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An early start and a cold spring made last season a close-to-record year for Vermont ski resorts, with more than 4.5 million visits. Frosty!



Yes votes: 261 No votes: 99 Total votes: 360


Yes votes: 346 No votes: 187 Total votes: 533



Pssst ... wanna buy an island? The one in the middle of Island Pond is for sale — for $1.975 million. Cheaper than a house in Stowe, though.


Yes votes: 355 No votes: 179 Total votes: 534



That’s the average price dairy farmers in Vermont got per 100 pounds of milk in April, up from $12 in 2009. The number of dairy farms in the state has plummeted over the past five years due to low milk prices, but international demand for dairy products is driving prices higher.

The Housing Discrimination Law Project found that local landlords are discriminating against families and recent immigrants. Isn’t it hard enough to find digs here?

1. “Doors Close at Fatty’s BBQ and Koval’s Coffee” by Alice Levitt. Burlington and Hinesburg are bidding farewell to two longtime culinary establishments. 2. “Burlington Considers Its Parking Options” by Ken Picard. Parking in Burlington is not as bad as you think, and it’s about to get better. 3. “Suspended Licenses and Big, Big Fines” by Mark Davis. Roughly 18,000 Vermonters have suspended driver’s licenses — many for failing to pay traffic tickets or fines. 4. “Governors United: Shumlin’s DGA Fights Connecticut’s Campaign Finance Law” by Paul Heintz. The national organization headed by Gov. Peter Shumlin is suing the state of Connecticut to weaken its campaign finance system. 5. “Bolton Valley Presents Hop Jam” by Hannah Palmer Egan. On tap for late August: another new beer and music festival.

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Yes votes: 432 No votes: 394 Total votes: 826



Yes votes: 740 No votes: 479 Total votes: 1,219

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a law raising Vermont’s minimum wage to $10.50 by 2018 — almost enough to pay for health insurance.

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he second time really was the charm — Burlington voters approved the school budget on June 3 by a 71-vote margin, not 68 votes as initially tallied on the night of the election. We know this because on Monday WARD 4 night, officials did a Yes votes: 668 recount. Resident Dale No votes: 936 Tillotson asked for it Total votes: 1,604 since the results had been so close. Vote counters from the Board of Civil Authority, whose members include city councilors and Mayor Miro Weinberger, came up with 3,260 votes in favor of the budget and 3,189 opposed. Alicia Freese described the scene in the Off Message blog late Monday. After three and a half hours of tedious counting, one additional “yes” vote was found in Ward 5 and two fewer “no” votes in Ward 7. It was a sparsely attended event, though school board chair Patrick Halladay and Brian Cina, another school board member, stayed until the end. Looks like this is really the end of a tumultuous budget season for the district, which saw its initial budget rejected by voters in March. The $67.4 million budget approved last week is actually higher than the initial proposal, though the tax rate increase — at 7.2 percent — is lower because of changing calculations in the statewide tax rate. So the budget is set, but the fiscal maneuvering continues. The district on Monday asked the city for a loan of $2.6 million to cover the current fiscal year’s deficit, the Burlington Free Press’ April Burbank reported.


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Your review of our new album was disappointing and, for your sake, embarrassing [Music Review: Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe, May 21]. Reviewer Benjamin Welton starts off the piece by dismissing an entire genre of rock music and then horribly stereotyping its fans. Our fans. The job of a music reviewer is to rate the music within the context of its genre. The job of Dan Bolles as the music editor is to weed out petty snobbery and personal agendas. Both failed unquestionably on those marks. Welton writes, “Don’t deceive yourself into thinking about ... critical acceptance.” It was clear from this first paragraph that the writer was intent on hating the album. It was also clear, given a few factual errors, the writer didn’t really listen to the album before debasing it. Our lyricist did not “play” on the album, kid. To be clear, we are not upset about the criticism of our album because, frankly, the journalism was just so puerile. That name-calling and over-simplified level of discourse has its place on cable news and anonymous website comments — not in Seven Days. This same newspaper gave our other album an intelligent and even-handed review just one year ago. We didn’t expect effusive praise — nor would we find any real value in that, either. But bashing progressive rock is


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Sorry to be so formal with a letter to the editor and all, but I’ve gotta take a public stand for a much-maligned musical genre that has yet again taken a beating — this time in the pages of my favorite paper! Just read the review of Elephants of Scotland’s latest, and it took me aback [Music Review: Elephants of Scotland, Execute and Breathe, May 21]. Any review that begins with a sweeping, judgmental dismissal of an entire musical genre and its fans is not going to go well for a band from that genre. Seems unfair for someone with a displayed — and contradictory — apathetic loathing for progressive rock to review a new CD from a progressive rock band. Worse, your writer’s “opinion” is really a regurgitation of the mainstream, Jann Wenner-and-Rolling Stonebolstered negative stereotype they’ve been flogging since the genre’s inception. Adding error to injury, the review is factually incorrect in its assessment of

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Unlike many who have recently written on American Apparel [Feedback: “Enough American Apparel,” June 4], I do not consider images of a woman’s naked body “offensive” or “insulting.” I understand where they are coming from, and I agree that women of all stripes ought to be empowered and see their agency affirmed. However, as a model, I always take umbrage at the notion that my racier photos are evidence of my objectification and exploitation: If the choice is mine to make, then I am subject rather than object. It’s insulting, and implies I need saving from myself to say otherwise. If the women who pose for American Apparel are treated well and compensated fairly, I see no issue with their images. Don’t forget that there are human beings behind these photos. Don’t diminish their agency. That seems an awful lot like — dare I say it — objectification. My feminism affirms all women’s choices about their bodies, whether or not others approve.

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apolitical demeanor. But running for office and asking people for their time, money and votes takes a certain self-confidence, misplaced or not. And in seemingly every interview he gives, the lackadaisical maybe-kinda-sorta candidate seems intent on making clear he thinks he’s got no chance of winning. That’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Republican strategists are quick to argue that their focus has never been on winning statewide races in 2014, but rather on picking up seats in the legislature. “I think that our priorities are where they should be: in the House and Senate,” says Vermont GOP political director BRENT BURNS. “We have to build a bench for us to be successful in the future.” That’s true, but building a bench means fielding candidates for state treasurer and auditor — not just state rep from Rutland. And without compelling candidates at the top of the ticket, it’s pretty hard to turn out your voters in a nothingburger of a midterm election. So, could things get any worse for the Vermont GOP? Yes, if one of Scott’s two opponents — Democrat JOHN BAUER or Progressive DEAN CORREN — qualifies for public financing by Thursday, giving either up to $200,000 to lob at the Republicans’ last man standing.

Or if Milne pulls the plug on his protocandidacy shortly before Thursday’s deadline. Then the only one left on the Republican ballot might be EMILY PEYTON, the Putney leftie who runs for office nearly every election. But don’t worry. Sunderland says “there’s other people” who could still get in the race. Asked Tuesday morning whether such mystery candidates could collect 500 signatures by the deadline, Sunderland said, “In 48 hours? I guess it’s possible.”

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Last week, Sanders got a second chance. With the nation suddenly focused on veterans’ issues, owing to the lingering scandal over long wait times and falsified records at Veterans Administration hospitals, Congress was eager to act — on something. The House passed legislation making it easier to fire senior VA officials, but Senate Democrats balked, worrying the bill stripped workers of their rights. Early last week, Sanders prepared to introduce his own legislative response, which included several provisions from his February bill. Meanwhile, Burr and three Republican colleagues, including Sen. John mccAin (R-Ariz.), did the same — only their bill focused on allowing those facing long wait times or living more than 40 miles from a VA hospital to seek private care on the public dime. Then something unusual happened. Instead of dismissing Senate Republicans and attempting to jam through his own proposal, Sanders sat down at the negotiating table. “He had been looking for a Republican to talk to about this and had been reaching out to Sen. Burr and getting nowhere,” says michAel bRiggs, Sanders’ spokesman. But McCain, who represents the Phoenix VA facility at the center of the scandal, was willing to bargain. Starting last Wednesday, he and Sanders held a series of face-to-face meetings “to see what they could agree on,” Briggs says. By Thursday afternoon, they’d struck a deal, which they proceeded to outline on the Senate floor. “Reaching a compromise among people who look at the world very differently is not easy, but in this process Sen. John McCain of Arizona and I have tried our best to come forward with an agreement,” Sanders told his colleagues. “It’s an agreement which I’m sure he’s not 100 percent happy about, and, I can fully assure you, I am not 100 percent happy about.” Most important to Sanders, the bill would authorize the VA to lease 26 major medical facilities in 18 states and invest $500 million in hiring new doctors and nurses. Most important to McCain, it would create a two-year trial period during which underserved veterans could seek care at non-VA facilities. Acceptable to all, it would make it easier to discipline VA managers, while affording them the right to appeal. In his remarks on the floor, McCain seemed pleased with his unlikely new partnership. “I’d like to say to the senator from Vermont that I respect a great deal the work that he has done on this legislation,” he said. “I respect the fact that Bernie Sanders is known as a fighter. And it’s been a pleasure to do combat with him.” m


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police, and keep protesters and the public safe. “There’s roles; there’s practice that goes into this,” said Keith Brunner, a volunteer organizer with Rising Tide Vermont, the grassroots environmental group that organized Monday’s protest and also gathered more than 40 participants on a sunny hillside in Charlotte to study up, and forge connections, for those to come. The weekend was part summer camp, part academic conference. Panel discussions (“Local Resistence: Stories from the Campaign to Stop the Fracked Gas Pipeline”) and workshops (“Putting Our Bodies On the Line: Intro to Blockade Tactics”) took place alongside campfires and art projects. Volunteer medics gently reminded the participants to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Abundant meals appeared at regular intervals from a makeshift, open-air kitchen. Brunner admitted that, to more mainstream onlookers, the protesters might appear like “a bunch of hippies.” After all, how many gatherings routinely start with participants introducing themselves by clarifying the gender pronoun by which they’d like to be addressed? Their ages spanned decades. There were twentysomethings in Earth First! T-shirts alongside middle-aged parents. Brunner said pipeline proponents tend to paint all of the activists as “extremists” or “outside agitators” — a spin that works, he said, but isn’t accurate. Jeb Wallace-Brodeur


crowd of banner-toting, songsinging activists camped out Monday morning in front of 112 State Street in Montpelier, the home of the Public Service Board and Vermont’s Public Service Department. Wearing white jumpsuits meant to highlight the concerns about soil and water contamination, the protesters had trekked to Vermont’s capital to object to the imminent construction of a natural gas pipeline to Addison County. They waved signs, made speeches and raised their voices: “We shall not give up the fight,” the protesters sang out. “We have only started.” It’s more than a catchy lyric. Organizers behind the growing pipeline opposition say that they’ll be engaging more and more in so-called “direct action” protests. That means street theater, demonstrations, marches and banner-waving — and yes, occasionally risking arrest in nonviolent acts of disobedience. The goal? Drum up media attention, be a thorn in the side of Vermont Gas and hopefully put an end to a pipeline on which construction is scheduled to begin this month. Vermont Gas spokesman Steve Wark said the possibility of more protests didn’t come as a surprise to the company. He declined to specify which steps it’s taking to prepare for further protests, or to comment on who Vermont Gas has consulted for advice moving forward, saying both would be “counterproductive.” “Civil disobedience, as long as it doesn’t injure somebody or break the law — we’re fine with it,” said Wark. “We look at it as a type of dialogue. However, breaking the law is where we draw the line.” He was referring in part to an incident on May 27, during which 31-year-old Sara Mehalick was arrested for chaining herself to the front door of the Vermont Gas headquarters in South Burlington. The gas company has claimed an employee was assaulted in the process — an allegation protestors deny. At least in theory, these protesters will be better prepared next time. Monday’s rally was the capstone event of a weekend-long camp designed to train organizers in the techniques of direct action — including how to deal with media, de-escalate tensions with

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Rising Tide Vermont, Brunner said, is dedicated to using “all the tools in the toolbox.” That means continuing to engage in so-called “indirect” action — lobbying legislators and participating in the regulatory process, for example. But direct action is important, too, he said, as “a form of power.” Henry Harris, a fellow Rising Tide organizer, agreed. “Regular working-class people don’t have a lot of resources” to engage in the regulatory process, said Harris, especially compared to their adversaries in the corporate world. “They’re only left with a couple of tactics to outpace them.” Harris chatted en route to a tent where he was scheduled to lead an intro to direct action workshop in a few moments. Contrary to allegations that protesters are merely “dangerous” or “violent,” he said, most participants in direct actions have hours of training under their belts. Though Harris’ workshop started off on a silly note — with Harris pantomiming driving a backhoe, and another workshop leader urging the participants to stop the make-believe destruction of someone’s land — it was serious-minded. Participants dissected quotes about direct action from thinkers such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Audre Lorde — for instance, picking apart the layers of meaning in one excerpt from King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” in which he writes that nonviolent direct

action must “create such a crisis and establish such creative tension that a community that has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue.” “It’s preparation, it’s decorum, it’s about the adherence to the plan,” said Harris. “It’s a serious thing that needs to be treated in a serious way,” said Brunner. The activists said that was the mindset they took into the May 27 action. Bubbling beneath the surface at the weekend camp —  in conversations between panel discussions — was frustration at how that protest in South Burlington played out. Rising Tide maintains it was a peaceful event, and accuses Vermont Gas of leading a “smear campaign against the nonviolent activists.” Last week South Burlington police were still seeking information about three male participants: two who entered Vermont Gas’ headquarters, ascended to the roof, and unfurled a banner in protest; and one wanted for questioning about the alleged assault. The police turned to Facebook for leads, posting a surveillance photo and a snapshot from the day and asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the three men. South Burlington detective Ron Bliss said that based on statements and video footage from the protest, the police are confident an assault took place. “In their haste to do what they were doing, they


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pushed the employee aside,” said Bliss, who alleges that the protesters started “swinging a chain” and stuck a Vermont Gas employee. “She was hit with it. She was injured. It is that simple,” said Bliss. Two of the protesters in question stepped forward late last week in a news conference at the Monkton home of Nate and Jane Palmer, whose farm lies on the proposed pipeline route. Harris and Will Bennington hung the banner from the gas company headquarters. “We did not break any laws and we are proud of what we did,” said Harris and Bennington in a statement on Friday. “The real criminal is Vermont Gas, who continues to lie about the events of that day, and violate the rights of communities from Alberta to Vermont.” Direct action campaigns have precedent in Vermont. In 1984, 44 Vermonters waged a sit-in in the Winooski offices of Sen. Robert Stafford in protest of the senator’s support for selling arms to Nicaraguan contras. The “Winooski 44” were arrested on trespassing charges, but ultimately acquitted on a “necessity” defense that found they were justified in breaking the law. More recently, environmental activists waged a decades-long effort against the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. More than 130 were arrested “calmly and without any confrontation” at an event in 2012, according to an Associated Press report, “with obvious signs that protesters and police had worked out the logistics beforehand.” “Every successful social movement in history has depended on direct action,” Brian Tokar, director of the Institute for Social Ecology and a lecturer in environmental studies at the University of Vermont, told the activists in a Saturday morning panel discussion. “What’s exciting about this generation of activists is they’re super smart and have really taken the time to understand the lessons of past movements,” he said. Controversial as it might be, activists say that breaking laws is occasionally necessary to ramp up their fight against what they see as environmental injustices. Maeve McBride, the coordinator of the Vermont chapter of the environmental group, was one of more than 1,300 arrested at the White House in 2011 during two weeks of protests against the Keystone XL pipeline.

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n math, it’s customary to “show your work.” That’s because the calculations en route to a solution may reveal more about the student than his or her final answer. The same could be said of the Burlington School District, but officials skipped over some key steps when explaining its recent budget crisis. In mid-April, as news about the district’s finances grew more alarming, Patrick Halladay, the school board chair, ordered superintendent Jeanne Collins to stop talking to the media. By mid-May, Collins agreed to resign, effective June 30, but she and the board also signed a legal vow of silence. The resignation of her finance director, David Larcombe, the following day generated no more information about the situation. In search of a fuller and unscripted account of what went awry, Seven Days asked for emails dating back to December exchanged among Collins, Larcombe and four key board members: current chair Patrick Halladay, former chair Alan Matson, current finance committee chair Miriam Stoll and Keith Pillsbury, the former finance chair, who is also resigning on June 30. The roughly 3,300 pages Seven Days received provide a behindthe-scenes view of this year’s budget planning process, during which calculations changed daily and various conflicts arose. Shortly after voters rejected the first budget proposal, the public learned that it had been calculated incorrectly. Last week, a higher budget that corrects for those errors passed by 68 votes; a recount determined the final margin was 71 votes. There’s no smoking gun or “gotcha” moment in the emails, but they illustrate the breakdown in relations between Collins and the board. Tensions between them predated the discovery of the fiscal year 2014 deficit and the errors contained within 2015 budget proposal. In an email from early January, Matson posed what turns out to be the $2.5 million question.

From: Alan Matson

From: Jeanne Collins

To: David Larcombe, Jeanne Collins, Keith Pillsbury

To: Alan Matson March 19, 10:57 A.M.

January 7, 3:58 p.m.

Subject: Re: Media requests

Subject: Budget deficits and how they hinder the budgeting process David, Ideally I would like to ask a particular question or two tonight about what we know today, regarding our FY 2014 budget. In 2012, we only realized after the budget process that we were going to be in a deficit. This did not allow us to adjust our budget planning process for 2013 appropriately. Q: Is it possible that the FY 2013 budget deficit will cause the same problem with the FY 15 budget? I want to make certain this process is not rolling over year to year. (I don’t think it is… but I would like to hear your assessment.) Q: Where do you think we are with this year’s budget and should we be adjusting any of our spending or revenue numbers for FY 15 to reflect our better information […]

From: Alan Matson To: Jeanne Collins, Daniel Baron [Consultant] January 15, 12:36 p.m. Subject: Perspective and issue for discussion I would like to spend as much time, with the two of you, talking about how the significant errors in our budget were uncovered and then presented to the Board.

From: Jeanne Collins To: David Larcombe January 16, 12:49 p.m. Subject: Budget […] Also, I want to talk about a meeting of you, me Keith and Alan to walk through the entire budget to see if other questions come up or other possible findings might occur. I know there is a credibility issue right now with Alan and some others and I want to do all we can to nip it and respond to it effectively.

The emails were taken from 3,300 sheets of paper provided by the district

In a later email to Seven Days, Matson explained the “significant errors” he had been referencing: “On the 14th ... the night the board approved the budget that would be on the ballot, there were a couple significant accounting corrections that David made to the budget we were considering. One change was that the deficit from FY 12 had been included twice in the calculation of the tax rate, overstating the tax rate. And the 2nd related to double counting expenditures for internally run tuition programs ... I think it was for On Top and/or Horizons. Both of these had led to overstating our expected tax rate increase to that point.” Hyper-conscious of public reaction, much of the internal strife sprang from how and when to present news to the city at large. The most pointed exchanges took place not in reaction to the discovery of the deficits but during debates about how to disclose them. In late February, Larcombe uncovered what he thought was an error on his part that would have resulted in a $1.6 million deficit. With assistance from the state Agency of Education, he later determined that he’d made no such mistake, but in the meantime, Matson informed the mayor and city council president of the potential problem. Getting left out of communications among the city administration, board members and the public became one of Collins’ reoccurring complaints.

[…] I am dismayed at the escalation before we know the extent of the problem. I understand you are communicating to the city. Not including me in that communication cuts me off at the knees. Do you plan to work together on this?

During the same incident, Stoll questioned the accuracy of information provided by Larcombe and prodded Collins to be more prompt about explaining the situation to the public: “I urge you to immediately disclose this to the State, City officials and the public, and to do this in a way that is fully transparent, deliberate and understandable.” Stoll and other board members frequently butted heads with Collins about the availability of financial data. Stoll et al claimed to have trouble getting basic financial information from the administration; Collins responded that the barrage of requests was overburdening her understaffed central office. Workload wasn’t the only reason for their resistance: In one email, Larcombe predicted that board members would “get lost” in the numbers. In another exchange, Stoll and another board member, Scot Shumski, requested a copy of the line-item budget in Excel format — a living spreadsheet that would let them work with the numbers. Collins sent them a PDF — a static document — explaining she felt it to be the more “appropriate” format. In various emails, Stoll, Halladay and Collins each acknowledged the limits of their knowledge of the district’s finances.


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David Larcombe: Director of finance. Announced his resignation effective June 30th the day after Collins agreed to step down. Alan Matson: Current school board member. Served as school board chair until April 7. Patrick Halladay: Current board chair. Keith Pillsbury: Served as chair of the school board finance committee until April 7. Will resign from the board, effective June 30. Miriam Stoll: Current finance committee chair. Scot Shumski: New school board member, elected in March.

From: Jeanne Collins To: David Larcombe March 17, 10:30 p.m. Subject: Finance Committee debriefing […] I am green in this area, which makes me more vulnerable to Alan’s barbs. I am not really battle hardened, at least not by choice. Things are hard right now but until told otherwise, I will see us through them [...]

From: Patrick Halladay To: Jeanne Collins April 9, 11:19 a.m. Subject: Re: audit story […] And a question I just don’t know … When we run a deficit, where does the money come from? [...]

Before they knew the full implications of the auditor’s report, Halladay and Collins quibbled over the wording of the press release announcing the results — specifically, about who deserved credit for commissioning the report. From: Patrick Halladay

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To: Jeanne Collins April 12, 3:16 p.m. Subject: Re: Deficit report with a press release to be sent out first thing Monday morning [...] I noticed that there is a fairly large mistake in the first sentence. As opposed to the Burlington School District requesting, if (sic) should read that the Burlington School District board requested. I do think this is substantive […]

From: Jeanne Collins To: Patrick Halladay

To: Patrick Halladay

April 12, 3:21 p.m.

April 9, 11:33 a.m. Subject: Re: audit story

Although, fyi, the idea to do this was the district’s… but the change will be made.

They come from a loan, I think […]

From: Patrick Halladay


From: Jeanne Collins

To: Jeanne Collins April 12, 3:24 p.m.


I don’t think so. As I recall, this is what Miriam brought up in the finance committee meeting asking for assistance for David to dig deeply in a timely manner […]


From: Jeanne Collins To: Patrick Halladay April 12, 3:41 p.m. Oh, as I think back, the idea of the sub committee came from administration. Thanks.



School board members caught some big mistakes when they double-checked Larcombe’s calculations. On May 12, the finance director emailed them a set of numbers that indicated the new budget proposal would carry a 6 percent tax increase. Several hours later, Stoll pointed out that Larcombe had used the wrong number for total expenditures, and the tax rate increase was actually 7 percent. He acknowledged his error within the hour, and thanked her for pointing it out. As estimates of the deficits grew, so did the fissure between board and administration. The board took the rare step of hiring an auditor to figure out why the district had ended up in the red for several years.

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o Vermont city’s downtown has been transformed as dramatically as Winooski’s. Over the past decade, multistory office buildings, a growing tech company and more than 400 units of high-density housing have replaced a moribund mall and its adjacent sprawling surface parking lot. The city has a new riverfront walkway, rearranged traffic patterns and 50,000 square feet of additional retail space. Winooski’s redevelopment won a national Smart Growth Achievement Award in 2006. More recently, the city has become a food mecca, with a thriving restaurant row serving local brews and cutting-edge and ethnic cuisine. Young, hip patrons are all over “Burlington’s Brooklyn.” Now planners are turning their attention to improving the three main arteries leading into downtown, which is dominated by Vermont’s biggest traffic circle. A six-day public visioning workshop that starts June 13 at the O’Brien Community Center will initiate the rezoning of some key feeder streets: most of Main and East Allen and about half of Malletts Bay Avenue. Three out-of-state firms are leading the sessions, at which various interest groups, including the public, will seek to collaborate and achieve consensus. This design “charrette” process was partly inspired by the one that resulted in Burlington’s planBTV. The City of Winooski is paying for 20 percent of the $70,000 initiative. The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission is covering the rest. The exercise is being carried out in accordance with a relatively new and trendy zoning precept known as form-based code. Several municipalities around the country, including a half dozen in Vermont, are at various stages of adopting this code, which places more value on the appearance of a new building and its relationship to the surroundings than its purpose. Conventional zoning, by contrast, seeks to situate new development in areas designated for specific activities — a shopping mall, for example, could add stores but not housing. The alternate zoning philosophy, developed in response to environmental pressures, aims to integrate various uses, with the aim of making communities more compact and less oriented toward automotive transport.


The proposed gateway corridors

The specific aim in Winooski is to give the three “gateway corridors” a more urban complexion — meaning fewer buildings fronted by parking lots. Each of the thoroughfares has them at present. Malletts Bay Avenue, for example, is home to an auto-body shop and the O’Brien Community Center, a repurposed shopping mall with a large lot. East Allen, aka Route 15, features two gas stations, a street-side parking lot for the Beverage Warehouse and an underconstruction senior housing complex that looks as though it will be almost surrounded by parked cars. Main Street, which runs north-south, takes on the look of a suburban strip as it approaches the I-89 exchange at Exit 16. “What you see now on those streets is the result of traditional zoning,” notes Regina Mahony, a senior planner at the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Much of what’s been built in the United States in recent decades represents “bad development,” according to Ferrell Madden, one of the three planning firms overseeing the workshops. The zoning template devised in the 19th century to keep noisy, dirty commercial activities away from residential areas is now “unsociable, outdated and technically unsustainable — it is a practical failure,” argues an assessment by the Washington, D.C.-based planners. “It results in everincreasing traffic and congestion and threatens the very air we breathe.” Adoption of form-based code in Winooski is unlikely to remake the

gateway corridors in the image of downtown Winooski, says Mahony. “There won’t necessarily be that degree of density and building height. Residents may not envision it that way.” What’s more likely is that the new plan won’t allow new construction to be set back so far from the sidewalk. And an effort may be made to reduce the “jarring” visual and architectural contrast between the gateways and downtown, suggests City Manager Katherine “Deac” Decarreau, a Winooski native. In addition, “we have to make sure we have pedestrian, bike, bus through routes,” she says, noting, “I’m personally a big advocate of light rail on the Route 15 corridor.” Downtown Winooski is itself a product of a thorough zoning-regulation redo. And in the view of many locals, that has resulted in some clear successes and some glaring failures. Many pedestrians and drivers criticize the traffic circle in the center of the city. They regard its configuration as confusing, and at rush hour traffic backs up on all of its feeder roads. People on foot find it difficult — and dangerous — to reach restaurants on the opposite side of the circle. And the park in the middle of it gets little use. Still, the circle is “probably the most effective way” to handle the 27,000 cars a day there, says Eranthie Yeshwant, a consultant to the Winooski Planning Commission. Decarreau agrees, terming the circle “marginally better” than the four-way intersection that preceded it. The jury’s still out on the Winooski

Falls redevelopment area, site of the high-end Cascades condos and mixedincome Spinner Place apartments. Several of the ground-floor retail spaces are still vacant five years after they came on the market. And there’s still no downtown grocery store, Decarreau observes, due to the lack of surface parking that supermarket developers regard as a sine qua non. For all its faults and ugliness, downtown’s earlier incarnation did at least have that. Overall, “a lot of people are dissatisfied with downtown but for different reasons,” reports Decarreau. “A lot of people actually hate what’s happened and want to see it back the way it was. They want a mall in the mill,” she adds, referring to the historic building and former shopping complex that is now occupied by the tech company MyWebGrocer. “They” might derive some comfort knowing the zoning rewrite for the three “gateway corridors” must pass through additional public hearings as well as reviews by the local planning commission and a final assessment by the city council. It won’t be completed until sometime in 2016, at the earliest. Actual changes in the appearance of the gateways are expected to occur gradually and likely won’t amount to much for another 20 years or so, Mahony adds. Any redo must take account of not only the physical but the demographic transformation of Winooski, Decarreau suggests. With 20 percent of its 7,239 residents listed in the 2012 U.S. Census update as of African, Asian or Hispanic descent, Winooski is the least monochromatic community in the state. It also has a poverty rate more than double that of Vermont — 24.1 percent vs. 11.6 percent. “The transformation of cities that we’ve been seeing is a wonderful thing,” Decarreau says. “But you can’t leave people behind. You can’t just build highend housing. You’ve got to have affordable places to live, too.” In Decarreau’s view, the makeover of the gateway corridors must not be “only about the look and feel of coming into downtown — it has to also allow for the kind of development we need.” 

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Emails Reveal Tensions « P.17 Their two-week inquiry led auditors to a fundamental problem with the school budgeting process: Budgets had been based on the previous year’s budget, failing to adjust for projected actual spending. Before the auditor’s report, Larcombe estimated the FY 2014

deficit would be $1.7 million. Upon running the numbers again, he broke the bad news to Collins: The deficit for FY 2014 would be roughly $1 million higher than he’d thought, and the current budget proposal put the district on track to overspend by the same amount in FY 2015.

From: David Larcombe To: Jeanne Collins April 13, 9:48 p.m. Subject: tomorrow morning I have been pressing forward today with the task of applying the insights from [the auditor’s] research on the deficit […] The results have been rather disturbing (that is, a large increase for FY15) […]

From: Jeanne Collins To: David Larcombe April 13, 10:01 p.m. Subject: tomorrow morning Thank you very deeply, David, for your diligence. From: David Larcombe To: Jeanne Collins April 14, 8:43 a.m. Subject: tomorrow morning SEVENDAYSVT.COM

[…] Currently, the projected deficit [for FY14] is 2.9m […] As things stand, the tax rate increase is 12.5% [for FY15], including the 4 cents base tax rate. I believe this provides a solid basis for moving forward, perhaps too solid!

From: Jeanne Collins To: David Larcombe April 14, 8:46 a.m. Subject: tomorrow morning


David this is awful news. Oh my. So we need to cut an additional $2.5. How solid do you feel about this? I think the next step is to get it to the board asap.

From: Jeanne Collins To: David Larcombe


April 14, 11:03 p.m. Subject: next steps



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More Questions Than Answers for Lawmakers Probing Vermont DCF B y M ar k D av i s

06.11.14-06.18.14 SEVEN DAYS 20 LOCAL MATTERS

Law Enforcement

Matthew Thorsen


t nine recent meetings, state legislators faced people gathered to criticize the Vermont Department for Children and Families. Reading from a script, they asked the audience to recommend policies to improve an agency under fire for the recent deaths of two children who had been in its care. But more often than not, what Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, and the other members of the Committee on Child Protection heard were emotional personal stories about families involved with DCF and contradictory opinions about the agency. Hiring more social workers would help. But throwing money at the problem won’t solve anything. Heads should roll at DCF. But the department is being unfairly scapegoated for problems it can’t control. On what is perhaps the key issue, opinions were also divided: Some said DCF is too slow to remove children from troubled families. Others complained it’s too quick. Burlington resident Kimberly Clark said at a hearing last Thursday in Winooski that her children had been taken from her unfairly. “I took all kinds of parenting classes,” Clark said. “They never gave me a chance. I dealt with the court for almost five years. It’s tearing me apart. I want my kids back. Can you guys look into this?” Sarah Gallagher, a Calais resident who works for the Child Welfare Training Partnership, sees a different DCF. She said the department rightly emphasizes preserving ties with biological parents. “Children do better when they remain connected to people they care about and who care about them,” Gallagher said. “Placement changes are bad for children.” Yet another opinion: Tom Halpin, an Essex Junction grandfather, said DCF and family court judges are too eager to reunite children with parents as soon as their troubled parents demonstrate any signs of stabilizing. Halpin said DCF should be more focused on keeping children in safer homes with other relatives or foster parents. “There seems to be a wisdom that children are better off with their parents, and that’s probably generally true, but frequently not,” Halpin said. “It seems to take a nuclear explosion to change the order of the court.”

Locals speak to state legislators about the Department for Children and Families

It took a toddler’s death to convene the Committee on Child Protection, composed of seven state senators and two representatives, which intends to draft a bill for the upcoming legislative session to address problems within DCF. Two-year-old Dezirae Sheldon of Rutland died on February 21, days after DCF returned her to a home where she had previously suffered a broken leg and other injuries. Her stepfather faces second-degree murder charges. In April, Peighton Geraw was found dead an hour after a DCF investigator visited his Winooski home and saw bruises on his neck. Prosecutors have charged his mother, Nytosha LaForce,

oblique references to recent “tragedies,” most speakers used the gatherings as a platform to talk about their own frustrations with DCF. In both St. Albans and Winooski, the crowds overflowed into adjacent hallways. If lawmakers were hoping some consistent themes and problems would emerge, they were largely disappointed. Committee members said little during the hearings, except to tell audience members they would be gathering more testimony from outside experts in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Vermont Parole Board records obtained by Seven Days raise further questions about Nytosha LaForce’s

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with second-degree murder. Her boyfriend told police she shook Peighton and slammed his head on the floor. She has pleaded not guilty. The state has launched internal and external investigations of DCF’s role in both cases. Gov. Peter Shumlin announced a series of quick reforms to increase staff and supervision and streamline operations at the department. Strikingly, the toddler deaths didn’t come up much in hearings held last week in St. Albans, Winooski, Middlebury, St. Johnsbury, Morrisville, Montpelier, Chester, Manchester and Rutland, according to Sears. Although there were

fitness as a mother after DCF entrusted her son to her. At the time of her son’s death, LaForce was on parole after serving more than two years in prison for stabbing a man in the neck. Days after Peighton’s death, her parole was revoked and she returned to prison. During a parole hearing, witnesses testified that she had engaged in a series of troubling behaviors around the time of her son’s death. Probation/parole supervisor Steve Bushey said that witnesses saw LaForce purchase and use heroin inside her home. They also claim she smuggled

buprenorphine, an opiate used to wean drug addicts, out of a drug treatment clinic. One friend, Nicole Chicoine, testified that LaForce tried to get a ride to the grocery store the night before a DCF officer was scheduled to visit her home in April to investigate a doctor’s report that Peighton had unexplained injuries. There was apparently little food in the home, and LaForce wanted to impress the DCF investigator, according to Chicoine. When Chicoine refused, LaForce went to Chicoine’s home and yanked out a clump of her hair during a brief confrontation, according to her testimony. After Peighton’s death, Bushey testified, LaForce enlisted friends to help her place donation buckets at local businesses, ostensibly to raise money for Peighton’s headstone. However, LaForce took the money for herself, Bushey testified. One witness, Cassandra Blondin, told the parole board that LaForce said she bought marijuana with it. Should DCF have seen this coming? Perhaps Halpin summed it up best at the hearing at the O’Brien Community Center in Winooski. “I don’t have the answers yet,” the Essex Junction grandfather told lawmakers sitting a few feet from him. “Maybe somebody at this table can figure some of this out.” m Contact:, 865-1030, ext. 23, or @Davis7D


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I can’t meet this Thursday. I advise against meeting without me. Not only would you lack important information it puts me in the position of needing to catch up, impacting my ability to do my job. Would you like to pre meet with David and me on Tuesday? From: Miriam Stoll To: Jeanne Collins April 27, 11:34 a.m. I understand your point of view but we will go ahead with the meeting. Please ask David to attend. From: Jeanne Collins To: Miriam Stoll April 27, 5:41 p.m.


Miriam, I need to point out that you are not authorized to meet without me and I do not consent to your scheduling a meeting without my being present. Please let me know if you wish to meet on Wednesday. Also please let me know if you wish to meet with David and me this week.

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April 27, 10:34 p.m. Miriam, it is my contract that states the board does not meet without the superintendent. From: Miriam Stoll To: Jeanne Collins


April 28, 8:52 a.m. I am not trying to be difficult […] if the finance committee is to meet this week — which I feel is necessary given the critical issues were are dealing with right now — we must meet Thursday. It is not my intention to have ongoing meetings on Thursdays but this week I see no other option.


