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Molly Walsh’s article [“South End Artists Hope to Stall the Champlain Parkway,” September 23] opens with a tug-of-war at the South End Art Hop, during which no one showed up to pull in favor of building the Champlain Parkway. I was one of those who did not show up, even though I have been actively involved as a proponent of the Champlain Parkway for the 30-plus years that we have lived and worked here in the South End as citizens, artists and craftspeople. I did not show up to pull on the other end of the rope because we have watched and participated in the evolution of this muchneeded road. We have worked through many changes to arrive at what we feel is a very good solution to the intolerable conditions in our neighborhood, where thousands of trucks rumble by daily on a “temporary” road not built for such traffic, and our families have sustained a great deal of harm. I look forward to riding my bike on Pine Street, when biking and walking on it is safe. I was not at the Art Hop to pull on a rope because the Parkway went through its final public input meetings some time ago. My neighbors and I were there, year after year, discussing and compromising. There is a great deal of misinformation, both honest and manipulated, bandied about on the evils of the Parkway, so it’s difficult to know where to begin in correcting this. To me, this long-awaited solution is such a serious issue that the idea of


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Shape Shifter What if your every move left a visible mark on your surroundings? This notion is realized in “Garden,” a large-scale creation choreographed by Tzveta Kassabova with the Dance Company of Middlebury. Part performance and part art installation, this outdoor structure takes shape as performers crisscross oversize ribbons, altering the color, density and movement of the space. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 56


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wo by two, Sen. PATRICK LEAHY’s (D-Vt.) out-of-town guests strolled down Burlington’s King Street Dock last Friday evening, walked a gangplank and boarded the Northern Lights. Within the mahogany-finished lounge of the Lake Champlain cruise boat, Washington, D.C., uber-fundraiser TINA STOLL signed them in for Leahy’s Fall Foliage Weekend. For a “suggested donation” of $5,000 to his political action committee, they would spend the next couple of days hobnobbing with the senator — on the sunset cruise, at the Waitsfield farmers market, aboard the Stowe gondola and at dinners and brunches in Burlington. The festivities weren’t exactly open to the unwashed masses. “I can’t let you onboard because it’s a private event,” Leahy’s longtime campaign manager, CAROLYN DWYER, said as she stood sentry on the dock under an overcast sky. “The kind, like, you pay for — so if you got on, it would be like you contributing to the campaign.” According to Dwyer, the seventh-term senator expected some 30 to 40 people — 4:11 PMmostly from D.C. and Vermont — to join him for the weekend, each ponying up “between zero and $10,000.” “Actually,” she corrected herself, “I won’t say zero.” As they scurried aboard the Northern Lights to escape the brisk fall breeze, Leahy’s friends mostly declined the chance to chat with a local reporter. “Can you tell me what brings you to Vermont this weekend?” Seven Days asked one man, dressed in fundraiser-casual. “The weather,” he responded. “The foliage.” “Do you mind telling me who you are and who you work for, sir?” Seven Days inquired. The man kept walking. Another couple — she in a tan overcoat and he in a teal, V-neck sweater — wouldn’t even say what brought them to the state. “No thank you,” the woman said. “No thanks,” her companion added. “We’ll get back to you.” “What’s your name, so I can get back to you?” Seven Days asked, somewhat pitifully. “And where do you work?” Silence. By then, Dwyer had stationed herself between the parking lot and the dock, perhaps to warn approaching guests of the unwelcome intrusion by the Fourth Estate. But not everyone was averse to shooting the breeze. “We’re here to see your beautiful state — to see your great senator,” volunteered a

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silver-maned Beltway type in a baby blue V-neck and a blazer, accompanied by a blond woman in a bold-patterned dress and black boots. Asked how he knew Leahy, the man said, “Just from Washington.” “Yeah?” Seven Days asked. “Do you work in Congress?” “No, I work for a variety of companies,” he replied. “Uh-huh. Like a lobbyist?” “Yeah, that’s one of the things I do.” “What’s your name, sir?” Seven Days asked. “It’s Chris,” Chris said. “And your last name?”

SEN. PATRICK LEAHY EXPECTED SOME 30 TO 40 PEOPLE TO JOIN HIM FOR THE WEEKEND, EACH PONYING UP “BETWEEN ZERO AND $10,000.” “Putala,” CHRIS PUTALA responded. “How do I spell that, sir?” “I’d prefer that you didn’t.” According to the internet, it’s P-UT-A-L-A. Also according to the internet — specifically, the Federal Election Commission’s database — Putala is among Leahy’s most generous donors. In the past five years, the corporate lobbyist and his wife, public relations specialist ALLISON KAMINSKY PUTALA, have contributed a whopping $35,500 to Leahy’s various campaign committees. That’s just a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of dollars they’ve dumped into the nation’s political system — largely by way of Democrats who serve on the Senate and House judiciary committees. Why all the generosity? Well, Putala is Comcast’s go-to guy on Capitol Hill. The former Senate Judiciary Committee staffer helped lead the charge during Comcast’s ultimately unsuccessful attempt to merge with Time Warner Cable. He also represents Oracle, SoftBank, Deutsche Telekom and two cable trade associations. According to disclosure forms obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics, Putala has lobbied lawmakers on a range of issues under the jurisdiction of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Leahy chaired until earlier this year. According to those documents, the lobbyist has focused his practice on patent law, wireless policy, electronic privacy and cyber security.

Asked Friday on the King Street Dock whether there were any issues in particular he hoped to discuss with Leahy during his weekend in Burlington, Putala said, “No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,” his voice trailing off at the end. “We’re here to support the senator,” offered Allison, the PR expert. With that, they walked the gangplank. Putala wasn’t the only ex-Judiciary staffer in town. CURTIS LEGEYT, now a lobbyist for the National Association of Broadcasters, also planned to take in a Champlain sunset from the deck of the Northern Lights. “We’re here to support Sen. Leahy,” LeGeyt explained, calling his host “an incredible leader in the Senate.” In what capacity did LeGeyt know Leahy? “A number of capacities,” he said, retreating. “We’re going to get on the boat.” Specifically, LeGeyt served as Leahy’s senior counsel from 2009 until 2011, at which point he was hired by NAB to lobby Leahy and his colleagues. LeGeyt is no stranger to Burlington. Two years ago, Seven Days bumped into him at another Fall Foliage Weekend reception — suggested donation: also $5,000 — during which he said he had a “unique relationship with Chairman Leahy.” After LeGeyt hopped onboard, the big guns arrived. First came ED PAGANO, the hulking power forward from the University of Vermont Catamounts’ 1985 squad. After 20 years in Leahy’s office — the last six as chief of staff — he served two more in the White House and then became a lobbyist for D.C. powerhouse law and lobbying firm Akin Gump. Pagano, who said he now represents Boeing and Charter Communications, among others, disclosed that he continues to work closely with Leahy’s office. “He’s an important member to know,” explained Pagano, sporting a green UVM Athletics hat. Next came LUKE ALBEE, another two-decade veteran of Team Leahy and Pagano’s predecessor as chief of staff. Albee, who said he was in town to visit his daughter at UVM, was eager to defend his former boss. “OK, so this is your, like, plug-and-play [story about] moneyed Washington special interests who are currying favor?” Albee pressed Seven Days. “Yes.” “So what’s the theory?” he continued. “That anytime anyone makes a campaign contribution, otherwise-honest individuals would do things they wouldn’t otherwise do because basically they’re open to bribery?”

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“I don’t know if I would put it in those words,” Seven Days responded. “But that’s the story, right?” he said. In a later conversation, Albee revisited the point, arguing, “This isn’t ‘House of Cards.’” Some donors give money to those who’ve long championed their causes, he said, while others seek to support those “who have a history of actually making the system work and reaching across the aisle.” Refusing such donations, Albee said, was borderline irresponsible. “If you believe in what you’re doing and you think you can make a difference, I almost think it’s a dereliction of duty to not be prepared to defend your seat and to collect the resources to make the case that you should be rehired,” he said. As Albee made his case, Leahy himself arrived, trailing current chief of staff J.P. DowD and trailed himself by state director John Tracy. “Mr. Heintz, how are you?” the senator asked. “Mind if I ask you a quick question before you hop on the boat?” Seven Days said. “How come you don’t come to any of my things I do around here?” Leahy said, referring to his Vermont press conferences. “I’m here today!” Seven Days noted defensively. After listing three recent press events the newspaper deigned not to cover, Leahy said, “I guess you don’t care if I do my job. Do you?” “I care very much,” Seven Days insisted. “Do you mind if I ask you about this weekend here, sir? Who are these folks who have come up this weekend?” “Well, I think they would like to see us back in the majority. So they’re here,” Leahy said, adding that he was only disappointed his wife, Marcelle leahy, couldn’t make it. After boarding the 115-foot boat, Leahy turned his ever-present Nikon on the press and snapped a photo of a reporter standing alone on the dock. As the senator’s guests ordered drinks from the bar, the captain tooted his horn and the crew removed the gangplank. The Northern Lights chugged off into the quiet waters of Lake Champlain. On the dock, a middle-aged man smoking a cigarette called out to the reporter, “What?! They didn’t let you on that cruise?!” After learning who was on the boat, the goateed man, who declined to give his name because he was afraid of losing his job, let loose a stream of profanities. “If you’re gonna sell your power to the highest bidder, you’re not working for the people,” he said angrily. “You’re working for the corporations.”

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mall towns across Vermont are accustomed to looking after parks, libraries, old meeting halls and fire stations. But at the northwestern tip of the state, officials in Alburgh have been struggling to find a use for a peculiar piece of infrastructure. For decades, the town has owned an underground missile silo that is 17 stories deep. At the height of the Cold War, it hosted an 81-foot intercontinental ballistic missile aimed at the Soviet Union and a five-man crew that was ready and willing to launch it. Town officials had planned in recent months to put the nine-acre silo site on the auction block and to open the bidding at $50,000. They worried, though, there might be a shortage of buyers for an obsolete military relic. But it now appears the former hot spot could find a new life as a home for renewable energy: A Jericho businessman has submitted a proposal to turn it into a solar farm. “It’s not a done deal yet, but it sounds promising, that’s for sure,” selectboard chair Steve Aubin said. Nestled on a spit of land between Lake Champlain and the Canadian border, the silo site doesn’t look like much. A single chain, two feet off the ground, spans the entrance that is no longer guarded. Beyond it, on a weedy lot, two hulking metal Quonset huts stand sentry over concrete floors littered with metal sheets and tubes. The name of the half-milelong strip of pavement that leads to the site — Missile Base Road — hints at the ominous history buried underground. A historical marker at the adjacent Alburgh Welcome Center spells it out: “First Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Site East of the Mississippi River.” Most of America’s missile bases have been located in rural swaths of the West and Midwest. But in the early 1960s, as the perceived Soviet threat reached its peak, the Department of Defense decided to install 12 Atlas missiles at sites around the former Plattsburgh Air Force base, then one of the largest military facilities on the East Coast. From there, the 135-ton missiles wouldn’t have far to go via the Arctic Circle to deliver nuclear warheads to the Soviet Union. Ten of the silos were built in upstate New York. Vermont got two — in Alburgh and Swanton, where local farmers sold

some of their land to the military. The silo designs were all identical. Constructing the underground structures was dangerous work. According to the Plattsburgh Press Republican, a falling bucket plunged through the Alburgh silo and killed a 28-year-old worker from Gouverneur, N.Y. At least three other men died while working in the 12 silos. Old-timers in Alburgh remember the day in 1962 when an Atlas missile rolled into town on a huge flatbed truck, as dozens of people lined the streets. Some utility poles along Route 2 had to be temporarily removed to make way. Some locals worried that hosting the silo would cause the Soviets to target the area with their own missiles, according to media reports at the time. But most welcomed the influx of jobs and money that came with the project. “It’s difficult to go back to that day and time,” said Jeff Stephens, an amateur historian who coauthored a book about the 12 silos: A History of the 556th

Strategic Missile Squadron. “This was the day the Reds were out to get us. Either you’re an American or commie. There was a lot of paranoia and fear. It was a frenzy. ‘Oh, my gosh, we’ve got to do something. We have to make sure we are protected and can retaliate.’” Once the silos were constructed, their crews worked in an underground launch-control center. They accessed it via a spiral staircase from an aboveground entrance protected by huge blast doors. A tunnel attached the control center to the much deeper silo. Though each silo cost as much as $18 million to build, their lifespans were short — and today they would probably be held up as a classic example of military waste. By 1967, rocket scientists had come up with a larger, more sophisticated missile, the Titan, that wouldn’t fit in the 12 silos. The outdated missiles were taken away, and the local sites, once the focus of so much intrigue, fell dormant overnight.

When their sump pumps turned off, water flooded the empty silos and command centers. In Alburgh, the military welded shut the nine-ton silo doors, removed equipment from the Quonset huts, and gave the site to the town. Local officials eventually decided it would make a fine home for the Alburgh Highway Department. Most of the other sites met similarly ignominious fates. In Swanton, Chevalier Drilling Co. bought the Atlas site, stripped most of the metal and other materials from the silo, and sold the remnants of the $14 million facility for scrap. Other sites have remained untouched, though a few private owners have been more ambitious. In Champlain, Redford and Lewis, N.Y., owners have transformed the silos into livable homes. In Willsboro, N.Y., an artist bought a site and lives in one of the Quonset huts but has not attempted to restore the underground facilities. The silos fascinate a small but passionate group of buffs, including Stephens, who says they shed important light on the era. “When you look at history, there’s a romantic undertone,” Stephens said. “Everyone goes, ‘Wasn’t that the perfect time?’ The answer is, ‘No.’ These were mechanical beasts, and they were here to do a job.” The beasts have a certain allure, though. In Alburgh, volunteer firefighter and certified scuba diver Bill Gett admitted he has schemed for years about how to bust into the silo and dive to its murky bottom. Gett, who runs an auto repair shop, said that he has studied designs and walked the site, and though the main entrance is sealed shut, he believes he has found a way inside. He asked a former Alburgh selectman, a friend, for permission. “Don’t you even think about it,” the man said, Getts recalled. “You dive that, I kick your ass.” A few years ago, Gett got a phone call from Gerald Fitzpatrick, who had just bought the silo in Champlain, N.Y., and wanted someone to explore it before he started pumping the water out. Gett rushed over that day — and dove in. He made it a little more than halfway to the bottom before turning back. He


Wally iPhone Wallets described the 52-foot diameter hole as follow people involved in the legal “dark and eerie.” marijuana business. It has not been “Visibility was an inch if you were made — the website has been taken lucky,” Gett said. “Even with dive lights, down, and its social media pages it didn’t matter, it was too thick.” haven’t generated any activity since Officials in tiny Alburgh, with an February — but Verde said it’s “in preannual budget of $570,000, have long production.” Verde Media’s quarterly talked about selling the silo to raise report suggests it owns a subsidiary, money and get the property back on Beautyject Inc., which is “the first the tax rolls. The town is struggling company to offer needle-free techeconomically: Two gas stations and a nology adapted to the beauty care and bank closed in recent years, and a gencosmetic markets.” eral store is the only downAccording to Verde town commercial Media Group’s enterprise. most recent A few years corporate filing, ago, the highit has $49,000 way departin assets and ment moved to $1.6 million in a new facility liabilities and across town. lost $69,000 in Last summer, the most recent as the selectfiscal quarter. board prepared Veve is listed as to go to auction, the company’s Will Veve came largest shareholder. calling about the solar projNow launching a solar busiect. He said he had been quietly ness, he has hired consultants and scouring Vermont for properties is talking about the permit process that developers usually shun — with ANR. The agency verified brownfields. Veve figured it would Veve’s exploratory work and was be easier to get community support scheduled to send officials to infor a project that sits on spect the missile site this land that would otherwise week. be difficult to develop. Veve said he hopes The Vermont Agency Alburgh will qualify as of Natural Resources lists one of ANR’s net-metered the Alburgh silo site as a projects, which allow brownfield, as a result of small renewable-energy minor contamination of operations to sell power some grass and groundwaback to the main electric ter around it. ANR investigrid. gators ascribed no blame Sporting a trimmed for the contamination but beard and stylish eyeJEF F ST EPHENS noted that former workers glasses, Veve has appeared regularly dumped solvents at a few selectboard meeton the ground around the silo. ings, and its members have been supWorking with his brother, Victor, portive. “So far this is only the real offer Veve has proposed building a 500-kilo- that came along,” Aubin conceded. watt solar field, with about 2,000 solar Last week, the selectboard unanipanels — enough to power roughly 100 mously voted to authorize the town homes. As part of the deal, Alburgh attorney to start formal negotiations would receive a monthly lease payment with Veve, who hopes to construct the and cheap electricity for town-owned facility in 2016. buildings. While Veve said his proposed solar “We like to look and say, ‘What’s the array would fit comfortably on the maximum public good?’” Veve said. site’s nine acres, he has no plans to Veve, a 38-year-old University of do anything with the underground Vermont graduate, acknowledged that facilities. He has little interest in their he has no experience in solar proj- history. ects. His current venture — which he That has given some silo aficionados declined to discuss in any detail — is hope that it might be pumped out and a video-production company called opened up. Verde Media Group. Gett promised he’d be first in line.  In recent years, Verde Media Group announced a new reality show, Contact:, “Green Rusher,” which proposed to @Davis7D, or 865-1020, ext. 23

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ive former residents of St. Joseph’s Orphanage chatted nervously in the Burlington College lounge on Friday afternoon, waiting for a tour of what was once their home. Debi Gevry-Ellsworth, 57, lived in the orphanage run by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington from 1964 to 1974. She drove from Connecticut to see the building one last time before renovations alter it forever. Sheila Billow Cardwell, an elegantly dressed 60-year-old woman, had traveled the farthest — from Salt Lake City, Utah — to get a final glimpse of the place. She lived in the orphanage from 5 to 14, when she aged out. “My mother was 29 years old with her 10th child, and my father was quite a bit older and in the veterans’ hospital,” she explained. “And back then … they used to take the children away from the parents if they couldn’t afford them.” The other three women live in the Burlington area, so they confront their memories every time they drive down North Avenue past the looming stone building. The aging former residents leaned against the wall and awkwardly made conversation. “Were we here at the same time?” they asked each other. “What was your number?” Cardwell, who lived at the orphanage from 1960 until 1968, explained: “When people say ‘What was your name?’ I say, ‘What was your number?’ because that was the way we classified ourselves. We lined up by numbers, we went to bed by numbers, everything was by numbers.” Although most of them overlapped at the orphanage at least for a year or two, they had few, if any, memories of each other. Life there was regimented, and daily activities were segregated by age. But as they looked around the room together, they developed an easy familiarity. “This was the nuns’ area,” GevryEllsworth explained. “Around the corner was first grade, and second, third,” Cardwell added. “It’s all the same.” Constructed in the late 19th century, the orphanage provided foster care to Vermont children for decades. Some

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were orphans, but many, like all of the women on the tour, had parents who for some reason couldn’t take care of them. Many families relied upon the orphanage for help when they fell on hard times. St. Joseph’s closed in 1974 and became the administrative offices for the diocese. But the orphanage came back to haunt church officials in 1993, when former resident Joey Barquin came forward to say he had been abused by his caretakers there. Barquin’s case opened the floodgates, and more than 100 other orphans came forward with similar allegations. The church offered dozens of claimants $5,000 each for therapy costs if he or she agreed not to sue. Later, in the early 2000s, the diocese found itself back in the spotlight for a series of

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other children taunted them. She recalled a song used to tease a redheaded little boy, Leroy, who was a chronic bedwetter. “Leroy, Leroy wet the bed,” she whispered. “Wipe it up with gingerbread.” The women chattered as they moved quickly through the renovated portion of the building, trying to remember what the rooms had been used for and sharing anecdotes. Valerie Clairmont Smith, 57, from Waterbury Center, remembered running away to JCPenney and spraying her hair

“You see the numbers!” GevryEllsworth exclaimed, pointing to the row of cubbies where their clean clothes used to be placed. Cardwell ran her hands along the wood, brushing aside the dust, until she found her number. “This was April, and this was Cheryl,” she said, moving her fingers from cubby to cubby. The entourage moved across the hall to a pink-tile-lined bathroom filled with rows of tiny sinks. “That’s the bathroom I remember washing my underwear and socks in every night!” Smith announced.

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Cardwell leaned against the window and grinned, “This is where you could see the boys … You could meet at the windows,” she said. Hoffman placed a piece of paper with a poem against the window and explained that she wrote it one night in the orphanage when she was frightened and snuck out of bed to stand here and look at the moon. In the poem she asks the moon to “please help me to be like you are, to be able to see but not … feel what’s happening.” The tour continued up into the attic and then down a few floors to the chapel. The women walked into the old confessional booths, peeking through the screen that had separated penitents and priest. Smith wrinkled her nose. “It smells the same,” she said, then asked the group: “What does it smell like?” “Orphanage,” Gevry-Ellsworth answered, and they all laughed. At the end of the tour, they gathered in the main entryway and shared memories — some of them visceral.


gold; Gevry-Ellsworth described taking off her girly shirt and sneaking over to the boys’ side of the playground because they had a cooler slide. Both women remembered filling their hands with lilies of the valley before they had to pray, so they could smell the flowers during the endless rituals. “I’m filled with anxiety right now,” Gevry-Ellsworth said softly, as she waited for the elevator to the girls’ wing, where they all once lived. The group grew quiet when they entered the familiar setting, which remains mostly unchanged since the orphanage closed. As they walked through the rooms filled with dust and falling plaster, the women reminisced about the nuns who, they said, would pull children out of their beds at night and beat them; about the kind seamstress who took care of them; about making up sins during confession, so they had something to tell the priest. They walked into a small room with a large wooden table — the “sewing room,” somebody announced.

Gevry-Ellsworth described sitting in the front parlor on weekends, swinging her feet and waiting for her father to arrive, dreading the moment when a nun would announce, “He’s not coming.” “He would never show up. He would just leave us there,” she remarked sadly. But even when he did come, the visits were all too brief, and she would have to trudge back through the foyer Sunday evening and walk to the right, while her brother went left. Once they were back at St. Joseph’s, they weren’t allowed to speak to each other. Smith had different memories of that foyer. When new babies were dropped off, she said, the nuns would grab whatever kids were around and designate them “godparents.” “I had so many godchildren!” she laughed. “I think this place maybe helped some families,” Kathleen Rivers Libby, 73, from South Burlington, said tentatively. A tall, graceful woman with soft curls, Libby lived in the orphanage for a year in 1949, after her mother got sick. “The six of us had to go somewhere,” she continued. Her father reluctantly placed the four older kids in the orphanage, while he sent the younger two to family members. “I’m glad they’re not tearing it down, you know?” Cardwell added. “There should be some kind of historical landmark,” someone else suggested. Gevry-Ellsworth broke into the conversation. “I have a lot of residual things,” she announced. “I’m petrified of the dark. I have a really hard time in the dark, and if somebody calls me mean—” she broke off, beginning to cry. Her husband, Jim, took her in his arms and explained: “They used to call her ‘evil child.’” “I would always think I was mean,” Gevry-Ellsworth continued, “and evil. And I had a really hard time working through that, because the nuns wore you down with that. ‘You’re going to hell.’ ‘You’re mean and evil.’ But we were just kids. Just kids being kids.” The group fell silent. “You won,” her husband told her. Everyone nodded. He repeated, “You won.” m

sex-abuse scandals involving priests around the state, and it wound up paying out more than $20 million to settle claims. That’s what prompted the cash-strapped Catholics to sell their headquarters to Burlington College in 2010. The college renovated the diocese offices, located in a 1940s-era addition, but left the original 19th-century building mostly untouched. Last winter, Burlington College announced it was selling the orphanage to developer Eric Farrell, who has also purchased much of the surrounding acreage. Farrell plans to build housing on the property and recently got permission to convert the orphanage into apartments. When former resident Katelin Hoffman, now 58, heard about the orphanage project, she set out to arrange one final tour. Hoffman believes that it’s critical for former residents to speak out and share their stories. As the manager of the Children of St. Joseph’s Orphanage Facebook page, she urged its 94 followers to come, posting that she wanted to “reach as many people as possible who may need to … tour, do what they need to, and let it go. Some did fine there. For them it will be different, but still important. Some can’t get near the place yet. Those of us who can go, I hope we can make it as powerful as we need it to be.” Her repeated posts and pleas drew together this group of 10 people — five female former residents, three of their husbands and two relatives of deceased orphanage occupants. Coralee Holm, the Burlington College dean of operations and advancement, arrived to lead the tour, which started in the renovated portion of the building the college uses for classrooms and offices. Though the space is modernized, every inch of the building — even a quick glimpse of the original wood floors — elicited a torrent of memories. The women interrupted each other with stories about melting floor wax on the radiator and being small enough to ride the giant floor buffer across the room. But their chatter ended when they entered the Burlington College library in what used to be the orphanage’s gymnasium. Although it’s now a cheerful, sunny room lined with books, GevryEllsworth announced loudly, “It really gives you the creeps.” Cardwell gestured toward the tiny raised stage and explained quietly that children who wet their beds were forced to stand there in only a sheet, while the


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ravis Belisle faces what has become predictable opposition as he plans to build as many as seven wind turbines atop a ridge near his Swanton home: Critics say the project will harm wetlands, disturb wildlife and bother neighbors with noise. But his Swanton Wind project is encountering unexpected headwinds that its predecessors haven’t. Some of the state’s largest utilities aren’t interested in buying more wind power — from his turbines or any others. “We don’t see how this project fits in,” said Mary Powell, chief executive officer of the state’s largest electric company, Green Mountain Power. “We are in really good shape for our customers with wind.” Ditto Vermont Electric Cooperative, the state’s second-largest utility. According to director of government affairs Andrea Cohen, VEC has no plans to buy new wind-generated energy. Nor does the Burlington Electric Department, which last year reached its goal of obtaining 100 percent of its power from renewable resources. “We’re in a similar position to what GMP is,” echoed Ken Nolan, BED’s manager of power resources. “In general, we don’t need any more supply, [from] wind or other sources, for the next five years,” he said. This dismissal is surprising, as it comes just months after legislators etched ambitious new renewableenergy goals into state law. What does it mean for the fledgling Swanton project and for the future of wind power in Vermont? Most of the players in Vermont’s energy field say it doesn’t necessarily spell the end for either. The state’s largest utilities locked into getting power from three large wind projects that went online during the last four years, so their interest, for now, has waned. They also seem to be more wary of getting involved in any projects that face heavy hometown opposition. Short-term, that could put developers such as Belisle in a bind. They are likely to have a harder time persuading the quasi-judicial Vermont Public Service





Board that a project is in the public interest — and therefore should be permitted to operate — without proof that they can sell the power to Vermonters. Long-term, it’s still in the mix, according to Chris Recchia, commissioner of the state Department of Public Service, which represents ratepayers. He argued that wind power is still viable in Vermont, particularly as turbine technology advances. “I think it’s more about the timing. GMP is a little long on power,” he said. “Wind is still an important component of our energy future, but it’s never been a situation where our countryside will be dotted with turbines.” Others say that wind power will be an essential ingredient as the state works toward meeting the new

renewable-energy targets. A state law passed this year requires that 75 percent of Vermont’s power come from renewable sources by 2032 and sets a goal of 90 percent renewables by 2050. “We’re certainly going to need wind,” said Gabrielle Stebbins, executive director of Renewable Energy Vermont, which represents renewable energy developers and utilities. “If we’re serious about reaching 90 by 2050, you’re going to see more and more supply.” In Swanton, Belisle; his wife, Ashley; and his father, Gerald, launched the Swanton Wind project because, Belisle said, they believe that powering Vermont with locally generated renewable energy is the right thing to do. They aren’t giving up, said Leslie Cadwell, a lawyer who is representing

the project. “There is a long way to go in the process,” she said. The Belisles have yet to formally apply for permission from the state to build the turbines, but the Swanton Wind project has already drawn the ire of neighbors and town officials fearful of noise and environmental degradation. The Swanton Selectboard last month sent a unanimous seven-page letter to the Public Service Board opposing the project. Before applying for a certificate of public good from the board, the project’s developers asked Green Mountain Power for a traditional agreement to buy the power their turbines would generate at a negotiated price. They took another route, too: They requested that the state allow them to sell their power under a rarely invoked federal law intended to help independent producers. Green-energy developers in Vermont are showing renewed interest in the federal Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act, or PURPA. The 1978 law requires utilities to purchase power from qualifying developers at set, long-term prices that are supposed to equal what utilities would pay for power elsewhere. The law was designed to help independent power producers compete with monopoly utilities. GMP opposed Belisle’s PURPA proposal and said no to a negotiated purchase contract. Burlington Electric Department and Washington Electric Cooperative joined GMP in asking the Public Service Board to reject the PURPA request, which, they argue, would cost them more than other power sources on the market. The guaranteed prices, which were set by the state in February, vary by month and by peak and nonpeak power needs. Powell said they tend to be at least 10 percent higher than other contracts. The board has not made a decision on whether PURPA applies. Utilities’ opposition to the contracts is long-standing and unfair, Cadwell said. “GMP and other monopolies consistently fight PURPA because its purpose is to encourage development and ownership of renewable-energy facilities by nonutility companies, thereby reducing utility rate base and shareholder profits,” she said. Swanton Wind told the Public Service Board that granting a PURPA deal will help the state meet its renewable-energy


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goals and that having a future power support is also a factor, she said. Powell contract is necessary — especially for called the Swanton Selectboard’s unaniindependent developers — to secure mous letter of opposition to Belisle’s financing for their projects. project “significant.” How will the utilities’ no-new-wind When Green Mountain Power built policy impact companies already build- the 21-turbine Lowell project, neighbors ing turbines in Vermont? Iberdrola strongly opposed it, but the host town Renewables, a Spanish company that op- voted in support twice — before and erates in 20 U.S. states, has two proposed after the turbines were installed. projects in Vermont — the long-planned Annette Smith, executive director of Deerfield project in Readsboro and Vermonters for a Clean Environment, Searsburg, and another has fought against many in Grafton that’s in the wind projects in Vermont. early stages of developShe suggested whether ment. There are lots of Green Mountain Power is unknowns with every site, still reeling from its Lowell said Iberdrola spokesexperience, which spawned man Paul Copelman. lawsuits and required the Generally, he said, “We utility to buy neighbors’ look at Vermont broadly as homes. a market that is supportive Not so, Powell said. “It of renewable energy.” was an amazing project that Iberdrola has no deal was brought in on time and KE n nOL An, for power from the Grafton on budget,” Powell said. BuRL ing T On project, but Copelman said Since then, wind opEL ECT RiC DEpART MEnT it’s too early to panic: “We ponents have become more don’t even know if we have organized and quicker to a project.” quash projects, arguing that neighbors Iberdrola did land a deal with Green feel powerless in a confusing and legalMountain Power to sell energy from the ese-laden Public Service Board process. Deerfield project, on which it hopes to Last week, Irasburg residents voted break ground next year, but that’s the last 274-9 against a two-turbine Kidder Hill wind contract the utility is pursuing, and Community Wind project that develGMP has an option to buy those turbines oper David Blittersdorf proposed there. 10 years after they start operating. Cadwell, who represents that project When it comes to buying more wind as well as Swanton Wind, indicated power, Powell said, “I wouldn’t say, that both projects’ developers will con‘No, never.’” But she added that Green tinue to counter opposition, which, she Mountain Power is focused on smaller- argued, has been based on misinformascale renewables, such as solar and meth- tion. “If the Irasburg Selectboard was ane digesters that are located as close to truly interested in informed discussion, the power demand as possible. The utility, it could have waited until there was a which draws 9 percent of its energy from fleshed-out proposal to serve as a startwind, must maintain a diverse portfolio ing point for conversation,” she said. to keep costs down, Powell said. Owning Cadwell brought the argument back power facilities outright is a cost-saver in to the need for clean, locally generated the long run, she said. power. “We all know we need electricGreen Mountain Power owns ity: not just to power our homes but two of its wind-power sources for increasingly to provide petroleum-free wind: Kingdom Community Wind in transportation and affordable, efficient Lowell, which went online in 2011, and home heating for Vermonters,” she said. Searsburg Wind, which has been operBlittersdorf did not respond to a reating since 1997. The cost of power from quest for comment. In a June presentaboth is relatively low: 4 cents per kilo- tion to the Addison County Democratic watt hour from Lowell and 2 cents from Committee, he made the argument that Searsburg. Both are cheaper than the 5 Vermont will be thirsting for renewable cents per kilowatt GMP pays for nuclear energy, including wind, in the coming power from NextEra Energy Resources decades. To meet the goal of 90 percent in Seabrook, N.H. renewables by 2050, Vermont will need The utility also gets wind power 3,000 megawatts of wind power, he from Granite Reliable Wind in New estimated. The state now has just 119 Hampshire for 6.3 cents per kilowatt megawatts. hour and would pay 4.8 cents under the Blittersdorf told the crowd: “It’s proposed agreement with Deerfield. hard, but we’ve got to start moving But cost isn’t the only concern when faster.” m deciding whether to get involved in a project, Powell said. Community Contact:



Big Stink: New Law Leads to Huge Composting Challenges B Y M O LLY WA LSH 10.07.15-10.14.15 SEVEN DAYS 20 LOCAL MATTERS

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he smell coming off the brownish mounds is so foul, it makes your eyes water. If it abides, that stench could become the most distinctive feature of the Green Mountain Compost facility in Williston and potentially disrupt the state’s ambitious plan to reduce the amount of food waste going to Vermont landfills. The stink at the compost facility on Redmond Road, the largest in the state, emerged last summer as it received increasing amounts of organic waste because of an expansive recycling law passed in 2012. A neighbor who lives a mile away on Mountain View Road expressed concern to the operators of the facility about strong smells wafting her way day and night. Tom Moreau, general manager of the Chittenden Solid Waste District, which runs the facility, agreed that something putrid was in the air. “Late August, it smelled like blue cheese,” Moreau said. “We all went, ‘What the frick?’” He added, “We can’t be a bad neighbor. Nobody should be sitting home at eight o’clock at night or five in the morning and smelling it.” But the odor has persisted. Last Monday, a visitor to the big operation whiffed the stench immediately, especially near the huge piles of fresh food scraps in one of the covered bays. Tests are under way to determine the source, which Moreau said could be a large volume of powdered creamer and other dairy-based food waste that came from Keurig Green Mountain starting last winter. If that’s the cause, he said, the problem should go away. Moreau stopped accepting flavorings, sugars and milk-based products from the Waterbury-based company in August after preliminary tests of the rank material showed high fatty-acid content. Keurig officials confirmed that the dairy product is now going to farms as “cattle feed.” Meanwhile, the old Keurig material is working its way through the compost operation and should graduate to a less smelly phase within the next few weeks. If the odor doesn’t go away, Moreau reasoned, it could be a permanent byproduct of managing increasing quantities of compost: In the fiscal year that ended on June 30, Green Mountain Compost accepted 23 percent more, from 3,577 tons to 4,413. “It doesn’t go up linearly,” he said of the corresponding stench. “It goes up exponentially.”


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Some bad smells are to be expected, especially when the fresh food scraps are dropped off. But the current level is unprecedented, according to Moreau, noting compostable plastic bags may be contributing to the problem. More consumers are using the biodegradable bags, which take the “yuck” factor out of composting. But it appears that when compost is sealed in the bags, the rotting smell intensifies and it’s extra odiferous when the bags are punched open in the compost mixing process. If any one of those variables is causing the stench, Green Mountain Compost might have to cap the volume of food scraps at or below current levels. That would likely force the State of Vermont to rethink its approach to large-scale composting. His advice to state officials: “You guys need to know, if Chittenden can’t do this, I think other people are going to have some problems.” Moreau admitted, “I’m starting to raise a potential alarm.” He put Seven Days in touch with the unhappy neighbor, but Diana Miranowicz did not respond to a request for comment.

Vermont has big plans when it comes to the food we don’t eat. A universal recycling law, Act 148, passed in 2012, mandates that all food waste must stop going to landfills by 2020. The law gradually steps up composting requirements to reach that goal, starting with the largest generators of food waste. Last year, it required those who produce 104 tons or more annually — two tons per week — to compost. This year, on July 1, the law kicked in on generators of one ton per week. In 2017, haulers must offer foodscrap collection to residential customers, and by 2020 all scraps, including those from homes, will be banned from landfills. One exception: Residents who compost most of their food waste in their backyards will be allowed to send meat remnants, bones and skin to the landfill with other trash. The push to reduce trash in Vermont appears to be working. During the past 10 years, the amount of trash that Chittenden County sends to the landfill each year dropped from 145,906 tons to 116,658. Diverting organic matter could help further, but if they’re not going to the landfill, those food scraps still have to go somewhere.

The Green Mountain facility, which cost $2.3 million to build, opened four years ago. It replaced a compost facility in Burlington’s Intervale, which had to close as a result of various concerns, including liquid runoff near the Winooski River. The Williston operation was designed to avoid such problems. Sitting on a concrete pad, a large shed hosts covered bays for compost at different stages. The floors of the bays are slotted, so air can be blown into the material to speed composting. A webbing of wire outside the bays keeps seagulls out, so they don’t litter the area with droppings or carry off chicken bones. Pipes collect runoff to keep it from leaching into the ground. The conversion of food scraps into rich, black soil mix takes about six or seven weeks. Wood chips and debris are added to the mix to hasten the process, during which the compost must reach temperatures of 131 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for three days in order to kill pathogens. Bacteria helps the piles get to that temperature naturally, even in the dead of winter. Digital probes measuring the temperature stick up from the piles, so employees have

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food waste, manure and byproducts from at least three dairy farms that milk 2,000 cows. GMP’s Champlain Community Biodigester Project would produce enough power to light 492 homes. Moreau and his board have reached out to GMP to discuss partnering on a biodigester in Chittenden County. Meanwhile, the compost law is slowly changing the operations of restaurants, grocery stores and other big producers of food waste. Many big grocery stores and institutions were already composting. But the law is pushing them to donate more items to food banks and farms. It is also spurring businesses to assess how they will respond to composting requirements, according to Michele Morris, assistant waste-reduction manager at CSWD.

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to Albert, Dorothy was much loved by all, maintained contact with everyone and was the keeper of the family tree. She embraced her husband’s family and “was more Perrelli than a Perrelli.” Longtime friends in India called her “our American mother.” Friends and family alike describe her as kind, caring and full of grace. She was a tenacious and determined survivor in the face of multiple illnesses throughout her lifetime. She was highly accomplished at many types of needlework and was an avid knitter right until she

died, contributing hats to the University of Vermont Medical Center preemie unit. Dorothy is survived by her loving husband, Albert Perrelli of South Burlington; her children, Daniel Perrelli and Tena Perrelli; grandson Nate Venet, granddaughter Ursula Seymour and grandson in-law Robert Seymour; greatgrandchild Emily Seymour and “special bonus” great-grandchildren Bobby, Ashley and Matt Seymour; nieces and nephews Thomas Dorris, Joanna McCutchon, Paul Thomsen, Helen Pearl Jones, Catherine Perrelli, Mary Louise Baumgartner, Vincent Perrelli and Barbara Ellen Richardson; and many grandand great-grandnieces and -nephews. Dorothy is predeceased by her siblings, Astrid Thomsen, Agnes Thomsen, Kammar Dorris, Eiler Thomsen, Donald Thomsen; her nephews Erik Thomsen and Michael Perrelli Sr.; and niece Mary Anne Perrelli. A memorial celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held on Monday, November 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pines Senior Living Community, 7 Aspen Drive, in South Burlington.


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Dorothy Marie Perrelli of South Burlington passed away quietly at Vermont Respite House on September 28, 2015, at the age of 93. The youngest child born to Karolina Martina Larsen and Erik Thomsen, a blacksmith of Dwight, Ill., Dorothy began her 71 years of married life to Albert Perrelli on New Year’s Day in 1944 when Al was able to get weekend leave from the Navy. Together they traveled the world following Al’s career and lived in New Delhi, Brussels and Jamaica. Dorothy worked in various secretarial and office administrative jobs, including at State Farm Insurance, the Office of Price Administration in Marseilles, Ill., Christ Lutheran Church in Clarenden Hills, Ill.; as personal secretary to the U.S. ambassador to India’s wife, Steb Bowles; as president of the American Women’s Club of New Delhi in 1965; supporting Al in his professional work; and as proofreader for the Customs Cooperation Council in Brussels. As the quiet and humble family matriarch and helpmate



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SEVEN DAYS: How did you get interested in high wire? JADE KINDAR-MARTIN: The very first reason why I’m a high-wire walker is [Circus Smirkus founder] Rob Mermin.

SD: You’re a wire walker, not a stunt man. How’d you land the gig on The Walk? JK-M: I have an amazing life. [Laughs.] Ten years ago, my wife decided to leave Cirque du Soleil — she’s an acrobat — because she wanted to become a stunt woman. Within a week or two, she got her first job: with Bob Zemeckis, making The Polar Express. (When I see Polar Express, I’ll see a girl sitting on a bench swinging her legs, and I’ll say, “That’s Karine!”) She became friends with the producer, Steve Starkey. Ten years later, he calls her up and says, “I remember that your husband is a high-wire walker. We’re doing this movie — would he be

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n a spring day in 1997, Jade Kindar-Martin went for a stroll across Burlington’s Main Street. Not on Main Street — above it. Kindar-Martin is a high-wire walker, and his rooftop-level perambulation took him back and forth between the Nectar’s and Chittenden Superior Court buildings. His daring, without-a-net walk took place in a smaller city and at a lower elevation than that of his idol, Philippe Petit: In 1974, Petit walked a tightrope strung between the two towers of the World Trade Center. Nearly 20 years later, Kindar-Martin, now 41, found himself walking in Petit’s footsteps, as it were. In The Walk, Robert Zemeckis’ new film about Petit’s legendary feat, the Vermont-born wire walker appears as the stunt double for star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. As Gordon-Levitt as Petit, Kindar-Martin retraces that legendary feat, which was also the subject of the 2008 documentary Man on Wire. Two days after seeing The Walk for

He opened up a whole new world. My first year at Circus Smirkus, when I was 14, I learned a little bit of wire, and I was immediately pulled in. It came pretty easy to me. When I graduated from [Champlain Valley Union] high school, I was accepted at both the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and at a small circus school in Montréal, the École Nationale des Arts de Cirque. The message I got one night was that you can be an actor whenever you want, but you’re 18, and you can only learn high wire now.

