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July 6th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Summer has finally arrived in Addison County and the gardens are in full bloom. On Saturday, July 11, from noon-5 p.m., the Sheldon Museum presents its fourth annual garden tour, this year titled “Lincoln Garden Vistas.”
MIDDLEBURY — Zone Three Gallery, in Middlebury’s Marble Works, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Middlebury Language School with a special art and poetry event during the Middlebury Arts Walk on Friday, July 10.
Middlebury’s exciting Festival on-the-Green continues on Tuesday. Here are the highlights. At noon, Stephen Gratto will present a Brown Bag Special performance for the whole family. At 7 p.m., the Miles Donahue Quintet, described as “a jazz treasure,” hits the stage. Then, at 8:30 p.m., Darlingside will perform. “A quartet with a rich line in acoustic textures and chamber-rock dynamics,” says one enthusiastic reviewer.
MIDDLEBURY — Peter Hamlin says that while winter in Vermont is for the mountains, the summers are for the lakes. Hamlin has been enjoying Lake Champlain since he was a student at Middlebury College 30-plus years ago when he also worked as a chauffeur at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes and often canoed across the lake on the weekends to hike and explore in the Adirondacks.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Burlington Tennis Club on Thursday defeated the Middlebury Marlins, 263-184, in a Champlain Valley Swim League meet.
The Marlins came up short despite having five swimmers win multiple races.
Nora Wootten, Mischa Yurista and Rachel Merrill won three events each, and Oliver Podushnick and Devon Kearns touched the wall first twice.
The Marlins visit county rivals Vergennes on Tuesday at 6 p.m., and are off on Thursday.
As Middlebury’s 37th Festival on-the-Green kicks off this Sunday, we paused to consider what it takes to make a festival so beloved.
It takes a lot of creative energy, hard work, restless nights and thousands of volunteer hours over the past 37 years.
It takes committees researching musical acts for the twice-nightly performances, plus magicians and a whole other set of performers for the kid shows each noon. It means reaching out to them, getting rejections, negotiating prices, and finally booking the 17 acts each year.
The end of the school year is always of time of reflection, after the frenetic and celebratory air that surrounds graduation, awards ceremonies, and year-end community events. As an educator, you become accustomed to this cycle, of stewarding students throughout the year and then letting go, and there is an almost hushed silence around our schools as the wave of excitement, learning, and social interaction recedes, as it gathers strength to return in August.
I love Vermont. From the first day that I entered the state, I knew unequivocally that my soul would be nourished and content by living here.