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SOUTH BURLINGTON, 1969-2014 Diana Jean Carruthers, devoted wife of Paul Carruthers and devoted mother to Paige Elizabeth and Emily Renee, passed away May 29, 2014, at Fletcher-Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. Diana was born January 17, 1969, and was 45. Diana is survived by her husband, Paul; daughters Paige and Emily; and her adored English bulldog, Easton. She leaves her brothers: Dwight and sons Dean and Joshua of Woodbury, Conn.; Derek and wife Donna and daughter Samantha and son Jason of Redding, Conn.; and Blaine of Southbury, Conn. She is survived by her parents Norman and Marjorie Smith of Easton, Conn., and was predeceased by her brother Norman of Shelton, Conn., and sister-in-law Patricia Smith of Southbury. She also leaves her in-laws Dr. and Mrs. J. Don Carruthers of Fairfield, Conn.; Richard and Susan DiIorio and their two boys of North Easton, Mass.; Jacqui Miller and her children of Reno, Nev.; and Jennifer Carruthers of Reno. Diana cherished the lifelong friendship of Andrew Povinelli of Reading, Mass., as well as the Povinelli

family, and her very close friends Lori Martin of  South Burlington, Vt., Lindsey Elliott of Easton and Laura Johnson of Shelton. Diana graduated from Joel Barlow High School and went on to form her own photography business. On September 10, 1994, her parents 34th wedding anniversary, she married Paul Carruthers. Together they lived in Trumbull and Fairfield, Conn., before moving to South Burlington in 2002. She will be deeply missed by friends and relatives alike and all who had the good fortune to know her. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and fixing up her home. Her happiest moments were spent with her daughters. Diana touched more lives than we will ever know, but one thing is certain: We will never forget you, our dear Diana. Lately, she would say, “I love you more!” Diana, we are thankful for you. We love you more! In lieu of flowers,

donations in recognition of a wonderful, caring, compassionate life may be made to Rick Marcotte Central School, South Burlington, or Frederick Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington. Calling hours were held at the LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St., Winooski, Vt., from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. A  Connecticut memorial service will be held June 21 at Jesse Lee United Methodist Church in Easton. Online condolences may be shared with the family at lavignefuneralhome. com.


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Strokes Be Damned, an Aphasia Choir Starts Up in Burlington B y etha n d e S e i fe 06.11.14-06.18.14 SEVEN DAYS 24 STATE OF THE ARTS

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ix years ago, Julie Stillman was waylaid by a stroke so severe that, for a time, even a partial recovery seemed unlikely. The stroke not only partially immobilized her right arm and leg but also left Stillman — who, as a former writer and editor, made her living with words — with a painfully ironic condition: aphasia. Aphasia is a neurological disorder, typically brought on either by a stroke or a traumatic brain injury, that impairs the ability to speak, read and write. For those who have it, aphasia is a phenomenally frustrating affliction, as it effectively locks up language in the brain, preventing victims from expressing fully formed thoughts and ideas. Stillman, 60, who struggles to articulate and recall words, feels sufficiently strongly about aphasia to summon up a perfectly lucid bit of invective. “It sucks,” she says, with a bluntness that lets you know she’s not kidding. “Boy, does it suck.” But a novel treatment program has offered Stillman and 10 other people with aphasia a chance to express themselves in a remarkable way. They are the members of Vermont’s first Aphasia Choir. Their first concert, which took place last Sunday at the Davis Auditorium at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, was a tremendously moving experience. How can someone without the ability to speak perform in a choir? The answer, as medical science ascertains it, has to do with the complex, mysterious amalgamations of neural tissue that reside in our cranium. The stroke survivors who performed in the Aphasia Choir all suffered a stroke in the left hemisphere — the part of the brain that has dominion over language, among other functions. The right hemisphere, by contrast, controls our response to the components of music: melody, harmony, pitch and so on. It seems that the brain “transforms” songs’ lyrics into strictly musical information. As far as your brain is concerned, you’re not singing the words “my dog has fleas”; you’re singing four musical notes that get mapped atop meaningless utterances. And that’s why some people with aphasia are perfectly credible singers. The director and driving force of the Aphasia Choir is Karen McFeeters Leary, a speech-language pathologist at Fletcher Allen who specializes in working with


Stroke survivor Bob Smith speaks during a dress rehearsal of the Aphasia Choir

adults with neurological disorders. Leary, 45, is also a well-regarded singersongwriter who has released three albums of intelligent folk-pop. “I feel like my passion for singing and my passion for helping people have converged in my job,” she says. “It’s why I love what I do.” Leary recalls from her graduate coursework a story about a 19th-century man who had suffered a massive blow to the head; stripped of his ability to speak, he still allegedly sang fluently in his church choir. Her own research turned up only a couple of other aphasia choirs: one in California, one in Texas; both supported by large metropolitan hospitals. Leary’s concerns about an insufficient local population for the choir were allayed when she found, via local stroke support groups, 11 willing volunteers. The choir is twice that size, though, as each stroke survivor was accompanied during the concert by a spouse, friend or volunteer speech pathology student from the University of Vermont. “I wanted [the stroke survivors] to have some vocal support,” says Leary. “Most of these folks have never sung in a choir, or ventured outside of the shower with a song.” For the same reason, Leary and the choir members, who’ve been rehearsing weekly since mid-March, decided that the program would consist of simplified arrangements of familiar pop tunes. Accompanied only by pianist Paul Webb, the singers took on nine well-known songs, including Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” and Neil Diamond’s chestnut

“Sweet Caroline.” For the latter, the famous “BA-BA-BA” refrain was performed, in concert, on kazoos, a surprising and hilarious touch that made this crowd pleaser all the more pleasing. More experimentally inclined choirs can twiddle with new arrangements of Arvo Pärt or Björk; Burlington’s Aphasia Choir is all about allowing its members to find their voices. “This is not about a perfect performance,” Leary says. “In fact, we don’t care. Our goals were to have fun … and educate the audience about aphasia.” To that end, Leary designed many educational materials and made them available to attendees. June, she points out, is National Aphasia Awareness Month. The cost of staging the concert, as well as secondary expenses such as producing a rehearsal CD and binders of lyrics, was covered by the Fletcher Allen Auxiliary, a 200-member foundation that, through various charitable enterprises, raises money for the hospital. Fletcher Allen Foundation development officer Yael Friedman, who oversaw the funding for the choir, says that Leary had no trouble making the case for a $1500 grant from the Auxiliary. “It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard,” says Friedman. “We were delighted to provide funding for it, and we’re really hopeful we can find continued funding for it.” Leary, who directed the project as a volunteer, hopes that Sunday’s performance was just the first of many. “I would really like to keep this going on an

annual basis,” Leary says. “I know there are more than 11 people in this community who have aphasia.” Before the show started, additional chairs had to be brought into the 150seat Davis Auditorium, the better to accommodate an audience that surely ranks among the most supportive in history. The two standing ovations that the choir received were not necessarily for the quality of the singing, which was never the point of the concert. They were for the performers’ tenacity and achievement. Nearly everyone — from Leary to the singers to cynical journalists — got choked up at some point. The stroke survivors’ voices were, at times, tentative, especially when they sang without their supporters’ vocal accompaniment. But as the concert progressed, their voices grew bolder as their confidence visibly surged. On such songs as John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” the choir achieved genuinely lovely harmonies.

Most of these folks have never sung in a choir,

or ventured outside of the shower with a song. K are n M c F eeters L eary

Leary says she knows that this concert, uplifting as it was, was not “some kind of magic bullet.” While it doubtless boosted the singers’ spirits, it did not “cure” their aphasia; nothing can. Still, she’s seen anecdotal evidence of improvement in some of the singers’ speech, perhaps brought on by the confidence that comes with taking part in a challenging experience. “There’s something coming alive in these people,” Leary says, “that I have been honored and privileged, to the point of tears, to witness.” Jeff Nagle, Julie Stillman’s husband and a member of the choir, has seen his wife try just about every kind of therapy known to medicine. “I don’t know if I’m saying this because I’m paying closer attention to it than I had been,” Nagle says, “but I think her speech has gotten a little better over the last month.” Nagle says he’s noticed improvement in his wife’s ability to articulate her words. “I think the singing is helping,” he says. m

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that will chomp off your finger if you pick your nose. We’ve all been there. Actually, the fears aren’t all Krause’s. Readers submit many of the dreads he illustrates. Krause has been drawing the strip since late 2012 and has amassed quite the repository of weird phobias: wrought-iron fences, mushrooms, you name it. He writes, “There’s some themes that I see in a lot of submissions — social insecurities, childhood fears, fears of the unknown — but everyone brings their own details.” The cartoonist, who just completed his MFA at Goddard ColleGe (thus giving his strip, as he puts it, “Vermont cred”), is an illustrator and animator, and is currently on the faculty of the Character Animation Program at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. A book-length compendium of “Deep Dark Fears” is in the works; Seven Days is the first alt weekly to run the strip. 06.11.14-06.18.14 SEVEN DAYS STATE OF THE ARTS 25

Seven Days is delighted that Fran Krause is such a neurotic fellow. Wait, that came out wrong. It’s not Krause’s neuroses per se that are delightful. It’s that he’s so adept at transforming them into delightfully weird works of art. Krause’s comic strip “Deep Dark Fears” is the weekly, illustrated account of his anxieties: sometimes real, sometimes imagined, always bizarrely funny. As of last week’s issue, Seven Days has added “Deep Dark Fears” to our comics section, where it joins three other newcomers, added just last month: Michael DeForge’s “Sticks Angelica,” Kaz’s “Underworld” and Dave Lapp’s “Children of the Atom.” “Deep Dark Fears” replaces James Kochalka’s “Elf Cat.” With that change, the latest overhaul of this section is complete — just in time for the Cartoon Issue on July 2. “Deep Dark Fears” has acquired a loyal following online, where it was first published. And for good reason. Not only is Krause’s watercolor-style artwork charming, but the deepness and darkness of the fears make the strip strange and familiar at once. Don’t pretend you’ve never worried about the vicious, nose-dwelling worm


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n August, the Vermont Shakespeare will return for its seventh summer season with a half-dozen shows of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a perennial favorite of outdoor theater fests. Two of those shows will be staged at Knight Point State Park in North Hero, where the company has performed each season. This summer, the company will also Dream in two new locations: the Circus Lawn at the Shelburne Museum and the Royall Tyler Theatre at the University of Vermont. That indoor venue — VSC’s first — also represents a new partnership with UVM’s theater department. “The company is really poised for huge growth right now,” says artistic director Jena Necrason, who recently moved to South Burlington with John Nagle, her spouse and the company’s executive director. That growth includes access not only to the Royall Tyler’s black-box theater but to the school’s theater majors — five of whom will perform in Midsummer. Necrason says the opportunity, and the challenge, presented by the indoor location is “really exciting” for both designers and actors. As VSC and UVM are “testing the waters” this year, Necrason and theater department chair Gregory Ramos will check out other models of collaboration between professional theater companies and universities, in hopes of developing a long-term partnership. Nagle and Necrason cofounded VSC in 2005, when the couple was living and working in professional theater in New York City. Their outdoor summer shows, with casts of professional actors from New York and Vermont, proved hugely successful. The Burlington public, Necrason recalls, had gotten a taste for Shakespeare in the Park-style shows with the Champlain Shakespeare Festival, which folded in 1980. When VSC arrived on the scene, it found an audience eager for more. Necrason says she and Nagle plan to amp up the festival even further. Their 10-year dream is to turn the company into “a nationally recognized and Company

financially sustainable Shakespeare festival,” she says, envisioning a destination event that would serve northern Vermont and pull in regional audiences. As for this year? “Midsummer is such a huge extravaganza,” Necrason says. “We’re really hoping people can come and help build the festival.” The Dorset Theatre Festival has offered its Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Competition for the past three years, but this time there’s an added incentive for teens to participate: a cash prize

semi-professional theater company, founded in 2010 to create more roles for female actors, has put out a call for singers to perform in its October production, The Prima Donnettes. The musical revue explores changing female roles from the 1950s through the ’70s via the songs of those eras. “Think Dusty Springfield meets Tina Turner!” suggests GNO’s website. Auditions are this Thursday through Saturday, June 12 to 14. The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts’ education director, Christina Weakland,




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Performers of the Vermont Shakespeare Company

and a staged reading. DTF provides free playwriting instruction to local middle and high school students, then invites them to submit their work to a panel of nationally recognized playwrights. Staged public readings of the winners will be performed at the Dorset Playhouse. For adults, DTF offers an annual playwriting retreat hosted by Brooklynbased, Pulitzer-nominated playwright Theresa Rebeck, who’s penned hits including Mauritius, Seminar and The Understudy, as well as NBC’s “Smash.” That program requires participants to be slightly more qualified than the kids, though — the summer retreat is aimed at “top playwrights” who have already written and produced shows. “It is exciting how many of our writers began plays at the retreat that have gone on to productions at some of the top theaters across the country,” writes DTF artistic director Dina Janis. Got a “strong, healthy belt”? Burlington’s Nite Out wants you. The


has headed up the FlynnArts Summer Youth Theater program since 2008. Along with codirectors and artistic team Piero Bonamico, Gina Fearn and Danielle Sertz, Weakland has worked with Vermont teens aged 13 to 19 to produce one or two musicals each summer. What started modestly — with a single production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown that attracted fewer than two dozen students to the audition — has “just exploded, and exploded very quickly,” says Weakland. “Interest doubled the second year and tripled the third year.” This year, the kids will perform two works aimed at a slightly older teen and adult audience: Carrie and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Since 2010, the program has put on two musicals each summer and attracts dozens of students to audition for a limited number of roles. Many return each year and win back their roles anew. It’s rare, Weakland observes, that an older newcomer enters; this year, only one of

the high schoolers in the program is a first-timer. “They’re getting to work at sort of an elevated level,” she says. “Here, every kid is one of the kids that gets all the leads in their high school. The whole ensemble is made up of kids that work at that caliber, which means that they push each other and inspire each other and cheer each other on.” If the program’s audition process seems extreme for summer camp, that’s part of the point. “If they’re going into the real world, I want them not to be shocked,” Weakland explains. “In the real world, an entire successful professional career might be as an ensemble member — and you would feel grateful for it.” Many Summer Youth Theater alums go on to conservatory or university theater programs, and most return after their freshman years for a final season at the Flynn before they reach the 19-yearold cutoff, Weakland says. The bonds that students form in the summers last throughout the year. “The kids are finding their people,” Weakland says, noting the program has an active, year-round Facebook page. And the teens show up at each other’s school performances for support. “They might be the odd ones out in their school — theater kids are often the odd ones out,” Weakland adds. “But they come here and they’ve created such a community, and that’s actually what I’m most proud of in this program.” m

INFO A Midsummer Night’s Dream, produced by the Vermont Shakespeare Company. Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, 6 p.m., at Knight Point State Park in North Hero; Wednesday, August 13, and Thursday, August 14, 6 p.m., at Circus Lawn, Shelburne Museum; Saturday, August 16, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 17, 2 p.m., at Royall Tyler Theatre, University of Vermont in Burlington. $15-25. The Prima Donnettes Auditions, Thursday, June 12, and Friday, June 13, 7 to 10 p.m., at Very Merry Theatre in Burlington. Additional audition time and callbacks Saturday, June 14. Carrie, produced by FlynnArts Summer Youth Theater Program. Thursday, July 17, through Saturday, July 19, 7 p.m.; matinees Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20, 2 p.m., at FlynnSpace in Burlington. $14-16. The Mystery of Edwin Drood, produced by FlynnArts Summer Youth Theater Program. Thursday, July 31, through Saturday, August 2, 7 p.m.; matinees Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 3, 2 p.m., at FlynnSpace in Burlington. $14-16. 863-5966 or


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For wind power, these costs aren’t trivial. Some wind turbines are so massive that a single blade is nearly as long as a football field. Wind turbines contain iron, zinc, aluminum, lead and other metals that must be mined and refined. The cost of transmission lines and transformers can also be sizable, since turbine fields are often in remote locations. But, carbon-wise, it pays off. A standard unit of measurement for greenhouse gas emissions is grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent per kilowatt-hour (kWh) generated. The worst offenders, coal-fired power plants, typically produce about 1,000 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour. Natural gas power plants emit about 600 grams, while solar photovoltaic cells can emit from 50 to 250 grams depending on technology. Nuclear power plants emit just 20 to 30 grams, but nukes have other issues. Wind turbines vary considerably — offshore plants generate more juice due to steadier winds but have

much higher carbon costs. On average, though, wind generates less than 30 grams of carbon per kilowatt-hour. Out-of-pocket costs are where wind power runs into trouble. According to U.S. Department of Energy projections, offshore wind power plants entering service in 2019 will have a net cost of 20 cents per kilowatt-hour, by far the highest cost of any technology except solar thermal. Onshore wind power is much cheaper at 8 cents/ kWh, which compares well with coal at 9.6 cents, although coal you can switch on and off as needed, unlike wind. Natural-gas-fired plants, however, kick virtually every other technology’s butt. They produce electricity for as little as 6.4 cents/kWh, cheaper than all other sources except geothermal — and geothermal has limited availability, while gas is abundant. Gas is also relatively easy to transport

dubious. Till now the windpower industry has benefited from a tax credit of 2.3 cents/ kWh for plants that started construction before 2014. The credit lasts 10 years, bringing the cost per kilowatt-hour below 6 cents, which overcomes a lot of investor hesitation. The credit is currently in limbo because of Republican-led efforts to slash or kill it. Kill the credit and you kill much of the incentive, which is another way of saying the credit is distorting the market. You ask: Isn’t a tax credit for wind just a carbon tax from a different angle? No. The carbon tax says, “Figure out a way to reduce emissions.” The tax credit says, “Here’s how you’re going to reduce emissions.” If we’re trying to encourage innovation — and we’d better be — that’s a big distinction. Over the long term, wind’s prospects are brighter. For 2040, the DOE projects that powergeneration costs for natural gas will rise, while those for wind will drop (although offshore wind will still be among the costliest technologies). If so, wind power may make more economic sense. But from a strictly dollars-and-cents perspective, it doesn’t make a lot of sense right now.


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o clue? Where did you find these so-called experts? The carbon cost of wind power is well known — low carbon emissions is one of wind’s main advantages. (Renewability, naturally, is the other.) Wind’s cost-effectiveness from a financial standpoint is likewise no mystery, but frankly the story is less upbeat, particularly in light of the natural gas boom due to fracking. I don’t say it’s game over for wind power; all fossil fuels including gas will run out eventually. But wind has a steep hill to climb. To gauge the carbon cost of a power-generation source, engineers perform what’s known as a life-cycle analysis. This takes into account everything from construction and transportation of components to the site, pouring of foundations and stringing of transmission lines to eventual decommissioning costs when the generating device has reached the end of its useful life.

and available on demand. If it weren’t for global warming, natural gas unquestionably would be the electricitygeneration source of choice. But global warming can’t be ignored, much as some would like to. Although cleaner than coal, natural-gas plants still produce significant CO2. In the near term, the limits proposed by the Obama administration won’t make natural gas less attractive; on the contrary, if they stick they’ll hasten the switch from coalfired generation to gas. However, a carbon tax, which has been proposed with varying degrees of seriousness, would be a different story. Australia recently enacted a controversial carbon tax of more than $23 per metric ton CO2. This dramatically shifts the financial balance in favor of wind, which can generate power at 70 percent of the cost of natural gas and 55 percent that of coal. But I don’t see a carbon tax getting much traction in the U.S. — Obama will have a tough enough time holding the line on CO2 limits. Absent such a tax, the prospects for wind are


As I drive through the fruited plains I see more and more windmills twisting in the breeze. These behemoths got me to thinking: Taking into account the carbon cost of production, transport and assembly, when does the windmill become both financially and carbonfootprint cost-effective? I’ve asked several energy experts, including one manufacturer, and they had no clue. Todd J. Janus


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Merging onto the highway, I asked Milo about his heritage, and specifically if he had Aborigine ancestors in his bloodline. He replied, “No, but I do hear that a lot, probably because I’m so dark. My parents are both from Estonia. They immigrated to Australia when I was a baby, in the years when the Soviet Union was breaking up. Because they had skills that were needed — my dad is a physicist and my mom’s a nurse — they were welcomed with open arms. They hit the ground running and never looked back.” “So are you here on a break from school or something?” “Yeah, that’s exactly it. My school pension is quite meager, but it’s enough to travel a bit, if you don’t mind scrambling now and then.” “And school ‘pension’ — that’s, like, what we would call a school loan?” “No, it’s better than that — it’s a grant that every student receives.” “What’s your field of study?” “I have a few classes left for my

head. I’m not sure I’ve ever been through Graniteville, to tell you the truth. Why don’t ya plug it into the GPS on your cellphone? That’ll make life easy.” “I would if I had a cellphone,” Milo replied. My dumbstruck reaction made him grin. “Traveling in a foreign country without a phone,” I noted with a whistle of admiration. “God bless you, man. I like your style. Here’s my phone.” Graniteville is just southeast of Barre. As we approached the town, I saw a sight that made me blink: On each side of the road was a series of massive hills of granite slabs, each mound perhaps 100 to 200 feet in height. Would they be considered tailings, castoffs in the granite-mining process? It reminded me — after 35 years in my adopted state — how little I really know about it. I’m always discovering new things that surprise and confound me. And delight me. With the GPS robotically leading the way, we reached the garage. In front sat

the car for sale: a lipstick-red 2002 Dodge Durango with tires worthy of a monstertruck competition. Milo liked what he saw. I was feeling protective of Milo, not wanting him to get hustled on a subpar vehicle. But when the garage owner came out and introduced himself, my concerns evaporated. He was a burly, bearded, friendly bear of a man decked out in a gray jumpsuit, eyes twinkling like he was privy to a mischievous joke we were all in on — in other words, a bona fide Vermonter. I knew the kid would do fine. Milo and I took a test ride up past the broken granite mountains, and the Durango performed well. Back at the garage, Milo paid the guy and executed the paperwork, and I drove him to the Montpelier DMV to register the car and pick up temporary plates. Exchanging goodbyes back at the garage, I said, “Safe journey across the country, Milo. I hope to see you back in Vermont sometime.” “Yes, I bet I’ll be back here in the future. My heart tells me so. There’s something about this place.” The following Saturday, I stopped by Katharine’s place. Her block of St. Paul Street is closed to traffic during the farmers market, and a steady stream of folks filed in and out of the gallery, a combination of friends and art buyers. People love schmoozing with Katharine, me included. Over bowls of farmers market Tibetan rice and veggies, Katharine asked me how things went with Milo. I told her the whole story, and she said, “Oh, I’m glad it worked out so well. That kid was a sweetie!” m All these stories are true, though names and locations may be altered to protect privacy.


ey, Jernigan. I have a young man here who needs a ride to the car rental at the airport.” The caller was my artist friend Katharine, phoning from her studio/ store across from Burlington’s City Hall Park. She’s mostly known for her sublime watercolor renderings of the Vermont landscape, and I’m a huge fan of her work. If she’d have me, I would gladly be her groupie — cleaning her brushes, mixing paints, sweeping up the shop, fawning over her. I may have actually broached the idea with her at some point, but she said her husband would likely frown on it. So I’ve (mostly) let go of that particular fantasy. Katharine introduced me to Milo, a handsome, lanky 22-year-old Aussie on an extended American vacation. Climbing into the shotgun seat of my taxi, he appeared effortlessly hip with his all-black attire, rough-and-tumble beard and shock of curly black hair. We smiled at each other, and he struck me as carefree and game for adventure — reminiscent of me in my own salad days, or perhaps the salad days of my imagination. “So I’m taking you up to rent a car?” I confirmed as we hooked a left onto Main Street. “Where are you off to?” “Well, for the next part of my trip, I’m driving cross-country, and there’s this potential car I’m checking out in the town of Graniteville.” I internally ran the logistics and said, “I see. So you’re renting the car to drive to Graniteville to look at a car you might wanna buy. But if you do decide to pull the trigger, you’ll have to first return the rental car to Burlington and get a ride back the next day with somebody? This plan

architecture degree, but I’m not sure about pursuing it. What I really love is photography. I just don’t know if that’s still a viable profession in the digital age, with every bloke and his uncle constantly snapping pictures.” “I see what you’re saying. Hey, do you have the exact address we’re going to?” Milo nodded, chuckling, and began extracting random paper notes from his pocket. He found the paper napkin on which he had written the name and address of the garage selling the car, and he read it out to me. “I’ll tell you what,” I said. “I don’t recognize the road off the top of my

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A photo essay of Québec’s soon-to-be-bypassed Route 133







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erhaps you’ve heard about the multimillion-dollar highway-bypass project that’s been in the works for decades? As far back as the mid1960s, regional transportation officials were promising locals a new, four-lane divided highway that would speed motorists through their communities in record time, getting large trucks and buses off the smaller streets. Since then, budget delays, bureaucratic snafus, municipal opposition and political infighting have bogged down sections of the project. Though some stretches of highway were completed years ago, it’s unclear when, or if, the entire circuit will open. Vermont’s Circumferential Highway? Nope, we’re talking about Québec’s Autoroute 35, a 25-mile stretch of proposed highway between the U.S./Canada border and Saint-Jeansur-Richelieu. Canadian officials consider A-35 such a vital artery for improving travel and trade between Montréal and Boston that for many years they officially referred to it as Autoroute de la Nouvelle-Angleterre, or the New England Motorway. Less discussed is the route that A-35 will leave in its dust. Currently, when northbound travelers cross the international border at Highgate Springs — Québec’s second-busiest land port of entry after Champlain-St. Bernard de Lacolle, at the northern terminus of New York’s Interstate 87 — the transition feels almost cartoonishly abrupt. Road signs switch from English to French and miles to kilometers. The landscape changes in a flash from verdant, wooded hills to beige, tabletop-flat farmland. And road conditions degrade from the smooth, wide-open asphalt of I-89 to the bumpier and mostly two-lane Route 133. As travelers to Montréal and points north have discovered over the years, this stretch of rural road has a uniquely quirky charm. But how much longer will it be indispensable? In recent months, transportation officials on both sides of the border have suggested that the final stretch of A-35 will be completed as “soon” as 2017. Travelers on

Route 133 have surely noticed the finished but not-yet-open overpass and interchange, located between Saint-Sébastien and Pike River. For many of them, those innovations will make the two-lane road obsolete.

As travelers to Montréal and points north have discovered over the years,

this stretch of rural road has a uniquely quirky charm. Recently, Seven Days staffers spent a day touring some of the Route 133 roadside attractions that we’ve long wondered about but usually sped by. Among them are a pet shop, a giant man outside an antique dealership, a deserted strip club, a manufactured dinosaur and a haunted house. All will be off the beaten path once the new highway opens several miles to the east. Most of the Québécois we met, including several small-business owners, said they are eagerly awaiting A-35’s completion. Though a few worry that they’ll lose customers to Montréal and the States, many more said they’re looking forward to the day when their otherwise tranquil communities are no longer disrupted by the rumble and roar of passing tractor-trailer trucks. Yvon Labonté, general manager of the town of Bedford, several miles east of Route 133, summed up the sentiments of many locals we met. The 65-year-old, who grew up in Bedford, has watched as à vendre (for sale) signs cropped up outside house after house in his ever-dwindling town. “I think it will help us,” Labonté suggested. “We will be closer to Montréal.” — K .P.



New 25-mile (38 kilometer) segment of Québec’s Autoroute 35 now under construction



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VON LABONTÉ, general manager of BEDFORD (population 2,600) has watched for years as his hometown has steadily aged and declined, losing younger residents and businesses to larger communities. In 2009, the town suffered a major economic hit when a longtime needle manufacturing plant closed, putting 200 employees out of work. “All small towns have the same problems,” Labonté said. “With the big markets, people go to Walmart, they go to Target, and the small stores here close because they cannot compete. It’s bad because we lose everything, always a little more, a little more, to try to keep our business here.” But Labonté expressed hope that A-35 will revitalize Bedford as a bedroom community for Montréal, cutting as much as 20 minutes off the commute. He also suggested that A-35 will be good for Jay Peak and other Vermont resorts. “When it takes only one hour to go skiing there, [Montréalers] will go,” he said. “So I think it will be good for you, too.” — K.P.






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drove of horses never fails to watch cars as they speed through SAINT-ARMAND, just a few minutes north of the U.S. border. They stare fixedly, never stopping to toss their heads, whinny or blink. The herd of grown horses and a foal, most chestnut with black manes, are not alive. They never were. They’re fiberglass, made by Bernadette Hébert-Guillotte. The artist airbrushes the deceptively realistic horses at an industrial park in nearby Delson. Several large signs mounted in front of her house — including a phone number — advertise her business to passersby. Whether anyone has ever called with a pressing need for a fiberglass horse, we can’t say. — A.L.


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ernard Benoit’s charming Sabrevois antiques store has been around for 26 years.

Located on another sharp bend of Route 133, Chez Mon Oncle advertises its wares with piles of gently worn wooden furniture stacked on the porch. Inside, a delightfully weird selection of knickknacks is for sale, from precious purses and collectible statuettes to a badly taxidermied deer head. Benoit, a native of Montréal whose mustache and pipe match his storefront’s logo, set up shop here to tap into the tourist flow along Route 133. What does he think about A-35? “I feel bad,” he said. “When [tourists] come to Montréal and back to USA [on A-35], they don’t think to take a small road and shop and see an antique store.” Other changes have impacted Benoit’s business over the years. When passports became required to cross the border, he saw a decrease in sales. The exchange rate, too, can help or hurt his customer flow. Benoit, for one, is happy the highway isn’t done yet. Several years ago, he recalled, a Vermontbased television crew drove up Route 133, interviewing shopkeepers along the way about the prospect of A-35. He went on air opposing the road — whose construction still hasn’t reached Sabrevois. “For me, it’s good,” he said with a chuckle. As for the location of his storefront, he’s got no concerns: Chez Mon Oncle is on the safe side of a big curve that sees several accidents a year, primarily in the winter. A couple of years ago, a gas truck crashed and burst into flames. “All the accidents [happen] across the street,” Benoit noted. “Not many on this side.” — X. C .W.



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aybe it was called Geisha. Maybe it was Adam & Eve. Maybe it was just the word “EROTICA” emblazoned on the side of a weathered gray building. Whatever it was called as it cycled through various ownerships, the strip club on Route 133 was where Vermont high school guys went to ogle, according to local legend. You know, when they just couldn’t bear to wait until reaching Montréal. These days, the strip club is closed, though signs from its various incarnations still adorn the exterior walls. A few faded posters tacked to the doors and windows offer a meager consolation prize for disappointed visitors. — X.C .W.





he Pike River General Store, located on a nearly 90-degree bend in the road, is open 365 days a year. That’s good, because it’s just about the only place on Route 133 to stop for car-trip sundries. It offers what you’d expect from a convenience store on a truck route: beverages, cigarettes, snacks, chocolate. (We stocked up on Nestle Aero bars, not widely available in the U.S.) There are even porn-y decks of cards. What set the store apart, though, at least for American visitors, are the firecrackers for sale. Owner Angele Breton, who bought the store four years ago, said that most people in the area — including the town’s other small-business owners — are in favor of A-35. Though she admitted to “a little bit” of concern about the road’s impact on her livelihood, she noted that most of her customers are locals. Breton sees tourist customers in the summer, and an annual ice-fishing festival brings winter visitors in for a few days, but she’s always relied on regulars to stay afloat. Plus, A-35 will be just a few minutes’ drive from her store. “So the people from Bedford, the trucks, they’re going to pass here anyway,” Breton said. — X . C . W.

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SS: Now I can. XCW: So you traveled to Brazil to get these [stones]? SS: Did I what? XCW: Traveled. SS: Traveled? XCW: Yeah. To purchase the stones?

SURLY SHOPKEEPER: Do you want something or not? XIAN CHIANG-WAREN: I’m not sure.

SS: Yeah, yeah, yeah! Don’t ask me questions! Are you going to buy it? XCW: Well, sometimes to buy, you want to know the story behind it. Because you want to know where it came from. Did you travel there?

SS: [He bangs the side of his head.] Some people I understand. Others I don’t. I don’t know what it is. XCW: I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I talk very quietly. Can you understand me now?

SS: No, they fall from the sky! Don’t ask me these shit questions! That’s too many questions. I don’t like that. The information office is closed! C’mon… (He pushes all the reporters out of his store.)






hile some Vermonters head to Québec for interesting foodstuffs, Diane Tremblay, owner of Chocolaterie Choco-Lem, favors an American Price Chopper when she buys supplies for her artisan chocolate business. She takes advantage of the cheaper gas in the States, too. In fact, the lifelong Henryville resident told Seven Days she’s often dreamed of jumping the border for good. “If I could, I would move to the States … I always say, maybe in another life I was an American,” she said, her red hair bobbing in its net. Tremblay was animated, and her English was excellent. In this life, the chocolatier has a boyfriend keeping her in her hometown, and since 2005, she’s had something more: her Belgian-chocolate boutique. She began it as a home-based, phone-order-only business and moved it to a former butcher shop last year. Though Tremblay has rarely advertised her wares, tourists are beginning to discover her delicacies, such as salted-caramel cupcakes and cardamom-Espelette-pepper truffles. Does she expect the new highway to affect her sales? “I don’t know,” she said. “I don’t want to think about it.” — A . L .

ess than a mile from the U.S. border, travelers can visit a Canadian crystal shop where, if it’s open (often it’s not), they’ll encounter the surliest shopkeeper in Québec. The business owner, who refused to give Seven Days his name or answer any questions, evidently hates shoppers. Later, a longtime Philipsburg resident told us the crystal purveyor used to keep a pair of big cats, “maybe leopards,” in his truck. We eavesdropped on his interaction with reporter Xian Chiang-Waren. — K.P.


hird-generation farmer Sébastien Gagnon raises cash crops — mostly soybeans, corn and green beans — on 1,700 acres in Saint-Armand, several miles from the U.S. border. Gagnon, 38, often drives farm equipment on Route 133, and he must cross the busy thoroughfare just to get his mail. When his kids are old enough, he said, they’ll cross the highway, too, to board their school buses. “If they build up the highway [A-35], it will reduce the traffic. That’s the main thing,” he said. But not all of Gagnon’s neighbors welcome A-35. Some are miffed that the new highway cuts through rich farmland. “So that may be a bad point,” he added. — K.P.


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sk most Americans about Québécois food and they’ll be happy to discuss the relative merits of fries and poutine. They’re less likely to have an opinion on pizzaghetti. Yet that dish is as Québécois as smoked meat. Like many highly regionalized specialties, pizzaghetti can vary from one location to another. Found most commonly at diners, the dish is sometimes simply a small pizza and spaghetti on the same plate. At other eateries, the meat-sauce-added ’ghetti is baked under the pizza’s layer of mozzarella. Restaurant à la Bonne Fourchette in Saint-Sébastien splits the difference. There, the crispy pizza is split in two and served with a tumble of spaghetti between the halves. The pasta sticks to the pizza’s cheese, and the tomato sauce overflows onto the crust, which is lined with salami, mushrooms and peppers. If it sounds like overkill, it is. In a good way. — A . L.







HOTEL54 may be open only twice a month (this month, June 14 and June 29), but “la plus

grande maison hantée au Québec,” as the haunted house is billed, offers plenty of horrors even if you can’t go inside. Which we couldn’t. Above the “No Refunds” sign near the front entrance, LHOTEL54 announces a list of things for which it can’t be held responsible, including “deheaded,” “hearth” failure, “lost of consciousness” and death. Maybe there’s good reason for the creatively translated disclaimer. Brave souls who peer through the glass front doors may fall over in fright at the sight of a blow-up doll strapped to an electric chair, or the fake skeletons. Those with real stamina, such as reporter Ken Picard, can take a break inside the bowl of the outsize bloody toilet statue in the parking lot. — X . C . W.


f you’ve driven from Vermont to Montréal in the past 40 years, you’ve probably noticed the enormous statue of a man in Sabrevois. Once upon a time, the giant proffered a hot dog; other years, it was a Coke bottle. These days, he holds a sign reading “,” which refers to the massive store behind it. Here are some things you could buy at the 30,000-square-foot Le Géant Antique: a floor-toceiling ornate mirror, books, shelves, doors, chairs, spinning wheels, file cabinets, boat paddles, roll-top desks, regular desks, wooden crates, tin lunchboxes, painted souvenir jawbones, vanities, rugs, Coke bottles, antique Coke cups, action figures, porcelain dolls, tin signs, old license plates, coins, postcards, trunks, wheelbarrows, coat racks, milking pails … and more. The higher-end stuff is artfully displayed at the front of the store; the back of the massive, hangar-like structure looks more like a scrap yard. There is so much stuff (and so many duplicates of the same items) that one Seven Days staffer speculated that the enterprise is the result of a serious hoarding habit. Not so. Turns out, owner Marcel Bélair has a steady eBay and online-sales base. Plus, Le Géant — which the Bélair family has operated since 1965 — makes most of its money by manufacturing new furniture. The antiques business is on the side — though it’s a hefty side. Bélair said he doesn’t think the new highway will affect Le Géant’s business, given its customer base. And those who detour off A-35 onto Route 133 in the future won’t be disappointed — the Paul Bunyanesque statue will still be waiting. — X.C.W.