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ecently, a colorful mural of cartoonish race cars by Mitchell Schorr appeared on the west-facing wall of Simon’s Downtown Mobil in Burlington — and lasted less than a month. The work was part of the New York artist’s nationwide series “Da Race”; other examples of his work can still be seen outside Pearl Street Beverage and the Burlington Beer Company. But just as quickly as the Simon’s “race” began, it ended in another flurry of rollers and spray paint. Scottie Raymond of Anthill Collective, a group of local artists who assisted Schorr this summer, said he had no inkling that the mural had been poorly received until he saw an Instagram photo of someone painting over it. “I don’t work on Center Street; I’m not there every day,” Raymond said. “We submitted the sketches, and everybody knew ‘Da Race’ was going on that wall, so it was interesting that it got a fair amount of negative feedback pretty quickly.”

Most of the discontent was expressed by patrons and employees of the Daily Planet and Revolution Kitchen across the street, as well as by Simon’s owners Charlie and Joe Handy. The Handys often work with Bruce Wilson of the local nonprofit Service Rendered, part of whose mission is to keep graffiti at bay by providing wall space for youthful artists to paint. According to Wilson, the nearby business owners “all agreed [they needed] a more quality mural on that wall.” Charlie Handy said in a phone interview that Schorr’s mural just “didn’t fit with the neighborhood.” At his request, Wilson met with Planet owner Copey Houghton and Revolution Kitchen chef Jeff Hodgdon, who had expressed an interest in painting over “Da Race” with his own design. “I told Jeff that Anthill Collective was already on it,” Wilson wrote in an email. “Brian [Clark of Anthill Collective] called him to do a collaboration.”

Art If the situation seemed clear to Wilson, apparently Anthill and Hodgdon weren’t on the same page. The energetic chef, who got a green light from the Handys, went ahead and started rolling the wall, prepping it for his geometric diamond design. When the collective found out that Hodgdon had started painting, Raymond said, “That was the moment when we were like, ‘OK, what’s going on? We should go meet this guy.’ Because we were pretty excited to get down there and paint.”

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What could have turned into a spraypaint throwdown instead became a typical Vermont-y collaboration: polite, community minded and … incorporating a tree. “We figured, you know what, rather than turn this into some sort of political mural battle, let’s just all work together,” Raymond said. “‘You take a section of the wall; we’ll take a section of the wall.’” Riffing on Hodgdon’s design, Anthill artists painted the right side of the station’s western wall with tessellated designs depicting a heart and a tree with

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willing to come and teach Joe how to walk on the wire?” Karine asked who was the stunt man for Joe, and I IMDb’d Joe, and we’re the exact same height, the exact same build… SD: I gather that Philippe Petit was an inspiration for you. JK-M: When I was 14, my mom bought this book for me: Philippe Petit’s On the High Wire. And I absorbed this book. I slept with it by my bed. He has a list of all the different tricks he’d seen, and I kept ticking off the ones I could do. Philippe Petit is really my inspiration to become a high-wire walker. So on the first day of filming, I was in Philippe Petit’s black jeans, black turtleneck and top hat, riding a unicycle down the streets of Paris. It was bizarre, because I’d read about it, I’d seen those pictures, I’d searched out how he tied his rope. When I got out of Circus Smirkus, I found a high-wire teacher in France: Rudy Omankowski Jr. This man was an eighth-generation high-wire walker. We clicked. His father, “Papa Rudy,” in The Walk is the character played by Ben Kingsley. That’s my teacher’s father. So I’m in the “line” of Philippe Petit in that sense.

SD: Why would a movie like this even need the services of a real high-wire walker? Why not just have Joseph Gordon-Levitt walk along a beam and digitally drop him into a scene? JK-M: That is what happened for some shots. Something I suggested was to make a plank and set the wire in the middle of it, so he could feel it. Otherwise, his feet would go all over the place. So, a lot of times [in the film], it’s him on the plank. Part of the reason that I came was that it wasn’t just wire that I did. I did all the juggling, all the unicycle work and all the slack-rope work. Also, Bob wanted it to look as real as possible. In the trailer, you see the feet of a character walking out [on a rope], and that’s me. If you watch the movements, they’re different from those of someone who had never done high wire. Unconsciously, we know. We see things, and they make us believe or not. Little movements that we don’t even know about. I think [Zemeckis] wanted it to be as real as possible, since he knew that everything around it was going to be digital. Adding some kind of flesh and blood to the mix. VERmOnT mAn On WiRE

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permission to paint that wall, contrary to what the Handys had assured him, and that his work would soon be replaced. Standing in the parking lot facing his bold, blocky image, Hodgdon seemed unfazed. “I don’t want any negativity coming out of this. A mural could roll for a day, for a week or for a month,” he said. Asked for comment via email, Wilson reiterated, “The south wall was going to be painted by Anthill Collective. It will be a memorial for Charlie [Handy’s] dad. [Jeff Hodgdon] was not supposed to touch any of our other walls.” Handy confirmed that a tribute to his father, Salamin Handy, would be incorporated into one of the murals on the building. When asked about Hodgdon’s work, though, he seemed appreciative. “I think it looks good. It makes the whole area look better,” he said. Raymond pointed out that, regardless of any crossed wires between artists and building owners, the Mobil murals are a step in the right direction. “It seems like there’s a lot of excitement about murals being painting in the city,” he said. “That’s what I take away from this.” m 10.07.15-10.14.15 SEVEN DAYS STATE OF THE ARTS 25

an oversize acorn hanging off a barren branch. Locals may notice similarities in color palette and shape to one of Anthill’s other pieces — the A-Dog mural in the alley between Nectar’s and Esox, dedicated to the late DJ and artist Andy Williams. Raymond explained that the tree, in particular, is “based on drawings that Andy had done right before he passed, while he was in the hospital.” The heart bridging Anthill Collective’s and Hodgdon’s work could be seen as both a loving gesture to A-Dog and a commentary on the power of paint to overcome ego. “We’re trying really hard to not make any of this about politics or fighting,” Raymond said. “We really just want murals happening all over the city, and people should want more of them.” Hodgdon has expressed the same desire. Yet the mural saga didn’t end there. Soon after completing the west wall of Simon’s, Hodgdon said, he got the go-ahead from the Handys to begin another mural on the south-facing wall. Seven Days caught up with the chef last week while he was working on the new piece, a design of brightly colored squares overlaid by zigzagging arrows. Hodgdon said Wilson had told him earlier in the day that he didn’t have

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very, very long time ago, some early human had the idea of representing the natural world, rather than just being in it. Whether that first gesture was stick figure or symbol, we can’t know for sure, but it was surely evolutionary. The artwork of ensuing civilizations suggests that the desire — perhaps need — to contemplate and depict the land is stamped in our DNA. Realistic landscape paintings are still popular, and the relatively unspoiled environs of Vermont continue to inspire plein-air painters. But in contemporary times, some artists have been more inclined to illustrate, and protest, the unfortunate consequences of destructive human behavior on this earth. The 2015 iteration of the multi-site exhibit “Of Land & Local,” which recently opened, represents this spectrum and many points of interests in between. The third annual “statewide exploration of contemporary art,” as Burlington City Arts calls it, is intended to “initiate a dialogue about issues surrounding art and the environment that relates to the Vermont landscape.” For this year’s show, curated by BCA’s dj Hellerman, 14 artists created work during outdoor residencies at state parks, as well as at Shelburne Farms and the MarshBillings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock. The results are currently on view at the BCA Center in Burlington (four artists) and the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn (10 artists). As noted, these works span a variety of mediums and styles. Though each participating artist presented initial proposals for his or her work, Hellerman allowed them latitude for altering projects midstream, said one of the artists at a panel discussion last Saturday at the Coach Barn. Sometimes nature just doesn’t cooperate. Wendy Copp and Susan Raber Bray, for example, admitted that they wrestled with an installation of woven grape vines and other botanicals on a windy knoll at Shelburne Farms, and their structure kept changing. Despite these challenges, or perhaps because of them, the sculptural forms the two women created over the summer — using vines, willow branches, leaves and apple tree prunings — are among the most engaging and successful in the exhibit. Whether crafting figurative works — a chair-like form — or abstract ones on the floor or wall, Copp and Bray quite literally related to the exhibit’s theme.


“Brocklebank Road” by Lyal Michel

So did sculptor Angelo Arnold. But his “installation” added to the Shelburne Farms grounds by subtracting. Known for his humorously anthropomorphic furniture-based works, Arnold trimmed a straight line out of a row of thick buckthorn bushes near the Coach Barn. So subtle is the cut that visitors have to know it’s there to notice it. In keeping with the ethos of earth art, what was removed will grow back; buckthorn is a pernicious invasive. Arnold’s creation evokes the adage that there are no straight lines in nature; only humans make them — from neat crop rows to highways to landing strips. Last Saturday, Arnold noted that his piece reflects an interest in landscape architecture, but also that, over the summer, he “fell in love with” the far less manicured forms of wasps’ nests. Jeroen Jongeleen also trades in lines, even if they sometimes go in a circle. The Dutch artist puts unusually intense physicality into his work: He runs the course of a precharted design in, say, a field — and invites others to join him — until the wearing away of grass reveals a pattern. Aerial, drone-assisted photos of his work are on view at both BCA and the Coach Barn.

Jongeleen is interested in the use of public spaces and how humans leave traces on the earth. But he chooses to leave ones that, like that buckthorn slice, will disappear. His work speaks eloquently to patterns of human behavior, from walkers wearing down diagonal shortcuts between right-angled sidewalks to builders “leaving traces that will remain for the next 5,000 years,” as he put it at the BCA exhibit reception.

The exhibit is intended to “initiate a dialogue about issues surrounding art and the environment



takes the idea of the human footprint in another direction. Her installation at the Coach Barn consists of white and clear plastic waste forming a suspended, illuminated “chandelier” and, on the floor beneath it, a circle of other debris. As Schwarz admitted in the panel discussion last week, she finds a certain beauty in these objects, even though the sculpture speaks to rampant consumerism and its long-lasting impact on the planet. All of the artists encountered random visitors during their residencies this summer, but Schwarz, who coordinates BCA’s Art From the Heart program for hospitalized children and their caregivers, proactively conducted workshops at Button Bay State Park in Vergennes. “For me, it was about what we throw

that relates to the Vermont landscape.”

away,” she said Saturday. “Kids had this gut understanding of how messed up it is.” Destroying the earth is a depressing topic, Schwarz acknowledged. Her way around hopelessness was to encourage her young students to “grow up and find better solutions.” Two curious choices for “Of Land & Local” are on view at the BCA Center: The works of Stella Marrs and Olga Koumoundouros are engaging but seem more concerned with feminism and labor/economy, respectively. Each of the other dozen participants, however, found his or her way into the exhibit’s theme with the thoughtful idiosyncrasy expected of artists. Now it remains to viewers to discover how, or whether, artists’ interpretations of the land influence their own ideas. Those who head to Shelburne Farms for a look should be sure also to stop in at the Shelburne Museum’s current “Eyes on the Land” exhibit (see review page 78). It is conceptually and aesthetically — though not officially — of the same mind. m Contact:

INFO “Of Land & Local,” through November 14 at BCA Center in Burlington, and through October 18 at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn. A panel discussion on “The New Working Landscape: Renewable Energy and the Aesthetics of Vermont” is Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 p.m., at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn. See website for future programming.

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SD: You just saw the film for the first time. What did you think? JK-M: We saw it in 3D, and I’m always a little skeptical of 3D. But in this movie, it works. At one point, [Petit] falls and the balancing pole comes straight out, and everybody went like this [ducks]. With IMAX, you’re going to be transported straight into the backs of his eyes. I was really happy that it was Bob Zemeckis who made this movie. The attention to detail that he has, and the way he twists the camera angles, is like no one else. I got chills seeing the movie.


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SD: How does The Walk add to what filmgoers already know from Man on Wire? JK-M: I think they’re complementary. When we see the documentary, we get this kind of outsider’s perspective. Whereas with this movie, we are literally behind Philippe’s eyes. We follow his evolution as a wire walker, and as a person. m


Now 11, the Middlebury company continues to produce one fully staged opera in early summer and one fall concert opera each year to sold-out houses at Town Hall Theater. This weekend is its third concert opera, and its first foray into early music: Henry Purcell’s 1688 masterpiece Dido and Aeneas. The spare, 70-minute tragic opera in English is a favorite among directors because of its minimal needs — an eight-piece orchestra, in this case

SD: You did stunts in the movie, but you were also a consultant, right? JK-M: Yes, I was consulting on everything from the diameter of the wire and how it should be rigged to what lighter Papa Rudy should have — the gold one or the silver one? I was the only one other than Philippe Petit who knew that he had a gold lighter. At one point, I got called into Bob’s office, and Bob, Steve and the stunt coordinator all look at me, and I’m like, Uh-oh, what’s going on? They said, “We’ve decided that you need a stunt double.” I said, “I am the stunt double!” They said, “No, you do juggling, slack rope, unicycle, high wire. If you get hurt doing a tripover-the-box stunt, then the whole last month, which is the walk between the Twin Towers, will have to be scrapped.” So the stunt man had a stunt man.


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SD: What kind of instruction did you offer to Joseph Gordon-Levitt? JK-M: The nature of my instruction was as much mental as it was physical. Being a high-wire walker is 90 percent mental. You really have to know that you’re going to get to the other side, to know that you’re not going to fall. It’s an attitude. If you’re scared, then immediately your shoulders start coming in, you round your back, you start closing in to protect yourself. You have to conquer that fear: Open your chest up, throw your shoulders back, head up. I would constantly talk to him about that.

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Anderson decided against the women’s usual portrayal as “stock Halloween witches” wagging bent fingers at the audience. Instead, influenced by Alfred Hitchcock’s film Rebecca, he imagined them as maids in Dido’s palace who pretend to mean well while plotting their employer’s downfall. “It will be genuinely creepy,” promises Anderson, who’s particularly interested in how staging can convey psychological depth. The music, meanwhile, will be handled by Middlebury College Baroque specialist Jeffrey Buettner, who founded Bray Wilkins the Middlebury Bach Festival. In a rare collaboration between the college and this professional company, OCM is also drawing its chorus from the college choir. The leads have all sung in former OCM productions, including mezzo-soprano Sara Petrocelli, who will sing Dido. Petrocelli sang small roles in two Metropolitan Opera productions in the past two seasons. That should please aficionados of Dido’s score, including Bill Metcalfe, the director of Oriana Singers in Burlington, who has conducted the opera six times in the past 50 years. “It’s just such a Sara Petrocelli stunning piece,” says Metcalfe of the music, “and it has a wonderful effect. I’ve seen grown people — and among audiences for its final, burst into tears at the end.” Audiences may have to blow their moving aria, “Dido’s Lament.” The story, based on Virgil’s Aeneid, noses before OCM’s new offering: “clips along like a good movie,” ac- post-performance Q&A sessions with cording to Anderson. When the opera the singers. These will supplement the opens, Dido, queen of Carthage, is pre-performance talks, which happen secretly pining for the visiting Aeneas an hour ahead, according to board of Troy — the handsome son of Venus president David Clark. And there will be three performances of Dido instead of who is destined to found Rome. After Aeneas falls in love with Dido, the usual two the company allows its too, he’d happily stay put. But a sorcer- concert operas. That’s one more sign ess and her witches plot to separate that the state’s opera scene is growing, them by tricking the warrior into leav- on a Vermont scale. m ing abruptly for Italy. Devastated, Dido appears to die; the libretto is unclear. INFO Statues through the centuries have Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, prodepicted her thrusting a dagger into duced by Opera Company of Middlebury, her heart, but Anderson hints he may Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 18, 2 p.m., at have other plans. Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. His main puzzle lay with the witches, however. In the libretto, their The Vermont Opera Project presents “An only motivation is that they want to Afternoon of American Song,” Sunday, injure the queen because they “hate” October 11, 3 p.m., at Tuttle Hall Theater, her, “as we do all [people] in prosp’rous College of St. Joseph, Rutland. state.” photoS: Courtesy of Opera Company of Middlebury

ermont’s opera scene is moving steadily onward and upward, to borrow a New Yorker phrase. Diva Renée Fleming will appear just over the border at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts on October 27 in a solo performance that’s long been sold out. In Burlington, two non-opera groups — Theatre Kavanah and In Tandem Arts — will produce the 1938 Czech opera Brundibár in March. And, on the heels of the Waitsfieldbased Green Mountain Opera Festival’s demise, the Vermont Opera Project is taking shape in Rutland. Aiming to produce a 2001 version of Orpheus and Eurydice and other contemporary and rarely performed operas, the fledgling company will host a fundraising concert of American songs on October 11 at the College of St. Joseph. Opera Meanwhile, the Company of Middlebury’s reputation for solid singing and creative productions has been validated in New York City. Yonghoon Lee, the tenor who got his start singing in the company’s very first production, in 2004, is currently starring on the Metropolitan Opera stage as Manrico in Il Trovatore — opposite opera-world favorites Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Scouts regularly attend OCM performances, according to OCM director Doug Anderson.

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Dear Cecil,

If juglone can induce cell death in humans, how are walnuts good for us? Is it juglone in walnuts that causes walnut/pecan allergy? Maja Ramirez

heavy that somebody getting seriously beaned is, to hear the locals tell it, practically inevitable. When in 2007 the city council considered their most recent anti-tree petition, one witness cited her 87-year-old mother as a potential victim: “A good whack from one of those fruits is probably going to see the end of her.” “Walnuts do fall,” Toronto’s parks chief admitted, “and they could cause a little bruise.” But the council still blocked the tree’s removal, deeming the hazards it posed to be, apparently, quite negligible.


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benefits of juglone, medicinal and otherwise, have been well-known for ages. (And it’s non-food uses I’m talking about exclusively here: Juglone, found in the walnut tree’s roots, bark, leaves, wood and green nut-hulls, is unrelated to allergies triggered by eating the nuts themselves.) In the early 20th century, for instance, American doctors prescribed juglone to treat various skin conditions; it’s been used as a folk remedy around the world to battle inflammation, fungus, intestinal issues — you name it. In addition to enumerating its long career as a natural medicine (as well as an ingredient in hair dye), a 2012 literature review suggests we haven’t yet tapped juglone’s full potential, including as an herbicide and biocide — the authors propose using it to rid ships’ ballast water of invasive marine species. These properties, too, are already folk knowledge. Lazy fishermen used to dump unripe walnut hulls into ponds to take advantage of juglone’s toxic effects; the stunned fish would float to the surface, easily collectible. And as an herbicide, juglone will be

on the cells and their tendency to proliferate that the scientists suggested the compound might be characterized as an anticancer agent according to criteria put forth by the National Cancer Institute. Similar reactions have been observed when juglone has been let loose on leukemia, prostate cancer and cervical carcinoma. And we haven’t exhausted juglone’s medical possibilities even where cancer’s not concerned. One recent study found that its antimicrobial properties prove effective against Acanthamoeba, a common protozoan that can cause granulomatous amebic encephalitis, a rare but highly unpleasant infection of the brain and spinal cord that affects people with compromised immune systems; researchers floated the idea of using juglone as a disinfectant in hospitals. It’s shown potential as an antiviral agent, too, as when it was recently pitted to salutary effect against the protein 1a8g, an enzyme in HIV. I’ll allow as to there being one distinct danger associated with a full-grown black walnut tree, as evidenced by the longrunning saga of several Toronto residents trying to get permission to remove such a tree from their neighborhood. It seems the walnuts fall so hard and




here is, admittedly, something a little uncomfortable about a phrase like “cell death.” Cells are what we’re made of; death is bad; etc. So given certain facts, Maja, yours is a reasonable question: Walnut trees, along with other members of the Juglandaceae family (pecan, hickory), do produce a compound called juglone. And the 2005 study you linked to in your email, from the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, did indeed find that juglone induced death in the human cells researchers applied it to. The authors concluded their report with the suggestion that “since juglone is present in human health and beauty products, a further understanding of its effects on human cells is warranted.” They weren’t the first to wonder about juglone’s potential effects on human wellbeing. Scientists before and since have explored that very question — but mainly what they’re looking at is whether a little juglone might actually be a good thing. First, though, let’s back up. The various non-alimentary

familiar to backyard gardeners as the reason you don’t want to grow some vegetables too close to a black walnut tree, the richest source of juglone in the Juglandaceae family: It inhibits the respiration of certain plants (including tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant) living within the walnut’s root zone, which in a mature tree can extend up to 80 feet. So far, so good: This is potent stuff, and humans have figured out some crafty ways to deploy it that, often as not, exploit its unique lethality. But inside the body? That 2005 paper you cite found two responses juglone produced in human cells: necrotic and apoptotic. Necrotic’s no good. That’s the capital-D death you’re worried about but scientists evidently aren’t — I wasn’t able to find much more research into juglone’s necrotic tendencies. They’re far more interested in getting juglone to induce apoptosis, which is the naturally occurring process, also known as “programmed cell death,” by which our bodies cycle out cells that are no longer wanted or that present a threat to our health. Scientists’ thinking is this: Can juglone be used to produce an apoptotic response in something really nasty inside of us — say, cancer? The research has certainly been promising. A 2009 study in Cell Biology International reported on exposing, in vitro, a chemotherapy-resistant line of melanoma cells to juglone; the juglone did enough of a number

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has grown into such a ratings and marketing juggernaut that it’s spawned a skull-crushing flood of merchandise, including coffee mugs, belt buckles, plush toys, jewelry, Lego characters and, yes, even lottery tickets. For about four months last year, the Vermont Lottery offered “The Walking Dead” scratch tickets for $2 a pop, according to Jeff Cavender, director of marketing and sales at the Vermont Lottery Commission. However, because the state was restricted in its use of “The Walking Dead” name and imagery, Cavender says they had to figure out an “end-around” for marketing the short-lived product. The solution: The commission distributed 25,000 free “Zombie Patrol” bumper stickers anywhere the

scratch tickets were sold. The stickers were part of a larger promotional campaign that also included social media, product giveaways and a free “membership” in the Vermont Zombie Patrol. Says Cavender, “A lot of people grabbed onto that.” The VLC certainly wasn’t the first governmental agency infected with the zombie bug. That honor likely belongs to the Department of Defense’s U.S. Strategic Command, which, in the summer of 2009 and 2010, created a “counter-zombie dominance” training tool for emergency planners at the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, in Norfolk, Va. As the 31-page planning document, officially titled CONPLAN 8888, explains in its disclaimer, “This plan was not actually designed as a joke.” STRATCOM didn’t want to risk the political fallout of having a fictional plan, which used real nations and actors, fall into the wrong hands and get mistaken for the real deal. So it used a zombie apocalypse instead. “Because the plan was so ridiculous, our students not only enjoyed the lessons, they actually were able to explore the basic concepts … very effectively,” CONPLAN 8888 reads. “We also hoped that this type

of nontraditional training approach would provide inspiration for other personnel trying to teach topics that can be very boring.” Following on the heels of the DoD’s zombie deterrence came a more widely reported public education campaign, launched in May 2011 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.” This campaign, which is still live on the CDC website, includes a list of supplies for making an emergency kit, instructions for preparing emergency plans with family and friends, a free (and creepy) downloadable poster of a female zombie’s undead eyes and fingers, and even a brief history of zombies in popular culture. “You may laugh now,” the website reads, “but when it happens, you’ll be happy you read this, and, hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.” The CDC campaign was so effective that it spawned copycat campaigns, including those by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and the Missouri Department of Conservation. It seems the Show Me State suffers from a zombie-like infestation of feral pigs and other whack-worthy invasives. Evidently, the folks at the Vermont Lottery Commission were unaware of the governmental zombie zeitgeist; for his part, Cavender claims he never heard of it. Moreover, he insists Zombie Patrol wasn’t meant as social commentary on the seemingly mindless behavior of buying scratch tickets: “Exactly the opposite. It was just plain fun.” “But because Zombie Patrol was so successful, both from engagement and the social media aspect, it’ll show up again,” Cavender adds. “I can’t tell you when, how or why, but it will.” Might be time to invest in a crossbow. m Contact:

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ctober marks the official start of zombie season. It’s the one month of the year when it’s socially acceptable to dress in shredded, blood-streaked rags, limp around as a fleshgnawing corpse, and moan threateningly at friends and strangers alike. This close to Halloween, most folks laugh it off as a seasonal shtick — provided the groping stays to a minimum. Vermont is no stranger to the zombie craze: About a year ago, black-and-yellow bumper stickers with the words “Zombie Patrol” began appearing in convenience stores and supermarkets throughout the state. The stickers feature a couple, armed with a pitchfork and axe — the latter might also be a cricket bat à la the 2004 zombie flick Shaun of the Dead — fending off two stiff-armed attackers. Beneath the blood-splattered illustration is the Vermont Lottery’s website address. It requires no great investigative skills to deduce that Zombie Patrol was a state-sponsored ad campaign aimed at boosting lottery ticket sales. Granted, it was a departure from the usual scratch-ticket memes that typically reference card games (“Blackjack Attack,” “Deuces Wild,” “Pair of Hearts”); the allure of Trumplike fortunes (“Fat Cat,” “Ruby Riches,” “Platinum Payout,” “Money Tree”); or just the sad and pathetic (“Dollars ’n’ Dirt,” “Did I Win?”). Odds are, the answer to that last question is “Fuck, no!” So why did the Vermont Lottery Commission embrace a marketing scheme that depicts brainless and decrepit meat sacks trying to satisfy their hunger for flesh before being decapitated with a farm implement? Scorching self-satire? The lottery is, after all, a government program that each year separates Vermonters from $100 million to $110 million of their money, all in the name of funding public education — about 1.5 percent of the state ed budget, anyway. Turns out, the explanation boils down to three words that totally hit the jackpot with scratch-ticket buyers: “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s gory, smash-hit TV series, now in its sixth season, revolves around a band of zombie apocalypse survivors and is loosely based on the comic book series of the same name. “The Walking Dead” TV franchise

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run into Adam on the subway. I know him distantly — he is my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother. I’ve heard he graduated Harvard and became a social worker or teacher — something compassionate and politically laudable. He is bearded and lean, smiling warmly. I am almost 17, recently broken up with my first boyfriend and technically still a virgin. Adam invites me to his apartment for a glass of wine. I know what this means. It’s 1969, the height of the sexual revolution. In the apartment — book-filled, with a canoe paddle against a wall — I sip my wine, impersonating a sophisticate. Adam leans back on the bed pillows. “C’mere,” he says, patting the place beside him. “I’m OK.” “Come,” he coaxes, as if I were a child or a pet. I perch on the edge of the bed. He slides down beside me, takes my glass and places it on the floor. Then he holds my head in his hands and kisses me. I close my eyes to avoid his. And then I am on my back with Adam’s big body leaning over mine, his leg swung over me. He is kissing

me more firmly while his finger sweeps across my breast. Now Adam’s mouth is on my breast, over my bra. Is this fear spreading from my stomach to my chest? Or am I turned on? Now his hand is unhooking the bra. Now the tongue is circling the nipple and the fingers are moving into my pants, into my body. With my boyfriend, sex was languid and aimless. But Adam proceeds methodically, as if on a program. I clench. “Relax,” he purrs. Feelings scrape against each other inside me like scrap metal in a smelter. They anneal into something heavy and dull as an ingot: resignation. I guess this is how sex is done in the adult world, I think. Adam is unzipping his fly, kissing my mouth. Objectively speaking, he’s an excellent kisser. I concentrate on this and try to relax, as instructed. Now his pants are on the floor and mine are halfway down my legs. Did he do this, or did I? He presses himself against my crotch. I squirm. Does he think I’m encouraging him? Finally, I find my voice. “It’s not that I don’t … I mean, I’ve been with a guy before but—”

He rolls back and raises his hand, gesturing “Stop.” Fear luffs in my chest. What will he do now? He picks up his glass, gazes into it and sighs. Fear turns to embarrassment. Then the interrogation starts. What did I think I was doing when I flirted on the subway? When I came to his apartment? When I lay down and kissed him? After each question he pauses, but I have no answers. “I’m just curious,” he says, not sounding terribly curious. “What were you thinking?” What was I thinking? “What are you?” His voice sharpens. “Some kind of a cocktease?” I think: Maybe I am. This scene has floated to my mind during the recent trial of Owen Labrie, the Thetford boy accused last year, at 18, of raping a 15-year-old schoolmate at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. Owen’s accuser — I’ll call her Sophie — said he bit her chest and penetrated her with fingers, tongue and penis, while she told him to stop. He claimed they did not have intercourse, and that while they kissed and touched, she did not object. In fact, he thought she was enjoying it. I find both these stories plausible. If you asked Adam and me to recount what happened that afternoon in 1969, we probably would have sounded similar. Adam might have described it as Owen did: a pleasant encounter at best, miscommunication at worst. My narrative, like Sophie’s, would have contradicted itself. I indicated I wanted to stop. I kept kissing him. Sophie took off her shirt and lay down with Owen. She said she said no; she also said she was “frozen” in silence. Did Sophie feel desire at any point, or pressure, or curiosity — as I did? At trial, she recalled a friend asking, “Did you want it?” Sophie answered: “I don’t know. I have no idea.” Sophie explained the affectionate messages she sent Owen afterward — evidence of her consent, the defense argued — this way: “I was trying to keep it light because I thought it was my fault.” I left Adam’s apartment in a hurry. But a few days later, I called him. I apologized, making it a joke. And I asked if we might see each other again. The jurors concluded that Owen did have intercourse with Sophie, but they were not convinced that she did not consent. They acquitted him of felony rape but convicted him of having sex with a minor — illegal regardless of consent — and a misdemeanor because the teens were close in age. The misdemeanor convictions could earn him four years behind bars. Owen was also found guilty of using a computer to entice a minor, a felony carrying penalties of seven years in prison and lifetime sex-offender registration.

The reason: The teens communicated via Facebook and email. If he’d called her on the phone — as he might have done if he were 60 — he would have broken no law. His attorney is appealing that conviction. Even if he doesn’t spend a day in prison, however, Owen Labrie isn’t going to college; he may be going nowhere. He will be a registered sex offender for years, and maybe for life — a wildly disproportionate penalty. What is sexual assault? A survey of students at 27 colleges and universities released this month by the Association of American Universities avoided the terms “assault” or “rape” in its questionnaire. Instead, it described situations and asked respondents if they’d experienced them. These ranged from forced penile penetration at gunpoint to being asked repeatedly to go on a date even after you’ve said no. The questionnaire did not inform respondents that all these “events” would be included as incidents of sexual “assault and misconduct.” But they were. What is sexual victimization? The definitions change with history. It did not occur to me for years that Adam might have assaulted me. Sophie came to that conclusion in a matter of days. What most shaped my perceptions were feminist politics that stress sexual pleasure as much as sexual danger. Sophie’s realization came in the middle of a nationwide stir about a claimed epidemic of campus sexual assault — and her alleged rape during “Senior Salute,” when graduating boys compete to score with younger girls. Neither Sophie nor I is more right. I did not report Adam to the police then and would not report him now. Unlike many feminists today, I didn’t look to prosecutors to transform a sexist culture into one of loving equals. Besides, I knew Adam was not a rapist. He was a guy trying to get in the pants of a girl who seemed to want her pants gotten into. What happened that day fell somewhere between consent and coercion. I suspect that’s what happened at St. Paul’s School, too.

I chalked up the experience to education, even if the lesson hurt. Over time, I learned what felt good and how to change or abandon what didn’t. As I learned what I desired, I gained skills in communicating it and also in reading another person’s cues. And Owen and Sophie? In a statement, her family expressed some satisfaction at the verdict. “While he was not convicted on all charges, Owen Labrie was held accountable in some way by a jury of his peers for crimes he committed against our daughter,” they said. “This conviction requires him to take ownership for his actions and gives him the opportunity to reflect upon the harm he has caused.” But, ironically, the system defeated the possibility of real accountability. Owen’s lawyer’s job — and thus, his — was to paint a picture of indisputable consent. Tell yourself that story enough times, and it starts to sound true. Meanwhile, the prosecutor, and Sophie, had to convey pure victimhood. Of course, if he coerced her, it was not her fault, period. But if he honestly didn’t know she was feeling pushed, neither of them was at fault. There is no room for such ambiguity in a criminal courtroom. After that awkward phone call, Adam and I never spoke. But in the intervening decades, practices have developed that help people like Owen and Sophie to talk safely and productively — she expressing her hurt and anger, and he making amends. Why did no one suggest this? Aside from one wrecked life, what has Owen Labrie’s trial accomplished? Maybe Sophie will get better at saying no. Maybe Owen — should he ever get to have an ordinary sex life — will become more sensitive to hearing it. But how will these two novices learn something about sexual desire and communication? When will they learn to say — and feel — “yes”? m

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xpert ice climber and professional photographer Alden Pellett describes one of his adventures during a trip to Newfoundland last winter. He ascended 2,000 feet of ice, without ropes, buffeted by 50-mph winds. Near the top, Pellett, his red beard encrusted in ice, paused to drink a cup of hot tea and take photos. Normally he would document fellow climbers, but this was a solo outing, and he had to settle for a selfie. Pellett is a particular breed of photographer — the kind who’s drawn to arctic temperatures and extreme adventures. And he’s in good company in Vermont. His frequent climbing partner, Nick Goldsmith, is a photographer as well. Prodigious photojournalist Jeb Wallace-Brodeur spends his spare time seeking backcountry adventures — and shots. Photography is both a living and a lifestyle for husband-and-wife adventurers Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson, who use some of their images to support conservation in remote mountainous regions. Burton photographer Dean “Blotto” Gray keeps up with some of the best snowboarders in the world.

These are photographers who know to test for avalanches before adjusting apertures. They’ve mastered the art of staying warm. And in situations where every additional pound of gear makes an excursion more grueling, they don’t hesitate to load up the camera equipment. Seven Days caught up with them for some stories and a look at their work.

Alden Pellett

A minor calamity sparked Alden Pellett’s photography career. The Hinesburg resident was working in the ski-repair shop at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in the 1980s when a fire destroyed his skis and other belongings. With encouragement from his younger brother, he spent the insurance money from the fire on a singlelens reflex film camera. Pellett started shooting his friends, who were “pretty rad skiers who were skiing backcountry before it was thing,” and shopping photos to magazines such as Vermont Life. Not long after, Pellett picked up a new outdoor hobby — ice climbing. The camera

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came with him, either clipped to his harness or in a bag on his hip. Nearly three decades later, Pellett, now 53, is still at it. A full-time videographer and video editor for WCAX, he doesn’t rely on ice-climbing photos for living. The main appeal for Pellett is being able to document “the scenery and the suffering.” Pellett says he’s never fallen while shooting on an icy façade, but the same cannot be said for some of his subjects. Years ago, on a steep climb above Lake Willoughby, he stopped to document several people ascending a nearby route. The lead climber lost his grip and plummeted. Pellet caught the moment on camera — a

The main appeal for Pellett is being able to document

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Nick Goldsmith

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“I trash cameras all the time,” says Nick Goldsmith, though he notes that a camera can sometimes survive a 200-foot fall. Goldsmith got his start in photography while living in Killington and chasing ambulances: He’d follow emergency vehicles, shoot the accidents and then try to sell the images to local papers.

This year, Goldsmith has climbed 64 days — not nearly enough, by his standards. His favorite spot to shoot: Lake Willoughby. “It’s front lit with a southwestern exposure,” Goldsmith says. “And it’s big and crazy.”


Nick Goldsmith

After leaving a restaurant job, he worked as a full-time photographer from 1997 to 2008, often shooting ski racing in the winter and equine competitions in the summer. But when parents started documenting their kids using smartphones or their own digital cameras, demand for Goldsmith’s professional images waned. Sometimes, he observes, people would even shoot over his shoulder to capture the same angle he’d chosen. Now based in Woodstock, the 53-year-old still shoots some competitions, but he pays the bills by working full time as a carpenter. “It’s hard to compete with free,” he laments. Cameras are less common on technical ice-climbing routes. If he’s not on a paid assignment, Goldsmith prefers a simple 16-megapixel point-and-shoot camera. “You play games with it to get it to do what you want,” he explains. He looks for ways to avoid the “butt shot,” which sometimes means climbing an adjacent route for a better perspective on his subject.


yellow-clad figure falling upside-down against a clear blue sky — and later published the photos in a double spread in Rock and Ice magazine. Pellett had no qualms about distributing the image. “If anything, for ice climbers, I think it’s a good lesson,” he says. But he notes that he only did so because the climber survived unscathed. One of Pellett’s cardinal rules: Never let the camera interfere with the climbing. While clambering up a route in New York’s Shawangunk Mountains last weekend, he and his partner helped rescue someone who’d broken both ankles. The camera stayed in his bag.


Dean “Blotto” Gray

Raised in Texas and Arizona, Dean Gray, better known as “Blotto,” still speaks with a slight drawl, but he left the Southwest for snowier terrain long ago. He taught himself to take photos because the shoestring snowboard company where he once worked couldn’t afford to hire a professional. Two years later, in 1999, he got a job at Burton. The 46-year-old Burlington resident rides with some of the world’s most elite snowboarders. But he does it while lugging a camera, lenses, flashes, strobes and reflectors. In the backcountry, Blotto says he “keeps it light,” carrying only 16 pounds of equipment. When shooting easier-to-access locations, though, he’ll carry close to 60 pounds. Now the company’s principal photographer, Blotto shoots products for its catalogs, documents snowboarding competitions, and follows Burton Team riders to destinations including Alaska, British Columbia and Japan. Blotto rides and shoots about 250 days a year, often putting in 16-hour days on the slopes. “It’s a requirement that you need to be able to go from A to B without holding up the crew,” Blotto says. And, he adds, “If you don’t like carrying a heavy backpack or shoveling a lot of snow, then you should probably think about doing something else.” Why shoveling? “I guess another one of my titles is set design,” he explains wryly. That often means building jumps for the riders. The job can also involve a lot of standing and waiting. To stay warm, Blotto swears by his employer’s apparel, but he eschews Burton’s brightly patterned outfits in favor of an all-black getup. That color choice adds another 10 degrees of warmth, he estimates — at least in the sun. As a Burton photographer, Blotto gets access to unique angles. In Alaska, where the mountains are particularly large, he often shoots from a helicopter — strapped

in, doors open, feet dangling out. “That’s pretty much the best scenario ever for the photographer,” he says. “Earth from above is always pretty fascinating.” Blotto knows how to respond to “sluffs,” aka small avalanches. “You learn to not let them intimidate you,” he says. “If you get scared, they will sweep you down the mountain.” But, he emphasizes, the Burton team takes care to avoid dangerous situations. Nearly everyone knows someone who’s died in an avalanche.

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Brian Mohr, Maiana Snow and Emily Johnson

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Blotto gets frequent emails from aspiring snowboard photographers. His advice? “You need to be around your subject matter,” he says. “You need to go live on a mountain where there’s snowboarding.”

Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

Ken Lucas skiing the Breakfast Couloir in northwest Iceland’s Hornstrandir Peninsula

After returning to Vermont, the selftaught photographer landed a job shooting on Saturdays for the Times Argus and tended bar on the side. Now a veteran photojournalist, the 49-year-old spends his spare time applying news principles to the slopes. He avoids using models whenever possible, preferring to catch spontaneous moments. And he prefers off-the-beaten-path photos, which often require skinning up mountains before anyone else has disturbed Courtesy of Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

Mad River Glen free skiing team member Alonso Darias cresting a powdery feature




If you read the news, you’ve probably seen Jeb Wallace-Brodeur’s work. The BarreMontpelier Times Argus photographer also freelances for a number of out-of-state and local publications, including Seven Days. On his days off, he pursues his “true love” — backcountry adventure. Whether biking, hiking or skiing, there’s a camera in his backpack. The Montpelier native grew up skiing, first cross-country, then Alpine. When he graduated from Middlebury College, his parents gave him a Pentax K1000, which he took with him when he went to work as a forest ranger in Colorado.

Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

the snow, and then “smashing around in the woods next to the good skiing line.” Sometimes it means standing still for hours on end, in temperatures as cold as 30 below. Luckily, Wallace-Brodeur rarely gets cold. “I’ve got a really hot internal engine,” he explains. Wallace-Brodeur sells photos to Powder and Outside magazines and the Vermont Ski Areas Association, among others. He barters, too, trading photos for season passes. Now and then, the guy does take a break for pure fun: “If it’s a powder day,” he says, “I’ll put the camera away.”

Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson

Brian Mohr, who started backcountry skiing in the White Mountains as a teenager, met his future wife and fellow skier on the way to a music festival in Colorado. Emily Johnson was studying photography at the time, and Mohr quickly picked up a camera, too. “There’s really nothing that we don’t document,” says Mohr. As proprietors of EmberPhoto, the Moretown couple will shoot weddings and take family portraits, but they carve out plenty of outdoor time, too. “When we’ve got one of the heaviest storms of the year bearing down, it would be a shame if we weren’t able to get out and immerse ourselves in that event,” Mohr explains. “We’re pretty darn good at being really, really comfortable, no matter what’s going on weather-wise.” Often the pair will throw camping gear and skis into bike trailers and pedal from mountain to mountain, shooting one another on the way down.

