers in place. We did not have that and so made the difficult decision to withdraw as the concert’s venue.” Somehow, that explanation didn’t quite sate the mellow-harshed masses, who responded with a collective, and I quote, “What the fuck?” Later that day, Higher Ground Presents, the promoter for Concerts on the Green for the last seven years, issued its own, much longer and more emotional account of the proceedings in a counter statement. To paraphrase, it read, “What the fuck?” Essentially, HG claims it had been working with the museum, and state and town officials, to ensure an adequate security plan, and believed it had one in place. Shelburne Museum officials disagreed, so they took their round barn, er, ball and went home. Game over. Thanks for playing. With the information on hand, it’s hard not to paint museum staff as the villains here. But was this really all a case of hippie profiling by nebbish killjoys? Maybe. The museum hasn’t exactly helped its cause, issuing a string of stern “No comment” replies to any and all inquiries on the topic. Furthurmore (sorry), an interview with director Stephan Jost that aired last Friday during the noon WCAX newscast really muddies the picture. In it, Jost, downplaying potential security concerns on the day the concert sold out on Friday, March 5, says, “I’ve never heard of them, but we sold out in six minutes … And, that

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said, security will be extraordinarily tight.” No kidding. No one’s getting in that sucker. Good work. But, seriously, Mr. Jost? “I’ve never heard of them, but we sold out in six minutes.” Do you mean to say that the guy entrusted with guarding one of the state’s historical treasures couldn’t read up on who he was agreeing to let hang out on its lawn? I’m pretty sure my high school madrigal choir endured a more thorough background check when we gave Christmas concerts at the museum. But I digress. While it’s easy — and kinda fun — to cast blame on the Shelburne Museum, it is not necessarily justified. There seems to be plenty o’ blame to go around. And you could reasonably argue that Higher Ground was misguided to think this kind of show, with all its attendant baggy-age — perceived or otherwise — could go off without a hitch in the well-heeled shire of Shelburne. And it would be further (I did it!) naive to think the images of Highgate and Coventry aren’t still ingrained in Vermonters’ collective memory. Granted, the Furthur show is on a far smaller scale than either of those jamtastrophes. But the museum is also an exponentially more valuable property and, presumably, far less equipped to deal with gate-crashers, beefed up security or not. I’ll go out on a limb to suggest that reports from recent Furthur shows that were beset by unsavory shenanigans — drugs and gate-crashers and … um, more drugs, oh my! — didn’t exactly ease the minds of museum officials. Unfortunately, as of this writing, no one from either camp is talking beyond limp press releases. So it is entirely possible — likely, even — that we will never really know the answers to some key questions. For example: Why did the museum turn chicken now, four months after the show was announced? What kind of security did HG actually have in place, and how much more was the museum requiring? Where does this leave the future of the Concerts on the Green series? And did anyone take up Yankee Tattoo on the “Will tattoo for Furthur tickets” sign they’ve had hanging in the window of their Burlington storefront for months? (Actually, no one did. I checked. Phew!) The bottom line is that, regardless of how this unfolds, no one wins. It sucks for everyone involved. First and foremost, the fans get screwed — especially if they bought

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scalped tickets online, which were going for as much as $350. I’m guessing there’s no refund on those. Obviously, Higher Ground is losing out on a huge chunk of change — $41 multiplied by the venue’s 3500 capacity equals: ouch. And you’d think HG might have some serious reservations about the museum as a venue moving forward. This is a blow to the museum, too. No, really. Financially, and in terms of publicity, they’re taking a hit here. Even if it turns out they made the right call — which, again, we may never know — the court of public opinion has already handed down its verdict. It really is a no-win situation. In fact, I can think of only two groups for whom the Furthur cancellation could possibly be perceived as a good thing: the boys from local Grateful Dead acolytes Dead Sessions and up-and-coming Jerry Garcia Band tributeers Cats Under the Stars. Even so, I’m sure they’d all rather be seeing Furthur. Still, those bands will play a Dead celebration/mourning/consolation prize at Higher Ground this Monday. And if you’ve got a receipt or ticket stub for the forcibly hiatused show, admission is half price. Such a deal.


• In light of the unprecedented events of the last week chewing up this whole column, your regularly scheduled BiteTorrent section will appear on the Seven Days music blog, Solid State (7d. So, be sure to drop by and catch some freedom-inspired ramblings regarding local music this holiday weekend, including a killer show at Speaking Volumes, experimental music at Radio Bean, an epic hardcore fest in Bristol, a hometown sendoff for a local soul man and fond farewell to a longtime arch-nemesis… m

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Vermont’s hardest-working Microphone Doctor is back, this time with an ironically titled EP and an expanded crew of physician assistants. On Let’s Get Ill, BURNTmd skips the cinematic, curtain-raising theatrics of his previous album and instead plunges the listener headfirst into his best work to date. Friendly On-site Computer Support Wielding his microphone like a scalpel, he has skinned hip-hop of unnecessary fat. There’s no pomp here. No boring intros and 16t-rentageek102109.indd 1 10/19/09 6:37:12 PM outros; no contrived album theme to force onto every track and interlude. This is the bare bones and beating heart of the genre and culture. And it’s a beautiful thing. From the album’s opening (and title) OUR COMMUNITY track, it’s clear that BURNTmd isn’t afraid to share the light from the surgery table IS PART OF THE with artists of equal talent. Reef the Lost WORLD COMMUNITY. Cauze, Copywrite, Reks and Phil the Agony all slash the mic with accurate incisions HELP US DEVELOP A VACCINE on “Let’s Get Ill,” an infectious tune with FOR DENGUE FEVER a bouncing organ riff like something Flipmode Squad might throw together. Planet Asia and Akrobatik reprise their roles from BURNT’s previous album, while guests Krondon and DJ Green Lantern also do their fair share of propping up. The EP’s real star, though, is the production. Far from being the oil-slick, overdone ear pollution leaking from mainstream hip-hop stations, Let’s Get Ill’s producers — and there are a few — strike a balance between the raw and the refined, the polished and the coarse. They concoct beat-laced anesthetics to put us under, while the MD and his fellow MCs go to • Healthy Individuals work on our subconscious. Some serious care went into crafting the instrumental Ages 18-50 tracks, such as the juxtaposition of a harp’s • 1 Screening visit crystalline melody with BURNT’s raspy delivery on “Rap City,” or the stop-and-go • Single dosing visit with sweetness of the beats on “Stand Back,” follow-up visits which leave plenty of space for BURNT, • Now screening Krondon, Phil the Agony and Planet Asia to flow unobstructed. It says something • Compensation up to $1,070 about BURNTmd’s reputation in the hiphop world that he can attract the likes of Illmind (50 Cent, Erykah Badu, LL Cool J, For more information and etc.), J Glaze (Jay-Z, Wu-Tang, Tha Dogg scheduling, leave your Pound) and others to the producer’s chair. name, phone number, and And it says something about BURNT’s a good time to call back. abilities that he’s more than capable of rising to the occasion.





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BURNTmd states on “Bang Out,” “Ask me nine years ago where I’d be in 10, I’d say not good / I’d either be dead or in Hollywood.” Well, the Microphone Doctor is still alive and practicing. And if he continues on this path, that second option may yet become a reality. BURNTmd’s Let’s Get Ill is available at iTunes.

devolve into limp platitudes. Case in point: “Reunion.” In a way, the song is a marvel. If we could believe it was a dusty folk-rock satire, it would be nothing short of brilliant. Outlining the reasons he’s choosing not to attend an upcoming high school reunion, Hill touches on one freewheelin’ cliché after another, clumsily taping them together like pages torn from a rhyming dictionary. At the song’s conclusion, he offers, “I once shared a kiss with a girl I knew / We’re all grown up, tell me, how are you? / You got a family of your own, you’re doin’ fine / I’m content … to just ride,” repeating the last three words ad nauseam as he presumably trails off into the sunset. But despite such cringeworthy moments, in others Hill is compelling. On the rambling “My Hometown,” he wields plainspoken lyrics with brash, almost


Tony Hill, And the Low End of High Art (MODHOUSE RECORDS, CD)

Tony Hill is either a misunderstood genius or an absolute crackpot. And even after digesting the weighty 18 songs on the Hartford, Vt.-based songwriter’s sophomore album, And the Low End of High Art,, listeners will be hard pressed to reach a definitive conclusion either way. Hill delivers the album’s opening salvo breathlessly repeating the phrase, “Hangin’ on and in, I’m hangin’, hangin’ on and in,” the harried urgency in his reedy baritone punctuated by strummed acoustic sustains. As the song settles into a vigorous country bounce, he seems flushed with frantic energy, gnawing lyrical chestnuts like a rabid squirrel — fascinating, but you want to keep your distance. That song, “Hangin’ On and In,” sparked the entire suite of material on Low End. Hill claims each song was written, rehearsed and recorded in an average of two or three days. The frenetic creative pace lends the album a certain roughhewn, conversational immediacy. This aesthetic can be an asset, particularly given Hill’s evident affinity for blue-collar bards Springsteen, Petty and Dylan. However, at times the songs suffer intellectual imbalance, and Hill’s attempts at profundity

unhinged authority, like a backcountry Beat poet. On the talking-country ballad “Die With the Shame,” the contrast between vintage barroom saunter and Hill’s brutal, unflinching musings evokes Ween’s bizarro country forays — if aided by whiskey and downers, perhaps. Marching rocker “Don’t Tell Me” is both clever and bruising. Although scattered and inconsistent, And the Low End of High Art proves there’s a method in Tony Hill’s madness. The fleeting moments in which he harnesses that madness are truly something to behold. For more on Tony Hill, visit myspace. com/lofitonyhill.



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BOB STANNARD AND FRIENDS, LIVE AT THE BLACK DOOR Bluesy, woozy live record from local bluesharp vet.


TORPEDO RODEO, VS. SHARKTOPUS Surf-punk for geeks. A terrific debut.


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trade in a carefree brand of genre-jumping roots music. Though their tunes bear notable traces of rock, jazz and

Americana, their affinity and respect for traditional bluegrass shines through with every nimbly picked tone. Touring in support of their newly released double live CD All Acesss, Vol.1, the fingerpickin’-good quintet swings by the weekly bluegrass hootenanny at

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O’Brien’s irish PuB: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. On TaP Bar & Grill: Nobby Reed Project (blues), 7 p.m., Free. Parima acOusTic lOunGe: Burgundy Thursdays with Joe Adler, Denitiae Odgidie, Danny Malone, Aimee Bobruk, CJ Vinson (singer-songwriters), 8:30 p.m., $3. radiO Bean: Jazz Sessions (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. Anthony Santor Group (jazz), 11 p.m., $3. rasPuTin’s: 101 Thursdays with Pres & DJ Dan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

OliVe ridley’s: Karaoke with Ben Bright and Ashley Kollar, 6 p.m., Free. Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYCE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free. TaBu café and niGhTcluB: Karaoke Night with Sassy Entertainment, 5 p.m., Free.

rasPuTin’s: DJ ZJ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $3.

ruBen James: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free.


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242 main: Rough Francis, Genesis Climber, Horse Spirit Penetrates (punk), 7 p.m., $7. AA. BacksTaGe PuB: Karaoke with Steve, 9 p.m., Free.

The skinny Pancake: Heather Maloney (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., $5 donation. VermOnT PuB & Brewery: Joe Moore Quartet (jazz), 10 p.m., Free.

charlie O’s: Dave Keller Band (blues), 10 p.m., Free.

The scuffer sTeak & ale hOuse: PJ Davidian Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

cluB meTrOnOme: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5.

Green mOunTain TaVern: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2.

The skinny Pancake: Nathan Brady Crain (folk), 9 p.m., $5 donation.

Green rOOm: DJ Big Kat (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

lanGdOn sTreeT café: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand & His Lovesick Band (country), 6 p.m., Donations. 24 First Avenue Show with Pushbutton Stereotypes, Town-Wide Yard-Sale, Pluto Brontosaurus, Kissyface (freak folk), 8 p.m., Donations.

Green mOunTain TaVern: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. lanGdOn sTreeT café: Sam Wheeler (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Heather Maloney (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Donations.

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TwO BrOThers TaVern: Salsa Night with DJ Hector Cobeo (salsa), 10 p.m., Free.


Bee’s knees: Shrimp (eclectic), 7:30 p.m., Donations. claire’s resTauranT & Bar: Katie Trautz (folk), 7:30 p.m., Free.

mOnOPOle: Peacock Tunes & Trivia, 5 p.m., Free.

manhaTTan Pizza and PuB: The Toes, Joey Pizza Slice, The Fatal Flaws, The Broken Jugs (garage rock), 10 p.m., Free. The mOnkey hOuse: Cloud Badge, The Powder Kegs, The Crack Up (rock), 9 p.m., Free. necTar’s: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Workingman’s Army, Lynguistic Civilians, Ill Intelleks, Reverse Neutral Drive, Redhouse (rock, hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5. niGhTcrawlers: High Rollers (rock), 9 p.m., Free. On TaP Bar & Grill: The Growlers (blues), 5 p.m., Free. Phil Abair Band (rock), 9 p.m., $3. Parima main sTaGe: Latin Social with DJ Hector Cobeo (salsa), 10 p.m., Free. radiO Bean: Iliamna (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. Olivia Lee (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Grand Alto (surf, indie), 9 p.m., Free. Catherine Isles (singersongwriter), 10:15 p.m., Free.

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The reserVOir resTauranT & TaP rOOm: Rise Up Sound (reggae), 9:30 p.m., Free.

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51 main: Lokum (Turkish Balkan), 9 p.m., Free. ciTy limiTs: Top Hat Entertainment Dance Party (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.

For more information or to set up an appointment, please call 656-0655

On The rise Bakery: Vorcza (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. TwO BrOThers TaVern: Kevin Brisson with The Grift (contemporary country), 10 p.m., $3.

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Bee’s knees: Mark LeGrand & Sarah Munro (country), 7:30 p.m., Donations. The Brewski: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 9 p.m., Free. The huB Pizzeria & PuB: Marcel Tourangeneau (acoustic), 9:30 p.m., Free. FRI.02

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JP’s PuB: Dave Harrison’s Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

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On The rise Bakery: ITR @ OTR with Mia Adams & Friends (singer-songwriters), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

hiGher GrOund shOwcase lOunGe: First Friday with The Steph Pappas Experience, DJs Precious & Llu (rock, house), 8 p.m., $5/10. AA.



BreakwaTer café: Hot Neon Magic (’80s New Wave), 7 p.m., Free.

hiGher GrOund BallrOOm: Ed Kowalczyk, Sugar Red Drive (rock), 9 p.m., $0.99. AA.

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rí rá irish PuB: Longford Row (Irish), 8 p.m., Free.


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rí rá irish PuB: DJ Johnny Utah (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

Black dOOr Bar & BisTrO: Motortown Revival (r&b), 9:30 p.m., $5.

VermOnT PuB & Brewery: Funkera (funk), 10 p.m., Free.

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red square Blue rOOm: DJ Stavros (house), 9 p.m., $3.

BlueBird TaVern: Queen City Hot Club (gypsy jazz), 9 p.m., Free.

red square Blue rOOm: DJ Cre8 (house), 9 p.m., Free.

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red square: Rick Redington (rock), 6 p.m., Free. Melvin Sparks (funk), 9 p.m., $3. Nastee (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $3.

red square: Selector Dubee (reggae), 6 p.m., Free. A-Dog Presents (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

mOnOPOle dOwnsTairs: Gary Peacock (singersongwriter), 10 p.m., Free.

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tickled to welcome celebrated songwriter anders parker (pictured) to the fold when

he settled here two years ago. The former Varnaline front man — and, along with Son Volt’s Jay Farrar, one-half of Gob Iron — has made himself right at home with a new band, cloud Badge, composed of two of the Queen City’s finest: bassist cresTon lea

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The MaTTerhorn: Jimmy Yozel & Friends (carribean), 9 p.m., $5.



naked TurTle: Gary Henry (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., Free. Radio Riot (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

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BacksTage puB: Dan Parks & the Blame (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

cluB MeTronoMe: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. Franny o’s: Balance DJ & Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. green rooM: Envy presents Get Bent! & 2K Deep (house), 10 p.m., Free. Jp’s puB: Dave Harrison’s starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. The Monkey house: Birchwood coupe, citizen Bare (folk rock), 9 p.m., $3.


necTar’s: steak D (funk), 7 p.m., Free. Heloise & the savoir Faire, missy Bly, Blowtorch (rock, disco rock), 7 p.m., $5. nighTcrawlers: Karaoke with steve Leclair, 8 p.m., Free. on Tap Bar & grill: Keeghan Nolan (country), 10 p.m., Free.


radio Bean: No shoulders, Forrest (experimental), 12:30 a.m., Free. Less Digital, more manual: Record club, 3 p.m., Free. Brett Deptula (drums), 5 p.m., Free. Brett Hughes (cosmo-rural), 6 p.m., Free. HuDost (folk rock), 9:15 p.m., Free. 28 Degree Taurus, the le duo (experimental), 11 p.m., Free. raspuTin’s: Nastee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. red square: DJ Raul (salsa), 5 p.m., Free. Lowell Thompson (alt-country), 6 p.m., Free. Toussant the Liberator (reggae), 9 p.m., $3. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $3. The skinny pancake: Josh Panda Band (folksoul), 9 p.m., $5 donation.

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verMonT puB & Brewery: Events Are Objects (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

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langdon sTreeT caFé: indepenDANcE with Rusty Belle, Lowry, Free Advice, DJ Two-Tone (indie folk), 12:30 p.m., Donations. posiTive pie 2: Ben Arsenal & miles Felix (house), 10:30 p.m., Free.


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charlie o’s: concrete Rivals, in This century (surf, rock), 10 p.m., Free.

Monopole: Out the Hasse (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

olive ridley’s: Benjamin Bright (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Free.

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51 Main: italian school Dance Party, 9 p.m., Free. Basin harBor cluB: coba stella (electroacoustic), 10 p.m., Free. ciTy liMiTs: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.


Bee’s knees: slick martha’s Hot club (gypsy jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. The Brewski: PmP with Joe moore (reggae), 9 p.m., Free. The huB pizzeria & puB: Jeremy Harple (rebel folk), 8 p.m., Free.


Monopole: Out the Hasse (rock), 10 p.m., Free. naked TurTle: Radio Riot (rock), 10 p.m., Free. olive ridley’s: mambo combo (mambo), 8 p.m., Free. TaBu caFé and nighTcluB: All Night Dance Party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 lounge: Funhouse with DJs Rob Douglas, moonflower & Friends (house), 7 p.m., Free. The Block gallery: Open mic, 1:30 p.m., Free. cluB MeTronoMe: sunday Night mass with LA Riots, Justin REm, DJ Haitian, chris Pattison (electro, house), 9 p.m., $10/15. 18+. necTar’s: mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free. radio Bean: Ryan Fauber (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Hippocrypt & The metro Gnomes (punk), 10 p.m., Free. red square: side Pony with myra Flynn & Gregory Douglass (’80s covers), 8 p.m., Free.



The Brewski: Dale and Darcy (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free.


Monopole: Shameless Strangers (rock), 10 p.m., Free. naked TurTle: Eat Sleep Funk (funk), 10 p.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 lounge: Heal-In Sessions with Reverence (reggae), 10 p.m., Free. CluB MeTronoMe: Greyspoke (jam), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+. higher ground BallrooM: Dead Sessions (Grateful Dead Tribute), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. AA higher ground showCase lounge: Cats Under the Stars (Jerry Gracia Band tribute), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. AA The Monkey house: Secret Stash (funk), 9 p.m., Free. neCTar’s: The Heavy Pets, Coba Stella (jam, electro-acoustic), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. pariMa Main sTage: Jazzed Up Mondays (jazz), 7 p.m., Free (18+). radio Bean: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free. red square: Lendway (indie), 8 p.m., Free. Hype ‘Em (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. rozzi’s lakeshore Tavern: Trivia Night, 8 p.m., Free. ruBen JaMes: Why Not Monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


langdon sTreeT Café: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free.


burlington area

CluB MeTronoMe: Bass Culture with DJs Jahson & Nickel B (electronica), 9 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

51 Main: Quizz Night (trivia), 7 p.m., Free. Two BroThers Tavern: Monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.


The Brewski: Jason Wedlock (acoustic), 8 p.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 lounge: Sirenix: Queen City Songwriter Series with Willow Goodine (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free. BreakwaTer Café: Paydirt (blues), 6 p.m., Free. franny o’s: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. higher ground showCase lounge: Northern Exposure with The Glory of Armageddon, Half Past Human, Crossfire, Motion of the Ocean (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5. AA. leunig’s BisTro & Café: Paul Asbell & Clyde Stats (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. lifT: DJs P-Wyld & Jazzy Janet (hip-hop), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. ManhaTTan pizza & puB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. Miguel’s on Main: Dawna Hammers (bossa & blues), 7 p.m., Free. The Monkey house: Familiar Strangers (blues rock), 9 p.m., Free. Last Good Tooth, Altered States, Maryse Smith (folk, experimental), 9 p.m., $5. neCTar’s: Zach Maxwell, Pauline Pisano (singersongwriters), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. radio Bean: Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., Free. red square: Japhy Ryder (prog rock), 8 p.m., Free DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.


The Monkey house: Hip-Hop Open Mic with Dakota, 10 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

CiTy liMiTs: Karaoke with Let It Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.

neCTar’s: Kinetix, DJ Disco Phantom (rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

on The rise Bakery: Open Blues Session, 7:30 p.m., Free.

radio Bean: Gua Gua (psychotropical), 6 p.m., Free. The String Fingers Band (bluegrass), 8 p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk Sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.

Two BroThers Tavern: Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., Free.

red square: Upsetta International with Super K (reggae), 8 p.m., Free.

Bee’s knees: The Butterbeans (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

Main sTreeT grill & Bar: Abby Jenne (rock), 7 p.m., Free. slide Brook lodge & Tavern: Tattoo Tuesdays with Andrea (jam), 5 p.m., Free.


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The Brewski: Comedy Night with Andie Bryan (standup), 7:30 p.m., Free. The shed resTauranT and Brewery: Sound Mind (acoustic rock), 8 p.m., Free.


Monopole: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free.

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langdon sTreeT Café: Wasted Lives (honkytonk), 8 p.m., Donations.

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MonTy’s old BriCk Tavern: Open Mic Night, 6 p.m., Free.

Charlie o’s: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

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green MounTain Tavern: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

lifT: Karaoke … with a Twist, 9 p.m., Free.