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Father Time

A Burlington parenting group helps men become better dads B Y KEN PICAR D


he clamor of children at play echoes through the halls of the former St. Joseph’s School in Burlington’s Old North End. In full swing is a weekly parenting group that provides opportunities for bonding — and, on a recent Tuesday night, fresh pizza. But you won’t find any mommies nursing infants or chasing toddlers here; it’s Dad’s Night at the Visiting Nurse Association Family Room. For four hours, fathers can enjoy a free, hot meal with their sons and daughters — and play with them on an indoor swing set, in the sand box or on wrestling mats. Occasionally, the group takes field trips to a local firehouse, the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, the movies or a Lake Monsters baseball game. Some fathers even show

up without their children, just to spend time with other dads. What may sound like a standard-issue fathers’ group is anything but ordinary. Dad’s Night is actually part of a federally funded collaboration among the VNA, the HowardCenter and Vermont Adult Learning. Called VT Dads, the program targets “at-risk” fathers, some of whom have been ordered to the group by a judge, probation officer or social worker with the Vermont Department for Children and Families. Others are legally barred from having contact with mothers of their kids, have lost custody of their children or are trying to prevent the termination of their parental rights. Through group discussions and a federally approved adult-education course, VT Dads aims to help men —  many of whom grew up without any positive male role model — become more loving, communicative and responsible parents, partners and family providers. It all happens in what the VNA describes as a “judgment-free” setting.

“I was lucky. I did have a daddy growing up, and he’s a wonderful man,” Crain said of his nonbiological father. “But my daddy wasn’t good at showing love. He wasn’t good at showing patience. He was just good at being a provider.” Since joining VT Dads, Crain said he’s taken some of the classes, including one for men and their partners called Active Communication. Crain describes himself and his fiancée as “scramble-brained people who communicate in a scramble-brained way.” Since completing the class, he said, it’s a made “a world of difference” in their relationship. “In eight weeks’ time,” he said, “she and I can talk to each other about anything.” Not all of the lessons happen in the classroom. Spending time with other fathers each week has also taught Crain that he’s not alone. “It’s showed me that people from all different walks of life have trouble being a father,” he added. “You can be poor and broke and living in a cardboard box, or you can be rich and living in a mansion. Money doesn’t make you a good dad.”








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Examples of good parenting were in short supply when Matt Crain was growing up. Now 32, the Burlington resident stood outside the VNA Family Room in a gray T-shirt and baseball cap — both of which read “Fathers Make a Difference” — handing out fliers and monthly schedules about upcoming VT Dads events to some 15 fathers in attendance. Though Crain looked like he could be the group’s official spokesperson, he’s not ashamed to admit that he wasn’t always a good father himself. Just three months earlier, a DCF social worker walked him through the doors of the VNA Family Room and advised him to start attending the group regularly. Crain, who’s currently living in Burlington’s COTS family shelter, had previously signed over custody of his 7-year-old son to the boy’s grandmother and was trying to avoid losing his 4-year-old boy, too. “I’ve been here ever since,” he said, “and I will not walk away.” Crain, whose weathered visage hints at a hardscrabble life, speaks in a low, gravely voice. He said he never knew his biological dad. His mom was also a “bad-choice kind of mother” who did a lot of drugs and had frequent run-ins with the law.

Josh Edelbaum agrees. As the VNA social worker who’s overseen VT Dads for four years, Edelbaum said he works with men from a variety of different financial and personal backgrounds. Yet despite their differences, Edelbaum said he sees a lot of common threads running through their pasts: physical, sexual or emotional trauma; drugs and alcohol abuse in the home; generational poverty; and single-parent households. “Parenting under the best of circumstances is really tough,” Edelbaum added. “A lot of times people talk about working with families in the community, yet what that often means is working with moms. This group is really an opportunity to bring the dads into that picture as well.” By now, Edelbaum has memorized the dismal prospects for kids who grow up in fatherless homes. According to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, children in father-absent households — about 24 million nationally — are five times more likely to be poor, and one-third more likely to drink, smoke, use drugs and engage in other high-risk behavior. Yet despite such bleak statistics, Edelbaum’s approach with the dads he works with, both in the classroom and through informal discussions, is to focus on

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the strengths these men can bring to their children’s lives. So while Edelbaum’s eight-week curriculum, the 24/7 Dad, talks about helping fathers “manage their anger,” Edelbaum tries to expand the discussion. “Men are more than just angry,” he said. “Certainly, we all experience a whole range of emotions. That’s just the one most acceptable for men to express.” That message hit home for José Santos. During a recent Dad’s Night, the 34-year-old Burlington father of two — a 5-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son — watched in quiet


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she called the cops. Long story short, I ended up resisting arrest and being Tased in front of my kids. That was a heckuva situation.” Santos said that the dads’ group really opened his eyes to the emotional and genetic “baggage” he inherited from his own father, who was an alcoholic with anger-management issues. “When you’re mad, that’s the only moment when you’re not worried about your kids being afraid of you,” he said. “The other times? That’s when you really think about it. Hey, that’s something you have to live with. You can’t just shake that off.” What has Santos taken from his first eight weeks with the group? “Calmness. Being humble and calm,” he said. “As a person dealing with anger, this place helps me to get my mind back in check. It helps me reevaluate myself, so when I’m back around my children, I’m able to handle things a little bit more relaxed.” Edelbaum pointed out that the dads’ group “really busts all the myths about men being unwilling to show affection or talk about their emotions.” Put a group of fathers into a supportive and nonjudgmental environment, and they’ll share their most personal stories. But not every father who attends Dad’s Night is there because a judge or probation officer ordered him to go. Guy Estiverne, a 29-year-old native of Brooklyn, N.Y., moved to Vermont in 2008 to live with his kids and their mother. As an African American man in one of the nation’s whitest states, Estiverne admitted it was initially hard for him to find a community of other men with whom he could identify. And, while Estiverne was fortunate to grow up in a two-parent

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household, he described his own dad as “stern … He went to work, did his thing. He loved his kids but didn’t openly show it.” The father of a 5-year-old boy and 7-year-old daughter, Estiverne has been


EIGHT WEEKS TO A BETTER FATHER VT Dads coordinator and instructor Josh Edelbaum uses a federally approved, evidence-based curriculum called the 24/7 Dad. He offered this week-by-week snapshot of some of the topics the fathers cover:

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ANGER. Edelbaum takes time to discuss the range of emotions we all feel, pointing out that the one emotion most socially acceptable for men to express is also what typically gets them into the most trouble. SELF-WORTH AND SELF-ESTEEM. How do the men feel about themselves? What are their plans for increasing their own childrens’ capacity to feel competent, loved and valued? POWER AND CONTROL. Edelbaum begins by having the fathers talk about examples from their own lives when they felt most powerless, either as a child or as an adult, such as being under the supervision of the DCF or the Department of Probation and Parole. He and the men then explore the feeling of power that comes with “positive decision-making, especially as it relates to their children.” SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS. How do the fathers

relate to the mother of their children now? Edelbaum works to increase awareness of the impact that relationship has had on the development of their children. STRESS. Edelbaum helps the fathers

become aware of their own stress levels, then provides them with tools and tips for managing their stress in healthy ways. FUN WITH KIDS. After so many weeks

of intense conversations, Edelbaum ends the class with examples of how fathers can have more fun with their kids. The men then reflect on the themes of the group that have been most memorable, and celebrate their accomplishments.


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coming to the dads’ group almost every week since 2010. His daughter dangled from the monkey bars while his son, dressed in a black ninja costume, playacted pro-wrestling moves, such as body slams and atomic knee drops, with his father. Why does Estiverne, a gentle giant with a warm, gap-toothed smile, return week after week? “The bonding,” he explained. “It’s a place where me and my son can come and be as silly as we want. And it’s all encouraged. I know a lot of fathers that come here for that very reason.” Reached by phone later, Estiverne’s girlfriend, Brandie Bessette, said her boyfriend was always a loving dad. But since he started attending Dad’s Night, she’s seen a real improvement in his parenting skills. “He’s changed a lot,” she said. “Since he started going, Guy has really opened up to doing more with the kids, playing with them outside, just being a great father.” Estiverne, who’s currently looking to go back to school, said that the dad’s group will remain a regular part of his weekly schedule. “I don’t have it all down. I’m still learning,” he said with a big grin. “But it’s making me grow into the person I never thought I’d grow into.” 

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As a script, The Fool’s Riddle lacks the conflict essential to drama,

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Every one-character play flirts with this danger. Because the Fool experiences no emotion other than formless outrage, she’s not a complete character with an objective or a story. The Stranger doesn’t serve as a character or even a foil, but as an occasional metaphorical echo of the Fool’s musings. Ironically, the Fool in King Lear, which Woods references, is a character only interesting in contrast to Lear — his riffs and declarations are dramatic dead ends until they entwine with Lear’s vision of the world. Theater relies on interaction, even if only in stories recounted in monologue, but Woods’ play neglects it. This production proves that the simple spectacle of a nearly motionless woman in a chair is more than enough to produce a visually arresting presentation. The use of screen projection, dramatic lighting, costume changes and dance supplies complexity and a fairly full palette of theatrical stimuli. But without conflict, character and change, there is no story. The experience of watching this play plainly includes awareness of Woods’ stamina and conviction as a performer. The role she’s written is confined to

polemics about misogyny, mental illness and eroticism. Her Fool remains in essentially the same emotional state throughout the 100-minute production: indignant, disappointed, distanced. She’s not so much a character as she is a voice of judgment. Woods is impressive at maintaining our attention by sheer force of will, but the script gives her very little to say. To her credit, Woods does not let her disability make the audience uncomfortable. Though her text tries to produce some heat and light with confrontational references to sex, menstruation and erotic pleasure, the effect is more an us-against-the-world rallying cry than a tirade to make the audience wince. As a script, The Fool’s Riddle lacks the conflict essential to drama, but Woods’ imaginative staging is strong compensation. Should you see it? It’s worth having your curiosity satisfied if you’ve begun to wonder how Woods goes past her physical limitations to hold the stage for nearly two hours. And if you share the author’s distaste for doctrinaire views on social outcasts and the weakness of women, you can find your interests loudly proclaimed. There isn’t great poetry here, but the somewhat surrealistic presentation gives this sweeping, conceptual rant a seductive gauziness. As an artist, Woods can stand on her own, without excuses for her disability. Her fierce commitment to performance is enough. But to have an effect on an audience, she needs to move past a confining preoccupation with herself. Projecting art photographs of oneself during a monologue that admits no other character is, ultimately, deadening narcissism. Woods’ isolation extends to mispronouncing words that perhaps she’s only read and never heard. Without a collaborator or director to inform or contradict her, she’s restricted by more than a wheelchair. But should she extend herself outward, we might find she has plenty to say to us. m

Visually, the play is riveting. But the text is ultimately a collection of abstract pronouncements, chiefly centered on society’s tendency to condemn misfits and women. The Fool, insofar as she’s a character, is an outcast continually bristling with unfocused offense. The play makes frequent reference to long-debunked medical and psychological beliefs about hysteria. Anything from moodiness to mental illness was once ascribed to the idea that the uterus could roam about the body. The notion of the wandering womb arose with early Greek physicians and lingered in Western medical thought until the 19th century, but is no longer accepted. Still, Woods feels the need to tackle this image like a pernicious, ongoing threat. She mounts an unceasing attack, but it is limited to vague, abstract statements. That abstraction is the script’s downfall. There is no dramatization, the occasional tumble or twirl of the Stranger notwithstanding. Instead of telling or enacting a story that embodies an idea, the text proclaims wrongs as generalities. The Fool’s Riddle survives quite well with limited motion, but it cannot survive the lack of character and conflict.

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s The Fool’s Riddle: Hysteria Has No House opens, the stage is black, and just a stack of books and a few scarves lie strewn on the floor. A young female dancer in a short top hat, tight jacket and leotard enters to unfurl and spin the scarves while the play’s title and some wordplay are projected onto the back wall. And then two stage assistants roll on a wheelchair containing Jocelyn Woods. Her entrance, under low theater lights, is mysterious. Gauzy fabric shrouds Woods, and assistants peel it away to reveal her in a loose array of tumbling white, iridescent garments. She wears a large, odd hat; something between a fool’s horned cap and a stylized uterus, it represents the two central preoccupations of this play. Woods speaks from the stationary wheelchair, her movement confined to slight changes in the upper half of her body. The program states that she has a neuromuscular disease. It’s evident in her skeletal arms and bent wrists, curled inward to plant her hands in her lap. But Woods distills our attention to her vocal power and facial expressiveness, and, though she’s a frail figure, her wheelchair assumes the significance of a throne. As well as performing, Woods wrote and directed The Fool’s Riddle. But she is not alone onstage. Woods characterizes herself as the Fool; she calls the dancer, played with nice concentration by Becca Aranda, the Stranger. As the show progresses, Woods seems to grow more powerful in her chair. During transitions made tantalizing by low light, she has assistants quietly ministering to her in small gestures that transform Woods’ costumes. She has music underscoring some transitions, and photographs of herself projected on the wall. She has the Stranger, a companion who primarily sits or stands still on the stage but occasionally portrays a metaphorical analogue to something the Fool says. After a while, it’s clear Woods has caused all of these things to be. She may not be capable of lifting her arms, but she has constructed a world to rule. It’s remarkable to watch her fragile presence as the center of something that emanates in ripple after ripple, projecting from her.

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or hard-core, hill-climbing cyclists around Vermont, and plenty more from out of state, summertime means the call of the LAMB — the 100-plus-mile route that traverses the Lincoln, Appalachian, Middlebury and Brandon gaps. Forcing cyclists to wheel and wheeze up and down more than 10,000 feet, it’s a bragging-rights ride of passage. It’s also a genuinely intimidating undertaking: What happens if your bike, or your body, breaks down on the super steeps? This weekend, Green Mountain gearheads eager to try the LAMB will get the European treatment when the first-ever Vermont Gran Fondo rolls into Addison County. Think mechanics, course marshals and peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, plus the support vehicles known, appropriately enough, as SAG wagons. Described by Bicycling magazine as a “party on wheels,” a gran fondo is typically a high-spirited affair that treats cyclists to sumptuous meals and fine wines after a ferocious ride through the European countryside. The local event on June 14, however, will be less of a party and more of a panting, heartstopping, adrenaline-rushing ride up and down Vermont’s most notorious mountains. “This will be hard,” promises event director Sue Hoxie. “It is not the average cyclist who is going to be able to do this.” Oh, and there will still be a party. It’s down in the town of Middlebury, where a slew of arts events will celebrate the area’s rich biking culture. “You sometimes don’t realize what you have until somebody else whispers it in your ear,” says longtime Cornwall resident and Sports Illustrated writer Alex Wolff. He recalls when another publication, Yankee Magazine, called his county home to the best road biking in New England. “I said, ‘Yeah, that’s us!’ The drivers are considerate, and the people who bike seriously remark on how they don’t run into one another because there are so many roads,” Wolff says. “It’s a matter of embracing and formalizing what we have, like the LAMB.” The idea of a Vermont Gran Fondo got legs late last summer, when nearly a dozen cycling enthusiasts began working with the Addison County Chamber

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of Commerce to organize and promote a road ride akin to the Vermont 50 mountain bike race out of Brownsville. They wanted it to be tough but fun. “It’s not a race,” says Ripton rider and Vermont Gran Fondo organizer Willem Jewett, who happened to be in France last summer when 8,000 people showed up for a spin. “The format is accessible not just to the fittest of people.” For those who aren’t quite geared up for the full Gran Fondo of 104 miles and 10,700 feet of climbing on all four gaps, there’s the Medio Fondo (69 miles and 7,300 feet of climbing on the Lincoln and Appalachian gaps) and the Piccolo Fondo (46 miles and 3,100 feet of climbing on the Brandon and Middlebury gaps). Hoxie reports that the oldest rider registered so far is 70. The youngest is 13, part of a family vacationing from Wisconsin — 60 percent of the entrants hail from out of state. “This brings people in and shows them that this is a great place to ride the roads, stay in the hotels, eat in the restaurants,

which is what we’ve also been working on for the winter,” says Mike Hussey, director of the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton. He adds that the Gran Fondo fits neatly into the county’s long-term economic development plan: “These types of events provide jobs that young people entering the work force are looking for.” The route itself might evoke riders’ memories of a typical childhood job — the paper route. “Lincoln Gap is a particularly miserable stretch of road,” says Fondo cofounder Andrew Gardner of Ripton. “I ride it just infrequently enough to forget how steep it is — steep enough that I nearly always have to tack back and forth in a type of ‘paper boy’ cycling maneuver to keep momentum up the climb.” On the slightly milder Middlebury Gap, riders have an extra incentive to put mettle to the pedals. The fastest woman and man through this segment will be named the “Ewe” and “Ram” of the LAMB and win $100 gift certificates for Velocio, a high-end clothing company.

Velocio will introduce its jewel-colored jerseys at Middlebury’s Clementine store on Friday, June 13, part of a community-wide celebration of all things cycling starting this weekend and running through the month. That includes a Friday evening Middlebury Arts Walk featuring a display around town of a dozen “Bicycles Beyond Repair” donated by Local Motion’s Bike Recycle Vermont, followed by a screening of The Armstrong Lie, a documentary by Alex Gibney, at the Marquis Theatre. Après ride on Saturday, Lincoln Peak Vineyard will treat athletes to music by Ten Rod Road and, of course, to wine. More troubling substances will be the subject of discussion on the preceding Thursday night at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, where Sports Illustrated’s Wolff will chat with Reed Albergotti, a Wall Street Journal reporter who coauthored Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever. Wolff was instrumental in bringing

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food Île-aux-Grues — he’s sold out of those until next year. However, he had a stock of 2-year-old cheddar from the same producer, which he described as “more like a 3-year” in its complexity and deep, hazelnut undertones. Nadon was also fresh out of Brebichon from Les Fromages du Verger of SaintJoseph-du-Lac. The farm’s name means “cheeses of the orchard,” and the soft sheep’s-milk fromage boasts a rind washed by cider, so the whole concoction melts with a sweet whisper of apple. To educate Vermonters about a few cheeses worth trying, Nadon sliced up five of his favorites in a variety of categories. All are strongly distinct from Vermont classics, and merit bringing home for an evening of experimentation. Still nervous about being arrested as an international smuggler? Eat your creamy acquisitions in Dunham, along with a local ice cider or rosé, at one of the many wineries and orchards lining Route 202. Few things are better than a Euro-inflected wine-and-cheese picnic about an hour from home.

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orking the counter at his gourmet store La Rumeur Affamée (“famished gossip”) in Dunham, Québec, Yves Nadon has noticed a troubling trend among customers. “All the people want cheese without lactose and without fat,” he said. “You don’t want cheese. You want plastic!” Nadon doesn’t bend to such dietary whims: He’s too proud of the local treasures he sells. Customers at his shop (another, now-unrelated Rumeur Affamée serves the more eastern population of Sutton) include locals and tourists traveling the Route 202 branch of the Québec Route des Vins. Yet, said the cheese expert, few of those shoppers are Vermonters. Why? It goes without saying that Vermont doesn’t lack for fine cheese — or for loyalty to its own producers. But




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locavores in the northern part of the state might want to consider that many southern Québec farms provide cheeses with fewer food miles attached to them than favorite “local” cheeses such as Maplebrook Fine Cheese and Consider Bardwell Farm

ARE VERMONTERS CHEESE XENOPHOBES? (crafted in Bennington and West Pawlet, respectively). Are Vermonters cheese xenophobes? Nadon thinks confusion about bordercrossing rules may be the more significant factor in discouraging Americans from bringing curds home, particularly rawmilk cheeses. In reality, according to the


U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Office at Highgate Springs, no cheeses are prohibited from crossing the border for personal use. Québec isn’t just Vermont’s neighbor to the north but a second North American dairy capital. While Vermont hosts more cheesemakers than any other state in the Union, La Belle Province is home to more than 100 producers. Nadon estimates they make more than 550 varieties, which account for roughly 70 percent of Canadian cheeses. But, while Vermonters who cross the border for dinner may taste the Bleu Bénédictin made by monks in SaintBenoît-du-Lac or a local mozzarella, most of us are woefully ill-informed about the award-winning cheeses available minutes from the border. When Seven Days visited Dunham last week, Nadon gave us an edible tour. He couldn’t offer the sought-after 4- and 6-year-old cheddars from Fromagerie


Do you love Vermont Creamery’s Bonne Bouche? Meet Le Riopelle de l’Isle. Both cheeses are double creams, meaning that extra cream is added before the milk forms into curds. The result is a high butterfat content that makes these cheeses exceptionally creamy. Granted, Le Riopelle has a lot of food miles on it as Québec cheeses go: Isleaux-Grues (“island of cranes”) is north of Québec City, a speck on the St. Lawrence River. The cheese is named for Jean-Paul Riopelle, an abstract painter who spent his final years on the isolated island. His namesake cheese was released just months before his death in 2002. No abstraction is necessary to describe this cheese. A bite is akin to ultra-rich butter as it melts in your mouth. A kick of hay and barnyard tastes distinguishes the bloomy-rind delicacy, made with QUÉBEC CURDS

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Last week, 14 chefs jockeyed for space around a single table in the kitchen of the NEW ENGLAND CULINARY INSTITUTE’s Dewey cafeteria building. They had come from as far as Argentina to tiny Montpelier to meet one man, Bruno Goussault, one of the creators of sous-vide cooking. NECI instructors ANDRE BURNIER and DAVID MILES were among the chefs enrolled in Goussault’s three-day, professionals-only class. (Next year’s class is already a third of the way sold out, says JEAN-LOUIS GERIN, NECI’s executive chef and COO.) Most of the students will use their newly acquired skills in restaurant kitchens or at resorts. Burnier and Miles, for their part, will take what they’ve learned about the exacting cooking technique and teach it to NECI students. Education is particularly important when working with sous-vide. The method of cooking vacuum-sealed meats in a lowtemperature water bath results in exceptionally moist, flavorful food when done correctly. But in the wrong hands, it can be dangerous. Gerin, a longtime sous-vide practitioner, says he’s seen online videos in which cooks prepare meat sealed in a kitchen storage bag or Space Bag. “Of course you will kill somebody,” says Gerin, only half joking. “The beauty of [the class] is to show students not to play with it.” Goussault began developing the technique in 1971. Now chief scientist and founder of the Paris-based Culinary Research and Education Academy, he started his Montpelier class each morning in the meatfabrication classroom, where he discussed the history and theory of sous-vide. From there, chefs moved to the kitchen for hands-on experimentation. They cooked various proteins — ranging from rack of lamb to sweetbreads — in several different ways to see which method worked best for each meat. On the final day of class, the chefs served an afternoon feast that included pork belly cooked for 43 hours with a simple rub of salt, pepper and juniper; 30-percent-butter mashed potatoes (based on the 50-percent recipe of Goussault protégé Joël Robuchon); and tender, intensely flavored carrots. Gerin says hosting the class marks a coup for NECI — and the state. “It’s important for Vermont to have Bruno Goussault and his group,” he says. “It reassures people in the industry that Vermont is not one of the players; it is the player in the Northeast. Vermont is a leader. [Goussault and his associates] are sitting around in Paris and Washington, and they can go anywhere to teach their classes. They chose to be associated with Vermont.”





Even for bean fiends, it’s easy to get stuck in a caffeine rut, ordering the same drink at the same café week in and week out. The Vermont version of a business called the INDIE COFFEE PASSPORT, which debuts on June 15, could give them an incentive to change it up. The concept is simple: Buy a “passport” online or at a Bruno Goussault participating independent coffee shop, then use it to purchase selected drinks at a discount. The Indie Coffee Passport started in Toronto and spread to Ottawa and Montréal, where Burlingtonian HENRI ST-PIERRE discovered it. A business student at McGill University who has worked at various Montréal coffee shops, he saw starting a coffee-focused business as an ideal meeting of interests. Now home for the summer, St-Pierre has recruited 10 Burlington cafés to participate. The $12 passport buys its holder one beverage from each. Each café offers five drink options, including tea at most venues. Choices range from basic coffees and espresso to specialties such as a spicy Aztec Mocha at JUNIPER or BARRIO BAKERY’s Fizzy Lifter, an iced Americano with sparkling water.

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The ALCHEMIST will have to wait another couple of weeks to get final approval for its brewery expansion and new retail space. Last Tuesday, June 3, the HEADY TOPPER brewers were scheduled to meet with the Stowe Development Review Board. That meeting was expected to pave the way for the Alchemist obtaining a new space on Cottage Club Road in Stowe, which would double its production and serve an exclusively retail market. But an hour before the start time, the board notified the brewery that two trustees couldn’t make it and rescheduled the meeting for June 17. The brewers are under contract on a four-acre property, where they plan to produce 9,000 barrels of beer annually and open a tasting room, sales space and visitor center. “A lot of people think we’re moving our brewery,” says Alchemist coowner JEN KIMMICH. “We’re not.” The Waterbury brewery has been a closed-door operation since November 2013, after being unable to keep up with demand from droves of hop-hungry visitors, who have since flooded into town for monthly truck sales to buy cases of brew. Kimmich says the brewers will wait to close on the new property until permitting is finalized, hopefully later this month. Of last week’s setback, she says, “It’s unfortunate. We were so looking forward to getting [the permitting] over with.” In other Alchemist news,

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weekend pouring Bent Hill’s flagship Maple Red ale. It’s a malty, mahoganycolored beer tinged with smoke from roasted barley and syrup from Czok’s family sugarhouse. “It just made sense to do a maple beer,” Czok says. “That’s how most of my recipes happen.” Last weekend, drinkers also tasted a mellow, straw-hued Belgian ale; look for an IPA and a coconut porter in the weeks to come. All ring in at less than 5 percent alcohol, and Czok says he plans to keep it that way: “I like to make something you can drink a few of.” For now, Bent Hill beers are available in growlers and 22-ounce bottles at the brewery and in bottles at SoutH roYAltoN mArkEt and cHEf’S mArkEt and fENix fiNE fooDS in Randolph. Soon, limited quantities will be on draught at AriEl’S rEStAurANt in Brookfield and BlAck krim tAVErN in Randolph. All those establishments are spitting distance from the brewery. Czok says that’s part of the plan: “That’s been our thing — keep it local. No need to rush it.” He encourages travelers to visit the brewery, which, though it feels remote, is only 15 minutes from I-89. “We want to draw people here to see what’s going on and to take in the landscape,” Czok says. “We like it that way, you know? Keep it scenic.” — H.P.E.

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eye will spot few differences between the soft, white cheese with its rusty rind and the baked dessert. Your friend might miss the sweetness at first, but the crusty Brie relative will be sure to please once the shock wears off. Pied-de-Vent is produced in the remote Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the milk of a single herd of cows. They’re fed only local hay, said to have a unique terroir. The result is a nutty

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fromagerie Le Détour, Notre-Dame du-Lac Nadon said this soft, ash-rind goat cheese from the Bas-Saint-Laurent region can be sensitive to temperature. Twenty minutes at room temp don’t suffice for the cheese’s triple textural layers to reveal themselves, yet it liquefies after much more than an hour outside the fridge. When the cheese is eaten at prime time, a claylike rind gives way to a soft second layer and a melting center. Tasters who find goat cheese too tangy or “goaty” in flavor may enjoy mild Grey Owl. The nip of acid is tempered by an exceptionally round, full flavor with a lingering, creamy sweetness. Nadon is particularly fond of the starkly gray-and-white cheese’s moniker. It’s named for Brit Archie Belaney, who adopted the Ojibwe word for “Grey Owl” as his name when he began spreading the tribe’s conservationist message throughout Canada in the early 20th century. Grey Owl himself would be pleased with Fromagerie Le Détour’s care for its Saanen goats. These vegetarian cheeses are produced without animal rennet, meaning the stomach byproduct doesn’t need to be harvested from the happy herd.

fromagerie du pied-de-Vent, Havre-aux-maisons It would be easy to prank a foodie friend by serving up a slice of Pied-de-Vent and telling him or her it’s cheesecake. The

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fromagerie du presbytère, Sainte-Élizabeth de Warwick To francophones, Louis d’Or refers to the gold coins that debuted during the 17thcentury reign of Louis XIII. But this hard cheese is worth its weight in gold: It has won an unprecedented slew of awards in both Canada and the U.S. Besides raking

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flavor with an almost chewy, taffy-like paste. The crumbly mixed rind has an oaky, ashen quality that yields in the end to a butterfat aftertaste. The cheese’s name translates to “foot of the wind,” Acadian slang for the spectacle of sunrays breaking through clouds. To light up the flavor, Nadon recommends enjoying the Pied-de-Vent with honey or maple syrup. “Something sweet,” he says.

in prizes at the Sélection Caseus, in 2011 the Louis d’Or won best in show at the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix and third place at the American Cheese Society Competition. The milk for this organic, raw-milk cheese comes from the Ferme Louis d’Or, the real source of its name. The cheese is produced at a factory based in a parochial house in the small town of Sainte-Élizabeth

At the risk of repeating himself, Nadon couldn’t resist choosing another specialty from Fromagerie du Presbytère for his final suggestion. He chose well. Vermont is home to a few excellent blue cheeses. (Has anyone not fallen in love with Jasper Hill Farm’s Bayley Hazen Blue at first bite?) But Bleu d’Élizabeth bears little resemblance to any of them. First there’s its initial smack of salt. The salinity only serves to amplify the cheese’s uncommonly creamy texture and its subdued bloom of pungency. With more moisture than your average blue, it has no crumbly chalkiness, just a buttery crescendo of grass flavors. The blue mold is the same one used in Stilton, imported from England. Élizabeth is sharp, but not overwhelming, even to a blue-cheese noob. Worth a hop across the border? Absolutely. m Contact:



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unpasteurized cow’s milk. Nadon isn’t the only one who treasures the Riopelle: It has won Best Soft Cheese at the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix and has scored multiple press and crowd-favorite awards from the province-wide Sélection Caseus, Québec Fine Cheese Competition.

de Warwick, between Drummondville and Victoriaville. Nadon said that every other Friday, the cheesemakers ring the bell of the church next door to gather townspeople to try the latest cheeses and give feedback. “It’s very dynamic. That’s why the cheese is very, very good,” he said. “There’s nothing like it.” That much is true. Slightly greasy in texture, Louis offers a meaty taste at first bite. Nadon called it “a long cheese,” referring to its slow build of flavors. Flesh-like savors give way to nuttiness. The cheese lingers on the palate with a wash of umami simplicity — hard to describe, but dangerously easy to eat.

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ara Granstrom pours rose-colored liquid into a glass in the tasting room at Lincoln Peak Vineyard. “Color is a really important part of rosé,” she says. “A lot of people are scared of pink wine.” Sun filters through a wide door behind her. Beyond, green fields roll into the distance, newly trimmed and fragrant from the season’s first cut of hay. I dip my nose into the glass, breathing in soft, fruity florals, and then take a sip. Smooth and bright, the wine sings an early summer tune. In it are notes of strawberry and watermelon, denser layers of stone fruit, and zippy acid for a crisp, dry finish. “People are starting to realize that pink wine doesn’t have to be scary,” says Granstrom, daughter of Lincoln Peak founders Chris and Michaela Granstrom. She’s right. In recent years, rosé has flowed into the American mainstream like a deep, fast-moving current. But what’s really surprising — in fact, flabbergasting — about Granstrom’s lovely pink pour is that it’s a Vermont wine, made on-site in New Haven with grapes grown out back. Not so long ago, Vermont wine was considered laughable. Granstrom is a second-generation farmer who grew up growing strawberries. Her father, head winemaker Chris Granstrom, picked his last berry in 2001 and planted his fields with newly hybridized cold-climate vines, most of them developed at the University of Minnesota in the late 1990s and early aughts. The Granstrom family has been making wine on River Road ever since. Sara Granstrom says this year’s Starlight rosé was really an excuse to try something new and interesting. “This one may stick,” she says with a smile. The new varietals, and the winemakers who grow them, are starting to come into their own. “It’s been neat to taste other [local] wines made from the same grapes we’re growing, and to see … these are the characteristics of Marquette as a wine grape,” Granstrom says. “It’s really neat to see that identity coalesce.” Even five years ago, it was too early to understand that identity. “There just wasn’t a critical mass of wine [from these grapes] to taste, not only in Vermont but

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anywhere in the world,” says Granstrom. Vermont’s fledgling industry has ascended a steep learning curve, but in the past couple of years, local winemakers have started to turn heads. “It feels like we’re really on the cusp of some kind of transformation in the public eye,” Granstrom says. Part of the challenge was that few people had heard of the grapes. With names like Marquette, Frontenac, La Crescent and Louise Swenson, most of the vines thriving in Vermont are hybrids of wild North American grapes — Vitis riparia — crossed with traditional European Vitis vinifera. The new grapes are prodigious fruiters and hardy to about minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Since these varietals have never been grown in Vermont before, the wines they’ll

produce over time are simply unscripted. But if the sturdy little grapes represent a blank page, local winemakers are busy penning a new chapter. “We’re free to experiment as much as we want,” says Chris Granstrom, standing in his vineyard in mud boots and a T-shirt. Overhead, tiny green clusters of grape buds dangle and bob in the breeze, and rows of vines extend toward a vanishing point at the edge of the woods. “In France, there are all these rules about what you can and can’t do,” Granstrom says. “Here, we’re free to just pick things up and try them as we go along.” This year’s Starlight rosé began as an orange wine, fermented with its skins on. “I think the year before, I gave that grape a bit of skin contact, and this year I wanted to do a little more,” Granstrom says. “It was orange, and it was good.” But as the wine approached bottling time, he wanted to play. “We always try a little blend — a bit of this, a bit of that … We had some Marquette in a tank, and I tried a little bit in with this orange wine, and I really liked it,” he says with evident glee. Adding the deep-purple Marquette darkened the wine from pale orange to pink, but Granstrom says color is not the point. “I just decided, orange wine is cool, but I’m going to go with what tastes best to me, so that’s where we went,” he explains. “It’s got more depth than a lot of rosés, I think. You sort of stumble on things sometimes.” Farther south, in the hills of Windsor County, Deirdre Heekin uses a similarly intuitive approach to produce her La Garagista wines. With her husband, Caleb Barber, Heekin runs Osteria Pane e Salute in Woodstock and pours her wines alongside many Italian vintages at the restaurant. When she harvested her first batch of white La Crescent fruit in 2011, Heekin says, “I was tasting it, and I was really interested in making skin contact. I felt like the fruit was telling me that’s what it would like to be.” The result: a funky, earthy, orange wine called Vinu Jancu. “It’s become kind of a signature wine,” Heekin says. “It was the first to gain some real attention outside of Vermont; people were interested that we were making


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a natural orange wine … With so many [sommeliers] interested in working with orange wine right now, the timing has been great.” Orange wines, like rosés, are the darlings of oenophiles. This past spring, Heekin also released a sparkling 2013 pétillant naturel rosé fermented in-bottle using the grapes’ own natural yeast. “We were just, like, OK, let’s try that,” she says. “Everything’s an experiment.” The wine garnered instant accolades, and Heekin says she’ll make it again this season if the harvest permits. “I feel like my role is to respond to what the fruit wants to be … If we try to understand who [these grapes] are intrinsically, we can make really lovely wine with them.” Heekin says she’s been surprised and inspired by the new varietals, noting

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we’ve made it like this, more in the style of a French rosé,” Albert says. He’s come to know the grapes and learned to coax quiet, full flavor from their pulp. “It’s easier to make a nicely balanced wine when it’s on the sweeter side,” he says, but “as you get drier and drier, you start tasting the grapes themselves without being masked by too much sugar.” Albert says he feels poised to step away from sweetness and move in the dry direction. Everyone in the industry — in tasting rooms, wine shops, restaurants and bars — acknowledges that Vermont wine is a young enterprise. In my conversations for this story, no one seemed ready to stand up and call it world-class wine just yet. But the tempered praise seems to stem less from the wine itself than from the anxiety of writing a new history in the face of so many unknowns: the weather-dependent, unpredictable harvests; the new grapes; the winemakers’ inexperience, and their patrons’ hesitation to belly up to the drink after years of subpar vintages. Gail Albert, wife and partner of Ken and the marketing director at Shelburne Vineyard, says production is the easy part. “The hardest part is not Lincoln Peak Vineyards growing the grapes or making the wine,” she says, “but getting they can yield “real first-rate wine.” She people to try them. People come in [the sees rich potential for Green Mountain tasting room] asking for a Chardonnay or growing. “Our soil is very interesting and a Pinot Gris. But then they try [our wines], varied,” she says. “The wines I make with and they like them.” grapes from here are very different than At Dedalus Wine in Burlington, the wines we’re making from Vergennes co-owner Jason Zuliani says Vermont and Addison.” wines are a tough sell. “After years Eighty-odd miles to the northwest, Ken around here working with wine, it was Albert has been making wine at Shelburne really easy to marginalize [Vermont Vineyard since 1998. He supplemented vintages],” he says, “and maybe for good his local harvest with grapes from afar for reason. But I think we’re definitely years, but now he’s pulling clusters from 17 starting to overcome that. hybrid acres around the Champlain Valley. “The wines at Shelburne Vineyard “Rosé,” he says on a recent weeknight in are certainly becoming more and more his tasting room, “is a tricky wine because expressive, and [at La Garagista], they’re you’re taking a red grape and treating it really playing their own game … They get like a white grape.” to do whatever they want,” Zuliani says. Albert’s 2013 Whimsey Meadow Rosé “They don’t compromise, and I think it is deeper and darker than Granstrom’s shows; their wines are extraordinary.” Starlight. It’s bigger and rounder in the He notes that winemakers such as mouth, with strong acid up front and a the Alberts, Granstroms and Heekin are smooth, bubblegum finish. The wine is changing perceptions of wine in Vermont. about 75 percent Marquette. Albert extols “All it takes is one property to sort of pop that heady, blue-black fruit as “the red up and raise the bar so high that everybody grape of the North Country, of Vermont” else either has to step up, or it attracts new and calls it “really a breakthrough grape competition,” Zuliani says. “[Vermonters] in terms of its ability to taste like a world- are producing wines that are really startstandard wine.” ing to raise eyebrows.” m A few seasons deep, Whimsey Meadow is getting drier. “This is the first time Contact: C










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Arts & Culture Series: Introduction to Drawing: Ed Kadunc leads participants through the fundamentals of sketching with pencil. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.