Mohr and Johnson have sold images to companies such as Patagonia, Backcountry magazine and Sugarbush Resort. (They’ve also contributed images to Seven Days and its tourist publication, BTV.) Mohr estimates that about half their income comes from outdoor adventure photography. On one trip, Mohr and Johnson spent several months sailing around Iceland, anchoring in fjords, climbing up mountains and skiing down. Whenever possible, they prefer using what Mohr calls “peoplepowered transportation,” but, he admits, they did turn on the boat’s motor after a storm deposited nearly a foot of snow on the deck and produced 15-foot swells. Mohr lists some of the typical challenges that accompany ski photography: frostbite, fogged-up camera lenses, camera buttons jammed with wet snow, frozen batteries. “We beat the living heck out of our equipment,” he notes. “The flip side is, we get the shots.” Having two young daughters hasn’t changed that, or the couple’s outdoor lifestyle. Johnson skied while pregnant and, when their first daughter was 9 days old, Mohr started Nordic skiing with her on his back and his camera on his chest. He and Johnson also use their work to support conservation efforts, donating photos to organizations that are working to preserve land in the Patagonia region of Chile and other locales. Their latest project is closer to home: Mohr and Johnson are using their photos to help the Catamount Trail Association get its new Vermont Backcountry Alliance program off the ground. m Contact:




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“Sometimes you have packed powder, other times frozen granular,” says Jamie Hess, owner of Nordic Skater in Norwich and a longtime advocate of al fresco skating. Nordic skaters wear special skates — essentially cross-country ski boots with affixed blades so sharp that, in a 2005 feature on the sport, the New York Times compared them to kitchen knives. Thankfully, you don’t need Nordic skating equipment to glide outside. With a basic pair of skates and some knowhow on where to go and how to read the ice and snow, anyone can participate. The payoff, says Hess, is pure freedom. “Some people say it feels like flying,” he reports. Below is a sampling of some sweet outdoor skating spots throughout Vermont.

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“With 100 miles of lakeshore to choose from, there’s pretty likely to be good conditions somewhere,” says Hess, who points to Burlington’s Waterfront Park, Malletts Bay in Colchester and Sand Bar State Park in Milton as popular launching spots for past Nordic skating tours and introductory sessions. South of Burlington, there’s Shelburne Town Beach, Converse Bay in Charlotte and

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Before you head outdoors, go online to find stable skating spots, says longtime skater Jamie Hess. He recommends that everyone carry the same set of safety equipment that’s mandatory on skating tours in Sweden.



Nice Ice, Baby Skating experts reveal the top outdoor spots for cruising the ice


kiers know that hitting outdoor slopes easily beats ducking indoors to an artificial hill with fluorescent lights and fake snow. Still, so many recreational skaters rely on indoor rinks without realizing

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the plethora of open-air venues. From rinks at city parks to the numerous spots on Lake Champlain, the Queen City alone wears a crown of crystalline spaces for ice-skating. And then there’s the rest of the state.

Lisa Segear, of the Champlain Valley Skating Club, puts it simply: “It’s winter. There’s snow and ice, so people should skate!” But, as with other sports at the mercy of Mother Nature, conditions vary.

Ice-testing poles. They should have sharp enough tips and strong enough shafts to withstand the impact of ramming straight down into the ice without shattering. “For Nordic skaters, these double as propulsion so you don’t have to do all the work with your legs,” says Hess. Self-rescue equipment. These are typically ice “claws,” as you won’t be able to grip the slippery ice with your hands should you fall through the surface. A pro bag, or Nordic lifeline. It’s essentially a small bag containing a 75to 80-foot rope that skaters can use to rescue someone else without breaking through the ice themselves. A backpack with a change of clothes. This can also help maintain flotation if you fall into the water.


Winter Preview Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, plus the lesser-known area near the watertreatment plant in Panton. Hess oversees an email list with more than 300 members who report on ice conditions around the state, but he warns skaters that the further south they head, the less reliable Lake Champlain becomes. That’s because, as it narrows, the lake behaves more like a river, running wild with unpredictable currents. “The broad lake, offshore from Burlington, has the least amount of currents,” says Hess, “but another factor is the wind — the Champlain Valley is naturally windy, and wind can break up an ice layer that’s a foot thick.”


Parks and Ponds

Hess points to Shelburne and Colchester ponds and Cedar Lake in Monkton as some of the top spots for outdoor twirling close to Burlington. “Any place that has shallow water and is protected is good,” he says. That makes the city’s Calahan Park rink, nestled between Pine Street and Shelburne Road, an especially auspicious place. Farther afield, Waitsfield’s Skatium rink rents skates. Half of the ice is reserved for hockey, the other for ice-skating.


“Rivers have moving water under the ice,” says Hess, explaining that in winter, these seemingly wonderful waterways can actually be quite wicked. “You have to be especially careful under bridges where the river narrows, because that makes the current stronger, and the road salt pushed off the bridge by snowplows is going to melt the ice and make it weaker,” he cautions. “Plus, the bridge structure blocks the natural cooling effect.” Still, skaters have been known to hit LaPlatte River in Shelburne, the Winooski River in Montpelier (“Nobody in their right mind would want to do that,” says Hess), the Lamoille River in Milton and, further south, Dead Creek. 


Pouring hot water on the ice might seem like a counterintuitive act, but it’s actually the trick to creating a perfectly smooth, 750-meter speedskating oval. And it’s just what outdoor skating enthusiast Phil White was doing when he prepped for the Kingdom Games last February. White smoothed out the 2.5-feet-thick ice on Lake Memphremagog using water boiled at Newport’s East Side Restaurant & Pub.

When it comes to skating in the wild, nowhere else in the U.S. — not even Alaska — matches Lake Morey, says Hess. Its four-mile, machine-groomed Nordic skating trail was developed 15 years ago as a way to re-create the centuries-old culture of outdoor skating in northern Europe. “It’s like taking a trip to Scandinavia without having to leave Vermont,” he says, adding that the machine-groomed ice-skating trail is unique also because it’s open 24-7 and free to the public. The only charge is to rent Nordic skates. (If you live closer to the Adirondacks, Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake has a two-mile, machine-groomed trail.)


Lake Memphremagog

Lake Morey


The relatively shallow Sand Bar is one of the first spots on the broad lake to freeze, notes Hess. He adds that anxious outdoor skaters are better off heading to smaller lakes and ponds for an earlyseason skate session. The largest skating oval on Lake Champlain appears across from the Hero’s Welcome store in North Hero for the Great Ice festival every February. “We’re probably one of the few places on the lake that keep the ice maintained,” reports Paul Letourneau of Hero’s Welcome, which also rents skates. Want more info on exploring frozen Lake Champlain? Visit lakeice.square There, local expert Bob Dill posts updates on frozen fun from shore to shore, along with ice hazards and the science behind the glossy surface.

“We try to keep it open from the middle of January to the middle of March,” says White, who also clears three pond-hockey rinks on the 32-milelong, border-straddling lake. “When time allows and conditions are right, we clear Nordic skating trails that go for many miles. Sometimes conditions are such that the lake doesn’t need to be plowed.”

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Winter Preview

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hitecaps buffet my head and back as I stand chest deep in Lake Champlain off Burlington’s North Beach. Above me, a blue, comma-shaped, inflatable kite, which is tethered to my waist harness, shudders in a variable westerly breeze. With two hands on a control bar, I practice maneuvering the kite left and right, raising and dipping it like a sine curve, from 12 o’clock directly overhead to three o’clock, then back up again. On each dip, the kite enters its “power zone,” harnessing enough force to lift my body out of the water — and, if I’m not careful, toss me like a rag doll onto the beach and into the trees. While nearby swimmers and sunbathers enjoy the unseasonably warm autumn afternoon, I’m working on basic kite-flying skills before even attempting to stand up on the kiteboard itself. In a few months, I hope to snowkite across the lake once it’s frozen over and covered in snow. Snowkiting is the winter version of kiteboarding, aka kitesurfing, which is one of the few recreational activities that can be done on Lake Champlain almost all year round, using nearly all the same equipment. From spring until late fall, kiteboarders skim across the water on finned boards similar to wakeboards. In winter, kiters use the same kites, harnesses and control bars but replace the finned boards with alpine skis, ice skates or snowboards for a thrilling ride across snow and ice. For anyone interested in trying this exhilarating sport, autumn in Vermont is a good time to learn: winds blow steady, and the lake is shallow and still warm. My teachers, Jerri and Curt Benjamin, of Northshore Kite-Sail-Surf on St. Albans Bay, are certified instructors with the Professional Air Sports Association. If there are Vermont kiters who don’t know the Benjamins, I haven’t found them yet. The couple spent decades traveling the world as competitive windsurfers before making the jump to kiteboarding eight years ago. These days, they spend three seasons teaching and kiting in Vermont, then overwinter in Vietnam, where room and board are dirt cheap and kiteboarding is epic. Due to higher liability insurance costs — evidently, the winter activity causes more injuries — they choose not to teach snowkiting, though both know how. Two years ago, I took Jerri Benjamin’s introductory Launch Into Kiteboarding




class, which is strongly recommended for anyone interested in getting into the sport, regardless of the season. The three-hour ground lesson covers all the essentials: understanding wind dynamics and basic kiteboarding equipment; how to rig, launch and fly a power kite; how to ride the board; and the safety procedures and self-rescue techniques necessary to operate the kite responsibly. Kiteboarding on water is more forgiving than on snow and ice, especially when you fall, which all beginners do. But, as Jerri Benjamin points out, snowkiting is actually much easier to learn, especially for people who already downhill ski or snowboard. “All you need to do is set an edge on your skis or snowboard and then fly your kite,” she says. “Obviously, if you don’t have

the kite-flying skills first, that can become problematic and dangerous.” One reason for kiteboarding’s growing appeal is that it doesn’t require massive upper-body strength or peak physical stamina, Benjamin explains. Unlike, say, windsurfers or waterskiers, kiteboarders don’t need to hold onto the kite; the waist harness does all that work. In fact, one reason the Benjamins enjoy the sport so much is that they can stay on the water or snow for hours on end without getting fatigued. And though snowkiting may look like an extreme sport best suited for young, athletic daredevils who were weaned on X Games videos, many local kiters are like the sixtysomething Benjamins, who got into it from other watersports. Mark Hamlin of Burlington also switched from windsurfing to

kiteboarding. Come winter, when the 50-year-old anesthesiologist isn’t in the operating room or intensive care unit at the University of Vermont Medical Center, he can often be found on Lake Champlain riding the wind on skis or a snowboard, depending on the conditions. When the lake is mostly ice covered, Hamlin says he chooses skis because they hold the ice better than a snowboard and move him along faster. However, when there’s a thick layer of snow, Hamlin prefers a snowboard for catching big air: “I love to jump,” he admits. When Hamlin took up the sport in 2006, only a few people were kiting in Vermont, “and I didn’t know any of them,” he says. Today, he often heads to Delta Park in Colchester or Sand Bar State Park in Milton, where, on a windy winter day, 15 to 20 snowkiters might be on the lake. “We live in the perfect place for [snowkiting]. Lake Champlain is so huge and, when it’s frozen over, it’s like your playground,” Hamlin says. “There’s almost no one out there except a few ice fishermen, and you can ride for hours. I’ve gone 50-plus miles in a day just riding around.” Hamlin’s friend Gary Kjelleren also enjoys touring the lake with a kite, especially when it’s frozen all the way across to New York. The 56-year-old, who’s been kiteboarding since 1999, occasionally snowkites from his home in South Hero to Burlington, logging 100 miles or more in a single day. “It’s quite spectacular,” he says. Kjelleren, who’s also a bit of a speed demon, participates in an online international snowkiting speed competition. Participants from as far away as Europe and Antarctica record their GPS data on smartphones or mobile GPS devices while they’re kiting. Then they upload those files to a group in New Hampshire, which determines who had the fastest times. Three years ago, Kjelleren ranked first, reaching a speed of almost 70 miles per hour. “It’s great fun,” he says. Although Lake Champlain generally sees more recreation in the summer than winter, Kjelleren says that’s not the case with Vermont’s kiteboarding community, in which winter kiters tend to outnumber summer ones. “It’s way easier to learn,” he explains. “I had one friend going 30 to 40 miles per hour the first day he got on a kite. He was having a grand time.” Winter kiting has other advantages, too, at least in Vermont. During warmer months, especially early spring when


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safety gear such as crampons and ice awls in the event you fall through. And there are other measures for safe riding, like keeping sharp edges on your skis or snowboard for optimal control. Kjelleren and Hamlin also emphasize the importance of good protective gear to avoid major injuries. Hamlin says he never snowkites without wearing hockey-style kneepads, elbow pads, a helmet, an impact vest and shock shorts. Sadly, no one in Vermont currently advertises that they teach snowkiting or rent out kiteboarding equipment — yet another reason to learn in the fall. But according to Benjamin, beginners can practice by using a small, 3-square-meter trainer kite. (Experienced kiters typically fly 10- to 14meter kites.) The cost of all that gear quickly adds up, which may explain why most Vermont kiters aren’t teenagers. Getting outfitted with a kite, control bar, harness, helmet and board can run at least $1,500, even if you buy used equipment. Throw in a wet suit and personal floatation device (for summer) and extra padding (for winter), and you’re looking at a serious up-front investment. Nevertheless, as Benjamin points out, once you have all that gear in hand, the only other expense is gas money for driving to the lake; no annual lift tickets or trail passes required. Then it’s just a matter of watching for prime wind conditions — and ducking out of work without anyone noticing you’re gone. m

lake levels are high, Kjelleren says, it’s hard for kiters to find wide-open beaches for laying out their kites and lines. Also, because the kites are large and the lines can snag children and pets, many beaches prohibit them. That’s not much of an issue in winter, Kjelleren says, when kiters have access to vacant beaches and miles of frozen lakes. Finally, because snowkiting requires winds as light as 10 miles per hour to cruise, there are more kiting days available than with summer kiteboarding, which typically requires 15- to 25-mile-per-hour winds to get up to speed. While snowkiting is relatively easy to learn, it’s not without risk of injury, or even death. If snowkiters jump and land wrong, they can definitely hurt themselves badly, breaking bones — or worse. “I’ve escorted a friend of mine to the hospital who was quite significantly injured,” says Kjelleren about a woman who spent nearly a week in the hospital last year after jumping higher than she’d intended. And last February, a 49-year-old experienced kiter in Harrison, Maine, was killed when a wind gust lifted him off the ice and into a shed. That said, kiting on a snow-covered lake, or even a large open field, is no riskier than skiing or snowboarding on slopes, especially as there are fewer trees, rocks and riders to avoid. And, as Kjelleren points out, “If you get a foot of snow on the ice, it’s like landing on a pillow.” Regardless of whether you’re kiting in summer or winter, many of the same safety guidelines apply: Never kite too close to rocks, trees or power lines and avoid conditions and locations when the wind is blowing directly into shore. In winter, Kjelleren recommends learning about the dynamics of lake ice and suggests carrying


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the counterculture. If you were in high school and you didn’t want to play football, you skateboarded. And if you didn’t want to ski, you snowboarded. It was a bastion of college kids, hippies, rockers and skateboarders, and now it’s become commodified and is an accepted part of mountain culture. It was firmly entrenched in the antiestablishment, and now it’s part of the establishment.

SD: What’s it like for you to come back to Vermont to promote SFD? PB: Vermont will always be in the fabric of my being. And for snowboarding, it’s huge; it will always be a jumpingoff point. UVM is still one of the biggest draws as far as colleges for people who want to learn while still being able to snowboard.  Contact:

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SD: How has digital technology changed the magazine? PB: Well, the mainstay still remains print, but the role of print has changed. It’s become a prestige product; you’re not hitting as big of an audience, but there will always be an audience devoted to it. In a lot of ways digital is more convenient, and in a lot of ways analog is more convenient — [with digital] you’re always trying to find signal or get on Wi-Fi. But from a business

SD: Tell me about the movie. PB: SFD is basically just about people who are living the snowboarding life. We’re going with the next generation of riders. They hadn’t been put on that stage before, so we were able to manage expectations and exceed them. This is a movie about the people who are really down with snowboarding and not just into the good times. It’s part of their DNA.


SD: How has snowboarding changed since you first started? PB: Certainly it started out as something alternative,



standpoint, we’re able in a matter of seconds to reach more people than we ever could in print, and that is very awe-inspiring. It has revolutionized our business and made us very good at staying ahead of the times with Snowboarder. We are a multi-faceted media [company]. It’s like five separate silos, and there is synergy among them all, and they do tie back together. We’ve monetized social media in a way that is authentic and helps create a rising-tide effect. We have 2.1 million followers in social media, so the way we’re able to bolster the magazine on the newsstand through social media is phenomenal.


SD: This was at Killington? PB: Well, no, that’s the interesting thing. I would look at Killington and Pico out my bedroom window every morning, but they did not allow snowboarding back then, so I would have to drive 40 minutes each way every Saturday and Sunday to a little two-Poma [lift system] hill named Sonnenberg. So, yes, I was an outcast in a ski town at the time. It wasn’t until 1991 that Killington started allowing snowboarding.

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SEVEN DAYS: So you’ve been snowboarding since 1984? PAT BRIDGES: Yeah, since I was in seventh grade. I started skateboarding in Vermont during the boom of the ’80s and, as we all know, you can’t really skateboard in winter. So friends and I just started snowboarding. I was into ski racing, but other kids were showing up with new skis every year, and they were going to ski camps to train, and I just didn’t have those resources. I saw this snowboarding thing as an opportunity to get away from the jock culture that was ski racing and to try something new, to have new challenges. It was so much more personal and expressive. I was the product of a mountain-town, working-class family, so the mountain became my babysitter.



at Bridges is a self-described working-class kid who grew up on a dirt road in a Vermont town that no longer exists. So how did he land atop the masthead of a California media empire? First he hopped on a skateboard, which he rode around the lost Rutland County town of Sherburne, now Killington. Next he started snowboarding around the lost ski area of Sonnenberg. Then he studied at Johnson State College, competed in the New England Cup series, and worked in Burlington for Burton and Jager Di Paola Kemp, among other companies, before starting the now-defunct snowboarding magazine East Infection. Vermont-born Bridges is currently the creative director at Snowboarder magazine and lives far from the Green Mountain State, in San Clemente, Calif. His chops as a legitimate rider and writer lifted him through the ranks of the publication just as the sport was taking off, making him a legend in the admittedly limited pool of literaryminded snowboarders. ESPN puts it like this: “Pat Bridges has no equal in the shred industry … His passion for snowboarding, in all its forms, makes his opinion worth listening to.” After launching successful social media and digital channels, Snowboarder got into the movie biz, too. Last month the company premiered its second film, The Snowboarder Movie: SFD (translation for those not in the snowboarding world: “straight fucking down”). Featuring 16 avid riders, including Hans and Nils Mindnich of Stowe, SFD is now on a coast-to-coast tour. Just before a screening at the University of Vermont’s Billings Library last week, Seven Days caught up with Bridges by phone.

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since 1973, chiefly at Smugglers’ Notch. He’s held just about every position possible in the NSP and is currently a certified patroller. Less than 1 percent of members attain that rank, he says. Hamlin’s Essex Junction office contains the expected computer, engineering manuals and framed blueprints. But along one wall is evidence of his other occupation: pairs of mounted wooden skis; an old folding rescue sled that supports framed mementoes of NSP history; and a display case with an assortment of rescue knives, on which every ski patroller relies. Hamlin may not be obsessed with skiing, but his passion clearly runs deep.

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ulticolored leaves are pretty, but many Vermonters are more interested in the monochromatic color scheme that comes after the next seasonal shift. For them, when the Green Mountains turn white it means just one thing: sliding down them on skis or snowboards. Autumn, though crisp and pleasant, must be endured until the slopes open up. Those mountainsides would be less enjoyable and more dangerous were it not for the National Ski Patrol, the largest outdoor rescue organization in the world. With nearly 30,000 members, the NSP has played a crucial role in popularizing and legitimizing the sport of skiing. Its volunteer patrollers are part EMTs, part expert alpinists and part smalltown sheriffs. Eric Friedman, spokesman for Waitsfield’s Mad River Glen Cooperative, speaks reverently of the able men and women who patrol the slopes. “These guys ski every single day,” he says. “And, obviously, if you ski every single day, you get good. If they aren’t already

exceptional skiers, they become exceptional skiers.” Friedman adds that Mad River’s 80 NSP members include five physicians, who are able to provide medical care for injured skiers before they’re taken, if necessary, to a nearby hospital. Vermont is the birthplace of the NSP. Founder Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole was inspired to create the service in 1938 after sustaining an injury on Stowe’s Mount Mansfield. Today, the state is home to 23 NSP teams (some resorts have private patrols). Their members survey and report on trail conditions, attend to emergency situations, and contribute to maintaining a slopeside community. The organization’s motto: “Safety and Service.” Perhaps the most impressive thing about ski patrollers is their dedication — many have patrolled the mountains for decades. Louis Carter of Jay Peak’s patrol recently marked 50 years of supervising slope safety. Rick Hamlin, now the NSP’s national historian, has been a patroller for more than four decades.

One might assume ski patrollers to be young and robust, but the average age skews closer to 50. When ski patrollers are faced with life-or-death situations on a dark, icy mountain, experience trumps youthful vigor every time. Though small, Vermont is one of the most popular skiing destinations in the union, so the NSP has divided it, more or less, along Route 4, into northern and southern regions. Each has its own governing body. Both regions are in the Eastern Division, the most populous of the NSP’s nine national divisions. Hamlin, 58, knows a thing or two about ski patrols. Like Bruce Wayne without the millionaire-playboy thing, he lives two lives. Since 1982, Hamlin has been a civil engineer with Donald L. Hamlin Consulting Engineers, a company his father founded in 1965; since 2006, he’s been the company’s president. But the junior Hamlin has been skiing “ever since I can remember,” he says, and always in the company of patrollers — including his mother and father. Hamlin has been a patroller himself

“Most of the people you find in the ski patrol are overachievers of some sort,” he says, tacitly including himself in that description. On a typical day, Hamlin explains, patrollers arrive early in the morning to check all trails and mark any obstacles, reporting back to slope management about the mountain’s general status. “The public doesn’t load until we clear the mountain,” he says. Throughout the day, patrollers continue to cycle through the trails, keeping track of changing conditions and encouraging safe skiing. When the day ends, they sweep through again to make sure the trails are free of riders. An evening debriefing leads to prepping for the next day, and it begins all over again in the morning. Before there were ski lifts, Hamlin explains, only the hardiest skiers could get down the mountain because they were the only ones who could get up the mountain. Today, he says, ski patrollers are important because technology has made it easier for less physically fit skiers to navigate challenging terrain. Protective ski gear can help, but patrollers have had to address an increasing number of injuries.


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situations, you really have to relate to people very quickly and very efficiently.” According to Hamlin, only about 7 percent of NSP staffers receive a salary. The rank and file do not. That’s true even of people like Premo, who not only patrol but instruct the next generations of patrollers. Why do they do it? “What motivates me is what motivates everybody,” says Hamlin. “We get to do something we love to do — ski. We get to help people, which obviously is a great thing.” But the camaraderie, too, has kept him in the patrol. “Imagine your workplace now, and that everybody who showed up there did so because they were volunteering,” Hamlin proposes. “They were there because they liked it and because they liked the people they were working with. Imagine the things you could do at your workplace. That’s the ski patrol.” 



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patrollers have to have the academic background, the anatomy, the physiology.” But the real education, he says, comes in the form of the many hands-on exercises the students undertake. They use authentic emergency equipment, such as ropes and backboards, to perform simulated mountainside rescues. Such practical experience is invaluable, says Premo, in preparing patrollers for the inevitable emergencies they’ll face. He recalls a nighttime accident in which a young man suffered a devastating spinal injury. “It’s amazing how fast and efficiently we worked,” Premo recalls. “When the adrenaline starts going, time slows down. We got him out of a ditch and onto a backboard probably within 10 to 15 minutes. Afterward, you start shaking: Holy crap — what happened?” Just as important, Premo says, is training his students in how to interact with the loved ones of injured skiers — call it slopeside manner. “You have to be a good negotiator, a good people person,” he says. “To calm people down in very stressful, even life-threatening


Ski patroller Greg Premo, 54, is a medical assistant in the field of sports medicine, so his vocation and avocation are closely related. Like Hamlin, Premo grew up skiing, but he took a 35-year, career-related break from the sport, resuming it in 2006. Premo returned with a vengeance, though, becoming an NSP member at Bolton Valley Resort in 2007. Premo is also a second-year instructor of the Outdoor Emergency Care course that meets twice a week from August to November at Camels Hump Middle School. In it, he instructs prospective patrollers in the art and science of emergency medicine, per the guidelines of the NSP, under whose auspices the original curriculum was designed some 30 years ago. Would-be patrollers have their work cut out for them: The current OEC manual tops 1,200 pages. Mastering such a course requires the kind of dedication likely to deter anyone who signs up just to get the fringe benefit of free, all-season skiing. Lectures are part of the class meetings, because, as Premo says, “Ski

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Theater Fulop doesn’t settle for anything but just the right hat and gives a Scottish innkeeper a sporran to accessorize his kilt. The women’s costumes capture the period with just enough hints of sultriness to make them movie-star grade. Jeff Modereger’s set design mixes realistic chairs and fireplaces with the rough items of a construction site — sawhorses, a pair of ladders, assorted benches. These workaday items become everything from a train car to a bridge, and watching the actors transform them is an essential pleasure of the play. A program note struggles to justify the

Theater review: The 39 Steps, UVM Department of Theatre B y al e x b row n

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Left to right: Luke Lakea, Christian DeKett and Sam Hall





The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow, based on the film by Alfred Hitchcock, inspired by the novel by John Buchan, directed by Cristina Alicea, produced by the University of Vermont Department of Theatre. Thursday through Saturday, October 8 to 10, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 11, at 2 p.m., at Royall Tyler Theatre, UVM, Burlington. $10-22.


pliability is much on display in a lovely string of escapes. Whether he’s slinking low behind a sideboard or falling off a bridge, he shows the offhand athleticism of a British hero. DeKett makes Hannay unflappable; no matter the peril, he always finds time to resettle his hat. The play can be done with just four actors, but UVM gives the three female roles to individuals. Sami Schwaeber, Sarah Kolozsvary and Elizabeth Callahan play a love interest, a femme fatale and a farm wife, respectively. Alicea emphasizes the comedy in these roles, not the underlying motivations of characters in the thriller genre. All three get to flirt and test the sexual tension with a hero straining to keep his composure. Sam Hall and Luke Lakea, with the help of plenty of hats and spectacles, play a bevy of characters of all genders, ages and occupations. Just as movies fill the frame with incidental porters, constables and rustics, this play demands the same flourishes but without the allowance for editing. With clear enthusiasm, Hall and Lakea switch accents and costumes to form a two-man crowd scene or take up the parts of the bumblers and masterminds that impede Hannay’s quest. Kate Fulop, a UVM theater alumna and now a professional costume designer, returned to campus as a guest lecturer and created a raft of costumes that perfectly evokes the 1930s setting.


guy, and everyone in Hannay’s way an unwitting obstacle to the future of civilization. Since Hannay is now wanted for murder, he has to dodge the police while trying to save the world. Guest director Cristina Alicea, the producing artistic director of Vermont Stage Company, showcases the energy of the six actors with a flurry of action and a snappy, comic pace. Scene changes are torrents of activity. The actors hustle furnishings on and off in delightful bursts of frenetic energy, and a new scene starts before the perfectly trimmed lampshade stops shaking. Alicea incorporates slow motion and the sense of a moving camera while Hannay eludes cops on a train, slogs through moors, dangles from a bridge and generally does a great deal of surviving. Nearly every scene includes physical feats, witty banter, quick-change stunts, character-based humor, and verbal or visual puns. If one or two laughs are lost, plenty of other gags keep things rolling. In the train scene in this production, one actor rushes some nutty banter as a lingerie salesman; those jokes don’t land, but a nervous Hannay, squirming to conceal himself, earns chuckles. As Hannay, Christian DeKett is the picture of a genteel Englishman, suave and just a little bit vain. He sets a tone of urbane swashbuckling — dodging danger counts for nothing if you break a sweat. DeKett is excellent at finding the beat to land his barbs, and his physical

carpentry gear as part of Hannay’s apartment restoration, but the play is better performed with magic than explanations. It’s certainly not all happening in Hannay’s head — half the fun is the distance he travels. The sound design by Zach Williamson uses incidental music in the manner of Bernard Hermann for a perfect expression of the film’s mood. Williamson also fills out scenes with sound effects, adding subtle texture. The refurbished Royall Tyler Theatre now boasts a sophisticated audio system. This production takes advantage of it with sound that can be located precisely, losing nothing at the low volume necessary to create atmosphere. The best parodies are built out of love for their subjects. Barlow packs his script with one-liners and stretches clichés to the snapping point, but he starts with a true appreciation for the suspense genre and what makes it tick. This production often neglects to lay the foundation in each scene, starting to make fun of a tense plot before any tension can be felt. But cutting to the jokes, even more than cutting to the chase, is plenty of fun. m

hat’s so funny about being on the run from the cops, handcuffed to someone who’s not so sure of your innocence? Everything, in Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. In the University of Vermont Department of Theatre production of the popular comedy, six actors race through more than 30 interior and exterior locations, summoning up every film convention for suspense. It’s a play about the movies, and putting it onstage means actors assemble the effects before our eyes. Adaptations can take liberties, as Hitchock did when converting John Buchan’s 1915 novel into a 1935 movie. But if the filmmaker played fast and loose with the plot, Barlow transforms a thriller into a comedy. He not only encapsulates the main events of the movie, he throws in the crop duster from Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and a handful of punning references to the filmmaker’s entire oeuvre. A chance encounter with a mysterious woman hands Richard Hannay a cryptic clue in the name of a Scottish town. He can’t pry much more from her, not least because of her thick German accent, but when she’s murdered in his flat, he sets off to foil the spy ring that terrified her. The espionage afoot is so one-dimensionally heinous that the viewer must simply hold on tight and count everyone in a trench coat a bad

Nearly every scene includes physical feats, witty banter, quick-change stunts, character-based humor, and verbal or visual puns.

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t both the Waterbury and Burlington locations of upscale Hen of the Wood, the $29 hanger steak is a major attraction. At Doc Ponds, the beer bar that Hen of the Wood’s owners opened in August, the bavette steak is blanketed in garlicky chimichurri and cooked to an ideal medium rare. There’s little difference between it and the version served at HOTW, except that, at $17, it’s little more than half the price. Such is the genius of Doc Ponds. Think of it as the food equivalent of a “diffusion line,” the less expensive line of clothing for a high-end fashion house. (Doc Ponds is to Hen of the Wood what Miu Miu is to Prada or CK is to Calvin Klein.) But the lower prices and eminently approachable food don’t mean a drop in quality. Last Wednesday night, Doc served up Hill Farmstead Brewery favorite Edward for $4 a pour. Chef Justin Wright says other specials from local breweries will soon become regular affairs. And that steak didn’t rumble off the Sysco truck, either. It grew up on a New England farm, though suppliers are still changing regularly as Wright nails down the best fit for his menu. None of this is anything new. Brandname restaurateurs have been following a similar path for years. San Francisco icon Hubert Keller is known for opulent Fleur de Lys, but Burger Bar is keeping his career alive more than a year after closing his famous restaurant. “Top Chef” fans can taste a sandwich with Tom Colicchio’s name attached at any of the nine ’wichcraft locations in New York City without going near his $95 rib eye at Craft. But, like most culinary trends, Vermont’s culture of chef-as-personality was slow to erupt and is still fairly new. Eric Warnstedt, who owns Hen of the Wood with William McNeil, is inarguably the scene’s biggest star. Despite his seven James Beard Foundation Award nominations, he can be found many nights personally spinning the Stones on the record player in Doc’s entryway. Warnstedt, of course, did not invent the downscale wheel in Vermont, either. Fellow Beard nominees Steve and Lara Atkins of

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Richmond’s Kitchen Table Bistro opened bakery and café Parkside Kitchen in late 2014. Michael’s on the Hill chef/co-owner Michael Kloeti and his wife, Laura, took over Crop Bistro & Brewery in Stowe last summer. But with his culinary street cred and youthful, energetic aesthetic, Warnstedt and his team have made it cool to eat in Stowe. The former Vermont Ale House’s library room is now filled with leather couches and woodwork. A mural by Lance Violette is outside the loos. Once inside the ladies’ room, the many faces of Lon Chaney bring hipster horror to sitting on the toilet. All the while, the records spin. Whether Warnstedt or a staffer plays DJ, the sound of a needle hitting vinyl conjures times spent in the basement of a slightly older, and cooler, teenage friend. But the friendly service at Doc Ponds makes you feel welcome, even as you hear the first side of David Bowie’s Heroes for what feels like the first time. Then there’s the excellent comfort food. I started my first for-review meal at Doc with Bayley Blue Balls, a $5 bowl of three tiny arancini that, when penetrated, oozed Bayley Hazen Blue cheese. Honey rested at the bottom of the bowl for a dip that contrasted sweetly with the salty, fatty treats. A sophisticated cauliflower-salad starter arrived with the balls. For $8, the crisp brassica and cucumbers were served tumbled in a horseradish-flavored yogurt dressing, then topped with crunchy and aggressively spiced chickpeas, pepitas and shaved radishes. It would have made perfect sense at an upscale Middle Eastern spot; at a beer bar, it was a disarming delight. About those beers: There are 24 on tap, extending from $3 Schlitz to uncommonly flavored cult brews such as Dieu du Ciel’s Rosée d’Hibiscus and Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale from New York’s Evil Twin Brewing. The bar boasts nearly 60 choices between bottles and cans, with a focus on Vermont and Québec breweries. Seven Daysies 2014 Best Bartender winner Kate Wise mixes up cocktails, too.

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Avenue in Burlington. Locals will note that it has a few key differences from the Scouts already purveying coffee drinks and ice cream on North Avenue and in Winooski. Co-owner ANDrEw BurkE says he’ll wait until spring to bring his signature frozen desserts to the Innovation Center. Since this Scout is open only on weekdays (for now), there will be no Saturday doughnuts from miSS wEiNErz, either. But, by the end of this week, chef owEN hoppE, who’s known Burke since their middle school days, will debut savory breakfast and lunch at the café. Like the other Scouts, this one showcases exceptional single-origin coffee. On Monday, co-owner thomAS GrEEN’s preparations featured espresso from Massachusetts company George Howell Coffee, and customers could order drips from Oregon’s Heart Coffee Roasters and Brio coffEEworkS


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locally sourced food consumed on campus. In an effort to accommodate students’ busy lifestyles, the menu deviates from those of the crêperie’s other outposts in Burlington, Montpelier and the Burlington International Airport, says co-owner BENjY ADlEr. Besides the usual sweet and savory crêpes, the campus café will offer bagel breakfast sandwiches. “Egg sandwiches were a mainstay [at Alice’s], so we kept a little from their own menu,” Adler says. The UVM location will also carry a smattering of salads and graband-go snacks. To drink? Hot beverages from VErmoNt ArtiSAN coffEE & tEA compANY and lots of juices, sodas and cold teas. Pending a final health inspection, the campus Skinny will open this Thursday and serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night bites seven days a week.

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of Burlington. Scout is also slowly debuting its own house roasts under the name ViViD coffEE, crafted by iAN BAilEY. “We’re starting it in Winooski, and it will start creeping out at the other locations,” says Burke. In the café’s first days at the Innovation Center, customers sipped their coffee with croissants, cookies and muffins from joSh lEmiEux of the williStoN coffEE Shop. Hoppe — most recently of Doc poNDS and hiNESBurGh puBlic houSE — has yet to reveal his full menu. With a kitchen composed of two panini presses, two induction ovens and a slicer, he admits he’s limited, but he has ambitious plans. His breakfast sandwich will feature eggs, cheddar, hash browns and a choice of meat with kimchi ketchup. A braised-short-rib sandwich will satisfy meat lovers, while a ZLT — replacing the bacon with marinated and dehydrated zucchini — will cater to vegetarians. Hoppe also plans to make a few dishes familiar to those who frequented the Bluebird Coffee Stop in the same space, including kale Caesar and breakfast tacos. All of Scout’s fare is handcrafted and local, including the

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We tried the Barr Thyme Collins, which combined Barr Hill Gin, thyme simple syrup and lemon for a light, refreshing finish. It paired well with the deep bowl of house hummus. The smooth dip had a higher tahini-to-lemon ratio than I prefer, but the salty, oil-brushed homemade pita accompanying it won my heart. If Warnstedt and McNeil ever decide to manufacture the zatar-flavored triangles of bread, I would stock up — and fatten up very quickly. One app sounded so bad that it had to be good: the Hoagie Salad. It was exactly what it sounded like: basically the contents of an Italian sub. For $10, capicola, salami, pepperoncini and provolone came diced with lettuce and radicchio in vin-

and onions. And a $14 special of three skinny rabbit sausages could have retailed for $10 more, and I wouldn’t have blinked. The encased bunny was as fluffy as one could imagine. Yet the dish’s greatest delights lay in the rich pile of bean cassoulet made deliriously smoky with a rash of rashers. Still, when I recount my meals at Doc to friends, the chicken looms largest. Maybe it was the ambient strains of Bowie’s “Sons of the Silent Age” and “Joe the Lion,” but biting into the almost magically moist bird felt somehow momentous. The half chicken was grilled and roasted, its crisp skin singing with the lime and chile of its two-day adobo marinade, a recipe Wright learned from a Cuban chef. That liquid kept even the breast admirably moist, not just during my first taste but when I ate the reheated leftovers at work. The thick carpet of slaw on which

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aigrette, finished with chunks of grilled bread. Wright later told me that the meats change regularly based on what Hen of the Wood butcher Calvin Hayes is turning out in Burlington. Main courses are divided into sandwiches and full-plate meals. The former come without sides, which helps to explain their low prices. The burger, for example, is a 6-ounce patty that rings up at just $7. But adding crisp, extravagantly salted fries with ketchup and aioli adds another $5 to the tab. I’d go up another dollar and get the mac and cheese. The creamy, tangy pasta I tried was studded with bacon and topped in bread crumbs for a delectable double crunch. Sadly, though, the lauded burger fell flat for me. The patty I ordered medium rare would have still been mooing had it not drowned in Russian dressing. But the bigger entrées I sampled represented an inarguable victory lap. There was the steak, served with tender peppers

the meat rested added a pleasant acidity, as did pink circles of pickled onion on top. Diners with a sweet tooth get some love at Doc in both alcoholic and virgin forms. Milkshakes, blended with or without an alcohol pairing, include chocolate and salted caramel versions. But I couldn’t resist the simple vanilla shake with a floater of creamy Left Hand Brewing’s Milk Stout Nitro on top. The dark beer only added to the depth of the thick shake, leaving no question that this was a lightly boozy milkshake, not an overindulgent cocktail. At my first visit to Doc, baker Shiel Worcester’s salted-caramel apple pie was sold out. On my next trip, I asked my second-time server, Katie G., to reserve me a slice of pear-sage crumble when I ordered my savory dishes.

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When Shelburne’s Open Arms Food & Juice shop closed in April, fans of chef-owner AcoY coFiño’s porky, pickle-stacked Cuban sandwiches were left yearning for a fix. They can scratch the itch this Sunday, October 11 — and it might be a good idea to bring along their dull kitchen knives. Cofiño will pop up with his hefty $15 stackers at Shelburne’s chEF coNtoS kitchEN & StorE during its knife-sharpening session from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Can’t make it this weekend? No se preocupe: Via email, Cofiño says he plans to return to the shop through the fall and winter during the chef’s monthly sharpening sessions.

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pril 21, 2008, began like any other Monday for Walter and Holly Jeffries. The swineherd owners of Topsham’s Sugar Mountain Farm loaded live pigs into their van and headed to their local butcher, as they did every week. They planned to return three days later to pick up hundreds of pounds of sausage, roasts and chops, which they’d later deliver to shops and restaurants. As the farmers and butcher settled into their usual banter, the butcher announced that he was quitting the business, once he filled his current orders. “Do you want to buy my place?” he asked them. The couple didn’t, but the jarring news spurred them to overhaul their business model — and to launch a project that would become their focus for the next decade. A week later, Walter Jeffries met with Randy Quenneville, meat programs section chief at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. “I want to build a butcher shop,” the farmer said. “What do I need to do?” Quenneville handed Jeffries a banker’s box of printed regulations. Later, so did the

regional U.S. Department of Agriculture food safety and inspections chief. The farmers spent months reading through myriad ways to accrue — and avoid — federal and state food safety violations. Together, the family —  Walter, Holly and their three homeschooled children, ages 5 to 16 at the project’s outset —  researched swine slaughter and butchery. They pored over animal-behavior pioneer Temple Grandin’s work on humane slaughter. Shop drawings in hand, Walter even solicited a review from Grandin, and the two exchanged notes via email. To learn meat cutting, the farmers spent 18 months apprenticing under Fairfield-based master butcher Cole Ward. As the butcher shop took form on paper, and in hopes and dreams, the Jeffries family studied building codes, materials and methods. They secured permitting and leveled a building site, laying the groundwork for a project that would turn them into designbuilders, engineers, project managers, concrete pourers, plumbers, electricians and finish carpenters, among other occupations.

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Son Will — a teenager at the time — taught himself to weld, then fabricated the stainless-steel doors that form gleaming portals between the new facility’s labyrinthine workshops and arched atria. Avoiding bank loans or grants, the farmers funded the project through income from their pastured pigs and

sustainable-forestry operation (90 percent of the property is wooded); loans from friends and family; and a modest crowdfunding campaign. Aside from the 200-square-foot cottage where they live (“We spend most of our time outside,” Walter Jeffries notes) — the 1.6-million-pound

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boar in 2003. Compared to sheep, pigs have high fertility rates and robust sexual appetites. One sow, left to a boar and her own devices, can birth 30 piglets in 12 months. Most piglets will swell to 300 pounds in their first year. A decade later, the farm’s 60 to 80 breeding sows (the whole herd numbers from 200 to 400 animals) produce thousands of piglets per season. Most of them land on plates within nine months of birth. Cutting and packing that meat at home will save Sugar Mountain $150 per animal in processing costs. That number will grow when the farmers begin slaughtering on-site. That’s a lifetime away for today’s piglets, who trot in small packs through pastures seeded with kale, turnips, clover and other cultivars, nursing en masse from any mama who calls to them. In one field, a sow rears onto her hind legs, tosses her head and descends the hilly field in leaps and bounds, piglets in tow. “We call her ‘Dancin,’” Jeffries says with a grin. Across the road, a round hill is splashed with fall’s orange, gold and crimson: Topsham’s foliage is in full swing. Though autumn will bring new struggles and joys to every Vermont farm, this fall ushers in a new era — one of greater independence and, hopefully, income — for Sugar Mountain, as the farmers take meat cutting into their own hands. m Contact:

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PAID FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE FORUM: A discussion outlines the mechanics of developing a staterun Temporary Disability and Caregiver Insurance program to fund employee time off. The Gallery at Main Street Landing, Burlington, 8-9:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info,

TURNON BURLINGTON: Communication games encourage participants to push past comfort zones and experience deep connections. OneTaste Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $10. Info,


LAUGHTER ON THE LAKE: The Vermont Comedy Divas yuk it up at a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association. Burlington St. John’s Club, 7-9 p.m. $15-20. Info, 864-9778.