This week, Friday, July 2

Charlie o’s: George Christianson (solo acoustic), 8 p.m., Free.

langdon sTreeT Café: Patrick Coman (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Donations. Alyssa Graham (jazz), 9 p.m., Donations. Quin DeVeaux (soul), 10 p.m., Donations.

leunig’s BisTro & Café: Dayve Huckett (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

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Bee’s knees: Alan Greenleaf & the Doctor (blues), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

higher ground BallrooM: Steel Pulse (reggae), 9 p.m., $22/25. AA.

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olive ridley’s: Adirondack Jazz Orchestra (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. m

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“The Birds & the Bees” theme of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s annual summer festival tour makes classical music seem pretty freakin’ sexy — even though the compositions don’t have anything to do with the “deed” at all. Instead, the literal, kid-friendly program revolves around all types of winged critters. Selections range from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to Nikolai RimskyKorsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee to John Williams’ music for Jurassic Park,, which brings to mind those soaring pterodactyls. The tour takes flight this week at open-air locations statewide, allowing listeners to pack a picnic and glimpse some sky fliers for themselves. But the nightly fireworks finale offers an even more compelling reason to look up. Catch the buzz ... and save the sex talk for later.


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VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SUMMER FESTIVAL TOUR Thursday, July 1, at the grounds behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. $10-25; free for ages 11 and under. Friday, July 2, at Hildene Meadowlands in Manchester. $10-32; free for kids under 18 with advance ticket. Saturday, July 3, at Grafton Ponds. $10-25; free for kids under 4. Sunday, July 4, at Shelburne Farms. $16-35. Monday, July 5, at Quechee Polo Field. $10-32; free for kids under 18 with advance ticket. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. View website for future dates through July 11. Info, 863-5966; 257-0124 for Grafton concert only.


The Lightning Bug A decade ago, the Middlebury Actors Workshop debuted with a popular collection of 10-minute plays, “Streaks of Theatrical Lightning.” The professional theater ensemble now returns to the original format in a 10th anniversary celebration. “A super-short play packs such a powerful punch,” says artistic director and actor Melissa Lourie. “It’s going to be an evening of great humor and tenderness — and no cynicism.” The production includes works by famous playwrights, such as David Ives’ Lives of the Saints, as well as a piece by Hazen Union High School student Jonny Flood. “They all fall into the theme of big, transitional moments in life,” notes Lourie. That sounds about right for a milestone performance.






Wednesday, July 7, 8 p.m., at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. $17. View website for future dates through July 10. Info, 382-9222.

An Education


or nine months of the year, the University of Vermont campus is overrun with students, making its striking, historic setting something of an afterthought. Now that m o s t college kids have cleared out for the summer, curious community members can soak up factoids about the fifth-oldest university in New England. UVM professor emeritus William Averyt illuminates its notable nooks and crannies on a 90-minute stroll, held every week through early October. His detailed narration gives equal attention to the architecture of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and to tales of people who helped shape the campus. Highlights include the Richardsonian-Romanesque style of the Billings Student Center, and the grave of American philosopher and 1879 alum John Dewey. School may be out, but history class is definitely in session. HISTORIC TOUR OF UVM Saturday, July 3, 9-11 a.m., at the Ira Allen statue on the University of Vermont Green in Burlington. Free; preregister online. Info, 656-8673.


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Start with five professional New York- or L.A.-based actors embodying 39 characters. Add a dash of 1870s London and mix with seven continents. Simmer for 80 days, then serve it up in a two-hour stage performance — and you begin to get the idea of the St. Michael’s Playhouse recipe for Around the World in 80 Days. Jules Verne’s classic 1873 adventure story is taken to a new level of exhilaration in this adaptation by American playwright Mark Brown. The high-speed lark follows the journey of Phileas Fogg as he races the clock to circle the planet and win a bet. As if that’s not enough of a challenge, Fogg must also evade a detective who believes him to be a bank robber. “It’s incredibly funny and madcap,” says director Kathryn Markey. Crisscross the globe with SMP this week.

‘AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS’ Wednesday, June 30, through Friday, July 2, 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 3, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Tuesday, July 6, through Wednesday, July 7, 8 p.m., at McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College in Colchester. $29-35. View website for future dates through July 10. Info, 654-2281.

Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2576. ‘ONCE’: A street musician and an immigrant living in Dublin fall in love and make music in John Carney’s Oscar-winning film. Higher Ground presents the one-time screening, and offers a chance at free tickets to The Swell Season. Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 p.m. Free. Info, 652-0777.


SUSTAINABILITY FILM SERIES: A weekly screen sequence presents Carbon Nation, a documentary about solutions to climate change. Director and producer Peter Byck speaks. Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5 benefits the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont. Info, 861-9700.

SUMMER LECTURE SERIES: In “Growing Materials: Using Mushrooms to Transform Waste Into Building Products,” Ecovative Design’s Eben Bayer explains the concepts of Greensulate insulation and EcoCradle packaging materials. Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Warren, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5545.


ABRAHAM-HICKS STUDY GROUP: Believers in the law of attraction investigate, through discussion and group exercises, how your thoughts affect your life. Unity Church of Vermont, Essex Junction, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 383-8429. BURNHAM KNITTERS: Yarn unfurls into purls at a chat-and-craft session. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7576. ‘COME SMILE’: Intuitive hand analyses, numerology assessments, foot reflexology treatments and more benefit Sonrisa International. WhatsMomDoing. com, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. $25 donation; $10 per raffle ticket, or $20 per three. Info, 881-6579. RIBBON-CUTTING & DEDICATION CEREMONY: The community celebrates the Williston Fire Department’s new ambulance service. Williston Fire Station, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-5622.

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HOWARDCENTER DIVERSITY FAIR: A multicultural medley of food, crafts and performances celebrates our mixed community. McClure Gymnasium, Burlington, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 488-6912.


BEN & JERRY’S INDOOR MOVIE SERIES: Moviegoers bring blankets, pillows or chairs to get settled for a screening of The School of Rock. University Mall, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-8888.

ENOSBURG FALLS FARMERS MARKET: A morethan-20-year-old summer bazaar offers herbs, jellies, vegetables and just-baked goodies in the heart of the village. Lincoln Park, Enosburg Falls, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 933-4503 or 933-6623. LAMOILLE VALLEY YEAR-ROUND FARMERS ARTISAN MARKET: Farmers and food producers fill Vermonters’ totes with local and organic dining options, including eggs, cider, seeds and cow cheeses. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-1261. MIDDLEBURY FARMERS MARKET: Crafts, cheeses, breads and veggies vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. The Marbleworks, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-0178, SOUTH HERO FARMERS MARKET: Foodies take advantage of fresh-from-the-farm fare and other local goodies. St. Rose of Lima Church, South Hero, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 372-5912.

health & fitness

‘BONE BUILDERS’: Folks bulk up their bone and muscle strength through guided exercises. Senior Citizens’ Center, Brandon, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 247-3121. CHAIR YOGA CLASS: Instructor Laura Brill leads a gentle, off-floor fitness class, focusing on breathing, stretching and relaxation. Bradford Public Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $5 donation. Info, 222-4536. ‘EATING FOR ENERGY’: Add some pep to that step by learning what vittles will give you a boost. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 999-5733. ‘TAMING THE MIND’: A weekly meditation series with Ven. Amy Miller imparts the fundamentals of WED.30

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‘FRIDA’: This biopic examines the outrageous personality of unibrowed painter Frida Kahlo as it follows her marriage to Mexican artist Diego Rivera and their journeys to America. Spaulding

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‘CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY’: Alex Gibney’s provocative 2010 documentary probes the corruption scandal surrounding Jack Abramoff, a former American superlobbyist. Cinema 1, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.

‘TERRIBLY HAPPY’: Henrik Ruben Genz’s 2008 drama centers on a Copenhagen cop who makes a slip that leads to a small-town reassignment. Cinema 2, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.


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ROTARY CLUB OF ESSEX: Rotarians help build goodwill as they organize service goals at weekly social meetings. Nonmembers are welcome to attend. The Essex, Essex, 12:10-1:30 p.m. $15 for members; free to drop in. Info, 233-3612.

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the spiritual practice. An overview for newcomers begins at 6:30 p.m. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 7-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136.


Boat Workshop: Kids in grades 1 to 5 fashion a watercraft and test its seaworthiness in a miniregatta race. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. Chess for Kids: Checkmate! Teen Advisory Board members coach clever thinkers in grades 3 to 8 on strategy. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Community Story Time: Books and songs amuse kids of all ages. Fire Department, Berlin, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

discusses the Hermetic Gnostic philosophy as it relates to daily life. 6 Fairfield Hill Road, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 524-9706,

screening. See “Local Matters,” this issue. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10; donations accepted. Info, 825-1609.

Theatre. North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5-7 p.m. $10. Info, 518-561-1604.


Summer Film Series: A warm-weather big-screen bash includes a lineup of thought-provoking flicks, such as this week’s Burma VJ. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $6. Info, 518-523-2512.

Snow Farm Vineyard Concert Series: The Rhythm Rockets provide tunes for outdoor listeners at a picnic-friendly vineyard. Snow Farm Winery, South Hero, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 372-9463.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival Tour: “The Birds & the Bees” celebrates critter-themed compositions by Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and more. See calendar spotlight. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking; a fireworks finale wraps it up. Grounds behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $10-25; free for ages 11 and under. Info, 863-5966.

‘Around the World in 80 Days’: An adventurer races the clock in a highly imaginative take on Jules Verne’s classic novel, presented by St. Michael’s Playhouse. See calendar spotlight. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 8 p.m. $29-35. Info, 654-2281. Circus Smirkus: Acrobatics, tumbling feats, high-wire hijinks and general clowning around come together in “Wilderness Wonders: Outdoor Adventures Under the Big Top.” Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, noon & 6:30 p.m. $15.75-18.75. Info, 533-7443. ‘Doubt: A Parable’: The Stowe Theatre Guild presents John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a nun facing concerns about a priest at a 1960s Catholic school. Town Hall Theatre, Stowe, 8 p.m. $20. Info, 253-3961, tickets@

‘Peter the Music Man’: Educator Peter Alsen lets preschoolers try out various instruments at a fun intro to music theory. Colchester Meeting House, 12:30-1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. Pirate Play: Shiver me timbers! Kids in grades K through 5 develop a script, costumes and props for a short production. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Slip ‘n’ Slide: Bathing suited young ‘uns catch some rays and water on the library lawn. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘Splashtivities: Mad Water Science’: H20 experimenters fool around with bubbly potions, water pressure and other madcap activities. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. ‘Stamping for Summer’: Crafty types ages 10 and up fashion fishy foam stamps to be used at the summer reading table. Preregister. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.





Capital City Band: Community band members toot their own horns in a public, outdoor concert next to the Pavilion Office Building. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-7069. Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival: The artist faculty of an annual summer conservatory offer compositions by Poulenc, Ravel, Honegger and Bonis in “French Delights.” UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $6-18. Info, 735-8097. Montréal International Jazz Festival: Legendary music makers from Sonny Rollins to Boz Scaggs to Allen Toussaint perform jazz, blues and contemporary tunes with talented up-and-comers. Various locations, Montréal, 8 a.m.-midnight. Various prices. Info, 888-515-0515.


Field Walk: Visitors stroll through the trial garden on a tour emphasizing lettuces, brassicas and herbs. High Mowing Organic Seeds, Wolcott, 46 p.m. Free. Info, 472-6174.


Alao Kung Fu: Martial arts students focus on the form and technique of the hung gar style through vigorous conditioning workouts. Fair Haven Fitness, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $6. Info, 265-3470. Vermont Lake Monsters: The Green Mountain State’s minor-league baseball team bats against New York’s Tri-City ValleyCats. Centennial Field, Burlington, 7:05 p.m. Individual game tickets, $5-8. Info, 655-4200.


‘The Grail and the Rosy Cross’: A visual presentation focusing on “The Grail in Modern Times”


Howard Frank Mosher: The author of Walking to Gatlinburg shares the creation of the novel and reads passages aloud. Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 475-2311. Larry Coffin: The author of the newly published In Times Past: Essays From the Upper Valley covers topics of local history. Bradford Public Library, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536, bradfordpubliclibrary@ ‘Prophetic Odyssey’: What happened after Moses died? A study group peruses the prophetic writings to quench its thirst for knowledge. Temple Sinai, South Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5125. ‘Yarns of Lake Champlain’: Tales of camping, sailing and fishing on the local waves are captured on film or in writing for ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain’s “Voices of the Lake” project. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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‘Sunsets at Shelburne Museum’: A special “Doll Tea Party and Ice Cream Social” celebrates the museum’s figurine collection. Shelburne Museum, 5-7:30 p.m. Regular museum admission, $5-20. Info, 985-3346.

Hinesburg Farmers Market: Growers sell bunched greens, goat meat and root veggies among vendors of pies, handmade soap and knitwear. Prana perform songs off their latest album, Moments, from 5-7 p.m. United Church of Hinesburg, 3:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-3018, info@ Jericho Farmers Market: Passersby graze through locally grown veggies, pasture-raised meats, area wines and handmade crafts. Mills Riverside Park, Jericho, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 324-5455. South Royalton Farmers Market: More than a dozen vendors peddle various locally grown agricultural goods and unique craft endeavors. Town Green, South Royalton, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 763-8087. Summer Barbecue & Potluck: Shared dishes and grilled eats connect community members before Independence Day weekend. Milton Community Youth Coalition, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 893-1009. Winooski Farmers Market: Area growers and bakers offer their soil-grown and homemade wealth for shoppers to bring home. Champlain Mill, Winooski, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 734-6175, wfm@


‘Aladdin, Jr.’: The Adirondack Regional Theatre takes kids of all ages on a magic carpet ride through this Disney classic. Samuel de Champlain Center Stage, Rouses Point Civic Center, N.Y., 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-297-5502. Carol Winfield: Kids in preschool through grade 5 learn about local wild animals and water with this presenter. Fairfax Community Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. ‘Constructed Landscapes’: A cut-and-paste terrain-themed collage activity goes along with the Ansel Adams and Edward Burtynsky photography exhibit. Shelburne Museum, noon-4 p.m. Regular museum admission, $5-20. Info, 985-3346. ‘Kids Rock Film Festival’: A brand-new screen bash broadcasts classic children’s flicks. This week’s feature is Mary Poppins. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. Pirate Stories: Fearsome and fascinating buccaneer facts prevail in a program of tales and games for ages 6 to 10. South Burlington Community Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7080.

‘The Power of Kabbalah’: Participants gain a “manual” for daily life and spiritual wisdom, based on recent literature, in-class activities and the work of Kabbalah Centre International. Unity Church of Vermont, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. $10. Info, 223-1843.

Summer Story Time: Eager readers dive into tales of water, waves, boats and more. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 453-2366.


150th Anniversary Celebration: Angela Lundrigan directs the St. Bridget’s Choir, organist William Gower-Johnson, soloist Olivia Gawet and pianist Maria-Teresa Orlowski in “150 Years of Music.” St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, West Rutland, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 438-2490.

‘Big Flicks at the Paramount’: A revived theater works its way through notable films from “the decade that changed the cinema,” 1965 to ‘75. This week’s feature is The Graduate. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. $4-6. Info, 775-0903. ‘Cloud 9’: Andreas Dresen’s 2008 Cannes Film Festival winner focuses on the passionate love story of two people in their twilight years. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2576.


‘Groovin’ on the Green’ Concert Series: Bob Degree & The Bluegrass Storm sound out rootsy tunes on the village green. Maple Tree Place, Williston, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-9100. ‘Jumpin’ in July’: Roy Hurd serves up Adirondack anthems at a concert in the sun. Rain site: Strand

Montréal International Jazz Festival: See WED.30, 8 a.m.-midnight.


‘An Ideal Husband’: The Valley Players contemplate the price of success, marital expectations and forgiveness in Victorian times through this Oscar Wilde classic. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $8-12. Info, 583-1674. ‘Annie’: Leapin’ lizards! The famous little orphan graces the stage with heartwarming musical favorites such as “Tomorrow” in a production by central Vermont and Upper Valley youth. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7 p.m. $12-18. Info, 431-0204. ‘Around the World in 80 Days’: See WED.30, 8 p.m. ‘Doubt: A Parable’: See WED.30, 8 p.m. ‘Love Letters Made Easy’: Lost Nation Theater illustrates love in the electronic age with Jeanne Beckwith’s comedy about modern obstacles. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $15-25. Info, 229-0492. Opera in Cinema: Ben Heppner stars in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, broadcast live in HD from Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu. Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, Burlington, 2 p.m. $25. Info, 864-3456. ‘The Gondoliers’: Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera brims with mistaken identities and love complications in Venice. Unadilla Theater, Marshfield, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 456-8968.


Dyad Communication: Participants learn to speak and truly be heard in this evening of contemplative conversation. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 6:15-8:45 p.m. $5 donation. Info, 522-5855. Open Mic Night: Wordsmiths of all trades — songwriting, poetry, theater and more — contribute their audible expressions. The Hub Teen Center & Skatepark, Bristol, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 453-3678, Phoenix Writing Group: Pen-and-paper scribblers of all genres and levels of expertise read and discuss original works. Phoenix Books, Essex, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. ‘Yarns of Lake Champlain’: See WED.30, 3:30 p.m.

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Argentinean Tango: Shoulders back, chin up! With or without partners, dancers of all abilities strut to bandoneón riffs in a self-guided practice session. Salsalina Studio, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $5. Info, 598-1077. Contra Dance Benefit: Caller Will Mentor organizes the steps at a dance-floor affair supporting the Summit School, also featuring a silent auction and bake sale. Grange Hall, Montpelier, 7-10 p.m. $5-10. Info, 917-1186.

Movie Night: A surf-style eatery queues up a wind-and-water-themed flick weekly. The Spot, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 540-1778. ‘Silenced Voices’: A new documentary film by the Vermont Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project considers the causes and effects of migration. The filmmakers lead a panel discussion after the

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BENEfit CoNCErt & Art Show: Philadelphia band iNFiNiEN brew up a psychedelic, prog-rock fusion, local artists display paintings, and folks bid in a silent auction to support Vermont filmmaker Ben Youngbaer’s latest film, I Shouldn’t Be Here. North End Studio, Burlington, 7 p.m.-midnight. $5. Info, 522-3556.


NorthEASt ArEA rAlly: Motorhomers convene at the 18th anniversary celebration of the Northeast Area of Family Motor Coach Association, featuring a hot dog roast, a “Motorhome Rodeo” and family games. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 518-829-7767.

‘CoNStruCtEd lANdSCAPES’: See THU.01, noon4 p.m. SuMMEr PrESChool Story tiME: Tots ages 3 to 5 bury their noses in books with read-aloud tales, rhymes, songs and crafts. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-0313.

tErtuliA lAtiNA: Latino Americanos and other fluent Spanish speakers converse en español. Radio Bean, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3440.

‘SuMMErS 4 youth’: Youngsters visit museums, beaches, parks and more through this warmweather series organized by Milton Community Youth Coalition. Call for specific activity information and times. Preregister. Milton Middle/High School, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $5-25. Info, 893-1009.

fairs & festivals

wEStford fArMErS MArkEt: Purveyors of produce and other edibles take a stand at outdoor stalls. Westford Common, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 370-4077,

GrAftoN MuSiC fEStivAl: Carnival games, craft stands and local food vendors join area musicians — including Simba, Red Molly, the Stockwell Brothers and more — for a weekend of tunes. Various locations, Grafton, 6:30 p.m. Various prices; most events are free. Info, 843-2211, ext. 14.

‘thE wizArd’S SolutioN Show’: Young stage stars bring a magical performance to life. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6607 or 355-1461.


GrEEN MouNtAiN ChAMBEr MuSiC fEStivAl: The artist faculty of an annual summer conservatory celebrate Independence Day in “Time and Place: American Music From Three Centuries.” UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $6-18. Info, 735-8097.

‘BiG fliCkS At thE PArAMouNt’: See THU.01, 8:30 p.m. ‘ruN lolA ruN’: A pink-haired protagonist tries to save her boyfriend from mobsters in this twist-filled German thriller. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2576.

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MoNtréAl GuitAr Show: Six-string fanatics examine and hear beautiful handcrafted instruments made by the world’s top luthiers. Hyatt Regency Montréal, Montréal, 2-8 p.m. $12-15. Info, 514-525-7732. MoNtréAl iNtErNAtioNAl JAzz fEStivAl: See WED.30, 8 a.m.-midnight.

fAir hAvEN fArMErS MArkEt: Community entertainment adds flair to farm produce. Fair Haven Park, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 518-282-9781.

SuMMEr CArilloN CoNCErt SEriES: Carillonneur George Matthew Jr. plays the largest musical instrument in the world, often called “the singing tower.” Mead Chapel, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3169.

ludlow fArMErS MArkEt: Merchants divide a wealth of locally farmed products, artisanal eats and unique crafts. Okemo Mountain School, Ludlow, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 734-3829.

Conservation Ecology Study the relationship between living things and the environment while learning to identify and find solutions to the world’s environmental problems.

Sustainable Agriculture Acquire an intimate, hands-on knowledge of small scale farming, fiber, and forestry practices based on solid environmental science and rural economics.

Natural History Explore the blended disciplines of natural and physical science as you experience landscapes and culture in some of the least traveled and unique environments in the world.


‘Art iN CriSiS: A SyMPoSiuM with MiChAEl M. kAiSEr’: The president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts gives voice to the difficulties facing nonprofit arts organizations. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, refreshments, 9 a.m.; program, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; RSVP in advance to Info, 863-5966.

Outdoor Education & Leadership Develop technical outdoor travel and wilderness adventure skills applying the practice of sustainable resource management and leadership theory.


‘douBt: A PArABlE’: See WED.30, 8 p.m.

Self-Designed Studies

‘ANNiE’: See THU.01, 7 p.m.

Design your own major by combining courses, transfer credits, and past experience into a curriculum of study as unique as your interests.

‘ArouNd thE world iN 80 dAyS’: See WED.30, 8 p.m. ‘lovE lEttErS MAdE EASy’: See THU.01, 8 p.m. ‘thE GoNdoliErS’: See THU.01, 7:30 p.m.

thrEE PANdAS BoxiNG: This local theater group composed of students in high school and above presents two one-act plays, “I Have a Dream” and FRI.02

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‘thE PhENoMENAl flyNN vAudEvillE CABArEt’: Circus stunts, theatrical tales and physical feats come together in a teen-created extravaganza of old-fashioned onstage amusements. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. $10. Info, 863-5966.


riChMoNd fArMErS MArkEt: Live music entertains fresh-food browsers at a melody-centered market connecting farmers and cooks. Singersongwriter Rebecca Padula performs a solo mix of folk, blues and jazz. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 434-5273.