Women Business Owners Network: Central Vermont Chapter Meeting: Laura Lind-Blum of the Vermont Women's Business Center presents "Success, Meaning and Money: Measuring What Matters in Your Business." Central Vermont Community Action Council, Barre, 8:15-10 a.m. $710. Info, 503-0219.


Home Share Now Information Session: Locals get up-to-date on home-sharing opportunities in central Vermont. Cutler Memorial Library, Plainfield, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8544.


Sunset Belly Dance: Dancers tap into ancient traditions in an exploration of modern tribal belly dance. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 7-8 p.m. $13. Info, 985-3819.




Blue-green Algae Monitor Training: Environmental stewards learn how to assess lake conditions, so as to provide weekly reports on algae blooms. See for details. Various Vermont & Plattsburgh locations, 10 a.m., 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 658-1414.


Kingdom Community Wind Tours: Locals learn about alternative energy sources on a visit to the 21-turbine wind farm. Kingdom Community Wind, Lowell, 12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 744-6664.

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Champlain Islands Farmers Market: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. St. Rose of Lima Church, South Hero, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 434-4122.

Foley Brothers Beer Dinner: Hops lovers join the local brewers, who host a four-course meal featuring their craft brews. Willy B's Tavern, Three Stallion Inn, Randolph, 6-8:30 p.m. $50. Info, 565-8500. 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, 673-4158. Newport Farmers Market: Pickles, meats, eggs, fruits, veggies, herbs and baked goods are a small sampling of the fresh fare supplied by area growers and producers. Causeway, Newport, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 274-8206. Sun to Cheese Tour: Fromage lovers go behind the scenes and follow award-winning farmhouse cheddar from raw milk to finished product. Shelburne Farms, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $15 includes a block of cheese. Info, 985-8686. Wednesday Wine Down: Oenophiles get over the midweek hump by pairing four varietals with samples from Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot Creamery and more. Drink, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. $12. Info, 860-9463, Williston Farmers Market: An open-air affair showcases prepared foods and unadorned produce. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, willistonfarmersmarket@

Staying Power Patty Griffin is a force of nature. A folk-music mainstay for more than 20 years, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter defies her diminutive stature with strong, gutsy vocals that propel poignant songs. Known for her ability to capture the idiosyncrasies of love, sadness and everything in between, the Maine native weaves salt-of-the-earth characters into the fabric of Americana. Such is the case with her 2013 release American Kid, an homage to her father. According to Paste magazine, the album sees Griffin “taking emotional truths and cutting to the quick; her razor-sharp sense of detail has never been sharper.”

Patty Griffin Friday, June 13, 7:30 p.m., at Lebanon Opera House. $48-72. Info, 603-448-0400. Saturday, June 14, 8 p.m., at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $15-50. Info, 863-5966.

Wine Tasting: Rockin' Rosé: Think pink! Wine lovers sip palate-pleasing varietals from France, Italy and Spain. The Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free; cost of food and drink. Info, 859-0888.


Bridge Club: Strategic thinkers have fun with the popular card game. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 9:15 a.m. $6 includes refreshments. Info, 651-0700.

health & fitness

Ayurveda: The Healing Diet: Folks learn the basic principles of this ancient alternative medicine, including specific diets based on individual body types or "doshas." The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0186. Montréal-Style Acro Yoga: Using partner and group work, Lori Flower helps participants gain therapeutic benefits from acrobatic poses. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 324-1737. 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.


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Powerful Tools for Caregivers: An in-depth course covers self-care topics relevant to those responsible for the medical needs of their family members. The Arbors at Shelburne, 6-7:30 p.m. $25 suggested donation; preregister; limited space. Info, 985-8600.

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JUN.13-15 | FOOD & DRINK Palate Pleaser Culinary worlds collide at the Stowe Wine & Food Classic. Set amid the stunning scenery of Trapp Family Lodge, this tastebud tempter celebrates a farm-to-table and vine-to-glass philosophy. Friday’s Blues, Brews & Foodtruck Crews kicks off the festivities with tunes from the Dave Keller Band, Trapp Family lagers and tasty eats. The indulgence continues with Saturday’s wine-and-oyster pairing hosted by James Beard Award-winning author Rowan Jacobsen, followed by an auction and five-course gala dinner. Rounding out the feasting, Sunday’s Grand Tasting unites chefs, winemakers and craft brewers for world-class samples of local and international products.

Stowe wine & food Classic Friday, June 13, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, June 14, noon-1:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.; Sunday, June 15, noon-4 p.m., at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. $10-165. Info, 888-683-2427.


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Juliana Birnbaum has lived and worked in the United States, Europe, Japan,  Nepal, Costa Rica and Brazil. Along the way, the cultural anthropologist gained exposure to agricultural models that inform Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms and Communities Worldwide. Coedited with her partner, award-winning filmmaker Louis Fox, the book explores the potential of honoring nature’s patterns and living within its bounds. Featuring 60 community-based projects in diverse climates — think native Hawaiians reclaiming taro agriculture and green technologies in an Italian ecovillage — the collection pairs stunning photography with profiles, essays and interviews that highlight this harmonious practice.


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hen Aaron Malkin and Alastair Knowles take the stage in High Tea, they turn the traditional cup-and-saucer affair upside down. Performing as the characters James Brown and Jamesy Evans, respectively, the critically acclaimed British comedians embody the best of physical comedy. Described by the London Free Press as a “child’s imagination on steroids,” this award-winning theatrical romp transforms a tea party into a buoyant mix of play and peculiarity. Driven by audience participation and the effortless interchange between Malkin and Knowles, this well-choreographed catastrophe heads to the StAmbroise Montréal Fringe Festival with an infectious barrel of laughs.

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Creative Writing Club: Budding wordsmiths ages 9 and up let their imaginations soar with prompts, games and other exercises. Essex free Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. free. Info, 879-0313.

bread loaF orion environMental Writers ConFerenCe: Lectures and readings by Rick Bass, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Alan Weisman and others address the connection between the land and the page. Little Theatre, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton, 9 a.m. & 8 p.m. free. Info, 443-5286.

Meet roCkin' ron the Friendly Pirate: Aargh, matey! youngsters channel the hooligans of the sea with music, games and activities. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. free. Info, 764-1810.

John elder & Clare Walker: The renowned authors excerpt selected works as part of the Writing in Place workshop. Houston House, sterling College, Craftsbury Common, 7 p.m. free. Info, 5867711, ext. 164.

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Mondial de la bière: Beer lovers flock to this

11:20 AM five-day festival featuring samples from nearly 400

international breweries. see festivalmondialbiere. for details. Various montréal locations, 11 a.m.10 p.m. free to attend; $1 per tasting coupon. Info, 514-722-9640. st-aMbroise Montréal Fringe Festival: The world’s most offbeat performers convene for live music, theater performances and everything in between. see for details. Various montréal locations, 5-11 p.m. $28-250 for all-access passes; individual ticket prices vary. Info, 514-849-3378.

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groove is in the heart suMMer MusiC series: An alleyway concert gets folks over the midweek hump. American flatbread Burlington Hearth, 6-8:30 p.m. free. Info, 920-819-0672.


green Mountain table tennis Club: PingPong players swing their paddles in singles and doubles matches. knights of Columbus, Rutland, 6-9:30 p.m. free for first two sessions; $30 annual membership. Info, 247-5913.


Wednesday roadsPokes 101 ride: A gentle training ride builds bike-handling skills and increases confidence and comfort on the road. Road bikes recommended. montpelier High school, 5:30 p.m. free. Info, 229-9409.

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bradFord young Makers Club: kiddos ages 11 through 14 gather for a meeting of the minds. Children's Room, Bradford Public Library, 6-8 p.m. free; preregister. Info, 222-4536. MusiC With Mr. Chris: singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains tykes and parents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. free. Info, 764-1810. Pinkletinks & PollyWogs: Explorers ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions don mud boots and head to Peeper Pond to seek out tadpoles and the elusive water tiger. meet at the sugarhouse parking area. Green mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 9-10:30 a.m. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068.


Mondial de la bière: see WED.11, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. st-aMbroise Montréal Fringe Festival: 'danger unit': yarn Productions presents Jeff Gandell's riotous tale of a 10-year-old boy whose conviction that the end is near leads to hilarious outcomes. Théâtre ste-Catherine, montréal, 7:15 p.m. $8-10. Info, 514-849-3378.


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green Mountain oPera Festival oPen rehearsal: opera fans catch a glimpse of the forthcoming La Cenerentola (Cinderella). schoolhouse, sugarbush Resort, Warren, 7 p.m. free. Info, 496-7722.

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Cheese and Culture: talk & tasting: foodies join Paul kindstedt, author of Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and Its Place in Western Civilization for an evening of fromage and fine wine. The Inn at shelburne farms, 5-7 p.m. $40; preregister. Info, 985-8686.





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eCho aFter dark: sPirits oF verMont: lakeside: Imbibers raise a glass to Vermont's craft distilleries while learning about the art and science behind delicious liquors. ECHo Lake Aquarium and science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $20-25. Info, 877-324-6386. FletCher allen FarMers Market: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. Davis Concourse, fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington, 2:30-5:30 p.m. free. Info, 847-0797. JeriCho FarMers Market: Passersby graze through locally grown veggies, pasture-raised meats, area wines and handmade crafts. mills Riverside Park, Jericho, 3-6:30 p.m. free. Info, 343-9778. Milton FarMers Market: Honey, jams and pies alike tempt seekers of produce, crafts and maple goodies. Hannaford supermarket, milton, 4-7 p.m. free. Info, 893-1009.




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tea & ForMal gardens tour: folks explore the inn and its cottage-style gardens, then sit down to a cup-and-saucer affair complete with sweets and savories. The Inn at shelburne farms, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $18; preregister. Info, 985-8442.


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'the bake oFF': A trio of directors working with separate casts dissect Christopher Durang's zany comedy Beyond Therapy into three different parts. A Q&A follows each performance. flynnspace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $28.80-37.50. Info, 863-5966.

dinner & bikes: A traveling road show of vegan fare and bicycle inspiration features tasty eats, presentations and a film screening. An open discussion follows. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. $20. Info, 540-0406.


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blue-green algae Monitor training: see WED.11, 9 a.m. & 6 p.m.


green Mountain oPera Festival 'Friends & FaMily' ConCert: Gmof artists perform an operatic and Broadway repertoire of songs, arias, duets and ensembles. A reception follows. st. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25. Info, 496-7722,



11-week cognitive therapy or chronic pain education (free of charge) 3 MRI brain scans – before, after, and 4 months following treatment Financial compensation at the completion of the study

young ProFessionals Career event: Those interested in learning about international work centered in the Burlington area network with representatives from local organizations. tetratech ARD, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. free; preregister. Info, 861-2343.


City hall Park lunChtiMe PerForManCes: fiddle-folk stylings from Pete's Posse entertain music lovers. Burlington City Hall Park, noon-1 p.m. free. Info, 865-7166.






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lunCh and learn: the neW suPerFoods: foodies discover the health benefits of coconut oil, chia seeds, cacao nibs and more. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. $17. Info, 540-0186.


italian Conversation grouP: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room,101, st. Edmund's Hall, st. michael's College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. free. Info, 899-3869.


Forza: the saMurai sWord Workout: students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when performing basic strikes with wooden replicas of the weapon. North End studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.

honest Cards Father's day aCtivity: Those who have lost their dad or have a difficult parent-child relationship pen heartfelt sentiments during this cathartic activity. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 302.

interMediate/advanCed english as a seCond language Class: speakers hone their grammar and conversational skills. Administration office, fletcher free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. free. Info, 865-7211.


health & fitness

read to a dog: Lit lovers take advantage of quality time with a friendly, fuzzy therapy pooch. fairfax Community Library, 3:15-4 p.m. free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 849-2420.

english as a seCond language Class: Those with beginner English work to improve their vocabulary. Pickering Room, fletcher free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. free. Info, 865-7211.






haskell sMall: In "mostly mountains," the pianist and composer presents A Glimpse of Silence alongside works by mozart and Alan Hovhaness. Bethany Church, montpelier, noon. free. Info, 646-484-9691. 'Whole lotta love!' led zePPelin tribute: Clint Bierman, Josh Panda and friends pay homage to the iconic British rockers with a mega-watt performance. town Hall Theater, middlebury, 8 p.m. $20. Info, 382-9222.


hot toPiCs in environMental laW leCture series: James E. Landis of the u.s. Navy presents "A federal Practitioner’s Perspective on ocean Resource management." Room 007, oakes Hall, Vermont Law school, south Royalton, noon-1 p.m. free. Info, 831-1228.


'the bake oFF': see WED.11. denise lee: Dedicated to reviving the art of cabaret, the actress and vocalist presents The Divas of American Music. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.y., 8 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-523-2512.

'durang bang': A comedic showcase of short plays by Christopher Durang L t H EAtE R includes Medea, Wanda's Visit and more. montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492.


NatioNal theatre live: Familial ties are tested when a man takes over his father-in-law's company in a broadcast production of Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $16-24. Info, 748-2600. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $18. Info, 863-5966. 'the Prima DoNNettes' auDitioNs: Girls Nite Out Productions hold tryouts for its October musical revue of hits from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. See for details. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info,

WomeN's CirCle: Those who identify as women gather for readings, discussion and activities. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 302, rachel@pathwaysvermont. org.


Ballroom & latiN DaNCiNg: Bolero: Samir Elabd leads choreographed steps for singles and couples. No partner or experience required. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, introductory lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $6-14. Info, 862-2269.

BreaD loaf orioN eNviroNmeNtal Writers CoNfereNCe: See WED.11.

QueeN City CoNtra DaNCe: Atlantic Crossing dole out live tunes while Peter Johnson calls the steps. Edmunds School Gymnasium, Burlington, beginners session, 7:45-8 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $8; free for kids under 12. Info, 371-9492 or 343-7165.

Creative WritiNg WorkshoP: Beginner and advanced wordsmiths polish up their prose in a guided practice led by author Annie Downey and poet Muir Haman. Otter Creek Room, Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 877-2211.

QueeN City taNgo PraCtiloNga: Dancers kick off the weekend with improvisation, camaraderie and laughter. No partner necessary, but clean, smooth-soled shoes required. North End Studio B, Burlington, beginner lesson, 7-7:45 p.m.; informal dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.

JuliaNa BirNBaum: The cultural anthropologist goes green in Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms and Communities Worldwide. See calendar spotlight. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.



miDDleBury CyClefest: reeD alBergotti: Sports Illustrated's Alexander Wolff discusses the professional cycling world with the coauthor of Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever. Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7951. oral storytelliNg WorkshoP: Wordsmiths join Burlington Writers Workshop members in a Moth-style exploration of telling tales live onstage. Studio 266, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 383-8104.

Blue-greeN algae moNitor traiNiNg: See WED.11, 9:30 a.m. CommuNity CoNversatioN: eNviroNmeNtal steWarDshiP: An excerpt from Gifford Pinchot’s essay "The Fight for Conservation" inspires an open discussion about mankind's relationship with natural resources. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-726-6499.


CouPoN QueeN DarBy mayville: Savvy savers swap and share circular clippings. Main Reading Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

veteraNs WritiNg ProJeCt: Editor and writer Joe Ryan helps veterans capture their military experiences on the page. Community College of Vermont, Winooski, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-3024.

Dr. BeaumoNt's tour of terror: Ghost hunters take a macabre journey through the former stomping grounds of the 19th-century physician known for conducting gruesome experiments. Trinity Park, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7-8:15 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577.


QueeN City ghostWalk: DarkNess falls: Paranormal historian Thea Lewis highlights haunted happenings throughout Burlington. Meet at the steps 10 minutes before start time. Burlington City Hall Park, 8 p.m. $15; preregister. Info, 863-5966.

liBBy DaviDsoN: See WED.11.


CCtv 30th aNNiversary Party: Folks fête three decades of Chittenden County's public access television station with food, fun and friends along the shores of Lake Champlain. St. John's Club, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 862-3966.

lyNDoNville DoWNtoWN street festival: Locals convene for music, food, shopping and fun. Depot Street, Lyndon, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 626-9696. st-amBroise moNtréal friNge festival: See WED.11, noon-midnight.


miDDleBury CyClefest: 'the armstroNg lie': Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney examines the life of the multiple Tour de France winner on and off the bike. Marquis Theatre, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $5; free for Vermont Gran Fondo registrants. Info, 388-4841.

food & drink

BelloWs falls farmers market: Music enlivens a fresh-food marketplace with produce, meats, crafts and ever-changing weekly workshops. Waypoint Center, Bellows Falls, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 463-2018. Chelsea farmers market: A long-standing town green tradition supplies shoppers with eggs, cheese, vegetables and fine crafts. North Common, Chelsea, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 685-9987. five CorNers farmers market: From local meats to breads and wines, farmers share the bounty of the growing season. Lincoln Place, Essex Junction, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 999-3249. harDWiCk farmers market: A burgeoning culinary community celebrates local ag with garden-fresh fare and handcrafted goods. Atkins Field, Hardwick, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 755-6349. lyNDoN farmers market: More than 20 vendors proffer a rotation of fresh veggies, meats, cheeses and more. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 535-7528. riChmoND farmers market: An open-air emporium connects farmers and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 999-7514. stoWe WiNe & fooD ClassiC: Oenophiles pair award-winning varietals with gourmet fare while mingling with chefs, winemakers and craft brewers at this culinary celebration. See for details. See calendar spotlight. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, 6-9 p.m. $60-165. Info, 888-683-2427.


BriDge CluB: See WED.11, 10 a.m.

sakaDaWa CeleBratioN: Folks celebrate Buddha's life, death and parinirvana with practices, pujas and a shared vegetarian lunch. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 11:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 633-4136.

health & fitness

sPeCters aND solDiers WalkiNg tour: An exploration of Clinton County's oldest Roman Catholic burial ground and the ruins of Fort Brown elicits thrills and chills. Old Roman Catholic Cemetery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9-10:15 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577.

avoiD falls With imProveD staBility: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $5-6. Info, 658-7477.

aCro yoga: Athletic poses grant yogis the opportunity to explore a partner-based practice. Sangha Studio, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $15. Info, 603-973-4163.

laughter yoga: Breathe, clap, chant and ... giggle! Participants decrease stress with this playful practice. Bring personal water. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 999-7373. yoga CoNsult: Yogis looking to refine their practice get helpful tips. Fusion Studio Yoga & Body Therapy, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 272-8923.


aCorN CluB story time: Little ones up to age 6 gather for read-aloud tales. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. 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. family movie: A robot named Number Five enters the human world in the 1986 hit Short Circuit. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. musiC With Derek: Movers and groovers up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.


PeeP shoW: 'merCury': An evening of genderdefying cabaret celebrates Queen front man Freddie Mercury. Proceeds benefit the Vermont People With AIDS Coalition. The Monkey House, Winooski, 10 p.m. $10. Info, 655-4563.


les fraNCofolies De moNtréal: One thousand international artists take the stage in more than 250 shows for the largest music festival in the French-speaking world. See for details. Various Montréal locations, 5 p.m. Prices vary; most events are free. Info, 514-876-8989. moNDial De la Bière: See WED.11, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. st-amBroise moNtréal friNge festival: 'Bits': Comedian/singer-songwriter Patri Kearns melds humor, vulnerability and over-the-top scenarios in a portrayal of an 1870s schoolmaster. Espace 4001 Space, Montréal, 10:15 p.m. $10. Info, 514-849-3378. st-amBroise moNtréal friNge festival: 'DouBle haPPiNess: a tale of love, loss aND oNe forever family': From fertility woes and Chinese adoption to parental loss and beyond, Kelly Haramis takes audience members on her quest to become a mother. Scène Mini, Montréal, 9:30 p.m. $6-8. Info, 514-849-3378.

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St-AmbroiSe montréAl Fringe FeStivAl: 'DrAg Queen Stole my DreSS': Mother-in-laws meet casino showgirls and a drag queen with kleptomania in Gillian English's hilarious autobiographical tale. Cabaret du Mile End, Montréal, 9:30 p.m. $8-10. Info, 514-849-3378.

SPring migrAtion birD wAlkS: Avian enthusiasts explore habitat hot spots in search of warblers, waterfowl and more. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-8:30 a.m. $10; free for members. Info, 229-6206.


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F St-AmbroiSe montréAl Fringe RO BC O LB FeStivAl: 'living your DreAmS': U RN Stephen Spinola lends a lightheartedness to an examination of why we lose sight of the things that we truly want to do. Spanish Club Español, Montréal, 11:45 p.m. $3-5. Info, 514-849-3378.

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St-AmbroiSe montréAl Fringe FeStivAl: 'reAl DeAD ghoStS': Shelby Company presents its award-winning drama about a young married couple whose secluded anniversary celebration goes awry. Montréal Improv Theatre, 8 p.m. $8-10. Info, 514-849-3378.

brown bAg book Club: Bookworms voice opinions about Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

City hAll PArk lunChtime PerFormAnCeS: Singer-songwriters Michael Chorney and Maryse Smith entertain music lovers with a midday show. Burlington City Hall Park, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.


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St-AmbroiSe montréAl Fringe FeStivAl: 'me & my monkey': Set in 1976 just outside South Central Los Angeles, Bradley Spann's comingof-age solo show explores the dynamics of a dysfunctional family in which a primate figures prominently. Scène Mini, Montréal, 7:45 p.m. $8-10. Info, 514-849-3378.


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'when Froggy ComeS A CAllin': From bullfrogs to spring peepers, biologist John Jose details the ecology and vocalizations of local frogs and toads. A hike to the North Branch Park beaver ponds follows. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $5-12; preregister. Info, 2238000, ext. 202.

the Full moon mASQuerADe: PeoPle unDer the StAirS: Fully independent since their 1998 debut, the famed Los Angeles-based hip-hop duo lights up the stage. For ages 18 and up. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8-11:45 p.m. $15. Info, 540-0406. hASkell SmAll: See THU.12. Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, 646-484-9691. mAgiC hAt Summer SeSSionS: Revelers jam out to local acts in the brewery's beer garden while sipping suds and nibbling Skinny Pancake crêpes. Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2739. new muSiC on the Point: Musicians ages 18 and up culminate a two-week camp with a contemporary chamber music concert. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 382-9222. PAmelA guiDetti & elAine greenFielD: Celebrating 20 years of collaboration, the flutist and pianist present "A Spring Evening of Music and Art," featuring works by Bach, Brahms and others. St. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-20; free for ages 15 and under. Info, 863-5966. the PASSeri trio: Accompanied by pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti, the threesome interprets works by Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Michael Close and others in "Songbird: A Concert for Spring." Richmond Free Library, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 229-9901. PAtty griFFin: With strong vocals and evocative lyrics, the Grammy Award-winning singersongwriter embodies the best of Americana. Parker Millsap opens. See calendar spotlight. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $48-72. Info, 603-448-0400. yAnkee ChAnk: The local quartet serenades picnickers with Cajun and Zydeco tunes as part of the Wine Down Friday music series. Lincoln Peak Vineyard, New Haven, 6-8 p.m. Free; cost of food and drink. Info, 388-7368.


moonlight in vermont Full moon hike: Nature lovers watch the moon rise over Lake Champlain on an evening trek over moderate terrain, weather permitting. Headlamp or flashlight recommended. Niquette Bay State Park, Colchester, 8:30-10:30 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4. Info, 893-5210.

'the bAke oFF': See WED.11. 'DurAng bAng': See THU.12, 8 p.m. 'the PrimA DonnetteS' AuDitionS: See THU.12.

breAD loAF orion environmentAl writerS ConFerenCe: See WED.11.

eSteFAniA PuertA: The Burlington-based poet shares stanzas from her debut collection Naturalization. Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 660-9346. oPen miC & PoPSiCleS: Performers take the stage with music, stories, poems, jokes and more. Frozen treats round out the evening. The Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 888-4928218, ext. 300.



eFFeCtive orgAniC PeSt Control: Master gardener Charlie Nardozzi shares tips and techniques for protecting plots from insects and disease. Red Wagon Plants, Hinesburg, 9:30-11 a.m. $10; preregister. Info,


libby DAviDSon: See WED.11.


tAg & book SAle: A massive sale offers thousands of titles alongside miscellaneous items. Wake Robin Retirement Community, Shelburne, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5100.


keeP burlington teleCom loCAl CooPerAtive meeting: Like-minded locals convene to recap the past year and discuss the Queen City's fiber network. Cafeteria, Edmunds Middle School, Burlington, breakfast, 9 a.m.; meeting, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 399-2493. vermont ADAPtive Ski AnD SPortS Summer volunteer trAining: Recreational enthusiasts learn about opportunities to work with physically disabled clients looking to participate in fairweather activities. Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info,


Swing DAnCe with lewiS FrAnCo AnD the miSSing CAtS: Folks of all skill levels don cleansoled shoes and put their best foot forward at this informal groove session. Champlain Club, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 448-2930.



The GhosTs of The old PosT: Locals keep an eye out for the "Lady in White" while exploring Old Post Cemetery, the final resting place of more than 100 unknown soldiers. The Old Post Cemetery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9-10:15 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577. oPen house/sun ParTy: Sky gazers join members of the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation to mingle over a state-of-the-art research telescope. Northern Skies Observatory, Peacham, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 313-205-0724. Queen CiTy GhosTwalk: darkness falls: See FRI.13. The sPiriTs of suny PlaTTsburGh: From a long-forgotten graveyard to a mournful apparition, thrill seekers delve into spine-tingling mysteries associated with the college campus. Steltzer Road, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7-8:15 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577.

fairs & festivals

sT-ambroise monTréal frinGe fesTival: See WED.11, noon-midnight.


'a sailor-made man': Pianist Jeff Rapsis provides live accompaniment for the 1921 silent film starring Harold Lloyd as a wealthy young man who signs up for the navy to win over the girl he loves. Brandon Town Hall, 7 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, 603-236-9237.

food & drink

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. burlinGTon food Tour: Locavores sample the Queen City's finest cuisine on a scrumptious stroll that stops at the Burlington Farmers Market and an area restaurant. East Shore Vineyard Tasting Room, Burlington, 12:30-3 p.m. $45. Info, 277-0180, Caledonia farmers markeT: Growers, crafters and entertainers gather weekly at outdoor stands centered on local eats. Pearl Street, St. Johnsbury, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3088.

ChamPlain islands farmers markeT: See WED.11, St. Joseph's Church, Grand Isle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 434-4122. ChoColaTe TasTinG: Sweets lovers tap into the nuances of sour, spicy, earthy and fruity flavors. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 448-5507.

farm-To-Table dinner: Chefs, farmers and foodies celebrate the state's thriving locavore movement with a meal of locally produced fare. Coach Barn Lawn, Shelburne Farms, reception, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7:30 p.m. $90-100 includes wine; preregister. Info, 985-8686.

norwiCh farmers markeT: Neighbors discover fruits, veggies and other riches of the land offered alongside baked goods, handmade crafts and live entertainment. Route 5 South, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447. PiTTsford farmers markeT: Homegrown produce complements maple products and artisan wares at this outdoor affair. Pittsford Congregational Church, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 483-2829.

ruTland CounTy farmers markeT: Downtown strollers find high-quality produce, fresh-cut flowers, sweet treats and artisan crafts within arms' reach. Depot Park, Rutland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813 or 353-0893. shelburne farmers markeT: Harvested fruits and greens, artisan cheese and local novelties grace outdoor tables at a presentation of the season's best. Shelburne Town Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2472. sTowe food & wine ClassiC: See FRI.13, Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, noon-1:30 & 6 p.m. $60-165. Info, 888-683-2427.

waiTsfield farmers markeT: Local entertainment enlivens a bustling, open-air market boasting extensive seasonal produce, prepared foods and artisan crafts. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027.

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health & fitness

r.i.P.P.e.d.: See WED.11, 9-10 a.m. saTurday morninG run/walk: Amateur athletes make strides at an informal weekly meet-up. Peak Performance, Williston, 8-9 a.m. Free. Info, 658-0949.

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workouT of The day: Area athletes training for upcoming Spartan Race events break a sweat as part of this nationwide fitness event. See for details. Rugby Field, University of Vermont, Burlington, 9-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 508-320-7568, jessicas@spartan. com.


barnyard & foresT exPloraTions: Kiddos ages 3 through 12 and their adult companions encounter stone walls and forest critters on an exploration of Sallie's Sheep Farm. Mill Trail Cabin, Stowe, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 253-7221. saTurday sTory Time: Youngsters and their caregivers gather for entertaining tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

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mondial de la bière: See WED.11, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. sT-ambroise monTréal frinGe fesTival: 'Crook of my dreams': Anchored by sisters Sophie and Phina Pipia, this Generation Goat Rocket production brings elements of dance and vaudeville to a musical thriller. Espace 4001 Space, Montréal, 8:15 p.m. $10. Info, 514-849-3378.

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food Jobs summiT: Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross keynotes this daylong gathering featuring local employers such as Pete's Greens, Vermont Soy, Caledonia Spirits and others. Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 586-7711, ext. 164.

norThwesT farmers markeT: Foodies stock up on local produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 827-3157.


CrafT brew raCe & fesTival: Runners and walkers pound the pavement on a 5K road race, then join fellow fermentation fans for afternoon festivities. Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, noon & 12:30-4 p.m. $15-65. Info, 401-318-2991.

newPorT farmers markeT: See WED.11.


Cold roasT beef, salad and sTrawberry shorTCake dinner: Diners take the picnic inside with a buffet of meat, potato and broccoli salads, and dessert served buffet-style. Vergennes United Methodist Church, 5-6:30 p.m. $4-8; takeout available. Info, 877-3150.

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CaPiTal CiTy farmers markeT: Meats and cheeses join farm-fresh produce, baked goods and locally made arts and crafts throughout the growing season. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958.


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.

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St-AmbroiSe montréAl Fringe FeStivAl: 'JuSque dAnS leS oS': Inspired by an actual event, Stéphanie Pelletier's drama explores a winter night in which a stranger threatens to enter the protagonist's home. Espace 4001 Space, Montréal, 4 p.m. $8-10. Info, 514-849-3378. St-AmbroiSe montréAl Fringe FeStivAl: 'le 2e Sexe': Five performers take the stage in this contemporary dance piece about the beauty and strength of women amid the media's hyper-sexualized images and stereotypes. Mission Santa Cruz, Montréal, 6:45 p.m. $8-10. Info, 514-849-3378. St-AmbroiSe montréAl Fringe FeStivAl: 'me & my monkey': See FRI.13, 3 p.m. St-AmbroiSe montréAl Fringe FeStivAl: 'reAl deAd ghoStS': See FRI.13, 5:15 p.m.


dAvid vAndervort quArtet: Born out of impromptu jam sessions, the foursome's knack for jazz improvisation shines at an intimate show. Brandon Music Café, 7:30 p.m. $15; $35 includes dinner package; preregister; BYOB. Info, 465-4071. ethiopiAn boogie beneFit: The New Nile Orchestra brings infectious Ethiopian funk to a fundraiser for Action for Youth and Community Change. Authentic cuisine completes the evening. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 6-10:30 p.m. $10-20; free for kids under 12; cash bar. Info, 716-640-4639. me2/orcheStrA: A program of works by Handel, Mozart and others featuring soloist Wesley Ray Thomas raises awareness about mental health issues through music. A reception and presentation by Green Mountain Psychiatric Hospital CEO Jeff Rothenberg follow. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, 863-5966. new muSic on the point: See FRI.13, 2:30 p.m. pAtty griFFin: See FRI.13. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-50. Info, 863-5966. rocheSter chAmber muSic Society: Violinist Soovin Kim and pianist Levca Jokubaviciute open the 20th season of RCMS with an all-Beethoven program. Federated Church, Rochester, pre-performance lecture, 7 p.m.; concert, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 767-9234.


bird monitoring wAlk: Experienced birders lead a morning excursion in search of various species in their natural habitats. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 7-9 a.m. Donations. Info, 434-3068. brAnch out burlington! tree wAlk: Arborists Warren Spinner and Brian Sullivan share trunk trivia on a leisurely stroll through the New North End. Private residence, Lakewood Estates, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 862-8245 or 656-5440.

building, where Revolutionary hero the Marquis de Lafayette laid the cornerstone in 1825. Burlington City Hall, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.

Runners. Bagels and coffee at Onion River Sports follow. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 229-9409.

mount ethAn Allen hike: Hikers gain 1,800 feet of elevation on a 5.5-mile trek to the summit. Contact trip leader for details. Richmond Park and Ride, 9 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info,

vermont grAn Fondo: Stunning views reward cyclists, who climb thousands of vertical feet on 46-, 75- and 103-mile routes through the Green Mountains. See for details. Middlebury Snow Bowl, Hancock, 8 a.m. $75-100. Info, 388-7951.

time trAvelS through nAture: A guided wAlk: An interactive exploration tours the remains of a historic sheep farm, an old saw mill and more. Meet at the trailhead. Mill trail Cabin, Stowe, 10:3011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 253-7221. wArblerS, woodS And wAterShedS: A rangerled hike covers the basics of monitoring birds, salamanders, forest health and water quality. Meet at Prosper Road parking lot. Marsh-BillingsRockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 457-3368, ext. 22.


3-d printing, deSigning & ScAnning with blu-bin: Instruction in basic programs teaches attendees how to build digital models of their ideas. Blu-Bin, Burlington, noon-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 345-6030. digitAl video editing: Final Cut Pro 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, bill@ mAnAging your woodS with birdS in mind: A hands-on woodland-management session teaches avian enthusiasts how to integrate beneficial forestry practices on their own property. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 8:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 723-6551, ext.115.


chAmp ride: Pedal pushers cycle 17- to 100-mile routes along Lake Champlain at a benefit for Vermont CARES. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 6 a.m.4 p.m. $15-75; $30 with minimum of $100 raised. Info, 863-2437. northeASt kingdom roller derby: 'Sibling rivAlry': A flat-track showdown between hardhitting local ladies pits Borderline Disorders against twin City Riot. Chester Arena, Lyndon Center, 6-8 p.m. $10-12. Info, 755-6843, run For empowerment: Runners make strides at this annual 10K run, 5K walk/run and 1K fun run supporting Women Helping Battered Women. Waterfront Park, Burlington, registration, 8 a.m.; fun run, 9 a.m.; run, 9:15 a.m. $35-45. Info, 658-3131. SAturdAy group runS: Athletes break a sweat in a morning workout led by the Montpelier

women'S roAd rideS: Casual-to-intermediate pedal pushers team up with Julie Noyes. Road bikes recommended. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 229-9409. xip Single bypASS mountAin climb: Bikers test their physical and mental stamina while navigating obstacles on a sprint up and down Burke Mountain. Burke Mountain, East Burke, 9 a.m.-noon. $65. Info,


'the bAke oFF': See WED.11. 'durAng bAng': See tHU.12, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. 'the primA donnetteS' AuditionS: See tHU.12, 10-10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


breAd loAF orion environmentAl writerS conFerence: See WED.11. extempo: live originAl Storytelling: Amateur raconteurs have 5 to 7.5 minutes to deliver first-person tales from memory at this open-mic event. The Blue Barn, Calais, 8 p.m. $5. Info, SArAh roSedAhl: Poultry lovers join the author and illustrator, who signs Chickens! Illustrated Chicken Breeds A to Z. Northeast Kingdom Artists Guild, St. Johnsbury, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 748-0158.