FESTIVAL OF TIBETAN ARTS & CULTURE OF THE ADIRONDACK COAST: Mountain Lake PBS presents an ongoing celebration of traditional art, dance, music and culture. See for details. Various Plattsburgh locations, N.Y. Prices vary. Info, 518-563-9770.



PEER SUPPORT CIRCLE: Participants converse freely in a confidential space without giving advice or solving problems. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 777-8602. PUBLIC HEARING: Vermonters plug into a conversation on the new revision to the state’s Comprehensive Energy Plan. Lyndon State College, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info,




AFROLATIN PARTY: Dancers ages 18 and up get down to the kizomba, kuduro and kompa with DsantosVT. Zen Lounge, Burlington, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; party, 8-10 p.m. $6-12; free for party. Info, 227-2572. DROP-IN HIP-HOP DANCE: Beginners are welcome at a groove session inspired by infectious beats. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $13. Info, 540-8300. ECSTATIC DANCE VERMONT: Jubilant movement with the Green Mountain Druid Order inspires divine connections. The Open Space, Hardwick Inn Building, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info, 505-8010. SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: Jigs, reels and strathspeys for all ability levels exercise the body and the mind. Bring water and soft-soled shoes. Union Elementary School, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $7.50. Info, 879-7618.


MILAREPA TSOG: All are welcome at an offering ceremony that represents assembling the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in a sacred dance. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 7-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 633-4136.

fairs & festivals

CLASSIC FILM NIGHT: Cinephiles screen Mel Brooks’ 1974 send-up Young Frankenstein. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. CONTEMPORARY DOCUMENTARIES OF JAPAN: ‘CHILDREN OF THE WOODS’: A four-part series spotlights films from across the Pacific. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 8-10 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5000.

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BARRE FARMERS MARKET: Crafters, bakers and farmers share their goods. Vermont Granite Museum, Barre, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 505-8437. CHICKEN PIE SUPPER: A hearty spread comes complete with mashed potatoes, winter squash, coleslaw and dessert. Richmond Congregational Church, 4:30-7:30 p.m. $6-12. Info, 318-5359. MIDDLEBURY FARMERS MARKET: Crafts, cheeses, breads, veggies and more vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. The Marbleworks, Middlebury, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 377-2980.


Almost anywhere you look, leaves are bursting with fiery reds, eye-popping oranges and brilliant yellows. Sure, you can see a spectrum of shades all around, but this Saturday, music lovers will be able to hear it, too, when producer Will Ackerman presents a lineup of all-star musicians for “The Gathering: Concert for Autumn Colors.” Five award-winning Ackerman collaborators, including David Cullen, Jill Haley, David Lindsay, Barbara Higbie (pictured) and host Tom Eaton, head to Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center to channel the harvest season through guitar, oboe, horn, piano and voice. Sit back, relax and take in the sounds of the season.

‘THE GATHERING: CONCERT FOR AUTUMN COLORS’ Saturday, October 10, 8 p.m., at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. $20-35. Info, 760-4634.

RUTLAND COUNTY FARMERS MARKET: Downtown strollers find high-quality produce, fresh-cut flowers and artisan crafts within arms’ reach. Depot Park, Rutland, 2-6 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813 or 753-7269. WINE TASTING: Samples of German Riesling burst with flavor at a casual sipping session. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, 4-6 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 253-5742.


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

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NEWPORT FARMERS MARKET: Pickles, meats, eggs, fruits, veggies, herbs and baked goods are a small sampling of the seasonal bounty. Causeway, Newport, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 274-8206.





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

HAVE YOU HAD A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE?: An open dialogue hosted by Eckankar encourages curious minds to explore past-life recall and out-of-body encounters. Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Junction, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390.

Historian Stephen Wade sings — and writes — praises to unknown folk musicians of the past. In his 2012 book The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, Wade digs into the tuneful traditions of the American South, using early Library of Congress field recordings as a jumpingoff point for his research. Offering what the Boston Globe calls “a fascinating window into a bygone world,” Wade’s book follows the narratives of age-old airs, their players and communities of origin in a broad portrait of the country’s cultural landscape. The banjo-picking scholar presents his findings in a lecture accompanied by a musical performance.

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Friday, October 9, 8 p.m., at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $23.50. Info, 863-5966.




George Dawes Green spent many a night swapping stories with friends on a porch in his native Georgia. Inspired by the insects swarming around the porch light, the tellers of tales dubbed themselves “the Moths.” When Green relocated to New York, he took the name with him and founded the Moth, a nonprofit group committed to the art of storytelling. Far from the modest front-porch gathering of its origin, the organization now encompasses a weekly podcast, a National Public Radio show and live performances across the United States and beyond. Winning raconteurs from past competitions approach the mic for the Vermont Moth GrandSLAM I with true-to-life narratives on the theme “Fish Out of Water.”


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Drop-In Gentle Hatha Yoga: Guided by breath, students rest, restore and rejuvenate in a sequence of slow movements. Bring a personal mat. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660. Eating Well on a Budget for Families: A weekly workshop with Frances Fleming of UVM Extension highlights ways to save and get healthy. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 2238000, ext. 202. Herbal Support for the Post-Partum Mom: Sasha McGarvey takes a holistic approach to the nutritional needs of new mothers. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $1012; preregister. Info, 224-7100. Insight Meditation: Attendees deepen their understanding of Buddhist principles and practices. Wellspring Mental Health and Wellness Center, Hardwick, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 472-6694. Meditation & Discussion Group: Teacher Barry Weiss encourages participants to quiet the mind for increased energy and decreased stress and anxiety. Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 660-8060. 10.07.15-10.14.15 SEVEN DAYS 56 CALENDAR

Push-ups in the Park: Fitness fanatics get a sweat on at a fast and furious workout that benefits local charities. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 6-7 a.m. $5-15. Info, 658-0949. R.I.P.P.E.D.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet define this high-intensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. Recovery Community Yoga: A stretching session for all ability levels builds physical and mental strength to support healing. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. Vermont Health Connect: A Presentation & Discussion About Accessing Health Care Coverage in Vermont: A talk and Q&A on available plans and benefits are just what the doctor ordered. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. Wednesday Night Sound Meditation: The sacred sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, gong, didgeridoo and drum send participants on a journey exploring body, heart and soul. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 540-0186.

Story Time for 3- to 5-Year-Olds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


Beginner English Language Class: Students build a foundation in reading, speaking and writing. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. German Conversation Group: Community members practice conversing auf Deutsch. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


Women’s Pickup Basketball: Drive to the hoop! Ladies dribble up and down the court during an evening of friendly competition. See for details. Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info,


First Wednesday Series: ‘America’s Challenges in a New World Order’: Diplomat George Jaeger considers the country’s need to rethink its role in the global community. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. First Wednesday Series: ‘How the Brain Categorizes the World’: Cognitive recognition and organization constitute a talk by Williams College professor Safa Zaki. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.

First Wednesday Series: ‘On Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne’s Trail’: Awardwinning biographer Willard Sterne Randall looks at the montréal British general’s failed campaigns n in the Champlain Valley in 1776 and Jo ‘The Adventures of a Black o r ne vi s| 1777. Rutland Free Library, 7-8:30 p.m. En Girl in Search of God’: Sensuous C OU in RTESY OF Fra nkl Free. Info, 773-1860. choreography and a soaring soundscape support Djanet Sears’ play rooted in African First Wednesday Series: ‘The Costumes storytelling traditions. Centaur Theatre, Montréal, 8 of Downton Abbey’: The sartorially savvy p.m. $25-53.50. Info, 514-288-3161. Jule Emerson discusses the fashions featured in the popular PBS series. Brownell Library, Essex ‘Province’: It’s every man for himself in a Centaur Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Theatre drama examining humanity’s commitment to individuality and the environmental destruction First Wednesday Series: ‘Virtue and Vice: The that ensues. Centaur Theatre, Montréal, 8:30 p.m. World of Vermeer’s Women’: Dartmouth profes$15-28. Info, 514-288-3161. sor Jane Carroll paints a colorful portrait of the 17thcentury Dutch artist’s courtships and seductions music portrayed in his works. Norwich Congregational Church, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. Arlo Guthrie: The folk icon performs his 18-minute antiestablishment anthem “The Alice’s First Wednesday Series: ‘What If Poor Restaurant Massacree” and other favorites as part Women Ran the World?’: Annelise Orleck orates of the “Alice’s Restaurant” 50th Anniversary Tour. the origin of an antipoverty program run by poor Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25-60. Info, mothers in the 1970s. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 863-5966. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. Jeremy Denk: From Bach and Beethoven to Joplin ‘Hildegard of Bingen: A Medieval Visionary and Ives, the award-winning pianist hits all the Who is 21st Century’: A PowerPoint presentation, right notes in a multifaceted program. Robison Hall, music and commentary by Dr. William Tortolano Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, profile the colorful theologian, philosopher and 7:30 p.m. $6-25. Info, 443-3168. women’s rights advocate. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. La Santa Cecilia: The Los Angeles-based band fuses cumbia, tango, rock, rumba and jazz into an Jason Smiley: Occult enthusiasts are enchanted explosive pop performance incorporating a voice for as the presenter lifts the veil on a mystical clan in immigration reform. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins “The Devil’s Cabinet: The Famous Eddy Family of Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, Spirit Mediums.” Milton Historical Museum, 7-8:30 N.H., 7 p.m. $17-25. Info, 603-646-2422. p.m. Free. Info, 363-2598. Singers & Players of Instruments: Musicians Jeremiah Abrams: Happiness seekers are of all levels bring voices and gear to meet and encouraged to open their hearts in “Love Is What mingle with fellow performers. The Wellness Co-op, We Came Here For.” College Street Congregational Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 999-7373. Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 864-7704. Song Circle: Music lovers congregate for an theater acoustic session of popular folk tunes. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Donations. Info, ‘Alumni Pie’: A group of college friends, now in 775-1182. their fifties, renews their bonds in a hilarious Girls Nite Out production. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $18-22. Info, 863-5966. Va

Public Flu Clinic: Those looking to avoid the ailment bring their insurance cards to an immunization station. Brownway Residence, Enosburg Falls, 9-11 a.m. Prices vary. Info, 527-7531.

Story Time & Playgroup: Engrossing plots unfold into activities for kids up to age 6 and their grown-ups. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 1011:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


Outdoor Backyard Boot Camp: Ma’am, yes, ma’am! An exercise expert helps folks increase strength, energy and agility. Call for details. Private residence, Middlebury, 7-8 a.m. $10. Info, 343-7160.

One-on-One Tutoring: First through sixth graders get extra help in reading, math and science. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 3:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660.

AARP Smart Driver Class: Motorists ages 50 and up learn to safely navigate the road while addressing the physical changes brought on by aging. Armory Lane Senior Housing, Vergennes, 9:30 a.m. $15-20; preregister. Info, 870-7182.


Nia With Linda: World music and movements drawn from martial, dance and healing arts invite participants to find their own paths to fitness. South End Studio, Burlington, 8:30 a.m. $14. Info, 372-1721.

Music & Movement Story Time: Wee ones get the wiggles out with songs and narratives. Highgate Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.

60-Minute Experience: Quest for Fire: Sparks fly as folks of all ages observe various methods for igniting flames. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, 2-2:40 p.m. $10-15; includes museum admission; preregister. Info, 475-2022.

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Mindfulness Class: Dogma-free meditative techniques cultivate peace, joy and freedom. Exquisite Mind Studio, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $520. Info, 735-2265.

DCF Book Discussion: Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award winner El Deafo by Cece Bell inspires lively discussion among lit lovers ages 8 through 11. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.


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Mindful Workweeks: Wednesday Night Meditation: Give your brain a break at a midweek “om” session followed by tea and conversation. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 7-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 633-4136.

DCF Book Club: Eager readers in fourth grade and above voice opinions about Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award winner The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.

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Community Education Series: More Than the Blues — Understanding Depression & Its Treatment: Feeling down? Doctor Joseph Lasek identifies risk factors of and prevention and treatment methods for chronic sadness. Dealer. com, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 488-6000.


We Walk Week: Pedestrians enjoy the autumn weather and explore Montpelier on foot during seven days of guided treks. See for details. Various Montpelier locations. Free. Info, 223-3434, ext. 110.


All Disease Begins in the Gut: Attendees digest information about links between stomach issues and other mental and physical health problems. Milton Municipal Building, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4922.


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health & fitness

Zumba: Lively Latin rhythms fuel this dance-fitness phenomenon for all experience levels. Vergennes Opera House, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 349-0026.


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‘Our Town’: A young couple fall in love, marry and build their lives in New England in Northern Stage’s production of Thornton Wilder’s iconic play. Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $15-55. Info, 296-7000. ‘The Syringa Tree’: One actress portrays all 24 characters in this story spanning four generations from early apartheid to present-day South Africa. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-20. Info, 229-0492. ‘Tribes’: Billy was born deaf to a family that hears but doesn’t listen in this Vermont Stage production. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $28-37.50. Info, 863-5966.


Book Discussion: ‘Sustainability’: Bibliophiles chew the fat at a discussion of Ben Hewitt’s The Town That Food Saved. Bradford Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536. Slam Night: MC Rajnii Eddins hosts an open mic and juried set at this word fest featuring local talent. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0406. Wednesday Evening Book Club: Avid readers exchange ideas and opinions about Erik Larson’s Thunderstruck. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:45-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.



M.A.G.I.C.: Masculinity and Gender Identity Conversation: Folks of any and all gender identities convene for a casual discussion of topics ranging from inequality to language and media to food. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 370-5369. Peace & Justice Center Volunteer Orientation: An overview of the center’s history and mission offers insight into the role of the retail store and the organization’s larger goals. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 9. Sangha Studio: Movin’ On Up Party: A cash bar, silent auction, live music and meet-andgreets with teachers round out a housewarming celebration for the nonprofit yoga center. Namaste! Sangha Studio, Burlington, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $5; free for members. Info, 448-4262.


National Federation of Community Broadcasters North East Regional ‘Harvest’ Summit: The largest organization representing community media aims to kickstart an ongoing conversation on public radio with three days of workshops and talks. Goddard College, Plainfield, 4-9 p.m. $100-125. Info, 322-1721. Renewable Energy Conference & Expo: Leaders in clean power, heat, transportation and efficiency sectors share their knowledge in workshops, presentations and exhibits. See for details. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $40-230. Info, 229-0099. Vermont Women’s Economic Security Summit: State legislators, community leaders and advocates hash out policy and legislative strategies to support women’s roles in Vermont’s economy. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-2851.


‘Garden’: Dancers alter space by crisscrossing large colorful ribbons in this site-specific installation developed by Tzveta Kassabova with the Dance Company of Middlebury. Mead Memorial Chapel, Middlebury College, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Scottish Country Dancing: See WED.7.


Celebrating 50 Years!: Two days of activities ranging from lectures to art exhibitions mark the 50th anniversary of Middlebury College’s Program in Environmental Studies. See for details. Middlebury College, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5710.



Feast & Field Market: Locally grown produce, homemade tacos, and strains by Will Wright, Jim Ryman and friends are on the menu at a pastoral party. Barnard Town Hall, market, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; concert, 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 999-3391. tea & ForMal Gardens tour: Explorations of the inn and its grounds culminate in a traditional cup-and-saucer affair. The Inn at Shelburne Farms, 2:30-4 p.m. $18; preregister. Info, 985-8442.

fairs & festivals

Festival oF tibetan arts & Culture oF the adirondaCk Coast: See WED.7. Waterbury Fall Fest: Dinner, drinks, body art, kids’ activities and live music fuel this foliageinspired fiesta held in conjunction with the season’s final farmers market. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 832-603-9334.


Milarepa Center FilM series: ‘ChasinG buddha’: A former Catholic and political activist, Venerable Robina Courtin is now a sought-after teacher and the subject of this 2000 documentary highlighting her humanitarian work. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘nelson alGren: the end is nothinG, the road is all’: This 2015 biopic profiles a Chicago writer whose fiction exposed the darker side of the American Dream. A discussion with filmmaker Denis Mueller follows. 3rd floor, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2569. ‘We are blood’: Paul Rodriguez and other top skateboarders push the limits of gravity in this actionpacked 2015 documentary. Cast members Chris Colbourn and Jordan Maxham attend. Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. $8. Info, 864-4742.

food & drink

book launCh: Sugary appetizers sustain home cooks at a shindig for chef Katie Webster’s new publication, Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. $3; limited space. Info, 448-3350.

edible history tour: Foodies sample ethnic eats on a scrumptious stroll dedicated to Burlington’s culinary past. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 1 p.m. $48; preregister. Info, 863-5966.

health & fitness

CoMMunity MindFulness: A 20-minute guided practice led by Andrea O’Connor alleviates stress and tension. Tea and a discussion follow. Winooski Senior Center, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-1161.

Fitness boot CaMp: Interval training helps participants improve strength, agility, endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Cornwall Town Hall, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $10. Info, 343-7160.


dav pilkey: Holey underwear! The children’s series author swoops in to celebrate his newest book, Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot. Shelburne Town Hall, 4-5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-3999. leGo Club: Brightly colored interlocking blocks inspire developing minds. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660. leGo Fun: Tinkerers in grades K and up create unique structures with geometric pieces. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. MusiC With robert: Sing-alongs with Robert Resnik hit all the right notes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216. plainField presChool story tiMe: Tots ages 2 through 5 discover the magic of literature. Cutler Memorial Library, Plainfield, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 454-8504. presChool MusiC: Kiddos have fun with song and dance. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. presChool story tiMe: Captivating narratives pave the way for crafts and activities for youngsters ages 3 through 6. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660. read to arChie the therapy doG: Budding bookworms join a friendly canine for entertaining tales. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. story tiMe: Kids up to age 6 sit tight for engaging narratives. Jeudevine Memorial Library, Hardwick, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 472-5948.

sideWalk Chalk: The Chicago-based songsters seamlessly blend contemporary hip-hop, soul and jazz. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10. Info, 540-0406. ‘the Who in hyde park’: Rock fans feel nostalgic at a screening of the band’s June 26 concert in Hyde Park. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 864-5610.



naMi verMont FaMily-to-FaMily Class: The National Alliance on Mental Illness builds understanding between individuals struggling with psychological health and their loved ones. Call for details. Various locations statewide, 6-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 800-639-6480, ext. 102. usinG eMotional FreedoM teChnique to solve probleMs & enhanCe liFe: Samuel Hendrick gives self-improvers the tools to eliminate the troublesome effects of trauma. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


an aCoustiC eveninG With lyle lovett & John hiatt: SOLD OUT. The Texan troubadour and the perennial songwriter band together for a country- and blues-tinged concert. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $41-75.50. Info, 863-5966. druM Class: Percussion players make rhythmic music in an African-inspired lesson with Ismael Bangoura. Red Cedar School, Bristol, 6-7:15 p.m. $13-15. Info, 859-1802. Jazz residenCy With bruCe sklar & JereMy hill: The local keyboardist and upright bass player serve up syncopated rhythms at a weekly gig. Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield, 7-9:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 496-8994.

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biG Maker Guest speaker: natalie JereMiJenko: A noted TED presenter, the technoartist and environmental activist shares her innovating thinking. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0761.


‘state oF denial’: A fictional Teesri Duniya Theatre production set in present-day Canada and 20thcentury Turkey links the Armenian and Rwandan genocides. Studio. Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 8 p.m. $32-64. Info, 514-739-7944.

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liFelonG learninG MusiC series: Carl Maria von Weber: A sequence of lectures and musical presentations focuses on the lives and works of different classical composers. Conference Room, South Burlington Community Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7080.

‘provinCe’: See WED.7.




‘the adventures oF a blaCk Girl in searCh oF God’: See WED.7.



We Walk Week: See WED.7.

burt porter: Music and commentary accompany “The British Ballad Tradition in New England.” Blake Memorial Library, East Corinth, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 439-5338.

Mandarin Chinese Class: Language lovers practice the dialect spoken throughout northern and southwestern China. Agape Community Church, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 503-2037.


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stephen Wade: In “The Beautiful Music All Around Us,” the Grammy Award-nominee uncovers the people and stories behind early Library of Congress recordings. See calendar spotlight. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. van Jones: The CNN political correspondent posits the idea that disposability breeds mass incarceration and extinction in “Green Jobs, Not Jails: Criminal Justice Ecology.” Mead Memorial Chapel, Middlebury College, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5710.


‘the 39 steps’: A cast of six playing more than 150 characters propels this Tony Award-winning adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film, presented by the University of Vermont Department of Theatre. Royall Tyler Theatre, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-22. Info, 656-209. ‘aluMni pie’: See WED.7.


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Feldenkrais aWareness throuGh MoveMent: Whether you consider it relaxing exercise or active meditation, this experience can reduce pain and increase mobility. Living Room: Center of Positivity, Essex Junction, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 655-0950.

pilates With Mary reGele: Fitness fanatics drop in to fine-tune their flexibility, posture and core strength. River Arts, Morrisville, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 888-1261.

radiCal hip-hop FroM the heart: Jared Paul and Jesse Ramos lead an all-star lineup of word-and-beat-driven artists. Anthill Collective, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5-15. Info, 343-0666.


blood pressure CliniC: A nurse from Services and Support at Home screens for healthy circulation. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 223-2518.

karMa klass: donation-based yoGa For a Cause: Yogis stretch their muscles to support local nonprofits. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 540-0186.

nano stern: Spanish-language strains support a program influenced by the Nueva Canción movement, performed as part of the University of Vermont Lane Series. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 656-4455.



Winooski CoCktail Walk: Imbibers mingle with makers of local spirits and bitters over Vermontthemed concoctions and light fare. Meet at oak45. Various Winooski locations, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $45 includes food and three drinks; preregister. Info, 922-7346.

hiv & hepatitis C testinG For idus: Intravenous drug or opiate users and their partners take advantage of free, anonymous screenings. Safe Recovery Support & Education, Burlington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 488-6067.

Julie FoWlis: Emotional nuance threads though Scottish-Gaelic music from the vocalist cast as the singing voice of Princess Merida in the movie Brave. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 7 p.m. $15-44. Info, 748-2600.

a buG’s liFe: eatinG & CookinG With CriCkets: Arthropods — they’re what’s for dinner! Jen and Steve Swanson of Tomorrow’s Harvest Cricket Farm guide gourmands through baking insectinfused cookies. McClure Multigenerational Center, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister; limited space. Info, 861-9700.

Forza: the saMurai sWord Workout: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when using wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.

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‘As You Like It’: Rosalind and Orlando face the trials and triumphs of love in Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, staged by Lost Nation Theater. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-100. Info, 229-0492. ‘The Death of Rosie Callaghan’: Marabo Productions presents an original dark comedy chronicling the consequences among close friends when old secrets come to light. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 8 p.m. $16.50. Info, 863-5966.

Traditional Italian Village Dance: Dancers tap into the cultural heritage of Italy’s small mountain villages with various steps and styles. Old Labor Hall, Barre, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 229-1490.

‘Our Town’: See WED.7.



Benefit Jewelry & Scarf Sale: Shoppers browse Baked Beads baubles under a large tent. Proceeds benefit Hannah’s House. Route 100, Waitsfield, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 496-2440.


Feast Together or Feast to Go: Senior citizens and their guests catch up over a shared meal. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, noon-1 p.m. $7-9; preregister. Info, 262-6288. Home Share Now Information Session: Locals get up-to-date details on home-sharing opportunities in Vermont. Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 12:30-2 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8544. Public Hearing: Farmers and other affected citizens speak their minds on impending court litigation related to the Missisquoi Basin. American Legion, St. Albans, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2430.

Truck Stop: The Final 2015 Burlington Stop: Mobile kitchens dish out mouthwatering fare and local libations. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 5-10 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 540-0406.


Bridge Club: See WED.7, 9:15 a.m.

health & fitness

Be Tobacco Free in 2015: A fiveweek class uses gum, patches or lozenges to help smokers kick nicotine’s butt. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 847-2278.


Community Hatha Yoga: Students move at their own pace Open House Night: Stargazers in a gentle, reflective practice. South ek te el Qn view the heavens through the Ma OF End Studio, Burlington, 5:15-6:15 p.m. g no SY E T R li a s’ | C O U college observatory’s telescopes. 7th $6. Info, 683-4918. floor, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury Laughter Yoga: Breathe, clap, chant and giggle! College, 8-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-2266. Both new and experienced participants reduce Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls: stress with this playful practice. Bring personal Paranormal historian Thea Lewis highlights hauntwater. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. ed happenings throughout Burlington. Meet at the Free. Info, 999-7373. steps 10 minutes before start time. Burlington City Public Flu Clinic: See WED.7, Fairfield Community Hall Park, 7 p.m. $18; preregister. Info, 863-5966. Center, East Fairfield, 9 a.m.-noon. Prices vary | ‘S

fairs & festivals

Festival of Tibetan Arts & Culture of the Adirondack Coast: See WED.7. Stowe Foliage Arts Festival: More than 150 artisans display handmade wares at this familyfriendly fête featuring live music and local eats. No pets, please. Mayo Events Field, Stowe, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10; free for kids. Info, 425-3399.


‘Becoming Bulletproof’: This 2014 documentary spotlights actors with and without disabilities during the making of the original Western film Bulletproof. Middlebury Town Hall Theater, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 382-9222.

Renewable Energy Conference & Expo: See THU.8, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

food & drink

Maggie’s Adult Fiber Friday: Veteran knitter Maggie Loftus facilitates an informal gathering of crafters. Main Reading Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info,

Richmond Farmers Market: An open-air marketplace connects farmers and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 343-9778.


Bluebird Fairy Card Readings: Sessions with artist Emily Anderson offer folks insight into their lives. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 5-10 p.m. $5. Info, 238-4540.

National Federation of Community Broadcasters North East Regional ‘Harvest’ Summit: See THU.8, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Local Eats! Series: Vermont Salumi: Cured meats are food for thought in a presentation by Peter Colman. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


‘Bon Cop, Bad Cop’: Stick ’em up! St. Mike’s professor Jeff Ayres introduces this 2006 action movie screened in French with English subtitles as part of the Québec Film Series. Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9:20 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.


Keg-Killer Weekend: Fans of the meadery’s Firkin Friday series sip from surplus specialty batches. Groennfell Meadery, Colchester, noon-7 p.m. Free. Info, 497-2345.


Ladies’ Night: Glass Etching: Burgeoning artists sip libations and imprint wine glasses with signature designs. ONE Arts Center, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $18-24 includes two drinks. Info,

HackVT: Tech-savvy participants put their skills to the test to develop a green app for the state of Vermont in 24 hours. Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Burlington, 3 p.m.-midnight. Free; preregister. Info,

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Environmental Studies at 50: What’s Next?: Author Bill McKibben moderates a keynote conversation with environmental experts. Mead Memorial Chapel, Middlebury College, 12:30-2 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5710.

Foodways Fridays: Cooks use heirloom herbs and veggies to revive historic recipes in the farmhouse kitchen. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular farm and museum admission, $4-14; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.

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Five Corners Farmers Market: From local meats to breads and wines, farmers and food producers share the fruits of their labor. Lincoln Place, Essex Junction, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 999-3249.

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Songwriting Workshop: Seth Cronin guides musicians and singers in structuring original strains. 22 Church St., Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.

Celebrating 50 Years!: See THU.8, noon.

Edible History Tour: See THU.8.


Poets & Their Craft Lecture Series: Baron Wormser doesn’t miss a beat in “The Irony and the Ecstasy: On the Nature of Poetry.” Misty Valley Books, Chester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 598-0340.

Scottish Country Dancing: See WED.7.

Chicken Pie Supper: Diners dig into a traditional fall feast complete with mashed potatoes, veggies, coleslaw and apple crisp, served family style. Waterbury Congregational Church, 5 & 6:30 p.m. $7-11; preregister. Info, 244-6606.


Nonfiction Book Group: Jame’s McBride’s The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother inspires conversation among readers. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

‘Garden’: See THU.8, noon & 2 p.m.

‘The Odd Couple’: Little City Players stage Neil Simon’s classic comedy about two divorced men who become roommates. Vergennes Opera House, 8 p.m. $10-12. Info, 877-6737.

Book Launch Party: Robert M. Tremblay celebrates the release of Twenty-Seconds: A True Account of Survival & Hope with drinks, appetizers, a meet-and-greet and live entertainment. On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-3309.


Ecstatic Dance Vermont: See WED.7, Auditorium, Christ Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info, 505-8010. Queen City Contra Dance: Kick ’Em Jenny dole out live tunes while Will Mentor calls the shots. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes. Beginner session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8 p.m. Shelburne Town Hall, 8-11 p.m. $9; free for kids under 12. Info, 371-9492.



Ballroom & Latin Dancing: Quick Step: Samir Elabd leads choreographed steps for singles and couples. No partner or experience required. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, introductory lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-9:30 p.m. $6-14. Info, 862-2269.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical’: Oberon, owner of King’s Ice Cream Parlor, is jealous of Titania’s success as proprietor of the Fairy Dust Diner in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy set in post-World War II Indiana. Stowe Town Hall Theatre, 8 p.m. $15-25. Info, 253-3961.

‘Tribes’: See WED.7.





Bellows Falls Farmers Market: Grass-fed beef meets bicycle-powered smoothies at a foodie fair overflowing with veggies, cheeses, prepared eats and live music. Canal Street, Bellows Falls, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info,

Recovery Community Yoga: See WED.7.


Halloween Fun Run & Family Day: Mummies, daddies, boils and ghouls don costumes to run their choice of 0.5-, 1- or 3-mile loops before digging into a barbecue lunch. YMCA Camp Abnaki, North Hero, registration, 9:15 a.m.; run, 10 a.m. $15-25. Info, 652-8130.


Drop-In Story Time: Picture books, finger plays and action rhymes captivate children of all ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Dungeons & Dragons: Imaginative XP earners in grades 6 and up exercise their problem-solving skills in battles and adventures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Early-Bird Math: Books, songs and games put a creative twist on mathematics. Richmond Free Library, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. Musical Story Time: Melody makers of all ages read and rock out with books, songs and instruments. Essex Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-0313. Story Time: Nicole entertains tots with stories, songs, crafts and parachute play. Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


Glitter & Duct Tape: Bubbles: Nikki Champagne and Noah Dictive host a night of shimmying and shaking to benefit the Pride Center of Vermont. Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10-15. Info, 655-4563.


‘The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God’: See WED.7. ‘Province’: See WED.7.


Blanche Moyse Chorale: Building on its Bach background, the chamber choir widens its range while remaining committed to precision and beauty of tone. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-30. Info, 728-9878. An Evening With Guy Davis: The guitarist revives acoustic blues traditions in original and classic songs and stories. Proceeds benefit Strolling of the Heifers. Robert H. Gibson River Garden, Brattleboro, 8-10 p.m. $20. Info, 246-0982. Julie Fowlis: See THU.8, UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-30. Info, 656-4455. Playing for Change: A Concert for Hope: Songs and spirit from around the globe inspire a performance by Chris Bakriges, Billy Arnold, Avery Sharpe and Jay Hoggard. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 7-9 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 457-3500.


We Walk Week: See WED.7.


Habits & Happiness: How to Become Happier and Improve Your Well-being by Changing Your Habits: Joy-seekers join author Braco Pobric for a workshop on increasing satisfaction through routine. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon. Free. Info, 223-3338.


Education Enrichment for Everyone: Fall Series: University of Vermont’s Benjamin Eastman considers change over time in “Cultural Transformations in Post-Soviet Cuba: Past, Present and Future.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.


‘The 39 Steps’: See THU.8. ‘Alumni Pie’: See WED.7. ‘The Death of Rosie Callaghan’: See THU.8. ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’: A giant paw print is the key clue in a murder mystery adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle’s most pupular Sherlock Holmes story. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m. $10-65. Info, 229-0492. ‘The Matchmaker’: The St. Johnsbury Players bring classic characters to life in Thornton Wilder’s romantic farce set in 1880s New York. Auditorium. St. Johnsbury School, 7:30 p.m. $7-10. Info, 274-4496. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical’: See THU.8. ‘The Odd Couple’: See THU.8. ‘Our Town’: See WED.7. ‘Steel Magnolias’: A close-knit group of Louisiana women finds strength in friendship as they face challenges of love and health in this QNEK Productions performance. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 7:30 p.m. $13-15. Info, 748-2600. ‘Tribes’: See WED.7. ‘You Can’t Take It With You’: Theater lovers laugh until they cry during the Valley Players’ production of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1930s screwball comedy. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $12. Info, 583-1674.


Friday Morning Workshop: Lit lovers analyze creative works-in-progress penned by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 22 Church St., Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. Michael caduto: The master storyteller leads audience members on a journey of personal narrative. Enosburg Opera House, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 933-2328. the VerMont Moth grandslaM i: ‘Fish out oF Water’: Champions of the live storytelling series duke it out in a battle of wit and words. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $23.50. Info, 863-5966. Writing salon: Wordsmiths employ neuroscientific research to kick out the inner critic who can curb creativity. Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $20-25. Info, 865-4209.

sat.10 art

a harVest oF Quilts: Common Threads Quilt Guild presents 100 needle-and-thread masterpieces. Vendors, crafts and a teacup auction complete the exhibition. Gymnasium, Peoples Academy, Morrisville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $2. Info, 644-5880. the Working land syMposiuM: Panel discussions with artists and scholars explore humans’ creative, literary and personal relationships to place in conjunction with the “Eyes on the Land” exhibition. Shelburne Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-50; preregister. Info, 985-3346, ext. 3392.


BeneFit JeWelry & scarF sale: See FRI.9.


central VerMont haBitat For huManity orientation Meeting: There’s no place like home at an information session on two available houses in East Montpelier and Orange. Kids are welcome. First Presbyterian Church, Barre, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 522-8611.

hoW to talk to kids aBout racisM: A two-part facilitated discussion addresses the far-reaching effects of racism and white privilege. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 3-6 p.m. $40; free for members and volunteers; preregister. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6.

VerMont coMpassion centers: Folks get information about the Vermont law allowing for legal medical marijuana access. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.



spruce root Baskets: Crafters create handheld carriers with harvested materials. Anika Klem leads. EarthWalk Vermont, Plainfield, 12:304:30 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 454-8500.

contra dance: Will Mentor is the caller at a hootenanny complete with live music by Red Dog Riley. Cornwall Town Hall, 7-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 462-3722. SAT.10

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Scottish Country Dancing: See WED.7. Swing Dance: Quick-footed participants experiment with different styles, including the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes are required. Champlain Club, Burlington, beginner lesson, 8 p.m.; dance, 8:30 p.m. $5. Info, 864-8382.


Inauguration Events: Middlebury College celebrates its first female president, Laurie L. Patton, with an outdoor ceremony, panel discussions, a concert and a fireworks show. See for details. Middlebury College, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 443-5000.


HackVT: See FRI.9, 4 a.m.-6:30 p.m.


Celebrate Fall Weekend: Woodcarving, kids’ activities and a dawn-to-dusk bird-watching extravaganza round out two days of outdoor appreciation. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $3.50-7; free for kids under 3. Info, 434-2167. 10.07.15-10.14.15 SEVEN DAYS 60 CALENDAR

Anything Apple: A pie contest, cider pressing, food sampling and a silent auction complete a fête of fall’s crisp fruit. Tunbridge Town Hall, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 889-9828. Fall Into Winter Festival: Live music, family activities, hayrides, pumpkin painting and a pieeating contest celebrate autumn in all its glory. Jackson Gore Courtyard, Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 228-1600. Festival of Tibetan Arts & Culture of the Adirondack Coast: See WED.7. Harvest Weekend: Cider pressing, a barn dance and other 19th-century farm activities highlight autumn’s abundance. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-14; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. St. Albans Oktoberfest: Imbibers get into the spirit of Gemütlichkeit and raise their glasses of craft beer to community and good cheer. See for details. Various St. Albans locations, 1-4 & 5-8 p.m. $50 includes a flight, a glass, appetizers and a museum tour. Info, 527-7933.

Swanton Farmers Market: Shoppers get their share of farm-fresh produce, meats and breads. Village Green Park, Swanton, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 868-7200.

Barre Farmers Market: See WED.7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Burlington Farmers Market: More than 90 stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisan wares and prepared foods. Burlington City Hall Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172.

Truck Stop Winooski: Merrymakers eat, drink and jam to live music at a gathering of mobile food purveyors. Winooski Falls Way, 5-10 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 540-0406.

Caledonia Farmers Market: Growers, crafters and entertainers gather weekly at outdoor booths centered on local eats. Parking lot, Anthony’s Diner, St. Johnsbury, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3088.

VT Firkin Festival: Regional breweries serve up seasonal suds conditioned in casks. Local fare from area vendors rounds out the day. Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 1 p.m. $40 includes a tasting glass and 10 samples; for ages 21 and up. Info, brian@

Capital City Farmers Market: Meats and cheeses join farm-fresh produce, baked goods, and locally made arts and crafts. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958. Chicken Pie Supper: Neighbors catch up over this cold-weather comfort food. Takeout is available. Essex Junction St. Pius X Parish, 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. $6-10; preregister. Info, 879-6989.

To Bid or Not to Bid: Friends of the library nosh on wine and cheese, then vie for a wide array of items at this annual auction. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 6-9 p.m. $15. Info,



fairs & festivals

Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider & Beer Festival: Bottoms up! A beverage-filled bash bursts with regional flavors and nonstop live entertainment. Crete Memorial Civic Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 2-7 p.m. $3-45; free for kids under 15. Info, 518-593-7904.


UVM Historic Tour: Professor emeritus William Averyt references architectural gems and notable personalities on a walk through campus. Ira Allen statue, University Green, UVM, Burlington, 10 a.m.noon. Free; preregister. Info, 656-8673.

food & drink


Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls: See FRI.9.

Sockeye + Sip of Sunshine Brunch: Chef George Lambertson collaborates with Hen of the Wood on a spread of wild Alaskan salmon paired Lawson’s Finest Liquid libations. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 11 a.m. $18. Info, 540-0406.


Lattes on the Hoof & Farm Tour: Foamed goat’s milk fills mugs and warms patrons who stroll the farm and meet the animals. Green Mountain Girls Farm, Northfield, 10-11:30 a.m. $15. Info, 505-9840.

Shelburne Farmers Market: Harvested fruits and greens, artisan cheeses, and local novelties grace outdoor tables. Shelburne Town Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 482-4279.


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

Rutland County Farmers Market: See WED.7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’: Stunning aerial shots and narration by Harrison Ford propel this 2D and 3D salute to the marvels of modern air travel. See calendar spotlight. Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:45, 11:45 a.m., 12:45, 1:45, 2:45 & 3:45 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $10.50-13.50; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.


Grand Opening Celebration: Northern Stage’s new theater space opens its doors to the public for self-guided tours, kids’ activities and good eats. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 296-7000.


Waitsfield Farmers Market: A bustling bazaar boasts seasonal produce, prepared foods, artisan crafts and live entertainment. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 498-4734. e

Norwich Contra Dance: Folks in clean-soled shoes cross the floor in patterned steps, fired up by live tunes. Tracy Hall, Norwich, beginner session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8 p.m. $5-8; free for kids under 16; by donation for seniors. Info, 785-4607.

Roast Turkey Supper: Thanksgiving makes an early appearance at this tastebud pleaser, served buffet-style. Takeout is available. Vergennes United Methodist Church, 5-6:30 p.m. $5-9. Info, 877-3150.


Harvest Hoedown: David Hoke & Friends provide the soundtrack while Luke Donforth calls the steps at an end-of-summer celebration filled with dancing, snacks and plenty of fun. Franklin Town Hall, 7-9:30 p.m. $5; free for kids under 12. Info, 285-6505.

Vermont Apple Festival: More than 60 vendors offer handmade goods amid ponies, trains and carnival rides. A pie contest sweetens the deal. Riverside Middle School, Springfield, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 885-2779.


Dancing With the Rutland Stars: Professional hoofers and notable community members shake a tail feather to benefit Kids on the Move. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $25-35. Info, 775-0903.

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

Stowe Foliage Arts Festival: See FRI.9.


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Chocolate Tasting: With the help of a tasting guide, chocoholics of all ages discover the flavor profiles of four different confections. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807. Cider Days: An antique cider press is the centerpiece of an assembly of artisan vendors. Apple crisp, cheese and a roast beef supper sustain strollers. Belmont Village Green, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3443. Edible History Tour: See THU.8. Full Barrell Homebrew Social: Co-op members and potential recruits take to the cellar to for beer, cider and snacks. Bring a dish to share. Burlington Bytes, 4-7 p.m. Donations; for ages 21 and up. Info, Hard Cider Tastings: Imbibers tip back crisp samples of the limited release Honey Plum and Hopped Native beverages. Champlain Orchards, Shoreham, noon-5 p.m. Free. Info, 897-2777. Keg-Killer Weekend: See FRI.9, noon-7 p.m. Make Your Own Chocolate Bars: First-time confectioners tie on their aprons to temper, mold and wrap full-size take-home treats. South End Kitchen at Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. $25. Info, 864-0505. Middlebury Farmers Market: See WED.7. Mount Tom Farmers Market: Purveyors of garden-fresh crops, prepared foods and crafts set up shop for the morning. Parking lot, Mount Tom, Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2070. Newport Farmers Market: See WED.7. Northwest Farmers Market: Locavores stock up on produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 827-3157.






