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Meet the farmers: Hannah Sessions and Greg Bernhardt from Blue Ledge Farm

Posted on June 5, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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LEICESTER — After 15 years of making cheese, you might think that Hannah Sessions and Greg Bernhardt are sick of the stuff. But that’s simply untrue. “We still love cheese,” said Bernhardt; Sessions nodded by her husband’s side in a recent interview. “It has to be the greatest food.”

They are true turophiles — cheese lovers. 

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Meet the Chef: V Smiley returns to family farm in New Haven, runs small-batch preserves business

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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At the tender age of 11, V Smiley wanted to be the fashion editor at Vogue.

After graduating with a degree in art history and English from St. Mary's College in Maryland, she wanted to be part of the Los Angeles arts scene.

Now the 31-year-old is back home on the family farm in New Haven with her mom Susan and her partner Amy, making preserves with fruit, honey and aromatics.

Smiley's a dreamer, to the core.

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The Inner Gardener shares her secrets

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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This time of year it’s easy to have garden-envy, especially if you’re just starting a landscaping or gardening project of your own.

When you drive around, do you notice the beautiful, well-established gardens hugging other peoples’ homes, bursting with native foliage, well-timed blooms and a mysterious sense of effortlessness? And then look at your shovel, bags of compost, weed-covered lawn and wonder ? egads! How do I begin?

Well, there’s good news. You don’t have to do it alone.

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Jenny Bower: Fixed on Baroque music

Posted on May 15, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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VERGENNES — When you think of a church organist, it’s probably nothing like Jenny Bower. She’s 26, holds two Masters degrees — one in Organ and Harpsichord performance and the other in Geology and Earth Science. She likes Baroque, experimental classical music and is known to rock purple lipstick. And while, she plays the organ for the Vergennes Congregational Church every Sunday, she also plays in Burlington, Montpelier and pretty much any place else that will let her practice on their keys.

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Middlebury Studio School settles in on Route 7

Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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MIDDLEBURY — When you walk into the Middlebury Studio School (MSS) you’d never guess that they only moved into their new space on Route 7 south just over two years ago. A large center table welcomes you with paint-splattered stools, shelves surround the four rooms packed high and deep with pottery, and finished pieces from students and instructors nestle into every nook and cranny. People flow through the school as if it were their own living room — at ease with the clay-dust and happy to share space, stories and snacks.

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Meet the Farmer: Alessandra Rellini from Agricola Farm in Panton

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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PANTON — Alessandra Rellini always wanted to raise her own animals. So when this Italian native was recruited by the University of Vermont to teach in the Psychology Department, she saw an opportunity to pursue her farming dream in the Green Mountain State.

“The opportunity allowed me to cultivate the idea of raising my own animals and doing my own butchering,” she said in an interview at the end of March. “But then things spiraled out of control.”

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Save our trees! Learn about invasive species this Arbor Day

Posted on May 1, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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MIDDLBEURY — As Vermonters join others around the nation to celebrate National Arbor Day — Vermont celebrates on the first Friday of May — there’s worrisome news on the horizon: Vermont is currently surrounded by two tree-killing beetles — the Emeral Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned.

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All Paw Art: Memorializing your best friends

Posted on April 27, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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PANTON — Warning, this is a sad story. It’s about a reality we all know, but hate to face: our four-legged family members simply don’t live forever. It’s a truth that Brenda Murphy had to face again last fall when her “soul-puppy” Mallard died.

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Bristol springs into the arts this Saturday

Posted on April 27, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



BRISTOL — Lily Hinrichsen, Karla VanVliet, Basha Miles, Annie Perkins, Reagh Greenleaf Jr., and Rachel Baird — all Addison County residents — set up shop in the ARTSight Studios and Gallery on South Street in Bristol. It’s a shared office, sort of. Each artist has his or her own space in the old house, which used to be home to the police station and doctors offices. Some of the artists keep regular hours, others by chance or appointment.

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Middlebury to celebrate 7th Bach Festival this weekend

Posted on April 27, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The seventh annual Middlebury Bach Festival will take place this weekend, April 28-30. This year will feature the Brentano String Quartet playing The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 by J.S. Bach, a performance of the oratorio Esther by G.F. Handel with a cast of Middlebury College alumni, and a concert of chamber music.

Friday, April 28

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