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btv FleA: An eclectic mix of vintage household goods, local artwork, wood-fired pizza and Switchback Brewing Company tours delights market goers. Vintage Inspired, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 488-5766.


northweStern urgent cAre pre-opening dAy celebrAtion: Locals recognize the St. Albans medical office with health screenings, a barbecue and kids activities. Northwestern Urgent Care, St. Albans, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 524-8911.


bAlkAn Folk dAncing: Louise Brill and friends organize people into lines and circles set to complex rhythms. No partner necessary. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. $6 suggested donation. Info, 540-1020.


hAtS oFF to Summer: Folks don summer whites for a croquet lawn party featuring cocktails and gourmet hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds benefit Greater Northshire Access television. The Wilburton Inn, Manchester, 5-8 p.m. $40. Info, 362-7070. JuStin morrill homeSteAd open houSe: Expansive grounds boast a Gothic Revival historic house, formal gardens and walking trails. A performance by folk troubadour Spencer Lewis rounds out the day. Justin Morrill Homestead, Strafford, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 765-4288. lightS! cAmerA! Auction!: Supporters of town Hall Theater place bids at live and silent auctions. Live entertainment and refreshments complete the evening. town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 6-9 p.m. $25. Info, 382-9222. queen city ghoStwAlk: wicked wAterFront: Paranormal authority Thea Lewis leads a spooky stroll along the shores of Lake Champlain. Meet at the fountain at the bottom of Pearl Street 10 minutes before start time. Battery Park, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15; preregister. Info, 863-5966.

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St-AmbroiSe montréAl Fringe FeStivAl: See WED.11, noon-midnight.

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green mountAin operA FeStivAl operA brunch: Foodies feast on gourmet fare while GMOF performers provide an atmosphere of music and culture. timbers Restaurant, Warren, 11 a.m. $25; preregister. Info, 583-6800. ice creAm SundAyS: Sweets lovers make and taste the summer treat, then learn the history of the "great American dessert." Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 12:15 & 2:15 p.m. Regular admission, $4-14; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355. South burlington FArmerS mArket: Farmers, food vendors, artists and crafters set up booths in the parking lot. South Burlington High School, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 207-266-8766. Stowe Food & wine clASSic: See FRI.13, noon-4 p.m. winooSki FArmerS mArket: Area growers and bakers offer ethnic eats, assorted produce and agricultural products. Champlain Mill Green, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 413-446-4684.



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Community RestoRative yoga: Tisha Shull leads a gentle practice aimed at achieving mindbody balance. Sangha Studio, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 603-973-4163, Community vinyasa: Rose Bryant helps students align breath, intention and inner balance. Sangha Studio, Burlington, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Donations. Info, 603-973-4163. BRooke moen: The local acupuncturist and herbalist presents "The Garden of Your Gut: Internal Ecology as the Foundation for Health." A Q&A follows. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 881-8675. yogiC sCienCe: PRanayama and meditation: Mindfulness techniques focus the senses and support an asana practice. Proceeds benefit the Center for Mindful Learning. Sangha Studio, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Donations. Info, 603-973-4163.


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Russian Play time With natasha: Youngsters up to age 8 learn new words via rhymes, games, music, dance and a puppet show. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. sundays FoR Fledglings: From feathers and flying to art and zoology, junior birders ages 5 through 9 develop research and observation skills in a lighthearted environment. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 2-3 p.m. Free with museum admission, $3.50-7; free for members; preregister. Info, 434-2167.


dimanChes FRenCh ConveRsation: French students of varying levels engage in dialogue en français. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.


gReen mountain BRass Band: More than 20 local musicians deliver a mix of classic and contemporary tunes. Waterbury Center State Park, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 244-1226. monkton Community CoFFeehouse: Accompanied by Charlie Frazier and Abby Jenne, the Bessette Quartet entertains picnickers with a blend of rock, jazz and blues. Monkton Recreation Field, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 453-6067. the Roys: The award-winning brother-sister duo bring big bluegrass rhythms to the stage. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $20-33. Info, 760-4634.


lavendeR WRites oF veRmont: LGBT and LGBTfriendly writers hone their skills in a supportive environment. RU12? Community Center, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, lavenderwritesofvt@


mondial de la BièRe: See WED.11, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. st-amBRoise montRéal FRinge Festival: 'Bits': See FRI.13, 6 p.m. st-amBRoise montRéal FRinge Festival: 'CRook oF my dReams': See SAT.14, 2:30 p.m.

st-amBRoise montRéal FRinge Festival: 'douBle haPPiness: a tale oF love, loss and one FoReveR Family': See FRI.13, 11:45 p.m.

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eaRly BiRdeR moRning Walk: Avian enthusiasts don binoculars and keep a lookout for winged species. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-9:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 434-2167.


Fox sPRing gReen: Racing fans fill the stands as stock-car racers complete laps around the track. Devil's Bowl Speedway, West Haven, 1:30 p.m. $1012; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 265-3112. Walk FoR the animals & doggie Fun Run: Two- and four-legged friends raise funds for the Humane Society of Chittenden on a 5K run and/or a lively stroll. Prizes, live music and Ben & Jerry's ice cream follow. See for details. Battery Park, Burlington, run registration, 8 a.m.; run, 9 a.m.; walk registration, 10 a.m.; walk, 10 a.m. $30; additional donations accepted. Info, 862-0135, ext. 15. Women's PiCkuP soCCeR: Quick-footed ladies of varying skill levels break a sweat while stringing together passes and making runs for the goal. For ages 18 and up. Starr Farm Park, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3. Info, 864-0123.


'the Bake oFF': See WED.11, 2 p.m. 'duRang Bang': See THU.12. 'the Fool's Riddle: hysteRia has no house': Jocelyn Woods embodies Naught-Begot, ambassador of the Ship of Fools, in this one-act play where genius, madness and orgasm are all kin. For ages 18 and up. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $21-26. Info, 863-5966.


dave landeRs: The St. Michael's College visiting professor examines societal constructions of masculinity in I Wish He'd Taught Me How to Shave. Phoenix Books Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. gail gauthieR: Referencing her Vermont childhood and events from Ethan Allen's life, the children's author discusses The Hero of Ticonderoga. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556.

st-amBRoise montRéal FRinge Festival: 'high tea': A cup-and-saucer affair transforms into a fantastical wonderland in James Brown and Jamesy Evans' physical comedy. See calendar spotlight. Cabaret du Mile End, Montréal, 7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 514-849-3378.

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FRenCh ConveRsation gRouP: dimanChes: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.


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Libby Davidson: See WED.11.


African Dance Class: Master drummer Moussa Traore leads an exploration of traditional Malinese steps. Loft, Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 5:307 p.m. $14. Info, 859-1802.


Trivia Night: Teams of quick thinkers gather for a meeting of the minds. Lobby, Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 651-5012.

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Avoid Falls With Improved Stability: See FRI.13. Gentle Hatha Yoga: Students set individual goals in a supportive practice of slow movements focused on calming the mind and body. Personal mats required. John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, UVM, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Donations. Info, 683-4918. Monday-Night Fun Run: Runners push past personal limits and make strides at this weekly meet-up. Peak Performance, Williston, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0949. R.I.P.P.E.D.: See WED.11. Vigorous Hatha Yoga: An energized sequence of postures builds endurance, balance and strength. Personal mats required. John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, UVM, Burlington, 12:301:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 683-4918.

Alice in Noodleland: Youngsters get acquainted over crafts and play while new parents and expectant mothers chat with maternity nurse and lactation consultant Alice Gonyar. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Electrifying Painted Faces: Little ones ages 5 and up who sign up for the Fizz, Boom, READ! summer reading program don eye-catching designs. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Mayor Miro Powers Up Summer Reading: Budding bookworms get acquainted with Mayor Weinberger, who kicks off the Fizz, Boom, Read! program. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


Courageous Conversations Through Art: 'Weekend': RU12?'s Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Community Advisory Group hosts a screening of the drama about two men whose brief affair sparks a lifetime connection. A discussion follows. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.

St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival: 'Me & My Monkey': See FRI.13, 9:30 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.

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Art Auction: Avian enthusiasts place silent bids on 37 themed works at this benefit for the Wild Bird Fund. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 540-0406.

Intro to Yoga: Those new to the mat discover the benefits of aligning breath and body. Fusion Studio Yoga & Body Therapy, Montpelier, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 272-8923.

Libby Davidson: See WED.11.

Nia Class: Drawing from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts, a sensory-based movement practice inspires students to explore their potential. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $13. Info, 863-6713.


Women Business Owners Network: Middlebury Chapter Meeting: Leadership coach Sarah Gillen presents ways to adhere to the right professional track and avoid becoming overwhelmed. Rosie's Restaurant, Middlebury, 8-10 a.m. $7-10. Info, 503-0219.


Electrifying Painted Faces: See MON.16. Simon Brooks: Readers up to age 18 join the storyteller for tales that celebrate science. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.

Women Business Owners Network: Stowe Chapter Meeting: Kate Gavin and Vivian Infantino explore the importance of self-care in "Holistic Beauty Inside and Out." The Stowe Inn, 8:30-10:30 a.m. $7-10. Info, 503-0219.

Yoga With Danielle: Toddlers and preschoolers strike a pose, then share stories and songs. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.



French Conversation Group: Beginner-tointermediate speakers brush up on their language skills. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195.

Home Share Now Info Session: Locals get upto-date information on home-sharing opportunities in central Vermont. Home Share Now, Barre, 5:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8544.

Pause-Café French Conversation: French students of varying levels engage in dialogue en français. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.


UVM Food Systems Summit: Influential thinkers exchange ideas and opinions about creating sustainable food systems. See for details. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, noon-5 p.m. $25125. Info,


Les FrancoFolies de Montréal: See FRI.13, noon.


St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival: 'BITS': See FRI.13, 8 p.m.

African Drum & Dance Workshop: Moussa Traore lends his percussion expertise to an evening of infectious rhythms from Mali. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, drum, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; dance, 6:30-8 p.m. $12-16. Info, 859-1802. Intro to Tribal Belly Dance: Ancient traditions from diverse cultures define this moving meditation that celebrates the feminine creative energy. Comfortable clothing required. Sacred Mountain Studio, Burlington, 6:45 p.m. $12. Info,

St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival: 'Crook of My Dreams': See SAT.14, 6:15 p.m. St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival: 'Danger Unit': See THU.12, 5:30 p.m. St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival: 'Drag Queen Stole My Dress': See FRI.13, 11:15 p.m.



St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival: 'Living Your Dreams': See FRI.13, 10 p.m.




St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival: 'Jusque dans les os': See SAT.14, 10 p.m.

Rutland County Farmers Market: See SAT.14, 2-6 p.m.


Les FrancoFolies de Montréal: See FRI.13, noon.

Village Harmony Alumni Ensemble: See MON.16, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 426-3210.

Old North End Farmers Market: Locavores snatch up breads, juices, ethnic food and more from neighborhood vendors. Integrated Arts Academy, H.O. Wheeler Elementary School, Burlington, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 324-3073,




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Knights of the Mystic Movie Club: Cinema hounds screen campy flicks at this celebration of offbeat productions. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 356-2776.

Book Discussion: 'Blue Collar America': Bookworms consider a minimum-wage existence as presented in Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.


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Swing Dance Practice Session: Twinkletoed dancers learn steps for the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.



Hot Tuna & Leon Russell: Drawing on 50 years of stage time, the duo welcomes the rock-and-roll session man for an evening of blues and more. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $34-54. Info, 603-448-0400.

St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival: See WED.11, noon-midnight.


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Bridge Club: See WED.11, 7 p.m.

Tea & Formal Gardens Tour: See THU.12.

Village Harmony Alumni Ensemble: Larry Gordon and Tatiana Sarbinska direct college-age singers in a program of international choral music. East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m. $510. Info, 426-3210.

Vermont Lake Monsters: The Green Mountain State's minor-league baseball team bats against the Connecticut Tigers in this season opener. Centennial Field, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5-8. Info, 655-4200.



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

Shakti Tribal Belly Dance With Susanne: Students get their groove on with this ancient and spirit-inspired improvisational dance form. Soul Fire Studio, Burlington, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $15. Info, 688-4464.

St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival: See WED.11, noon-midnight.



St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival: 'High Tea': See SUN.15, 6 p.m. St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival: 'Living Your Dreams': See FRI.13. St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival: 'Real Dead Ghosts': See FRI.13, 11:30 p.m.

Ziggy Marley: Bob Marley's firstborn lends his Grammy Award-winning talents to infectious reggae rhythms as part of his Fly Rasta Tour. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $40.50-60.50; limited seating. Info, 775-0903.


Finding Pleasure in Caregiving: Stephanie Spaulding of Serenity Caregiver Coaching presents ways to remain optimistic and incorporate self-care techniques into the demanding work. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


RoadSpokes 201 Ride: Cyclists training for the Onion River Century Ride gradually increase their pace in a training session. Montpelier High School, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-9409. Stand Up Paddle Board Demo Day: Umiak Outdoor Outfitters hosts a demonstration of the popular low-impact aquatic activity. North Beach, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 651-8760. Stand Up Paddle Board Demo Day: Waterbury Center: Experts show newcomers how to glide across the Reservoir's waters. Waterbury Center State Park, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 253- 2542. Tuesday Mountain Rides: Cyclists of all skill levels brush up on their technique while cruising local trails. Mountain bikes suggested; helmets required. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-9409. Women's Wednesday Mountain Rides: Beginner-to-intermediate pedalers cruise scenic routes. Mountain bikes suggested; helmets required. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-9409.


Hot Topics in Environmental Law Lecture Series: Sandra Zellmer of the University of Nebraska College of Law shares her expertise in "Unnatural Disasters: How Law Hurts, How Law Helps." Room 007, Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 831-1228.


'Young Frankenstein': The St. Michael's Players interpret Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan's stage adaptation of the former's 1974 comedic film. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 8 p.m. $37-46. Info, 654-2281.


Moth Story Slam: Wordsmiths take the stage and have five minutes to tell true tales inspired by a shared theme. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $8. Info, 863-5966. Poetry & Hip-Hop Showcase: An evening of wordplay and music features artists Dann Lawrence and Brainwave Bionics alongside North Country rappers Antwon Levee and Sarah Impalin. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-310-0659. Wavell Cowan: The local author explores human beings' connection to the Big Bang in Escaping an Evolutionary Dead End. A book signing follows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 'What Makes a Story?': Burlington Writers Workshop members share short stories, then discuss their craft. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0774.


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tEEn WritErs group: Budding wordsmiths ages 12 through 18 develop their skills with naturethemed exercises. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291, mross@stjathenaeum. org.




WomEn businEss oWnErs nEtWork: burLington ChaptEr mEEting: Realtor Suzanne Johnson imparts her knowledge in "Giving Back: Making Philanthropy Part of Your Business Plan." Holiday Inn, South Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $17-20. Info, 503-0219.


Community DinnEr: Diners get to know their neighbors at a low-key, buffet-style meal organized by the Winooski Coalition. O'Brien Community Center, Winooski, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; transportation available for seniors. Info, 655-4565. vErmont ski anD snoWboarD musEum annuaL mEEting: A recap of events, exhibits and programs paves the way for a discussion of future plans. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Stowe, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 253-9911.


uvm FooD systEms summit: See TUE.17, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.


'Fizz, boom, rEaD' stitCh-in: Members of the Green Mountain Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America demonstrate needlework techniques with themed projects. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


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food & drink

ChampLain isLanDs FarmErs markEt: See WED.11. miDDLEbury FarmErs markEt: See WED.11. nEWport FarmErs markEt: See WED.11. WiLListon FarmErs markEt: See WED.11. WinE tasting: summEr on thE Coast: From the Tuscan coastline to the historic island of Corsica, varietals capture the essence of their surroundings. Dedalus Wine Shop, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-2368.


briDgE CLub: See WED.11.

homE aCuprEssurE For your gut: Acupuncturist Joshua Singer shares techniques for managing heartburn, stomachaches and other conditions. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.

montréaL-styLE aCro yoga: See WED.11. r.i.p.p.E.D.: See WED.11.


LEs FranCoFoLiEs DE montréaL: See FRI.13, noon. st-ambroisE montréaL FringE FEstivaL: 'bits': See FRI.13, 9:30 p.m. st-ambroisE montréaL FringE FEstivaL: 'DoubLE happinEss: a taLE oF LovE, Loss anD onE ForEvEr FamiLy': See FRI.13, 7:45 p.m. st-ambroisE montréaL FringE FEstivaL: 'Drag QuEEn stoLE my DrEss': See FRI.13, 7:45 p.m. st-ambroisE montréaL FringE FEstivaL: 'high tEa': See SUN.15, 9:30 p.m. st-ambroisE montréaL FringE FEstivaL: 'JusQuE Dans LEs os': See SAT.14, 6:30 p.m.


st-ambroisE montréaL FringE FEstivaL: 'LE 2E sExE': See SAT.14, 6:15 p.m. st-ambroisE montréaL FringE FEstivaL: 'rEaL DEaD ghosts': See FRI.13, 6:15 p.m.


City haLL park LunChtimE pErFormanCEs: Run Mountain brings toe-tapping old-time tunes to an outdoor performance. Burlington City Hall Park, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.

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groovE is in thE hEart summEr musiC sEriEs: See WED.11. summEr EvEnings With vErmont trEasurEs: As part of a concert series benefitting the old Meeting House, the Will Patton Quartet entertains music lovers with selections ranging from bebop to Brazilian sambas. Old Meeting House, East Fairfield, 7-9 p.m. $15; free for kids under 12. Info, 827-6626. viLLagE harmony aLumni EnsEmbLE: See MON.16, Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 426-3210.


grEEn mountain tabLE tEnnis CLub: See WED.11. northEast kingDom roLLEr DErby LEaguE opEn rECruitmEnt: Roll models welcome skaters of all ability levels for adrenaline-pumping laps around the flat track. Gymnasium, Newport Municipal Building, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 755-6843. WEDnEsDay roaDspokEs 101 riDE: See WED.11.


thE mEt: LivE in hD sEriEs: A broadcast production of Verdi’s Rigoletto stars Željko Lucic in the title role opposite Diana Damrau as Gilda. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $10.50-12.50. Info, 748-2600. 'young FrankEnstEin': See TUE.17, 8 p.m.


CrEativE Writing CLub: See WED.11.

CharD DEniorD & arLEnE DistLEr: The local poets share stanzas as part of the Readings in the Gallery Series. A reception and book signing follow. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. m



book saLE: Bookworms stock up on gently used reads at this benefit for the library. Rutland Free Library, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860.

'aDopt a bEaniE pEt': Youngsters take home a fuzzy stuffed-animal friend for a week and keep a daily journal of their adventures to share. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.



Living a ConsCious LiFE: Choosing to rEmEmbEr anD rEaLizE your souL: Attendees explore a state of ease, lightness and inner peace found in the present moment. Moonlight Gifts, Milton, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 893-9966.

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gErman-EngLish ConvErsation group: Community members practice conversing auf Deutsch in a supportive environment. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

WEDnEsDay WinE DoWn: See WED.11.

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art WATERCOLOR PAINTING OAKLEDGE PARK: Outdoor painting at Lake Champlain! Paint water, skies, mountains and wonderful summer light under the direction of an experienced watercolor teacher. Students should know watercolors prior to taking this class. Open to those who have taken OLLI Level 2 watercolor understanding of color theory and basic watercolor techniques are essential. Thu., Jul. 10 & Mon., Jul. 21, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $45/members; $30/nonmembers. Location: OLLI at UVM, 322 South Prospect St., Burlington. Info: 656-2085,, learn.uvm. edu/olli.

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PHOTO: DIGITAL SLR CAMERA: Explore the basic workings of the digital SLR camera to learn how to take the photographs you envision. Demystify f-stops, shutter speeds, sensitivity ratings and exposure, and learn the basics of composition. Bring your camera and owner’s manual to class. No experience necessary. Weekly on Wed., Jul. 9-Aug. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $160/ person; $144/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. SILKSCREENING: Torrey Valyou, local silkscreen legend and owner of New Duds, will show you how to design and print T-shirts, posters, fine art and more! Learn how to apply photo emulsion, use a silkscreen exposure unit, and mix and print images using water-based inks. No experience necessary. Weekly on Thu., Jul. 10-Aug. 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $210/person; $189/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.

SUMMER CAMP: DIGITAL FILMMAKING: This camp will explore the basics of digital filmmaking, videography, sound mixing and more! Students will shoot footage in Burlington and will make short projects with professional filmmaker Michael Fisher. Video camera provided. Offered in partnership with VCAM. Check online for a full listing of all our camps. Scholarships available. Ages 12-14. Aug. 11-15, 8:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. Cost: $300/person; $315/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, Digital Media Lab, Burlington.

computers INTRO 3-D DRAFTING/ SOLIDWORKS: Learn the fundamental skills needed to make useful engineering drawings. Learn the necessary commands, options and menus in the context of completing a design task. Major topics covered: Sketching, basic part modeling, part symmetry, patterning, revolved features, shelling and ribs, editing: repairs, editing: design changes, using assemblies, engineering drawings. Jul. 18, 19 & 20, 9 a.m.4 p.m. Cost: $285/3-day class. Location: Vermont Woodworking School Computer Lab, 148 Main

CREATE A CROCK FOR FERMENTATION: Make your own clay crock pot, a time-honored cooking vessel used for making sauerkraut, pickles and other fermentation recipes. We will use the slab and coil methods to make our own crock pots. We will be carving, pressing, piercing and stamping the clay with local found materials. No experience necessary. Sat., Jun. 14 & 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $135/members; $125/nonmembers. Location: Springhouse Pottery Studio, Charlotte. Info: 985-8686, registration@ FERMENTATION W/ SANDOR KATZ: Learn the complex techniques and flavors of fermented food and drink with renowned fermentation expert Sandor Katz. You’ll learn how to make fermented vegetables (kimchi, anyone?), beverages (including a fruit-based wine), dairy products (yogurt, sour cream, etc.), grains, legumes, and starch. Program includes lectures, demonstrations and a hands-on element. Tue., Jul. 22, 9 a.m.-Wed., Jul. 23, 5 p.m. Cost: $135/2-day intensive workshop. Location: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: Shelburne Farms and Chelsea Green, 985-8686, registration@ , event/two-day-fermentationintensive-workshop-with-sandor-katz.

dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required,

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

empowerment DEVELOPING YOUR INTUITION: Learn six proven ways to access your inner wisdom and discover your personal intuitive style. Led by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author, with over 30 years of experience in Jungian analysis, dreamwork and leading adult programs. Limited to 12 students. Jun. 21-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $75/person. Lunch incl. Location: 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Info: 244-7909.

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DAVINCI BODY BOARD: This is a cardio fitness and core strength workout utilizing the DaVinci BodyBoard and stretch bands. The system is easily adjusted for all fitness levels, so anyone can get the full benefits. It’s a high intensity, low-timecommitment workout Ì¢?? we’ll have you in and out in 30 minutes. Weekly on Mon., Jun. 23-Aug. 11, 5:30-6 p.m. Cost: $109/nonmembers; $79/members. Location: Winooski Y, 32 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski. Info: Dianne Villa Schwartz, 652-8157, H.I.I.T. WARRIORS: Designed to train obstacle race competitors, this class focuses on High Intensity Interval Training that will help prepare you for Spartan Races, Tough Mudders and Zombie Survival. If trail running, hill sprinting, and sandbag carrying sound like your idea of a great weekend, then this class is for you. Weekly on Mon., Jun. 23-Aug. 11, noon-1 p.m. Cost: $109/nonmembers; $79/members. Location: Winooski Y, 32 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski. Info: Dianne Villa Schwartz, 652-8157, OUTDOOR STRENGTH FUSION: Ever had that perfect mix of balance, core and strength blended into a delicious hour of pulsepounding music and served with a smile? Welcome to Strength Fusion, where you walk away knowing you’ve done something vigorously indulgent. This summer, we’re taking it outside! Keep them guessing what your secret is! Weekly on Thu., Jun. 26-Aug. 14, 5:30-6:20 p.m. Cost: $109/nonmembers; $79/members. Location: Winooski Y, 32 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski. Info: Dianne Villa Schwartz, 652-8157, QI GONG: Qi Gong, which literally means energy work, refers to a group of exercises that help to cultivate and regulate the flow of energy in the body. This vital energy, is essential for good health and longevity. When our vital force is flowing harmoniously, all aspects of our being benefit. Weekly on Sat. starting Jun. 21, 10-11 a.m. Cost: $45/month FITNESS

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FILMMAKING ART INSTITUTE: Explore digital filmmaking and create a project with a team of fellow student filmmakers and teacher professional filmmaker Michael Fisher. Explore camera techniques, scripting, sound mixing, editing and more. All equipment provided. Experience

SUMMER CAMP: CAMP TADPOLE: Join us for weeklong morning camps in the BCA Clay Studios! Each week explore camp themes: drawing, painting, crafts, clay, collage, and much more. Each camp has two instructors and an assistant with a max of 10 students. Check online for a full listing of all our camps. Scholarships available. Ages 3-5. Jun.-Aug., 8:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $175/person; $157.50/ BCA members. Location: BCA Clay & Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.


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, 8:159:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,,

on the streets of Burlington with our certified trainer as we incorporate a mix of strength, calisthenics and plyometrics to get you into the best shape of your life. After this eight-week session, you’ll never look at the streets of Burlington the same way again. Weekly on Tue., Jun. 24-Aug. 12, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Cost: $109/nonmembers; $79/members. Location: Pomerleau Family Y, 266 College St., Burlington. Info: Dianne Villa Schwartz, 6528157,


CLAY: WHEEL THROWING MONDAYS: An introduction to clay, pottery and ceramics studio. Work primarily on a potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, creating functional pieces like mugs, vases and bowls. No experience needed! Includes over 30 hours/week of open studio time, tools, equipment, glazes, firing and a 25-pound bag of clay. Mon., Jul. 7-Aug. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $230/person; $207/BCA

DROP-IN: LIFE DRAWING: This drop-in life-drawing class is open to all levels and facilitated by local painter Glynnis Fawkes. Spend the evening with other artists, drawing one of our experienced models. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. Mon., Jul. 7-Aug. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $8/person; $7/BCA members. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit free!. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington.

INTRODUCTION TO RUBY: Want to learn computer programming but not sure where to start? Learn a language used for web and iPhone apps, system administration, and security. This oneday workshop includes thorough introduction to programming fundamentals with Ruby, even if this is your first line of code. Advance RSVP required to attend. Sat., Jun. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $90/8-hour class. Location: Community College of Vermont, 1 Abenaki Way, Winooski. Info: Girl Develop It Burlington, Maureen McElaney, 465-1828, burlington@, girldevelopit. com/chapters/burlington.

just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077,


CLAY: SILKSCREEN SLIP TRANSFERS: Explore the possibilities of surface decoration using slip transfers on thrown and slab-built forms. Learn basic silkscreening techniques, as well as printing and applying silkscreened slip transfers. Includes over 30 hours per week of open studio time, tools and equipment, glazes, firing and a 25-pound bag of clay. Sun., Jul. 20 & 27 & Aug. 3, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $90/person; $81/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.

CLAY: WHEEL THROWING THURSDAYS: An introduction to clay, pottery and ceramics studio. Work primarily on a potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, creating functional pieces like mugs, vases and bowls. No experience needed! Includes over 30 hours/ week of open studio time, tools and equipment, glazes, firing, and a 25-pound bag of clay. Weekly on Thu., Jul. 10-Aug. 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $230/person; $207/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.

SUMMER CAMP: ARTVENTURE: BCA and Burlington Parks & Recreation present Artventure! Spend the morning in BCA’s art studios exploring painting, printmaking, craft and the pottery wheel. In the afternoon, join Parks & Rec for a variety of fun activities and fieldtrips including swimming at North Beach, bowling, berry picking and more. Daily hot lunch included. Ages 6-11. Week of Jul. 21 & 28 & Aug. 4 & 11, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $350/ person; $315/BCA members. Location: BCA’s Clay & Print Studio (morning) and Edmunds Elementary School (afternoon), plus field trips, Burlington.

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members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.

in filmmaking is not required. Offered in partnership with VCAM. Ages 15-18. Jul. 21-25, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $350/ person; $315/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, Digital Media Lab, Burlington.



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ROPES, BELLS & WHISTLES: Battle ropes, kettle bells and gasping breaths. Now that’s what we call a class! If you’re interested in strength conditioning and keeping your heart rate up, this is a great introduction to a variety of balance and weight equipment designed to challenge your heart, lungs and musculature. Weekly on Wed., Jun. 25-Aug. 13, 5:30-6:20 p.m. Cost: $109/nonmembers; $79/ members. Location: Winooski Y, 32 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski. Info: Dianne Villa Schwartz, 6528157, WOMEN’S SMALL GROUP STRENGTH TRAINING: There are few things more inspiring than meeting a woman who knows how to kick some gluteus maximus at the gym. This class focuses on exercises that will bring out the Wonder Woman in all. Let our certified trainer be your guide to fit! Weekly on Tue., Jun. 24-Aug. 12, 5:30-6:20 p.m. Cost: $109/nonmembers; $79/ members. Location: Winooski Y, 32 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski. Info: Dianne Villa Schwartz, 6528157,

healing arts DOCTOR-SUPERVISED JUICE FAST: Celebrate your food independence! Dr. Joshua Green, naturopathic physician, gently guides you through the three stages of an 11-day, 100 percent whole food juice/smoothie fast: 1. Bulking cleanses and detoxifies. 2. Fasting heals with vitamins and minerals. 3. Food reintroduction carefully brings solid foods back in. The fast ends just before the 4th of July. Fri., Jun. 20, 6:30-8 p.m.; Mon., Jun. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Fri., Jun. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Tue., Jul. 1, 6:307:30 p.m. Cost: $120/4.5 hours of guidance, written handouts & supplements. Location: Eco Bean & Juice, 688 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Vermont Natural Family Medicine, Joshua Green, 2388603, thegreendoctor@gmail. com, vermontnaturalfamilymedicine. com.

herbs WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Currently interviewing applicants for Wisdom of the Herbs 2014 Certification Program, Jun. 28-29, Jul. 26-27, Aug. 23-24, Sep. 27-28, Oct. 2526 and Nov. 8-9, 2014. Learn to identify wild herbaceous plants and shrubs over three seasons. Prepare local wild edibles and herbal home remedies. Practice homesteading and primitive skills, food as first medicine, and skillful use of intentionality. Experience profound connection and play with Nature. Handson curriculum includes herb walks, skill-building, sustainable harvesting and communion with the spirits of the plants. Tuition $1750; payment plan $187.50 each month. VSAC nondegree grants available to qualifying applicants; apply early. Annie McCleary, director. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, annie@,

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language LA COCINA MEXICANA: This course will be held only in Spanish. We will analyze the different cooking styles in Latin America, as well as the diversity of ingredients used in Latin cooking. We will discuss food and cooking terminology, analyze recipes, make a list of ingredients and go shopping at a supermarket. Fri. & Sat., Jul. 18 & 19. Cost: $150/nonmembers; $105/members. Location: OLLI at UVM, 322 South Prospect St., Burlington. Info: University of Vermont, 656-2085, uvmolli@, SPANISH CLASSES STARTING SOON!: Sign up now for summer Spanish classes. Our eighth year. Learn from a native speaker in lively small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers. Also lessons for young children; they love it! See our website or contact us for details. Beginning week of Jun. 9; 10 weeks + breaks. Cost: $225/10 classes of 90+ mins. each. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025, spanishparavos@,

jewelry JEWELRY CLASSES: Learn how to make your own jewelry in a fully equipped studio with a German-trained goldsmith in a private and bright atmosphere. All skill levels. For existing students: drop-in hours, Mon., 6-8 p.m. ($8/hour). Also special classes like PMC, sandcasting, make your own wedding bands. 4 classes/mo.: Mon., 9:30-noon, or Thu., 6-8 p.m. Cost: $150/10-hour class (+ cost of silver). Location: 26 Spring St., Burlington. Info: Jane Frank Jewellery Design, 999-3242,,

kids CREATIVE SUMMER CAMPS!: Explore! Thrive! Create! University of Possibilities camps ignite your child’s creativity, knowledge, confidence. Join us in beautiful studio/ outdoors. Interdisciplinary camps use arts and nature as springboard to explore topics such as yoga, science, French, cartooning, creative dance, African drumming and more! Sign up today! Let their imaginations soar! See website for details; 7 weeks to choose from. Cost: $300/ weeklong camp. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., 3rd floor, Burlington. Info:

martial arts AIKIDO CLASSES: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and confidence in oneself. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian

Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and selfconfidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072,,

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 Friday of each month, 7-9 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, MEDITATIONS ON SIMPLICITY: Affluenza is the painful, contagious condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. This workshop introduces participants to meditations on simplicity that relieve affluenza symptoms, offering pointers on how to simplify their lives in discerning and responsible ways. Mon. beginning Jul. 7. By donation. Location: Bassett House, 173 North Prospect St., Burlington. Info: Eric Garza, 881-8675, eric@howericlives. com, simplicity.

movement FELDENKRAIS FOR EVERY BODY: Come and explore the Feldenkrais Method (R) with a guild-certified Feldenkrais Teacher (R). Learn how it can increase flexibility without strain, encourage a mind/ body connection, and relax as well as stimulate. First class is free; registration required.

Every Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Cost: $10/1 hour. Location: Sacred Mountain Studio, 215 College St., Burlington. Info: Gillian Franks, 655-0950, gillian@gillianfranks. com,

music TAIKO, DJEMBE & CONGAS!: Stuart Paton, cofounder and artistic director of Burlington Taiko Group, has devoted the past 25 years to performing and teaching taiko to children and adults here in the Burlington area and throughout New England. He is currently the primary instructor at the Burlington Taiko Space, and his teaching style integrates the best of what he experienced as a child growing up in Tokyo with many successful strategies in American education. Call or email for schedule. Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington & Lane Shops Community Room, 13 N. Franklin St., Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255,,

photography JOHN PAUL CAPONIGRO: John Paul Caponigro, master landscape photographer, will discuss mastering black and white, color theory, color strategies and drawing with light. Hosted by Vermont Professional Photographers. This is bound to be a fabulous class with a stellar artist! Visit his website, sign up for his free emails, and see his work. Jun. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $99/person, incl. lunch & lecture. Location: Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry St., Burlington. Info: 238-4213, cbates@carolynbates. com,

printmaking COLLAGRAPH AND IMAGE WEAVING: The Collagraph process is a fabulous way to make rich and painterly prints without the expense and the toxicity. Come and learn with Master Printer Sarah Amos to make the Multi-Plate Collagraph Technique work for you while incorporating drawing, stencils, water color and collage into the final image. This is a fantastic way for any artist who wants to push their work to a new and exciting level. The class will be taught through a series of demonstrations and class critiques. Jul. 12-13. Cost: $500/2 6-hour days. Location: Sarah Amos Studio, 2139 Shenang Rd., East Fairfield. Info: Sarah Amos, 827-3960,, MULTI PLATE MONOPRINTING: This two-day class with Master Printer Sarah Amos explores the full Multi Plate Mono Printing Techniques, which can create both vibrant and nuanced oil

based prints on paper. This is a new and exciting process in which layering thin veils of oil and etching ink together on multiple surfaces creates gorgeous images. Students will learn the multiple plate system, color registration, layering and application of paint, and hand stenciling. Demonstrations and class discussions will be employed in this class. Jul. 1920. Cost: $500/2 6-hour days. Location: Sarah Amos Studio, 2139 Shenang Rd., East Fairfield. Info: Sarah Amos, 827-3960,,

spirituality MELODY OF THE SPIRIT: Counselor and interfaith spiritual director Carol Fournier, LCMHC, NCC, joins with conductor and vocal instructor Lindsey Warren, MM, to present a workshop designed to help you renew your spirit through contemplative creativity. Awaken your creativity; meditation and contemplation; gentle movement; chanting from various traditions; enhance discernment of your life path. Jun. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $125/5-hour workshop. Location: Silver Dove Institute, Lakewood Commons, East O’Lake House, 1233 Shelburne Rd., S. Burlington. Info: Silver Dove Institute and Northeast Music Studios, Lindsey Warren & Carol Fournier, 498-5700,,

tai chi 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, YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: The slow movements of tai chi help reduce blood pressure and increase balance and concentration. Come breathe with us and experience the joy of movement while increasing your ability to be inwardly still. Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo., $160/3 mo. Location: Mindful Breath Tai Chi (formerly Vermont Tai Chi Academy and Healing Center), 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: 735-5465,,

water sports KAYAKING LAKE CHAMPLAIN: Includes two hours of


instruction, all equipment and another hour to paddle on your own. The class is taught in recreational kayaks, which offer the stability that new paddlers need. You will learn about carrying kayaks, launching and getting out of your kayaks, basic paddling strokes and maneuvering your craft. Fri. Jul. 18, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $70/nonmembers; $55/ members. Location: OLLI at UVM, 322 South Prospect St., Burlington. Info: 656-2085,, learn.uvm. edu/olli.

well-being Meditations on Re-Wilding: Re-Wilding involves taking steps to reintegrate ourselves within our ecological context and reclaim the adaptive potential that is our human birthright. This class will meet outdoors in the greater Burlington area. Sun. starting Jun. 15, 3-4:30 p.m. $50-$150, sliding scale. Location: provided upon RSVP, Burlington. Info: Eric Garza, 8818675,,


yoga BuRlington hot yoga: tRy soMething diffeRent!: Offering creative, vinyasa-style yoga classes featuring practice in the Barkan and Prana Flow Method Hot Yoga in a 95-degree studio accompanied by eclectic music. ahh, the heat on a cold day, a flowing practice, the cool stone meditation, a chilled orange scented towel to complete your spa yoga experience. Get hot: 2-for-1 offer. $15. Go to Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave., Old North End, Burlington. Info: 999-9963.