Wine Tasting: Samples of French burgundy burst with flavor at a casual sipping session complete with cheese and bread. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, 4-6 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 253-5742.

Ghostacular: ParaCon: A paranormal preview to Halloween features vendors, healers, readers, workshops and a talk by Amy Bruni of “Ghost Hunters.” Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. Info, 893-9966. Okgoreberfest Prom: Live music leads to a spine-tingling screening of the high-school slasher flick Prom Night. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 578-2512. Spookyville Second Build Day: Volunteers help build the bootiful Spookyville Manor and focus on freakish makeup and eye-popping props for a hair-raising Halloween showcase. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 355-3107.


Chess Club: Checkmate! Players make strategic moves and vie for the opposing king. Adult supervision required for kids 8 and under. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Family Health Fair Day: Salubrious activities for all ages include yard games, an interactive lecture, a smoothie demonstration, vegan cookie decorating and a silent auction to benefit the King Street Center. Elevate Health Chiropractic, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 557-8568. Hands-On Glassblowing Projects & Classes: Suncatcher: Aspiring artisans ages 7 and up choose natural and nautical designs to create colorful window hangings. Orwell Glass workshop. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-20; preregister for a time slot. Info, 475-2022. One-on-One Tutoring: See WED.7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Read to Hank the Therapy Dog: Tykes cozy up for a story session with a retriever. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660. Rug Concert: Musical munchkins encounter instruments, singers and composers in a kid-friendly setting. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 11 a.m. $5-10; limited space. Info, 655-5030, ext. 100. Saturday Drop-In Story Time: A weekly selection of songs and narratives engages all ages. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.


‘Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure’: A dolichorhynchops braves history’s most dangerous oceans in a National Geographic Studios 2D and 3D movie. Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:45 & 11:45 a.m., 12:45, 1:45, 2:45 & 3:45 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $10.5013.50; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

health & fitness

Spanish Musical Playgroup: Language learners up to age 5 get together for stories, rhymes and songs en español. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918.

Northern Vermont Scrabble Club: Wordsmiths use lettered tiles to spell out winning combinations. Panera Bread, Barre, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1801.

AcroYoga Star Workshop: Yogis refine transitions and take home a series of poses that can be repeated in a cyclical flow. Email for prerequisites. Sangha Studio, Burlington, 1:30-4 p.m. $15-25. Info, 448-4262. Foodie Flow: Gourmands work up an appetite at a moderate yoga session, then treat their taste buds to a full-on feast complete with recipe demonstrations. Sangha Studio, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. $2525. Info, 448-4262. Outdoor Backyard Boot Camp: See WED.7, 8-9 a.m. R.I.P.P.E.D.: See WED.7. Spa Day: Massage, aromatherapy and acudetox promote health, wellness and recovery. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations. Info, 861-3150.


Columbus Weekend Celebration: Vibrant foliage is the backdrop for a slew of autumnal activities including the North Face Race to the Summit, a craft brew fest and a chili cook off. See for details. Stratton Mountain Resort, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 800-787-2886.

Special Olympics Young Athletes Program: Play fosters physical, cognitive and social development in kids ages 2 through 7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Rice Memorial High School, South Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 861-0274.


Alliance Française Conversation Group Lunch: French speakers chat en français over a midday meal. La Villa Bistro & Pizzeria, Shelburne, noon-2 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 793-4361.


Rhythms & Methods: Trans Poetry & Digital Writing: From traditional verse and experimental narrative to alternative game design and bot making, transgender authors showcase their styles. Marlboro College, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 409-550-4882.


‘The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God’: See WED.7, 2 & 8 p.m. ‘Province’: See WED.7. ‘State of Denial’: See THU.8.




Burlington ChamBer orChestra: Conductor Yutaka Kono leads local musicians in selections by Warlock, Bach and Tchaikovsky. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-25. Info, 863-5966. the DoughBoys: The Middlebury seven-piece continues the Fall Music Series with upbeat original rock and pop. Marquis Theatre & Southwest Café, Middlebury, 8:30 p.m.-midnight. $5 includes halfprice café admission; cash bar. Info, 388-4841. ‘the gathering: ConCert for autumn Colors’: Will Ackerman presents a roster of acclaimed instrumentalists who deliver awe-inspiring stylings in celebration of fall foliage. See calendar spotlight. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe, 8 p.m. $20-35. Info, 760-4634. hans hielsCher: Works by Bernard, Rheinberger, Guilmant and von Suppé resonate as the concert organist demonstrates his mastery of the keyboard. Trinity Church, Rutland, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 775-4368. KingDom Bluegrass JamBoree: Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing lead seasoned performers in a varied program reflecting the genre’s versatility. Alexander Twilight Theatre, Lyndon State College, 7 p.m. $10-12; free for kids 18 and under. Info, 748-2600.


fall foliage 5K run/walK: Active bodies make strides for the Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club. Choice Physical Therapy, Montpelier, registration, 8:30 a.m.; race, 10 a.m. $20-30. Info, 229-6398. gloBal CarDBoarD Challenge: CarDBoarD regatta: Handmade vessels held together with duct tape carry creative competitors across the finish line. St. Johnsbury Academy Field House, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 751-2304.


mariessa DoBriCK: Colorful criminals come into view in the archivist’s talk “Counterfeiting and Forgery in Vermont.” Vermont History Center, Barre, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2180.

‘alumni Pie’: See WED.7, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

sCottish Country DanCing: See WED.7.

‘the Death of rosie Callaghan’: See THU.8. ‘the hounD of the BasKervilles’: See FRI.9, 2 p.m. ‘the matChmaKer’: See FRI.9.

shaDy rill: Acoustic stylings from Patti Casey and Tom MacKenzie enliven the Burnham Music Series. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. $8; free for kids and teens. Info, 388-6863.

‘a miDsummer night’s Dream: the ’40s musiCal’: See THU.8, 2 & 8 p.m.


‘the oDD CouPle’: See THU.8. ‘our town’: See WED.7. ‘steel magnolias’: See FRI.9. ‘triBes’: See WED.7, 2 & 7:30 p.m. ‘you Can’t taKe it with you’: See FRI.9.


BooK sale: More than 20,000 gently used titles delight readers and collectors of all ages at this annual event hosted by the Friends of the Pierson Library. Gymnasium, Shelburne Town Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5124. howarD franK mosher: An excerpt from God’s Kingdom triggers the talk “Where Does Fiction Come From?” Phoenix Books Rutland, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 855-8078.

gaP-to-gaP hiKe: A difficult trek covering 11.6 miles spans the Monroe skyline between the Lincoln and Appalachian gaps. Contact trip leader for details. Meet at the trailhead on Lincoln Gap Rd. Long Trail, 9 a.m. Free. Info,

Poetry writing worKshoP: Wordsmiths read between the lines when looking at the fundamentals of verse. Bring a notebook. Catamount Outback Artspace, St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m.-noon. $10. Info, 748-2600.

we walK weeK: See WED.7.


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


a harvest of Quilts: See SAT.10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Benefit Jewelry & sCarf sale: See FRI.9. Btv flea: Marketgoers browse an eclectic mix of local artwork and vintage household goods. Mouthwatering eats and Switchback Brewing tours round out the afternoon. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 488-5766.


ChamPlain valley BuDDy walK: A stroll through downtown Burlington raises awareness of Down syndrome in the greater community. Battery Park, Burlington, noon-3 p.m. $8-10; $40 per family. Info, 872-2744.

CeleBrate fall weeKenD: See SAT.10. Queen City ghostwalK: tomBstone shaDows: Paranormal historian Thea Lewis leads an eerie field trip to famed final resting places. Meet 10 minutes before start time. Louisa Howard Chapel, Burlington, 7 p.m. $18-20. Info, 863-5966.

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harvest CeleBration: Autumn adventures abound at this seasonal shindig featuring live music, wagon rides, hard cider sampling and tasty fare. Champlain Orchards, Shoreham, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 897-2777. harvest weeKenD: See SAT.10.

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PumPKin festival: Horse-drawn wagon rides take families to the pumpkin patch and enchanted forest at a day of live music, organic eats and themed activities. No dogs, please. Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, East Thetford, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $10 parking fee. Info, 785-4737. stowe foliage arts festival: See FRI.9.


‘living in the age of airPlanes’: See SAT.10. ‘Pather PanChali’: A digitally restored version of this 1955 drama showcases the first installment of Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-8. Info, 603-646-2422.

food & drink

ChoColate tasting: See SAT.10. CiDer Days: See SAT.10. flatBreaDs of the worlD: A baker-anthropologist team rise to the occasion, covering the history, culture and preparation techniques for humankind’s oldest form of bread. A tasting lunch with seasonal toppings follows. Brot Bakery, Fairfax, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $5-10; preregister; limited space. Info, 861-9757. harvest ham Dinner: Locals fill up on homemade eats, including juicy meat, vegetables, coleslaw, rolls and dessert. Takeout is available. St. Thomas Church, Underhill Center, 4, 5:15 & 6:30 p.m. $6-12; free for kids 5 and under. Info, 899-4632. harvest marKet, aPPle PiCKing & Pie Contest: Fall is in full swing when a diverse offering of local products includes flaky crusts filled with McIntosh, Granny Smith and other tasty varieties. Brookfield Old Town Hall, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, 276-0787.

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maKe your own hanD salve: Participants whip up a soothing ointment with help from herbalist Nicole Saur. Fairfax Community Library, 10 a.m.noon. $15; preregister. Info, 849-2420.




introDuCtion to PowerPoint: Those new to the program get acquainted with slide shows, charts, footers and animation. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.

storytelling PotluCK: Folks from all walks of life share true tales of travel and wildlife encounters. Bring a dish or drink to share. The Story Barn, Johnson, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 644-8885.

inauguration events: See SAT.10, 10:30 a.m.


saw-whet owl BanDing: Ornithologists bearing warm clothes and flashlights seek the seldom-seen pint-sized species. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-11 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 229-6206.

star wars reaDs Day: Costumed fans of all ages stop in for themed crafts and hot-off-the-press titles from the science-fiction series. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.


Corn maze & hayriDes: Families celebrate the season with these outdoor pastimes. Bertrand Farms, Pittsford, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $6; free for kids under 4. Info, 779-2184.

hawK walK: Nature lovers look for the late migrating raptors and other species that hunker down on the farm for the winter. Meet at the Outreach for Earth Stewardship Kennels, Shelburne Farms, 7:30-10 a.m. $5; preregister; limited space. Info, 985-8686.


‘the 39 stePs’: See THU.8.

the metroPolitan oPera live: Anna Netrebko portrays Verdi’s heroine, who sacrifices her life for the love of a gypsy troubadour in a broadcast production of Il Trovatore. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600.

twin: The hypno-folk band is touring by canoe from Winnipeg. Tim “Hellbound” McCormick and Coydogs open. ROTA Gallery and Studio, Plattsburgh N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $3-10. Info,

oK: Like-minded individuals plan for the future, contemplate the past and connect with the present. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4:45-6 p.m. Free. Info, 989-9684.


‘as you liKe it’: See THU.8, 8 p.m.

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mission PossiBle: Teams of two compete in offthe-wall physical and mental challenges, learning about Burlington-area nonprofit programs along the way. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $100 per team or funds raised. Info, 434-7488.

‘giselle’: A doomed love affair ends in tragedy in a Bolshoi Ballet performance of one of the oldest works in the classical repertoire. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $6-18. Info, 748-2600.

salsa Cruise: DJ Hector spins sizzling Latin rhythms aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen III. Burlington Community Boathouse, boarding, 7:30 p.m; cruise, 8-10 p.m. $10; for ages 21 and up. Info, 862-8300.

twangtown Paramours: A hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes, the acoustic duo crafts catchy Americana. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $20; $40 includes dinner; BYOB. Info, 247-4295.

Community minDfulness with the Center for minDful learning: Peaceful people gather for guided meditation and interactive discussions. Burlington Friends Meeting House, 5-7 p.m. $10. Info, 540-0820.

south Burlington farmers marKet: Farmers, food vendors, artists and crafters set up booths in the parking lot. University Mall, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 207-266-8766. SUN.11

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Winooski Farmers Market: Area growers and bakers offer ethnic fare, assorted produce and agricultural products. Champlain Mill Green, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info,

health & fitness

Nia With Suzy: Drawing from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts, sensory-based movements push participants to their full potential. South End Studio, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $14. Info, 522-3691. Sunday Sangha: Community Ashtanga Yoga: Students stretch and breathe through a series of poses. Grateful Yoga, Montpelier, 10-11:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 224-6183.


Columbus Weekend Celebration: See SAT.10.



60-Minute Experience: Ropework: Nautical nuts ages 8 and up twist and tie strips of twine to make a Turk’s head keychain. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, 2-3 p.m. $15-25 includes museum admission; preregister. Info, 475-2022.

Discovery Sundays: Inquisitive minds have fun with hands-on explorations of science, technology, engineering and math. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, noon-4 p.m. $11.50-13.50; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 359-5001, ext. 228.

Scottish Country Dancing: See WED.7.

Hands-On Glassblowing Projects & Classes: Suncatcher: See SAT.10.

Greatest Views on the Long Trail Hike: Brilliant fall colors make a difficult excursion worth the blood, sweat and tears. Contact trip leader for details. Bolton Valley Resort, 9 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 355-7181.


‘The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God’: See WED.7, 2 p.m. ‘Funny Girl’: A romance with a gambling man interrupts a sassy songstress’ quest for stardom in this Peter Hinton-directed play. Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 2 & 7 p.m. $32-64; $2759 for groups. Info, 514-739-7944. ‘State of Denial’: See THU.8, 1 p.m.


An Afternoon of American Song: Opera singers raise their voices in a program of works by Fine, Previn, Porter, Gershwin and Kahane. Tuttle Hall, College of St. Joseph, Rutland, 3-5 p.m. $10. Info, The Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra: Three works by composers from German-speaking countries comprise the program “Oktobermusik,” led by guest conductor Larry Hamberlin. Middlebury Town Hall Theater, 4 p.m. $5-15. Info, 382-9222. Katharine Dopp Organ Recital: George Bozeman strikes the keys of a 151-year-old instrument in a program of Bach, Sweelinck and Fescobaldi. First Baptist Church of Burlington, 4 p.m. Donations. Info, 864-6515.

Chase Away 5K: This race is for the dogs! Leashed pooches can get in on the fun at a run/walk supporting Chase Away K9 Cancer. Dorset Park, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $20-25. Info, 989-2410.

food & drink

Cheesemaking: Fromage fans concoct mozzarella and ricotta with expert advice from dairy master Christine McMillan. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 264-5660. ter & gallery


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Mama Mangez: Creative families collaborate at a cooking party. Bring an ingredient and containers for leftovers. Tulsi Tea an u ge Room, Montpelier, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, mm |C co OU ee RTES 223-1431. Y OF a r ti s t r Ripton Ridge Run: Participants run or walk 5K and 10.4K routes through the Green games Mountain National Forest to raise funds for Ripton Elementary School. Ripton Elementary School, regisBridge Club: See WED.7, 7 p.m. tration, 11 a.m.; race, 12:30 p.m. $25-35. Info, 388-2208. Trivia Night: Teams of quick thinkers gather for ar



Tea Dance: National Coming Out Day is the impetus for an epic dance party with food and drink available for purchase. Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier, 3-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 860-7812.

Shelburne Farms 5K: Runners traverse a pastoral 3.1-mile course. Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, 8 a.m. $25; preregister; limited space. Info, 316-7142. Women’s Pickup Soccer: Quick-footed ladies of varying skill levels break a sweat while connecting passes and making runs for the goal. For ages 18 and up. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3. Info,


Rowan Jacobsen: The food writer takes a bite out of colorful, tasty and exotic fruit species in a talk on his book Apples of Uncommon Character: Heirlooms, Modern Classics and Little-Known Wonders.” Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 3 p.m. $5 or regular admission, $8-10; free for kids under 5. Info, 877-3406.


a meeting of the minds. Lobby, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 651-5012.

health & fitness

Herbal Consultations: Betzy Bancroft, Larken Bunce, Guido Masé and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism evaluate individual constitutions and health conditions. City Market/Onion River Co-op, Burlington, 4-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 861-9700. HIV Testing: Locals take advantage of free, anonymous screenings. Vermont CARES, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free; call to confirm. Info, 863-2437. Nia With Suzy: See SUN.11, 7 p.m. Outdoor Backyard Boot Camp: See WED.7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Pilates with Mary Regele: See THU.8. R.I.P.P.E.D.: See WED.7.

‘The 39 Steps’: See THU.8, 2 p.m.

Recovery Community Yoga: See WED.7.

‘The Death of Rosie Callaghan’: See THU.8, 2 p.m.

Zumba: See WED.7.

‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’: See FRI.9, 2 p.m. ‘The Odd Couple’: See THU.8, 2 p.m. ‘Our Town’: See WED.7, 5 p.m. ‘Steel Magnolias’: See FRI.9, 2 p.m. ‘Tribes’: See WED.7, 2 p.m. ‘You Can’t Take It With You’: See FRI.9, 2 p.m.


Book Sale: See SAT.10, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

‘Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure’: See SAT.10.


‘Funny Girl’: See SUN.11, 8 p.m. ‘State of Denial’: See THU.8.


Mad River Chorale Open Rehearsal: The community chorus welcomes newcomers in preparation for its upcoming concert. Chorus Room, Harwood Union High School, South Duxbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-2048.



Sunday Coffee Mix & Mingle: Social butterflies bond over books and beverages at a casual hangout. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-7812.

Robin’s Nest Nature Playgroup: Naturalistled activities through fields and forests captivate little ones up to age 5 and their parents. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 229-6206.



LGBTQ Fiber Arts Group: A knitting, crocheting and weaving session welcomes all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and skill levels. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.

Preschool Story Time: See THU.8.

Festival of Tibetan Arts & Culture of the Adirondack Coast: See WED.7.

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Hands-On Glassblowing Projects & Classes: Suncatcher: See SAT.10.

fairs & festivals

‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’: See SAT.10.

Leaf Blower Fall Classic: Cyclists spin their wheels on scenic trails at this benefit for the Stowe Mountain Bike Club. A catered meal and bike-related contests follow. Town & Country Resort, Stowe, noon-7 p.m. $25-40. Info, 371-7905.

Drop-In Story Time: Reading, rhyming and crafting entertain creative kiddos. Essex Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-0313.

Sambatucada! Open Rehearsal: New faces are invited to pitch in as Burlington’s samba street-percussion band sharpens its tunes. Experience and instruments are not required. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.


Dimanches French Conversation: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual drop-in chat. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.


Salsa Mondays: Dancers learn the techniques and patterns of the salsa, merengue, bachata and chacha. North End Studio A, Burlington, fundamentals, 7 p.m.; intermediate, 8 p.m. $12. Info, 227-2572.


Conversational Spanish Group: Speakers brush up on their language skills en español. New Moon Café, Burlington, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $15. Info,

Three-Gong Sound Bath: Participants tap into the healing properties of intentional soundscapes. Sacred Mountain Studio, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $1015; preregister. Info,

Planning Business Building Blocks: Entrepreneurs get technical at the seminar “There’s an App for That: Sharing New Technology and Strategies for Streamlining Record Keeping, Financial Planning and Marketing.” Capstone Community Action, Barre, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 477-5176.

Fall Hike into History: History hounds follow Bill Powers and Paul Andriscin on a trail ramble exploring military logistics. Mount Independence State Historic Site, Orwell, 1-3 p.m. $5; free for kids under 15. Info, 948-2000.



‘Rise Up Singing’: Annie Patterson and Peter Blood lead a sing-along concert in the campfire tradition. Middlebury United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. $10-20; $50 per family; free for kids 5 and under. Info, 388-8024.



‘Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure’: See SAT.10.


Michael Arnowitt: Beethoven’s final three piano sonatas come alive at the hands of the celebrated instrumentalist. Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 3 p.m. $10. Info, 253-1800.


Corn Maze & Hayrides: See SAT.10.



The Lonely Heartstring Band: The onetime Beatles cover band bring their bluegrass and Appalachian twang to an intimate concert. Richmond Congregational Church, 4-6 p.m. $17.5020. Info, 434-4563.


Columbus Weekend Celebration: See SAT.10, 9-10:45 a.m.


Cruisers’ & Crawlers’ Play & Stay Story Time: Babies and toddlers up to age 2 engage in books, songs and social time with blocks, bubbles and parachute play. Highgate Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

Pickup Pickleball: Athletes of all ages get their hands on paddles and plastic balls to play the game that combines elements of tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong. Bombardier Park East, Milton, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4922.


Bill Hosley: The photographer lays out almost 200 years of American history in “More Than Books: Reflections on Libraries, Community and Historic Preservation.” Grand Isle Lake House, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 917-2994. Education Enrichment for Everyone: Fall Series: University of Vermont professor Thomas Visser presents “Historic Preservation: A Strategy for Sustainability in Cuba.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.


Intensive Writing Workshop: Intermediate to experienced wordsmiths flesh out long-form projects with Jay Dubberly. Otter Creek Room, Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 877-2211, ext. 208. Norwich University Writer’s Series: Memoirist Jessica Hendry Nelson and short story writer Gary Lee Miller share their gifts for the written word. Multipurpose Room, Kreitzberg Library, Norwich University, Northfield, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2000. Poetry Workshop: Burlington Writers Workshop members break down the basics of rhyme and meter. 22 Church St., Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.

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Open Art Studio: Seasoned creatives and firsttimers alike pack their paints, knitting or crafts to work in a friendly environment. Bring a table covering for messy projects. Swanton Public Library, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info,


Working With Champlain: Presentations by Champlain College department heads highlight resources and services available to the business community. Center for Communication and Creative Media, Burlington, 7:30-9:15 a.m. $25; free for members. Info, 863-1175.



Champlain area naaCp meeting: Socially conscious folks focus on current issues. 427A, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345. Feast together or Feast to go: See FRI.9. home share now inFormation session: See FRI.9, Northfield Senior Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8544. how to talk to kids about raCism: See SAT.10, Mt. Mansfield Union High School, Jericho, 6-7:30 p.m. $50; preregister. Info, 863-2345. publiC hearing: See WED.7, Essex High School, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m.


ghostwalk: spooky in winooski haunted bus tour: Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain author Thea Lewis leads an excursion to the Onion City’s creepiest sites. Meet 10 minutes before the start time. Gardener’s Supply Company, Burlington, 7 p.m. $29; preregister; limited space. Info, 863-5966. tea & Formal gardens tour: See THU.8.

fairs & festivals

FestiVal oF tibetan arts & Culture oF the adirondaCk Coast: See WED.7.


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

knights oF the mystiC moVie Club: Cinema hounds screen campy flicks at this ode to offbeat productions. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 356-2776.


‘louis moyse: a liFe in musiC’: Extensive interviews and archival footage compose a profile of the flutist, teacher and Marlboro Music Festivalfounder. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2518.

brain injury ConFerenCe: “Against All Odds: Reclaiming Life” is the theme of a series of cerebral workshops for survivors, caregivers and professionals. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $30-185. Info, 324-2601.


‘liVing in the age oF airplanes’: See SAT.10.

‘someone you loVe: the hpV epidemiC’: Vanessa Williams narrates this 2014 documentary on the widespread human papilloma virus. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

open CraFt night: Creative sparks fly in a studio space filled with snacking, sewing, socializing and sharing. Nido Fabric & Yarn, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 881-0068.

‘them!’: Common ants mutate into man-eating monsters in this 1954 horror flick. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 540-3018.


food & drink

beginner west Coast swing & blues Fusion danCing: Students get schooled in the fundamentals of partner dance. North End Studio B, Burlington, 8-9 p.m. $9-14. Info, eCstatiC danCe: Free-form movements encourage a union between body, mind and music. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 7:15-8:45 p.m. $3-5. Info, 540-8300. intermediate & adVanCed west Coast swing: Experienced dancers learn smooth transitions and smart stylings. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $9-14. Info, sCottish Country danCing: See WED.7.


bridge Club: See WED.7, 7 p.m. gaming For teens & adults: Tabletop games entertain players of all skill levels. Kids 13 and under require a legal guardian or parental permission to attend. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

health & fitness

Fitness For eVery body: Let’s get physical! Strength, agility, coordination and cardiovascular exercises are modified for folks of all ability levels. Charlotte Senior Center, 9-9:45 a.m. $10. Info, 343-7160.

spanish musiCal kids: Amigos ages 1 to 5 learn Latin American songs and games with Constancia Gómez, a native Argentinian. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

mindFulness Class: See WED.7, 12:15-1 p.m.

story time For 3- to 5-year-olds: See WED.7, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

outdoor boot Camp: Hop to it! Folks get fit with strength, endurance, agility and coordination exercises. Rain location: Otter Valley North Campus Gym., Brandon, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $12. Info, 343-7160. publiC Flu CliniC: See WED.7, Franklin County Home Health Agency, St. Albans.


Children’s underground Film soCiety: Monthly movie screenings encourage viewers of all ages to think critically about artful cinema. Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield, 5:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 496-8994. CreatiVe tuesdays: Artists exercise their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Fall story time: A wide variety of books and authors jump-starts preschoolers’ early-literacy skills. A craft activity follows. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. hands-on glassblowing projeCts & Classes: sunCatCher: See SAT.10. musiC & moVement: Energetic children up to age 6 engage in songs and silliness with Laurie and Rachel of Active Brain, Active Body. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. musiC & moVement story time: See WED.7. presChool musiC: Melody makers ages 3 through 5 sing and dance the morning away. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 11:30 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 264-5660. presChool story hour: ‘iF you giVe a mouse a Cookie’: Kids up to age 6 scurry in for themed tales and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. read to a dog: Youngsters share stories with lovable pooches. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 878-4918.

story time: See FRI.9.

story time For babies & toddlers: Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets arrest the attention of children under 3. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. story time in the nestlings nook: Birdthemed tales prep preschoolers for crafts, music and nature activities. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Regular admission, $3.50-7. Info, 434-2167. toddler story time: Good listeners up to 3 years old have fun with music, rhymes, snacks and captivating tales. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660. yes theater! — ‘the seCret CirCus’: A James Bond-film parody teaching cooperation and common sense has students of all ages laughing out loud. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. $4. Info, 80-748-2600.


intermediate/adVanCed english language Class: Language learners sharpen communication skills. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1311. ‘la Causerie’ FrenCh ConVersation: Native speakers are welcome to pipe up at an unstructured conversational practice for students. El Gato Cantina, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. pause-CaFé FrenCh ConVersation: French students of all levels engage in dialogue en français. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 881-0550.


‘the adVentures oF a blaCk girl in searCh oF god’: See WED.7. ‘Funny girl’: See SUN.11. ‘state oF denial’: See THU.8.

read to daisy the therapy dog: Budding bookworms join a friendly canine for engaging narratives. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. ‘sea monsters: a prehistoriC adVenture’: See SAT.10.


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Five award winning musicians perform solo and in collaboration in this concert. Barbara Higbie (piano/violin/vocals), David Cullen (guitar), Jill Haley (oboe and English horn), David Lindsay (guitar), and Tom Eaton, (piano) offer a rare evening of extraordinary music!



swing danCing: Quick-footed participants experiment with different styles, including the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Beginners are welcome. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.

old north end Farmers market: Locavores snatch up breads, juices, ethnic foods and more from neighborhood vendors. Dewey Park, Burlington, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info,

guided partner thai bodywork: Lori Flower of Karmic Connection teaches techniques that create relaxation and personal connection. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.

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calendar The Bad Plus Joshua Redman: Jazz fans file in to hear the powerhouse ensemble Rolling Stone magazine called “about as badass as highbrow gets.” Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $17-40. Info, 603-646-2422. Best Girl Athlete: A father-daughter duo make a stop on their tour from Scotland to dole out indie folk tunes. Adrian Aardvark opens. ROTA Gallery and Studio, Plattsburgh N.Y., 7:30-10 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-335-8385. Jazz Master Class: All are welcome to observe a master class for Dartmouth College’s Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble taught by members of the Bad Plus Joshua Redman. Faulkner Recital Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2010. Open Mic: Musicians, storytellers and poets entertain a live audience at a monthly showcase of local talent. Wallingford Town Hall, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 446-2872.

Writing Creative Nonfiction: Readers give feedback on essays, poetry and journalism written by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 22 Church St., Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.



Improv-ing Mediation in Vermont: Instructors from the Vermont Comedy Club head a session on conflict resolution that is part workshop, part discussion and part performance. Morgan Room, Aiken Hall, Champlain College, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.



DCF Book Club: See WED.7. Lego Club: Youngsters ages 6 and up snap together snazzy structures. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. Music & Movement Story Time: See WED.7. One-on-One Tutoring: See WED.7. ‘Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure’: See SAT.10. Story Time & Playgroup: See WED.7. Story Time for 3- to 5-Year-Olds: See TUE.13.


Beginner English Language Class: See WED.7.


‘The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God’: See WED.7. ‘Funny Girl’: See SUN.11, 1 & 8 p.m.

‘Hands in the Dirt’: A collaborative cultivation project between senior citizens and the Vermont Community Garden Network blooms in this documentary film. Charlie Nardozzi offers opening remarks. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $18; cash bar. Info, 861-4769. ‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’: See SAT.10.

food & drink

Barre Farmers Market: See WED.7.

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Middlebury Farmers Market: See WED.7.



Wine Tasting: Oenophiles are in a frenzy over samples of French rosé. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, 4-6 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 253-5742.

‘Province’: See WED.7, 8:30 p.m. ‘State of Denial’: See THU.8, 1 & 8 p.m.


Fiddle Jam: Acoustic players catch up at a bowand-string session. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 775-1182. Singers & Players of Instruments: See WED.7.


60-Minute Experience: Quest for Fire: See WED.7. Lunch & Learn: ‘Hubbardton Forge: History & Design Concepts’: Lifelong learners take notes on the design and manufacturing process of the site over a midday meal. Hinge, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 923-3088.


Women’s Pickup Basketball: See WED.7.


Barry Genzlinger: “Going to Bat for Bats: Ten Questions” sheds light on the after-dark fliers. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info,

Dungeons & Dragons Night: Quick thinkers 14 and up, grouped by age, rely on invented personas to face challenges and defeat enemies. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 5:30-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.

Johnson State College Free Speaker Series: Castleton University’s Joel Lombard gets bonedeep in “The Potential Role of MCP-1 in Skeletal Muscle Myoblast and Skeletal Muscle Injury.” Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1327.

Investing in the New Economy: Investments for the Sake of Climate & Community: Personal stories balance expert-led discussions on practical financial strategies in light of global warming. Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 2-6:30 p.m. $10. Info, 498-8438.

health & fitness



Drop-In Gentle Hatha Yoga: See WED.7.

Kasie Enman: The home of the country’s first collegiate ultrarunning team hosts the champion high-altitude foot racer. Classroom 3, Simpson Hall, Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 586-7711.


‘Our Town’: See WED.7.

Festival of Tibetan Arts & Culture of the Adirondack Coast: See WED.7.

Zumba: See WED.7.


Public Hearing: Locals gather to comment on the state’s transportation policy and the possible legalization of marijuana. Rockingham Town Hall, Bellows Falls, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2942.

‘Henry V’: The American Shakespeare Company brings the bard’s royal play to the stage following an introductory talk. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, preshow talk, 4:30 p.m.; play, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.

fairs & festivals

Wednesday Night Sound Meditation: See WED.7.

Brian Lindner: Wreckage from Vermont’s most famous avian disaster is on view at the talk “The History of the Camels Hump Bomber Crash.” Vermont State Archives & Records Administration, Middlesex, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2308.

Jacqueline Woodson: The National Book Award-winning children’s author breaks down her reading and writing process. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 262-2626.

‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’: Physical scars map the history between two childhood friends in Rajiv Joseph’s drama staged by Lost Nation Theater. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-20. Info, 229-0492.

TurnON Burlington: See WED.7.


Men’s Group: A supportive environment encourages socializing and involvement in senior center activities. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 1011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-2518. Peer Support Circle: See WED.7.


Tech Help With Clif: See WED.7.

Newport Farmers Market: Lake Champlain & Saranac See WED.7. River Waterfront Plan w Rutland County Farmers an F Public Event: A series of storygt Y O Market: See WED.7. ow ES boards depict the conditions along RT n Pa r amo urs | COU Sun to Cheese Tour: Fromage lovers Plattsburgh’s lakefront and riverfront go behind the scenes and follow award-winning at an open house event where participants farmhouse cheddar from raw milk to finished prodvote on a vision for the region. May Currier Park uct. Shelburne Farms, 1:45-3:45 p.m. $15 includes a Building, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Info, block of cheese. Info, 985-8686. 518-562-5800.

Gregory Sharrow: “A Sense of Place: Vermont’s Farm Legacy” sows seeds of knowledge. North Chittenden Grange Hall, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 483-6471.

Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio: Listeners get to the art of the matter in “How Did That Get Here? The Risks and Rewards of Making and Moving Sculptures in Renaissance Italy,” presented as part of the Full Professor Lecture Series. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3166.

Ghostwalk: Spooky in Winooski Haunted Bus Tour: See TUE.13.





Burlington Rugby Football Club: See THU.8.

‘The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis’ Book Launch: Western environmentalism meets Chinese medicine in Brendan Kelly’s new title, available for purchase and signing. Shelburne Farms, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-8686.

Contemporary Documentaries of Japan: ‘Children of the Woods’: See WED.7.






Fall Literature Reading Series: Ambitious readers discuss pages 41 to 85 of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. 22 Church St., Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.

Paid Family & Medical Leave Forum: See WED.7, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.

Medicare & You: An Introduction to Medicare: Members of the Central Vermont Council on Aging clear up confusion about the application process and plan options. Central Vermont Council on Aging, Barre, 3-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-0531.


Crafting a D’var Torah: Two guided sessions help sermonizers compose their thoughts. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:15-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0218.


Financial Workshop: The fiscally responsible pick up tips at classes covering investment, retirement and other money-management issues. Edward Jones Investments’ Roberto Abele leads. Montpelier High School, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-1617.


Book Discussion: Avid readers swap ideas about The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

St. Thomas Choir: New York City’s acclaimed singing boys raise their voices in works by Purcell, Bach, Handel and Mendelssohn. The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. Info,

Early Literacy Training: Social-Emotional Development in Preschoolers: Childcare providers learn the ABCs of helping youngters identify and manage their feelings. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660.



‘Until the Golden Tides’: New works by Scotty Hardwig and Molly Heller explore everything from struggle, resistance, hope and faith to Dylan Thomas’ poetic process. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.



PUSH Physical Theater: Gravity-defying hijinks ensue in an acrobatic storytelling spectacle. Casella Theater, Castleton University, 7 p.m. $12-18. Info, 468-1119.


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Green Mountain Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America: Needleand-thread enthusiasts gather to work on current projects. Living/Dining Room, Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 372-4255.


AfroLatin Party: See WED.7. Drop-in Hip-Hop Dance: See WED.7. Scottish Country Dancing: See WED.7.

Bridge Club: See WED.7.

Body Love Yoga Series: The transformative power of mindfulness cultivates radical body love in a three-part series with Brandy Oswald. Sangha Studio, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $15-19. Info, 448-4262. Eating Well on a Budget for Families: See WED.7. Insight Meditation: See WED.7. Mindful Workweeks: Wednesday Night Meditation: See WED.7. Mindfulness Class: See WED.7. Nia With Linda: See WED.7. Outdoor Backyard Boot Camp: See WED.7. Push-ups in the Park: See WED.7. R.I.P.P.E.D.: See WED.7. Recovery Community Yoga: See WED.7.

‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’: See TUE.13. ‘Our Town’: See WED.7, 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘Tribes’: See WED.7, 7:30 p.m.


Short Fiction Workshop: Readers give feedback on stories penned by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 22 Church St., Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. m



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Call 865-7166 for info or register online at Teacher bios are also available online. ADOBE LIGHTROOM: Upload, organize, edit and print your digital photographs in this comprehensive class using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Importing images, using RAW files, organization, fine-tuning tone and contrast, color and white balance adjustments and archival printing on our Epson 3880 printer will all be covered. No experience necessary. Weekly on Thu., Oct. 29-Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $260/person; $234/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.

EXPLORING LOCAL FILM PRODUCTION: Interested in making a film? Screen the work of local filmmakers and discuss their processes and the resources available to produce films in Vermont with local filmmaker Michael Fisher. Students are welcome to bring their own film ideas to discuss, to meet potential collaborators and to seek advice. Mon., Nov. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. JEWELRY: MIXED LEVEL: This is a less structured class for students who would like to work on a specific project, brush up on their techniques or learn some new techniques with an instructor there to coach them. Open to all skill levels, but some experience is helpful. Tue., Nov. 10-Dec. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $140/ person; $126/BCA members. Location: Generator, 250 Main St., Burlington.

YOUTH: POTTERY WHEEL: Come play with clay on the potter’s wheel and learn how to make cups, bowls and more in our BCA clay studio. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant. All materials provided. Registration required. Ages 6-12. Sat., Oct. 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. YOUTH: COMICS AND CARTOONS: Spend an afternoon with other cartoonists creating your own comic strip. You’ll learn professional techniques to make your story and characters come alive. All materials provided. Registration required. Ages 6-12. Sat., Nov. 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. ETSY: TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL: Trying to figure out how to stand out from a million other sellers? Laura Hale will guide you using Etsy’s internal tools

GIG LIFE: MANAGE MULTIPLE INCOMES: Trying to manage a variety of jobs, gigs, moneymaking hobbies and a life? Find greater stability in your collaged career in Gig Life: Managing a Multiple Income Stream Lifestyle. Learn everything from personal branding and marketing to financial planning and optimizing your schedule for billable hours and fun! Sat., Nov. 7 & 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., & Tue., Nov. 10 & 17, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $250/18-hour retreat-style class over 4 days. Location: Mercy Connections, 255 S. Champlain St., Burlington. Info: Women’s Small Business Program, Gwen Pokalo, 846-7338, gpokalo@mer,

craft BEGINNING GLASSBLOWING: This class offers students the opportunity to experience glassblowing at the furnace. First we will cover shop safety and tool basics. After that we will pull a flower, make a paperweight and create a vessel or two. All instruction is one-on-one. Sep. 20 & 27 & Oct. 17, 24 & 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $200/8-hour class. Location: Seasholtz Glass Design, 590 E. Main St., Hyde Park. Info: Matt Seasholtz, 6352731,,

LEARN TO KNIT I AT NIDO: In this three-part class, learn the basics of knitting while making your very first hat! Begin with swatching a gauge and casting on. Learn to knit and purl in the round on a circular needle. Complete by switching to double pointed needles to decrease and bind off. 3 Wed., Nov. 4, 11 &

18, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $88/3 2-hour classes; materials incl. Location: Nido Fabric and Yarn, 209 College St., Suite 2E, Burlington. Info: 881-0068,, WREATH MAKING WITH NECTAR & ROOT: Join Nido Fabric and Yarn and Nectar & Root for an evening of holiday wreath making! Local floral design and wedding styling company Nectar & Root will guide students to create a seasonal greens wreath with natural inspirations and local materials from the backyards of Vermont. Sun., Dec. 6, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $75/ 3-hour workshop; materials incl. Location: Nido Fabric and Yarn, 209 College St., Suite 2E, Burlington. Info: 881-0068, info@, LEARN TO SEW SERIES: Take our two-part Learn to Sew series beginning Mon., Nov. 2, with Learn to Sew 1. Learn machine basics and fundamental sewing techniques. Follow up with Learn to Sew II, Mon., Nov. 30, to continue building your sewing repertoire. Leave with finished projects and inspiration. Nido has kids’ classes, too! Mon., Nov. 2 & 30, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $96/2 3-hour classes; materials incl. Location: Nido Fabric and Yarn, 209 College St., Suite 2E, Burlington. Info: 881-0068,,

culinary SERVSAFE WORKSHOP AND EXAM: Workshop addresses the following concepts: Importance of Food Safety, Good Personal Hygiene, Time and Temperature Control, Preventing Cross Contamination/Contact, Cleaning and Sanitizing, Safe

Food Preparation Receiving and Storing Food, Methods of Thawing, Cooking, Cooling and Reheating Food, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, Food Safety Regulations. To be announced. Cost: $150/6 hours. Location: ServSafe Food Protection Manager Workshop, Vergennes. Info: Career Solutions, Thomas Cole, 4255526, cole.thomas88@yahoo. com.

dance WEST AFRICAN DANCE CLASSES: Come dance to the amazing live music of West Africa while learning the traditional dances of Mali. Join Solo Sana as he teaches you the movements of the dances and rhythms within the cultural context. Classes are accompanied by live drumming from master and community artists. All levels welcome! Weekly on Mon., 5:30-7 p.m., & Tue., 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $15/1.5-hour class. Location: Mon.: Memorial Auditorium Loft, Burlington; Tue.: Capital City Grange, Berlin. Info: Solo Sana, 355-9776, souleymanesana@, DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $15/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 5981077,


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PAINTING: ABSTRACT: Students will be guided to explore the many exciting possibilities of abstract painting through demonstrations and exercises. Using the paint of your choice (watersoluble oils, acrylics or watercolor), you will be encouraged to

PRINT: WOODCUT: Discover the unique process of woodblock printing with Gregg Blasdel during a six-week introductory class. Learn fundamental techniques and characteristics of relief printing and progress to more sophisticated woodblock printing processes. Class includes 25 open studio hours per week to work on prints. Weekly on Mon., Nov. 2-Dec. 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $210/person; $189/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.



DIY FACINATORS: Come make a fascinator! Whether your style is elegant and refined or fun and funky, or somewhere in between, a fascinator headpiece will complete your look. This DIY workshop will have everything you need, and you will leave with

ETSY: SELLING YOUR WORK: Are you ready to take the leap and open a store on Etsy, the largest handmade online market in the world? Etsy seller Laura Hale, owner of Found Beauty Studio, will walk you through opening a shop, setting up policies, listing items, filling sold orders and marketing tricks. Mon., Oct. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.