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vErMoNt SyMPhoNy orChEStrA SuMMEr, fEStivAl tour: See THU.01, gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking; a fireworks finale wraps it up. Hildene Meadowlands, Manchester, 7:30 p.m. $10-32; free for kids under 18 with advance ticket. Info, 863-5966.

‘AN idEAl huSBANd’: See THU.01, 7:30 p.m.

StowE MouNtAiN rESort fArMErS MArkEt: Nab an organic lunch while perusing the wares of area farmers, craft producers and artists. Stick around for the live music, and cooking and garden

Vermont residents $10 admission for adults, $5 for children.

odEll-wAlkEr BANd: Old-time rock ‘n’ roll permeates an open-air concert. Front lawn, Bradford Academy, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 222-4423.

lyNdoNvillE fArMErS MArkEt: Ripe fruits and veggies highlight an outdoor sale of locally grown eats. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 533-7455,

StrAwBErry fEStivAl: Freshly picked strawberries find a place in shortcakes and ice cream sundaes at this annual bash. Bradford Academy, noon. Free. Info, 222-4787.



hArtlANd fArMErS MArkEt: Everything from freshly grown produce to specialty food abounds at outdoor stands highlighting the local plenitude. Hartland Public Library, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 436-2500,


hArdwiCk fArMErS MArkEt: A burgeoning culinary community celebrates local ag with fresh produce and handcrafted goods. Singer-songwriter Heather Maloney serenades the shoppers. Route 15 West, Hardwick, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 533-2337,

Music at the Museum: Vermont singer/songwriter Gregory Douglass brings his indie sounds to the Museum. 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8.

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ChElSEA fArMErS MArkEt: A 35-year-old town-green tradition supplies shoppers with meat, cheese, vegetables, fine crafts and weekly entertainment. North Common, Chelsea, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 685-7726, chelseacommunitymarket@

fivE CorNErS fArMErS MArkEt: Farmers share the bounty of the growing season at an open-air exchange. Lincoln Place, Essex Junction, 3:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-6701 or 355-3143,

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demos. Spruce Peak at Stowe, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 253-3000.

July 2 Stowe Mountain

Watch the fireworks bloom over the mountains after gondola rides, a family barbecue and music by the Funkleberries. Stowe Mountain Resort. Gondola rides, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; barbecue, 5-8 p.m.; music, 6-9 p.m.; fireworks, 9:15 p.m. Info, 253-3000.

July 2 & 3 Brandon

Family fun begins on Friday with al fresco food and music, and continues the following day with a parade, a free movie, games and fireworks. Central Park, Brandon Town Hall and Park Village. Friday, July 2, activites, 5 p.m. Saturday, July 3, activities, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; parade, 1 p.m.; fireworks, dusk. Free. Info, 247-6401.




The small town celebrates the Fourth in a big way with music, crafts and a bright-lights show ending Friday evening with a bang. An “outhouse” race and themed parade extend the fun to Saturday. Ballpark and Town Green. Friday, July 2, activities, 6 p.m.; fireworks, dusk. Saturday, July 3, race, 9 a.m.; parade, 10:30 a.m.; music, noon. Free. Info, 453-2486.

July 2-4 Island Pond

Patriotism is celebrated to the nines with danceable tunes by Classic Rewind, a parade, a “rubber ducky” race and, of course, Saturday’s booming fireworks. Gazebo Park. Friday, July 2, 6 p.m.; Saturday, July 3, 11 a.m.dusk; Sunday, July 4, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 723-6194. www.


Lyndonville & East Burke

This three-day fest includes the town’s summer craft fair, fireworks

on Burke Mountain, chairlift rides, open-air music, a strawberry festival, a fiddlers’ contest and more. Bandstand Park, Burke Club House, Burke Mountain and Lyndon State College. July 2, 3-10 p.m.; July 3, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; July 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 626-9696.

July 3 Burlington

Annual July Third Party: A barbecue runs simultaneously with music by The Feverbreakers, Brother Through Glass, How to Stay Alive in the Woods, and Prana. Come dusk, folks catch sight of the fireworks. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation. Speaking Volumes. Festivities, 8 p.m.1 a.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 540-0107. ‘Rock the Dock’ Party: Queen City sailors host a McConnell Scholarship Fund benefit barbecue offering primo lakeside seating. Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center. Activities, 5-11:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation; free for kids under 12; $50 VIP Lounge ticket. Info, 864-2499. www. Live bands and fun-filled activities including stilt walkers, face painting, pony rides, theater acts and trampoline-fueled acrobatics set the scene for spectacular fireworks over Lake Champlain. Perkins Pier, Waterfront Park in Battery Park and Burlington Boathouse. Activities, 4-11 p.m.; fireworks, dusk. Info, 864-0123.


Bluegrass fans bring lawn chairs and tune in for a jam with the Missisquoi River Band before the annual showcase of fire flowers. Old Bowling Alley Restaurant. Concert, 6-9 p.m; fireworks,

dusk. Donations accepted for the Franklin Fire Department. Info, 933-2545 or 285-6200.


Patriots eat a pancake breakfast, dip into a poolside water carnival, wiggle their toes at a library lawn party, and participate in — or ogle at — a 1-mile road race and city parade. Downtown fills with circus shows, bands and vendors before evening fireworks. Statehouse Lawn and various downtown locations. Activities, 8 a.m.11 p.m.; parade, 6 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604. independenceday

North Hero

Sky blossoms bloom after dark at a fireworks extravaganza in the middle of Lake Champlain. Knight Point State Park. Fireworks, dusk. $3 before 5 p.m.; free or by donation after 5 p.m. Info, 3728400.


An 11:30 a.m. parade paves the way for a barbecue lunch, water-slide amusements, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a 5 p.m. pig roast and strawberryshortcake supper. Various locations in Peacham. Activities, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Various prices; most events are free. Info, www.


Patriots celebrate the nation’s birthday with a parade of floats, horses and antique cars. A cookout and kids’ festivities top off the afternoon. Various locations in Rochester. 5K Run/Walk, 8:30 a.m.; grand parade, 11 a.m.; chicken barbecue, Declaration of Independence reading and games, noon. Free. Info, 767-3025 and 767-4824.


A morning bazaar mixes white elephants with baked goods, books and toys, followed by a live auction

and a chicken barbecue with all the fixings. Shelburne United Methodist Church. Bazaar, 9 a.m.; auction, 10 a.m.; barbecue, 11:30 a.m., $6-12. Info, 985-3981.


Villagers party down at an outdoor bash chock-full of live entertainment, vendors and dazzling fireworks. Baker Field (behind Twin Valley High School). Activities, 6 p.m.; fireworks, 9 p.m. Info, 464-8092. www.

July 3 & 4 Hinesburg

A community makes a mad dash to Independence Day, starting with a foot race on the eve of the Fourth. The next day, a “Heroes Among Us” parade winds through town, leading into a book sale, duck race, chicken barbecue ... and spectacular eventide fireworks. Various locations in HInesburg. Saturday, July 3, foot race, 6 p.m. Sunday, July 4, parade, noon; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Info, 482-4691.

Rouses Point, N.Y.

Food booths, a townwide garage sale, a boat parade, live tunes and fireworks abound to commemorate the Fourth in style. Various locations in Rouses Point. Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4, 8 a.m.-dusk. Free. Info, 518-297-5502.

July 4 Bennington

Old-time fun — including lawn games and an actor’s reading of the Declaration of Independence — marks a country’s birthday. Bennington Battle Monument, Reading, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 447-0550. www.historicvermont. org/events


A celebration of the nation and the community kicks off with a 37-year-old parade tradition.

Baseball, comedy, music and fire play in the sky follow close behind. Brattleboro Union High School and Memorial Park. Parade and festivities, 1 p.m. Info, brattleborogoesfourth@gmail. com. www.brattleborochamber. org


A grand parade, rummage sale, chicken barbecue, games and live music create family fun on the anniversary of our independence. Various locations in Cabot. Rummage sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; parade, 11 a.m.; barbecue, noon. Free. Info, 563-9907.


Amateur athletes make strides at a fun run, then take in a parade, live music by Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, and evening concerts before a fireworks finale. Various locations in Colchester. Race, 8:15 a.m.; Jeh Kulu, 11:30 a.m.; parade and festivities, 1 p.m.; fireworks, dusk. Free. Info, 264-5640. www.

Essex Junction


Float riders and marchers line up for a patriotic spectacle, then take in barbecued eats and a

Plymouth Notch

A birthday barbecue follows a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Vermont’s “born on the Fourth of July” president. President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. Ceremonial march, noon. Info, 672-3773. www. events


Fourth festivities begin bright and early with a 5K run, followed by a village parade, a magic show, puppetry and face painting. The evening ends with a bang at a nighttime fireworks display. Various locations in Poultney. Martin Devlin 5K Memorial Fun Run, 8 a.m.; parade and activities, noon; fireworks, dusk. Info, 645-9135 or 287-2010.


Folks reflect on American life in a “Stars and Stripes Forever” promenade down South Main Street and beyond, filled with creatively crafted floats, music by The Panhandlers, arts and crafts, and more. Various locations in Randolph. Parade and street fest, noon. Free. Info, 728-9027.


Explosive noises echo an impressive fireworks show in the darkening sky. Vermont State Fairgrounds. Fireworks, 9:45 p.m. Free. Info, 800-756-8880 or 773-2747. www.rutlandvermont. com

St. Albans

Assert your independence by running in an early a.m. triathlon, or enjoy food, music, fireworks and friends in the evening. St. Albans Bay Park. Festivities, 10 a.m.10 p.m.; fireworks, dusk. Info, 524-2444. www.stalbanschamber. com


“The world’s shortest parade” kicks off a day of street performances, field games, dunking booths and bouncy houses, finishing up with illuminating ’works. Various locations in Stowe. Parade and festivities, 10 a.m.; fireworks, dusk. Free. Info, 253-7321. www.


As many as 5000 visitors join this small town annually for the oldest Independence Day street fair and parade in the state, replete with crafts and antiques booths, floats, marching bands, a flower show, barbecued eats and more. Main Street. Festivities beginning at 8:30 a.m.; parade, 10 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, or


For the 62nd consecutive year, a cannon shot initiates one of the state’s largest parades, followed by a street dance, a beer garden, kids’ games and live music. Main Street and Brook’s Field. Parade, 10 a.m.; festivities, immediately after the parade. Donations accepted. Info, Pyrotechnics displays draw sky gazers to Lincoln Peak. Sugarbush Resort. Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Info, 800-537-8427.


A packed day dawns with an early morning race, carnival games, a cookout and a concert featuring a “Red, White and Blue Revue” and the Interplay Jazz Big Band. Then folks turn their attention to a show in the sky. Various locations in Woodstock. 7-Mile Road Run/ Walk & Fun Run, 8 a.m. $2530. Ice skating, 6-8 p.m.; other festivities, 4-10 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3981. Celebrate the Fourth the oldfashioned way — with historic debates, wagon rides, a spelling bee and an egg toss. Billings Farm & Museum. Activities. 10-5 p.m. $3-12. Info, 457-2355. www.

July 5 Morristown

Townsfolk contribute homemade float creations and decorative bikes to the street parade, and a petting zoo, ditties by the Great Brook Blues Band, and a book sale precede twilight pyrotechnics. Various locations in Morristown. Parade, 11 a.m.; Festivities, 4-9 p.m. Fireworks, dusk. Free. Info, 888-6370. www. m


Fire on the mountain? A day of high spirits and swimming comes to a colorful conclusion after a belly-flop contest and fireman’s barbecue. Various locations in Killington and Johnson. Parade, 10 a.m.; swimming, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 442-3241. www.killingtontown. com

Red, white and blue colors prevail at a patriotic parade celebrating the birth of a nation, and vendors doling out cotton candy, ice cream and other fair food prep folks for colorful sky bursts. Various locations in Plattsburgh. Parade, 2 p.m.; vendors, 2-11 p.m.; fireworks, 9 p.m. Info, 518-563-7701. www.

Residents beat a path through town on a fun run and community parade, chased with old-fashioned games, pony rides, a dog agility demo and fireworks in the park. Various locations in Richmond. Fun run, 10:30 a.m. $1-2; free for children under 12. Parade, 10:35 a.m.; fair, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; fireworks, dusk. Free. Info, 434-2287.



Plattsburgh, N.Y.


Local cover band Sideshow Bob rock out at a community gala with disc-catching dogs, face painting and a “mini-fun town” for tots. Maple Street Park (rain site: Essex High School). Activities, 6 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-1375.

community band concert before an evening pyrotechnics display. Various locations in Milton. Parade, noon; barbecue, 6-8 p.m.; concert, 7 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Info, 891-8080.


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“The Cocaine Runner.” Kids under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Bomoseen Grange, Castleton, 7 p.m. $3. Info, 236-6382.


Larry Coffin: See WED.30, The Local Buzz, Bradford, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 222-5282.

SAT.03 etc.

Downtown Walking Tour: Preservation Burlington takes history and architecture buffs on an hourlong tour of the Queen City’s significant nooks and crannies. Meet at the corner of Church and College streets. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 11 a.m. $5. Info, 522-8259, info@preser Final Cut Pro Open Lab: Apprentice film editors complete three tracks of exercises as a VCAM staff member lends a hand. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 24 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692. Ghost Walk: Locals in period costumes present speeches and songs based on the lives of those buried nearby. Town Cemetery, Peacham, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3037. ‘Gnar-b-que’: Snowboarding fans meet off the mountain at a warm-weather fest full of food on the grill, music, a raffle and games. Burton Flagship Store, Burlington, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 660-3200. High Tea & Opening Celebration: Entertainment augments sweet and savory eats, intuitive readings and tons of tea. Tulsi Tea Room, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-0043. Historic Tour of UVM: Folks register online, then meet at Ira Allen’s statue to tour the campus’ modest early clapboards and grand Victorians, led by professor emeritus William Averyt. See calendar spotlight. University Green, UVM, Burlington, 911 a.m. Free. Info, 656-8673. Northeast Area Rally: See FRI.02., 7 a.m.5 p.m.




VCAM Access Orientation: Video production hounds get an overview of facilities, policies and procedures. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692. Wood-Carving Demo: Visitors avid about avians see trees being whittled into models of various bird species. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 1-2 p.m. Free with regular admission, $3-6. Info, 434-2167.

fairs & festivals

Burklyn Arts Summer Craft Fair: Over 50 Vermont artists share their handmade wonders at a day of outdoor entertainment. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 328-2683. Grafton Music Festival: See FRI.02, 11 a.m.9:30 p.m.


‘City Island’: Liar, liar, pants on fire? Raymond De Felitta’s comic film centers on a family full of secrets from the past. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2576.

food & drink

growing season. Anything Goes provide the tunes. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958, manager@montpelierfarmersmarket. com.

Dvořák. Ramshead Lodge, Killington Resort, 7 p.m. $20-25. Info, 422-1330 or 773-4003.

Derby Farmers Market: Chemical-free veggies and other seasonal eats are up for grabs. Elks Lodge, Derby, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 334-2580.

Montréal International Jazz Festival: See WED.30, 8 a.m.-midnight.

Enosburg Falls Farmers Market: See WED.30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Grand Isle Farmers Market: Shoppers browse through a wide selection of local fruits, veggies and handmade crafts. St. Joseph Church Hall, Grand Isle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 372-5912. Groton Growers Market: Rain or shine, Vermonters relish a potpourri of area edibles, running the gamut from goat cheese to pastries to fruits. Veterans Memorial Park, Groton, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 584-3595 or 584-3310, Middlebury Farmers Market: See WED.30, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Milton Farmers Market: Honey, jams and pies alike tempt seekers of produce, crafts and maple goodies. Milton Grange, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 893-7734. Mt. Tom Farmers Market: Twenty-five purveyors of garden-fresh crops, pasta, herbs and spices set up shop for the morning. Mt. Tom, Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 763-8617. Northwest Farmers Market: Stock up on local, seasonal produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Local artists Karen Day-Vath, Paule Gingras, Meta Strick and Clair Dunn display original prints, paintings and mixed-media for “Art in the Park.” Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 373-5821. Randolph Farmers Market: Open-air stalls boast crops straight from the soil, prepared foods, farm products and tchotchkes. Central Street, Randolph, 9 a.m. noon. Free. Info, 728-9123. Rutland County Farmers Market: Downtown strollers find high-quality fruits and veggies, mushrooms, fresh-cut flowers, sweet baked goods and artisan crafts within arms’ reach. Depot Park, Rutland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813. Shelburne Farmers Market: Harvested fruits and greens, artisan cheeses. and local novelties grace outdoor tables at a presentation of the season’s best. Shelburne Parade Ground, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2472. Waitsfield Farmers Market: Local bands enliven an outdoor outlet for homegrown herbs, flowers and fruits, and handmade breads, cheeses and syrups. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.1 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027.

Ripton Community CoffeeHouse: An open mic precedes a concert by honkytonk legend Mark LeGrand. Ripton Community House, 7:30 p.m. $3-8. Info, 4535320. Summer Carillon Concert Series: See FRI.02, Upper Parade Green, Norwich University, Northfield, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2318, nucarillon@ Vermont State Fiddle Championship: Regional oldtime fiddlers put their strings to the test in a friendly competition. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 1 p.m. Free for contestants; $10-20 for others; free for children under 10. Info, 626-9696. Vermont Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival Tour: See THU.01, gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking; a fireworks finale wraps it up. Grafton Ponds, 7:30 p.m. $10-25; free for kids under 4. Info, 257-0124.


Bike Ferry: Cyclists go the distance between Burlington and the Champlain Islands on what used to be a railroad bed, thanks to Local Motion’s causeway-bridging ferry. Colchester Causeway, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $6-10 suggested donation. Info, 652-2453,


Alao Kung Fu: See WED.30, 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. ‘Montpelier Mile’: A quick Independence Day run for all ages rewards participants with prizes and, at dusk, fireworks. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 6 p.m. $5-20. Info, 229-9409, thefolks@onion


Buddhism Intro: Know what nam-myoho-rengekyo means? Find out at this primer on the Eastern religion. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. Wes ‘Red Hawk’ Dikeman: The historical reenactor explores the role Native Americans played in the American Revolution. Mount Independence State Historic Site, Orwell, 1-3 p.m. $5 includes trail and museum access; free for children under 15. Info, 948-2000.


‘An Ideal Husband’: See THU.01, 7:30 p.m. ‘Annie’: See THU.01, 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Williston Farmers Market: Shoppers seek prepared foods and unadorned produce at a weekly open-air affair. Town Green, Williston, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 735-3860, christinamead@willistonfarm

‘Around the World in 80 Days’: See WED.30, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.


Three Pandas Boxing: See FRI.02, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

‘Constructed Landscapes’: See THU.01, noon-4 p.m.

Bristol Farmers Market: Weekly music and kids’ activities add to the edible wares of local food and craft vendors. Town Green, Bristol, 10 a.m.1 p.m. Free. Info, 453-7397, sallyb_sallyb@

Lawn Party: Independence Day revelers wiggle their toes in the grass during crafts, games and live music. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

Burlington Farmers Market: Sixty-two vendors sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to ethnic cuisine to pottery to artisan cheese. Burlington City Hall Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172, info@burlingtonfarmersmar

Dylan Waller: The experimental, acoustic guitarist shares notes in “Independent Thought for Independence Day.” Bethany Church, Montpelier, 4 p.m. $20 suggested admission. Info, 371-9897.

Capital City Farmers Market: Fresh produce, perennials, seedlings, home-baked foods and handmade crafts lure local buyers throughout the

Montréal Guitar Show: See FRI.02, 11 a.m.6 p.m.


Killington Music Festival: Internationally acclaimed musicians band together to perform a “Celebrating America”-themed concert, including works by Gershwin, Kirchner, Schoenfield and

‘Doubt: A Parable’: See WED.30, 8 p.m. ‘Love Letters Made Easy’: See THU.01, 2 p.m. ‘The Gondoliers’: See THU.01, 7:30 p.m.

SUN.04 etc.

‘Art, Music & Tea’: Melodies from pianist Michael Waters flow through the air as folks gaze at paintings by Ernst Haas and Ginger Johnson at this outdoor garden party. Fisk Farm Art Center, Isle La Motte, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 928-3364.

Northeast Area Rally: See FRI.02, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

fairs & festivals

Grafton Music Festival: See FRI.02, 10 a.m.

food & drink

Colchester Farmers Market: Vendors present passersby with fresh local produce, specialty foods and crafts. Creek Farm Town Center, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-4908. Stowe Farmers Market: Preserves, produce and other provender attract fans of local food. Red Barn Shops Field, Stowe, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027 or 498-4734, info@stowevtfarmers


‘Constructed Landscapes’: See THU.01, noon4 p.m. ‘Sundays for Fledglings’: Youngsters go avian crazy in hiking, acting, writing or exploring activities. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 22:45 p.m. $2.50-6 for kids; free for adults. Info, 434-2167.


Castleton Concerts on the Green: The Jonathan Newell Band headline a family-fun night of upbeat cover songs. Crystal Beach, Castleton, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 273-2911. Montréal Guitar Show: See FRI.02, 11 a.m.4:30 p.m. Montréal International Jazz Festival: See WED.30, 8 a.m.-midnight. Snow Farm Vineyard Concert Series: The High Mileage Boys provide tunes for outdoor listeners at a picnic-friendly vineyard. Snow Farm Winery, South Hero, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 372-9463. Vermont Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival Tour: See THU.01, gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking; a fireworks finale wraps it up. Shelburne Farms, 7:30 p.m. $16-35. Info, 863-5966.


Bike Ferry: See SAT.03, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Clarence DeMar 5K Road Race: A flat course lets runners stretch their legs, and little ones go the distance on a quarter-mile track. Folsom School, South Hero, registration, 7:15 a.m.; kid’s run, 8:15 a.m.; race, 8:30 a.m. $10-15. Info, 872-9799. Coed Soccer: Noncompetitive players of all fitness levels break a sweat making goals. Starr Farm Dog Park, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5091. Vermont Lake Monsters: The Green Mountain State’s minor-league baseball team bats against the Williamsport Crosscutters. Centennial Field, Burlington, 4:05 p.m. Individual game tickets, $5-8. Info, 655-4200.