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evolution yoga: evolution Yoga and Physical Therapy offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: Beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and pre-natal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, core, Therapeutics and alignment classes. Become part of our yoga community. You are welcome here. Cost: $15/class, $130/class card, $5-10/community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642,

yoga Roots: Flexible, inflexible, athletic, pregnant, stressed, or recovering from injury or illness? Yoga Roots has something for you! skillful, dedicated teachers welcome, nurture and inspire you in our calming studio: anusara, Gentle, Kids, Kundalini, Kripalu, Meditation, Prenatal, Postnatal (Baby & Me), Therapeutic Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, Heated Vinyasa, Yin & more! Wed., 6-7 p.m., Basics of Meditation w/ charlie Nardozzi; Thu., 9-10 a.m., Free the Jaw, Neck, shoulders w/ Uwe Mester; Thu., 10:45-11:30 a.m., Yoga Roots sprouts (ages 2-5 w/ parents & caregivers); Mon., 3:30-4:30 p.m., Yoga Roots saplings (K-4th grade); little shamans camp, weekly on Wed., Jun. 11-Jul. 30, 2-3:15 p.m. for ages 5-8; 7 Keys on How to Monetize Your creative Gifts w/ Rosine Kushnick, Jun. 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Transformation through the chakras w/ Heidi Bock & laura lomas, Jun. 28, 1-5 p.m. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. Info: 985-0090,

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PoetRy and teaChing seMinaR: This four-day workshop and seminar for teachers is designed to enhance teaching methods as well as personal writing skills. Through readings, writing, sharing and editing, participants will experiment,

stoRytelling in ClassRooMs: explore traditional folk and fairy tales, fiction, and narrative nonfiction storytelling practices. Participants will be able to share their stories and learn to make this universal form of expression come alive. 16 hours for ceUs. Jul. 21-24, Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: laughing RiveR yoga: Highly $250/16-hour seminar. Location: trained and dedicated teachers WCAX.COM WCAX.COM Wind Ridge Books of Vermont offer yoga classes, workshops, Writers’ Barn, 233 Falls Rd., and retreats in a beautiful setShelburne. Info: Kimberlee ting overlooking the Winooski Harrison, 985-3091-10, River. We offer classes in a kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. variety of forms suitable for all com, levels. Beginners welcome! 200and 300-hour teacher training programs begins in september. Om. $5-14/single yoga class; $120/10-class card; $130/monthly unlimited. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 343-8119,

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PeRfoRManCe WRiting: summer writing camp for middle schoolers. Join alexandra Hudson in creative writing for the stage. This workshop invites you to take creative risks through games and play to help you create characters, scenes, monologues and dialogue. Be brave, be bold and make the magic of theater come alive on the page. Aug. 4-8, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $150/daily 3-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers’ Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Kimberlee Harrison, 9853091-10, kimberlee@,

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 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,,

JouRnal: CReative nonfiCtion: summer writing camp for middle schoolers. What I did on my summer vacation. In this summer workshop, alexandra Hudson encourages journal writing to inspire young writers to share their stories about summer at home and then transform those days of travel or travail into creative nonfiction and short stories. Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $150/daily 3-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers’ Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Kimberlee Harrison, 9853091-10, kimberlee@,

continue their creative development and find fresh ideas to bring to the classroom. all experience levels welcome. 16 hours ceUs. Jul. 14-17, Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $250/16hour seminar. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers’ Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Kimberlee Harrison, 9853091-10, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com,

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ounging on a futon in a lowlit recording room, Tommy Alexander ponders the meaning of “jenke,” a purposeful misspelling of “janky.” “It’s more of a metaphor for [how] you define the world that you live in,” he says. “Something could be ‘jenke’ because it’s falling apart, or you could come into this beautiful space and somehow that could be ‘jenke,’ too. Write your own story. That was the first slogan that I pushed.” Since 2012, Alexander and his business partner, Matt Mantone, both 28, have been helping people tell their stories through Jenke Arts, a nonprofit organization and sustainable artists’ collective. At its multipurpose Church Street space, Jenke offers a low-cost recording studio and a donation-based array of dance, martial arts and visual arts classes. In the past two years, Jenke has grown from a cramped, two-man recording outfit to a Burlington buzzword. “Initially the idea was just to get a bunch of friends together and support each other through collaborating and promoting each other’s shows,” Alexander recalls. Alexander, who hails from Santa Barbara, Calif., is also half of local indiefolk duo Quiet Lion. He and bandmate Alanna Grace Flynn recorded their first full-length album, Whatever You Say, at Jenke in 2013. Mantone, a native Vermonter and University of Vermont alum who hopped around the Burlington production industry for years, also runs his own massage-therapy practice. When Alexander and Mantone met in 2010, the latter owned a studio

on Manhattan Drive and wanted to move the operation to a more secure location with serious business partners. Meanwhile, Alexander had already begun the original Jenke Records. In August 2012, the duo moved into a corner room of the current space at 19 Church Street — separated into three rooms at the time. There began the nonprofit recording aspect, which has produced more than 20 albums to date. Their business model was cheap — in a good way. They wanted to offer an affordable recording space where artists who are able to pay in full, others pay what they can and some pay nothing at all. “We never thought we would open a recording studio to make a bunch of money,” Mantone says. “Tommy and I feel that the rent being covered is more than enough compensation.” In that spirit, Jenke has always sought to showcase little-known acts that need a boost. “The main service being offered was just to record something for people who needed something to help them, just for momentum,” Alexander elaborates. After focusing solely on recording and amassing a slate of talented artists on the label, Alexander and Mantone expanded their tiny studio to encompass the original three rooms of the flat. Jenke Records was rebranded into Jenke Arts, a self-sustaining artist collective with shared responsibility and purpose. This May, Jenke offered more than 90 classes, workshops and events chosen or suggested by the community, totaling 160 hours of creative opportunities. Instructors are charged $10 per hour for use of the space. For a yoga teacher






offering a one- or two-hour class, that comes to $20 or less, which the instructor easily makes up for in student donations. More importantly, Jenke strives to offer educational experiences for both teacher and student at any stage of the creative process. “My whole vibe — and Tommy and I have similar vibes — is I really want to offer something to teachers as a ground for them to be able to make a real living,” Mantone explains. Both he and Alexander agree their credit begins and ends with forming Jenke and offering the physical space. “‘Co-directors’ is a good word for what we do,” Mantone says. “But we really want to give a lot of praise to the people involved, because Jenke would be nothing without the team that we do work with.” In particular, they cite Michael “Tree” Sampson, who plays didgeridoo on Church Street, as a source of inspiration and help. “He is very much a beloved figure and benefactor of this place in many ways,” says Mantone, adding that Sampson chose the studio’s color scheme, a golden yellow shade called Lion’s Heart. While Alexander and Mantone are quick to dish out praise to friends and patrons — including intern Angela Fontaine, who handles scheduling and finances — Jenke draws its spirit from the founding duo. Their combination of recording and booking experience, local connections, musical talent, entrepreneurial instincts and genuine interest in giving back has resulted in a niche arts hub with staying power. In a display of Jenke’s rise to local prominence, the team will be manning the barn stage at Frendly Gathering, a three-day music festival this month in Windham, featuring acts such as Delta Spirit, Deer Tick, Moon Hooch and Kat

Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band. Jack Mitrani, Frendly’s founder, says the Jenke partnership will help bring the festival to new spiritual and musical heights. “The minute I walked in, I was amazed by the magic and positive vibrations of their community and the sounds that day [at the studio],” Mitrani says. “This last week we took our entire Frendly crew to the Jenke studio to learn about how they cultivate creativity and where we can innovate.” After that whirlwind event, Jenke’s next move is finding more permanent financial backers so the collective can grant teachers, artists and musicians scholarships to grow in their craft. They would also like to hold charity events and develop a permanent, paid staff. As Jenke expands its creative catalog into open mic nights, children’s art classes and world dance sessions, fans might fear that the “little recording studio that could” will lose some of its hard-earned status. Alexander and Mantone admit they would like to deemphasize, but not entirely eliminate, the recording aspect in favor of other offerings. But this development may be positive for both the collective and the community it serves. Jenke is, at its core, about the regenerative spark that comes from learning and creating together. As Alexander observes, “There has to be a start. And this is a good place to start because it’s [mostly] free and it’s not a high-pressure situation, and we’ve had a lot of beautiful things come out of that environment.” 




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from a boat in the harbor. I gotta say, that’s something everyone should try at some point in their lives. The sound carries surprisingly well. And it’s just fun to have a different vantage point. Unfortunately, we had to set sail before bElizbEhA took the stage. But I’m told by reliable listeners they partied like it was 1999. As well they should have. I’ve written several times that my favorite aspect of the BDJF is the element of surprise. It seems every year I’m smitten by some band I didn’t know I loved until I stumbled into their show. So it’s a little surprising that one of my favorite moments from this year’s fest involved a band I know quite well, the all-girl rocksteady outfit StEADY bEttY. Regular readers know I’ve been a fan of the band pretty much since its inception as pANtY towN. But SB’s set Saturday evening at American Flatbread was perhaps the best I’ve seen them

They came. They saw. They scatted. And with that, yet another Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is in the books. And to borrow a line from a Facebook status posted by our pal REubEN JAckSoN, host of Vermont Public Radio’s “Friday Night Jazz” show, I miss it already. In part, that’s because I didn’t get to nearly the number of shows I would have liked to this year. Especially with a festival the size of the BDJF, that’s inevitable. There is always something cool happening while you’re at something else that’s also pretty cool. But I did catch a few highlights, which I’ll share with you now. Sometimes I forget just how good JAphY RYDER are. Their set at Radio Bean this past Friday was simply transcendent. Call it progressive jazz, artsy post-rock or, as I’ve been wont to suggest in the past, porn-prog. However you define what they do, Japhy Ryder are a seriously fascinating band seemingly without artistic limitations. Their set that night was electric, exciting and surprisingly moving. At one point, trumpeter will ANDREwS made the hair on my neck stand on end as he played a beautifully mournful line over his band’s simmering groove. Dude plays with a sensitivity and elegance you don’t often see at any level. To see it in the cozy confines of the Radio Bean was truly special.

Also special? Boats! I’ve been going to shows at Waterfront Park for years. And I’ve always been envious of the seafaring folk who get to watch shows from the comfort of their boats in Burlington Bay. It’s something I had not done until this past Saturday, when some friends and I caught kAt

play, which is saying something. And a big reason why was the band’s new bassist, JENNifER GiAmmANco, who recently replaced the group’s original bass player, cARoliNE o’coNNoR — certainly no slouch on the low end herself. Giammanco was the star of the show, which is impressive given that the band features some high-profile talent in the form of vocalists Kat Wright, miRiAm bERNARDo, guitarist liNDA bASSick and drummer JANE boxAll. But Giammanco is a spark plug. Even standing to the side of the small stage, you couldn’t help but watch her energetically bounce and groove to her band’s breezy take on early ska and rocksteady. And oh, what a groove it was. Bass is critically important in rocksteady, and Giammanco plays with a fire and force that elevates Steady Betty to a new level — which is no way meant as a slight to O’Connor, who is also quite talented. And I’m not alone in that thinking. Rob moRSE, widely acknowledged as one of the state’s premier bassists, was equally impressed with Giammanco’s playing as we stood watching the band in the Flatbread alley. “She’s really good,” he told me. Yup. See for yourself when Steady Betty play Positive Pie in Montpelier — with a full compliment of horns, no less — this Friday, June 13. Toward end of their set, Bernardo made an observation about the festival that had never occurred to me before. I’m paraphrasing, but she basically said that, for musicians, the best part of the BDJF is the chance to see all of your friends play. That doesn’t happen as often as you might think, since musicians are often out gigging themselves when their friends are playing. Indeed, the crowds I was part of during the festival were often filled with musicians checking out their friends’ bands, which lent a celebratory air to those shows — including bARikA’s spectacular set at Nectar’s on Saturday following Steady Betty. All in all, it made for a wonderful week and another great jazz festival.


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HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Wild Life (EDm), 10 p.m., free. JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with melody, 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. The Royal noise (funk), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Silent mind (alt folk), 7 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Rick Redington & the Luv (rock), 7 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

ON THE RISE BAKERY: open mic, 7:30 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: Positive Vibes VT presents Rap BTV Hip-Hop Talent Show, 10 p.m., $5.

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

FINNIGAN'S PUB: Craig mitchell (funk), 10 p.m., free.


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

VENUE: noches de Sabor with DJs Jah Red, Rau, Papi Javi, 8 p.m., free.

BAGITOS: andy Pitt (blues, folk), 6 p.m., donation.

HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Half & Half Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA'S: Dale and Darcy (acoustic), 8 p.m., free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: north Funktree (funk), 9 p.m., free.

WHAMMY BAR: Carrie Cooke, Peter Lind & D. Davis (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free.

NECTAR'S: Trivia mania, 7 p.m., free. Bluegrass Thursday Kickoff Party: Cabinet, 9:30 p.m., $2/5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Russell Kaback (funky island beats), 5 p.m., free. Cody Sargent & Friends (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. orchid (jazz), 8 p.m., free. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), 11:30 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: Binger (jam), 7 p.m., free. Claudia Varona Band (rock), 8:45 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area THE BEE'S KNEES: allen Church (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation.

MOOG'S PLACE: open mic, 8 p.m., free.

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

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ZEN LOUNGE: DJs Craig mitchell & D Fuego (house), 10 p.m., free.

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THE MONKEY HOUSE: Haley Bonar, maryse Smith & michael Chorney (indie folk), 8:30 p.m., $7/12. 18+.

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MOOG'S PLACE: Birdshot La Funk (funk), 7:30 p.m., free.



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


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


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RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (EDm), 10 p.m., free.

THE PARKER PIE CO.: Trivia night, 7 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Phineas Gage (folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

THE STAGE: Dale Cavanaugh (singersongwriter), 6:30 p.m., free.

ZEN LOUNGE: Gang of Thieves (funk rock), 10 p.m., $5.

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MONOPOLE: open mic, 10 p.m., free.

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BAGITOS: mike Washburn (folk), 6 p.m., free.

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OLIVE RIDLEY'S: DJ Skippy all Request Live (top 40), 10 p.m., free.




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HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Zomboy, Cookie monsta, TC (EDm), 8:30 p.m., $25/27. AA. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Second Thursday Selector Sets with DJ Disco Phantom (eclectic DJ), 9 p.m., $3-5. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Joe moore Band (blues), 7 p.m., free.

CITY LIMITS: Trivia night, 7 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: DJ Dizzle (house), 9 p.m., free.

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THE PARKER PIE CO.: Jeanne miller & Jim Daniels (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free. THE PUB OUTBACK: Jay natola (solo guitar), 8:30 p.m., free.

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NAKED TURTLE: Turtle Thursdays with 95 XXX (top 40), 10 p.m., free.

Estefania Puerta (poetry), 6 p.m., free. audry Houle (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. The Resonant Rogues (old-time), 8 p.m., free. Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk), 8 p.m., free. You Know ono (basement pop), 10:30 p.m., free. Spit Jack (punk), 12:30 a.m., free. RED SQUARE: Woedoggies (blues), 5 p.m., free. Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers (delta blues), 8 p.m., $5. DJ Craig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Con Yay (EDm), 9 p.m., $5. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Supersounds DJ (top 40), 10 p.m., free. RUBEN JAMES: Leno & Young fri.13

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Built is kicking things off in style, with Pennsylvania’s CABINET. They’re one of the most technically accomplished bands in modern bluegrass — in part because their banjo player, PAPPY BIONDO, is ri-goddamn-diculous. Also, his name is Pappy, which automatically makes him a killer bluegrass player.

Speaking of hip-hop, if you want to get a taste for the local scene, you could do worse than to swing by the Rap BTV Hip-Hop Talent Show at Club Metronome this Thursday, June 12. The showcase features an impressive crosssection of homegrown talent, including HABIT, the BRAIN GANG COLLECTIVE, CHYSE ATKINS and PATRON PONE, to name a few. Also appearing are Barre’s BAR NONE THE BEST. The up-and-coming group recently hit the studio with producer and VT UNION cofounder NASTEE, who tells me the new record is excellent. Dude hasn’t steered me wrong yet, so keep your ears out for that one.



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If you go to one show this weekend — though really, why would you only go to one? — make it PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, who play the Full Moon Masquerade at ArtsRiot on Friday, June 13, with THANKSGIVING BROWN and locals AGENTSLACKER, the last of whom are releasing their debut album on Jenke Arts. (See the story on page 66.) If you’re unfamiliar, PUTS are generally regarded as the most successful independent hip-hop act on the planet. Their forward-thinking wordplay and progressive musicality have earned them one of the better nicknames in the music biz: “The STEELY DAN of Rap Music.” PUTS have a new studio album out, their ninth, called 12 Step Program. Much like their earlier works, the record is informed by West Coast hiphop of the 1990s — PUTS often cite acts such as the PHARCYDE and JURASSIC 5 as influences, which is apparent in their

music. The duo also has a reputation for exceptional live shows, so the chance to see them at ArtsRiot this weekend should not be passed up.


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(acoustic), 6 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.


SIGNAL KITCHEN: William Fitzsimmons, Leif Vollebekk (singersongwriters), 8 p.m., $17/20. AA.

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ZEN LOUNGE: Salsa Night with Jah Red, 8 p.m., $5. DJ Dakota & the VT Union (hip-hop, top 40), 11 p.m., $5.


BLEU: Jeff Wheel and Friends (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. BREAKWATER CAFÉ: Sideshow Bob (rock), 6 p.m., free. CLUB METRONOME: Retronome with DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5. FINNIGAN'S PUB: Donna Thunders and the Storm (country), 10 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): The Jauntee (jam), 9 p.m., $5/8. ZEN LOUNGE: 6-Pack Variety Act hosted by Carmen Lagala (standup comedy), 8 p.m., $5. DJ Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5. Electric Temple with DJ Atak (hip-hop, top 40), 10 p.m., $5.

chittenden county

BACKSTAGE PUB: Cousin It (rock), 9 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Nerbak

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THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: Jason Lowe (rock), 10 p.m., free.

middlebury area

BAR ANTIDOTE: Hot Neon Magic (’80s new wave), 9 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: City Limits Dance Party with DJ Earl (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: DJ Dizzle (singer-songwrter),

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THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Squimley and the Woolens (jam), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.


BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Peep Show!

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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: A House On Fire (rock), 5 p.m., free. Mike & Rodney (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., free.

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ON THE RISE BAKERY: The Deadicated Trio (Grateful Dead tribute), 7:30 p.m., free.

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VENUE: Kiss Alive! (Kiss tribute), 8 p.m., $11.25/15. 18+.

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BAGITOS: Jimmy Ruin (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., donation. CHARLIE O'S: Gringo Star (rock), 10 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA'S: New Nile Orchestra (Afro-funk), 9 p.m., $5. WHAMMY BAR: Katie Trautz (folk), 7:30 p.m., free.

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THE BEE'S KNEES: Spider Roulette (gypsy jazz), 7:30 p.m., donation.

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POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): Steady Betty (rocksteady), 10 p.m., NA.

MOOG'S PLACE: Mud City Ramblers (bluegrass), 9 p.m., NA.

middlebury area

51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Myra Flynn YOUR (neo-soul), 8 p.m., free.


CITY LIMITS: City Limits Dance Party HERE (Top with Top Hat Entertainment 40), 9:30 p.m., free.

Today Is the Greatest

cheaper college tuition. The band’s debut full-length on acclaimed Canadian label Constellation Records, More Than Any Other Day, is a startling work of art-punk that examines themes of isolation and dislocation that are undoubtedly the result of being strangers in a strange land. It is bracing and fearless yet oddly accessible, even in the midst of such thematic uncertainty and sonic anarchy. Ought play the Monkey House in Winooski on Wednesday, June 18, with locals VIOLETTE ULTRAVIOLET. SCAN THIS PAGE 9 p.m., $3. Thunderbolt Research Brothers (blues), 5 p.m., free. Joe WITH LAYAR FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. (blues rock), 10 p.m., $3. McGuinness & Longshot (rock), 9 JP'S PUB: Karaoke with Megan, 10 SEE PAGE 5 p.m., free. p.m., free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: The Aaron Burroughs Band (funk, soul), 9 p.m., free.

upper valley

NECTAR'S: Mumbo (swampy bayou blues), 7 p.m., free. Glen David Andrews, Dave Grippo & the 2nd Line Kings (funk, R&B), 9 p.m., $5.

MONOPOLE: Formula 5 (rock), 10 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Milton Busker (singersongwriter), noon, free. Lesa Bezo of the Fawns (indie folk), 2 p.m., free. Less Digital More Manual: Record Club with Disco Phantom, 3 p.m., free. Daniel Sage (folk rock), 7 p.m., free. Ryan Ober & the Loose Ends (rock), 8 p.m., free. Senayit (neosoul), 9 p.m., free. Causewell Apollo (electronic folk rock), 10:30 p.m., free. The Loudmouths: A Tribute to the Ramones (punk), midnight, free.

MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Strange Changes (rock), 7 p.m., $5. Mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.

NAKED TURTLE: Justice (rock), 10 p.m., $3.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ Reign One (EDM), 11 p.m., $5.

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4/11/14 2:49 PMPHAT KATS TAVERN: Full Moon

Hip-Hop Extravaganza: Mycelium MC, Caveman, 9:30 p.m., NA. THE STAGE: Jay Natola (solo guitar), 8 p.m., free.

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TWO BROTHERS TAVERN LOUNGE & STAGE: Cooper & Lavoie (blues), 6 p.m., free.

TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Blues Sanctuary (blues), 8 p.m., $20.


RUBEN JAMES: Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. SIGNAL KITCHEN: Otis Mountain Get Down: Lineup Release Party (surprise!), 8:30 p.m., $5. 18+.

VENUE: Saturday Night Mixdown with DJ Dakota & Jon Demus, 8 p.m., $5. 18+.

northeast kingdom

THE PARKER PIE CO.: Rusty Belle (Americana), 8 p.m., $5.


THE PUB OUTBACK: Mudboot (jam), 9:30 p.m., free.

CHARLIE O'S: Murder Weapon, Thee Icepicks (punkabilly), 10 p.m., free.

THE STAGE: Val Davis (singersongwriter), 5:30 p.m., free. Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor (blues), 8 p.m., free.

BAGITOS: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation.

NORTH BRANCH CAFÉ: Dale Cavanaugh (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA'S: Andy Pitt (folk), 5 p.m., free. The Burritos (Sublime tribute), 9 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Mark Struhsacker (country), 7:30 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area

THE BEE'S KNEES: Steve Hartman (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: Gneiss (rock), 9 p.m., free. RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: Twiddle (jam), 9 p.m., NA.

outside vermont

MONOPOLE: The Edd (rock), 10 p.m., free.



BREAKWATER CAFÉ: DJ Fattie B (hip-hop), 3 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: Kyle Stevens Happiest Hour of Music (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Vermont's Next Star, 8 p.m., free. THE LAUGH BAR AT DRINK: Comedy Open Mic (standup comedy), 8 p.m., free. SUN.15

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It is easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean.”

Joseph Rittling, Operation Teardrop (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)

Songwriter Joseph Rittling first caught our attention in 2012 with a mysterious EP released with virtually no fanfare under the name Red Man Summer. That eponymous recording, a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Aram Bingham, suggested a distinctive talent was emerging in Rittling. And then, nothing. Rittling seemed to evaporate into the ether almost as quickly as he had appeared. Two years later he’s back, this time with a solo record, Operation Teardrop, that could herald the arrival of a provocative and artistically fearless new voice in Vermont music. Speaking of Rittling’s voice, any discussion of the man’s music should start with his emotive rasp, which often bears a striking similarity to that of M. Ward. Rittling sings with a purposeful reserve in which every breathy note and creaky phrase is well considered. He’s never flashy, though he likely has the chops for more ornamental flourishes. Instead, he uses his voice as part of the larger tapestry of sound, as on album opener “Begin.”

Here a bright array of synth bubbles to the surface before yielding and merging with a melancholy piano progression. Then, that voice. “I fell out of the hole in the wall/ And I can hear for the curtain call/ But I can’t take it, living straightlaced,” he sings. Then, “And I know what I said, but who cares?” From here the song slowly builds into an ethereal, mid-tempo dance-rock cut, propelled by a cruising backbeat and decorated with fleeting waves of synth. It’s stunning in both scope and execution. Rittling proves equally adventurous throughout the record, and more often than not his performance matches his musical curiosity. “PARA” is sinister and dark, featuring moody orchestrations and foreboding percussion that shifts between tribal thump and a solemn march. “Seven (On the Shore)” is lighter and delicate,

built around a beautiful melody line that Rufus Wainwright would adore. It’s elegant and pretty, and a welcome relief from the brooding that precedes it. W.6.11: ZENSDAY with D-FUEGO On a few occasions on Operation & DJ CRAIG MITCHELL 10PM • $3 well drinks Teardrop, however, Rittling’s curiosity gets Th.6.12: GANG OF THEIVES 10PM the better of him. “Giraffe,” for instance, 18+ • $5 cover features awkward rapping that alternates with sung sections. It’s admirably F.6.13: SALSA with JAH RED 8PM ambitious but never quite gels. DJ DAKOTA & THE VT UNION 11PM Rittling rebounds on the following track, “Milkshake,” an album highlight. Sa.6.14: PACK VARIETY ACT Here, a slow burn of airy synth builds to a with CARMEN LAGALA (comedy) 8PM lovely, almost doo-wop-style crescendo. ELECTRIC TEMPLE with D JAY BARON 10PM “Seven (On the Boat)” is lilting and pretty, an aching ballad that ends in a Tuesdays: KARAOKE with EMCEE CALLANOVA wash of programmed beats and elegant 9PM • Craft Beer Specials piano. The title track is somber and disorienting, like something Joe Henry 165 CHURCH ST, BTV • 802-399-2645 might pen if he collaborated with Chromeo. “Epilogue” brightens the mood with jangly art-pop before giving way to 12v-zenloungeWEEKLY.indd 1 6/9/14 6:49 PM album closer “Final Sketch.” The latter is a jarring collage of sound that might confound timid listeners. But its phalanx of noise speaks to Rittling’s own artistic daring and creativity, two qualities that make Operation Teardrop an immensely fascinating listen and Rittling a uniquely ...a healing arts sanctuary dedicated to promising new local artist. providing a quiet, intimate, and safe Operation Teardrop by Joseph Rittling space for sacred and soul-felt is available at community gatherings and workshops. DAN BOLLES SCAN THIS PAGE WITH LAYAR TO LISTEN TO TRACKS


Jimmy Ruin sounds like he could use a hug. On his new album, the dourly titled All for You to Kill, the local songwriter dives deep into the dark, turbulent waters of his own despair. Ruin’s self-described “sad bastard music” is indeed depressing. But there’s always a place for sad songs. And while Ruin’s pervasive gloominess is at times oppressive and overwrought, throughout the album’s 10 well-executed tracks, the man proves he knows his way around a brooding hook.



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Jimmy Ruin, All for You to Kill

Ruin possesses a pretty and expressive tenor. On the opening cut, “Beautiful Lie,” he puts that reedy timbre to good use, spinning a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss that wouldn’t seem out of place on a collection of Demolition-era Ryan Adams B-sides. On the following song, “Another Life,” Ruin fully commits to the mournful tone that will define the album and makes the gritty rock vibe of the preceding track seem almost chipper in comparison. Built around a gently rolling acoustic arpeggio, the song is sad and somber as Ruin sings yet another tale of love and loss — this time, it seems, the result of poor timing. “Maybe in another life, you’ll see in me./ Maybe in another life, our lips will shine./ Maybe in another life, together we’ll die,” he sings in delicate warble not unlike that of Conor Oberst. Oberst, the reigning prince of emoish sad-sackery, would seem an obvious influence on Ruin. “Alone,” which centers on themes of, you guessed it, love and loss, features a pretty melody that harks to Oberst’s 2005 Bright Eyes album, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning.

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NECTAR'S: mI YARD Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Demus, 9 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: celtic Brunch with Hannah Beth crary and John Drury, 11 a.m., free. Pete Sutherland & tim Stickle's old time Session, 1 p.m., free. The tenderbellies (bluegrass), 4 p.m., free. caulborn (dreamy guitar rock), 5:30 p.m., free. tango Sessions, 7 p.m., free. Dale cavanaugh (Americana), 9 p.m., free. Y Naught (experimental), 10:30 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Seth Yacovone trio (blues), 7 p.m., free. Baron Video (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.



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THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch Scramble, noon, $5-10 donation. Fat Laughs at the Skinny Pancake (improv comedy), 7 p.m., $3.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke/open mic, 8 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Hank 3 (country, metal), 8 p.m., $17/20. AA.

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HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Gemini club, Speak 6/9/14 11:09 AM(electro-pop), 8:30 p.m., $10/12. AA. HINESBURGH PUBLIC HOUSE: Sunday Jazz with George Voland, 4:30 p.m., free.


PENALTY BOX: trivia With a twist, 4 p.m., free.


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BAGITOS: turidae (celtic), 11 a.m., donation.


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THE BEE'S KNEES: David Langevin (piano), 11 a.m., free. Green corduroy (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation.

northeast kingdom

THE STAGE: open mic, 5 p.m., free.

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FRANNY O'S: Standup comedy cage match, 8 p.m., free.

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

ZEN LOUNGE: Karaoke with Emcee callanova, 9 p.m., free.

Acoustic Soul Night, 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

JP'S PUB: Dance Video Request Night with melody, 10 p.m., free.

chittenden county

ZEN LOUNGE: DJ craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke with Funkwagon, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: You! BtV Raps (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: The DuPont Brothers (indie folk), 7 p.m., free. open mic, 9 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Sons of Hippies (rock), 7 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Kidz music with Raphael, 11 a.m., $3 donation.

chittenden county

THE MONKEY HOUSE: NNA tapes & WW Pesent: Guerilla toss, Horse Lords (noise rock), 9 p.m., $10/15. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area

MOOG'S PLACE: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free.



CLUB METRONOME: Dead Set with cats Under the Stars (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., free/$5. metal monday: Victim of metal, cruciferion, Boil the Whore, No Son of mine, 10 p.m., $3/5. 18+. FRANNY O'S: The New Roving Nesters (rock), 9 p.m., free. HALFLOUNGE SPEAKEASY: Funkwagon's tequila Project (funk), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR'S: canopy, monkey Bounce (rock, funk), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: Lokum (music of the near east), 6:30 p.m., free. Grup Anwar (classical Arabic music), 8:30 p.m., free. Honky tonk tuesday with Brett Hughes & Friends, 10 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE: Thunderbolt Research (rock), 7 p.m., free. craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., free. SIGNAL KITCHEN: Saint Rich, Landlady, the mountain Says No (rock), 8:30 p.m., $7/10. 18+.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Wakey!Wakey!, Gregory Douglass, Jeff LeBlanc (indie rock, pop), 7:30 p.m., $12/14. AA. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: trivia Night, 7

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CHARLIE O'S: Karaoke, 8 p.m., free. SOUTH SIDE TAVERN: open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA'S: michael t (acoustic), 5 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area

MOOG'S PLACE: The Jason Wedlock Show (rock), 7:30 p.m., free.

middlebury area

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

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BREAKWATER CAFÉ: mango Jam (zydeco), 6 p.m., free. JP'S PUB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. Karaoke with melody, 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. Soft cactus, Juliana Reed Band (rock, R&B), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

chittenden county

THE MONKEY HOUSE: ought, Violette Ultraviolet (rock), 8:30 p.m., $7/9/12/14. 18+.


ON THE RISE BAKERY: Dale HERE cavanaugh (donations), 7:30 p.m., donation.

VENUE: 802 Graduation celebration (EDm, hip-hop), 10 p.m., $15.


BAGITOS: Papa GreyBeard (blues), 6 p.m., donation. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): cajun Jam with Jay Ekis, Lee Blackwell, Alec Ellsworth and Katie trautz, 6 p.m., $5-10 donation. SWEET MELISSA'S: Wine Down with D. Davis (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. open Bluegrass Jam, 7 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area THE BEE'S KNEES: Lesley Grant (country), 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOG'S PLACE: Bobby and me (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free. 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.

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RADIO BEAN: Annalise Emmerick (folk), 5:30 p.m., free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free.

