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Meet Mr. Bixby – legendary Vergennes philanthropist

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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This past Sunday afternoon some lucky history buffs got to meet a 188-year-old Vergennes icon. Adorning his classic brown suit and tie and capped off with his fez, Mr. William Grove Bixby gave a tour of his namesake, the Bixby Memorial Library.

Not buying it?

OK, neither are we.

Of course the original Bixby is dead. In fact he died way back in February of 1907. But his legacy is very much still alive in the Little City.

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Meet the Chef: Jeff Silver of The Lobby

Posted on February 12, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Chefs can be a particular lot, with specific preferences and particular methods to getting their culinary creations just so. But the relatively new chef at The Lobby in Middlebury is quite the opposite.

“There’s no ego in my food,” chef Jeff Silver said in an interview last week. “What matters is that customers enjoy it and want to come back for more. The sustainability of the restaurant is the most important thing.”

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Farms & fans help Bristol musician release her first album

Posted on February 8, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Farm-to-table is a common phrase that most of us are used to these days, but how about farm-to-musician? Not so much.

It isn’t every day you meet a rising singer/songwriter who got her start by swapping hard labor on farms for voice lessons and recording studio time. But that’s exactly what Helen Hummel did.

It all started in high school and college — an awkward and “roughly silent time” for Hummel.

“I took a job on a farm in Lincoln in exchange for vocal lessons,” she explained (as if it were totally normal).

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Meet the chef: Nathan Davis of Rough Cut

Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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When you think of China and Chinese food, American-style barbecue probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Shenzhen (a city with almost 12 million people just outside of Hong Kong) is where chef Nathan Davis got his BBQ chops.

“There are a lot of ex-pats in Shenzhen who want Western food,” said Davis, who returned home to Middlebury in May after six years in China. “It was an upscale and popular place.”

In mid-November, Davis took over as head chef for Middlebury’s own barbecue restaurant Rough Cut.

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Group gives kids 'passports' to the great outdoors

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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ADDISON COUNTY — Do you like spending time outdoors?

Most of us (kids and adults) answer, “Yes!” But when it comes right down to it, we don’t actually spend as much time as we might like outside.

“The statistics show us that about 50 percent of kids today play outside as they did in the ’80s,” sited Andy Paluch, executive director of Come Alive Outside — a non-profit based in Rutland. “There are so many things competing for our attention these days.”

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Play imagines Einstein meeting Picasso

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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What would you do if someone told you that you could have drinks with Pablo Picasso? How about Albert Einstein?

Obviously, you’d go! But what would you talk about?

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Funky, fermented artist turns labels into art

Posted on January 29, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Have you ever really looked at the labels of products you use every day? Try it sometime, you might be surprised. Sure some labels never vary from their branding, but on other products you’ll see the thoughtful work of artists that changes over time.

Take for example Mike Kin. He’s been drawing the labels for Aqua ViTea Kombucha since their first batch in 2007.

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Meet the Chef: Andrea Cousineau of The Lobby, Park Squeeze, Black Sheep and Bearded Frog

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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When you’re an executive chef, you never know when duty might call. That’s why Andrea Cousineau carries her chef knife in her purse at all times. It’s a MAC in case you were wondering.

“I go between four different restaurants,” said the executive chef of The Lobby in Middlebury, Park Squeeze and Black Sheep Bistro in Vergennes, and The Bearded Frog in Shelburne. “I never know when I’ll need it.”

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Glide into a new season with Frost Mountain Nordic

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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When you think of a nordic ski club, you might think of spandex suits, streamline sunglasses and hundreds of lean athletes racing around a course pushing off of their skinny skis and tall poles. Next you might think brrrr… and skip the nordic racing scene for warmer clothes and a more tranquil touring experience.

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A year's worth of Arts + Leisure encapsulated here

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



Arts+Leisure celebrated it’s first full year in 2017. Twelve months, 52 issues, over 830 pages, all dedicated to arts and events going on in Addison County.

Having launched the new arts section as a supplement to the regular Thursday Addison Independent in May 2016, we only had half a year to review last year. This year reviewing all that went on left me breathless.

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