PHOTO: NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: Explore Sand Bar State Park and the Lake Champlain Islands with your camera during the height of foliage season! Students will create beautiful nature photographs with professional photographer and nature enthusiast Dan Lovell. All camera types and levels of knowledge are welcome to participate. No experience required. Thu., Oct. 15 & 22, 6-9 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.

PHOTO: B&W DARKROOM: Explore the analog darkroom! Learn how to properly expose black and white film with your manual 35mm or medium format camera, process film into negatives, and make prints from those negatives. Cost includes a darkroom membership for the duration of the class and all supplies. No experience necessary. Weekly on Mon., Oct. 19-Dec. 14, 6:308:30 p.m. Cost: $240/person; $216/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.


DESIGN: ADOBE INDESIGN: Learn the basics of Adobe InDesign, a creative computer program used for magazine and book layout, for designing text, and for preparing digital and print publications. Students will explore a variety of software techniques and will create projects suited to their own interests. This class is suited for beginners. No experience necessary. Weekly on Tue., Nov. 3-Dec. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $205/ person; $184.50-BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.

DIY TERRARIUMS: Join artist Laura Hale and create your own custom-designed terrarium. You’ll learn how to choose the right plants and create the right soil conditions for them to thrive. You’ll leave with your own custom creation and care instructions for keeping it healthy and verdant. All materials provided. Thu., Oct. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $35/ person; $31.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.

PHOTO: MIXED-LEVEL DARKROOM: Take your work to the next level in this eight-week class! Guided sessions to help you improve your printing and film-processing techniques and discussion of the technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of your work will be included. Cost includes a darkroom membership for outside-of-class printing and processing. Prerequisite: Black and White Darkroom or equivalent experience. Thu., Oct. 15-Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $295/ person; $265.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.

and creating your own online marketing methods. We’ll cover treasuries, blog posts and comments, integrating social media, refining listings for top search results, seller shop stats, and more! Mon. Nov. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.


BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS: Are you ready to take the leap and sell your work, but are stymied by the ins and outs of business? Arts business consultant Laura Hale will demystify it all and discuss different ways of incorporating your business, setting up a tax account, basic accounting and registering your business name. Mon., Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.

a finished, wearable piece. All materials provided. Thu., Nov. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $28/ person; $25/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.

experiment. Students will learn from each other and will discuss techniques and ideas in supportive critique. Ages 16 and up. Weekly on Thu., Nov. 5-Dec. 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $210/person; $189/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.



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LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Come alone or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Private lessons also available. Cost: $50/4week class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,,





DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $12/1-hour class. Location: Splash (summertime; weather permitting)/North End Studios, 0 College St./294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204, crandalltyler@hot,

design/build STONE WALL WORKSHOP: Learn basic dry-laid stone building techniques while creating a special herb bed at the Archibald Neighborhood Garden in Burlington’s Old North End. Join stone mason Charley MacMartin of Queen City Soil & Stone and the Vermont Community Garden Network for this hands-on workshop. Limited spots; please register by Oct. 9. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 17. Cost: $35/person; incl. light snacks. Location: Archibald Neighborhood Garden, 28 Archibald St., Burlington. Info: Vermont Community Garden Network, Trish Deschamps, 8614769,,

drumming DJEMBE IN BURLINGTON AND MONTPELIER!: Learn drumming technique and music on West African drums! Drums provided! Burlington Beginners Djembe class: Wed., 5:30-6:20 p.m., starting Oct. 7, Nov. 4 & Dec. 9 $36/3 weeks or $15/drop-in. Montpelier Beginners Djembe class: Thu., 7-8:20 p.m., starting

Oct. 8, Nov. 5 & Dec. 10. $54/3 weeks or $22/walk-in (no class Oct. 15). Please register online or come directly to the first class! Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3-G, Burlington, & Capital City Grange, 6612 Rte. 12, Berlin. Info: 999-4255, burling TAIKO DRUMMING IN BURLINGTON!: Study with Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko! Beginner/Recreational Class: Tue., 5:30-6:20 p.m., starting Nov. 3 (no class Nov. 24). $72/6 weeks. Accelerated Taiko Program for Beginners: Mon. & Wed., 6:30-8:30 p.m., starting Oct. 5, Nov. 2 & Nov. 30. $144/3 weeks. Kids and Parents’ Class: Mon. & Wed., 4:30-5:20 p.m., starting Oct. 5 & Nov. 2. $60/child; $105/parent-child duo. Five-person minimum required to run most classes; invite friends! Register online or come directly to the first class! Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3-G, Burlington. Info: 999-4255, TAIKO IN MONTPELIER: Kids and Parents’ Taiko: Thu., 4:305:20 p.m., starting Nov. 5. $60/ person; $114/pair. 5-week class. Montpelier Taiko: Thu., 5:30-6:50 p.m., starting Nov. 5 $90/5 weeks; $22/walk-in. Register online or come directly to the first class. Location: Capital City Grange, 6612 Rte. 12, Berlin. Info: 999-4255,

empowerment JUNGIAN BIBLE STUDY WORKSHOP I: This course introduces students to a Jungian approach to handling the Bible, including such topics as allegorical and metaphorical thinking, nonliteral interpretation, analysis of key Biblical archetypes, and how we are living the parables that Jesus presented to his listeners. No prior familiarity with the Bible, Judaism or Christianity is necessary. Led by Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author. Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/person. Location: The Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. QUICK FIX TECHNIQUES FOR REDUCING STRESS: This workshop gives participants new ways to look at and deal with stress. It includes a variety of exercises participants can take away from the workshop for daily practice. The program includes a slideshow, exercises

and discussion. Led by Susan Ackerman, astrologer and teacher. Oct. 10, 9-11:30 a.m. Cost: $35/ person. Location: The Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. SACRED GEOMETRY WORKSHOP: Learn about sacred geometry and the Pythias Sacred Geometry Tarot, created and taught by Katenia Keller, performance and visual artist, in this three-part workshop that discusses the fundamental ideas of sacred geometry and relates these to the wisdom of a special variant of Tarot. Private readings with Katenia will be possible the following day. Oct. 17. Sacred Geometry Workshop, 10-11 a.m.; Working with the Major Arcana, 1-2:15 p.m.; Working with the Minor Arcana, 3-4:15 p.m. Cost: $50/each; $125 for all 3. Location: The Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. BASIC CLINICAL HYPNOSIS: For licensed health care clinicians and grad students only. Add a new dimension to your clinical work. Hypnosis can be used to help empower patients/clients to utilize self-regulation with anxiety, fears, phobias or habit disorders or to manage acute, chronic or procedural pain. This American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)-approved workshop prepares clinicians to immediately begin to incorporate hypnosis into their practice. 20 CEUs for psychologists, social workers and mental health counselors. 20 CE for advanced practice nurses. Fri., Nov. 6-8. Cost: $475/20 hours: 13.5 hours lecture & demonstration; 6.5 hours practicing hypnotic skills in small groups closely supervised by senior faculty. Location: Hypnovations: Basic Clinical Hypnosis Workshop at the Comfort Inn,, 56 Lehman Dr., White River Junction. Info: Hypnovations: Clinical Hypnosis Training & Education Programs, Maureen Turner, LCMHC, 3388040,, TOUCH DRAWING: Participants will learn the art of Touch Drawing, a form of printmaking on tissue paper using fingertips. Touch drawings allow us to move beyond our conditioned patterns, permitting subconscious images to emerge. Participants will create, and work into, a series of touch drawings. No artistic experience is necessary. All materials included. Preregistration required. Led by Jennie Kristel. Mon., Oct. 19 & 26 & Nov. 2, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $95/person. Sliding scale avail. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 North Ave., Burlington. Info: 860-6203,

WORKING WITH THE ANCESTORS: Acknowledging our ancestors, showing our gratitude to them and asking for their aid are important activities in many traditional cultures. In this workshop, participants will learn ways of paying respect to ancestors, enlisting their aid and offering healing to ancestors who may be suffering or may have harmed others. Preregistration required. By donation. Instructed by Michael Watson. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 North Ave., 3rd floor, Burlington. Info: 8606203,

fitness BARRE AND PILATES CLASSES: South End Studio now offers ongoing, drop-in barre and Pilates classes by one of the best teachers in Burlington! Don’t believe us? You can try your first barre or Pilates class with Shana Goldberger for free! We promote a welcoming, non-intimidating, noncompetitive environment. No barre, Pilates or dance experience needed. Cost: $14/1hour class; class passes avail. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 5400044,

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CONTEMPORARY DANCE INTENSIVES: Led by a different guest artist each month, hailing from the teaching staff at Bennington and Middlebury Colleges, these intensives are designed to support and strengthen the skills and community of practicing contemporary dancers and dance-makers in our region. Each intensive will focus on different aspects of the skills at the core of strong and compelling performers and performances. Using improvisational structures, the aim will be to strengthen our capacity to be fully awake, aware and able to respond to our constantly changing “world,” be it the studio, the stage, a specific site or our community. The guest artist for the October session is Polly Motley. Seasoned teen/adult dancers. 7 Sun., Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, Mar. 20 & Apr. 17, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $30/ person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548, IMPROVISATION LABORATORIES: SKILLS FOR DANCING, CREATING, PERFORMING AND LIVING: The art of

improvisation will be the focus with longtime dance artist and teacher Hannah Dennison. Learn and polish skills that are the foundation for world-renowned performers! These seven workshop laboratories are set up as a cumulative series to pay close attention to the sense and understanding of movement with self, others, space and time. Beginners welcome. Please avoid perfume or added scents, as they can interfere with concentration. Instructor: Hannah Dennison. Teen/adult dancers. Monthly on Sun.: Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, Mar. 20 & Apr. 17, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25/ person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548,

healing arts LOVE IS WHAT WE CAME HERE FOR, A WORKSHOP RETREAT WITH JEREMIAH ABRAMS: This rare opportunity to be with master therapist Jeremiah Abrams on a three-day retreat will serve as an initiation to your own depth inquiry about your barriers to love. A Shamanic Dreamtime Journey will serve as our laboratory to retrieve what is up for healing about love. Some scholarships available. Fri., Oct. 9-Mon., Oct. 12. Cost: $470/person. Location: Sacred Mountain Studio, 215 College St., 3rd floor, Burlington. Info: kateygordon@, jeremiahabrams. com/vermont. REIKI/SHAMANIC HEALING CLINICS: Introduction to Reiki and Shamanic Healing which are effective forms of energy work. Sessions run from 15 mintues to half-hour. Practitioners may work individually or as a group, supporting individuals experiencing physical, emotional, or

spiritual stress. Appt. req. By donation. Hosed by Jennie Kristel, Michael Watson and guests. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 North Ave., 3rd floor, Burlington. Info: 860-6203, journeyworksvt. com.

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EXPRESSIONS IN PAINT W/ CLAIRE DESJARDINS: Deepen your understanding of the acrylic medium as you learn innovative mark-making techniques and explore color theory on a large format. All levels welcome. Sat. & Sun., Nov. 7-8, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $225/members; $250/ nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. Info: 2538358,,

language JAPANESE LANGUAGE LESSONS FOR CHILDREN: The JapanAmerica Society of Vermont (JASV) is offering Japanese language lessons for children. This semester, Japanese major students at the University of Vermont will teach an introductory level, which covers reading and writing of Hiragana and Katakana, grammar and vocabulary. Children will learn all these through playing games with each other. Tuition is free, but it requires registration before classes start. This ad is supported by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. 6-week class meets weekly on Sat., Oct. 24-Nov. 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Location: JASV office at St. Michael’s College campus,


Colchester. Info: tsaitoh@aol. com. LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: connect with a new world. We provide high-quality affordable instruction in the spanish language for adults, students and children. Traveler’s lesson package. Our ninth year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. small classes, private lessons and online instruction. see our website for complete information or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025, spanish, spanish

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meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington shambhala center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. shambhala café (meditation and discussions) meets the first saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon. an open house (intro to the center, short dharma talk and socializing) is held on the third sunday of each month, noon-2 p.m. Instruction: Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Sessions: Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, burlingtonshambha SHAMBHALA TRAININg LEVEL I: THE ART Of BEINg HUMAN: level One introduces the rich shambhala tradition, which inspires us to explore and celebrate what it is to be human. level One offers a good introduction for beginners and a fresh inspiration for experienced meditators. The course includes meditation instruction and practice, talks on shambhala teachings, and group discussions. Sat. & Sun. Oct., 17 & 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center,

music BAgPIPES: learn the basics to get started in bagpipes or Highland drumming. small group classes learning fingering techniques, basic drum skills, scottish tunes, everything you need to know to get started in the world of Highland music. No previous experience necessary. Every Wed. night starting Nov. 4. Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 4 St. James Pl., Essex Jct. Info: St. Andrew’s Pipe Band of Vermont, Beth Paul, 343-4738,,

tai chi ART Of TAI CHI CHUAN: Begin learning this supreme art to cultivate and sustain well-being of body, mind and spirit passed traditionally through Tung Family lineage. experience the bliss of true nature through practice of teachings: Yang style long Form Postures & sequence; complementary exercises & Qigong; Yin/Yang Theory & Guiding Principles; Push Hands Partner Practice; and Mindfulness Meditation. all-level weekly classes, Wed. (ongoing), 5:30-7 p.m. $60/ mo. 1st class free. 1st saturday seminar series, sat., Nov. 7 and Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $35. Tai chi for Health, Oct. 8-Dec. 17, Thu., 10-11 a.m. $135. Location: McClure Center, 241 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Madeleine


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yoga HONEST yOgA, THE ONLy DEDICATED HOT yOgA fLOW CENTER: Honest Yoga offers practice for all levels. Brand new beginners’ courses include two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have daily classes in essentials, Flow and core Flow with alignment constancy. We hold teacher trainings at the 200- and 500-hour levels. Daily classes & workshops. $25/new student 1st week unlimited; $15/class

EVOLUTION yOgA: evolution Yoga and Physical Therapy offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: Beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and pre-natal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, core, Therapeutics and alignment classes. Become part

yOgA ROOTS: Yoga Roots strives to provide community experiences that promote healing on all levels with a daily schedule of yoga classes for all ages and abilities. We aim to clarify your mind, strengthen your body and ignite your joyful spirit through classes such as anusura, Therapeutic Restorative, Heated Vinyasa Flow, Gentle, and energy Medicine Yoga! Many classes are alignment based and therapeutic. New to the schedule this Fall: early morning & later evening classes, Nia, Men’s, Teen, and Prenatal yoga. Location: Yoga Roots, 120 Graham Way, Shelburne Green Business Park behind Folino’s. Info: 985-0090, HOT yOgA BURLINgTON: Feeling stuck, overwhelmed, stressed, restless or just bored? come try something different! Yes, it’s yoga, you know, stretching and stuff. But we make it different. How? come and see. Hot Yoga Burlington is Vermont’s first Far Infrared heated hot yoga studio, experience it! Get hot: 2-for-1 offer. $15. Go to hotyogaburl Location: North End Studio B, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 999-9963,

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SNAkE-STyLE TAI CHI CHUAN: The Yang snake style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902,

fIND yOURSELf IN SVAROOPA yOgA, AN UNCOMMON yOgA: Svaroopa Yoga Weekend Workshop, the Delight of an Open spine and Quiet Mind, with leading Teacher addie alex, Nov. 7-8, Barrett Hall, south strafford, Vt., $295. early registration: $245 paid by Oct. 10. Weekly classes taught by annie Ross csYT, e-RYT 500 (sun., 3 p.m. and Wed., 6:45 p.m.) and three half-day workshops (sat., 1:30- 4:30 p.m., sep. 19, Oct. 17 and Nov. 21, $60) are held at the center for Integrative Health, 45 lyme Rd., suite 200, Hanover, N.H. svaroopa means “the bliss of your own being,” or your own true form. This style is deceptively easy and amazingly powerful, as it releases the core muscles wrapped around your spine, effecting changes in your body, mind and emotions. Find your strength, inside and outside, with this spinal magic. Location: South Strafford, Vt., &, Hanover, N.H. Info: Annie Ross, CSYT, E-RYT 500, 649-3544,

of our yoga community. You are welcome here. Cost: $15/ class; $130/10-class card; $5-10/ community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642,


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MINDfUL BREATH TAI CHI: New beginners’ yang-style tai chi classes. Two 6-week sessions: starting Thu., sep. 10-Oct. 22, or sat., sep. 12-Oct. 24. No classes on Oct. 1 or 3. $96. Taught by Janet Makaris. Location: Ascension Lutheran Church, 95 Allen Rd., S. Burlington. Heading south on Rte. 7, turn left a block before Pauline’s Restaurant. 1/4 mile on your right. Info: 7355465,

or $130/10-class card; $12/ class for student or senior or $100/10-class punch card. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. Info: 497-0136, honestyoga, honestyoga


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Singin’ in Harmony The couple behind Rise Up Singing rises again with a new songbook B Y DA N BOL L ES






f you happened to join in a campfire sing-along at any point over the last 30 years, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with Rise Up Singing. Since it was published in 1988, the songbook has been a staple of camp counselors, musical ministers, traveling folk singers and anyone else who might lead group renditions of “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “If I Had a Hammer” or any other of the 1,200 songs in its spiral-bound pages. With nearly one million copies of the book in print, Rise Up Singing is one of the most successful American songbooks in history. For many, the tome was a cornerstone of their musical upbringing — this writer included. Earlier this summer, the book’s creators, married folk singers Annie Patterson and Peter Blood, released a follow-up: Rise Again Songbook, published by Hal Leonard. Like the original, the sequel features the chords and lyrics to some 1,200 songs, ranging from timeworn staples of the American and British folk canon to more modern tunes. The new edition includes songs by the likes of the Avett Brothers, Coldplay, the Decemberists and Feist. This Sunday, October 11, Patterson and Blood host a concert in celebration of the book’s publication at the Middlebury United Methodist Church. Folk artists Bill Harley, Charlie King and Magpie — all of whom contributed songs to the new volume — will also perform. While Rise Up Singing is a national phenomenon, its origins trace back more than 40 years to Farm + Wilderness summer camp at Tamarack Farm in Plymouth, Vt. Blood was a counselor there and frequently led sing-alongs. But the teenage campers were less interested in singing the traditional folk fare offered in the camp’s songbook at the time and more hip to then-current tunes by singers such as Bob Dylan, the Beatles and Joan Baez. So, in 1973, Blood

gathered a group of campers and spent the summer compiling a new songbook. The project proved so overwhelming that Blood continued working on it for years. In 1979, he published a songbook called Winds of the People. But because he hadn’t licensed the songs in the book, it was an underground tome, available primarily at house concerts and by other means that wouldn’t alert copyright watchdogs. The book sold some 30,000 copies almost entirely through word of mouth. Still, Blood wanted to find a way to publish a legitimate songbook. “We needed to find a way of making the book aboveboard,” says Patterson in a recent phone conversation. Enter Pete Seeger. Blood and Patterson, who had become a couple in 1981, approached Sing Out!, the nonprofit organization that Seeger founded. With the help of the iconic folk singer and his wife, Toshi Seeger, Blood and Patterson convinced Sing Out! to publish a new, legal songbook. Addressing the organization’s board, Seeger said, “This is just why we created Sing Out! magazine, to encourage ordinary people to sing with each other.” With the help of the Seegers and other folk singers, Blood and Patterson set to work compiling Rise Up Singing. Meantime, Sing Out! used its influence to persuade music publishers to sign off on the copyrighted material that was being included. According to Blood, Seeger had his own theory about how to clear that hurdle. “He said, ‘Don’t even bother to ask ’em,’” recalls Blood with a chuckle. Perhaps wisely, that advice was not heeded, and every song included in Rise Up Singing was done so legally. Blood used $50,000 he’d saved from sales of SINGIN’ IN HARMONY

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While we’re looking back on cool stuff that happened this summer: Local promoter and concert organizer DON SHELDON held the last edition of his long-running Valley Stage Music Festival in Huntington. The finale of the down-home hootenanny was a bummer to local folk fans. But a primary reason Sheldon decided to end the fest was so he could devote more energy to producing concerts year-round under his Valley Stage Productions banner. Most notably, this includes the P.M. Sundays series at the Richmond Congregational Church, which begins its 2015-16 season this week. Sheldon’s taste-making track record is fairly impeccable, whether with his festival, the P.M. Sundays series or one-off shows at area nightclubs. Dude knows his folk music and has a



air every Saturday between now and Thanksgiving — offers highlights from a specific concert, as well as artist interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. If you missed a certain show, or just want to relive a gig you loved, this looks like a pretty heady hour of TV. The acclaimed AARON GOLDBERG TRIO are the focus of the premiere episode, which ain’t a bad way to kick things off. The following week, sultry soulpop singer MIMI JONES and her band are featured. If your taste runs to the experimental, tune in on October 24 for trumpeter, composer and 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music finalist WADADA LEO SMITH. The next week, check out one of jazz music’s truly ascendant stars in MELISSA ALDANA. She was the first female instrumentalist to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, which is a big deal. (As an aside, two years ago the BDJF also hosted the first woman, period, to win the Monk contest, vocalist GRETCHEN PARLATO. Dap it up, BDJF.) Indie-rock fans, take note: On November 7, the show features the COLIN STETSON AND SARAH NEUFELD DUO. Stetson is the mind-blowing saxophonist best known for his work with BON IVER, ARCADE FIRE and BELL ORCHESTRE. Neufeld

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Remember the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival? That was pretty cool, right? I mean, even if you’re not the most ardent, bebopping hepcat around — that would be Vermont Public Radio’s REUBEN JACKSON, of course — there’s just something special about the jazz fest. And as we sit on the threshold of fall, bracing for the harsh inevitability of winter, it’s hard not to look back longingly on those 10 steamy nights in early June when we had the glorious entirety of summer laid out before us. Sigh… Where was I? Ah, yes, dealing with my early-onset seasonal affective disorder. And also, jazz! If, like me, you’re feeling wistful and nostalgic for the summer that was, and dreading the oncoming chill, our good friends from the BDJF and Vermont PBS have the tonic to help ease our transition into Vermont’s frosty season. This Saturday, October 10, at 9 p.m., the TV network unveils “Discover Jazz on Vermont PBS.” The series is, well, pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It’s live concert footage from this year’s BDJF. But it just so happens to focus on some of the most explosive and progressive shows from the festival. The series was shot this summer at seven FlynnSpace BDJF shows — that’s usually where the more intimate and cutting-edge shows happen. Each episode — one is scheduled to




is equally brain-jellying on violin and has also toured and recorded with those latter two bands. Bonus: This one has a local angle, since Stetson recently moved to Vermont, and the duo’s debut for Constellation Records, Never were the way she was, was recorded here. I missed this show when it happened. But I’ve seen Stetson solo twice, and both times he practically brought me to tears. No joke. On November 14, the BDJF’s 2015 artist-in-residence, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, is the star of the show. There’s a good chance you caught the Grammywinning bassist at the BDJF this year in some fashion, cuz the dude was everywhere. He gave a meet-the-artist lecture and conducted a couple of others. He deejayed at Nectar’s. He played a brunch fundraising gig at the South End Kitchen to benefit … um, the jazz festival, weirdly enough. And he played two explosive FlynnSpace sets. The series finale on November 21 features funky vibraphonist JOE LOCKE, three times voted mallet player of the year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Dude has played with a ton of the big names you’d expect, including CECIL TAYLOR, DIANNE REEVES and RON CARTER. Oh, and the BEASTIE BOYS.

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Singin’ in Harmony « P.68 Winds of the People to cover royalties for the new volume. In other words, he used the money he should have, legally speaking, spent on royalties for the old book to make the new one legit. “Hopefully the government doesn’t come after us for that,” jokes Patterson. The beauty of Rise Up Singing is its simplicity. No musical notation is included, just basic chords and lyrics. To sing songs from the book, you need to be familiar with the songs already — or, better yet, sing along with people who do. Accessibility was one of the primary criteria used to decide which songs should be included. That meant steering away from more obscure tunes in favor of classics that most people might know. Additionally, the singers placed importance on choosing songs with positive messages that encourage hope and empowerment. Folksy, hand-drawn sketches by artist Kore Loy McWhirter bolstered the songbook’s populist flower power. Her illustrations framed each of the book’s sections, divided loosely by theme — Love, Peace, Dreams & Fantasies, Lullabies, Work, Unity, etc. Rise Up Singing was successful far beyond Blood and Patterson’s expectations. In 1998, Sing Out! approached the couple about compiling a sequel. But the nonprofit was on uncertain financial ground and lacked the resources to launch the project. The idea was shelved for more than a decade. Then, in 2011, Seeger suggested pitching music publishing giant Hal Leonard, with whom he’d previously had positive experiences and who had published the trade version of Rise Up Singing. The company signed on, and work on Rise Again began in earnest. The new book follows roughly the same blueprint as the original. The songs are presented as simply and as easy to parse as possible. Many of the original categories remain and are joined by new sections, such as Pub Songs (call-andresponse tunes and drinking songs), Rock Around the Clock (early rock and roll) and Millennial Songs (mostly indie songs published after 1995). “One of the visions we had for Rise Again was to include categories that weren’t in Rise Up Singing,” says Patterson. She and Blood, with the help

of about 17 folk singers, including Seeger and Phil Ochs’ daughter, Sonny Ochs, vetted some 5,000 new songs. The hand-drawn illustrations, this time, are by Patterson, Meghan Merker and Mona Shiber. And though a traditional typeface has replaced the handwritten lyrics of the original book, the same vibrant, all-together-now spirit of


Rise Up Singing remains intact. In an era when you can find the chords and lyrics to almost any song in existence online, that’s a remarkable feat. In fact, the internet itself might make a book like Rise Again indispensible. “If Woody were here, he’d wryly point out that you can experience a download, but you can’t download an experience,” writes British songwriter Billy Bragg in his foreword to Rise Again. Seeger, who died earlier this year, wrote the introduction to Rise Up Singing. And he dictated a preface to Rise Again in 2014 — likely one of the last messages he published — that expands on that idea. “The older I get, the more I am convinced that if there’s a human race still here in a hundred years, one of the main reasons will be that we’ve found ways to sing together,” Seeger wrote. “And perhaps if we find the right songs, even people who are so filled with hate they are ready to pull the trigger on somebody — we can reach them, too. Who knows?” 

INFO Rise Up and Sing Sing-Along Concert, Sunday, October 11, 7 p.m., Middlebury United Methodist Church. $10/20. Rise Again Songbook, edited by Peter Blood and Annie Patterson, Hal Leonard Corporation, 304 pages, $27.50.



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trio of heavy local tributeers, including RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE acolytes BURNING MONK and PANTERA proselytes STORMBRINGER. But the headlining act is LEPER MESSIAH, composed of members of AMADIS, BRAVE THE VERTIGO and SABREHOUND. For anyone who didn’t get the reference to the cut from the band’s 1986 record, Master of Puppets, the band pays homage to classic METALLICA.







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particular knack for identifying up-andcoming roots talent. So the lineup for P.M. Sundays bears monitoring. For example, this Sunday, October 11, it opens with the LONELY HEARTSTRING BAND, a Boston-based quintet that began life as a wedding band hired to play bluegrass versions of BEATLES tunes. They’ve since morphed into a whitehot Americana outfit blending pop proclivities with a genuine affinity for Appalachian roots music. The rest of the series looks similarly promising. The remainder of the 2015 slate includes virtuoso multi-instrumentalist MOLLY TUTTLE

Last but not least, best of luck to our pals at WAKING WINDOWS PRESENTS. This Saturday, October 10, those industrious cool kids are exporting their wildly successful Waking Windows festival from Winooski to Portland, Maine. The fest features a smorgasbord of Vermont talent, including BARBACOA, WREN KITZ, LOWELL THOMPSON, POOLOOP, VIOLET ULTRAVIOLET, PAPER CASTLES, POURS, MADAILA, VILLANELLES and SWALE. So if you’re wondering where the hell all the local bands are this weekend, now you know. In related news, WW’s PADDY REAGAN has just signed on as the talent buyer at ArtsRiot. So look for the ultra-cool South End hot spot to get even cooler. Or hotter, I suppose. 

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ARTSRIOT: Slam Night (slam poetry), 7:30 p.m., free. CLUB METRONOME: metal monday Presents: Wednesday 13, Your chance to Die, 9 p.m., $12/15. 18+. THE DAILY PLANET: Sugarhouse Run (bluegrass), 8 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: DJ craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with melody, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Ray Vega/mercurii Ensemble (jazz), 8 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions, 8 p.m., free. Film Night: Indie, Abstract, Avant Garde, 10 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: open mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Vt comedy club Presents: What a Joke! comedy open mic (standup comedy), 7 p.m., free. talkin' Shop (rock, soul), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

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RADIO BEAN: Ensemble V (jazz), 7 p.m., free. John Dodson (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., free. Entrance to trains (post indie rock), 10:30 p.m., free.

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RED SQUARE: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

became a household name, the band has left an indelible mark on the improvisational jam scene. At their peak in the late 1980s, Creek

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Josh Panda's Acoustic Soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

averaged more than 200 shows per year. Melding rootsy American rock with styles such as calypso, soul, jazz and reggae, they proved

SWITCHBACK BREWING: music Wednesday in the tap Room: the Broken Wheel (rock), 6 p.m., free.

has been known to show up onstage at Creek shows from time to time. Max Creek play a two-night run at Nectar’s this weekend —

ZEN LOUNGE: Kizomba with Dsantos Vt, 7 p.m., free. Loveland with DJ craig mitchell, 10 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

dubbed “the Creekend,” naturally — Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10.

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HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. (country), 8 p.m., $15/17. AA. MONKEY HOUSE: onion city Folk Revival, 8 p.m., free/$5. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: chad Hollister (rock), 7 p.m., free. WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Live music, 5:30 p.m., free.

influential to subsequent generations of jam bands. Phish’s Mike Gordon, for one, has frequently cited the band as an inspiration — and


RUSTY NAIL: open mic, 9:30 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): cajun Jam with Jay Ekis, Lee Blackwell, Alec Ellsworth & Katie trautz, 6 p.m., $5-10 donation. SWEET MELISSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. open Bluegrass Jam, 8 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area

THE BEE'S KNEES: Heady topper Happy Hour with David Langevin (piano), 5 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Allen church (folk), 8 p.m., free.

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: open mic, 10 p.m., free. NAKED TURTLE: Jay Lesage (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: So You Want to Be a DJ?, 10 p.m., free.

LE BELVEDERE: Fishhead Unplugged (acoustic rock), 6 p.m., free. PARKER PIE CO.: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. THE STAGE: open mic, 6 p.m., free.


PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE: trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.




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REVIEW this Dave Kleh, It Becomes a Hassle to Be a Genius When You’ve Run Out of Limes


It’s hard to imagine the kind of person who would be a casual fan of Dave Kleh’s music. The local songwriter’s latest, It Becomes a Hassle to Be a Genius When You’ve Run Out of Limes, is not an album you’d feel inclined to start — or end — your day with, or cook dinner to. No, this is more the kind of music you might play if you felt compelled to reorganize the byzantine interior of Jamba’s Junktiques. If you’re not picking up what I’m putting down: It’s weird. The album commences with an intro track, “Welcome to Our World,” which properly welcomes us to Kleh’s strange world with a fadeout of presidential speeches interspersed with maniacal laughter and the bubbling of a mad

scientist’s laboratory. The title song is next. Stylistically, the nine-minute cut is the most distanced from Kleh’s pack of 11 songs, in which there are few musical similarities to be found. But the real distinction is the spoken-word approach to lyrics, which falls somewhere between Lou Reed and a suburban white kid laying down hip-hop verses on his Macbook. Kleh proclaims, perhaps ironically, “I am a traveler who has travelled through time / I am a master quick wit and slick rhyme … It becomes a hassle to be a genius when you’ve run out of limes.” The zeitgeist of music — and Kleh’s lack of a place in it — is a major theme of the album. It’s explored deeply on “All the Music Was So Magical.” The track cleverly recycles, tweaks and mashes up lyrics by artists such as the Animals, the Beatles and Pink Floyd.

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suggest being a starving artist might be overrated. Granted, there’s nothing in the groovy torch song “Love the Way,” the reggae-lite bounce of “Stop the Night II” or the contemplative title track that could remotely pass for an edge. Even heartsick songs such as “On My Own” and “Freedom” feel more like fuzzy, daily affirmations than wounded laments. But it’s hard to listen to a song such as “Can’t Love You Any More” and not be won over by the genuine, sentimental charm. BTW, that’s not a breakup song. The opening line is “I just can’t love you any more … than I do, honey.” Is someone cutting onions in here? And that sense of wistful earnestness pervades on Night Songs — aided by a cadre of talented Vermont guest musicians, including Sean Preece, Brett Lanier and members of the Grift, among others. Because here’s the other thing about getting older: You start to care less about being cool and hip and more about making sure every little thing is gonna be all right for those you love. That’s a notion ably and tenderly reflected in the Sweet Remains’ latest. Night Songs by the Sweet Remains is available at iTunes.


have found a means of penning their own redemptive second act, the latest chapter being a new Sweet Remains record, Night Songs. As they’ve aged and priorities have shifted, each has traded in the tour van for a minivan — Price, who is expecting twins soon (more boys; he already has three, he told a FlynnSpace concert crowd last month), may need to upgrade yet again. Yet collectively, the three have managed to stay in the game, and on their own terms. Merging individual fan bases, the Sweet Remains hit on a model that allows them to live “normal” adult lives and still tour and make records whenever the mood strikes. If Night Songs is any indication, that feels damn good. As on their first two records, the Sweet Remains present a brand of airy folk-pop that is irrepressibly bright. These are well-rounded, grown-up and emotionally balanced tunes that




Despite what the prevailing youth culture might have you believe, there’s something to be said for getting older. The trick is to do so with equal measures of grace, humility and wisdom — and, in the case of the Sweet Remains, borderline-obnoxious sunny optimism. To refresh your perhaps fading memory — that part of aging still sucks, I’m afraid — the Sweet Remains are composed of three songwriters: Rich Price, Greg Naughton and Brian Chartrand. All of them have achieved varying levels of musical success. The most notable of these is Burlington’s Price, who flirted with the mainstream in the early 2000s. With his sweet, easy croon and equally sweet, breezy melodies, the Middlebury College grad emerged as something of a poor man’s David Grey, inking a two-album deal with Geffen Records and landing a tune on the Shrek 2 soundtrack … just before the music biz imploded. Price became a casualty of the industry organ grinder. His current bandmates have similar “what if?” stories. But owing to age and experience, the three songwriters

“Yesterday, all the music was so magical / now it’s just a silly game they play on the radio / it all sounds the same,” he sings. You can practically hear Kleh wondering aloud why more audiences don’t demand an alternative approach to sound and theme — like, say, his own. Kleh is clearly a scholar of sound. His comprehensive musical quiver shows such a fluid assortment of styles that you can’t help but make comparisons to Ween, who might be one of the few bands that can out-weird Kleh. Like Ween, Kleh presents himself as an eccentric’s musician. He is cut of a multicolored cloth patched together from obscure secondhand fabrics, and he will not shop at JCPenney. However, to hear him consistently gripe about his lack of recognition, juxtaposed with how boring and terrible popular music has been for the last 60 years, it’s no wonder that history hasn’t selected him as a great musical mind. It’s kind of a sad notion, but all hope is not lost: Most geniuses are recognized posthumously. It Becomes a Hassle to Be a Genius When You’ve Run Out of Limes is available at

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ARTSRIOT: Sidewalk chalk (hip-hop, soul), 9 p.m., $10. AA. CHURCH & MAIN: cody Sargent trio (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

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CLUB METRONOME: oktoberFresh: DJ Dan Freeman, manus, chyse & cool table Gang, m (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free.

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THE DAILY PLANET: Brett Hughes (country), 8 p.m., free. DRINK: BLiNDoG Records Acoustic Sessions, 5 p.m., free. 10/1/15 3:34 PM

FINNIGAN'S PUB: craig mitchell (funk), 10 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. THE GRYPHON: Paul Asbell and clyde Stats (jazz), 7 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Half & Half comedy (standup), 8 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: trivia mania, 7 p.m., free. Bluegrass Thursday: Austin Plaine, Kelly Ravin, the tenderbellies, 9:30 p.m., $2/5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Jazz Sessions with Julian chobot, 6:30 p.m., free. Billy claxton (acoustic), 7 p.m., free. Shane Hardiman trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. milk (alt-rock), 10:30 p.m., free.

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RED SQUARE: D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: mashtodon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. Gas Fireplaces . Inserts . Stoves . Fire Pits . Pizza Ovens Untitled-4 1

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RUBEN JAMES: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): march to may, Ian Fitzgerald (folk), 8 p.m., free. ZEN LOUNGE: Jah Red (Latin), 8 p.m., $5. Feel Good Friday with D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Acoustic Happy Hour, 5 p.m., free. Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Gringo Star, the Pilgrims (rock), 8:30 p.m., free. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Shellhouse (rock), 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Peep Show: Vermont (burlesque), 10 p.m., $10/15. 18+.

CHARLIE-O'S WORLD FAMOUS: Abby Jenne & Friends (rock), 6:30 p.m., free. Grundlefunk (funk), 8:30 p.m., free. ESPRESSO BUENO: Jazzyaoke, 7:30 p.m., $5. LA PUERTA NEGRA: UNDUN (rock), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): Jason Lee (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA'S: Honky tonk Happy Hour with mark LeGrand, 5 p.m., free. The Red Pennys (rock), 9 p.m., $5. WHAMMY BAR: mayfly (folk, old-time), 7:30 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Joe moore Band (blues), 7 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area

PENALTY BOX: Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.


SWEET MELISSA'S: BYoV Thursdays, 3 p.m., free. Dan Zura (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area

MOOGS PLACE: open mic, 8 p.m., free.

middlebury area

NAKED TURTLE: Ladies' Night with DJ Skippy, 10 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

MOOGS PLACE: Dead Sessions Lite (Grateful Dead tribute), 10 p.m., $5. RIMROCK'S MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Rekkon #FridayNightFrequencies (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

mad river valley/waterbury THE CIDER HOUSE BBQ AND PUB: tim Kane (piano), 6 p.m., free.

middlebury area

51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Eight 02 (jazz), 8 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: city Limits Dance Party with top Hat Entertainment (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: Rehab Roadhouse (rock), 9 p.m., $3.

upper valley

THE FREIGHT HOUSE: Slambovian circus of Dreams (roots rock), 8 p.m., $30/35.


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JASPER'S TAVERN: Shut the Door (rock), 9:30 p.m., $5.

BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Xenia Dunford (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

PHAT KATS TAVERN: The Aerolites (rock), 9:30 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: Get Loose! with Disco Phantom (party jams), 10 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

THE STAGE: Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.

JUNIPER: John Daly trio (folk rock), 9 p.m., free. 10/6/15 1:42 PM

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Supersounds DJ (top 40), 10 p.m., free.

MONKEY HOUSE: Second Thursday Selector Sets with DJ Disco Phantom (eclectic DJ), 9 p.m., free.

MONOPOLE: Lowell & Sabo of Lucid (rock), 10 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ con Yay (EDm), 9 p.m., $5.


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RED SQUARE: DJ craig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5.

ZEN LOUNGE: Immortal technique Pre Party: S.I.N.siZZle, moscow, DJs Dakota & mashtodon (hip-hop), 5 p.m., $5. 18+.

CITY LIMITS: Throttle Thursdays, 9 p.m., free.

Burton, Rome, Dynastar, Salomon, Line, Full Tilt, Dalbello, K2, Bauer and CCM

RADIO BEAN: Friday morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids' music), 11 a.m., free. Kosi (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Nico Rivers (singersongwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. REDadmiral (rock), 10 p.m., free. Steady Betty (rocksteady), 11:30 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Shane's Apothecary (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., free. Quadra (rock), 9 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: michal menert & the Pretty Fantastics, Russ Liquid, marcelo moxy, Wildebeast (live electronica), 8:30 p.m., $10/15. AA.


NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. creekend: max creek (rock), 10 p.m., $15/20.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Burgundy Thursday (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Immortal technique, Poison Pen, Swave Sevah, colby Stiltz, DJ Rekkon, Self Portrait (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $20/22. AA.

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LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: matt Bunsen (folk), 8 p.m., free. taka (vinyl DJ), 11 p.m., free.

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players. Though Walker’s style is descended from the 1970s Brit folk of Nick Drake and Bert Jansch, Primrose is a shifting, hazy work that meanders — and occasionally menaces — with mysterious jazz sensibilities. On Tuesday, October 13, Walker plays an intimate show at the Light Club Lamp Shop in Burlington with mIcHAEL cHAPmAN and DANIEL BAcHmAN.

MONOPOLE: Beats & Rhymes (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour tunes & trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.

ZEN LOUNGE: old School Revival (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: SoLA, J Boog, Justin Thomas (reggae, rock, hip-hop), 8 p.m., $20/25. aa.

BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Queen city Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.


CLUB METRONOME: Retronome With DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5.

BAGITOS BAGEL & BURRITO CAFÉ: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. tod Pronto (country), 6 p.m., free.

FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

ESPRESSO BUENO: Sugar moon (alt-country), 7:30 p.m., donation.

JP'S PUB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Jason Lee (folk rock), 9 p.m., free.

NECTAR'S: Dale & Darcy (folk), 7 p.m., free. creekend: max creek (rock), 10 p.m., $15/20. RADIO BEAN: clare Byrne (singer-songwriter), noon, free. Small Houses (alt-country), 7 p.m., free. Ben Slotnick (bluegrass), 8:30 p.m., free. Wlid Branch (bluegrass), 10 p.m., free. The Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 11:30 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.

RUBEN JAMES: craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area

MOOGS PLACE: Dead Sessions Lite (Grateful dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5. RUSTY NAIL: Waylon Speed, Rough Francis, coquette (rock, punk), 8 p.m., $10/12.

mad river valley/waterbury THE CIDER HOUSE BBQ AND PUB: Dan Boomhower (piano), 6 p.m., free.