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Metal in the Meadows Cold Hollow Sculpture Park, Enosburg Falls B Y KEV I N J. K ELLE Y


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on the slender six-footer. Stromeyer had to have both his hands surgically reconstructed in 2007. “The thumbs were displaced, and I had extreme arthritis,” he recounts. “My hands have lived, like, three normal lifetimes.” A perfectionist as well as an inveterate inventor, Stromeyer builds many of the tools he uses. And we’re not just talking hammers, saws or welding torches. He’s modified hoists and cranes, too. “I decide what I want to make and then look to see if anything’s available for making it,” he says. “If not, I build what I need.” Early in his career, Stromeyer seldom applied finishes to his monumental abstractions, which have the rawness and angularity of works by Mark di Suvero that can be seen in sculpture parks

two-legged, bending beige form appears to peer with curiosity or concern at an orange shape that seems to be seated below it. A third, purplish element lies curled on its side at the edge of the composition. “Maybe that one’s sleeping — or dead,” Stromeyer suggests, arching his bushy eyebrows. The titles he gives his sculptures — always, he emphasizes, after completing them — sometimes hint at images or experiences that may have inspired him. “Windward Passage,” for example, is partly shaped like sails, a likely allusion to the many days Stromeyer spent on the water while growing up in Marblehead, Mass. Similarly, “Tango” and “Swingin’ SCAN THIS PAGE WITH LAYAR Easy” are among a few of the pieces that TO SEE MORE OF THE COLD HOLLOW can readily be seen as dance-inspired, SCULPTURE PARK. SEE PAGE 9 once their titles are read. The reference points of some other works remain obscure, even as the sculptor intently explains what they’re meant to resemble. He describes “Ngozi” and “Jumoke” as paired female and male figures positioned about 20 yards apart. “Ngozi” — an unusual piece for Stromeyer in that it’s made of concrete — does taper and curve daintily toward “her” base, but the feminine properties of THIS this PAGE 19-foot-tall object may otherwise YOUR SCAN elude viewers. TEXT WITH LAYAR That’s true, too, of theHERE masculinity SEE PAGE 5 that Stromeyer and a booklet available to visitors both identify in “Jumoke.” “He” has a thrusting, blue-colored protuberance, but it’s where a nose would be, not and public places around the country. down where another projection would Stromeyer acknowledges di Suvero’s be found. No matter, though — the two influence, along with that of David pieces do make a favorable impression, Smith (1906-1965), a pioneer of abstract- separately or together. Most of what can be seen at Cold expressionist sculpture. But, he adds, “I’ve spent less time in Hollow is purely geometric. One such the past 20 years looking at others’ work. piece that may bring a smile, along with I’m also less influenced by it. I’m clear an admiring gaze, is “Three, Three, Three,” a jutting arrangement of three on what I want to do.” Years ago, Stromeyer started paint- beams, three pipes and three sheets of ing many of his pieces, which generally gray-painted steel that manages to seem swoop and swerve rather than standing weightless and kinetic. A few pieces are structured as rigidly upright. His genius is to make something as rigid as steel seem as mal- three-sided enclosures, expressive of Stromeyer’s fascination with caves. One leable as clay. Most of his work remains nonrepre- feels a sense of shelter upon entering sentational, although the artist insists “Darwin’s Reply,” for instance, even that a few pieces can be considered though its sloping roof and sides are irfigurative. That’s certainly true of regularly perforated, giving fragmented “Things May Have Shifted,” in which a views of trees and fields. PHOTOS: NATALIE WILLIAMS


avid Stromeyer has been building it for more than four decades, but will they come? The combination of a remote location and a lack of signage could challenge anyone searching for Stromeyer’s soon-to-open Cold Hollow Sculpture Park. And don’t count on finding cell service in the vicinity of this northern Vermont outpost. But persistence will be rewarded once visitors get a glimpse of the 55 large-scale pieces scattered around meadows and atop hillocks on the mountain-ringed, 200-acre property in Enosburg Falls. The site ranks as one of very few sculpture parks in Vermont — and certainly the largest devoted to the work of a single artist. Free to the public, the display will be inaugurated on Saturday, June 28, with a 1 p.m. tour conducted by Stromeyer, whose work was sampled in a show in 2012 at BCA Center and in Burlington’s City Hall Park. “My blood and soul are here,” the 67-year-old sculptor declared last week before leading a Seven Days posse around the land he purchased in 1970. Stromeyer initially made do with only cold running water as he converted a pig and horse barn into the simple home that he and his wife, Sarah, share today. Since choosing the Cold Hollow parcel on the basis of its topographical contours, Stromeyer has painstakingly, and sometimes painfully, created a total of 415 sculptures, nearly all made of steel. The material doesn’t yield easily to an artist’s intentions. Stromeyer addresses it with the intense concentration he developed as a ski racer at Dartmouth College and later as a sports-car driver. Careless or distracted practitioners of such daredevilry can be badly injured or killed, and the same dangers stalk sculptors who use heavy machinery to cut, twist and bend beams and sheets of steel into elegant, occasionally playful shapes. “On any given day, I could get killed doing this,” the soft-spoken Stromeyer says matter-of-factly. “I try hard to understand the risk and to moderate or control it.” He’s succeeded in that effort so far. But the cumulative effect of grappling with thousands of tons of steel over the past 44 years has taken a physical toll

Art ShowS

NEW THIS WEEK burlington

f ANN LAbErgE: “have a seat,” photographs and sculpture focusing on chairs by the local artist. Reception: saturday, June 14, 1-6 p.m. June 14-July 31. info, 861-2340. Carshare Vermont in burlington. f ‘EmErgENcE2’: A contemporary, multimedia art exhibit featuring students, alumni and staff from the Champlain College Emergent Media Center: Erin barnaby, Rachel hooper, Ken howell, Robin perlah and sarah webb. f björN ScHüLKE: “Traveling spy,” 3-D sculptures activated by motion sensors, with video surveillance and sound components, by the german multimedia artist. Reception: Friday, June 13, 5-8 p.m. June 13-July 19. info, 865-7166. bCA Center in burlington. f ‘From our HEArTS ANd mINdS’: A group exhibit of local artists in a variety of mediums. Reception: Friday, June 20, 5-7:30 p.m. June 12-August 29. info, 862-4584. st. paul’s Cathedral in burlington.

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‘IN A NEW LIgHT: FrENcH ImprESSIoNISm ArrIvES IN AmErIcA’: paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas and other French impressionist masters from the museum’s permanent collection. June 14-september 1. info, 985-3346. pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, shelburne Museum.

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gErmAN ArT ExHIbIT: The college celebrates its german language school with an exhibit of works by german artists from its permanent collection. June 13-August 10. info, 443-5258. Middlebury College Museum of Art.

f rAcHAEL robINSoN ELmEr: An exhibit of “Art lovers new York” fine-art postcards, now 100 years old, by the late artist who was born at Rokeby. Reception: sunday, June 15, 3-5 p.m., including a presentation on Elmer’s life and achievements. June 15-october 26. info, 877-3406. Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh. “Ngozi”

f cHArLIEr HuNTEr, bENjAmIN ENTNEr, robErT goLd & cAroLyN SHATTucK: Artwork in a variety of mediums by the regional artists. Reception: Friday, June 13, 5-7 p.m. June 13-July 16. info, 603-448-3117. AVA gallery and Art Center in lebanon, n.h. ‘FAbuLouS FAbErgé, jEWELLEr To THE czArS’: The most important collection outside of Russia includes some 240 precious decorative objects designed for czars Alexander iii and nicholas ii by the jeweler Carl Fabergé. June 14-october 5. info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.

ArT EvENTS gWENdoLyN EvANS: Demonstrations by the mixed-media artist-in-residence, who is blind. Artists’ Mediums, williston, wednesday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 17, 1-5 p.m. info, 879-1236. björN ScHüLKE: A talk with bCA curator DJ hellerman and german artist björn schülke, whose show “Traveling spy” opens the following day. bCA Center, burlington, Thu., June 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m. info, 846-2523.


oNgoINg SHoWS burlington

ALExANdEr ALExEIEFF: original 1929 signed lithographs by the Russian artist Alexander Alexeieff, exhibited with a looped screening of his 1930s animated pinboard films. Co-curated by Cecile starr and susan smereka. Through August 26. info, 735-2542. new City galerie in burlington. ANdy mEyEr: The burlington multimedia artist explores the first decade of rock and roll and its impact on the Far East. Through June 28. info, The s.p.A.C.E. gallery in burlington. ‘ArT + SouL vErmoNT’: An annual show that celebrates the creative spirit of the burlington community. sales are split between the artists and a featured nonprofit — this year, the Champlain housing Trust. Through June 28. info, 860-1003. Dunkiel saunders Elliott Raubvogel & hand in burlington. ‘bEyoNd mEASurE’: A group show curated by Carleen Zimbalatti features more than a dozen artists who explore the role of geometry in their artistic processes. Through August 31. info, 859-9222. sEAbA Center in burlington.

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brucE r. mAcdoNALd: “The Visible indivisibles project,” brushed and polished 23-inch squares of stainless steel, each representing an element in the periodic table. on view Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 8v-matttaylor051414.indd 1 p.m., and First Fridays. Through June 30. info, 800-639-1868. The havoc gallery in burlington.

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cAmEroN ScHmITz: Drawings and paintings by the Vermont artist. Through october 31. info, 865-7166. Courtyard Marriott burlington harbor. cAroLyN croTTy: Artwork in a variety of mediums inspired by nature. Curated by sEAbA. Through August 31. info, 862-9614. The pine street Deli in burlington. dAvId HurWITz & joSHuA prImmEr: “Arc,” functional contemporary designs in wood and clay, respectively, by the Vermont fine artisans. Through June 30. info, 863-6458. Frog hollow in burlington. dENIS vErSWEyvELd: paintings and sculpture focused on the interplay of shape, composition and texture in common still-life objects. Through July 31. info, 862-1001. left bank home & garden in burlington.

f FESTIvAL oF FINE ArTS 2014: This annual celebration features a juried show in the gallery as well as artwork in the windows of participating downtown businesses. Reception: Friday, June 13, 5-7 p.m. Through June 30. info, 660-9005. Art’s Alive gallery @Main street landing’s union station in burlington. buRlingTon shows

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mIddLEbury ArTS WALK: Venues around downtown and the Marble works District stay open late for art, music, food and fun at this monthly event. Flyer can be downloaded from middleburyartswalk. com. Various locations, Middlebury, second Friday of every month, 5-7 p.m. info, 388-7951.



Cold hollow sculpture park opening, saturday, June 28; tour with the artist at 1 p.m. henceforth, open to the public from June 25 to october 11, wednesdays to sundays, noon to 6 p.m.,

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f LESLIE pArKE: “Everything is Real,” paintings of real-life objects or scenes composed to accentuate the abstract qualities of reflective surfaces. Reception: saturday, June 14, 2-4 p.m. June 14-July 20. info, 362-1405. southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester.

WILd bIrd FuNd bENEFIT AucTIoN: Donated artwork of wounded and rehabbed wild birds — plus a few turtles — by Catherine hall, leslie Fry, lynda Mcintyre, Meg walker and barbara Zucker. sales benefit the wild bird Fund of new York City. ArtsRiot, burlington, Tue., June 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 540-0406.


I had to rely on sales to cover the costs...” Stromeyer says, leaving the sentence incomplete. Investing is what keeps him, Sarah and Cold Hollow solvent, he says without elaborating. There’s also the cost of the second home the couple keeps in Austin, Texas. Stromeyer works there on a smaller scale throughout the winter, building models that he will magnify enormously when he returns to his metal works in northern Vermont. “I can make as much noise as I want here without worrying about bothering neighbors,” he notes. That’s because only a few people live anywhere near Cold Hollow Sculpture Park. So don’t assume you’ll be able to ask for directions if you miss the discreet “CHSP” sign at the bottom of the drive off Boston Post Road. m


bcA SummEr ArTIST mArKET: A juried market featuring handcrafted, original fine art and crafts by local artists. burlington City hall park, saturdays, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. info, 865-7166.


Stromeyer likes to move sculptures around his property from time to time — which is no simple or inexpensive undertaking with such hefty works. In fact, the whole operation at Cold Hollow, including a hangar-size studio resembling a factory, must have cost a fortune to establish, and almost as much to maintain. Sales made on-site and through Stowe’s West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, which represents Stromeyer, “defray some of the expenses,” he says, of buying and transporting steel from dealers in Montpelier and Plattsburgh, and transforming it into works of art with giant equipment. It helps that the pieces are priced at $10,000 to $120,000. “But if

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Evelyn McFarlane & Students: Oil paintings by the craft-school instructor and her students. Through August 28. Info, 985-3648. Shelburne Craft School.

‘Impressions’: Fran Bull, Jordan Douglas and Cameron Schmitz explore in multiple media the markings of humankind, from the ridge patterns on fingers to trails on the landscape. Through July 20. Info, 865-7166. Vermont Metro Gallery, BCA Center, in Burlington.

f ‘Hue’: A group show exploring the “symbolism and meaning” of color in fine-art photography, juried by Al Satterwhite. Reception: Friday, June 13, 5-7 p.m. Through June 15. Info, 777-3686. Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction.

Innovation Center Group Show: Works by Brian Sylvester, James Vogler, Kari Meyer, Kim Senior, Longina Smolinski, Lyna Lou Nordstorm and Gabe Tempesta on the first floor; Holly Hauser, Jacques Burke, Jason Durocher, Cindy Griffith, Teresa Davis and Tom Merwin on the second floor. Curated by SEABA. Through August 31. Info, 859-9222. The Innovation Center of Vermont in Burlington.

‘In Our Element: Expressions of Color and Texture’: Fifteen artists from the Vermont chapter of the Surface Design Association exhibit contemporary textile works. Through July 13. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Jason Durocher: Five paintings from the Vermont artist’s “12 Months” series exploring the forests of the Northern Hemisphere. Through June 30. Info, 324-2772. Comfort Inn & Suites in South Burlington.

JB Woods: “Walking in Vermont,” colorful photographs curated by SEABA. Through August 31. Info, 658-6016. Speeder & Earl’s: Pine Street in Burlington.

‘Lock, Stock and Barrel’: The Terry Tyler collection of Vermont firearms includes 107 rare examples made between 1790 and 1900. Beach Gallery. ‘Painting a Nation’: A showcase of the museum’s best 19th-century American paintings. Webb Gallery. ‘Trail Blazers: Horse-Powered Vehicles’: An exhibit of 19th-century carriages from the permanent collection that draws parallels to contemporary automotive culture. Round Barn. Nancy Crow: “Seeking Beauty: Riffs on Repetition,” quilts by the acclaimed textile artist, who incorporates printmaking into her work. Hat and Fragrance Textile Gallery. Patty Yoder: “The Alphabet of Sheep,” whimsical rugs made with extraordinary, realistic sense of detail. Patty Yoder Gallery. Through October 31. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum.

Leah Wittenberg: “At Witt’s End,” cartoons by the local artist created over 15 years. Through June 12. Info, 343-1956. Nunyuns Bakery & Café in Burlington. Maltex Exhibits: Curated by Burlington City Arts, all four floors are filled with artwork in a variety of media by the following local artists: Terry Ekasala, Jessa Gilbert, Gabrielle Tsounis, Katie Loesel, Sam Talbot-Kelly, Kate Longmaid, Alexis Doshas, Tyler Vendituoli and Elaine Ittleman. Through June 30. Info, 865-7166. Maltex Building in Burlington. Mareva Millarc: Abstract paintings in oil, acrylic, ink and mixed media. Curated by SEABA. Through August 31. Info, 651-9692. VCAM Studio in Burlington.

Maria Sengle: Illustrations with an aquatic life theme by the industrial designer and winner of Magic Hat’s Labels for Libations contest. Through July 31. Info, 658-2739. The ArtSpace at the Magic Hat Artifactory in South Burlington.

Marie Angelache: Expressionist pastel paintings that incorporate collage. Through June 30. Info, 865-7165. City Hall Gallery in Burlington. matthew thorsen: 50 new photos by the Burlington artist. Through June 30. Info, 318-2438. Red Square in Burlington.

Monochromatic Exhibit: A group exhibit of local artists with a one-color focus. Through July 31. Info, 879-1236. Artists’ Mediums in Williston.

Nyame Nti Aya Fawohodie: “Restored to Beauty and Grace,” paintings by an experimental Burlington artist. Through June 30. Info, 863-6713. North End Studio A in Burlington.

‘Only One: Singular Prints Group Show’: Monotypes by Casey Blanchard, Janet Fredericks, Betsey Garand, Catherine Hall and Carol MacDonald. Through June 24. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne.

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Paul Hagar: “On the Street and Across the Lake,” black-and-white photographs of cityscapes and architecture. Through June 30. Info, 864-2088. The Men’s Room in Burlington. ‘Play’: One hundred artists exhibit works that variously interpret the word “play.” Through July 15. Info, 651-8834. Penny Cluse Café in Burlington.

f Sara Bridgman: A retrospective of works by the Vermont artist. Artist Talk: Saturday, June 21, 2-4 p.m. Through August 2. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, in Burlington. Sara Katz: Abstract, mixed-media paintings by the Vermont artist, inspired by landscapes in transition. Through June 30. Info, 355-5418. Vintage Inspired in Burlington.

‘Perilous Pigeons’: An exhibit of artworks honoring the now-extinct passenger pigeon. Through August 31. Info, 434-2167. Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington.

The Drawing Game Most families’ gaming traditions run along the

lines of Scrabble or Pictionary. The Hecht family of central Vermont, on the other hand,

has upped the ante by playing a variant of Exquisite Corpse for nearly 70 years. Exquisite Corpse was a parlor game played by surrealist artists and writers beginning in the 1920s, in which each person takes a turn adding to an image or sentence. After decades of passing

Shelley Vermilya: “Up Close,” photographs by the University of Vermont professor. Through July 17. Info, 862-8261. Flying Cloud at KSV in Burlington.

the drawing pad, three generations of Hechts — a dozen family members and countless

Studio 266 Group Exhibition: The 14 working artists in this shared space show their work in various media. Through June 28. Info, 266studios@ Info, 578-2512. Studio 266 in Burlington.

Game” at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Reception Friday, June 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the

‘Telephone’: Like the childhood game, one artist brings a piece of work; then they, in turn, invite another artist to do the same, and so on. This began in February; the result is a visual conversation about who is making work in Vermont, who they look to and how the work interacts. Through June 28. Info, 578-2512. The Soda Plant in Burlington.

f ‘Unless’: “An exhibit of new work and tenuous linkage” includes drawings by Lisa Kippen, sculpture and painting by Ria Blass and mixedmedia wall installation and sculpture by Susan Smereka. Closing reception: Thursday, June 26, 5-8 p.m. Through June 30. Info, 363-4746. Flynndog in Burlington.

friends, whose ages range from 4 to 95 — display selected creations in “The Drawing Second Floor Gallery. An Exquisite Corpse game with the Hecht family is Saturday, June 14, 1-3 p.m., preregistration required. Pictured: an untitled drawing by the Hecht family. Vermont Artists Group Show: Nearly 60 artworks in paintings, sculpture, stained glass, jewelry and functional wood pieces. Private viewings by appointment. Through June 30. Info, 489-4960. Silver Image Studio in Burlington.

‘Beasts and Botanicals’: Artist books by members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont; as well as paintings and sculptures by Kevin Donegan, Rae Harrell, Loy Harrell and Gloria Reynolds. Through June 16. Info, 734-7363. Rae Harrell Gallery in Hinesburg.

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Carol Norton: “Turning In/Turning Out,” multilayered, atmospheric oil paintings depicting natural scenes. Through August 30. Info, 985-8222. Shelburne Vineyard.

Airport Exhibits: Oil paintings reflecting her travels by Donna Bourne, Gates; and paintings by Brooke Monte, Skyway. Through June 30. Info, 865-7166. Burlington International Airport in South Burlington.

Charlotte Hardie: Oil pantings of horses. Through June 30. Info, 803-658-0949. Peak Performance in Williston.


‘1864: Some Suffer So Much’: With objects, photographs and ephemera, the exhibit examines surgeons who treated Civil War soldiers on battlefields and in three Vermont hospitals, and the history of post-tramautic stress disorder. Through December 31. Arthur Schaller: “Billboard Buildings,” an exhibit of original collages by the Norwich University architecture professor. Through December 19. Info, 485-2183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. Amanda Franz: “Contours of the Space Between,” paintings and sculpture by the Vermont artist. Through July 9. Info, 426-3233. Plainfield Community Center. Corrina Thurston: Detailed pet portraits in colored pencil, and graphite drawings. Through August 3. Info, 223-1431. Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. David Smith: “Postcards From the Keys,” an exhibit of paintings of Florida. Through July 12. Info, 426-3581. Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield. Diana Mara Henry: Black-and-white photographs of one-room schoolhouses in Vermont by the famed photojournalist, with text by Middlebury College sociology professor Margaret Nelson. Through October 15. Info, 828-2291. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.

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call to artists Blue PhotograPhy exhiBit: For this show we are looking for all types of blue images and meanings, and all variations of the hue, both natural and manmade. Juror: Stella Kramer. Deadline: July 9. Details and entry form at darkroom gallery. com/ex59. Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction. Info, 877-3686. chaffee’s 7th annual PhotograPhy contest: This year’s theme is “Farm & Food,” contest is June 27 to July 25. Amateur photographers can submit up to three 8-by-10-inch photos, not mounted or framed. Submissions can be mailed to Chaffee Art Center, PO Box 1447, Rutland, VT 05701, or

dropped off at the gallery during business hours. $10 entry fee. Deadline: June 14, by 6 p.m. Chaffee Downtown Art Center, Rutland. Info, 775-0062. south end art hoP: SEABA is looking for artists and sites to participate in Burlington’s biggest art event September 5-7. Artists can exhibit up to six pieces of work throughout the South End Arts District. The Hop attracts upward of 35,000 visitors. Registration deadline: July 4. More info at South End Art Hop, Burlington. $45. Info, 859-9222. ‘unBound Vol. iV’ Book arts exhiBition: An annual exhibit using books as material or format, open to artists residing in New England and

New York working in 2-D, 3-D, installation and assemblage art. Cash awards. Juror: Sarah Smith, book arts instructor at Dartmouth College. Deadline: Saturday, June 14. Complete details at unbound-entry. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, Woodstock. Info, 457-3500. ‘Wheel’ call to artists: Send submissions of your photographic discovery of the wheel to a juried exhibit: automotive images and anything else that rolls. Juror: London-based Darren Heath. Deadline: August 6 at midnight. Submission details at ex60. Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction. Info, 877-3686.

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dianne shullenBerger: “Re-envisioned,” works in fabric collage and colored pencil by the Jericho artist. Photo ID required to enter. Through June 27. Info, 828-0749. Governor’s Gallery in Montpelier.

f ‘the draWing game’: Drawings by three generations of central Vermont’s Hecht family, which has played a variation of the surrealist Exquisite Corpse game for almost 70 years. Second Floor Gallery. ‘Vcfa at sPa’: Selected students in the MFA program in graphic design at Vermont College of Fine Arts exhibit recent work. Main Floor Gallery. mark lorah: A mixed-media show exploring the relationship between organized structure and the need for irrational action. Third Floor Gallery. Reception: Friday, June 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through July 12. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. Josh turk: “My Month With Marilyn,” giclée prints of digital illustrations that play with concepts of sexuality. Through June 29. Info, curator@ Info, 223-7800. The Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier.

kathrena raVenhorst-adams: Pastels and watercolors by the Northfield artist. Through June 26. Info, 728-1237. Hartness Gallery, Vermont Technical College, in Randolph Center. katie grauer and nicole mandeVille: Paintings by the two artists in the gallery’s first post-renovation exhibit. Through July 18. Info, 839-5349. gallery SIX in Montpelier.

michael t. Jermyn: Black-and-white images from the artist’s new photography book, Discovering the Secret Language of Trees. Through July 8. Info, 223-2090. Nutty Steph’s in Middlesex.

‘systematic Paradox’: Curated by the six high school students of the Young Curators of Vermont program, the exhibit features national and international artists that explore concepts of chaos and order using various mediums. Through June 14. Info, 862-4056. College Hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts, in Montpelier.

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kent shaW: Night photography, featuring long exposure time, by the local artist. Through July 2. Info, 888-1261. Morrisville Post Office. ‘kick and glide: Vermont’s nordic ski legacy’: An exhibit celebrating all aspects of the sport, including classic and skate skiing, Nordic combined, biathlon, ski jumping, telemark, and back-country skiing. Through October 13. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. kinder arts retrosPectiVe: A celebration of group murals, mobiles, paintings and sketchbook drawings by youngsters in the center’s Kinder Arts program, taught by Vermont artist Kelly Holt. Through June 20. roBert hitzig: Paintings, and paintings on wood sculpture by the Vermont artist. Through June 29. Info, 888-1261. River Arts Center in Morrisville. ‘landscaPe traditions’: The new wing of the gallery presents contemporary landscape works by nine regional artists. Through January 1, 2015. reBecca kinkead: “Local Color,” a collection of new paintings inspired by Vermont’s flora and fauna. Through June 17. Info, 253-8943. West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. lori hinrichsen: “The Places We Go,” drawings by the Montpelier artist. Through June 12. Info, 635-2727. Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. marie laPré graBon: Charcoal drawings by the Vermont artist. Through July 9. Info, 635-7423. The Lovin’ Cup in Johnson. tom cote: “No Lifeguards, Only Life Coaches,” abstract paintings that explore themes of ambition, desire and relationships. Through June 12. Info, 635-2727. Vermont Studio Center Gallery II in Johnson.


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yVonne straus: “Playful Color,” brightly hued, naive paintings by the local artist. Through June 16. Info, 233-3338. Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier.

‘in the studio With mary Bryan’: The gallery celebrates its 30th anniversary year with an exhibit of more than 100 paintings in tempera, watercolor, oil and collage by its namesake artist. Through September 7. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville.


PiPer strong: Acrylic paintings on recycled metal echo famous paintings throughout art history. Through June 30. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier.

carolyn mecklosky: “Dreams, Memories, Portraits,” paintings by the local artist. Through June 30. Info, 644-2991. Copley Woodlands in Stowe.

A permanent display of vintage record players and radios looking back at entertainment in the home since the 1890s. Small admission charge.


lyal michel and aBel fillion: Figurative, narrative oil paintings and woodblock prints, respectively. Through July 25. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library.

84th annual northern Vermont artist association shoW: A group show featuring works by members in a variety of mediums. Through June 30. Info, 644-8183. Visions of Vermont in Jeffersonville.

Judith ViVell: Monumental and arresting oil portraits of wild birds. Through June 27. Info, 8280749. Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier.

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Joy Raskin, Miranda Hammond & Kim Rilleau: Jewelry, photography and leather work, respectively, by the new gallery members. Through June 30. Info, 457-1298. Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock.

Tom Cullins: Recent geometric abstractions by the Burlington architect reflect his yearly trips to Greece with crisp light and intense color. Through June 17. Info, 253-8943. Upstairs at West Branch in Stowe.

‘Sierra Club Wilderness 50 Exhibit’: Photographs of Vermont and New Hampshire wilderness areas and other outdoor scenes. Through July 6. Free. Info, 359-5000. Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee.

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f Alternative Process Photography Group Show: Ten Vermont artists explore alternative photography processes including hand coloring and Polaroid transfer in an unconventional show. Curated by Matt Larson. Reception: Friday, July 11, 6-8 p.m. Through July 12. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frameshop in Waterbury.

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‘Before I Die’: For this interactive exhibition, which has been launched in more than 400 venues worldwide, the downstairs gallery has been transformed into chalkboards with the phrase “Before I die I want to...” and community members are invited to fill in the blank. Through June 21. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport.

Marcus Ratliff: Recent collage by the Norwichbased artist. Through June 30. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester.

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Don Sunseri: A retrospective of the late West Glover artist and founder of GRACE, an art program for handicapped and elderly artists. Through July 12. Info, 563-2037. White Water Gallery in East Hardwick.

2013 Tour de Lead Graffiti: A letterpress broadside of the 2013 bike tour. Through June 30. Info, 388-3300. American Flatbread Middlebury Hearth.

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f Cynthia Kirkwood: A summery collection of colorful paintings, plus an exclusive exhibit of the artist’s colored pencil drawings. Reception: Friday, June 13, 5-7 p.m. Through June 30. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury.

‘Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Contemporary Art’: Vibrant floral works by 13 regional artists. John Gibson: “Opposing Forces,” paintings of balls with various patterns. Marela Zacarias: “Cloaked and Revealed,” sculptural paintings in geometric patterns. Walter Ungerer: A film created from 10-second, 360-degree segments taken oceanside in Maine by the experimental filmmaker. Through June 22. Info, 490-2470. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

‘Discovering Community’: More than 100 documentary works from film to oral histories by area K-12 students “exploring their own lives and the world around them.” Through July 12. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.

f Jane Eddy, Barbara Ekedahl & Ray Hudson: Multilayered woodblock prints by three Middlebury-area artists. Reception: Friday, June 13, 5-7 p.m. Through June 29. Info, 388-1436. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.

f ‘Lost Gardens of New England’: An exhibit of historic drawings, watercolors, photographs and oil paintings that pay homage to the region’s rich gardening history; and contemporary outdoor sculptures by Norton Latourelle and Ethan Bond-Watts. Talk with gallery director Bill Brooks every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., through August 6. Through August 11. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. f M P Landis: Subtle, imaginative monoprints inspired by Cape Cod; and an abstract, mixed-media series created in Middlebury. Arts Walk: Friday, June 13, 5-7 p.m. Through July 12. Info, 989-9992. ZoneThree Gallery in Middlebury. Martin Parr: “Life’s a Beach,” images by the U.K.-based photographer and Magnum collective member renowned for capturing people in their comfort zones. Through August 10. Info, 443-3168. Middlebury College Museum of Art.



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The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center’s Members’ Show: An eclectic show with works in a variety of wood and stone mediums by the studio’s members. Through July 6. Info, 438-2097. The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center Gallery in West Rutland. ‘Fabri-cations: Fabric & Fiber Art’: Nine area artists exhibit quilts, fashions, accessories, home décor items, needlework, tapestries and sculpted dolls. Through June 15. ‘Watercolors: The Artist’s Story’: Paintings by Maurie Harrington, Lyn DuMoulin, Andrea Varney and Gayl Braisted. Through June 30. Info, 247-4295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. Lowell Snowdon Klock and Jean Cannon: A photographer and a watercolorist present works inspired by curves in living and inanimate forms. Through June 30. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild.

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champlain islands/northwest Frank Tiralla: A new oil-on-linen series features the ruffed grouse, along with other wildlife creatures, by the Franklin artist. Through June 29. Toby Fulwiler, Deb Kiel & Wayne Tarr:

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Lois Eby: Abstract works on panel by the Vermont painter. Through July 7. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Co. in West Glover.

Björn Schülke A contemporary artist based in Cologne, Germany,

Björn Schülke brings a multisensory, kinetic sculpture exhibit called “Traveling

Spy” to the BCA Center this week. Activated by motion sensors, the works move in a “playful and anthropomorphic” way each time a gallerygoer is nearby. Meanwhile, audio components and video cameras embedded in the sculptures suggest artificial intelligence or surveillance. Schülke cites Alexander Calder’s mobiles and Peter Vogel’s sound sculptures as influences, as well as Dadaism. The sculptures are meant to “allude to our shared interest in machine-creatures and leave us suspicious about whether we are interacting with an absurdly elaborate device used by a spy or the actual spy itself.” An artist’s talk with Schülke and BCA curator DJ Hellerman is Thursday, June 12, 5:306:30 p.m. Opening reception Friday, June 13, 5-8 p.m. Pictured: “Aerophone #2.” Wooden crafts, jewelry, paper art and photography by this month’s featured members. Through June 30. Info, 933-6403. Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Susan Galusha: Colorful representational paintings in oil, watercolor and encaustics, often featuring household items or female figures in an interior setting. Through June 30. Info, 285-6505. Haston Library in Franklin.

f Susan Larkin: Recent paintings of the Lake Champlain Islands and northern Vermont over four seasons by the local artist. Sunday, June 15, 5-6:30 p.m. Through June 30. Info, 928-3081. Fisk Farm Art Center in Isle La Motte.

upper valley

Daisy Rockwell: “Girls, Girls, Girls,” paintings of nudes and mugshots based based on women in the news. Through June 15. Info, 356-2776. Main Street Museum in White River Junction.

Elizabeth Beliveau, Eli Burakian & Jamie Townsend: Paintings, photographs, and large-scale paintings and sculpture, respectively. Through July 12. Info, 674-9616. Nuance Gallery in Windsor. ‘The Hale Street Gang: Portraits in Writing’: Jack Rowell’s 12 black-and-white, largerthan-life photographs capture the elderly members of a Randolph writing group led by Sara Tucker. Philip Godenschwager: Cartoon imagery and interactive sculpture as social and political commentary. Through October 10. Info, 885-3061. The Great Hall in Springfield. Isabelle O’Connor: “Human Nature,” prints that explore the complex relationship between the human body and the natural world, created in a variety of methods ranging from solar plate to linocut and papier-mâché. Through June 30. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.

‘Toothbrush’: From “twig to bristle,” an exhibit of artifacts and images detailing the history of this expedient item. Through December 31. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover. Vanessa Compton: “Beauty in a Broken World,” collages by the Greensboro artist. Through June 18. Info, 467-3701. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.


Angus McCullough: “Humors,” an installation consisting of two bodies of work by the multidisciplinary artist: “Bushes of Bennington County,” photographs from an ongoing catalog that “search for ideology in contemporary vernacular”; and “Embodied Realities,” short videos. Through July 27. Info, 917-940-9093. Bennington Museum.

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‘Evolving Perspectives: Highlights From the African Art Collection’: An exhibition of objects that marks the trajectory of the collection’s development and pays tribute to some of the people who shaped it. Through December 20. ‘In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth’: This exhibit celebrates the school’s artist-in-residence program, which began in 1931, and presents works by more than 80 international artists who have participated in it since then. Through July 6. ‘The Art of Weapons’: Selections from the permanent African collection represent a variety of overlapping contexts, from combat to ceremony, regions and materials. Through December 21. Allan Houser: Five sculptures by one of the best-known Native American artists are installed outside the museum in the Maffei Arts Plaza, representing his 3-D work from 1986-1992. Through May 11, 2015. Info, 603-635-7423. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. ‘Remarkable Contemporary Jewellery’: Thirty Québec and international designers showcase works that illustrate new approaches and techniques to this wearable art form. Through November 30. Info, 514-285-1600. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. m











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propos of time travel, which this movie concerns, wouldn’t you love to go back to the days when Tom Cruise made sciencefiction films that didn’t blow? The difference between the ones that do and the ones that don’t is all about the director, of course. The ones he made with Spielberg (Minority Report and War of the Worlds) don’t blow. The ones he’s made with everybody else are gale-force flops. Can you even recall the plot of last year’s mega-budget dud Oblivion? Made with Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), it set a record for instant forgettability. I typed 600 words about it, yet — except for a vague image of Cruise in a futuristic outfit firing a futuristic weapon — I come up blank. Though I’m guessing the fate of mankind was in his hands. In Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise also fires futuristic weapons in a futuristic outfit and holds the fate of mankind in his hands. But this time he does so trapped in a Groundhog Day-style time loop. Liman’s the brains behind the Bourne franchise, so one approaches the picture with great expectations of breathless action, depth of character and narrative dazzle. One is in for great disappointment.

The idea is that the planet’s under attack by aliens called “mimics” for no discernible reason. They’re mechanical Tasmanian devils with razor-sharp tendrils that zip around slicing and dicing everything in sight, sort of like supersize versions of the blade TOP GUNS You know a filmmaker’s in less-than-finest form assembly in your blender. when the most creative touch in his alien invasion saga is the With most of Europe reduced to rubble, pop-up Uzis built into the army uniforms. the humans have just scored their first victory under the leadership of a sword-wielding YOUR SCAN THIS PAGE warrior named Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). SCAN THIS PAGE TEXT WITH LAYAR Army PR specialist William Cage (Cruise) WITH LAYAR do with it, believe Likewise, seen Louvre. Art has nothing to is ordered to chronicle her inspirational SEE PAGE SEE PAGE 5 5 there’s little we haven’t HERE exploits at the front. But he isn’t in the fight before in the spidery space invaders or the me. The bottom line? Another summer movie five minutes before a contrived series of generic battles. The closest the picture events results in his being killed and then comes to tweaking formula is in temporarily season, another Tom Cruise tentpole. Ho waking up the day before the battle, a cycle reversing the traditional male-female hum. It’s practically part of nature’s cycle that’s repeated a number of times. A number dynamic. For a few minutes, Blunt’s no- at this point. The irony is that the star is nonsense ninja’s a far more potent figure trapped in a real-life time warp of his own that’s really big. Cruise’s performance has been called a than Cruise’s hapless flack, but let’s not get design, with an upcoming slate that includes departure because his character’s portrayed too excited. We do, after all, live in the age Top Gun 2, Mission: Impossible 5 and Jack as cowardly early on, but that completely of Brave, The Hunger Games and girls with Reacher: Never Go Back. “Never go back.” misses the point. The script, by Christopher dragon tattoos. We’re not exactly breaking That’s rich. Want to know where you should never McQuarrie with Jez and John-Henry new ground here. By the time Act Three rolls around, go? Within a mile of Edge of Tomorrow. Butterworth, starts Cage out as a wimp to highlight what a badass he becomes, honing things have deteriorated from repetitive to RI C K KI S O N AK his combat skills with each do-over. By the downright silly. The writing team reportedly movie’s midpoint, he’s indistinguishable struggled with the ending and ultimately from the action figures Cruise has played threw up its hands. You don’t want to know what Liman has waiting for you at the countless times.


The Fault in Our Stars ★★★★


dults who come to The Fault in Our Stars knowing little about its source material may be expecting an unholy mashup of Love Story and Twilight. After all, John Green’s bestselling novel is most easily described as a weepie romance for the teen market. Both book and film are narrated by Hazel (Shailene Woodley), a 16-year-old who totes an oxygen tank, nearly died at 13, and knows her days are still numbered. At her cancer support group, she meets Gus (Ansel Elgort), a dreamy-looking, garrulous boy who has lost a leg to osteosarcoma, and falls for him instantly. The results of this star-crossed matchup could have been unbearably treacly or twee, but Green prefers to have his characters confront their situations with brutal humor. Take Hazel’s early description of getting a Stage IV cancer diagnosis right after her first period: “Like: congratulations! You’re a woman. Now die.” It’s this in-your-face approach to the subjects of illness and death that makes Stars a weepie for people who normally don’t weep. (Full disclosure: I am one of those people, and I did.)