‘Love Letters Made Easy’: See THU.01, 7 p.m.

MON.05 etc.

Northeast Area Rally: See FRI.02, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

health & fitness

Aura Healing Clinic: People receive treatment for and feedback about their personal energy fields. Golden Sun Healing Center, South Burlington, 67 p.m. Free. Info, 922-9090. ‘Bone Builders’: See WED.30, 9-10 a.m.

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find select events on twitter @7dayscalendar Herbal Clinic: Sign up for an appointment to explore the art of natural healing one on one with students and professors from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700.


‘Mystical Creature Sock Puppets’: Imaginative children gather in the Owl Cottage Family Activity Center to transform old footwear into exciting creatures of myth and lore. Shelburne Museum, noon-4 p.m. Regular museum admission, $5-20. Info, 985-3346.


Afro-Brazilian Percussion Class: Community band Sambatucada teach the pulsating rhythms of samba, samba reggae and baião. Call for specific location. Various locations, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 343-7107. Montréal International Jazz Festival: See WED.30, 8 a.m.-midnight. Vermont Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival Tour: See THU.01, gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking; a fireworks finale wraps it up. Quechee Polo Field, 7:30 p.m. $10-32; free for kids under 18 with advance ticket. Info, 863-5966.


Vermont Lake Monsters: See SUN.04, 7:05 p.m.


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

TUE.06 etc.

‘Basic Introduction to Camera Use’: Budding videographers learn about media production in this taping workshop. Channel 17 Studios, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 862-3966, ext. 16, morourke@

Northeast Area Rally: See FRI.02, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. ‘Time Travel Tuesday’: Visitors cook on a woodstove, churn butter and lend a hand with other late 19th-century farmhouse chores and pastimes. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12. Info, 457-2355.


‘Chasing Freedom’: A lawyer aids a woman seeking refuge in America after running from the Taliban in Don McBrearty’s 2004 drama. Jeudevine Memorial Library, Hardwick, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 472-5948.

food & drink

Derby Farmers Market: See SAT.03, 9:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.

North Hero Farmers Market: A weekly July food-and-crafts exchange draws Champlain Island farmers, artisans, cooks and bakers. Knight Point State Park, North Hero, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 372-5912.

Deeksha Oneness Experience: Stressed-out souls find peace of mind and rejuvenation in this spiritual transfer of energy. Christ Church Presbyterian, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $3-5 donation. Info, 233-2638. Laughter Yoga: What’s so funny? Giggles burst out as gentle aerobic exercise and yogic breathing meet unconditional laughter to enhance physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 355-5129.


Drop-In Story Time: Preschoolers get wrapped up in creative tales and tunes. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. ‘Mystical Creature Sock Puppets’: See MON.05, noon-4 p.m. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’: Johnny Depp is eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow in this 2003 adventure film based on the Disney ride. Popcorn and juice provided. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. Story Hour: Tales and picture books catch the attention of tykes of all ages. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. ‘Treasure Island’: Pirates and plunder abound in a youth theater production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ever-popular adventure story. Rain site: Holley Hall. Village Green, Bristol, noon. Free. Info, 863-6607 or 355-1461.


‘Learn to Sketch on the Fly’: From rapid gestural sketches to nature drawings, artist Libby Davidson helps others capture what they see. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 1-3 p.m. $5-10 includes all materials. Info, 434-2167. ‘Make Your Own Fish Decoy’: Expert carver Don Preston helps others fashion the folk-art wood carvings. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, 12-4 p.m. Regular museum admission, $5-20. Info, 985-3346.


Summer Lecture Series: In “Cool Buildings for a Cool Planet: Examples, Ideals, Process, Eye Candy,” Gunnar Hubbard of Fore Solutions draws connections between building design and climate change. Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Warren, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5545.


Burnham Knitters: See WED.30, 6-8 p.m. Chittenden County Philatelic Club: Stamp collectors of all levels of interest and experience swap sticky squares, and stories about them. GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington, 6:15-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 660-4817, ‘Majesties of the Pond’: Jerry Sneider leads a dragonfly program, complete with a slide show of common species. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10:30 a.m. Free; bring a t-shirt to decorate or buy one for $4. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubli


Community Story Time: Books and songs amuse kids of all ages. Calais Elementary School, Plainfield, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘Make a Splash’: Painters decorate watersmoothed stones in a hands-on craft workshop. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. ‘Mystical Creature Sock Puppets’: See MON.05, 12-4 p.m. ‘Peter the Music Man’: See WED.30, 12:30-1 p.m. Pirate Party: Ahoy, matey! Barnacle Ben and Captain Robert Morgan steer the ship for high-seas adventuring, complete with crafts, sea shanties and games. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘Read the Sky’: Would-be meteorologists record weather observations and make predictions under the tutelage of Mark Breen, author of The Kids’ Book of Weather Forecasting. South Burlington Community Library, South Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. ‘Splashtivity: Jewelry Making’: Seashells adorn decorative baubles handcrafted by kids ages 5 and up. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. Summer Children’s Music Series: Musician Robert Resnik and storyteller Gigi Weisman entertain youngsters with guitar refrains and literary journeys. Center Court, University Mall, South Burlington, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. ‘Treasure Island’: See TUE.06, rain site: Bandshell, Battery Park, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 863-6607 or 355-1461.


Capital City Band: See WED.30, 7-8 p.m. Concerts on the Bluff: Lucky Boyz channel The Beatles, David Bowie, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan in a family-friendly gig. On the bluff, Clinton Community College, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-562-4170.


Ben & Jerry’s Indoor Movie Series: Moviegoers bring blankets, pillows or chairs to get settled for a screening of Monsters vs. Aliens. University Mall, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-8888.

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival: The artist faculty of an annual summer conservatory offer works by Beethoven, Waxman and Taneyev in “Uncommon Brilliance.” UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $6-18. Info, 735-8097.

Montréal International Jazz Festival: See WED.30, 8 a.m.-midnight.

‘Hannah and Her Sisters’: Roger Ebert called this Oscar-winning family drama, starring Mia Farrow and Michael Caine, “Woody Allen’s best movie.” Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2576.

Myra Flynn: The neo-soul songstress blends in folk stylings. Martha Pellerin & Andy Shapiro Memorial Bandstand, Middlesex, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-6242.

Metropolitan Opera Summer Encore Series: Catamount Arts Center: Opera stars Renée Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky star in Tchaikovsky’s tale of untimely love, Eugene Onegin. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6:30 p.m. $12-15. Info, 748-2600.

‘Wagon Ride Wednesday’: Riders lounge in sweet-smelling hay on scenic, horse-drawn routes. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12. Info, 457-2355.

Castleton Concerts on the Green: The New York Players headline a family-fun night of big horn sounds. Castleton Village Green, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 273-2911.

Outdoor Concert Series: Picnickers soak up band standards and show tunes by a community band on the green. Fairfax Community Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. ‘Songs at Mirror Lake’: Roots of Creation offer reggae at a weekly musical gathering. Mid’s Park, Lake Placid, N.Y., 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 518-524-4328. Summer Music in the Park: Jenni Johnson provides the tunes at this meadow concert, while a farmers market offers produce for people to pack themselves a picnic. Knight Point State Park, North Hero, 6 p.m. $5 includes beach and picnic area access. Info, 372-8400. Tuesday Night Live: The Mud City Ramblers offer bluegrass and old-time music in the open air, and the historical society doles out grilled hot dogs, salads and homemade pies. Rain site: Lowe Lecture Hall on Main Street. Legion Field, Johnson, 68:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-7826.


‘Get to Know Your Bike’: A cycle-shop pro introduces free wheelers to vehicle anatomy, flat fixes and roadside skills. Skirack, Burlington, 5:306:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3313.


‘Around the World in 80 Days’: See WED.30, 8 p.m.

Metropolitan Opera Summer Encore Series: Loew Auditorium: See above listing. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 603-646-2422. Metropolitan Opera Summer Encore Series: Palace 9: See above listing. Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $12.50-15. Info, 660-9300.

food & drink

Enosburg Falls Farmers Market: See WED.30, 3-6 p.m. Lamoille Valley Year-Round Farmers Artisan Market: See WED.30, 3-6:30 p.m.



Alao Kung Fu: See WED.30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


‘Around the World in 80 Days’: See WED.30, 8 p.m. ‘Streaks of Theatrical Lightning II’: The Middlebury Actors Workshop presents six 10-minute plays to celebrate its 10th anniversary. See calendar spotlight. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $17. Info, 382-9222.


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

Open Mic Players: Musicians, poets and actors entertain onlookers sprawled out on blankets. Pavilion. Essex Shoppes & Cinema, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.

South Hero Farmers Market: See WED.30, 47 p.m.

‘Prophetic Odyssey’: See WED.30, 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.

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‘Readings in the Athenaeum’: Dianalee Velie, the New Hampshire-based author of three books of poetry, and Howard Norman, author of What Is Left the Daughter share their works in a summer reading series. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. m

‘Bone Builders’: See WED.30, 9-10 a.m. ‘Taming the Mind’: See WED.30, 7-8 p.m.


Johnson Farmers Market: A street emporium bursts with local agricultural products, ranging from produce to herbs to fresh-baked bread. Main Street, Johnson, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1682.

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‘Silenced Voices’: See THU.01, Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $10; donations accepted. Info, 825-1609,

Thetford Hill Community Market: Vendors supply localvores with an array of baked treats, honey, maple syrup and veggies. Thetford Hill Green, 4-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 785-4404.

Howard Norman: The novelist behind What Is Left the Daughter reads excerpts from the story of love during the time of war. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0774.


‘Traveling the Path to Enlightenment’: Students of all levels get a practical overview of Tibetan Buddhism. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:308:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136.

Rutland County Farmers Market: See SAT.03, 3-6 p.m.


French Conversation Group: Folks take their Romance language capabilities for a spin in a weekly repartee. Bien fait! Borders Books & Music, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.

Old North End Farmers Market: Local farmers sell the fruits of their fields, and their labor. H.O. Wheeler Elementary School, Burlington, 36:30 p.m. Free. Info, 324-3073.


aromatherapy CLINICAL AROMATHERAPY: Aug. 13-15. Cost: $400/2 1/2 days. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, Suite 109 , Essex Jct. Info: Highland Bodyworks, Jackie Lewis,LMT, 802-999-9985,, www. Course explores healing traditions of essential oils from ancient culture and Biblical application to modern day. Science of aromatic oils and their vibrational frequencies explored. Students integrate essential oils with heartcentered, energetic healing techniques. Can apply toward aromatherapy certification if desired. Offered through the Institute for Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy.





bodywork ORTHO-BIONOMY: THE SPINE: Aug. 7-8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $245/14 CEUs ($225 when paid in full by July 20). Call or email about introductory, risk-free fee. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, Burlington. Info: Dianne Swafford, 802734-1121, swaffordperson@ By accessing the innate, self-corrective reflexes, participants will focus on specific techniques for facilitating release in the neck, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, sacrum and pelvis, to achieve pain relief and structural balance. Ortho-bionomy is a gentle yet deeply effective form of body therapy that is used to reduce tension, improve structural alignment and restore well-being. 14 CEUs.

burlington city arts CLAY: MIXED-LEVEL WHEEL: Jul. 14-Aug. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $180/$162 BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Info: 802-8657166. In this mixed-level

class for advanced beginners and intermediate potters, students will learn individualized tips and challenges for advancement on the wheel. Demonstrations and instruction will cover intermediate throwing, trimming and glazing techniques. Individual projects will be encouraged. Students must be proficient in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls. Over 20 hrs./week of open studio time to practice. Prerequisite: Proficiency in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls. CLAY: WHEEL-THROWING I: Jul. 12-Aug. 23, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $235/nonmembers, $211.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Info: 802-865-7166. This class is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Students will be working primarily on the potter’s wheel learning basic throwing and forming techniques. Projects may include vases, mugs and bowls. Students will also be guided through the various finishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No experience necessary! Over 20 hours/week of open studio time to practice! PHOTO: HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE TECHNIQUES: Jul. 22-Aug. 12, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $195/members, $175.50 BCA members. Location: Firehouce Center, Burlington. Info: 802-8657166, www.burlingtoncit Learn how to capture brilliant color images with incredible detail in both shadow and highlight areas using High Dynamic Range photography. Landscape, architectural and night photography applications will be covered, as well as image processing techniques. Participants will also have the opportunity to print archival prints on our Epson 3880 printer. Bring digital SLR camera, tripod and Mac-compatible flash drive

to class. Prerequisite: Intro Film/Digital SLR/equivalent experience, basic Photoshop or Lightroom experience. PHOTOGRAPHING WATER: Tuesdays, July 13-27, 6-9 p.m., Field Session Sat., July 17. Cost: $195/nonmembers, $175.50/BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center, Burlington. Info: 802-8657166. Learn to capture the beauty and movement of water in this four-session hands-on workshop. Time exposures and stop-motion techniques will be covered, as well as Photoshop image-processing techniques. Participants will print archival prints on our Epson 3880 printer. Bring digital SLR camera, tripod and Mac-compatible flash drive to class. Prerequisite: Intro Film, Digital SLR, or equivalent experience, basic Photoshop experience.

Call 802-865-7166 for info or register online at Teacher bios are also available online. BCA offers dozens of weeklong summer art camps for ages 3-14 in downtown Burlington from June to August – the largest selection of art camps in the region! Choose full- or halfday camps – scholarships are available. See all the camps and details at www.burlingtoncit

camps HERB CAMP FOR KIDS: Ages 4-6, July 5-8 & July 26-29, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $115. Ages 7-9, July 12-15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $140. Ages 10-17, July 19-22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost $140. Scholarships avail. Location: Two Rivers Center, 5 Home Farm Way, Montpelier. Info: 802-2231515, ellen@tworiverscenter. org. These fun, hands-on herbal day camps provide activities that teach the guiding principals of herbal knowledge. Camp interweaves time with the plants, movement, songs, stories and crafts. Kids will create an age-appropriate herbal first aid kit, while we support the deep connection and respect children already carry

in their hearts for the plants and the Earth.

carving BRONZE CASTING: Jul. 12-16. Cost: $625/course. Location: Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, 636 Marble St., West Rutland. Info: 802-438-2097, info@ carvingstudio.og, www. Learn about the wonderful world of molten bronze. Participants will produce three bronzes using a different method for each. Techniques demonstrated will be lost wax, green sand, and resin bonded sand-cutting and gluing sections of bonded sand together, then casting the negative spaces. Instructor: Glenn Campbell. GARGOYLES, GROTESQUES AND GREEN MEN: Jul. 5-9. Cost: $575. Location: Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, 636 Marble St., West Rutland. Info: 802-4382097, info@carvingstudio. og, www.carvingstudio. org. Whether it is in the shadows of the most holy vaulted Gothic cathedrals or faces hiding in the foliage; we have been carving these creatures as an acknowledgment that their kind might exist and to forget is at our peril. Workshop will explore both 3-D and relief imagery.

coaching SHARED LEADERSHIP W/ LUCINDA NEWMAN: July 9, 3-5:30 p.m., & July 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $145/ incl. beverages/snacks on Fri. & snacks/beverages/ lunch on Sat. Location: Horses & Pathfinders Center for Equine Guided Education & Life Leadership Coaching, 6899 Route 100B, Moretown. Info: 802-223-1903, Lucinda@, www.horsesandpathfinders. com. This innovative equineguided workshop teaches us a natural, effective awareness and practice of human/ horse interactions and skills. From lifetime equestrians to people who would like to experience horses in a real, nonthreatening way, the focus on this pathway will help us to become more honest, authentic, self-reflective, and better listeners to horses and our own intuition.

cooking SHORTCUTS TO GOURMET COOKING: Jul. 20-Aug. 3, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Weekly on Tuesday. Cost: $150/incl. food and wine. Location: Stowe, Vermont. Info: Bidi, 802-253-0330. Learn to prepare a three-course gourmet meal in under one hour from a graduate of the Cordon Bleu school. Taught by Bidi Wheelwright, one of the “Top Hostesses” according to the Boston Globe. Limited to eight students. Call to register and to get driving directions to the location in Stowe. SUMMER CANNING WITH FRUITS: Jul. 10, 9-10:30 a.m.. Location: 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: Paige Lowry, 802-660-3505 x4, Learn the basics and howtos of making your favorite summertime sweet treats. Join us for fun, informative and hands-on workshop focusing on the creation of jams, jellies and preserves using the tastes of summer, including strawberries, raspberries and more. Plus, you’ll get to take home what you make in class! Registration is required.

dance BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: Location: The Champlain Club, Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 802-598-6757, kevin@, www. Beginning classes repeat each month, and intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and dance! DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Cost: $13/class. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 802-598-1077, Salsa classes, nightclub-style. One-on-one, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Argentinean Tango class and social, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., walk-ins welcome. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! LEARN TO SWING DANCE: Cost: $60/6-week series ($50 for students/seniors).

Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: www.lindyvermont. com, 802-860-7501. Great fun, exercise and socializing, with fabulous music. Learn in a welcoming and lighthearted environment. Classes start every six weeks: Tuesdays for beginners; Wednesdays for upper levels. Instructors: Shirley McAdam and Chris Nickl. ZUMBA: Jun. 27, 6:45-7:45 p.m., Weekly on Monday. Cost: $40/5-week session, or $10/class. Location: Colchester Health and Fitness, 278 Prim Rd., Colchester. Info: S Gail Hall, 802-355-7312, Zumba: Colchester Health and Fitness, 278 Prim Rd., Colchester; Mondays at 6:45 p.m.; $40 for a five-week session, $10 to drop in. Belly Dance Fitness: Collins Perley Sports Complex; 890 Fairfax Rd., St. Albans; Sundays at 10:00 a.m.; same cost. Contact Gail,

empowerment LIFE LEADERSHIP & HORSES W/ LUCINDA NEWMAN: July 23, 3-6 p.m., & July 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $145/ incl. beverages/snacks on Fri. & snacks/beverages/ lunch on Sat. Location: Horses and Pathfinders Center for Equine-Guided Education and Life Leadership Coaching, 6899 Route 100B, Moretown. Info: 802-223-1903, Lucinda@, This innovative equine-guided workshop masterfully blends sociobiology, leadership, empowerment and horsemanship into a powerful metaphor for developing professional mastery, leadership savvy and self-excellence. No riding or horse experience is required. The focus of Life Leadership & Horses is developing leadership and empowerment skills, it is not about learning horsemanship techniques.

exercise MOMMY AND ME BOOTCAMP!: Mon., Wed. & Fri., Aug. 2-27, 8-9 a.m. Cost: $200/session (12 classes). Location: Maple Street Park, 75 Maple St., Essex Jct. Info: Fitness Evolutions, LLC, Heidi Marsano, 802-922-

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0553, heidi@fitnes, www. Get in shape and bring your little one along for the ride! Mommy and Me Bootcamp is designed to help you lose those post-baby pounds while spending some quality time with your babe. Nutrition seminar, workouts and T-shirt are all included! Visit for more info!


martial arts AIKIDO: Special summer rates -- Join with a friend and recieve one free month of introductory Aikido classes. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal and Light), Burlington. Info: 802-9518900, Aikido is a dynamic Japanese martial art that promotes physical and mental harmony through the use of breathing exercises, aerobic conditioning, circular movements, and pinning and throwing techniques. We also teach sword/staff arts and knife defense. Adult classes seven days a week. The Samurai Youth Program provides scholarships for children and teenagers, ages 8-18. AIKIDO: Tues.-Fri., 6-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.; & Sundays, 10-11:30 a.m. Visitors are always welcome. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 802-8629785, www.vermontaikido. org. Aikido 101: Join us for a free class! “Introduction to Aikido” begins at 10 a.m., the 3rd Saturday of each month. Please bring or wear loosefitting exercise clothing; plan to arrive 15 minutes

early to register. This class is a gentle introduction to basic movement and training, open to everyone interested in learning more about Aikido. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 802-6604072,, Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardiorespiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

massage Asian Bodywork Therapy Program: Cost: $5,000/500-hour program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, Suite 109, Essex Junction. Info: Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 802-2888160,, www. This program teaches two forms of Oriental massage, Amma

and Shiatsu. We will explore Oriental medicine theory and diagnosis as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, Yin Yang and 5-Element Theory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology will be taught. Program starting September 2010. VSAC nondegree grants are available. Come join our open house on July 24. Massage Practitioner Training: Cost: $7,800/ training, + textbooks & materials. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts School of Massage, 187 St. Paul St., Burlington. Info: Touchstone Healing Arts, 802-658-7715, touchvt@, 650 in-class hours plus 40 hours externship. Western-style. Comprehensive training now in its 13th year. Graduate in nine months ready for your new career. Come to our free info session in July. More info on our website. The day has finally come to take the risk to fully blossom!

meditation Introduction to Zen: Sat., July 24, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $55/all-day workshop, lunch incl. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. Info: Vermont Zen Center, 802985-9746,, The 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. workshops.html. LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction available Sunday mornings, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., or by appointment. The Shambhala Cafe meets the first Saturday of each month for meditation and discussions, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. An Open House occurs every third Wednesday evening of each month, 7-9 p.m., which includes an intro to the center, a short dharma talk and socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-658-6795, www. burlingtonshambhalactr. org. 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.


reiki Animal Reiki I Class: July 10 & 11, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Cost: $150/11-hour class. Location: Hooved Animal Sanctuary, Weswind Rd., Chelsea. Info: HeartSong Reiki, Kelly McDermottBurns, 802-746-8834,, This is the foundation for self-care and using Reiki with animals. Reiki history, precepts, hand positions and code of ethics covered. Four attunements. Plenty of practice time with animals. Student will gain the basic knowledge for working on any animal. Manual and certificate included. Portion of fee donated to sanctuary.

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Sculpture Workshop: Jul. 17, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $40/members, $55/nonmembers, $15/materials. Location: Shelburne Art Center, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 802-9853648, Create ceramic sculpture for the home and garden by learning many hand-building techniques to bring your ideas to fruition.