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RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul, 6 p.m., $5. DJ Reign one (edM), 11 p.m., $5.

SWEET MELISSA'S: David Langevin (solo piano), 5 p.m., free. Bad Dog (rock), 9 p.m., $5.


LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Spencer Goddard (folk), 8 p.m., free. Bad Smell (analog electronica), 10 p.m., free. taka (vinyl dJ), 11 p.m., free.

One Night Only!

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Benoits (Vermonticana), 5 p.m., free. Revolver (rock), 9 p.m., free.


MONKEY HOUSE: Greetings From Anywhere, John Daly trio (folk rock), 8 p.m., $3/8. 18+.



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Walk the Talk

(folk ballads), 11 a.m., free. Cooper & Lavoie (blues), 8 p.m., free.

Immortal Technique

puts his money where his mouth is. For

close to 15 years the Harlem rapper has been one of hip-hop’s most outspoken voices, infusing

CITY LIMITS: City Limits Dance Party with DJ Earl (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free.

his rhymes with incendiary and insightful commentary on social and political injustice. He took it a step farther in 2008, partnering with the nonprofit human rights organization

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Omeid International and using profits from his album The 3rd World to build an orphanage

JASPER'S TAVERN: Wound for Sound (dance party), 9 p.m., free.

in Afghanistan with no outside funding. This Thursday, October 8, Immortal Technique

PARKER PIE CO.: The Usual Suspects (blues), 8 p.m., NA. The Suspects (blues), 8 p.m., $5.

headlines the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington, with support from Poison Pen, Swave Sevah, Colby Stiltz, DJ Rekkon and Self Portrait.

outside vermont MONOPOLE: Soul Junction (soul), 10 p.m., free.



FRANNY O'S: Kyle Stevens' Happiest Hour of Music (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., free. The A&M Band (rock), 9 p.m., free. THE GRYPHON: Joe Capps amd Audrey Bernstein (jazz), 7 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Jahson, 9:30 p.m., $3.

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THE OLDE NORTHENDER PUB: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch Scramble, noon, $5-10 donation. Spark Open Improv Jam & Standup Comedy, 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: That 1 Guy (one-man band), 8 p.m., $15. AA.

JP'S PUB: Dance Video Request Night with Melody, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading), 8 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

MONKEY HOUSE: WW Presents: Landshapes (indie), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

NECTAR'S: Magic Mondays: Squimley & the Woolens (jam), 10 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

PENALTY BOX: Trivia With a Twist, 4 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Extravision & Brooks Strauss (alt-folk), 6 p.m., free. Sim Ross & the Redemtion (Americana), 7 p.m., free. The Promise is Hope (folk rock), 8:30 p.m., free. Latin Sessions with Mal Maiz (cumbia), 10:30 p.m., free.


SWEET MELISSA'S: Julia Kate Davis (folk), noon, free. Tea Dance, 3 p.m., donation. Live Band Rock & Roll Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area MOOGS PLACE: Dead Sessions Lite (Grateful Dead tribute), 8 p.m., $5.

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THE STAGE: Open Mic, 5 p.m., free.

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Family Night (rock), 10:30 p.m., free.

FRANNY O'S: Standup Comedy Cage Match, 8 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY:

RED SQUARE: Mashtodon (hip-hop), 8 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Kidz Music with Raphael, 11:30 a.m., $3 donation.


CHARLIE-O'S WORLD FAMOUS: Open Mic Comedy Café, 8 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA'S: Kelly Ravin (country), 8 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area MOOGS PLACE: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O'S WORLD FAMOUS: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., free/$5.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Tim Sullivan (folk), 5 p.m., free.


FRANNY O'S: Totally Submerged (rock), 8 p.m., free. JP'S PUB: Open Mic with Kyle, 9 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Ryley Walker & Michael Chapman, Daniel Bachman (indie folk), 8 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: Coquette, Carraway (rock), 8 p.m., free/$5. 18+. Eggy (jam), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Stephen Callahan Trio (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Scott Cook (folk), 9 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Brett Hughes & Friends, 10 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE: Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): The Moth (storytelling), 8 p.m., $8. ZEN LOUNGE: Killed It! Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

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HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Leo Kottke (fingerstyle guitar), 8 p.m., $30/33. AA. MONKEY HOUSE: Yazan, Violet Ultraviolet (rock), 8:30 p.m., $3/5. 18+.

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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

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BAGITOS BAGEL & BURRITO CAFÉ: Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party, 6 p.m., free.

PHAT KATS TAVERN: Jay Natola (solo guitar), 9 p.m., free.

OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Karaoke with DJ Dana Barry, 9 p.m., free.


SOUTH SIDE TAVERN: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area MOOGS PLACE: Jason Wedlock (rock), 7:30 p.m., free.

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TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: Karaoke with Roots Entertainment, 9 p.m., free.

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THE DAILY PLANET: Seth Yacovone (blues), 8 p.m., free. DRINK: Feared Beard: Spoken Nerd, Enemy Self, Loupo, NoKing, DJ Bay6 (hip-hop), 8 p.m., $3. JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with Melody, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Taylor Haskins Quartet (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Steve Dunn (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Jared McCloud (singersongwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. Daryll Hance Powermuse (funk rock), 10 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Cookie's Hot Club (gypsy jazz), 8 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area

THE BEE'S KNEES: Heady Topper Happy Hour with David Langevin (piano), 5 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Josh Panda's Acoustic Soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

MOOGS PLACE: Jeremy Harple (rebel folk), 8 p.m., free.

SWITCHBACK BREWING: Music Wednesday in the Tap Room: Chuck & Adam (rock), 6 p.m., free.

RUSTY NAIL: Open Mic, 9:30 p.m., free.

ZEN LOUNGE: Kizomba with Dsantos VT, 7 p.m., free. Loveland with DJ Craig Mitchell, 10 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

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HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Emancipator, Wax Tailor, Yppah (electronic), 8:30 p.m., $20/23. AA. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Oddisee, Good Cmpny, the Lynguistic Civilians (hiphop), 8:30 p.m., $17/20. AA. MONKEY HOUSE: Quiz for a Cause (film trivia), 5:30 p.m., $10.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions, 8 p.m., free. Film Night: Indie, Abstract, Avant Garde, 10 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Pine Street Jazz, 7 p.m., free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.

BAGITOS BAGEL & BURRITO CAFÉ: Tim Sullivan (folk), 6 p.m., donation.

NECTAR'S: VT Comedy Club Presents: What a Joke! Comedy Open Mic (standup comedy), 7 p.m., free. Nectar's 40th Anniversary Celebration: Project/Object (Frank Zappa tribute), 9:30 p.m., $12/15. 18+.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): Cajun Jam with Jay Ekis, Lee Blackwell, Alec Ellsworth & Katie Trautz, 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.



PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom JASPER'S TAVERN: Below Zero Blues Jam, 7:30 p.m., free. LE BELVEDERE: Fishhead Unplugged (acoustic rock), 6 p.m., free. PARKER PIE CO.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. THE STAGE: Open Mic, 6 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: Open Mic, 10 p.m., free. NAKED TURTLE: Jay Lesage (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: So You Want to Be a DJ?, 10 p.m., free. m

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Land Minds “Eyes on the Land,” Shelburne Museum



he funniest and one of the most affecting artworks in “Eyes on the Land,” a show inspired by Vermont’s conserved farms and forests, isn’t at all earthbound. Suspended from the ceiling, Brian Collier’s “Goat Boat” seems to float over the heads of viewers in the Shelburne Museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education. This milk-jug-supported, grass-covered raft with stuffed goats aboard is part of an installation that arose from the artist’s interactions with the Pine Island Community Farm on the Colchester side of the Intervale. African immigrants and other New Americans raise goats and vegetables on the 230-acre parcel preserved through the Vermont Land Trust. Collier’s whimsical creation, which he describes as “infinitely expandable,” would enable the farm’s goats to continue grazing, safe and dry, when floods submerge the Intervale’s pastures. And those inundations, the show’s organizers point out in a jarring aside, are likely to become more common as waters rise on a warming planet. Collier is among 13 artists who were commissioned by the Shelburne Museum, in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust, to spend a year observing specific pieces of conserved land. They then made paintings, videos, sculptures, photos and multimedia works in response to what they saw and felt. Each artist was given a stipend of $500, which Elise Annes, VLT’s vice president for community relations, acknowledges did not even cover the cost of materials in many cases. The 15 scattered sites included in the project are marked on a large map at the entrance to the exhibit. When visitors aim museum-supplied iPads at any of a half dozen of the parcels highlighted on the map, a digital video on the tablet provides background on the property and comments from the respective artist. The settings selected for the show represent a small sample of the hundreds of parcels — comprising 9 percent of Vermont’s total acreage — that the trust has preserved from development. The lands are varied in their topography and functions, and the mediums and methods the artists employed in their works are likewise diverse. All the pieces are well executed, but they vary in aesthetic impact. Some are pedestrian in their documentary-style approach; others are exuberantly imaginative. Many of the text panels accompanying the works refer to the spiritual or mystical dimensions of the artists’ encounters with the land. Clearly the participants were moved by their experiences, but this viewer found the repetitive riff cloying and annoying. Two of the strongest pieces in the exhibit are rooted in realism but incorporate abstract and multimedia elements to produce beguiling visual effects. Burlington artist and indefatigable civic activist Bonnie Acker combines a paper collage of a farmer weeding a field with a large-scale, nonrepresentational quilt hung on a wall a few feet behind it. The sewn object blends beautifully with the rich colors and undulating forms of the collage. Acker also includes a bowl holding bits of fabric and handmade paper that viewers are invited to take away as mementos. Cameron Davis, a teacher of art and art history at the University of Vermont, contributes a painting of

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“Kestrel Farm, Westminster, VT” by Charlie Hunter


“Angus Baldwin, Vermont Farmer” by Bonnie Acker

apple blossoms and branches at Champlain Orchards in Shelburne. The work is reminiscent of Monet’s treatments of water lilies in his garden at Giverny. In both cases living things, lovely in their own right, are expressed as harmonious blurs and tangles of paint. Taking a similar approach to Acker’s, Davis has added a modestly scaled installation

in front of her piece, titled “Tenalach” — an Irish word that can mean something like “deep spiritual connection to a place.” Seven vials of cider pressed from the orchard’s apples are lined up like votive offerings atop a wooden table. The effect might be more reverential if the vessels of amber liquid didn’t also resemble urine samples. An especially appealing piece in “Eyes on the Land” is squarely traditional in its rendering of three farms along the Connecticut River in Windham County. Charlie Hunter, a painter and concert presenter based in Bellows Falls, rocks the Renaissance in his horizontal triptych. The paintings are composed in oil but employ a technique that makes the paint resemble distemper, a glue-based medium used by artists such as Raphael. The sepia scenes of fields and barns conjure a melancholy mood consistent with Hunter’s stated practice of making “murky paintings of decaying American infrastructure.” Caleb Kenna effectively juxtaposes old-timey and newtechy Vermont in a set of photographs taken at Russell Farm in Hinesburg and Butternut Mountain Farm in Johnson. The family-run sugaring operation on the edge of Burlington suburbia still harnesses draft-horse power to collect sap from metal buckets that are poured into the pan of a wood-fired evaporator. David Marvin’s Butternut Mountain business in Lamoille County ranks as one of the largest producers of maple syrup in the country. As Kenna’s photos suggest, it’s possible for an ultramodern agricultural enterprise to treat the land’s resources with as much respect as does a sugarmaker operating the way her father did decades ago. Montpelier-based sculptor and installation artist Gowri Savoor celebrates the VLT’s preservation of 1,160 acres of backcountry at the upper reaches of the Bolton Valley Nordic Center. She used a 3D printer to produce


hundreds of black seed-like shapes that are arranged in sets of concentric circles against a white wall. It’s not clear how this piece relates to the Bolton wilderness, but that won’t matter to viewers who become mesmerized by Savoor’s swirling design. The link between land and art is as firm as frozen snow in the two other works, both inspired by relief maps, through which Savoor responds to Bolton’s craggy topography. “Eyes on the Land” is unique in its pairing of the Shelburne Museum with a Vermont conservation group. But this show can’t be considered original. In fact, it’s easily confused with the 2015 iteration of an annual Burlington City Arts exhibit titled “Of Land and Local,” part of which is on display two miles away in the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn. (See story on page 26.) As in the case of “Eyes,” artists represented in the BCA show were asked to produce pieces inspired by their experiences of specific Vermont settings.

In a preview tour of the museum’s show, curator Kory Rogers confessed that “It never occurred to me to collaborate” with dj Hellerman, his counterpart at BCA. That’s too bad. Each show would be strengthened by a combination with the other. Either way, viewers of both will likely find that what Rogers calls the “edgier” creations in “Of Land and Local” serve as a counterpoint to the generally tamer — and more visually pleasing — pieces in “Eyes on the Land.” 

INFO “Eyes on the Land,” on view through January 3 at the Shelburne Museum.;


of Vermont Fleming Museum of Art, Burlington, Wednesday, October 7, noon. Info, 656-0750.

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GALLERY TALK: WARREN KIMBLE: The Vermont artist discusses his work in conjunction with his current retrospective exhibition. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, Wednesday, October 7, noon. Info, 388-2117.

 ‘BETWEEN BOTTOMLANDS & THE WORLD’: Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross use photography, video and writing to explore the rural town of Beardstown, Illinois. Artist talk and reception: Thursday, October 8, 4-6 p.m. October 8-November 6. Info, 654-2795. McCarthy Arts Center Gallery, St. Michael’s College, in Colchester.


 JONATHAN VANTASSEL: “Wemosphere,” new abstract oil paintings by the Vermont artist. Reception: Thursday, October 8, 5-7 p.m. October 8-December 31. Info, 828-5657. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier.

stowe/smuggs area

 ELLEN GRANTER: “Lotus Pond,” colorful oil paintings inspired by aquatic life. Reception: Saturday, October 10, 5-7 p.m. October 10-November 30. Info, 253-1818. Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe.

middlebury area


northeast kingdom

 MERI STILES: “Attractor,” drawings, paintings

and constructions by the psychology professor and self-taught artist. Reception: Friday, October 16, 4-6 p.m. October 7-November 21. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.


BCA SUMMER ARTIST MARKET: A juried outdoor market featuring handmade original fine art and crafts by Vermont artists and artisans, in conjunction with the Burlington Farmers Market. Burlington City Hall Park, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Info, 865-7166. INTEGRATED ARTS ACADEMY BENEFIT: “A Fall Art Show & Sell” to benefit the state’s only arts magnet elementary school. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Info, 864-8475. SABRA FIELD COLLECTORS SHOW: The Vermont artist demonstrates her work and offers blocks, preliminaries, drawings, archival prints, books and a new DVD for sale. Sabra Field Studio, South Royalton, Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Info, 763-7092. ‘THE SIMULACRUM PROJECT’: ATHENA KAFANTARIS: The Burlington-based multidisciplinary artist explores family structure, loss and transformation through large puppets, sculpture and video in this Champlain College-sponsored hybrid performance project. Pine Street Studios, Burlington, Saturday, October 10, 8-10 p.m. Info, TJ CUNNINGHAM PAINTING DEMONSTRATION: The artist shows how he makes still life works, in conjunction with his current exhibition. Edgewater Gallery, Merchants Row, Middlebury, Saturday, October 10, 1-3 p.m. Info, 989-7419. WET PAINT LIVE!: In the morning through the early afternoon, visitors walk along a “plein air loop” and watch artists paint. Awards reception: October 10, 3-6 p.m. The Great Hall, Springfield, Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 885-6156.

‘HOW DID THAT GET THERE?’: Art history professor Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio presents her research on the transportation of sculptures in Renaissance Europe. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, Tuesday, October 13, 5 p.m. Info, 656-3166. RENEWABLE ENERGY ARTISTS’ PANEL: “The New Working Landscape” panel addresses the intersections of sustainability and aesthetics in Vermont in conjunction with the current “Of Land & Local” exhibition. Online registration required at Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 p.m. Info, 865-7166. ‘THE SIMULACRUM PROJECT’: RACHEL HOOPER AND ROBIN PERLAH: Adjunct professors of communication and creative media at Champlain College Rachel Hooper and Robin Perlah use digital applications to create surreal moments from everyday life, and to explore memory and abstraction through programmed, generative and interactive systems, respectively, in this hybrid media project. Pine Street Studios, Burlington, Wednesday, October 14, 8-10 p.m. Info,

ONGOING SHOWS burlington

‘2015 SOUTH END ART HOP JURIED SHOW WINNERS’: Featuring juried winners in order: “Bill at Conant” by Eleanor Lanahan; “Slum Landlord” by John Brickles; “Desk Chair” by Amey Radcliffe; and People’s Choice winner “Waiting for the Parade” by Sarah McGarghan. Through October 31. Info, 859-9222. SEABA Center in Burlington. ANNE MASSICOTTE AND GERALD K. STONER: “Beasts and Other Reflections” by the artists from Québec and Vermont, respectively. Through October 31. Info, 363-4746. Flynndog in Burlington.

ELLEN LAPOINTE FONTAINE & SIENNA FONTAINE: Mother-and-daughter artists depict realistic and representational images of Vermont life, and mixed-media expressionist paintings, respectively. Through October 31. Info, 488-5766. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace in Burlington. EMILY MITCHELLE: Playful acrylic paintings. Through November 30. Info, 658-6016. Speeder & Earl’s Coffee (Pine Street) in Burlington. HOLLY HAUXJEFFERS AND JUDE DOMSKI: A retrospective of paintings and photographs, respectively. Through October 31. Info, 310-1886. Brickwork Art Studios in Burlington. ‘IN GRAIN: CONTEMPORARY WORK IN WOOD’: Contemporary wood sculpture with examples of hand- and machine-carved figurative, abstract and geometric works and laser-cut biomorphic forms by 10 artists. Through December 18. ‘SEX OBJECTS: PERSPECTIVES ON GENDER AND SEXUALITY’: An exhibition of everyday and ceremonial art and artifacts curated by 40 anthropology and art history students. Through May 22. ‘WORLD LEADERS & GLOBAL CITIZENS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY PATRICK LEAHY, U.S. SENATOR’: An exhibit organized on the 40th anniversary of Sen. Patrick Leahy’s first term, featuring his view of historical events over the the past few decades. Through December 18. Info, 656-0750. University of Vermont Fleming Museum of Art in Burlington. INNOVATION CENTER GROUP SHOW: First floor: Catherine Hall, Elizabeth Bunsen, Kasey Prendergast, Matt Gang, Michael Buckley and Michael Pitts. Second floor: Jason Boyd, Kathy Hart, Kelly O’Neal, Meryl Lebowitz, Lyna Lou Nordstorm and Billy Bob Green. Third floor: Haley Bishop, Janet Bonneau, Jessica Drury, Lynn Cummings and Meryl Lebowitz. Through November 30. Info, 859-9222. The Innovation Center of Vermont in Burlington. JEREMY LEE MACKENZIE: “Hidden Blueprints,” intricate wood scrollwork by the Champlain College student, who secretly made drawings for his artwork while incarcerated. Through November 28. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, in Burlington. JON OLSEN: “Barns,” portraits of old structures, studies of the beauty of wood in a state of decay. Through October 31. Info, 863-6458. Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center in Burlington.


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DIRECTOR’S TOUR: ‘IN GRAIN’: Janie Cohen leads a gallery tour of the exhibit she curated featuring contemporary works in wood. University

AUTUMN ART IN THE PARK: Chaffee Art Center’s 54th annual outdoor arts festival features fine arts and crafts, with demonstrations, live music, food and kids’ activities. Main Street Park, Rutland, Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Info, 775-0356.

‘MATERIALITY AND SUBJECTIVITY IN THE WOODBLOCK PRINTS OF DIE BRÜCKE’: Daniel Hackbarth, visiting assistant professor of art and art history at Colgate University, gives an illustrated lecture about the German expressionist artist group’s works. Middlebury College Museum of Art, Monday, October 12, 4:30 p.m. Info, 443-3168.

‘THE ART OF HORROR’: Beautiful decay, bloody abstracts and depraved imaginings by 55 New England artists. Through October 31. $5. Info, 578-2512. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.


 TJ CUNNINGHAM: “Landscapes and Still Lifes,” en plein air landscapes and studio still lifes and portraits by the New Haven artist. Reception: Friday, October 9, 5-7 p.m. October 9-31. Info, 989-7419. Edgewater Gallery, Merchants Row, in Middlebury.

VIP CLOSING CELEBRATION OF ‘EXPOSED’: The gallery’s board of trustees and director Nathan Suter honor significant contributions to the summer-long exhibit “Exposed” and lead guests on a tour of the current exhibit, “Fractured: Works on Paper.” Refreshments provided. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Wednesday, October 7, 6-8 p.m. Info, 253-8358.

‘AQUI ESTAMOS, HERE WE ARE’: Pulitzer Prizewinning photographer José Galvez talks about his work capturing the Latino experience in America. Colburn Gallery, Burlington, Monday, October 12, 5-6 p.m. Info, 656-3574.

ART HOP GROUP SHOW: An exhibit organized by SEABA for this year’s South End Art Hop features works by 30 local artists. Through November 30. Info, 651-9692. VCAM Studio in Burlington.


Contemporary images from Weybridge photojournalist George Bellerose presented alongside archival material from the logging industry. Reception: Friday, October 9, 5-7 p.m. October 9-January 9. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.

JULE EMERSON: FASHION TALK: “The Costumes of Downton Abbey,” a discussion of the classic fashions in the BBC series by the Middlebury College artist-in-residence. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, Wednesday, October 7, 7 p.m. Info, 878-6955.

THE WORKING LAND SYMPOSIUM: An exploration of Vermonters’ historical, artistic, literary and personal relationships to place and the working landscape; a collaboration of the Shelburne Museum and Vermont Land Trust. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $50; $45 for members of museum or VLT; $15 for students. Info, 985-3346, ext. 3392.


GABRIEL TEMPESTA: “Our World, Charcoals & Casein,” highly detailed paintings rendered from photos of the natural world. October 9-December 31. Info, 253-8943. Upstairs at West Branch Gallery in Stowe.

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Jordan douglas: “Images of Havana,” photography by the local artist. Through October 31. Info, 864-2088. The Men’s Room in Burlington. Justin atherton: “The Moon Suggested Adventure,” prints chronicling a bored, lonely ghost who follows the moon’s advice. Through October 31. Info, 859-8909. Red Square in Burlington. Kim gifford: “Out of the Doghouse: An Artistic Exploration of Pets in Our Lives,” digital collage narratives combining photography with hand drawing in pastel, crayon and colored pencil. Through October 31. Info, 863-6713. North End Studio A in Burlington. ‘maKe moran: the art of transformation’: A group exhibit of works by artists who have participated in projects at Burlington’s former power plant: Sarah O Donnell, Katharine Montstream, Mary Lacy, Erika Senft Miller, Monika Rivard, Daniel Cardon and Clark Derbes. Through October 9. Info, 861-3155. Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington. ‘maritime Burlington’: An interactive exhibit organized by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum under a tent at Perkins Pier: hands-on activities, historic photos, highlights from the museum’s nautical archaeology work and research, and lake tours. Through October 12. Info, 475-2022. Perkins Pier in Burlington. matt forsyth: “BounD: A World Beyond,” pencil, ink and digital works by the cocreator of the comic book BounD. Through October 10. Info, 399-0717. Drink in Burlington. michael metz: “Summer on Long Beach Island,” photographs from 2008 to 2014 of the ocean front in New Jersey. Through October 31. Info, 598-6982. Mirabelles Café in Burlington. michael smith: “Old Paintings” by the Burlington artist. Through November 30. Info, 660-9005. Art’s Alive Gallery in Burlington.



‘never had no one ever: the art of collage’: Artworks that explore “the human experience of discovery through loss” by Carl David Ruttan, Molly Bosley, W. David Powell, Shavon Kenney, Athena Tasiopoulos and Paula Grenon. Through October 27. Info, 735-2542. New City Galerie in Burlington. ‘of land & local 2015’: Stella Marrs, Jeroen Jongeleen, Olga Koumoundouros and Jim Westphalen are four of 14 artists who created work in a variety of mediums inspired by local landscapes. More are on view at Shelburne Farms. Through November 14. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington.

riley: “Pieces of My Mind,” abstract paintings. Through November 15. Info, 448-3657. Revolution Kitchen in Burlington. ‘rio Blanco riders’: Collaborative collages and assemblages by Varujan Boghosian, W. David Powell, Marcus Ratliff and Peter Thomashow. Through November 30. Info, 540-3081. South Gallery in Burlington. ‘strength in numBers: exploring material and techniques’: A group of 18 art teachers exhibit ongoing explorations in multiple media. Through December 30. Info, 865-7211. Mezzanine Gallery, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington.

f vermont photo group: Eight photographers

exhibit images of landscapes, nature and animals on media including aluminum and cotton rag paper. Reception: Friday, October 9, 6-7 p.m. Through December 28. Info, 434-5503. New Moon Café in Burlington. William chandler: Photos of Vermont scenes. Through November 30. Info, 658-6400. American Red Cross Blood Donor Center in Burlington.

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Cunningham describes a childhood memory of his neighbor halting traffic twice a day to herd his cows to pasture and then, later, back again for milking. The young Cambridge, Vt.born painter infuses each of his works with the slow poetry of everyday scenes, whether he is capturing that dairy farmer’s barn, Green Mountain silhouettes or sunflowers in a jar. He says, “Every time I paint I strive to create something more meaningful than all [of my] proceeding work.” During the month of October, Middlebury’s Edgewater Gallery on Merchants Row features selections from more than 200 pieces Cunningham has created in the past five years. A reception is Friday, October 9, 5 to 7 p.m. A painting demonstration is Saturday, October 10, 1 to 3 p.m. Pictured: “A Child’s View.”

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adam forguites: New oil paintings by the local artist. Through October 19. Info, 598-6698. Monkey House in Winooski.

annelein BeuKenKamp: “Flowers, Figures and Fowl,” watercolors by the Burlington artist. Through October 11. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.

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‘Birds of a fiBer’: A community art show. Through october 31. info, 434-2167. birds of Vermont museum in huntington.

CaroLe rosaLind drury: “To Joe,” a selection of paintings from “The Fall” series, dedicated to the artist’s former partner. haL mayforTh: “Two Trains Running,” large abstract paintings, small works on wood panel and sketches by the Vermont illustrator. Through November 2. info, 888-1261. River Arts in morrisville.

Corrina ThursTon: Colored pencil art featuring domestic animals and wildlife. Through November 1. info, 760-8206. metrorock Vermont in essex. ‘eyes on The Land’: installations, sculpture, paintings and photographs by 13 artists who were matched with 15 farms and forests conserved by the Vermont land Trust over one year’s time. Artists include painters mark Nielsen, Cameron davis, bonnie Acker, Charlie hunter, susan Abbott and Neil Riley, sculptors and multimedia artists brian d. Collier, dan snow, Karolina Kawiaka and Gowri savoor, and photographers Tyler wilkinsonRay, John willis and Caleb Kenna. Through January 3. ‘riCh and TasTy: VermonT furniTure To 1850’: A decorative arts showcase of furniture from shelburne museum and other collections that helps define the styles, economics and aesthetic innovations in 19th-century Vermont design. Through November 1. info, 985-3346. pizzagalli Center for Art and education, shelburne museum.

‘edge of naTure’: Artwork in a variety of media by eight female artists who explore the joy and variety of nature. Through october 14. info, 253-2597. Comfort Farm in stowe. ‘exposed’: The 24th annual outdoor exhibit features 18 sculptures and installations by regional artists, sited at the gallery, downtown and along the recreation path. Through october 14. ‘fraCTured: Works on paper’: Two- and three-dimensional works by 11 artists including Kiki smith, leonardo drew and olafur eliasson that deconstruct space as interpreted through architecture, optics and narrative. Through November 22. info, 253-8358. helen day Art Center in stowe.

f kaTe dean: “meditations on the Gestures of wind on the water,” installation of stitched, waxed and layered cloth. Artist talk: Thursday, october 15, 3 p.m. Through october 17. info, 635-1469. Julian scott memorial Gallery, Johnson state College.

John W. Long: wall-hung sculptural works using reclaimed wood. Through November 30. info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in shelburne. ‘Joined: inspired approaChes To VermonT ConTemporary furniTure and Wood design’: inventive fine design by eight Vermont wood and furniture designers, including curator david hurwitz. Through october 21. info, 985-3848. Furchgott sourdiffe Gallery in shelburne.

‘phoTographing The fLoWer’: photographs by seven participants in River Arts’ workshop taught by Kent shaw. Through November 2. info, 888-1261. morrisville post office. raVen pfaff: Realistic graphite portraits in the living room. Through october 20. info, 635-7423. The lovin’ Cup in Johnson.

‘TraVeL WiTh ogden pLeissner’: A selection of the artist’s lesser-known American and european landscapes, along with other American paintings from the museum’s permanent collection. Judy B. daLes: “Ahead of the Curve,” an exhibit of contemporary quilts from the last 18 years of the artist’s flowing, abstract style. Through october 31. info, 985-3346. shelburne museum.

‘sLope sTyLe’: Thirty-five fully accessorized vintage ski outfits, with a special section of the exhibit dedicated to Vermont ski brands. Through october 31. info, 253-9911. Vermont ski and snowboard museum in stowe. sTephanie Bush: “20 years; An Artist’s evolution,” a mid-career retrospective of works on canvas and mylar exploring cultural diversity, color and artistic traditions. Through october 31. info, 253-8943. west branch Gallery & sculpture park in stowe.

‘JuxTaposed spaCes’: works in a variety of mediums by shelburne Craft school instructors and staff including wylie Garcia, sarah Ahrens and sage Tucker-Ketcham. Through december 1. info, 985-3648. shelburne Craft school.

‘of Land & LoCaL 2015’: sheLBurne farms insTaLLaTion: works created this summer at residencies in Vermont state parks by Kaylynn sullivan TwoTrees, wendy Copp and susan Raber bray, Alyssa oxley, Angelo Arnold, elizabeth Nelson, Riki moss, lynn sullivan, Rebecca schwarz, and lyal michel. Four other artist are on view at the bCA Center in burlington. Through october 18. info, 865-7166. Coach barn at shelburne Farms.

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roBerT VogeL WaTerCoLors: Twelve paintings by the local artist. Through october 31. info, 863-6363. harper’s Restaurant at the holiday inn in south burlington.

‘Visions of Lake ChampLain and Beyond’: local landscape paintings by Carolyn walton, helen Nagel and Gail bessette; pastels by Athenia schinto and betty ball; and jewelry by Tineke Russell. Through december 30. info, 985-8223. luxtonJones Gallery in shelburne.


Eye,” at Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury. The works illustrate Burns’ ongoing person unique. Many of her subjects, rendered against solid backgrounds, make direct eye contact with the viewer, ensuring that the focus remains firmly on the story of each face. A reception is Friday, October 9, 6 to 8 p.m. Pictured: “Emma.” and ceramic sculptures by the burlington artist, Third Floor Gallery. Linda Bryan: “Tarpentry,” a visual narrative of landscape and culture, second Floor Gallery. Through october 30. info, 479-7069. studio place Arts in barre. ‘aVian enCounTers’: watercolors and watercolor collages by Nancy Tomczak. Through october 28. info, 828-3291. spotlight Gallery in montpelier. eLLioT Burg: “Athletes for the Ages: Transcending the limits of Age,” black-and-white photographs of track-and-field athletes taken at the National senior Games. Through November 2. info, 2724920. Kellogg-hubbard library in montpelier. mark Lorah: blocky abstract artworks. Through November 30. info, 479-7069. morse block deli in barre. nadya BeCk: “spirit brings,” clay sculptures by the local artist. Through october 11. info, 454-0141. blinking light Gallery in plainfield. roBerT WaLdo BruneLLe Jr. and edWard kadunC: New works in multiple mediums by the Vermont artists. Through November 13. info, 262-6035. T. w. wood Gallery in montpelier.

‘sound and fury’: A group show by 18 artists who attempt to answer life’s unanswerable questions. Through November 8. info, 728-9878. Chandler Gallery in Randolph. syLVia WaLker: landscape paintings by the self-taught Vermont artist and teacher. Through November 27. info, 223-2518. montpelier senior Activity Center. ‘Women of norWiCh: TraiLBLazers and TorChBearers’: photographs, documents, uniforms and objects celebrating the women who were “first,” from the first ladies of university presidents to the first women in the Corps of Cadets and so-called nontraditional fields. Through december 31. info, 485-2183. sullivan museum & history Center, Norwich university, in Northfield.

stowe/smuggs area

‘2015 LegaCy CoLLeCTion’: landscapes painted by 25 living and 13 now-deceased artists that reflect the legacy of museum namesakes and artists Alden and mary bryan. Through december 30. info, 644-5100. bryan memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville.

mad river valley/waterbury

f augusT Burns: “more Than meets the eye: portraits and Figures,” paintings by the former women’s health advocate. Reception: Friday, october 9, 6-8 p.m. Through November 21. info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frameshop in waterbury. BoB aiken: “Vermont impressionist,” landscapes depicting rural fields, rivers, mountains and small villages, in acrylic with a palette knife. Through december 31. info, 496-6682. Festival Gallery in waitsfield. gmCC’s 25Th annuaL arT in The round Barn: An annual community-based exhibit with a mix of painting, sculpture and mixed-media work, including fiber, metal and wood. Through october 12. info, 496-7722. inn at the Round barn Farm in waitsfield. hiVe CoLLeCTiVe faLL exhiBiT: paintings by members liz harris, Nancy Vandine and Jessica Churchill-millard and furniture and decorative objects by Kelly Fekert-mcmullen, along with works by 30 local artists. Through November 30. info, 496-7895. The hive in middlesex. James mCgarreLL & mark goodWin: imagistic paintings from 1984 to 2004 and recent two-dimensional work. Through october 10. info, 767-9670. bigTown Gallery in Rochester. kiTTy o’hara: Representational acrylic paintings of landscapes, still life and portraits. Through october 31. info, 496-5470. Three mountain Café in waitsfield.

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‘roCk soLid for 15 years’: This annual exhibit showcases stone sculptures and assemblages by area artists in the main Floor Gallery. in addition, a variety of sculptures created from granite are on permanent installation around downtown barre. aLex CosTanTino: “pattern & signal,” paintings

life. Her portraits and figures are on view through November 21 in “More Than Meets the


ViCToria BLeWer: “Fall’s Call,” black-and-white hand-colored photographs inspired by “quiet cycling of the earth in autumn that recurs each year.” Through october 31. info, 985-8222. shelburne Vineyard.

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Tod gunTer aViaTion arT: illustrations currently include the F4u Corsair, a wwii fighter, and the F-4 phantom ii, a fighter-bomber active in Vietnam. more drawings and renderings are continually added. Through december 31. info, 734-9971. plane profiles Gallery in stowe.

‘noCTurne’: A juried exhibition of nighttime photography that “delves into the darkest hours to uncover secrets and mysteries.” Vermont photographers in the show include brian drourr, George Anderson, Jamie proctor-brassard, Jon hyde and Kimberly sultze, li shen, and peggy Reynolds. Through october 11. info, 777-3686. darkroom Gallery in essex Junction.

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‘Catching the Moment: The Art of Photographing Live Performance’: Performance photographs taken at the Town Hall Theater over the last 15 years by Trent Campbell, Cindi Duff, Max Kraus and Ernie Longey. Through October 11. Info, 388-8209. 51 Main at the Bridge in Middlebury.

f Catherine ‘Catchi’ Childs: Still life and figure paintings from the 75-year career of the internationally recognized artist. Reception: Friday, October 9, 5-7 p.m. Through October 31. Info, 4580098. Edgewater Gallery, Mill Street, in Middlebury. ‘The Farm: Drawings of Rowland Evans Robinson, 1850-1880’: Drawings from agricultural papers capturing 19th-century Vermont farm life and times by a member of the museum homestead’s family. Through October 25. Info, 877-3406. Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh. Jean Cherouny: “OPEN,” new works by the Ripton artist and teacher. Through October 31. Info, 877-2211. Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes.

f Joan Curtis: “Watchful Guardians,” abstract and figurative drawings, paintings and wall sculptures incorporating papier-mâché and mixed media. Reception: Friday, October 9, 5-7 p.m. Through November 7. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. ‘Naked Truth: The Body in Early 20th-Century German and Austrian Art’: Prints, drawings and watercolors by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Max Beckmann, Käthe Kollwitz and others whose work addressed the relationship of the nude body and contemporary morality. Through December 13. Info, 443-3168. Middlebury College Museum of Art. Peter Fried: “Addison: Land Meets Sky,” an exhibit of Addison County landscapes in the artist’s new gallery. Through October 8. Info, 355-1447. Peter Fried Art in Vergennes.

‘What EMMA Loves’: A group exhibit exploring a variety of media by 10 East Mountain Mentoring Artists (EMMA). Through November 1. Info, 2474295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon.

‘Poolastic and Black Igloo’: Two interactive installations that “offer metaphors for our relationship with environment” by the Shua Group (NY/NJ) and the Dance Company of Middlebury. Through October 9. Info, 443-3168. Middlebury College.

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Stacey Stanhope Dundon: “Back in the Saddle: 25 Years of Horse Play,” oil paintings, dinnerware and decorative, large-scale horse heads. Through November 30. Info, 388-1639. The National Museum of the Morgan Horse in Middlebury. ‘Warren Kimble, All-American Artist: An Eclectic Retrospective’: The internationally known Vermont artist exhibits a lifetime of work, including his “Sunshine” series, “Widows of War” paintings and sculpture, and more recent “House of Cards” and “Into the Box” series, which features open-faced boxes filled with found objects and architectural assemblages. Also on view is the Kimbles’ personal collection of folk art. Through October 18. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury.

rutland area

Judith Stone: “See Feelingly: Weigh and Balance,” sculptural pieces responding to the gritty nature of construction sites. Through October 24. Info, 468-6052. Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland. ‘Love of Fantasy’: Two- and three-dimensional paintings and multimedia constructions that explore fantasy and creation by Jim Abatiell, Joan Curtis, Robert Hooker and Mark Horwedel. Through October 31. Info, 775-0062. Chaffee Downtown Art Center in Rutland.

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‘Love of Kinship’: Diverse artwork from members and a former director. Through October 17. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. ‘Memory Work: SculptFest 2015’: Sculptural works by Robert Bennett Jr., Katherine Langlands, Mark Lorah, Zoë Marr Hilliard, Stella Marrs, Angus McCullough, Samuel Spellman and Mary Zompetti in the annual outdoor exhibit. Through October 25. Info, 438-2097. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland.

David Stromeyer Sculpture: The artist opens his private park to visitors for the summer and early fall. On view are about 50 large-scale sculptures that represent four decades of work inspired by the rhythms, forms and patterns of the Vermont landscape. Through October 12. Info, 512-333-2119. Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls. Steve Boal, Jan Brosky & Elizabeth Martin: Photographs of the natural world by Boal, hand-knitted scarves and bracelets by Brosky, and pottery by Martin. Through October 31. Info, 933-6403. Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls.

upper valley

‘America’s Michelangelo: The Life and Classical Works of Constantino Brumidi’: An exhibit of text and images in honor of the works of Constantino Brumidi, the artist who painted the “Apotheosis of Washington,” in the U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C., in celebration of its ongoing restoration. Through October 12. $6. Info, 765-4288. Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford. ‘Birds Are Dinosaurs’: An exhibit tracing the evolution of birds from their ancestors includes skeletons and life-size replicas by paleo-artist Todd Marshall. Hands-on activities include a replica dig site. Through October 31. $11.50-13.50. Info, 359-5000. VINS Nature Center in Hartford. Carrie Pill: “Nature’s Palette,” landscape paintings on canvas and paper. Through October 31. Info, 359-5001. Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee. Collective Fall Show: Hooked rugs by Janet Avery, jewelry by metalsmith Susan Riach, ornaments and whistles by Mary Stone, and hand-molded beeswax candles by Vermont Honey Lights. Through December 31. Info, 457-1298. Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock.

Joan Curtis “I like the idea of humans thinking of themselves as part of the

animal family,” says the Brandon artist. The wisdom of animals is of central importance

to her work, which depicts human involvement with flora and fauna. Curtis favors vibrant colors and uses a broad assortment of materials, including paint, colored pencil and papier-mâché. Her vision is one of worlds colliding, where humans are small figures in the natural order and animals are benevolent spirits guiding the way. “Watchful Guardians” features two- and three-dimensional works at Town Hall Theater’s Jackson Gallery in Middlebury, and will be on view through November 7. A reception is Friday, October 9, 5 to 7 p.m. Pictured: “Peaceable Kingdom No. 4.”

‘Crisis de Octubre; The Cuban Missile Crisis’: The ninth annual Slavo-Vermontia-philic exhibition featuring art, artifacts, memories, music and photographs of the Cold War era from the United States, Russia and Cuba. Through November 1. Info, 356-2776. Main Street Museum in White River Junction. ‘Feather & Fur: Portraits of Field, Forest & Farm’: Portraits celebrating the beauty, intelligence and grace of animals by nine artists. Through April 30, 2016. Info, 885-3061. The Great Hall in Springfield. Janet Cathey: New prints by the Vermont artist. Through October 31. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Keith Sonnier: A survey of early neon works, 1968-1989, by the American artist. Peter Saul: A retrospective exhibit that spans 1959 to 2012 and includes colorful paintings that incorporate humor, pop-culture imagery, irreverence and, occasionally, politically incorrect subject matter. Open weekends and Wednesdays by appointment. Through November 29. Info, Hall Art Foundation in Reading. ‘Local Color’: Annual autumn exhibit of work by local artists, inspired by life within the working landscape. Through October 10. Info, 392-4656. ArtisTree Gallery in South Pomfret.

f Monique van de Ven: “Gleaned Near South Royalton,” ceramics inspired by and incorporating objects found in nature. Reception: Friday, October 23, 5-7 p.m. Through December 5. Info, 763-7094. Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton. Tom Schulten: Vivid works by the renowned Dutch painter of consensusism. Through December 31. Info, 457-7199. Artemis Global Art in Woodstock.

brattleboro area

Debra Bermingham: “Threaded Dances,” surreal landscapes in oil. Jim Dine: “People, Places, Things,” a retrospective in multiple media. Ray Ruseckas: “Close to Home,” landscapes in pastels. Rodrigo Nava: “Expanded Forms,” steel sculptures on the museum grounds. Through October 25. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

northeast kingdom

Amanda Amend: Watercolor landscapes capturing all four seasons in Vermont. Through October 31. Info, 586-2200. The Art House in Craftsbury. ‘Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas’: Fossils and models reveal how current thoughts on dinosaur biology have changed since the 1990s. Organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Through December 15. Info, 748-2372. Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.