Directed by Josh Boone (the indie Stuck in Love), the film adaptation takes the safe road of preserving Green’s tone by lifting most of its dialogue straight from the novel. The material could have yielded a starker, darker movie; the whimsy-laden soundtrack gives certain scenes a softer, more sentimental touch than they need. But, buoyed by strong performances from the two stars, Stars is still wrenchingly effective. Will adults cringe at Green’s overarticulate dialogue? Maybe; it’s hard to imagine a teen (or an adult, for that matter) who discovers her beloved’s flaw and says, “There’s always a hamartia.” Stuff like this reads better on the page than on the screen, but Woodley makes it work by staying lowkey and never self-consciously underlining Hazel’s intelligence. She’s an isolated nearinvalid with a lot of time to read, and we can believe in her precocity, just as we can believe that she’s obsessed with her favorite book to the point of demanding a proper ending from its prickly, reclusive author (Willem Dafoe). Elgort has more trouble with his hefty mouthfuls of dialogue, and he labors under the burden of a character who’s a touch too

STAR-CROSSED Woodley and Elgort play a young couple fighting time in Boone’s literary adaptation.

perfect to be real. But when circumstances finally break down Gus’ snarky composure, he does justice to the more ragged moments. To the extent the story has a conventional plot, it’s Hazel’s quest for a more affirmative ending to her book than its dying heroine’s lapse into silence on the last page — which mirrors, of course, her longing for a better ending for herself. This could have gone in a cutesy direction — especially when Hazel and Gus seek out the writer in a pictureperfect Amsterdam. But instead, after a powerful scene with a not-holding-back-thecrazy Dafoe, Hazel discovers that authors are no more likely than other adults — like her relentlessly upbeat mom (Laura Dern) — to have all the answers. Adults, of course, already know that — and most of us, for our sanity, do our best to ignore the specter of possible oblivion until it stares us in the face. Like teenagers the world over, Hazel and Gus are deathobsessed, but they have reason to be. Rather than allowing us to enjoy a good cry from a safe remove, The Fault in Our Stars makes us contemplate tough questions about how we would deal with the prospect facing Hazel and her parents. How do you imagine a future with someone who doesn’t have one? When is it time to let go? The answers the characters find are far from perfect, but their roughness feels real. Oh, and tissues? Yeah. Bring them. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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Curses, Foiled Again

After two people reported being maced and robbed by two men, police in Anchorage, Alaska, quickly nabbed one suspect. While searching for the other one, officers spotted a man who appeared in distress, “with tears and mucus running down his face.” When they questioned him, they determined that he wasn’t a victim but the second suspect, Matthew Aaron Campbell, 20, who had accidentally maced himself. (Anchorage’s KTUU-TV) Police chasing a stolen car in Port St. Lucie, Fla., said that the car came to a sudden halt after it collided with an alligator. “It’s pretty unimaginable that police officers would be at this point in time looking for these suspects,” Detective Keith Boham said after driver Calvin Rodriguez and two others in the car were arrested, “and that an alligator unfortunately just happens to cross the road and assist us in catching these criminals.” (West Palm Beach’s WPTV-TV)


Suzi LeVine, 44, became the first U.S. ambassador to be sworn in on an e-reader. The new diplomatic representative to Switzerland and Liechtenstein took the oath of office by placing her hand on a Kindle Touch whose screen displayed a digital copy of the Constitution. Earlier this year, New York’s Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano was sworn in for his second term by taking the oath of office on a digital Bible when a printed copy could not be located. Later, four

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New Jersey firefighters were sworn in by simultaneously placing their hands on an iPad with the Bible app open. (Washington Post)

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lice he chose that location because “the food is better here.” Unfortunately for him, officers returned him to the Sacramento County Jail. (Sacramento’s KCRA-TV)

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Carlos Bueno Mir, 49, called 911 in West Palm Beach, Fla., but refused to state the nature of his emergency. Police who responded said he told them that he called because his wife had “thrown out his beer.” After being warned not to call unless he had a real emergency, Bueno Mir proceeded to phone 911 six more times in the next four hours to complain about his wife touching his beer. Police finally arrested him. (West Palm Beach’s WPBF-TV)

British police reported receiving an emergency call from a Birmingham woman complaining about the way a vendor put sprinkles on her ice cream. “He put bits on one side and none on the other,” she said. “He’s refusing to give me my money back and saying I’ve got to take it like that.” (BBC News)

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At-large parolee Mark Royal, 51, led police on a high-speed chase from Sacramento, Calif., to Auburn, about 35 miles away, where he pulled over at the Placer County Jail and surrendered. He told po-

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Damon Tobias Exum, 37, hit a police cruiser in Dunwoody, Ga., but kept on driving. The officer gave chase, Sgt. Fidel Espinoza reported, and pulled Exum over. When the officer asked for his license, Exum handed him a beer. DUI was just one of eight misdemeanor charges. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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Police responding to a disturbance at a home in Lufkin, Texas, accused a woman of slapping her sister-in-law in the face with a catfish. (Tyler’s KETK-TV)

Pity the One Percent

After “affluenza” victim Ethan Couch, 17, escaped jail time for killing four people and seriously injuring two others while driving drunk in a 2013 crash in Fort Worth, Texas, his parents also caught a break. The state hospital where Couch is undergoing rehab treatment as part of his sentence costs $715 per day. But the facility used a sliding scale to determine that millionaires Fred and Tonya Couch

need pay only $1,170 per month, leaving Texas taxpayers to pony up the balance. (Dallas-Fort Worth’s KDFW-TV)

Surprise Ending

Shortly after his 1993 Chrysler New Yorker was stolen, Derk West of Boonville, Ind., got a call from a 72-year-old man who bought the car for $300. The price had made him suspicious that the deal was too good to be true, so he looked up West, whose name the car thief had used to transfer the car’s title. West met with the older man, who West said “was out $300, and he was really upset.” After evaluating the situation, West told him he could keep the car. “He needed it worse than I did,” West said. Meanwhile, police identified Donald Grisby, 46, as the suspect who stole the car and sold it because he signed the receipt with his own name and Social Security number. (Evansville’s WFIE-TV)

Relative Success

Although the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory random drug testing in public schools, the Massachusetts-based medical company Psychemedics inked a deal for mandatory drug testing of 2,820 students at three private schools in northeast Ohio by selling the school testing kits for $40 to $50 per student. One of the schools is Cleveland’s St. Edward High School, run by James Kubacki. His brother, Raymond Kubacki, heads Psychemedics. (Cleveland Scene)

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Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Your brain absorbs about 11 million pieces of information every second, but is consciously aware of less than .001 percent of all that richness. Or at least that’s usually the case. Having analyzed your astrological omens, I suspect that you might soon jack that figure up as high as .01 percent — a tenfold increase! Do you think you can handle that much raw input? Are you amenable to being so acutely perceptive? How will you respond if the world is 10 times more vivid than usual? I’m pretty confident. I suspect you won’t become a bug-eyed maniac freaking out on the intensity, but rather will be a soulful, wonder-filled explorer in love with the intensity.


(April 20-May 20): In 1947, the impossibly wealthy Duke of Windsor went


(June 21-July 22): you have a strong, intricate understanding of where you have come from. The old days and old ways continue to feed you with their mysterious poignancy. you don’t love every one of your past experiences, but you love ruminating about them and feeling the way they changed you. until the day you die many years from now, your history will keep evolving, providing an endless stream of new teachings. And yet at this particular moment in your destiny, Cancerian, I think your most important task is to focus on where you are going to. That’s why I urge you to temporarily forget everything you think you know about your past and instead concentrate on getting excited about the future.

leo (July 23-Aug. 22): In 1928, bobby Pearce won a gold medal in rowing at the summer olympics in Amsterdam. An unforeseen event almost sabotaged his victory. As he rowed his boat along the sloten Canal, a family of ducks swam leisurely from shore to shore directly across his path. He stopped to let them pass, allowing an opponent who was already ahead of him to gain an even bigger advantage. yet he ultimately won the race, rowing with such vigor after the duck incident that he finished well ahead of his challenger. I foresee a comparable sequence in your life, Leo. being thoughtful and expressing compassion may seem to slow you down, but in the end that won’t hinder you from achieving your goal — and may even help. ViRgo

(Aug. 23-sept. 22): In one of her “twenty-one Love Poems,” Adrienne rich talks about her old self in the third person. “The woman who cherished/ her suffering is dead. I am her descendant./ I love the scar

tissue she handed on to me,/ but I want to go from here with you/ fighting the temptation to make a career of pain.” With your approval, Virgo, I’d like to make that passage one of your keynotes in the coming months. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will have an excellent opportunity to declare your independence from an affliction you’ve been addicted to. Are you willing to say goodbye to one of your signature forms of suffering?

liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): “you should be in-

terviewing roses not people,” says a character in Anne Carson’s book The Autobiography Of Red. That’s sound poetic advice for you in the coming days, Libra. More than you can imagine, you will benefit from being receptive to and learning from nonhuman sources: roses, cats, dogs, spiders, horses, songbirds, butterflies, trees, rivers, the wind, the moon and any other intelligences that make themselves available to you. I’m not saying you should ignore the revelations offered by people. but your emphasis should be on gathering wisdom from life forces that don’t communicate with words.


(oct. 23-nov. 21): William shockley was a nobel Prize-winning physicist who co-invented the transistor. He also helped launch the revolution in information technology, and has been called “the man who brought silicon to silicon Valley.” Time magazine named him one of the hundred most influential people of the 20th century. on the other hand, shockley became a controversial advocate of eugenics, which damaged his reputation, led many to consider him a racist and played a role in his estrangement from his friends and family. I suspect that you will have to deal with at least one shockley-type phenomenon in the coming weeks, scorpio. Will you overlook the bad stuff in order to take advantage of the good? should you?

sagittaRius (nov. 22-Dec. 21): novelist Herman Melville wrote that in order to create art, “unlike things must meet and mate.” Like what? “sad patience” and “joyous energies,” for example; both of them are necessary, he said. “Instinct and study” are crucial ingredients, as well as humility and pride, audacity and reverence, and “a flame to melt” and a

(Jan. 20-feb. 18): Almost a hundred years ago, world-famous comedian Charlie Chaplin decided to take part in a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest in san francisco. He did his best to imitate himself, but it wasn’t good enough. He didn’t come close to winning. but I think you would have a different fate if you entered a comparable competition in the coming weeks. There’s no question in my mind that you would be crowned as the person who most resembles you. Maybe more than ever before, you are completely yourself. you look like your true self, you feel like your true self, and you are acting like your true self. Congratulations! It’s hard work to be so authentic.


(feb. 19-March 20): “The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease,” said french philosopher francois-Marie Voltaire. That principle will be useful for you to invoke in the coming weeks. you definitely need to be cured, although the “disease” you are suffering from is primarily psychospiritual rather than strictly physical. your task will be to flood yourself with fun adventures, engaging stories, and playtime diversions so that nature can heal you without the interference of your worries and kibitzing.

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“wind to freeze.” based on my interpretation of the astrological omens, sagittarius, I believe you will soon need to meld opposites like these as you shape that supreme work of art — your life.

aRies (March 21-April 19): In its quest for nectar, a hummingbird sips from a thousand flowers every day. As it flaps its wings 70 times a second, zipping from meal to meal, it can fly sideways, backward or forward. If it so desires, it can also hover or glide upsidedown. It remembers every flower it visits and knows how long it will take before each flower will produce a new batch of nectar. to some spanish speakers, hummingbirds are known as joyas voladoras, or “flying jewels.” now take everything I’ve just said, Aries, and use it as a metaphor for who you can be in the coming week.

shopping in Paris to buy a gift for his wife, the Duchess. she already had everything she wanted, so he decided to get creative. He commissioned the luxury-goods manufacturer Hermes to build her a high-fashion black leather wheelbarrow. I am not urging you to acquire something like that for yourself, taurus. but I do like it as a symbol for what you need in your life right now: a blend of elegance and usefulness, of playful beauty and practical value, of artistry and hard work. 6/6/14 12:46 PM

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Whimsical artist seeking same I’m a poet and yoga lover. When I picture my partner, I see someone who fills me with calm and wonder, who can engage in flights of fancy but who also knows when it’s time to rein ourselves in, for I value groundedness and flight in equal measure. Let’s create together: I’ll write the lyrics, and you can write the music. vocativecomma, 28, l Conscious artistic traveler I’m an avid artist, writer and conversationalist. I’ve lived and worked all over the world. Organic and honest connection is ideal. Seeking someone interested in self-betterment and self-empowerment. Interested in the subtle body and meditation. Curvy and beautiful. Compassionate and powerful. Curiosity, flexibility and love for life are a must. Being ungrounded is a must not. Write for more. peelslikepaper, 28, l

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Let’s Get Off The Grid College-educated country girl planning to live the ideal with my best friend/ love. Let’s farm, grow, ride, fish, prep, get off the grid! Let’s read, learn, talk, explore. Cherish our individuality and our relationship. Let’s laugh — a lot! Tip: never baited your own hook? We probably won’t be a match. Know what bag balm is, and used it like duct tape (for everything!), we may have a shot! CTVTCountry2012, 42, l

Free-Spirited Soul, Honest, Laughter I am a caring and affectionate person. I love to laugh. I like to stay positive and love life. I keep busy with the gym, my house and flower gardening. I enjoy nature, anything near water. I am looking for someone who is affectionate, honest, active, employed, can share their feelings and are romantic. Learn to enjoy the season that you’re in. Midmorningriser, 52, l New to Burlington I’m hopeful to meet some nice people, being new to the area. I love skiing, running, mountain biking and hiking. I have a little one who is my everything. I hope to find someone who makes me laugh and I can make them happy too. I’m not complicated. I love to have fun and enjoy the company of nice people! JD, 41, l Where’s My Man in Uniform? This APB is for you. My person of interest is a firefighter or in law enforcement, available, fortysomething and can handle excitement. I’m adventurous, fun, sexy and fortysomething. Now it’s your turn to find me. fiery1, 45 attractive, athletic, shy, game I am a decent lady with great kids and a slew of pets who is trying to peacefully enjoy life and find laughter, beauty, and fun in my days. Living in the country, a bit introverted, love the outdoors and nature: hiking, skiing, walking. Looking for a decent man who is kind and thoughtful, fun, athletic, content, and peaceful. balancingact, 53, l


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beer? adventure? outside? yes! Looking for someone to drink some beers with and join me for a bike ride or hike. runvt88, 26, l

Love to laugh! In search of someone to spend time with, to laugh until our sides hurt and to make some great new memories. Decided to take a chance and try something new! If you love to laugh and have a great sense of humor, then that’s a great start and I’d love to hear from you. Irish75, 39, l

It’s all in the smile I enjoy dancing, gardening, camping and motorcycle riding. Family and socializing are also important to me. sunshinesmile, 62

Artistic mastermind I’m pretty down-to-earth, artistic, enjoy cooking, gardening, live music, have a good sense of humor. I love having friends over for guitar night and BBQs. I enjoy camping and kayaking/ canoeing. I love the great outdoors. I’m told I’m fun-loving. Will tell you more if we chat. wmartin, 53, l

witty, honest, caring I write songs and sing pretty darned good. Like to have fun and also relax. I like to cook and read. I am running my family’s rental business and take care of my father. I do errands for a few disabled people we know. I am helpful and kind. guitarbillkenneth, 42

Hilarious, friendly, energetic I’m a hardworking, friendly, energetic person. I love live music, reading, working out (YAY CrossFit!), spending time with family and getting outdoors. I am on the go a lot, but I love to relax and chill. I love to laugh and try new things. I want to explore and expand my mind as much as possible. iloveelephants12, 27, l I’m a rare gem! I’m ready to find someone to share life with. Someone to count on and that can count on me, too. Someone to laugh and play with, cry and snuggle. Someone willing to share every detail, just because it’s in their nature. Honest and kind, a nature lover. fieldfun, 37, l Foxy Yoga Goddess Loving Life! People of integrity, I want you in my life! Required: passionate presence, confidence, competence, excellent foreplay skills and maybe even a little romance! I want to go out on dates and do activities with quality people. I am awake, connected to the Earth, passionate about movement, self-motivated, self-actualized, fun, flirty, confident and fierce ... and you should be, too! FunFierceFox, 25, l Music lover, dancer, cook! Energetic, sensitive, caring homebody seeking a soul mate! I like short excursions, sitting by a lake at sunset, fishing, BBQs, canoeing, movies, dancing. I love animals and kids and spending time with family. I enjoy writing poetry and books. Would like to find a mate with similar interests. charm2014, 54, l Southern, progressive, funloving female Active, attractive and free-spirited woman looking for an intelligent man filled with integrity and gratitude for life. I enjoy dancing (love zydeco), almost all types of music, the Gulf Coast during May and September, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Vermont in the winter and learning. My children live all over the country but my dogs are constant companions. Runsmile58, 55, l

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Honest Person I am a kind person. I am looking for someone who is fun to be around and likes to hang out. I hate being lied to and cheated on. I am faithful and would never cheat on anybody. tylerl72, 20, l heavy metal dad About me: 35 years old, 5’9”, 275 lbs., shaved head, full beard and many tattoos. I have two children that live with me during the week, ages 12 and 4. I’m not sure what I’m looking for, I just know I’m lonely and ready to start looking for that special someone. I’m not into BBW, sorry. bthibodeau, 35, l work, play, enjoy life I am in Vermont for the summers and I live in Florida in the winter. I am originally from Vermont. I am wanting to meet someone to share common interests and spend some time with. I work construction and when I am home, it’s gardening or puttering around the house and yard. I like to be outside more than inside. builder500, 52 Time Traveler Seeks Companion I’m ready to try another relationship after four years. I believe in chivalry. I’m a fan of history and science fiction. I enjoy museums and renaissance faires. I wear jeans, kilts (or tights when at a faire). I teach theatrical sword fighting and write when inspired. All of time and space; everything that was or will be. Where do you want to start? Regeneration802, 44, l outdoor type that can cook OK, I’m a fun-loving Vermonter with the old style dry humor most flatlanders never get, LOL. I’ve worn many diffrent hats in my life. I love to fish and hunt, and if I’m hiking most likely I’m lost. I hate cellphones. Love boats, canoes, camping. I’m only looking for fun people without drama. Mostly I want an honest open-minded person to share time with. Docdford, 46, l Honest, Respectful, Hardworking I find myself wanting to share the days with someone who can enjoy the simple pleasures in life and respect me as I am; honest and truthful. HollowWoods_Echo, 68, l

Free-range Farm Boy Cuddly, energetic young man looking for a nice, wholesome woman. What matters most is being honest about who you are and what you want. I’m attracted to people who like themselves and do wholesome things with their lives. I’m very turned off by mind games, and very turned on by women who milk cows and make quilts. No drug addicts. CommodoreNemo, 22 laid-back, cool, fun times I’m looking for someone cool to get to know, a little party and dance, live music, or a rental movie. A late-night snack and cuddling. Some loyalty and honesty goes a long way. I’m respectful and compassionate with a huge heart. I want to love and be loved back. italianguy69, 41 Fun and open-minded I’m pretty chill and laid-back. Just looking to date and have fun with someone who isn’t too self-centered. I like to go out to the movies and eat out. I also like to stay in shape by playing sports and hitting the gym a few times a week. eightzerotwo, 25, l Stay Healthy Enjoy Life I am an open-minded, considerate professional, who likes to talk politics or sports. I am fit and don’t break mirrors that I look into! I am hoping to find a woman who is comfortable with herself and open to exploration. I work hard and like to play hard, but recognize that life is a balance as well as a journey. Walkhikerun, 59 Your Funny and Strong Valentine (I’m working on this) complex, trying to simplify. yrfnyvl, 77 To Unite & Delight Straight, fit and handsome ISO robust, one-on-one trysts. Call now and let’s have a ball. sancho, 59 a Vermonter by choice I love challenging conversation, days full of adventure followed by an evening of great food and wine. I believe in giving my all in a relationship, and that includes giving full access to me. I consider myself to be a good listener and a great masseur, and a pretty decent cook. pompatusoflove, 49 Easygoing, Open-minded, Dynamic Here we go ... I am looking for someone who is trying to enjoy everything life has to offer. You can be someone who wants to experience things together or just chat about anything and everything. I love laughing and joking around and would love someone who’s the same or in need of some good laughs. RainShine, 27 Just Looking .... I am looking for a woman to share my mobile home and my heart. I am looking for an attractive friend with no more than one child or dog. I am honest and have a job. $400 plus 1/2 utilities. MydogMax, 52, l Wearing Many Hats I am a white male, 32 years old; a creative, kind, optimistic soul looking for love. I am a graduate of Saint Michael’s College, class of 2005, with a BA in fine arts/theater, and I work at a drop-in community center in the Old North End. If you would like to know more, then let’s meet. I wear many hats. edshamrock, 32, l

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Naughty Girl Looking for a Dominant play partner to help me learn about and explore myself as a sexual being. I love being sent to the corner to wait for my punishment. I’m not really into leather, but love lingerie and costumes. I love role-playing. I want my boundaries pushed. Please be sane, charming and pro-condoms. ExploringBeauty, 30 Girl looking for Girl Hello. I haven’t had a g/g relation for a long time now ... very long ... and I would like to have a femme to have some fun together. Where and when would you like to meet? GGRocks, 38 Fun, Foxy, Fierce Yoga Goddess Wanted! People of integrity! I’m looking for conscious connection and powerful pleasure! Give me: passionate presence, confidence, competence and excellent foreplay skills! I love being touched and enjoy sensual pursuits in various forms. I am into urban tantra and wish to explore connection and kink with quality people. I am polyamorous and I value communication and connection. FoxyAndFierce, 25, l Lights, camera, action Or lights and action, anyway. Twentysomething professional woman looking for someone (guy) to get it on with. Not going to be in the area for much longer, but would like to play while I am still here. I am willing to try pretty much anything, but ask that you please be clean and drug free. lyric14, 25, l

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Ready for Passion and Fun So much built up passion to share. Ready to try new things with new people. I am fun-loving and have a Monty Python sense of humor. I love to eat and drink but also work out regularly. Would like to find women who want to share some discreet fun, and then let’s see where it goes. Ready4FunInVT, 49, l brown latin wild horse I’m a Latin ready to get some action. Just got to town and seeking tons of fun. Love music and arts. I’ll be happy to take you places you’ve never been, like paradise. latindude, 21, l Sexual Fulfillment Without Commitments Looking for women searching for some no-strings, sexual fulfillment without wanting to anchor you or me down. I’m open to most fetishes and styles. I immensely enjoy performing oral, among other things. If you seek release or just want a partner for sexual encounters and exploration, I’m your guy. Just_4_Sex, 44, l adventurous, discreet, open I’m Luke, from NC originally. I’m here looking for interesting people to do interesting things with. I like to keep things discreet. Message me ;). bluehazyhollow, 25, l


KuriousKat I’m an attractive young woman who has always been a good girl. Now I’m curious in being naughtier. I’m a bit shy but intrigued as to what I may find. Since I’m new to all of this I need someone who can take charge but also take time to guide me patiently. Katt, 31

BM/WF Kink pair seeks Curvy Subslut BDSM couple seeks a sexually submissive woman who enjoys kinky, dirty, nasty sex. We want you to spread, kneel, moan, gasp, scream, plead and beg as we restrain you, spread you and fill all your holes for our pleasure. You’ll be well-used and satisfied as you submit, obey, serve and please. You’ll cum often, repeatedly and hard in service to us. Kinkpair, 30 fun, adventurous, want to freak We are two attractive, fun-loving people, he 24, her 27, looking to step outside their comfort zone and get a little crazy: good, wild, safe swinging fun. Up for anything this side of nipple/nut clamps. How about a good night in with good wine and conversation, finished off with great sex? eastcoastswingers, 23 bisexual couple, male and female We are a bisexual couple male, 30, about 165 lbs., female, 24, about 145 lbs. We are looking for full bisexual female mainly but bisexual males may join too if they’re top and bottom. Be 18-36. We have done both and we both liked both of them. No couples or non-bisexuals, and we don’t do anything without each other, so don’t ask. Thanks. bicouple4fun, 29 Love Wild and Free Seeking Unicorn. Tall, handsome guy plus petite, blonde gal. Looking to fulfill threesome fantasy before he leaves town. The right lady will be clean, respectful, seeking fun and willing to get weird. unicorn3, 24, l 3’s a party Good-looking professional couple looking for hot bi woman to share our first threesome. We are clean, diseasefree and expect the same. Looking to have a safe, fun, breathtaking time. Discretion a must. Llynnplay, 35, l Happy, well-adjusted couple We’re both kind, compassionate, fun and intelligent professionals in our mid-30s. Our sexual relationship is very open, and we’d like to bring another woman into bed with us for casual fun. Mostly she would satisfy and be satisfied by her, but intimacy with him as well is cool if desired. We believe there’s always more love to go around! openandkind, 37

One of my dearest friends has recently gotten back together with her ex-boyfriend, and I’m having a hard time accepting it. This dude isn’t just lazy or a cheat — he’s a felon. Like, the kind of felon who gets arrested at the airport when he’s going on vacation (true story). Normally I would think this was none of my business as long as my friend is happy. But he lied to her and hurt her so much that I’m dreading having to hang out with him. I’m considering telling her how I feel, but I’ve noticed a pattern. When other friends have expressed their feelings or put up boundaries around the guy, it seems to drive her closer to him. What is this all about, and what do you think I should do?


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Red Alert! This is a tough situation. This guy has got to go, and you need to help her see the light. Problem is, nobody wants to hear disapproval from a friend, whether it’s about an outfit or a lover. Your other friends who confronted her may have gone about it wrong. If she felt judged or attacked, it makes sense why she rejected them and clung closer to him. If forced to confront a painful truth, we can avoid it or move toward it. Maybe your friend is afraid of being alone. Or maybe admitting her man is a bad egg makes her feel like something’s wrong with her, too. Even if he’s a total sleaze, she might feel safe sticking with what she knows. My advice? Approach her with kindness. Tell her she’s not the woman you remember and that you miss the old her — who wasn’t getting hurt by this guy. Be gentle but honest. Encourage her to understand that she can do better, because she is better. And remind her that it’s not safe being with him. Tell her that if you were in this situation, you would want her to protect you. Your friend likely knows deep down that this guy is no good, but getting her to admit that may be a tall order. And telling her how you feel may challenge your relationship with her. But a true friendship can surpass this kind of thing, even if it requires taking a little hiatus. Your only other option is to stay silent. But what kind of friend would you be if you pretended you were comfortable with this man when you’re not? You may push her closer to him, and she may reject you, but there is just no room for dishonesty. It’s your responsibility to tell the truth. Chances are that she will soon see him for what he really is and appreciate that you are trying to look out for her.



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pool at three needs Hey! We played a few doubles rounds. You were with some girlfriends and some guy who was being a full toolbag. You were cute and a relatively good shot! I want to take you out. Let’s do this. When: Friday, June 6, 2014. Where: Three Needs. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912224 Zooey Deschanel’s Sunglasses You came into the Gap with your friend. I greeted you and rang your friend up. You were funny, cute and I loved the glasses you chose for Zooey. Want to grab coffee? When: Friday, June 6, 2014. Where: Downtown Mall. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912223 Do you come here often? I exchanged a glance with a good-looking guy dressed in jeans and a blue gingham collared shirt during Friday lunch at August First. I wish it could’ve been more, but you were talking with an older gentleman at your table. I thought you looked nice and wish I could’ve said hello. Maybe I’ll be really lucky and get another chance? When: Friday, June 6, 2014. Where: August First. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912222 Volunteer at NECKA You had on jeans and a pink blouse. I was picking up for someone. Thank you for your help, you were very kind. We talked a bit and I wanted to ask your name but was rushed off. Would like to see you outside the “food shelf” sometime, if you’re intersted. Found you very attractive. How about lunch? Drinks? When: Thursday, June 5, 2014. Where: Newport. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912220 You called yourself Jack You introduced yourself to me as Jack and I told you I shared my name with a flower. Our day at the falls was the best I’ve had in years and I get butterflies every time I’ve seen you since. I can’t think of anything but your smile, laugh and incredible eyes. I impatiently await seeing you again! When: Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Where: Moss Glen Falls. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912219

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FAHC foot clinic Tilley Drive June 3, about 9 a.m. After my appointment, you scheduled me for another foot appointment in two months. I was wearing a black T-shirt and khakis. You were wearing brown and white and I thought you looked absolutely smashing. Love to meet if you are open and interested! When: Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Where: FAHC Orthopedics on Tilley Drive. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912218 Marcus looking for Marley Saw an ad posted back in March ... if you’re still around. I’m real :). When: Friday, March 14, 2014. Where: I Spys. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912217 Blue-Eyed Beauty, SL Just sending a reminder of how amazing you are. He never liked and respected you for you, don’t keep giving him your heart. You are an amazing mother, independent, happy woman who knows what she wants. It’s his own loss and he will know it every time he has to see you walk by. To your new and better beginnings. When: Sunday, June 1, 2014. Where: Burlington/ Colchester. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912216 Lunchtime break on Dorset Street We spy a couple having a lunchtime break on Dorset Street. Wondering if you’d like to have another couple join you? When: Friday, May 30, 2014. Where: South Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #912215 Tom’s Tiki Bar Sat. Night I was sitting with a group of friends, you were with another girl. We made lots of eye contact. Interested? Or was I wrong? Me: blue eyes, cranberry linen shirt, jeans. You: red hair, black camisole, brown eyes. When: Saturday, May 31, 2014. Where: Tom’s Tiki Bar. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912214 Lilly, Head of the Meadow Lilly from Head of the Meadow beach, would you like to hang out with me and the baby here in Vermont? When: Thursday, May 29, 2014. Where: Head of the Meadow Cape Cod. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912213

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Pee in an indoor plant You switched schools and our hearts became forever friends. We’ve shared joys and heartbreaks, laughed hysterically, slept in a single bed, read the paper, gone on adventures, written essays, walked our dogs, spent days on the mountain and on occasion have lost ourselves in a few drinks. No matter who or where you are, I love you! When: Monday, April 14, 2014. Where: Killington. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #912212 Lunching alone at Stone Soup I saw you three (?) weeks ago having lunch at Stone Soup. I was sitting on the bench along the wall with a man. You almost sat down next to me but then sat alone near the front window. You were wearing a T-shirt and a grey/green cap. After, I said to my friend, “How do I meet that guy?” When: Friday, May 9, 2014. Where: Stone Soup. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912210 sunshine and butterflies I miss your light in my life. When: Thursday, May 29, 2014. Where: it’s been too long. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912209 Geek Squad at McGuillicuddy’s I walked into the bar with friends. You caught my eye right away. We locked eyes multiple times across the bar. You wore a Geek Squad shirt and sat between two friends. I feel like I’ve seen or met you before. If we have, I don’t know why I didn’t give you my number. Hopefully we’ll meet again so I can. When: Sunday, May 25, 2014. Where: McGuillicuddy’s Williston. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912208 Windjammer, Upper Deck, Tuesday Night Saw you with your blond friend. I commented on your black dress. We shared lots of eye contact, me with my two guy friends. I was in a blue shirt. Any interest? When: Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Where: Windjammer. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912207 Lucky (Guy) Next Door You served me quinoa and asparagus salad with chicken on top. Room-temperature tomatoes flanking “X”-pertly arranged asparagus were duly pleasing. I sat under the motorcycle with my cycling shoes and on my first visit you were there, both times sporting a cycling cap. I dig your quiet presence. Perhaps next time I’ll be bold enough to say hello. When: Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Where: Lucky Next Door. You: Man. Me: Man. #912206 Synergy yoga with James Hi, you are a tall brunet who likes to run. I’m a petite brunette. We chatted a few times, and then the class was cancelled (Thursdays with James). I’d like to get to know more about you. Let me know if you’d be up for meeting again. When: Thursday, May 15, 2014. Where: Synergy, Thursday yoga class. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912205 Built to Spill/Higher Ground We were picking on the young guy who was passed out on the bar stool by the back bar. I almost pushed him off it! I asked your sister about you and she said you were single. I wish I had gotten your name. You are beautiful and I would like to see you again! When: Saturday, May 24, 2014. Where: Higher Ground. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912204

Blue Bird Coffee Shop I ordered a chai from you this morning and you mentioned something about my shirt and how you were from Austin. Any chance you want to grab a drink or Zelda game sometime? When: Saturday, May 24, 2014. Where: Blue Bird Coffee Shop. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912203 Farmer in a Flannel Last week at the South Royalton Market we locked eyes as you unloaded your produce from your red truck. I love me a long-haired, bespectacled, dirty farmer man. Next time you’re there, I’ll buy you a bottle of Barefoot Moscato. When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Where: South Royalton. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912202 Cute bank teller in Williston I’ve seen you a few times, but yesterday was the first time we chatted. I mentioned the camera I’m saving up for and you told me about your old film camera. You have a warm personality and I think your film camera sounded really interesting. I’d love to grab coffee downtown and talk more about photography with you. When: Thursday, May 22, 2014. Where: Williston. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912201 flattering fletcher allen lab tech One morning this week you “made me breakfast” and quite literally took my breath away while I read and listened to music - you encouraged me to take the day off from work and it was lovely. I wouldn’t be sad if our paths crossed again. When: Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Where: Fletcher Allen. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912200 Mr PostMan on Walnut I like your smile. Your shorts are questionable. Maybe one day I won’t be awkward on my porch. When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Where: Walnut St. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912199 Whiskey against humanity! Your name is Caitlin, you drink your whiskey straight and you’re damn serious about your Cards Against Humanity! We met at my neighbor’s (they’re moving). The knot (and the neighbor) said no, but I’d love to grab some coffee sometime. When: Saturday, May 17, 2014. Where: Corner of Clarke. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912198 Painting and burritos! I was set up to paint some mountains solo, and then you came in and sat next to me, thus greatly distracting me (I think my birch trees could be better). I hoped that I would run into you soon, but no luck until Monday at New World. Waddya say we grab a beverage and some art under the influence again? When: Monday, May 19, 2014. Where: Vin and New World Tortilla. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912197 Holding up the Post Office I ran into the post office on Tuesday to drop a few gifts in the mail. You walked in after me, and I’m sure you noticed me checking you out before you wound behind me in the line. You made a friendly joke while I was paying, and then wished me well. I should have waited for you outside. When: Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Where: Burlington Post Office. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912196 Mustachioed Young Lady at Spielpalast Thanks for the delightful conversation! It was the highlight of my evening! - The Medicine Man When: Saturday, May 17, 2014. Where: Spielpalast. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912195

Cute Green Mountain Crossfit Babe! You are a strong and sexy CrossFit momma. You really impress as you juggle too many hours, a tassel of kids and a full week of WODs with grace, humor and fierce determination. If you need to have your toe taped again, I have more black tape in my bag. Let me know, because I think you’re pretty damn cool. When: Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Where: Green Mountain CrossFit. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912194 cumberland farms, colchester Hey, you were making coffee. I grabbed two espresso shots. We chatted, then I passed you driving a black Chevy — forgot the make, but it was a four-door. You beeped, I beeped back. You had on big hoop earrings, a sweatshirt and jean shorts. If you read this, meet me at that Cumberland Farms on Sunday, 6/1, at 10 a.m. When: Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Where: Cumberland Farms, St. Mike’s. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #912193 Shooting Star Stepping out of my doorway, I see you. The sun was bright in my face, but your smile showed through. We exchanged his. I have seen many many beautiful sunrises. This first feeling was the same. I hope to pass by again. Maybe go for a walk. When: Sunday, May 18, 2014. Where: North St. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912191 Saturday Night Bookstore Goddess Church Street, Saturday night, my girlfriend saw something she liked in the window of the bookstore — you, in a heartbreaking brown dress and boots. Two kids from the mountain out on the town, glad we hit the books instead of the bar. We’d like to share you like the last piece of spaghetti in “Lady and the Tramp.” Available? When: Saturday, May 17, 2014. Where: Crow Bookshop. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912190 Curly haired brunette at Spielpalast Lady in the black dress, sitting with a friend. I was the black guy on the upper level with the blazer and white shirt. Somewhat dumbfounded, I visited my friends sitting in front of you during the intermission. We made eye contact, but I was at a loss for words. Any possibility for a second act? When: Saturday, May 17, 2014. Where: Burlington City Hall. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912189 Sneaky wine, sneaky smile You were tending to swarms of people Friday night, but still made time to hook me up with a lovely Spanish red. Missed an opportunity for one last eye contact and smile when I left. It was nice to see you too. I can’t really afford to visit very often, so maybe a tasting somewhere else? When: Friday, May 16, 2014. Where: high-end burger joint. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912188


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