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East Middlebury author Katherine Arden finishes fantasy trilogy

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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What do you think happens when a Russian/French major graduates from Middlebury College and decides to go pick macadamia nuts on a farm in Maui, Hawaii? Why she gets promoted to making smoothies, of course… then guiding horse tours… then teaching English in France… landing a three-book deal with Del Rey Books, a subsidiary of Random House.

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Kathleen Kolb details the finer points of art

Posted on December 20, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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LINCOLN — Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start with an artist who’s been painting for more than 50 years. Especially an artist like Kathleen Kolb, whose work is so subtly refined and elegant it feels effortless and natural. But here’s the dirty little secret… it’s not. It’s still hard work; beloved work, yes, but work nonetheless.

So we’ll start at the very beginning — a very good place to start.

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Rebecca Chomyn welds art to life in Vermont

Posted on December 17, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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During her sophomore year in college, then 18-year-old Rebecca Nase Chomyn showed up to her first welding class in a skirt and flip flops. That was the day they were doing a demo of plasma cutting.

“Basically you’re shooting fire toward the ground as you cut metal,” said Chomyn, who graduated from Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in sculpture. “And I had flip flops on! I never did that again.”

Although her wardrobe choices weren’t great, her metal work was awesome.

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Holiday concert brings congregations together

Posted on December 17, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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MIDDLEBURY — This Tuesday evening, the Charter House Coalition will host a concert at the United Methodist Church in Middlebury. Now in its eighth year, this annual concert brings together musicians from at least six churches in Addison County, as well as others, who will share their musical gifts with the audience.

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All aboard for Sheldon Museum's model train exhibit

Posted on December 6, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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MIDDLEBURY — There’s something wonderfully old school about trains at the holiday season. It’s a time to dig out the heavy, metal locomotives, set up the rails, connect the circuits, and let the trains chug faithfully around the tree, circling presents and mesmerizing the cat. Forget screen time, trains are good ol’ fashioned toys.

Don’t have a train to play with at home?

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Local musicians sell songs to Netflix

Posted on November 29, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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VERGENNES — Netflix — you know that multi-bazillion-dollar company — admittedly, has most of us hooked on one show or another. But have you ever considered all the music that goes along with those TV shows and movies?

Turns out, that Netflix sources its music from all sorts of musicians — sometimes famous, yes, and sometimes from people like Julia Beerworth, a social studies teacher at Vergennes Union High School.

What?

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Woof, woof! The Muttville Comix come to town

Posted on November 21, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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MIDDLEBURY — Audience members take their seats, the house lights dim, then the stage lights, queue the music and the cast takes the stage — it’s another performance at Town Hall Theater. But on Saturday, Nov. 24, the curtain will rise on a cast that drools, sheds and walks on four legs (most of the time). That’s right, dogs.

Sixteen canines of all shapes and sizes will join Johnny Peers on Saturday for the Muttville Comix’s second performance at the Middlebury theater. They first came to the Town Hall Theater in January 2017.

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Meet the musician: Tom Caswell

Posted on November 19, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Here’s a guy who’s all about the music. He doesn’t have long, tangled, rockstar hair; he doesn’t add flashy dance moves; and he definitely doesn’t wear skinny, leather trousers. Nope, Tom Caswell keeps his focus on the music.

Blues music, to be precise.

So it makes sense that Caswell be the one to resurrect a monthly Blues Jam. But his path has taken him though a share of the blues.

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Allison Coyne Carroll advocates for the arts

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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MIDDLEBURY — Ever wonder just how the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series books such incredible and diverse performers?  Her name is Allison Coyne Carroll. If you don’t already know, Carroll is the director of the Middlebury Performing Arts Series. She’s been at the helm since ’97, and she’s the one who brings all those fabulous performers from across the globe to the Robison Hall stage at the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

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Historic spotlight falls on steamboat pioneer

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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When you look at a painted portrait, say for example the Mona Lisa, what comes across your mind? Do you admire the painting for it’s artistic mastery? Or do you find yourself staring at her face, wondering who was this woman and what was life like at that time?

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