ALL Wellness: Many package/pricing options to suit your budget. Please call for pricing details. Location: 208 Flynn Ave. (across from the antique shops, near Oakledge Park), Burlington. Info: 802-863-9900, www. We encourage all ages, all bodies and all abilities to discover greater ease and enjoyment in life by integrating Pilates, physical therapy, yoga and health counseling services. Come experience our welcoming atmosphere, skillful, caring instructors and lightfilled studio. First mat class is free! Also, please join us for a free introduction to the reformer, the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00-just call to sign up. Absolute Pilates: New classes: 9:30 a.m. Wed. mat class & equipment combo classes. Check the website for details. Location: Absolute Pilates, 3060 Williston Rd., Suite 6, S. Burlington. Info: 802-3102614, absolutepilatesvt. com Experience the ultimate workout with the Pilates method of body conditioning. Get toned, stronger and more flexible while increasing stamina and energy. Choose between (or combine) mat classes; combo tower/reformer classes;

private and semiprivate equipment sessions using Reformer, Tower, Wunda chair and Spine corrector; plus lots of fun small props. Come join the fun! Natural Bodies Pilates: Book your sessions for certified instruction in classical Pilates, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis & yoga for all abilities: By appt. & small group classes. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 49 Heineberg Dr. (Rt. 127, just over the bridge from Burlington’s New North End), Colchester. Info: 802-863-3369, lucille@, NaturalBodiesPilates. com. Race-car drivers, equestrians, elite athletes, professional actors, dancers and golfers benefit from Movement Analysis and stay fit with Pilates exercise, and now you can too! Find your center and relieve stress with whole-body workouts that leave you feeling strong, relaxed and flexible. Call today for your free introduction.

Be Your Own Herbalist: Cost: $90/6-week class. Location: Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: Health Empowermint, Melissa Stiebert, 802-5031268, healthempowermint@, melissastiebert. Learn how to safely and effectively use herbs: It’s simpler than you think! Each week we’ll make herbal preparations (teas, tinctures, salves, liniments, compresses, etc.), identify wild plants, and learn a variety of home remedies and body-care recipes. Take home handouts, tinctures, salves and more. Wisdom of the Herbs School: Eat on the Wild Side, Wed., June 30, 5:307:30 p.m., $20. Wild Plant Walk, Tue., July 6, 6-7:30 p.m., $10, Rock Point, Burlington. Wild Edibles 2010: Enhancing Local Food Security summer/fall term, Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 3. Tuition $300. Apply for VSAC nondegree grant. Plan ahead and apply now for VSAC nondegree grant for 2011 programs while funds are plentiful. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School,

Woodbury. Info: 802-4568122, annie@wisdomofthe, www.wis Earth Skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild edible and medicinal plants, food as first medicine, sustainable living skills, and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.







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Beginner to advanced students. Instructor: Kathy Clark. ADVENTURES IN BEGINNING WATERCOLOR: Jul. 6-Aug. 10, 1-3:30 p.m., Weekly on Tuesday. Cost: $160/members, $180/nonmembers, + material list. Location: Shelburne Art Center, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 802-985-3648, Learn how to create with a fun and fluid style. This class will concentrate on the basics of watercolor painting and color mixing. Traditional and experimental techniques will be shown to get students more familiar with this sometimes tricky method. Instructor: Retha Boles. ART & CRAFT OF WATERCOLOR: Jul. 9-Aug. 6, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Weekly on Friday. Cost: $160/members, $180/nonmembers, + material list. Location: Shelburne Art Center, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 802-9853648, This class will provide beginning watercolorists with a process for painting and help experienced painters to develop their individual processes for art making and watercolor. Emphasis will be on moving each person forward in his/her own artistic and creative vision. Instruction is individually oriented, all levels welcome. Instructor: Ayn Riehle. STAINED GLASS: Wednesdays, July 7-Aug. 18, 6-9 p.m. No class July 14. Cost: $165/members, $185/nonmembers, $30/ materials. Location: Shelburne Art Center, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 802-985-3648, www. Create a beautiful stained glass window, panel, lampshade or more while learning the Louis Comfort Tiffany copperfoil technique and the traditional lead came

method through demonstrations and hands-on practical experience. Class is open for beginners as well as intermediates who wish to have more instruction. Instructor: Ed Delmer. GLAZING & FIRING SALT KILN: Jul. 10-11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $195/members, $220/nonmembers, $60/materials. Location: Shelburne Art Center, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 802-985-3648, www. This two-day class will teach the basics of glazing for an atmospheric clay firing. Learn to interpret color, texture and ceramic surface quality as you create your own oneof-a-kind ceramic artwork through the salt/soda kiln. Own bisque recommended, not required. Instructor: Loretta Languet. BEGINNING METAL/ JEWELRY DESIGN: Jul. 6-Aug. 10, 5:30-8 p.m., Weekly on Tuesday. Cost: $165/members, $185/ nonmembers, $30/materials. Location: Shelburne Art Center, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 802-9853648, www.shelburneart This class focuses on design of jewelry, small sculpture or functional art. Skills and techniques will teach the art of fine craftsmanship. A series of practice pieces will be completed before you plan and finish your own piece of work. Demonstrations will include sawing, drilling, piercing, annealing, forming and smoldering. Instructor: Ed Delmer. BLACKSMITHING WORKSHOP: Jul. 10, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Cost: $105/members, $125/nonmembers, $35/materials. Location: Shelburne Art Center, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 802-9853648, www.shelburneart Traditional blacksmithing techniques will be taught in this one-day workshop. Techniques such as hammering, tapering and

forming will be introduced. Steel rods in varying dimensions will be heated to a malleable state in a coal fire, metal will be hammered and formed to small, tabletop candelabras. Outdoor class for beginners. Instructor: Pilar Netzel.

tai chi SNAKE STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: BAO TAK FAI TAI CHI INSTITUTE, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 802864-7902, The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill.

yoga EVOLUTION YOGA: Daily yoga classes for all levels from $5-$14, conveniently located in Burlington. 10-class cards and unlimited memberships available for discounted rates. Mon.-Fri. @ 4:30 p.m., class is only $5!. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 802-864-9642, yoga@, www. Evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner-advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, Anusarainspired, Kripalu, and Iyengar yoga. Babies/kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: evoblog. 

REAL free will astrology by rob brezsny july 1-7

aries (March 21-april 19): How well are you capitalizing on this year’s unique opportunities, aries? since we’re halfway through 2010, let’s take an inventory. i’m hoping you’re well under way in the heroic task of conquering your past. it has been and will continue to be prime time for you to wean yourself from unresolvable energy drains. so exorcise irksome ghosts, please! Pay off ancient debts! Free yourself from memories that don’t serve you! you’re finally ready to graduate from lessons you’ve had to learn and relearn and re-relearn. The coming months will bring you even more opportunities to finish up old business that has demanded too much of your time and energy. taurus (april 20-May 20): now that we’re midway through 2010, it’s time to assess how well you’re taking advantage of this year’s good fortune. so let me ask you, taurus: Have you been expanding your web of connections? Have you honed and deepened your networking skills? Have you taken bold steps to refine your influence over the way your team or crew or gang is evolving? The first half of the year has been full of encouragement in these areas, and the coming months will be even more so. gemiNi (May 21-June 20): How well have you been attending to 2010’s major themes, gemini? since we’re midway through the year, let’s do a check-in. i hope that by now you are at least 15 percent sturdier, stronger and braver than you’ve ever been in your entire life, and at least 20 percent better organized and disciplined. i hope that you have outgrown one of your amateur approaches and claimed a new professional privilege. now write the following questions on a slip of paper that you will leave taped to your mirror for the next six months. 1. How can i get closer to making my job and my vocation be the same thing? 2. What am i doing to become an even more robust and confident version of myself? leo (July 23-aug. 22): The year’s half over,

draw abundant sustenance from the mother lode? you’re halfway through 2010, the year when these wonders should be unfolding with majestic drama. The best is yet to come, so i recommend that you declare your intention to make the next six months be a time when you come all the way home.

Virgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): so how is 2010 going for you so far, Virgo? Have you been taking advantage of life’s offers to help you move into a dynamic new phase of your relationship life? Have you been willing to set aside tired old strategies for seeking intimacy so that you can discover approaches you’ve never imagined before? Have you been brave about overcoming the past traumas and hurts that scared you into accepting less than the very best alliances you could seek? i hope you’ve been pursuing these improvements, because this is the best year in over a decade to accomplish them.

caPricorN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): What are the toughest pairs of opposites in your life, Capricorn? What are the polarities whose different sides rarely resonate with each other and too often threaten to split you in half? one of the distinguishing characteristics of 2010 is the fact that you are getting unprecedented chances to bring them together in ringing harmony, or at least a more interesting tension. What have you learned so far about how to work that magic? and how can you apply it in even craftier ways during the next six months?

liBra (sept. 23-oct. 22): Have you been doing a lot of sweating and grunting from sheer exertion in 2010? Have you thrown yourself conscientiously into the hardest, smartest labor you’ve ever enjoyed? i hope so, because that would suggest you’re in rapt alignment with this year’s cosmic rhythms. it would mean that you have been cashing in on the rather sublime opportunities you’re being offered to diligently prove how much you love your life. The next six months will provide you with even more and better prods, libra, so please find even deeper reserves of determination. intensify your commitment to mastering the work you came to this planet to do. scorPio

(oct. 23-nov. 21): How’s that project coming, scorpio? you know, that assignment the universe gave you at the beginning of 2010 to loosen up, play more, and periodically laugh like a tipsy sagittarius. Have you been taking a sabbatical from the seething complications that in most other years are your rightful specialty? Did you throw some of your emotional baggage off a cliff? are you dancing more frequently? i hope you’ve been attending to all of this crucial work, and i trust that you’re primed to do even more of it during the next six months. to take maximum advantage of your appointments with relief and release, you’ll have to be even sweeter and lighter.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Let’s do a check-in on your progress so far in 2010, Cancerian. The year’s half over, and I’m wondering if you’ve been cashing in on the unique invitations that life has been sending your way. The way I understand it, you’ve been summoned to emerge from your hiding place and go wandering around in exotic and unfamiliar places. Events that in the past may have turned you inward toward thoughts of safety have in recent months nudged you out in the direction of the Great Unknown. Have you been honest enough with yourself to recognize the call to adventure? Have you been wild and free enough to answer the call? If not, I suggest you find it in yourself to do so. The next six months will be prime time to head out on a glorious quest.

sagittarius (nov. 22-Dec. 21): are you

a dynamic bastion of stability yet, sagittarius? Have you been growing deeper and deeper roots as you bloom in your power spot? are you continuing to build your self-mastery as you

aQuarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): you may still be gnawed by a longing for your life to be different from what it is. you might fantasize that you’re missing a crucial element that would, if acquired, usher you into a golden age. but i’ve been analyzing the big picture of your destiny, aquarius, and here’s what i see: This year you’re being offered the chance to be pretty satisfied with the messy, ambiguous, fantastically rich set of circumstances that you’ve actually been blessed with. The first half of 2010 should have inspired you to flirt with this surprising truth. The second half will drive it home with the force of a pile of gifts left anonymously on your doorstep. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): The journal Nature recently marked the tenth anniversary of a great scientific triumph: the complete mapping of the human genome. There was a cloud over the celebration, however, because few practical health benefits have yet to come out of this revolutionary accomplishment. it has proved unexpectedly hard to translate the deciphered code into cures for diseases. i offer this situation as a cautionary tale for you, Pisces. The first part of 2010 has brought you several important discoveries and breakthroughs. in the coming months, even as the novelties continue to flow, it’ll be your sacred duty to put them to use in ways that will permanently improve your day-to-day life. Unlike the case of the human genome, your work should meet with success.

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leo. let’s take an inventory to see whether you’ve been taking maximum advantage of the special opportunities life has been offering you. Consider these questions: Has the quality of your intimate alliances become especially intense, invigorating and catalytic in recent months? Have you created lots of small miracles with the people you care about most? Have you been willing to risk more to

get the most out of togetherness, even if it means dealing with shadowy stuff that makes you uncomfortable? if there has been anything missing from your efforts in these heroic tasks, get to work. between now and January 2011, you’ll have a mandate to go even deeper than you have since January 2010.

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“A Centennial Celebration: The Art of Francis Colburn and Ronald Slayton”


ircles of sophisticated artists and writers seem constantly to develop and disband in the Burlington area, leavening the cultural life of the city across generations. Seventy years ago two Burlington painters, comrades in the WPA easel painting project, formed the heart of such a circle. Francis Colburn (19091984) and Ronald Slayton (1910-1992) became lifelong friends, and both had a presence at the University of Vermont. “A Centennial Celebration: The Art of Francis Colburn and Ronald Slayton,” on view this summer at UVM’s Fleming Museum, celebrates the centenary of the artists’ births. Colburn was born in Fairfax; Slayton came from Barre. More than 50 paintings, drawings and prints have been assembled for the exhibition. As the works of both men hang side by side, it’s impossible not to compare and contrast their aesthetics. Both were in complete command of the technical aspects of painting, but they used their talents somewhat differently. Echoes of cubism and surrealism in Colburn’s work suggest he was the more analytic of the pair. Crystalline geometric elements find shape in several of his can-


“Variations on a Theme” by Francis Colburn; self-portrait by Ronald Slayton


USED THEIR TALENTS SOMEWHAT DIFFERENTLY. vasses. Slayton’s pieces seem more emotionally driven. Elements of the Ashcan School and the darker side of social realism flavor his works. Both witnessed José Clemente Orozco’s “Epic of American Civilization” as it was produced at Dartmouth College over the years 1932 to ’34, but Slayton seems to have been more directly influenced by the Mexican muralist. The Vermont artists show us how they viewed themselves in a pair of self-portraits, both from 1935. Slayton’s background is black, and a harsh overhead light illuminates his muscular face. Colburn appears in a white room, keenly studying his smooth features. Architectonic details — a window, a slightly open door — enhance the coolness of the scene. Slayton’s 1937 “Courtroom” focuses on one of the purest expressions of de-

mocracy in our society: the moment when a judge swears in a jury of average citizens — all white men in this case, but such were the times. The jurors appear melded together in that instant, their right hands raised and looming large. The raised hand of the judge is just as large as those of the jurors, though he is a smaller figure at left in the painting. This is no Norman Rockwell treatment; Slayton’s view is pithy and patriotic without being saccharine. A viewer can almost imagine the rhythmic oath being voiced, as if some tribal ceremony were in progress. The figures in Colburn’s “Variations on a Theme” have a quite different collective presence in their almost surreal setting — ostensibly outdoors, it has the formality of studio setup with a faux backdrop. The 36-by-41-inch oil is a family portrait, but the two par-

ents and three children are oddly separated from one another. There is no eye contact, no emotion. The land rises behind the children, and clouds and trees are solid objects. Colburn’s composition is as impeccable as his brush work, and his colors are subdued hues of tan, pale blue and green. “Granite Quarry,” also by Colburn, is a rare example of three-point perspective. Besides the two vanishing points at right and left, Colburn subtly and masterfully added a vanishing point below the picture plane, beyond the image, to deepen the quarry’s pit. The men and machines in the quarry seem like ants serving in an inverted anthill. Slayton’s later watercolors are not to be overlooked, though they are quieter and more peaceful than the pieces in his Depression-era collection. His 1975 wet-on-wet “Purple Mountains Majesty” seems to have been painted with joy, as colors effortlessly flow together and harmonize. Rich purples laid down with a few broad strokes are framed by evergreen branches made with a slightly dryer, smaller brush. The white passages of negative space are crisp, and a few watery brushes of indigo and blue form a high, calm sky. Perhaps some future Vermont painters are being born this week whose lives will be celebrated 100 years from now at a 22nd-century Fleming Museum. And, considering the vibrant culture of this corner of New England, our descendants shouldn’t be a bit surprised. M A R C AWO D EY

“A Centennial Celebration: The Art of Francis Colburn and Ronald Slayton,” Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington. Through August 29.

art shows

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2010 South End Art Hop! Artists in all media are encouraged to register for the 18th annual Art Hop. Deadline to ensure inclusion in the program guide: July 23. Info, 859-9222.

CeraMystic: This annual exhibit and sale of ceramic art, from functional pottery to garden sculptures, showcases the work of nearly 30 area artists. Through Sunday, July 4, 10 a.m - 6 p.m., Mystic, Québec. Info, 450-248-3551.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: PHOTOSTOP Gallery announces a call for entries for its first juried show, “All Aboard! Riding the Rails.” Submission deadline: July 15. Info, Proposals for 2011: Studio Place Arts uses its second- and third-floor spaces for solo/small group shows. Deadline for 2011 shows extended: Proposals accepted through July 2. Info, 479-7069. CANCER BENEFIT HELP: Looking for items for people to donate for a cancer benefit silent auction. If you’re interested in donating, please contact Jeff at FAHC SEEKING SUBMISSIONS: Fletcher Allen’s Development Office and Artwork Committee is seeking artwork for our 2011 calendar. Each year this calendar features artwork from Vermont artists and is distributed throughout Fletcher Allen and to other associated groups. All 2-D media will be considered. Submissions can be abstract works, and can include photographs of 3-D works. Seasonal artwork encouraged. Deadline for submissions: July 30. For submission info, contact Laura at, or call 847-0075.

july First Friday Art Walk: More than 30 galleries and other art venues stay open late to welcome pedestrian art viewers in this monthly event around downtown. Friday, July 2, 5-8 p.m., Burlington. Info, 264-4839. Live Body Painting: The Human Canvas with artist Dinash and DJ Frank Grymes performing a downtempo set, followed by solo blues by Seth Yacovone. Friday, July 2, 6-8 p.m., Nectar’s, Burlington. Info, 658-4771. Cestmir Suska: The Czech Republic visiting artist unveils five pieces from his recycled gas tank series, as well as a steel cutout piece created in a local sculpture workshop, in the college Sculpture Garden. Friday, July 2, 4-6 p.m., Johnson State College. Info, 635-2727. Unknown Arts Presents ‘Atelier Unknown’: Open house of new screen-printing shop featuring group exhibit of screen prints, graphic design, sculpture and video. Friday, July 2, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, July 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Unknown Arts Studio, Burlington. Info, 540-0088. Shelburne Artists’ Market: Local artists and artisans show and sell their wares, including paintings, photography, handmade clothing, prints, jewelry and more. Saturday, July 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Shelburne Art Center. Info, 985-3648. Beth Robinson: The Burlington artist is working on her “strange dolls” in mixed media for her eight-week

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Charles Papillo: “Things You Wanted to Make Real,” an installation of found and created objects based on the idea of open-ended storytelling and exploring the artist’s personal philosophy of “life as art.” July 1 through August 13 at Jager Di Paola Kemp Design in Burlington. Reception: Thursday, July 1, 6-9 p.m. Info, 864-5884. ‘Robots and Rayguns’: A group exhibit that channels the futuristic aesthetic of a bygone era: life-sized robots in clay by John Brickels, “steampunk” Rayguns by Jonathan Ward, and other works by Martha Hull, Dan Siegel and Justin Atherton. July 2 through 31 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. Reception followed by Robot Dance Party in Backspace, with prizes for Best Dressed, Best Dance Moves and Best Performance: Friday, July 2, 5-10 p.m. Info, 578-2512. Three Green Door Artists: Photography using 35mm and 120 film by Ben Aleshire; abstractexpressionist, mixed-media drawings and paintings by Maya Urbanowicz;

‘The Art of Action’ Final Exhibit: The collection of paintings in the two-year touring show, a collaboration of the Vermont Arts Council and philanthropist Lyman Orton, is shown to the public one last time before going to auction bidders and other recipients. July 1 through 17 at Union Station in Burlington. Reception: Friday, July 2, 5-7 p.m. Info, 828-5423. ‘Unaltered’: A group exhibit of works in multiple media by the 14 artists and writers of previous exhibit “Alter(ed) Ego.” July 1 through 26 at Flynndog in Burlington. Reception: Friday, July 2, 6-8 p.m. Info, Corin Hewitt: “The Grey Flame and the Brown Light,” a multimedia exhibit by the Burlington-born artist, employing sculpture, video and elements of the Vermont landscape to explore the origins of experience and questions of nativity and the artistic process. On Fridays and Saturdays throughout July, the artist will be in the gallery working inside a small-scale reproduction of a community auditorium stage. July 2 through September 4 at Firehouse Gallery in Burlington. Reception: Friday, July 2, 5-8 p.m. Info, 865-7165. Andrea Greitzer & Rob Strong: “in.side/out.side,” photographs that explore the areas of museums

have never been publicly exhibited; ‘Upon a Painted Ocean: American Marine Paintings’: Fine works from the permanent collection; ‘Tally-Ho! The Art and Culture of the Fox Hunt’: Artwork, film footage and artifacts from the heyday of the sport in America; ‘The Art of Ogden Pleissner: A Retrospective from the Collection’: More than 30 rarely seen oils, watercolors and drypoints; ‘Good Fences: Vermont Stone Walls’: An outdoor exhibit exploring the medium’s history, variety and materials; and ‘Warren Kimble’s America’: Favorite works from the country’s best-known contemporary folk artist. Through October 24 at Shelburne Museum. Info, 985-3346.

Casey Blanchard: Monoprints by the Shelburne artist, Gates 1 & 2, second floor. Through August 15 at Burlington Airport in South Burlington. Info, 985-3037.

‘Ansel Adams and Edward Burtynsky: Constructed Landscapes’: The centerpiece exhibit of the season features more than 60 images by the renowned photographer of the American wilderness and the contemporary Canadian photographer who focuses on human impact in the natural world. Through October 24 at Shelburne Museum. Info, 985-3346.

Diane Gabriel & Sally Bowring: “Pleasure,” photographs and paintings, respectively. Through July 11 at 215 College Gallery in Burlington. Info, 863-3662.

Barbara Wagner: “In the Year of the Buffalo,” recent mixed-media paintings by the Vermont artist. Through July 6 at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. Info, 985-3848.

Essex Art League: “Artist’s Choice,” a selection of works by members of the arts group. Through August 31 at Phoenix Books in Essex. Info, 862-3014.

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.

‘Circles for Peace: Images that focus on the construction and uses of the Burlington Earth Clock, a permanent art installation and celestial timekeeper at Blanchard Beach. Through July 8 at Metropolitan Gallery, Burlington City Hall. Info, 865-7166. DJ Barry: “Alien World,” the largest painting around town that depicts alien life wandering in an alien world. Through July 31 at Blue Cat Café & Wine Bar in Burlington. Info, 461-5814.

Dick Brunelle: New contemporary abstract paintings in watercolor and acrylic. Through July 30 at Barnes & Noble in South Burlington. Info, 864-0989.