Art ShowS

‘Dust’: Displays include samples of “this most ubiquitous substance” from around the world, and the cosmos, as well as unique moments in the history of dust and a visual history of dust removal. Through November 30. Info, The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover. JuDy Lowry: “New Landscapes,” paintings of northern Vermont. Through October 26. Info, 525-3366. Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. ‘MeMories’: The annual exhibition and sale of work by Vermont Watercolor Society artists is in the Downstairs Gallery. Through October 31. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport. otto: Prints of recent work from “The Book of Wales” by Newport artist Brian McCurley (aka OTTO). Through December 15. Info, 323-7759. The 99 Gallery and Center in Newport. PriLLa sMith Brackett: “Fractured Visions II,” artworks that express a contemporary view of the environment in various media including painting, drawing and monotype, and that combine forest scenes with ghostly pieces of furniture. Through October 26. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. VerMont artists GrouP show: Fine art and handcrafted goods by 110 Vermont artists exhibited in a former grist mill. Through October 17. Info, 533-2045. Miller’s Thumb Gallery in Greensboro.


anGeLa arkway: “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” landscapes, still life and portraits in pastels and oil. Through October 9. Info, 362-4061. The Gallery at Equinox Village in Manchester Center.

caLL to artists

‘can you DiG it?’: A community exhibit celebrating music-album cover art, in the Rotunda Gallery. Through October 11. Info, 518-792-1761. The Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, N.Y. ‘coLLectinG anD sharinG: treVor fairBrother, John t. kirk anD the hooD MuseuM of art’: Almost 140 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and early American furniture from the Fairbrother-Kirk collection and the museum, featuring works by Andy Warhol, Marsden Hartley, Carl Andre, John O’Reilly, John Singer Sargent and others. canaLetto’s VeDute Prints: An exhibition honoring collector and donor Adolph Weil Jr. features etchings from the early 1740s of Venetian scenes by Antonio Canaletto. Through December 6. Info, 603-646-2808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. ‘GeorGe s. ziMBeL: a huManist PhotoGraPher’: Images from collection of the documentary photographer covering 1953 to 1955, which includes his shots of Marilyn Monroe standing over the subway grate during the filming of The Seven Year Itch by director Billy Wilder. Through January 3. ‘MetaMorPhoses: in roDin’s stuDio’: Nearly 300 works by the French sculptor, including masterpieces shown for the first time in North America, in collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris. Through October 18. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. m

the SPA building. Exhibit dates: November 11 to December 31. Prizes will be awarded for best of show (for new work). Submission deadline: October 9. Studio Place Arts, Barre. Info, 479-7069, (go to “gallery,” then “calls”). focus on Mt. MansfieLD Photo coMPetition: Photographers are invited to submit a photo of Mt. Mansfield from any angle for an exhibit/competition with a $75 prize for the public’s favorite. Submissions will be displayed at MMCTV as they are received. Deadline: October 15. Photos must be framed or mounted. More details online at mmctv15. org. Mt. Mansfield Community Television, Richmond, through October 15. Info, 434-2550.


center in northern Colchester. Artists must meet the criteria of LCATV membership (live, work or attend school in Colchester, Milton, Georgia, Fairfax, Westford, South Hero, Grand Isle or North Hero). Exhibitions can be one, two or three months and include a reception. Group shows are welcome. Proceeds from any sales go to the artists. Lake Champlain Access Television, Colchester, Through August 1, 2016. Info, 862-5724. isLanD arts GaLLery 2016: Artists are invited to submit an application for the 2016 juried gallery schedule. Submit an artist statement including the medium(s) used and two to five digital images of work to the Island Arts South Hero Gallery Committee by October 31. All mediums welcome. Island Arts South Hero Gallery, Info, or 372-6047, or Heidi Chamberlain at 372-3346.

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‘ceLeBrate’: Seeking a diverse selection of fine art and crafts by member artists to be displayed on all three floors of

‘sLow Literature: the narratiVe taPestries of sarah swett’: Woven tapestries that combine narrative and playful realism. aMy MoreL: “Relationscape,” wood and steel sculptures from several past series. Dianne shuLLenBerGer: “Outside Influences,” three series of fabric collages inspired by spirituality and the outdoors. Jeanne heifetz: “Geometry of Hope,” mixed-media work built from nontraditional, industrial materials including acid-etched glass rods, wire and stainless-steel mesh. Through October 9. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H.


arts connect at cataMount arts’ annuaL JurieD show: Northern New England’s largest independent arts center is pleased to announce its first annual juried show. Artists may submit up to five works in any medium created within the last five years; exhibit is in Catamount Arts Gallery in St. Johnsbury December/January. Cash prizes. Submission fee includes a one-year membership ($50 value), which gives discount admission at Catamount Arts and nearly 50 other art-house cinemas in the U.S. Visit to apply. Deadline: October 12. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $60. Info, 748-2600.

outside vermont

‘Grassroots art: inwarD aDorinGs of the MinD’: Folk, outsider and visionary artists’ works from the museum’s and the Gregg Blasdel/Jennifer Koch collections include textiles, ceramics, weathervanes, drawings, paintings and sculpture. Through November 1. ‘PeoPLe/PLace: aMerican sociaL LanDscaPe PhotoGraPhy, 1950-1980’: Photographs exploring the human condition within the public sphere and the social landscape by Jonathan Brand, John Hubbard, Neil Rappaport, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander. Through November 8. Jennifer koch anD GreGG BLasDeL: Seven collaborative prints from a series titled “Marriages of Reason” by the Burlington artists. Through October 16. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum.

north BenninGton outDoor scuLPture show: Outdoor sculptures sited in and around the village by 44 artists. Through October 25. Various locations around North Bennington.

movies The Martian ★★★★


att Damon may play the marooned astronaut who fights to make it home in this feelgood sci-fi epic, but the big news is that director Ridley Scott is back. After a string of misfires (Robin Hood? Prometheus?), the 77-year-old filmmaker returns to form with a deep-space drama that stands with his finest. Which is saying something, when you’re talking about the guy who gave us Alien. Based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel, which is set 20 years in the future, The Martian gets right down to business. In the opening, members of NASA’s Ares III mission to the surface of Mars receive news that a cataclysmic dust storm is about to descend. The angry red sirocco (the first of countless impressive CGI creations) has already arrived in the time it takes the warning to reach the crew (played by Damon, Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña and Kate Mara). In the ensuing chaos, the blinded explorers must leave behind a team member who appears to have been killed by flying debris. That would be Mark Watney, the crew’s botanist. Damon is great in the role, his most likably off-kilter since The Informant! No one in the history of movie castaways can

compete with Watney for cheerfulness in the face of adversity. No sooner has he performed self-surgery on the piece of metal lodged in his gut than he sets himself to the tasks of tidying up the station, entering video logs filled with good humor and figuring out how to grow potatoes using his poo as fertilizer. He even figures out how to produce water, a task that last Monday’s NASA announcement may have shown to be redundant. The timing of the news prompted jokes about cross-promotion between the space agency and 20th Century Fox, but the two already have a happy symbiosis. The Martian, with its portrayal of dedicated, odds-defying super-nerds, is a love letter to NASA, and the agency’s website currently devotes prime real estate to a list of things the movie gets right about a mission to Mars. Hey, crazier things are done with our tax dollars every day. Besides, cooperation and synergy are the film’s central themes. In a nutshell, Watney devises a way to communicate with ground control. Once they know he’s alive, team leaders — some of them played by Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristen Wiig — race against the clock to figure out how to bring him home. The

SPACE JAM Damon plays the cheeriest astronaut in movie history to be marooned on a distant planet.

picture’s an edge-of-your-seat celebration of intelligence, problem solving and coming together with a common goal. With Scott behind the camera, The Martian is, of course, also a film distinguished by breathtaking visuals. The screenplay by Drew Goddard (who was originally slated to direct) succeeds in conveying massive amounts of technical information without getting bogged down. On the contrary, the film maintains a level of breeziness one might have imagined scientifically impossible. And everyone in the sizable cast is stellar. What sets the movie apart more than anything else, though, is its unapologetic upness.



SHADOW PLAY Blunt crosses many borders in Villeneuve’s dark drug-war drama.

As she’s flown to El Paso and thence (without warning) to Juarez for a dangerous extraction mission, Kate realizes she’s out of her depth. Figuratively and literally, she’s merely a passenger. Brolin’s sardonic Matt Graver has the driver’s seat, navigating with the aid of a still more mysterious Colombian named Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro). Neither man has much concern for civilian safety or the dictates of the Geneva Convention. Both treat Kate with a dapper condescension that shades into menace as she pieces together her actual purpose in their secret war. The fast-paced script barely sketches these characters, but the actors give them a pulsing life force. Blunt doesn’t put on a



Sicario ★★★★★

uébécois director Denis Villeneuve likes dark places. His 2013 thriller Prisoners was full of cellars and hidden passages. His latest, Sicario, starts in an Arizona ranch house whose boarded-up rooms hold terrible secrets — stacked corpses executed by a drug cartel — and builds toward the discovery of a tunnel used by that same cartel to cross the border. The “heart of darkness” imagery may be heavy-handed — no one will ever accuse Villeneuve of having a light touch — but it’s immensely effective in a film noir. And that’s what Sicario (a Mexican term for “hit man”) is. While the topics of border strife and the war against narcotraficantes are ripped from the headlines, Villeneuve doesn’t aim for a multilayered procedural view à la Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic. Instead, with vital assistance from writer Taylor Sheridan and star Emily Blunt, he spins a clever update on the classic noir narrative of the destruction of one good, flawed man who pokes his head unwittingly into a nest of corruption. (Think Chinatown.) Except that in this case, the good man is a good woman. Blunt plays Kate Macer, leader of the FBI task force that discovers the cartel’s grisly cache. With no experience in fighting the drug war, she and her partner (Daniel Kaluuya) are tapped to assist a mysterious Department of Defense “adviser” (Josh Brolin) in an operation that they’re told will take down the responsible parties.

It’s the most uncynical, positive-minded, affirmative picture I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t even have a bad guy. Every single character means well and does everything possible to save the stranded astronaut. Foreigners gather in the streets to cheer on the U.S. One country even donates a top-secret rocket just when one is most needed. The Martian is white-knuckle fun from the first frame to the last. Yet, as refreshing as all this perfect harmony may be, one can’t help but be reminded that there’s a reason they call it science fiction.

badass act; from the moment she appears, Kate’s expressive face reflects a battle between terror and self-control, with the former gradually gaining the edge. The everserene Alejandro is her opposite, but viewers who feel tempted to see him as the film’s real hero should think twice — his is the eerie placidity of someone with no boundaries and nothing left to lose. The movie’s action is thrillingly staged, but credit for building tension even in its quiet moments goes to Roger Deakins’ cinematography and Jóhann Jóhannsson’s ominous score. Chiaroscuro effects reinforce the noir mood, and aerial shots aren’t just travelogue; as Kate’s plane heads south, its shadow

is tellingly dwarfed by the barren landscape. When Kate enters Juarez, shots at street level counterpoint those from her vehicle, reminding us that the erstwhile murder capital of the world isn’t just a scarehouse for naïve Americans — it’s a place where people live. Some will fault Sicario for not giving us enough of that across-the-border perspective; the film reminds us only through an undercooked side plot that the drug trade hurts Mexicans, too. (For some of their stories, watch the searing documentary Narco Cultura, which depicts a much deeper slice of daily life in Juarez.) But Villeneuve doesn’t pretend to offer a comprehensive view. Sicario is the story of Kate’s awakening to hard truths, among which is the impossibility of distinguishing the heart of darkness from the heartland. The perspective is limited by design — to make us feel as if we, too, are creeping through that tunnel toward a reveal for which we may not have the stomach. More a well-informed horror film than a current-affairs drama, Sicario is an aesthetic powerhouse that may not deliver the message (or uplift) some Oscar-season viewers are looking for. It’s an unforgettable tale of what happens when one good person gazes into the abyss and realizes she’s already there. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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new in theaters 99 HomES: In this drama set at the height of the foreclosure crisis, a struggling dad who just lost his home (andrew garfield) gets a new job working for the broker (Michael Shannon) who evicted him. with laura dern and clancy brown. Ramin bahrani (At Any Price) directed. (112 min, R. Roxy) mEEt tHE pAtElS: actor Ravi Patel made this humorous, family-focused documentary about his efforts to deal with his traditional parents as they strive to find him a proper wife before he hits age 30. his sister, geeta Patel, codirected. (88 min, Pg. Savoy) miSSiSSippi gRiND: a washed-up gambling addict (ben Mendelsohn) joins forces with a winner (Ryan Reynolds) in an effort to make just one big score. Ryan fleck and anna boden (It’s Kind of a Funny Story) directed the road-tripping drama. (108 min, R. Savoy) pAN: did Peter Pan really need an origin story? Regardless, he gets one in this family adventure about a 12-year-old orphan (levi Miller) who finds his destiny in magical neverland. with hugh Jackman and garrett hedlund as two pirates you may have heard of, and Rooney Mara as tiger lily. Joe wright (Anna Karenina) directed. (111 min, Pg. bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Sunset, welden)

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tHE iNtERNHH1/2 a 70-year-old widower (Robert de niro) interns for a young whippersnapper of an online fashion mogul (anne hathaway), and hilarity ensues — in theory, anyway. with Rene Russo. nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated) directed. (121 min, Pg-13) lEARNiNg to DRiVEHHH a Manhattan writer (Patricia clarkson) takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor (ben Kingsley), and the two discover they have more in common than they expected, in this comedy-drama from director Isabel coixet (My Life Without Me). (90 min, R) tHE mANHAttAN SHoRt Film FEStiVAl: after watching this curated showcase of 10 short films from around the world, audiences can vote for their favorite. More info at (Running time n/a, nR. Roxy) tHE mARtiANHHHH Stranded on Mars, the last member of a manned mission (Matt damon) must survive, contact naSa and help engineer his own rescue in this sci-fi adventure directed by Ridley Scott and based on the science-savvy novel by andy weir. with Jessica chastain, Kristen wiig and Jeff daniels. (141 min, Pg-13) mAZE RUNNER: tHE ScoRcH tRiAlSHHH The adaptation of James dashner’s young adult action saga continues, as the gladers venture out in search of clues about the organization that stuck them in the titular maze. dylan O’brien and Kaya Scodelario star. wes ball again directed. (131 min, Pg-13) pAWN SAcRiFicEHHHH1/2 tobey Maguire plays chess prodigy bobby fischer in director Edward Zwick’s account of his historic match during the cold war. with liev Schreiber (as opponent boris Spassky), Peter Sarsgaard and lily Rabe. (114 min, Pg-13)

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SicARioHHHH1/2 Emily blunt plays a naïve fbI agent who gets embroiled in the drug wars on the Mexican border in this intense drama from director denis Villeneuve (Prisoners). with benicio del toro and Josh brolin. (121 min, R)

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HotEl tRANSYlVANiA 2HH adam Sandler once again voices dracula in this animated family monster goof, in which the vampire patriarch grapples with raising his half-human grandson. with the voices of andy Samberg and Selena gomez. genndy tartakovsky again directed. (89 min, Pg)

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HEll AND BAck: two guys must rescue their friend from hell in this adult-oriented stop-motion animation directed by tV comedy veterans tom gianas and Ross Shuman. with the voices of nick Swardson, Mila Kunis and bob Odenkirk. (Run time n/a, R)

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BlAck mASSHHHH1/2 Johnny depp plays infamous, well-connected boston crime boss — and fbI informant — whitey bulger in this biodrama directed by Scott cooper (Crazy Heart). with Joel Edgerton, benedict cumberbatch and dakota Johnson. (122 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 9/23)

tHE gREEN iNFERNoHH Student activists travel to the amazon rainforest to save it. turns out they’re the ones who need saving in this campylooking horror flick from Eli Roth (Hostel). lorenza Izzo, ariel levy and aaron burns star. (100 min, R)

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tHE WAlk: Joseph gordon-levitt plays high-wire walker Philippe Petit in this fact-based drama about the events surrounding his famous 1974 stroll between the towers of the world trade center. with charlotte le bon, ben Kingsley and Vermont-born circus artist Jade Kindar-Martin doing some of the actual wire walking. Robert Zemeckis directed. (123 min, Pg. capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)

gRANDmAHHHH a fiercely independent poet (lily tomlin) takes a road trip with her pregnant teenage granddaughter (Julia garner) to seek cash for an abortion in this offbeat indie comedy from writer-director Paul weitz (Admission). with Marcia gay harden, nat wolff and Judy greer. (79 min, R; reviewed by M.h. 9/23)



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StEVE JoBS: tHE mAN iN tHE mAcHiNEHHH1/2 Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Going Clear, We Steal Secrets) directed this not-entirelyrosy look at the late Apple CEO, with interviews from those who knew and worked with him. (128 min, R) tHE ViSitH1/2 Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan returns with this found-footage horror-comedy in which a single mom makes a questionable decision to send her kids to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. With Kathryn Hahn and Olivia DeJonge. (94 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 9/16) A WAlK iN tHE WooDSHH1/2 Robert Redford plays travel writer Bill Bryson in this adaptation of his comic memoir about walking the Appalachian Trail with a friend (Nick Nolte). Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You) directed. (104 min, R)

iNSiDioUS: cHAptER 3H1/2 Lin Shaye returns as the psychic in this prequel to the horror series that shows how she got her start in investigating bodiless entities that like to flick lights on and off. (97 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 6/10) mAGic miKE XXlHHHH Channing Tatum is back as the titular male stripper, but director Steven Soderbergh is not, for this sequel in which Mike returns to his bumping and grinding ways in Myrtle Beach. (115 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 7/8) mE AND EARl AND tHE DYiNG GiRlHH1/2 A teenage aspiring filmmaker befriends a girl who has leukemia in this heart-string-tugging indie drama from veteran TV director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, based on Jesse Andrews’ novel. (105 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 7/8)

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Art-house director Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo) has moved over to more mainstream, message-y dramas in recent years. This one stars the great Michael Shannon as a real-estate broker who, at the height of the recession, uses every trick to evict owners from their foreclosed homes. Andrew Garfield plays one of his prey — who becomes his employee. 99 Homes starts Friday at Merrill's Roxy Cinemas and next week at the Savoy Theater. offbeat Flick of the week: we pick an indie, foreign, cultish or just plain odd movie that hits local theaters, DVD or video on demand this week. if you want an alternative to the blockbusters, try this!


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(SEp. 23-oct. 22) If I could give you a birthday present, it would be a map to your future treasure. Do you know which treasure I’m referring to? Think about it as you fall asleep on the next eight nights. I’m sorry I can’t simply provide you with the instructions you’d need to locate it. The cosmic powers tell me you have not yet earned that right. The second-best gift I can offer, then, will be clues about how to earn it. Clue no. 1. Meditate on the differences between what your ego wants and what your soul needs. no. 2. Ask yourself, “What is the most unripe part of me?” and then devise a plan to ripen it. no. 3. Invite your deep mind to give you insights you haven’t been brave enough to work with until now. no. 4. take one medium-size bold action every day.

taUrUs (April 20-May 20): As I meditated on your astrological aspects, I had an intuition that I should go to a gem fair I’d heard about. It was at an event center near my home. When


(May 21-June 20): George r.r. Martin has written a series of fantasy novels collectively called A Song of Ice and Fire. They have sold 60 million copies and been adapted for the tV series “Game of Thrones. “Martin says the inspiration for his masterwork originated with the pet turtles he owned as a kid. The creatures lived in a toy castle in his bedroom, and he pretended they were knights and kings and other royal characters. “I made up stories about how they killed each other and betrayed each other and fought for the kingdom,” he has testified. I think the next seven months will be a perfect time for you to make a comparable leap, Gemini. What’s your version of Martin’s turtles? And what valuable asset can you turn it into?


(June 21-July 22): The editors of the urban Dictionary provide a unique definition of the word “outside.” They say it’s a vast, uncomfortable place that surrounds your home. It has no ceiling or walls or carpets and contains annoying insects and random loud noises. There’s a big yellow ball in the sky that’s always moving around and changing the temperature in inconvenient ways. even worse, the “outside” is filled with strange people that are constantly doing deranged and confusing things. Does this description match your current sense of what “outside” means, Cancerian? If so, that’s oK. for now, enjoy the hell out of being inside.


(July 23-Aug. 22): We all go through phases when we are tempted to believe in the factuality of every hostile, judgmental and random thought that our monkey mind generates. I am not predicting that this is such a time for you. but I do want to ask you to be extra skeptical toward your monkey mind’s fabrications. right now it’s especially important that you think as coolly and objectively as possible. you can’t afford to be duped by anyone’s crazy talk, including your own. be extra vigilant in your quest for the raw truth.


(Aug. 23-sept. 22): Do you know about the ancient Greek general Pyrrhus? At the battle of Asculum in 279 bCe, his army technically defeated roman forces, but his casualties were so substantial that he ultimately lost the war. you can and you must avoid a comparable scenario. fighting for your cause is good only if it doesn’t wreak turmoil and bewilderment. If you want to avoid an outcome in which both sides lose, you’ve got to engineer a result in which both sides win. be a cagey compromiser.

scorPio (oct. 23-nov. 21): Galway Kinnell’s

poem “Middle of the Way” is about his solo trek through the snow on oregon’s Mount Gauldy. As he wanders in the wilderness, he remembers an important truth about himself: “I love the day, the sun … but I know [that] half my life belongs to the wild darkness.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, scorpio, now is a good time for you, too, to refresh your awe and reverence for the wild darkness — and to recall that half your life belongs to it. Doing so will bring you another experience Kinnell describes: “an inexplicable sense of joy, as if some happy news had been transmitted to me directly, by-passing the brain.”

sagittariUs (nov. 22-Dec. 21): The last time I walked into a McDonald’s and ordered a meal was 1984. nothing that the restaurant chain serves up is appealing to my taste or morality. I do admire its adaptability, however. In cow-loving India, McDonald’s only serves vegetarian fare that includes deep-fried cheese and potato patties. In Israel, kosher

Mcfalafels are available. Mexicans order their McMuffins with refried beans and pico de gallo. At a McDonald’s in singapore, you can order Mcrice burgers. This is the type of approach I advise for you right now, sagittarius. Adjust your offerings for your audience.

caPricorN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): you have been flirting with your “alone at the top” reveries. I won’t be surprised if one night you have a dream of riding on a ferris wheel that malfunctions, leaving you stranded at the highest point. What’s going on? Here’s what I suspect: In one sense you are zesty and farseeing. your competence and confidence are waxing. At the same time, you may be out of touch with what’s going on at ground level. your connection to the depths is not as intimate as your relationship with the heights. The moral of the story might be to get in closer contact with your roots. or be more attentive to your support system. or buy new shoes and underwear. aQUariUs

(Jan. 20-feb. 18): I haven’t planted a garden for years. My workload is too intense to devote enough time to that pleasure. so eight weeks ago I was surprised when a renegade sunflower began blooming in the dirt next to my porch. How did the seed get there? Via the wind? A passing bird that dropped a potential meal? The gorgeous interloper eventually grew to a height of four feet and produced a boisterous yellow flower head. every day I muttered a prayer of thanks for its guerrilla blessing. I predict a comparable phenomenon for you in the coming days, Aquarius.


(feb. 19-March 20): The coming days will be a favorable time to dig up what has been buried. you can, if you choose, discover hidden agendas, expose deceptions, see beneath the masks and dissolve delusions. but it’s my duty to ask you this: Is that really something you want to do? It would be fun and sexy to liberate so much trapped emotion and suppressed energy, but it could also stir up a mind-bending ruckus that propels you on a healing quest. I hope you decide to go for the gusto, but I’ll understand if you prefer to play it safe.

aries (March 21-April 19): If I warned you not to trust anyone, I hope you would reject my simplistic fear-mongering. If I suggested that you trust everyone unconditionally, I hope you would dismiss my delusional naiveté. but it’s important to acknowledge that the smart approach is far more difficult than those two extremes. you’ve got to evaluate each person and even each situation on a case-by-case basis. There may be unpredictable folks who are trustworthy some of the time, but not always. Can you be both affably openhearted and slyly discerning? It’s especially important that you do so in the next 16 days.

I arrived, I was dazzled to find a vast spread of minerals, fossils, gemstones, and beads. Within a few minutes, two stones had commanded my attention, as if they’d reached out to me telepathically: chrysoprase, a green gemstone, and petrified wood, a mineralized fossil streaked with earth tones. The explanatory note next to the chrysoprase said that if you keep this gem close to you, it “helps make conscious what has been unconscious.” ownership of the petrified wood was described as conferring “the power to remove obstacles.” I knew these were the exact oracles you needed. I bought both stones, took them home and put them on an altar dedicated to your success in the coming weeks.

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Women seeking Women Seductive Spicy Fun Hello. I am married, and my husband and I are looking to spice things up! I am also looking for someone to have fun with not only behind closed doors but in everyday life as well. LeahPp2, 25, l Shy and interested I am married yet curious about women. I want to test the waters and act on these feelings. Are you the one who wants to enter our circle? He wants to either watch or be involved. GreenEyes86, 29 l

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Athletic, funny, smart and kind This is the hard part. How does one describe their attributes without sounding like a pompous, selfabsorbed ass? Let it suffice to say I am a really nice person with a really nice life, and I am interested in finding someone special to spend time with. I look forward to getting to know you! Carpe diem! Letsdothis, 53 l

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Skier lady seeks kindred spirit I am spirited, joyful and a bit irreverent. I love to ski, especially in the backcountry. I am artistic, intelligent, positive, happy. I love nature, animals and care about the environment. I’d like to to find an honest man with a sense of humor who likes to do the same things I like to do: bike riding, dancing, concerts, travel. empresszoe, 60 l Life can be beautiful I am a tall, somewhat gregarious woman who loves laughing, food, museums, the arts and being with my family. I have two kids, 21 and 17, who are good people. I like trying new restaurants, shows and just enjoying who I am with. I grew up in the city, but Vermont is home. We have just this one life... Artlover68, 47 l Follow your heart I enjoy the outdoors: gardening, walking my dogs, camping, etc. I keep myself in decent shape. Volunteering is near and dear to me. I am looking for someone with similar interests and beliefs to be a lifelong friend. A LTR with someone who is open to marriage. Possibilities do exist; I am open to exploring them. Could it be with you? SunL1ght, 52 l Live to Laugh I love to laugh and find the beauty in situations and other people. When not working, I’m home with my son and two dogs doing mom stuff, homework, fetch, backyard archery, the basics. Keeping a mix of adventure and routine makes life interesting. Looking for someone to share life’s ups, downs and middles. A coconspirator, copilot and collaborator. WorkingOnIt, 36 l

smiling all ways Hey, I’m a happy, healthy, active responsible single mom who is being prodded by friends to “get out there” (“Where?” I say), so here is my “getting out there” thing. I love watching sports, reading, walking daily, hiking as often as possible, and most of all laughing and being with friends and family. Looking for someone who is secure and fun! ithinkso, 53 Outgoing, Adventurous, Dance, Travel! I don’t like to take life too seriously, but I like to have intellectual conversations. I’m ready to be in a mature relationship. I’d like to meet a man who is independent but has room in his life for a relationship. I like to go out dancing and am always up for trying new things. danceteachervt, 37 l Testing the waters! I am looking to meet new friends for going out to listen to music and dancing, hiking and enjoying the seasons. Suz, 65 looking for a kidded soul I have been single for several years, and I’m looking for someone to share my life with. I enjoy the simple things in life: spending time outside, photography, the arts and spending time with friends. I like to go out and explore the world around me or have a quiet night at home. midwgal, 41 l Feisty Redhead I love preparing a nice dinner or enjoying a lovely meal out. I could cozy up with a movie or go out to see live music. I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends and laughing at nothing in particular at all! My all-time favorite thing to do is watch a good thunderstorm on my porch! ktvtgirl, 32 l

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want to share Looking for more adult company. Play bridge and walk with my dogs, but want to share with a special person of my vintage. Let’s meet and see what happens from there. ANNYLOUIE, 76 Win a Trip to Hawaii! You must be ... fun! Look good in bathing suit. Be skilled at entertaining toddlers (not mine). The merman to my mermaid. Cheerful during looong travel days (I recommend carrying a snack bag). Appreciate/respect/admire vegetarians, even if you’re a carnivore. Open to leis but do not expect them. Interested in spirituality — huna, kahuna, ho’oponopono? Intensive screening process. Apply today! Aloha2016, 28 l Genuine and Funny I am looking for someone who is looking for something a little deeper. I want to be open and real with someone, but I also want to be able to go on awesome adventures with them. I want to be able to share my love for the outdoors and all of the recreational things it has to offer. LiZiE, 21 l Have you been to Scotland? Love a great conversation and a good laugh. Enjoying life anew now that everyone is out on their own. I enjoy the arts, good food, travel, animals, a good read, the waterfront and being on the water. Looking for someone with whom to enjoy life! Shawndeb, 61 l Dancer, gardener, lover of life Hi, I love to garden, cook and eat good food. I teach both dance and Spanish and dabble in photography. I have a great sense of humor and am quick to see the humorous side of life. I love Vermont but have an urban edge, having come from NYC. I’m looking for someone with similar interests for fun and companionship. Dancer55, 60 l

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Looking for Mr. Just Right Fit guy, 5’11”, 175 lbs., blue, blond, omnivore. Seeking man who is as at home in Tevas as in a tux, who is courteous, compassionate, loving and adventurous. Let’s take our differences and celebrate them together. Pick a movie, and we’ll make a night of it. bonmecvtqc1, 63

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Looking for real love I’m looking for a good woman, one with values and morals who is true to herself. Honesty is a must! I’m not perfect myself and don’t expect anyone who is. We all have flaws, and they make us who we are. Sandmannorth, 46 l Confident, not ignorant So I am a healer. I’m looking to get out of this weird social-media dating. Just not for me. I can have a kinky side, but l’m more conservative. I love to play music. I snowboard and have a cat. Healinghands0420, 27, l

Roadtrek Easygoing. Looking for a travel partner to explore the world. travelingman, 59 l Indefatigable writer, Unrepentant theater nerd Flatlander who loves mountain life and the smell of horses and gasoline. I am looking for an artistically minded woman who would love a day in nature as much as a day in bed collapsing into one another. writingflatlander, 31 l I’m seeking outdoorsy, fun lady I’m an outgoing, friendly guy seeking an NSA warm friendship with a caring female. I enjoy walks on the beach and hikes in the mountains. I’m looking to keep things lighthearted and really just physical due to my not wanting to be exclusive with anyone. I only engage in safe sex, and I’m defiantly not a risk taker. VTGUY1970, 45 good old vermonter I’m a 75-y/o Vermont man who has been widow for six years. I’m looking for a long-term relationship with an honest, caring woman who likes traveling in a car and has the love of antiques. roadman1940, 75 l Seeking my better half I’m an easygoing man with a good heart. I like to read, listen to good music and go for walks, and I like the outdoors. I consider myself romantic, caring, passionate, loving and a good kisser. I’m spontaneous and love to laugh. I love traveling and spending time with my partner cuddling. kindestheart, 54, l BE HERE NOW Looking to share my time with someone. I am a down-to-earth, out-of-the-box thinker. I love food and dance and art and love. I am more of the old-school romantic type. I like to live life. I like to explore and meet new people. Life is an adventure. Just trying to explore with someone similar. bpenquin, 25 l Today’s the day Looking to meet a woman who is much like my friends, flexible and comfortable in most situations. You are more apt to find me outside working or playing than inside. Enjoy a good show and have even been known to dance if the music is good. What’s on your wish list? Ironic15, 57 l Moving on to Love again “Moving on” or starting afresh is the most difficult decision for every human being to make toward our career, family, friends and especially in finding true love and happiness. Finding love again might be daunting, but my heart is open and I’m positive about giving it a try. I hope for a happy ending! Lovingheart, 60 l All-Around Good Guy Likable and friendly, I admit I am quick to help my friends and family. I like sports, music, concerts, dining out, playing guitar. I’m a dedicated dad to my three grown children. I am looking for a committed, loving partnership with a woman whose disarming smile, kind heart, slim-to-medium figure and easygoing nature drive me wild! NJDane, 63

Homebody, patient, relaxed, selfsufficient Are you a bit of an isolationist? Do you enjoy being alone most of the time but are looking for some companionship regardless? Oh, you aren’t? OK, never mind, you should probably move on to the next guy. But hey, maybe you’re like me and just want to sit down and watch a movie after work. Let’s talk. Andrew6, 29 l Adventure, travel, active local guy Hi. I’m a retired, sincere, honest guy looking for a friend to spend time with, day trips, hiking, dining, dancing. I usually head south for part of the winter, but I also enjoy snowshoeing in Vermont. Hoping to find a local person with similar interests. rangerrobin, 67 l emotional, funny, high school graduate I’ve recently graduated from high school and am heading off to a trade school for collision auto body. I love to go for walks and write music. I’m shy at first, but when I get to know the people I tend to get a little rambunctious. I’ve been told I’m funny. Chrisdolan19, 19 l Fun, Gentle, Sweet I’ve reached a point in my life where new adventures are hopefully the norm. Some of my hobbies are PingPong, pool and golf as well as enjoying all of Vermont’s five seasons. My favorite things are romantic sunsets and cozy fires after a long day of adventures and hard work. Good companionship is a must. Try me on for size. XO. Newlife532, 53 l emotionally available submissive male I’m looking for my better half and someone to love who will love me back. I’m submissive by nature and I love to please. I suffered a cardiac arrest last year so my fine motor skills are off and I walk funny. Looking for a woman who wears the pants and who isn’t afraid to try new things. ericbinvt, 48 l vermonter, humorous, traveler Quietly humorous country man seeks humorous lady. piper123, 62 Old Car Guy Young at heart, comical, fun, spontaneous. Like laughter, comedy, watching movies at home or out, weekend rides, walks, just being together. Carguy, 72 found me! I do exist I am a kind, caring, giving and loving man who is genuinely looking for the same in a relationship. Someone to have good times with and someone to be there for in bad times to share things with another and to experience new things with and enjoy the world around. countryboy6977, 29 looking for that one Easygoing, honest guy searching but not finding. I am busy in life, but it’s time to relax and share my life with someone. dlmek2000, 53 l

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Fall Fun Just looking to find some fun around town. Free spirit who loves to drink and have a good time. Not always free to do what I want when I want, but when I make time for what I want, I want it. I am just a down chick. kerann, 29 l Nonmonogamous Masochist Princess Seeking Playmates Bisexual masochist nonmonogamous bottom with a curious appetite. I’m really into impact play, rope/bondage and the D/s dynamic. I’m looking for friends, FWBs and play partners for regular meetups, and I am open to finding a Dom/ me. If any of this piques your curiosity, get at me. <3. AliensVsUnicorns, 24 l I’d rather be having sex Woman seeks man for fun, mutually pleasing sex. 100% DDF, you also. FWB preferred, respectful, caring. No drama. Enjoy laughing (because sometimes it’s just plain funny). Curious, playful. Perfection in technique not desired/ offered. Enthusiastic, open mind. Can host sometimes. Let’s tire each other out. Ready201508, 60 milf wants some fun Single, mid-thirties lady wants to explore her extra-feminine side more. Want a sexy pet girl to play with and make her purr. Like to be outdoors and music of all sorts. Welcome friends, sexy girls and couples. Mainly curious, but could be more... cala, 36

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Bored, looking for action Looking for a woman who wants discreet, NSA sexual encounters. Let’s have a drink, see if we click and get down to business. I am DD-free and expect the same from you. Dilfman, 45 Mature, fun, sexy, funny, exciting Mature male looking for mature females. Savanah, 61 l

Somewhat Curious We’re a young professional couple, looking to see if anyone is out there with similar interests. We’re fairly low-key, looking to grab a drink first to see if there’s any chemistry. vermontcpl, 25, l Singing sea I am a soft-skinned, curvy strawberry blonde with dark blue eyes. I love to dress in my sexy outfits and high heels and dance on my pole! I work full time at a professional job and part time at another. I am looking for male/ female couples and single women. Give me a shout! inkedone, 47 Sexy Couple For fun Hello, we are a couple in our twenties looking to spruce things up a bit! We love to have fun in the bedroom, and lots of it! Looking for some people who wanna play, too. CodaLe1, 25 l Seeking Luscious Lips Long-committed, healthy, happy couple seeking fun, lighthearted adventure. TheSweetKind, 41 Couple seeks Unicorns Sexy, fit, active, social, attractive couple (man and woman) seeks single lady/ ladies for two-, three- or four-way fun. Please be HWP, nonsmoker, between 21 and 50. GF seeks first time with you; I can join in and be the weenie and toy master. Check the online ad for pics. Don’t be shy — life’s too short for unsatisfied desires. 121447, 47 l Curious Open Couple We are an open-minded couple looking for the same. FWB are always fun, but honesty and trust are key for us. We are professionals, clean, no drugs, no drama. We would love to start slow and make friends, and if the chemistry is there, the possibilities are endless! TwoUnicorns, 38 l Fuck me while he watches We are new to this site. We are a fun couple looking for someone to fuck me while my man watches. We want someone very discreet, into pleasing me and putting on a great show for him. He may even want to join in. We are open and willing to try new things. brim123, 41

My boyfriend and I have been together for more than two years, and he has yet to say “I love you.” He is sweet and caring and he does a lot of nice things for me. He buys me gifts; we have vacationed together. He is supportive and I feel like I can count on him for anything. But he has never declared his love, and I feel like he needs to say it for this relationship to move forward. I haven’t used the L word, either, but I am afraid if I say it, he won’t say it back. We’re not kids. We are both 62 and retired. I’m divorced, and he is a widower. I don’t think this relationship can continue to grow unless he says it and I say it, too. What advice can you offer me?


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If you love him, tell him. The worst that can happen is you tell him and he replies that he doesn’t feel the same. It would be awful and hurtful. But you’d get through it, one day at a time. You might be sad, disappointed and heartbroken, but it’s better to know. And you should prepare yourself for the possibility of this scenario. On the other hand, if you tell him and he replies with a resounding “ditto,” great! You can ride off into the sunset relieved and blissful. But you won’t know unless you tell him. He won’t know, either. And maybe he’s waiting for you to say it. Maybe he’s not big on words. He might find it easier to give gifts. Ask yourself: If you could be convinced that he loves you without saying so, would you be satisfied? How much do the words themselves matter? If hearing “I love you” is the only thing standing in the way of your continued relationship, then by all means bring it up. Call him up and ask him over — tonight! At a propitious moment, hug his shoulders, make eye contact and plant a big ol’ “I love you” on him. Don’t bother dimming the lights or lighting scented candles; just say it with sincerity and confidence and a smile. And if you’re left with silence, don’t leave it at that, or this issue will keep haunting you. Tell him it’s important to you to know how he feels. The moment is now. Go for it.



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Summer of Love I’ve been told that in the “real” world I’m pretty and powerful. In the bedroom I’m looking for a handsome man who is willing to slowly take all of my power away so that all I want to do is submit and worship him. I am a professional and very well-educated. I am clean and expect the same. meme99, 34 l

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SwEEt EAtEN’S SugAr HouSE DiSH rEStorEr You come into where I work often and brighten my day. You seem interested in conversation, but I am frequently pulled away because of work. I’m putting this out there with hope that this will make it back to the sugar House kitchen! Maybe get to know you on a hike before the winter comes? I’ll bring the kombucha and carab bites! when: Friday, october 2, 2015. where: First Friday in wrJ. You: man. me: woman. #913187 colcHEStEr SHAw’S/oSco You’re a beautiful pharmacist at the osco. We chatted once about the weather when you filled out a prescription. Would love to get to know you more. when: Friday, october 2, 2015. where: Shaw’s, colchester. You: woman. me: man. #913186 Counterpoint NEwSpApEr coVEr saw you on the cover, fell right in love. You’re awesome, and you know it! Can’t forget you, ‘cause you’re on every calendar! I love you, april. —Guess Who? when: tuesday, June 2, 2015. where: Counterpoint newspaper cover. You: woman. me: woman. #913185 VEtEriNAriAN? DENtiSt? NopE, AN lNA! on a Monday morning, my friend and I had a bet on what you did for work. You seemed very cool, and you’re extremely cute. I had the suit on. not sure what your status is, but I hope to see you soon! when: monday, September 21, 2015. where: the Bagel café. You: woman. me: man. #913184 KYliE At muDDY wAtErS... You still had your cast on your wrist and were getting it removed that day. We had a very brief chat, as I was in a rush, but I would love to continue that chat sometime. reaching out to the void in hopes that this message will find its way to you. Hope to hear from you soon. when: Friday, September 25, 2015. where: muddy waters. You: woman. me: man. #913183

BEAutiFul, ENgAgiNg rEDHEAD/BloNDE Beautiful redhead on the beach north of the dog park, briefly meditating. Incense, thoughtful, spiritual, amazing bikini. Grocery on north ave., Church st., wearing a great pair of jeans. I’m smitten. Me: on the beach with a book and a beach chair. We said a brief hello in the grocery. reach out sometime; maybe we’ll meet for coffee.

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