Climb into a book or up a mountain, you choose

Addison County friends Michele Hernandez Bayliss and Dean Ouellette have produced a marvelous guidebook “Climb Every Mountain” for Falcon Guides, detailing “46 of the Northeast’s 111 Hikes over 4,000 Feet.”

New art exhibits and open receptions

This Thursday, June 8, the Henry Sheldon Museum in downtown Middlebury, will host an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., for four new summer exhibits.

Barn Opera hosts world premiere of ‘Giacomo’s Muse’

This performance is loosely based on the scandalous events that transpired in the life of world-famous (and notorious womanizer) composer Giacomo Puccini, told through a contemporary construct. 

Gather hosts talk on the importance of ‘hanging out’

Sheila Liming, professor at Champlain College in Burlington and the author of “Hanging Out,” argues that the simple act of getting together for unstructured time is essential to our wellbeing.

Pianist and cellist open Rochester’s chamber music series on June 9

Pianist John Blacklow and cellist Peter Stumpf will perform some of the most profound pieces of the 18th and 19th centuries, works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann.

Rescued by love: Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’ takes the stage

The Opera Company of Middlebury’s production opens on June 2 and should not be missed. Not only is the music as powerful as you’d expect, but the 19th century politics are also hauntingly current to us today. 

Mending Wall and Yankee Friendship

Many of the poems of Robert Frost, the Bard of Ripton, are celebrations and deliberations on seasonal change in this part of the world.

Sparrow Art Supply opens new show, ‘Texture’

The surfaces represented in this show are so irresistible that you’ll want to touch them.

College art museum opens exhibit on new and ‘tossed’ acquisitions

“Tossed” brings together — both from Middlebury’s collection and from other private and public collections — nearly 20 works that make use of discarded materials.

Brandon silent film series screens ‘The Temptress’

It’s a film with two completely different endings: one sad and tragic, and the other uplifting and positive.

Pets of the Week: Meet Bub & Luna

They live in Shoreham and enjoy being outside, going for walks and being with people.

Vergennes calls for artists to use $15K VAC grant

Imagine a mural; imagine a sculpture; imagine raising the bar of artistic attraction to the Little City’s downtown.

A very different kind of audition: Meet the singers of ‘Fidelio’

Landing a singing role on the professional opera stage is never easy. The audition process is rougher than the NFL Combine, and more selective than getting into Middlebury College.

Dudes perform Dead and Garcia tunes in May

The Morning Dudes will perform four concerts around the state this month, including a set in Middlebury and in Brandon.

Diana Fanning performs around the state

Feel like getting outta town for a bit? Take a road trip through the beautiful spring blooms to a neighboring town to hear Middlebury pianist Diana Fanning perform Schubert’s wonderful Sonata in A Major, D. 959.