Gerard W. Rinaldi: “Homage to Giorgio,” an exhibit by the Chelsea artist inspired by the still

Raymond McCarthy Bergeron: High dynamic range photography, which captures greater luminance and more saturated color, and traditional photography with a focus on landscape and abstract organics. July 1 through 31 at The Block Gallery in Winooski. Reception: Friday, July 2, 6-8 p.m. Info, 373-5150. Jessica Shanahan: “Tarot: A New Translation,” artworks mounted on board and laminated to resemble giant cards. July 1 through 31 at Red Square in Burlington. Reception: Friday, July 2, 5-8 p.m. Info, 318-2438. Kately Ziegler & Katherine Taylor McBroom: Paintings. July 2 through 31 at The Men’s Room in Burlington. Reception: Friday, July 2, 6-8 p.m. Info, 864-2088. Joseph Chirchirillo: “Wind and Water,” kinetic sculptures. July 3 through September 12 at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. Reception: Saturday, July 3, 4-6 p.m. Info, 362-1405. Stanley Tretick: “Bobby, Martin and John: Once Upon an American Dream,” 156 photographs of three 1960s leaders, Robert and John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., from the archives of the former LOOK magazine photographer. July 3 through September 12 at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. Reception: Saturday, July 3, 4-6 p.m. Info, 362-1405.

lifes of Giorgio Morandi. July 1 through August 13 at McCarthy Arts Center Gallery, St. Michael’s College in Colchester. Info, 685-3321. Jean Carlson Masseau: “Lake, Land, Light,” large giclée color photographs printed on watecolor paper, featuring images of the light on Lake Champlain and the surrounding valley. Through August 31 at Shelburne Vineyard. Info, 985-8222. Joe Harig: “Horizons,” abstract visualizations of circumstances the artist says he’d rather be in than creating artwork. Fifty percent of sales will be donated to Vermont CARES. Through July 5 at Muddy Waters in Burlington. Info, 734-3640. John K. Alexander: “Venice,” paintings inspired by travels through Italy. Through July 10 at Chop Shop in Burlington. Info, 540-0267. Katharine Montstream: New “Church Street Looking North” prints and Flashbags, as well as new Adirondack paintings. July 1 through 31 at Montstream Studio in Burlington. Info, 862-8752. Kevyn Cardiff: Stained glass artworks by the Burlington crafter, in the Main Reading Room. July 1 through August 31 at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Info, 865-7211. Lisa Lillibridge: Acrylic and mixed-media painting on carved wood, Skyway; Susan Larkin: Oil landscapes, Gates 1 & 2; and Phil Herbison: “Wall Soup,” mixed media on wood panel, Escalator. Through June 30 at Burlington Airport in South Burlington. Info, 865-7166.

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‘Momenta IV’: The fourth annual group print show was juried by art dealer Cynthia Reeves. July 2 through 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Reception: Friday, July 2, 6-8 p.m. Info, 295-5901.

Susan Raber Bray: “By Land and Air,” clay bird and goat forms by the Vermont artist. 5-8 p.m. at Frog Hollow in Burlington. Reception: Friday, July 2, 5-8 p.m. Info, 863-6458.


‘Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece’: An exhibit of 52 contemporary quilted works that offer poignant tribute to victims of the disease, organized by the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative; and audio recordings of stories from elders, in conjunction with Vermont Public Radio and The StoryCorps Memory Loss Initiative. Also, ‘Circus Day in America’: A multimedia exhibit celebrating the art and experience of the American circus, circa 1870-1950; ‘Jay Hall Connaway: A Restless Nature’: A retrospective of the 20th-century New England landscape painter; ‘All Fired Up: Six Ceramic Artists From Vermont’: Unique artist-designed installations by a half-dozen of the region’s finest ceramicists; ‘Embellishments: The Art of the Crazy Quilt’: Extraordinary examples from the permanent collection that

Local Wisdom Annual Studio Sale: Seconds, original art, Flashbags and other treasures; a portion of proceeds benefit the Stowe Land Trust. Saturday, July 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Local Wisdom Cards, Stowe. Info, 253-2696.

Hannah Sessions & Stacey Stanhope: “Got Your Goat,” paintings and clay works, respectively, that reflect farm life. July 2 through August 31 at Brandon Artists’ Guild. Reception: Friday, July 2, 5-7 p.m. Info, 247-4956.

that surround art; and parking lots, industrial façades and metal structures along America’s highways, respectively. July 2 through 30 at PHOTOSTOP in White River Junction. Reception: Friday, July 2, 5-8 p.m. Info, 698-0320.


‘A Centennial Celebration: The Art of Francis Colburn and Ronald Slayton’: In honor of the 100th anniversary of their births, the museum honors two of Vermont’s finest painters and lifelong friends with an exhibit of more than 50 paintings, drawings, watercolors and prints, as well as audio recordings and poetry. Through August 29 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.

BCA Art Market: Local artists and crafters sell their wares at this Burlington City Arts-sponsored open-air bazaar every weekend, weather permitting. Saturday, July 3, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Burlington City Hall Park. Info, 865-7166.

and paintings by Pippa Harrison. July 2 through 30 at Green Door Studio in Burlington. Reception: Friday, July 2, 6-8 p.m. Info, 999-7788.


residency in the fourth-floor gallery space, and welcomes visitors. Saturday, July 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts, Burlington. Info, 865-7166.







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ean Burks says her life was about base metals. Then she got a master’s degree in musicology. Now, she spends a lot of her time thinking about quilts. There is a logical explanation for all this, and it serves to describe one woman’s unique trajectory as a solver of mysteries, a chronicler of history and a shameless collector of stuff. Burks, a petite 61-year-old, is the senior curator at the Shelburne Museum, a position she has held since 2006. She had joined the staff in 1995 as curator of decorative arts. “I’ve never been in any place so long,” she marvels, noting that she and her husband have lived “all over the country.” Aside from possessing the omnivorous curiosity of a reference librarian, Burks has had a lifelong fascination with old objects. She credits her parents for the latter; their idea of a good time was nosing around antique and secondhand shops, and their house corralled an ever-changing assortment of vintage wares. Her mother, Burks says, was fond of candlesticks and continued to “trade up” over the years until she acquired the beautiful Irish silver pair she’d coveted. Burks attributes her own focus on metals to the evolving series on the family’s dining-room table.

Despite this intrigue, she studied Renaissance music at Vassar College and then in a graduate program at Cornell University. That is, until reality sank in: “I realized the PhD was going to take eight years, plus there were no jobs,” Burks says with a wry smile. She left school, got married and moved back home to New York City, where a more promising career path finally dawned on her. “I was spending all this time in antique stores and thrift shops,” she says of her eureka moment. “So I went back to school and got a second master’s, at the Parsons School of Design at Cooper-Hewitt.” This time, her degree was in the history of European decorative arts, and her thesis had to do with, yes, candlesticks. Specifically, Burks researched and wrote about the “seven mysterious people whose names were on all these products” made in 18th-century Birmingham, England — then an epicenter of manufacturing in Europe. From base metals, which Burks calls “the workhorses of the decorative arts,” her interests expanded, most notably to Shaker furniture. In fact, she became an expert on that distinctive, spare design. Burks and coauthor Timothy D. Rieman penned three authoritative tomes on the

subject, beginning with The Complete Book of Shaker Furniture in 1993. And the quilts? We’re getting there. The succinct description of Burks’ Shelburne Museum job on her résumé leads the way: “Responsible for the acquisition, publication and interpretation of decorative arts collections, to include furniture (2000), glass (1000), ceramics (3500), metals (4000), textiles (1500 quilts, coverlets, rugs, samplers), recreational artifacts (3000 dolls, dollhouses, toys) and tools (2000).” Talk about multitasking. “The collections here are so large, so deep and still so unmined,” Burks says. “It’s a collection of collections — you never stop learning.” In fact, Burks began learning about quilts relatively recently — “just in the last five years,” she notes, adding, “I’m really a 3-D person, so it’s funny that I’m in charge of quilts.” She concedes that tightening budgets at the nonprofit museum have led to personnel attrition over the years, so that staff scholars have had to become more versatile. “There are no longer specific curators for different areas,” she says. “Now it’s just Kory [Rogers, associate curator] and me.” The two of them split up the textile duties: “Kory took rugs; I took quilts,” she says. “It’s a little daunting, because it takes years to get up to speed. But I’m lucky to have this group of local women who come in and work on our quilt collection.” Technically, the “quilt ladies” work for collections management director Jonathan Wilson in cataloguing, but “they have the

historic information, have been around and seen a lot,” Burks says appreciatively. “Their lives are quilts, like my life was candlesticks.” Burks has embraced her textile charges with a characteristic mixture of academic rigor and a collector’s joy of discovery. When she leads a visitor through this season’s exhibition in the Hat and Fragrance Textile Gallery, her delight is contagious. And no wonder: The remarkable selection of crazy quilts from the Victorian era into the early 20th century is wildly eclectic, each quilt expressive of its maker’s personality and interests, from little paintings to political ribbons, from birds to what then passed for bling. “You look at those crazy quilts, and there’s nothing the same,” observes Burks. “They’re like each woman’s scrapbook of her life.” Indeed, it’s easy to imagine the corseted, confined ladies of the era getting a kick out of breaking the rules of conventional patterns. “I really appreciate the traditional quilt,” Burks says, “but these just resonate with my soul.” The quilts on display are selections from the Shelburne’s sizable permanent collection. In a barnlike building on the other side of Route 7, the collections department carefully makes its way through the donations and purchases. Not all are vintage; Burks points out that “Mrs. Webb” — museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb — collected not only antique textiles but quilts made by her contemporaries. That practice continues today. “I’m really interested in design,” Burks says. “That’s why I’m so interested in contemporary quilts.” She dons white gloves and lovingly fingers a recent acquisition, the “Poppies” quilt — one of the “top 100 quilts of the 20th century,” she explains. The nearly 3-D work is unquestionably masterful, a stunning display not only of needlework but of a painterly aesthetic. “Quilts have come off the bed and onto the wall,” Burks says approvingly. “They’re art.” Burks says she can buy one contemporary quilt a year — she’s already got her eye on a piece in the concurrent Alzheimer’s quilt show in the Round Barn. Provenancewise, the newer quilts have one advantage: Their makers are often still alive. As for the older ones, well, they give Burks more opportunities to continue her “self-guided graduate program” at the Shelburne Museum. While she looks to Webb’s enduring standards for guidance, Burks says her curatorial credo is to “look and look and look at a lot of stuff … and then trust your gut.” 

“Embellishments: The Art of the Crazy Quilt,” Hat and Fragrance Textile Gallery, Shelburne Museum. Through October 24.

Art ShowS

‘Robots & Rayguns’ Will John Brickels’ clay ’bots demand to be taken to our leader? Do Jonathan Ward’s rayguns require a license? Find out at the opening of Burlington’s S.P.A.C.E.


Gallery exhibit this Friday, 5-8 p.m., which



also includes artworks by Martha Hull, Dan Siegel and Justin Atherton. Oh, and


there’s a Robot Dance Contest following


the reception, until 10 p.m., with prizes for costumes, robotic dance moves and more. Get your space cowboy on. The exhibit

Craft Fair

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Mary E. Johnson & Dan higgins: “Community,” silver-gelatin, black-and-white photographs of the people in the artist’s life; and “The Changing Face of Winooski,” silver-gelatin and color prints of the people and places of the city since 1969, respectively. Through August 26 at Community College of Vermont in Winooski. Info, 654-0513. MEgan stEarns: Paintings that celebrate “what is” beneath the cursory glance. Through July 1 at Vintage Jewelers in Burlington. Info, 862-2233. Molly hoDgDon: Nature-inspired watercolor and pen-and-ink works. Through August 31 at Pine Street Deli in Burlington. Info, 793-8482. nora townsEnD: “Working With the Grain,” renderings of insects, birds and flowers in wood stain and India ink on etched birch panels. Through July 1 at The Block Gallery in Winooski. Info, 356-9536.

‘PEoPlE & Portraits’: A diverse selection of paintings, photography and sculpture featuring people and faces, by customers and staff. Through July 31 at Artists’ Mediums in Williston. Info, 879-1236. PEtEr Bruno: “Another Country,” photographs, mixed media and box constructions. July 2 through 31 at August First in Burlington. Info, 540-0060.

s.r. wilD: Collage and assemblage of found, discarded items representing the artist’s experiences, failures and observations. Through August 31 at SEABA Gallery in Burlington. Info, 793-8482.

stEvE hogan: “Hogie Goes Bananas,” cartoony, “low-brow” art inspired by popular culture and animation. Through August 31 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 793-8482.

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aMy E. KoEnigBauEr: A six-month retrospective of paintings created with a variety of media and processes, from found objects to photographs. Through July 18 at Black Sheep Books in Montpelier. Info, 617-676-7878.


‘anarchy’: A group show in a variety of media that express the titular theme, Main Floor Gallery; ‘not Just chilD’s Play’: Works by Barre students, Second Floor Gallery; and angElo arnolD & Jason BalDwin: “Detours.” Through July 31 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069. p

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annEttE lorrainE: “Mixing It Up,” watercolors by the land conservationist. Through July 31 at Governor’s Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749.


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carol liPPMan: “Ordinary Unordinary,” prints. Through June 30 at Two Rivers Center in Montpelier. Info, 295-5901.


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DEnnis MurPhy: “Less Is Enough,” new explorations in oil pastels and digitally enhanced photography by the local artist, musician and gamelan maker. July 1 through August 1 at Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield. Info, 454-0141.

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‘storiED oBJEcts: tracing woMEn’s livEs in vErMont’: Artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection, along with oral and written narratives of Vermont women from the Vermont Folklife Center and UVM’s Special Collections, offer a glimpse into Vermont life from the 19th century onward. Through September 3 at Fleming Museum, UVM in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.


‘wEDDing story’: Ten local and out-of-town photographers display their unique wedding shots. Through July 9 at Vermont Photo Space Gallery in Essex Junction. Info, 777-3686.

‘cosMic canvas’: Paintings by Vermont artists Missy Storrow, Linda Maney and Robin LaHue. July 1 through 31 at The Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, artwhirled23@

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vErMont Photo grouP show: The 22nd annual exhibit of members’ works in a diverse range of styles, in the Pickering Room. July 1 through 30 at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Info, 865-7211.

cathErinE hall & axEl stohlBErg: Playful new work in mixed-media doll heads and houselike wood sculptures. Through July 18 at T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-8743.



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saM K.: Photographically based digital prints and montages. Through August 30 at Speeder & Earl’s (Pine Street) in Burlington. Info, 793-8482.



‘PicturE yoursElf: thE PhotoBooth in aMErica, 1926-2010’: A selection of American photobooth photographs and equipment collected by Burlington artist and photo historian Nakki Goranin. Through September 1 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.

‘thE cows coME hoME to Burlington’: More than 30 life-sized fiberglass bovines, hand-painted by Vermont artists and installed on platforms, appear to be grazing around downtown in this public art festival. At the end of the exhibition, the cows will be auctioned to benefit the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger. Through September 30 in Burlington. Info, 863-3489.

Patricia rEynolDs: “Explosion of Color,” paintings by the upstate New York artist. Through July 20 at Adirondack Art Association Gallery in Essex. Info, 518-963-6309.

New England Sanctioned Volleyball Competition

‘thE art of nEtworKing’: A group show of works by Vermont artists adorn the hallways. Through July 17 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. Info, 578-2512.



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‘Face to Face: An Exhibit of Portraiture from the University Collection’: Portraits spanning Chinese ancestral paintings to the 19th century; also a large-scale landscape, “Old Man of the Mountain” by Samuel Lancaster Jerry. Through August 1 at Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University in Northfield. Info, 485-2448. Felix de la Concha: Realist New England and North Carolina townscapes by the Vermont painter. Through July 11 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. ‘One Single Catastrophe’: A cheap-art show by Daniel McNamara of Bread and Puppet Theater addressing circumstances in Haiti, Palestine and Afghanistan, along with “totally unrelated cheapart mysteries and revelations.” Through August 31 at Plainfield Community Center. Info, 525-4515. Ray Brown: New in geometric-inspired paintings by the local artist. July 1 through August 30 at Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. ‘‘To Life! A Celebration of Vermont Jewish Women’: Oral histories, photographic portraits, archival images and artworks by female Jews in the state make up the Vermont Jewish Women’s History Project directed by Sandy Gartner and Ann Buffum. Through July 3 at Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. Info, 479-8505. Virginia Webb & George Lawrence: Large oil landscapes, still lifes and portraits; and miniatures, watercolor and acrylic landscapes and abstracts, and matchbook paintings, respectively. July 1 through August 29 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 431-0204.

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‘A Deep Look at a Small Town: Marlboro, VT’: Documentary photos and recordings by Forrest Holzapfel, who interviewed 200 of his fellow townsfolk in 1999. Through September 6 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964.



‘Ahh... Summer’: Member artists show their works in painting, furniture, photographs, fiber arts and more in a celebration of the season. Through July 10 at Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes. Info, 877-3850. Cameron Schmitz: Abstracted prints by the Vermont artist, who is donating 30 percent of sales to the Willowell Foundation and Bristol Friends of the Arts. Through August 22 at Inn at Baldwin Creek & Mary’s Restaurant in Bristol. Info, 453-2432. ‘Celebrity’: Paintings, prints and photographs from the permanent collection that convey the idea and presentation of being famous. Through August 15 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-5007. Celeste Forcier & Edward Loedding: “The Jackson Gallery in Bloom,” floral images in largeformat pigment prints, and watercolor and rice paper applique, respectively. Through July 25 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Info, 382-9222. Gregory Miguel Gomez: “Maps and Fortifications,” relief works and charcoal drawings in the titular themes. Through July 5 at The Brick Box Gallery, Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Info, 235-2734. ‘Into Their Own’: An exhibit of works by 19 Middlebury College alumni-artists including Woody Jackson, Timothy Clark, Fred Danforth, Ann Cady and others. Through July 18 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098.

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Liza Myers: “Starry Night Sunflower Moonlit Vista,” a 4-by-16-foot mural painted on the outside of the gallery as part of the Brandon Artists Guild Sunflower Power summer exhibit. Through August 30 at Liza Myers Gallery in Brandon. Info, 247-5229. Lyna Lou Nordstrom & Robert Compton: “Emerging Textures,” monoprints and pottery, respectively. July 1 through August 15 at Art on Main in Bristol. Info, 453-4032.

Prindle Wissler & Dick Wissler: Paintings and sculptures, respectively, by the artistic local couple. Through July 3 at The Art House in Middlebury. Info, 458-0464. Summer Group Show: Karla Van Vliet, Karin Gottshall, Paige Ackerson, Kit Donnelly and other local artists present their works in a variety of media. Open Saturdays or by appointment only. Through October 1 at The Gallery at 85 North Street in Bristol. Info, 453-5813. Summer Members’ Exhibit: Paintings and photographs by Don Haynes, Jonathan Taylor, Romy Scheroder and Joseph Rizzi. Through August 8 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356. ‘The Nature of Wood’: An exhibit of locally crafted furniture by Vermont woodworkers, 1790 to the present. Through October 23 at Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Info, 388-2117.


Annelein Beukenkamp: “Flourish,” floral watercolors by the Burlington painter. Through August 22 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818. Burton Kopelow: The Los Angeles-based artist shows a sampling of his stylized, whimsical figurative paintings. Through July 18 at Hangman Framing & Art Gallery in Hardwick. Info, 310-5318. Debi Gobin & Holly Sierra: “Spirited Nature,” paintings and prints that celebrate nature. Through August 8 at The Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-6007. Deborah Gregory & Nancy Earle: “Reflections on Nature,” textile works and acrylic paintings, respectively. Through July 11 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211. Diane Messinger: Recent self-portrait paintings by the Cape Cod artist that explore the unconscious, interior landscape. July 2 through August 14 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358. Eight Regional Artists: Photography, painting, artist books and charcoal drawings by Bethany Bond, Janet Fredericks, Marie LaPre Grabon, Ken Leslie, John Miller, Victoria Patrick, George Pearlman and Lauren Stagnitti. Through July 10 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261. George Selleck: “Forbidden Fruit,” oil and acrylic paintings of fruits and vegetables as seductively aesthetic objects. Through July 19 at Claire’s Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053. NVAA Juried Art Show: Members of the Northern Vermont Artist Association show works in various media in this 80th annual exhibit. Through July 10 at Visions of Vermont in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-8183. New Artist Exhibit: An exhibit with newcomers to the gallery, Lisa Morrison, sculpted tree paintings; Daniel Pattullo, paintings of Vermont scenes; Corliss Blakely and Clair Dunn, paintings and photography, respectively, made using iPhone technology. Returning artists Meta Strick and Kimberlee Forney add idiosyncratic paintings to the mix. Through July 31 at Staart Gallery in St. Albans. Info, 524-5700.

Patricia de Gorgoza: “Chronicles in Wood and Stone,” sculptures by the Woodbury-based artist; and Michael Lew Smith: “Accidental Abstracts,” photographic studies from the boneyard. Open Sundays or by appointment. Through July 15 at White Water Gallery in East Hardwick. Info, 563-2037. Rona Lee Cohen: Recent abstract oil paintings that pay homage to friends and favorite artists. July 3 through 13 at Red Mill Gallery in Johnson. Info, 635-2727. ‘The Golden Cage’: Photographs of Mexican migrant workers and dairy farmers in Addison County by Caleb Kenna, with text and audio by Migrant Education Program tutor Chris Urban, make up this touring exhibit from the Vermont Folklife Center. Through July 17 at Bent Northrop Memorial Library in Fairfield. Info, 827-3945. Todd Sargood: “Complex_simplex,” abstract drawings and paintings that include elaborate maps and metaphors for how cultures interact. Through July 4 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.


SVAC Featured Artists: Works in a variety of media by Vermont and regional artists, including painter Gail Boyajian, potter Marion Waldo McChesney and six others. Through July 20 at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. Info, 362-1405. ‘State of Craft’: An exhibit of works in various media by Vermont’s master crafters in the studio craft movement, 1960-2010. Through October 31 at Bennington Museum. Info, 447-1571.


FIMA 2010: The annual Festival International Montréal en Arts brings dynamic, multimedia visual and performance artists and activities from all over the world, including works-in-process and participatory opportunities for visitors, between Saint-Hubert and Papineau streets. Times and locations vary. July 1 through 11 at Sainte-Catherine East, in Montréal. Info,

Andrea Greitzer & Rob Strong

With a dual exhibit titled “in.side/ out.side,” opening this week at the PHOTOSTOP gallery in White River Junction, the two photographers present decidedly different takes on the theme. While both focus on architecture and place, Greitzer is interested in museum interiors that surround the artwork, while Strong captures








American highways. Either way, the two find views most of us fail to see or choose to ignore. An opening reception is Friday, July 2, 5-8 p.m. The show is on view through July 30. Pictured: “Milk Truck, New York, 2007” by Rob Strong.

Lois Eby: The Vermont abstract painter shows her works in conjunction with the Montréal Jazz Festival. Through July 24 at Galerie Maison Kasini in Montréal. Info, 514-448-4723. ‘We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz’: The first major North American multimedia retrospective dedicated to the legendary jazz trumpeter and composer (1926-91) features images and sound. Through August 29 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000. m

movies Ondine ★★★★


rish writer-director Neil Jordan will always be best remembered for The Crying Game and its penile plot twist, but there’s infinitely more to his filmography than surprise shemales. Off hand, I can’t think of a filmmaker with a comparably varied résumé. This guy will try anything. Jordan has experimented with the shoestring crime thriller (Mona Lisa, The Good Thief), the head-trip chiller (In Dreams), biographical drama (Michael Collins), comedy (We’re No Angels), horror (The Company of Wolves), bloated Hollywood nonsense (Interview With the Vampire, The Brave One) and even a tender story of transgender pluck (Breakfast on Pluto). To this list we now add the postmodern fairy tale. Jordan’s latest riffs on the Irish legend of the selkie, a mythological creature — half woman, half seal — who periodically sheds its coat and comes ashore to fall in love with a human and do miscellaneous magical things, such as granting a single wish, before returning to the deep. Colin Farrell stars as a County Cork fisherman named Syracuse. Well into a dry spell, he’s taken aback by the weight of his catch when he hauls it in one day — and is further

astonished to find tangled inside his net not shellfish but a beautiful woman. Polish actress (and Farrell’s off-screen squeeze) Alicja Bachleda plays the creature from the sea. She speaks English with an elusive accent, fears being seen by anyone but Syracuse and identifies herself only as Ondine — which, she explains, means “the girl who came from the water” in her native tongue. Is she a selkie? The director grounds his story firmly in the real world, so the possibility seems tantalizing but remote. How else, though, to explain her presence in the middle of the Atlantic? Jordan doesn’t overdo it with the pixie dust. If we come to believe Ondine may be something other than human, that’s because Syracuse grows ever more open to the idea. And he does so primarily because his daughter, Annie, believes the mysterious visitor to be the real seal deal. Newcomer Alison Barry gives a remarkable performance in the role of a funny, bright 10-year-old whose kidney may be failing but whose spirit is indomitable. The picture’s a pleasure on any number of levels. Cinematographer Christopher Doyle has a field day with the rocky shores and em-

Knight and Day ★★

Jordan just about pulls it off. Movie critic law forbids my giving away too much, so let’s just say the outside world intrudes on the story in brutal fashion, putting all that’s come before into a new, less rainbow-tinted light. Is everything explained, each otherworldly manifestation accounted for? Not quite. Does one feel cheated? Not remotely. The film is simply too well intentioned, too well told and far too enchanting to be ruined by one or two loose ends. Jordan has succeeded in making a movie for grownups that pivots on a convincing mix of crime story and fairy tale. If that doesn’t qualify as movie magic, I don’t know what does.  RICK KISONAK

MOVIE REVIEWS doing that and starts saying, “He makes me feel safe” — well, that’s when the movie stops owning its twisted premise and turns back into a regular chick flick. A bad one. The film’s real suspense involves not shootouts and MacGuffins but the stars’ faces. Let’s face it: While both actors are skilled, we’re not talking about master thespians who disappear into their roles here.

Are these attractive-but-aging icons still bankable? Do they still have the comic timing to compensate for a few crows’-feet and some silly public antics? From some angles, maybe. But weekend box office is almost as cruel a test of staying power as a highdefinition lens.  M A R G O T HA R R I S O N

06.30.10-07.07.10 SEVEN DAYS FLASH IN THE CAN Cruise comes off as James Bland in Mangold’s action-romantic-comedy-whatever.


der unlikely circumstances and endure misadventures and misunderstandings. Expect a fist fight that takes place in Austria to involve wurst, a car chase that takes place in Spain to involve a bullfight, and an interlude in the Azores to involve Diaz in a bikini. Expect the plot to revolve around an impossible hightech gadget that everyone in the world wants. Expect Paul Dano (as the device’s inventor) and Peter Sarsgaard (as a rival intelligence agent) to deliver paycheck performances. Just don’t expect Cruise to break a sweat. But enough with the negativity. I’m going to give due credit and say Knight and Day is far more endurable with Cruise and Diaz than it would have been with, say, Adam Sandler and Eva Mendes (who were among the many actors actually considered). The opening scenes are even kind of fun. Diaz’s character, June Havens, allows Cruise to chat her up on a transcontinental flight, rolling her eyes at his corny Man of Mystery lines. Being single, though, she decides he’s a decent catch and plays along. Then she emerges from the restroom to find he’s killed everyone else on the plane, pilot included. It’s a chick flick gone off the rails: Cruise’s character is a genuine Man of Mystery, but he’s also quite possibly stark raving mad. His bright-eyed unflappability does nothing to discourage this supposition, and Diaz reacts with realistic numb terror. When she stops

erald landscapes of Castletownbere, the fishing village where Jordan shot the film — and himself resides. Farrell, for his part, is at the top of his game as a boozer who’s hit bottom, been humbled and rebooted his life. The script includes a witty running bit about the friendship between Syracuse and the local priest (Jordan regular Stephen Rea), who wishes he’d come to mass and not just use the confession booth as a substitute for AA meetings. No one else in town is sober enough to organize one. And, of course, the film holds our attention with the mystery of Ondine. Magical things do seem to happen wherever she goes. If she’s not supernatural, the last act has some explaining to do.



here’s a running gag in the new Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz vehicle that’s funny the first couple of times. Cruise is an über-competent superspy trying to protect Diaz, an innocent bystander. He’s so competent that, whenever our ditzy heroine starts freaking out, he simply drugs her, tosses her over his shoulder and proceeds with his exploits. We watch through Diaz’s blurring, woozy eyes as her hero, swinging upside down in some baddie’s torture chamber, assures her in his perky way, “Don’t worry, I got this!” If you want to satirize the Bourne movies and “24,” with their impregnable secretagent heroes, you could do worse than this joke. But Knight and Day never does any better. By the end, the slipping-a-roofie gag seems like a metaphor for the viewer’s whole experience of the movie: A lot of stuff happened, and it should have been important, but for us it’s all a blur. Knight and Day belongs to the actionromantic-comedy subgenre, which doesn’t appear to have progressed much since the heyday of Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn. The title reads as a gesture of desperation — yes, the hero’s last name is Knight. Most of the movie, directed by James Mangold (who made the juicier genre flick 3:10 to Yuma), is similarly uninspired. Expect the hero and heroine to meet un-

SEA OF LOVE The tide turns for an Irish fisherman when he nets the woman of his dreams in Neil Jordan’s postmodern fairy tale.



TOY STORY 3★★★★: The toys are back in town. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and the rest of the original’s voice cast return for a third adventure, this time in 3-D. Lee (Toy Story 2) Unkrich directs. (98 min, G. Big Picture [2-D], Bijou [2-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis [2-D], Palace [2-D], Paramount [2-D], St. Albans Drive-In [2-D], Stowe [2-D], Sunset [2-D], Welden [2-D])

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP: Directed by British graffiti artist Banksy, this documentary about an L.A. man trying to videotape guerrilla creators — such as Space Invader, Shepard Fairey and Banksy himself — is an arthouse hit. (87 min, NR. Roxy, Savoy) THE LAST AIRBENDER: Director M. Night Shyamalan takes a break from twist endings (maybe) with this adaptation of the animated TV series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” about a boy (Noah Ringer) who has to save the world with his special powers. It has nothing to do with that other Avatar, but it has been converted to 3-D. With Jackson Rathbone and Dev Patel. (111 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace, Sunset) ONDINE★★★★ Can a troubled fisherman (Colin Farrell) find happiness with a young woman who might be half seal? Neil (The Crying Game) Jordan directed this modern twist on a fairy tale. With Alicja Bachleda and Stephen Rea. (111 min, PG-13. Savoy) THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE: Girl loves vampire boy with funny hair. Girl nags boy to bite her so they can be together forever. Boy saves girl from bad vampire out for blood vengeance. Lather, rinse, repeat. David (Hard Candy) Slade directed this one. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. (124 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, St. Albans Drive-In, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)


THE A-TEAM★1/2 Joe (Smokin’ Aces) Carnahan directs this big-screen version of the ‘80s television series. Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson and Sharlto Copley play former Special Forces soldiers fighting to clear their names after taking the fall for a crime they didn’t commit. Really, Liam Neeson? (117 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)




BABIES★★★ Filmmaker Thomas Balmès brings us this look at the first year in the lives of four infants born into vastly different cultures but having a surprisingly great deal in common. (79 min, PG. Palace) CITY ISLAND★★★1/2 An unusual neighborhood in the Bronx is the setting of this family drama about a prison guard (Andy Garcia) with a few secrets. With Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait and Alan Arkin. Raymond (Two Family House) De Felitta directed. (103 min, PG-13. Roxy) GET HIM TO THE GREEK★★1/2 Jonah Hill plays a record company intern charged with dragging an uncooperative rock legend from London to a comeback concert in L.A. in the latest laugher from Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller and producer Judd Apatow. Russell Brand costars. (109 min, R. Capitol, Majestic, Roxy, St. Albans Drive-In) THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO★★★1/2 Noomi Rapace stars in the highest-grossing Swedish film in history, the dark and violent saga



★ = refund, please ★★ = could’ve been worse, but not a lot ★★★ = has its moments; so-so ★★★★ = smarter than the average bear ★★★★★ = as good as it gets RATINGS ASSIGNED TO MOVIES NOT REVIEWED BY RICK KISONAK OR MARGOT HARRISON ARE COURTESY OF METACRITIC.COM, WHICH AVERAGES SCORES GIVEN BY THE COUNTRY’S MOST WIDELY READ MOVIE REVIEWERS.


THE CRAZIES★★★ In this remake of the 1973 George Romero thriller, residents of a small town go postal after a mysterious toxin infects their water supply. Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell and Joe Anderson star. (101 min, R) Exit Through the Gift Shop

of a young computer hacker who finds herself involved in a bizarre murder investigation. Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson. With Lena Endre and Michael Nyqvist. (152 min, NR. Roxy) GROWN UPS★1/2 Five old friends gather over the July 4 holiday weekend to honor the passing of their childhood basketball coach in this comedy from director Dennis (Big Daddy) Dugan. Starring Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Adam Sandler, who cowrote the film’s screenplay. (102 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) HOLY ROLLERS★★1/2 Jesse Eisenberg plays a young Hasidic Jew recruited to help smuggle Ecstasy in this drama loosely based on actual events. With Justin Bartha. Kevin Asch directed. (89 min, R. Savoy; ends 7/1) IRON MAN 2★★★ Billionaire inventor and superhero Tony Stark finds himself facing an unexpected foe: the U.S. government. Plus Sam Rockwell as a rival, Scarlett Johansson as superspy Black Widow and Mickey Rourke as his new Russian archenemy. Will the iron guy live to see No. 3? Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson also star. Jon Favreau once again directs. (124 min, PG-13. Majestic; ends 6/30) THE KARATE KID★★★ OK, is literally every movie going to get remade? Are screenwriters that tapped out when it comes to new ideas? Just what is the deal with Hollywood’s deluge of do-overs? Anyway, Jaden Smith stars as a bullied kid who learns how to open a can of whoopass from a wise janitor played by Jackie Chan. Harald Zwart (who did The Pink Panther 2 — a sequel to a remake!) directs. (126 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Sunset) KNIGHT AND DAY★★ Many countries are traversed and many things exploded in this romantic action comedy about a mysterious individual being chased by the FBI and the babelicious stranger who tags along with him for no apparent reason. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star. James (3:10 to Yuma) Mangold directs. (110 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Sunset)

Shareeka Epps star in Rodrigo García’s drama delving into the ties between woman and child. (126 min, R. Palace) PLEASE GIVE★★★★1/2 Writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s fourth feature offers a portrait of an Upper West Sider suffering from liberal guilt and the impact her obsession has on family, friends and neighbors. With Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Amanda Peet and Rebecca Hall. (90 min, R. Roxy) SHREK FOREVER AFTER★★★ The green guy makes an ill-advised deal that sends him into an alternate reality in this fourth and supposedly final entry in DreamWorks’ animated series — which is, of course, in 3-D in equipped theaters. With the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. Mike Mitchell directed. (93 min, PG. Capitol [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace)

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE★★1/2 John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Craig Robinson star in this comedy about a group of friends who awake from a night of partying to find themselves inexplicably transported back to 1986. (100 min, R) PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF★★1/2 A boy discovers he’s the son of Poseidon and perfects his supernatural powers at a special camp for demigod kids. Starring Logan Lerman, Uma Thurman and Pierce Brosnan. Chris Columbus directs. (119 min, PG) WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE: A FILM ABOUT THE DOORS★★★ Tom (Living in Oblivion) DiCillo directs this documentary chronicling the formation and rise to fame of the legendary band. (90 min, R) THE WHITE RIBBON★★★★★ Michael Haneke took home the top prize at Cannes for this haunting story about a series of mysterious events that shake the residents of a small German village on the eve of World War I. (144 min, R) 


Face Lifts

Once again we’ve selected scenes from four well-known movies and, through the magic of Film Quiz technology, zapped the famous faces of their stars right out of the picture. Your job, as always, is to identify all four anyway, minus their stars and with only a single clue-ridden scene apiece to go on...



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LETTERS TO JULIET★★1/2 Amanda Seyfried stars in this romantic comedy about a group of people in Verona who respond to letters seeking love advice from the star-crossed and long-dead Capulet. With Vanessa Redgrave, Gael García Bernal and Christopher Egan. Directed by Gary Winick. (104 min, PG. Palace, Sunset) MID-AUGUST LUNCH★★★1/2 Gianni Di Gregorio directed and starred in this Italian comedydrama about a middle-aged Roman bachelor who finds himself cooking for four ninetysomething women in one small apartment. (75 min, NR. Savoy; ends 7/1) MOTHER AND CHILD★★★ Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington and


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wednesday 30 — saturday 3 *The twilight Saga: Eclipse 3 (Sat only), 6, 8:15. Knight and Day 6, 8. toy Story 3 (2-D) Sat only: 3.

8:30, 9:20. The A-team 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10. The Karate Kid 1, 4, 7, 9:50. thursday 1 — thursday 8 *The Last Airbender (3-D) 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30. *The twilight Saga: Eclipse 12:15, 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8:45, 9:45. Grown Ups 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:30. Knight and Day

Ups 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:35, 7:05, 9:35. toy Story 3 (3-D) 11:25 a.m., 1:10, 3:10, 4, 6:05, 7:10, 9:35. The A-team 1:20, 6:40. The Karate Kid 12:20, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30. Get Him to the Greek 4:10, 9:15.

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wednesday 30 *The twilight Saga: Eclipse 12, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 6, 7, 8:45, 9:40. Knight and Day 1:15, 3:45, 6:45, 9:15. Grown Ups 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35. mother and child 6:30, 9:10. toy Story 3 (2-D) 12:10, 2:30, 3:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:25. Babies 1:30. The Karate Kid 12:20, 3:20, 6:20, 9:20. Letters to Juliet 3:40, 6:40, 9:05. Shrek Forever After (2-D) 1:10. The A-team 1:05, 3:55, 6:50, 9:30.

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friday 2 — thursday 8 *ondine 2 (Sat-Mon & Wed only), 6. *Exit Through the Gift Shop 4 (Sat-Mon & Wed only), 8:30.

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friday 2 — thursday 8 *Exit Through the Gift Shop 1:20, 3:50, 7:15, 9:10. *The twilight Saga: Eclipse 1:05, 3:45, 6:50, 9:25. Grown Ups 1:15, 3:30, 7:10, 9:35. Knight and Day 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:30. Please Give 1, 3:05, 5:05, 7:20, 9:20. The Girl With the Dragon tattoo 12:55, 3:40, 6:25, 9:15. ***See calendar section for full description

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friday 2 — thursday 8 ***met Summer opera Encore: Eugene onegin Wed only: 6:30. *The Last Airbender (2-D) 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30. *The twilight Saga: Eclipse 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 12, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 6, 7, 8:45, 9:40. Knight and Day 1:15, 3:45, 6:45, 9:15. Grown Ups 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35. mother and child 6:30, 9:10. toy Story 3 (2-D) 10:30 a.m. (Thu only) 12:10, 1:20, 2:30, 3:50, 4:50, 7:10, 9:25. The Karate Kid 12:20, 3:20, 6:20, 9:20. Letters to Juliet 3:40, 6:40 (except Wed). The A-team 1:05, 9:30 (except Wed). ***See calendar section for full description.

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wednesday 30 — thursday 8 *The twilight Saga: Eclipse 2:30 (Wed-Sun only), 4:40 (Sat & Sun only), 7, 9:15. Grown Ups 2:30 (Wed-Sun only), 4:30 (Sat & Sun only) 7, 9. toy Story 3 (2-D) 2:30 (Wed-Sun only), 4:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 8:30.

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friday 2 — thursday 8 *The Last Airbender (2-D) 9:05 followed by Shrek Forever After (2-D). *The twilight Saga: Eclipse 8:55 followed by Letters to Juliet. Grown Ups 9:05 followed by The Karate Kid. toy Story 3 (2-D) 9:05 followed by Knight and Day.

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wednesday 30 — thursday 1 ***Sustainability Film Series Wed only: 7. *The twilight Saga: Eclipse 1:05, 3:45, 6:50, 9:25. Grown Ups 1:15, 3:30, 7:10, 9:10. Knight and Day 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:30. Please Give 1, 3:05, 5:05, 7:20, 9:20. city Island 1:25, 6:30 (Thu only). Get Him to the Greek 4, 8:45 (Thu only). The Girl With the Dragon tattoo 12:55, 3:40, 6:25, 9:15.



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wednesday 30 *The twilight Saga: Eclipse 11 a.m., 12, 1, 1:50, 2:50, 3:50, 4:40, 6, 6:50, 7:40, 8:50, 9:40, 10:10. Knight and Day 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50. Grown Ups 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:35, 7, 9:35. toy Story 3 (3-D) 11:50 a.m., 12:40, 2:20, 3:20, 4:50, 6:25, 7:30, 9:20. The A-team 1:10, 6:25. The Karate Kid 12:20, 3:30, 6:30, 9:25. Get Him to the Greek 4, 9:10. Shrek Forever After (3-D) 12:50, 3:40. Iron man 2 6:40, 9:30.



wednesday 30 — thursday 1 Holy Rollers 4 (Wed only), 8. mid-August Lunch 2 (Wed only), 6.

thursday 1 — thursday 8 *The Last Airbender (2-D) 1:10, 3:50, 6:40, 9:15. *The twilight Saga: Eclipse 12:50, 3:30, 6:50, 9:15. Grown Ups 1:20, 3:40, 7, 9:15. toy Story 3 (2-D) 1, 3:40, 6:30, 8:30.

thursday 1 — thursday 8 *The Last Airbender (2-D) 1:30, 6:30, 9. Grown Ups 1:30, 6:30, 9. Knight and Day 1:30, 6:30, 9. The Karate Kid 1:30, 6:15, 9. The A-team 9. Shrek Forever After (3-D) 1:30, 6:30.


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wednesday 30 *The twilight Saga: Eclipse 12:50, 3:30, 6:50, 9:15. Grown Ups 1:20, 3:40, 7, 9:15. toy Story 3 (2-D) 1, 3:40, 6:30, 8:30. The Karate Kid 1:10, 3:50, 6:40, 9:15.

wednesday 30 Grown Ups 1:30, 6:30, 9. Knight and Day 1:30, 6:30, 9. The Karate Kid 1:30, 6:15, 9. The A-team 1:30, 6:30, 9. Shrek Forever After (3-D) 1:30, 6:30. Get Him to the Greek 9.

wednesday 30 — thursday 8 *The twilight Saga: Eclipse 1:30, 6:30, 9. toy Story 3 (2-D) 1:30, 6:30, 9.



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Police identified Anthony Brandon Gonzalez, 20, as their suspect in a home invasion after the victim, an Elvis impersonator in Pueblo County, Colo., said that one of the invaders had “East Side” tattooed on his upper lip. Gonzalez also has a “13” tattooed on his chin. According to an affidavit, the tattoos were visible even though Gonzalez was wearing a mask. “It’s hard to miss him,” Sgt. Eric Bravo said. (The Pueblo Chieftain) Three Australian men who attacked a 27-year-old German exchange student in a Sydney alley found out they were next to the Ninja Senshi Ryu warrior school when four students and their teacher came to the victim’s rescue. “We just ran outside and started running at them, yelling and everything,” said ninja master Kaylan Soto, who instructed his students to take action. “These guys have turned around and seen five ninjas in black ninja uniforms running towards them. They just bolted.” Police arrested two of the attackers and were looking for the third. (ABC & BBC News)

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Indian police reported they were holding a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on a “special mission of spying” for archenemy Pakistan. The pigeon had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink. Police officer Ramdas Jagjit Singh Chahal said the bird was being held in an airconditioned room under police guard, and senior officers asked for updates on the situation three times a day. Chahal added that Pakistani pigeons are easy to spot because they look different from Indian ones. (Agence France-Presse)

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A man was hospitalized after being sucked into a sausage-making machine in Danver, Mass. Police Lt. Carole Germano said the worker at DiLuigi Sausage Co. was cleaning inside “a vacuum-type cylinder” that draws marinade into the meat when it somehow was activated, and his head and shoulders got stuck in the machine. The man was helped out of the machine with no obvious injuries but taken to the hospital as a precaution. (The Salem News) Scientists in mostly Muslim Kazakhstan have come up with a simple test to detect pork in food. “It’s no secret that some chefs cheat and put pork [in] beef to make the dish cheaper,” the newspaper Megapolis observed in announcing the test, which uses a plastic stick to detect pork molecules. “When

you get your beef patty, cut off a couple of small pieces and drop them in a glass of water. Stir, shake, put the test stick in. In a minute or two you will see the result.” (Reuters) The Spanish butcher shop Izarzugaza has installed a meat vending machine outside its Mundaka location so customers can buy meat, sausages and sandwiches 24 hours a day. “We had to provide a service when the shop closes,” fourth-generation butcher Izarzugaza Mikel, 31, explained. (Fox News)

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Minor league baseball’s Brevard County Manatees announced they are protesting British Petroleum’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill by changing the name of batting practice, commonly referred to as “B.P.,” to “hitting rehearsal.” The Manatees, an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, play home games near Florida’s Atlantic coast. (Associated Press)

Potato Head Blues

Hasbro and PPW Toys announced they’ve signed a deal with the Elvis Presley estate to release an Elvis version of Mr. Potato Head. The first model, wearing a jumpsuit, will be introduced for Elvis Tribute Week in August. A second model, dressed in black leather, will be out in time for Christmas. (Memphis’ The Commercial Appeal)

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

While arguing at a tavern in Winneconne, Wis., a 30-year-old man asked his 24-year-old fiancée to return her engagement ring. When she refused, he tried to pull it off her finger, according to the police report, which said she punched him in the face four times, bloodying his nose. (Oshkosh’s The Northwestern)


After fleecing an American woman of $60,000 in a 419 scam, the scammers notified her that she had won $1.06 million and had to come to South Africa and bring $2000 with her to claim her prize in person. “She duly came, and on arrival on April 15 they took her hostage from the airport and kept her in a house in Albertsdal, Alberton, for well over a month,” said Musa Zondi of South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation. “She was fed once a day while in captivity.” She managed to escape on May 22 by breaking a window and notified police, who arrested three Nigerians and a South African woman. (South African Press Association)

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Fill the grid using the numbers 1-6, only once in each row and column. The numbers in each heavily outlined “cage” must combine to produce the target number in the top corner, using the mathematical operation indicated. A one-box cage should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not the same row or column.

Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row acrosss, each column down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers one to nine. The same numbers cannot be repeated in a row or column.

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totally open & totally caring. You be, too. My LTR lasted for such a long time as we were totally open, deeply caring & monogamous. I currently live in Northern NY state & have a small home to share. My goal: to get married again. Gordon, 68, u, #102095 Why is life? One neverending boy philosopher envisioning my dream of a more deliberate life & a twin spirit who may be living with special needs or challenges who would like the idea of creating together a values-guided cooperative, and oh yes, having me, one very deliberate around-the-clock housemate & ADL support person, I’m open to all kinds of ideas & possibilities. neverendingwonderer, 56, l, #117045 friends, lovers or nothing Recently graduated from college, looking for someone to be my person. Not into unfulfilling, empty, random hook-ups. Need consistency for a busy lifestyle. Love Vermont flannel, hiking, running, skiing, texting & laughing. tbhsushi22, 22, l, #117020 let’s par-tey Looking for fun people. Friends or hooking up, so long as you’re a fun person! I like to chill & just enjoy life! I’m down w/ whatever you throw my way, so long as it’s fun. I’m not against LTR, but I’m in the closet so you should be too if you are looking for the long haul. If not, be discreet! misfit1978, 31, #101356

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Stellar, Innovative, Enigmatic, Charismatic, Sweet I’m new to Burlington, as in moving here for the summer. I’m moving from

Fun loving, Adventurous, Easygoing, Devoted Love hiking in the woods, festivals & fairs, riding on back of a bike holding on tight, new places & people, relaxing at home reading a book. Enjoy listening to music, drinking coffee & conversation w/ friends, sitting by a roaring fire. I like going to dinner every so often, but don’t get the opportunity very much due to work. natureloveratheart, 48, l, #118169

this time it’s for real OK, ladies, I’ve done this once or twice for fun, but I really want to see who is out there. I just want someone who cares. I don’t play games & neither should you. I get along w/ kids well, so that won’t scare me away. I’m looking for someone who is in it for me. No couples or guys. kyma_2010, 28, l, #117966


red rover, red rover... My favorite cookbook is written by a crime novelist. I enjoy watching & playing various sports. My favorite music genre is rock & alternative. I’m looking forward to camping & hiking this year. I’m an honest person who enjoys a good conversation & glass of wine. I am interested in meeting a guy who is grounded yet spontaneous. royaltomorrow, 30, l, #118190

Personal ad newbie I’ve lived in big cities - London, SF, LA & NYC for the last 10 years. I like hiking & being outdoors, but I also like wearing heels & cute dresses. I’m very involved in professional activities & can get quite geeky about them. I think most of my personality defies type & that’s what people usually like about me. LostCityGirl, 32, l, #118171

Nice Guy Seeks Same Hello, I am a 68 y.o. widower from a LTR lasting 26 years. I am low maintenance,


Summer’s Here! I’m an educated, employed, grounded optimist, own-baggage-carrying mother of 2 who is looking for a positive-energy, funny, low-drama & sensitive kind of guy between 40-50 for summer adventures of the Vermont kind. I like biking, hiking, kayaking. Cooking together is a great way to get to know someone, as is going to summer concerts. deepriverj, 45, l, #118206

Easygoing & fun loving! SWF looking for SM who is easygoing, creative & fun loving. Who can embrace his inner couch potato, but also get up & be active: go for walks, concerts, dinner. A man who can be both serious & silly, who believes in personal growth, but accepts himself & others for where they are. If intrigued, let me know! maitri, 43, l, #118175

Need a Change in Life Mid 50s, divorced. Realized I am bi. Looking for M in 50s-60s. Would like a sex buddy who won’t mind a novice. Want to explore new things. Willing to drive around VT, if you host. Hope to gain a friendship: someone safe, discreet & understanding. This is a change of life for me. Looking for someone sympathetic to my new life. new_life, 55, #118069

Music is my life Nearly done w/ college, looking for someone to be my person. Not interested in random hook-ups. I need someone there for me in my busy life. Finishing my music education degree in the next year. I enjoy hiking, being outside, Vermont, camping, and playing the piano & flute. Jpt2898, 20, l, #117751

The girl next door I have a great personality, intelligent, well rounded, driven, knowledgeable & understanding. I enjoy snowboarding, staying in, going out, dressing up, jumping in the mud. I enjoy staying in, watching a movie, cooking dinner & relaxing, but on the contrary, I live a low-key life; minimal is key. The key to my heart is raspberry pie & white roses. weirdjello, 24, l, #118207

Met at Higher Ground, right? I moved back to Vermont 2 years ago after a 12-year stint out west. I’m a pretty big sports fan, and also love snowboarding, camping, Zumba, boating, happy hour, live music, bonfires w/ friends, kayaking, BBQing, the ocean & traveling. I’m laid back, fun & sometimes spontaneous. I’m just trying this online thing out to see what will happen! gauchogirl, 32, l, #118177

fun loving, sarcastic, and jokster I am looking for a friend with benefits. My partner knows this and is okay with it. I love the outdoors. I am very conscientious. Most people say I am a serious person. I consider myself more of a deep thinker. Not into kinky stuff. Soft and gentle are my speed. mytime65, 44, l, #118132

Rugged Country Boy I am a born & raised Vermont boy who is looking for the same. I enjoy camping, the outdoors, spending time w/ friends & w/ my puppy, Cooper. I’m a pretty laid-back, simple guy to be around. I am interested in an honest, hardworking guy who has his life together. MAURINQUINA, 28, l, #114052

lonely bear I live in Franklin County & don’t drive, but I can host if anyone can come up this far north. Also, I will be in Burlington 6/28-7/23 & could host then. I’m looking for a man for some adult fun, NSA, but if a friendship grows out of sex, that’s a great bonus. roberts, 60, u, #101454

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he is bi-curious. We are open to try just about anything except pain & potty. Would love to find people who we can meet w/ from time to time, but a one-nighter would be fine, too. hotrod6975, 34, l, #117842

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real woman for grown-up play Happily married woman in an openminded relationship seeking a similar F friend w/ benefits for one-on-one play. btvplayer, 40, #118193 Submissive seeking respectful Dom I’m new to all this. Mid-20s F looking for someone patient & experienced to show me the ropes (literally). I expect discretion & respect. In return, you will receive a highly responsive & eager sub. stardusted, 26, #118028


Need more fun I usually don’t do this, but I need a little spice in my life. Tired of the same old stuff every day! I am willing to try new things, so give me a shout! lookn4fun, 21, #118014

Cuttie I am looking to have some fun. So contact me to see what kind of fun we can have together. Cuttie, 36, l, #117813 Looking For Penis Ill be honest: I am sick & tired of fooling around w/ “boys”. Looking for a man who knows how to treat a woman like the sex slave she really is. Need a long-lasting man to sate my desires. pixiestickz, 20, l, #110656 naughty girl Looking for a cyber buddy & someone to get me wet =] Couple or man or woman ... any horny person. dirtygirl, 21, #117664 Down For You Is Up MIGHT AS WELL BE BLUNT: Looking to have a lot of sex ... exclusively w/either a single woman/multiple women. Open to different kinds of play, etc. I am 23 & live

Shy Slave Looking for someone to dominate me, in r/l or via phone/emails. I have a boyfriend but he’s given me permission to branch out & find someone closer (geographically) than he is to help me fulfill these urges. I’m a large BBW who (I’m told) is a very obedient slave whose innocence in bed is a turnon for some. LLeigh, 35, #117991

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looking to try new things I am 21 & have not experienced a 1x1c-mediaimpact030310.indd 1 3/1/10 1:15:57 PM lot sexually. I do have a boyfriend & we both agreed to let me try new things. I have always been into girls but have only briefly experienced another girl. I would like to widen my horizons. I do like dildos, bullets & lots of foreplay, so please come play w/ me. curious21, 21, #117951 Sex please! I really just want to have sex, plain & simple. I’m looking for a normal guy who wants an ongoing thing for the summer. I’m a big fan of kissing & touching just as much as sex, but I’m really not too picky. Send me a message! tele_lady, 20, l, #117923 horny couple looking to play We are a fun couple looking for couples or females to play with. She is bi &

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in Burlington. Ménage à can never know. sexnow, 23, l, #117044 nudist babe I’m a 26 y.o. woman looking for love. I love the outdoors & experiencing it in the nude; hiking, camping, etc., but also being around the house naked. I’m an all-natural girl in every way: no shaving, no deodorant, but I’m still feminine - just natural :) I’m looking for other women, age isn’t important, to explore our bodies, minds & our hearts. topfreebabe, 26, l, #117094 Spontaneous/Adventurous Professional Professional woman. Married but just co-exist. Looking to explore new things with no strings attached. Want to let my spontaneous side out instead of having “everything” so predictable. Love outdoors and willing to try new things that are active. Discretion a must. girly1, 49, #115984

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Favorite numbers: 420 & 69 UVM grad w/ good job, country home & positive attitude. The bar scene is not my favorite, so I don’t go out much. Looking for a happy, healthy, single woman for erotic exploration. One time or more. I am tall & thin, and am seeking a woman in decent shape. Let’s exchange photos via email. Thanks! Horny_Hippie, 45, #118223 I need a woman Haven’t been w/ a woman in a while & miss it. Looking for a good time this summer, and possibly beyond. Into all sorts of stuff, willing to try new things, and just wanna have a good time w/ a lady who is seeking a man to enjoy life with. My sex life needs a reawakening. Good-looking outdoors man. kimchi2, 23, #118184 Orally pleasing relationship Young man seeking woman for erotic Internet play leading to pleasurable meetings. Oral play will be a must. MtnRider, 21, #118180 kindly sadist, heteroflexible poly playmate Fit, polished, heteroflexible professional/couple would enjoy finding (poly) friend(s) to play with. OK w/ most kinks. You should be in decent shape, mentally stable :) & a nice person. Sir, 52, l, #108432 Normal guy (Nympho) seeks discreet Looking for discreet encounters w/ someone adorable. The chemistry needs to happen. Body type/color doesn’t matter as long as you are not overweight. I am into sports like cycling, skiing, hiking, motorcycling. I love music. 420 friendly...? I work in Burlington 3 days a week. Nothing would please me more than to make you smile w/ pleasure. cyclist, 46, #118173

Oh, we could have fun I am doing this on a “free” basis because I will be spending 8 days in Burlington soon, so I hope you will contact me directly via email. Discreet is key, but we could have an amazing time for my only week in town. I am athletic, professional, handsome, well off ... You will be surprised how well I could satisfy. Amici123, 42, l, #118149 Love Long Parties I really like a BBW, but will settle for less.I will treat the right girl like a queen.I have the means & willing to provide for your dreams. luvbbw, 48, l, #118148 big stuff Ya wanna know, I might just let you in if you act right. igiveit, 21, u, l, #118147 Seeking Stardusted Looking for newbie sub named Stardusted. I have just what you are seeking. Let me show you the ropes

between middlebury & burlington Looking for fun, hot, openminded people in Vermont who are looking to have fun w/ me. lostsailor, 34, u, #118065 Sexy Role Reversal Submissive Looking for a dominant F or couple who would like to train & be served by a M sub. I’m looking for a relationship based on honesty & a shared interest in D/s. I have a primary F partner who supports my exploration to find a dominant. My interests include role reversal, male chastity, forced feminization, strap-on training, oral slave. vt_sub, 40, l, #118064

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Goth Grrl Seeking New Sensations Couple in an established relationship seek adventurous F for a night of exploration & mutual pleasure. Must be weight proportionate to

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Let’s do something Bad Ass! Hello, ladies! Just looking to fulfill a few sexual fantasies. I am craving, wanting and desiring greater sexual & sensual experiences. I have no problems satisfying my partner over & over again. If you are a lesbian couple or SF looking for passion, multiple orgasms & pure, unadulterated fun, then I am your willing accomplice. sensuous03, 33, l, #118128 FROM HIS ONLINE PROFILE: I love to... Feel the soft skin with my hard hands and taste every inch of the female body. (literally) w/ affection, discretion & respect. starpoint, 60, #118141 Sexy stud seeks sensual sensations Athletic, sane, chill guy seeks fun people for sexploration. Pretty open minded but not super kinky. I do love to dominate but enjoy being submissive upon occasion. I’m a very attentive, intuitive person. My pleasure in bed is directly derived from the pleasure the other person is getting. Get at me for a fun time that you won’t soon forget... nameuser, 25, l, #118136 Rock Your World I’m new to this, so I’m on here to find anyone who wants to get naughty. Looking to find someone who wants one-on-one contact. I love foreplay, so looking for someone who likes to do that as well. I love to give & receive back massages, before or after having sex. Write back & find out more about me. 118081, 22, l, #118081 two party dudes We are 2 friends who just got out of relationships. Looking for 2 fun girls to hang out with & see where it leads ; ). partydudes, 22, l, #118090 Freethinking treehugging 4play Have not the words to describe me. Guess I’m abstract :0. Just looking to have fun w/ some lucky women who appreciate good food, good conversation & no drama. locopoillo, 33, #110662

height, preferably long red or dark hair. I am a slender, blue-eyed, tattooed, pale Goth-type who enjoys new experiences. Looking for primarily oral activity & wandering hands, but open to other options depending on the circumstances. GothPrincess, 40, l, #118172 WARM & FRIENDLY Professional couple in their late 30s looking for a F friend w/ benefits. Age, race, body type not nearly as important as attitude! Looking for someone who we can share friendly times w/ in & out of the bedroom, and also understands that discretion is a two-way street. fun4all, 40, #117964 Let’s surprise him! We are a couple, have played w/ others. She is trying to surprise him w/ a threesome. Let’s see if he can handle us? He is a pleaser; no worries, you will be satisfied! Would love to meet a F out in a bar ... to watch you hit on him, flirt, etc. This is just the first fantasy. Can you help? lookingfor3rd, 34, l, #117833 hotmilf We are a couple looking for a lady who is looking for adventure & fun w/ friendship. We have children & prefer to be discreet. If interested contact us & can learn more about each other. We are respectful & just looking for a little spice. ;). jess, 27, l, #117780

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at Speeder’s on Pine You were all dressed in black & got two iced coffees. I went to grab a coffee right after you. I couldn’t take my eyes off of you & smiled as you got in your car. Hopefully that coffee wasn’t for your great boyfriend. Care to meet up for a cup? When: Saturday, June 26, 2010. Where: Speeder’s on Pine St. You: Woman. Me: Man. #907646 dylan Hi, you. I caught your eye at What Ales You & told you to meet me at Red Square. Saw you there & connected, but then you disappeared. Come back! You got me - hook, line & sinker. When: Friday, June 25, 2010. Where: Red Square. You: Man. Me: Woman. #907645 Sexy Redhead Around Johnson To the sexy, delicious redhead I’ve seen walking around Johnson: Dinner sometime? When: Friday, June 25, 2010. Where: Johnson. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #907644

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mistress maeve Dear Mistress Maeve,

Just finished up my junior year of college and will be returning next semester, living with the same group of guys I roomed with this year. I’ve been chill with these guys since first-year orientation, and I thought I knew everything about them. However, a situation just occurred that I can’t get forget about. On the last day of our lease, one of my housemates apparently thought we had all moved out, but I still had one load of stuff to take out. When I went back, I found him beating off in the living room. He thought he would be alone, so no big deal — but I know that I saw something in his butt. Is this a normal thing for men to do? Does this mean he’s gay? Because I don’t know any straight guys who let anything near their asses. I don’t want it to be weird next semester.


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Bum’s rush,


Would you feel weird about being his roommate because you caught him masturbating, or because you think he’s gay? Either way, it’s time for you to grow up and see this situation for what it is: no big deal. Sure, whacking off in a common area of the house is a no-no — but, like you said, he thought everyone had moved out. As far as the “something” in his butt is concerned, it doesn’t make him gay. In fact, the only thing it makes him is more sexually enlightened than you. The anus has thousands of sensitive nerve endings, plus it gives you access to your prostate. Many men, gay and straight alike, derive immense pleasure from anal stimulation with a tongue, finger or toy. Walking in on your roommate getting busy with himself must have been a shock, but by the time next semester rolls around, it will most likely be a distant memory. If it turns out your roomie is gay, you shouldn’t allow it to have any bearing on your friendship — he’s still the same guy you’ve known for years. Use this awkward experience to further your own sexual exploration. Before you go knocking anal pleasure, you might want to try it. Who knows, you might change your “Exit Only” sign to read “Entrance in Rear.”

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Showed You My Mutant Ear You stomped on my foot when you missed the pedal, but I didn’t care if you crushed my toes; I just wanted to hold you close. We lit cigarettes w/ flint as the spiders closed in around us. If To Floating Emily Tattooed Neck Dave you didn’t have an awesome girlfriend It was a pleasure to linger w/ you this I would totally have your bushbabies! How ‘bout another game of pool at morning. Although my Saturdays are 1 6/14/10 2:39:13 PM Can I be your daddy longlegs in the 1x3-cbhb-personals-alt.indd Mike’s on Monday? When: Monday, booked w/ markets, my Sundays are shower? When: Wednesday, June 23, June 14, 2010. Where: Mr. Mike’s. always free. Hope you can come out to 2010. Where: where that car went up a You: Man. Me: Woman. #907634 play. Brunch, Shelburne? When: Sunday, tree. You: Man. Me: Woman. #907642 June 20, 2010. Where: Penny Cluse. Beautiful smile at best buy You: Woman. Me: Man. #907625 Beauty at the Bus Williston Best Buy checkout line. Lots Saw you 6/23. You were w/ someone of time to chat. You’re attending St. I need to burrow... talking about your kids waiting to get Mike’s; I’m at UVM. You’re a skier; I’m To my Sexy Sliox: Your lair needs on the #2; I was sitting behind you a snowboarder. But I really enjoyed to smell more like an animal... on the bench. Wanted to talk to you talking to you, and didn’t want to When: Sunday, June 20, 2010. but my bus came. You are very sexy leave once I’d paid, so if you read this, Where: Lor’s kitchen. You: Man. & would like to have a few words w/ here I am! I went back today hoping Me: Woman. #907624 you. You had on gray & gray pants w/ you might be my checkout girl again, curly hair. When: Wednesday, June but no cigar. When: Sunday, June 100 different camcorder angles 23, 2010. Where: Cherry St. bus stop. 20, 2010. Where: Williston Best Buy. Exposing you making out w/ Mrs. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #907641 You: Woman. Me: Woman. #907633 Clause on a bed of joysticks. Note to self: Next year bring telescope Beautiful blue-eyed cop So Nice Wedding Bells Ringing! & a Walkman. Since you started My wallet & phone were pilfered on I spy 2 amazing people about to get the conversation, I’ll add that it is North Beach; you took my statement. married and go out into the world impressively ugly. When: Friday, June Are you single? If so, green tea for two? and bring happiness to everyone 11, 2010. Where: except this one. I’m the one w/ buzzed/shaved hair they meet. You guys will be the You: Man. Me: Woman. #907623 & a beard. When: Tuesday, June 22, best counselors Baltimore has ever 2010. Where: North Beach, Burlington. seen! Congratulations for years Liza w/ Chicago flag T You: Woman. Me: Man. #907640 to come! When: Monday, June My friend sitting behind me commented 21, 2010. Where: Burlington. You: on your shirt & you introduced Swedish Fish & 3 Musketeers Woman. Me: Woman. #907632 yourselves. I was laying in the sand, You brought pop & treats, and we my head resting on my bicycle panier, Solstice Party found a rock between engineering back book in hand. I wish I had taken the flippers & serenading coeds. We sat, To the redhead I camped out w/ on opportunity to introduce myself, as talked, pondered and, mostly, smiled Saturday: I didn’t give you my number well. I find you very compelling & both at the scenery & at each other. We & regret it. I had a great time & would I wonder if we would click. When: joked about seeing the “no see-ums”. love to hang w/ you again if you’re Saturday, June 19, 2010. Where: You make me feel calm. Thank you for down. If that sounds good to you, North Beach, by the bike path. a wonderful night. When: Monday, you can get my info from our mutual You: Woman. Me: Man. #907620 June 21, 2010. Where: Oakledge Park. friend. If not, I’ll see ya next time we You: Man. Me: Woman. #907638 all get together. When: Saturday, W/ your funny back beagle June 19, 2010. Where: Charlotte. You looked sad w/ a cute black/gray City Market Bulk Section 6/7 You: Man. Me: Woman. #907631 beagle mix sitting on the rocks. I I have long, brown hair and wear said hi, but should have stopped. Peanut blue shorts w/ a white shirt all the When: Tuesday, June 15, 2010. time. I also like people w/ beards & Every morning I look at you hoping it Where: Waterfront boardwalk. You: the bulk section. But there are lots could be the day you let me get a little Woman. Me: Woman. #907619 of people like me! When: Monday, closer. I will wait for you & only you.

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