Puritan badass sparks a Lincoln author’s imagination

Just last week, Lincoln author Louella Bryant published her fourth historical fiction novel “Beside the Long River” with Black Rose Writing — an independent publishing house based in Texas. “My books try to give the alternate story — which is the real story,” explained Bryant, who earned her undergrad degree from George Washington University and her MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. “This is not necessarily attractive to people who want to hide the ugliness of history.” “Beside the Long … (read more)

Winter music series streams live concerts on TV

Patrick Fitzsimmons will kick off the 5 Town Friends of the Arts monthly winter music series on Thursday, Jan. 20. 5 Town Friends of the Arts in collaboration with The Lawrence Memorial Library and NEAT TV will be presenting a series of monthly concerts f … (read more)

UPDATE: MNFF Selects brings marine wildlife rescue doc to THT

CORRECTION: An outdated version of this press release was published in the Jan. 13, 2022, edition of Arts+Leisure with incorrect information about Town Hall Theater’s COVID protocols. Please see the updated COVID vaccination requirements highlighted below … (read more)

Book review: Anthem — by Noah Hawley

Anthem — by Noah Hawley (Grand Central Publishing) If you’ve seen the Netflix feature film, “Don’t Look Up,” you’ve already experienced this sort of hyper-contemporary, crisis-confronting satire. Comparing his novel to a Chekhov play, the author informs t … (read more)

Ask a Master Gardener: New Year’s resolutions

As we head into winter, you may find yourself thinking about the warmth of summer and getting back into the garden again. This daydreaming is a good opportunity to reflect on the past growing season and set goals for next year’s garden by making some New … (read more)

New exhibits celebrate winter and Black history

The Chaffee Art Center on South Main Street in Rutland will open a new exhibit “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with solo featured galleries of work by photographer Lowell Snowden Klock and fine artist Heather Wilson. An opening reception will be held on Friday, … (read more)

Sisters make skiers ‘So-Full’ at Rikert

A bright purple, custom-made, 12-foot trailer with rustic wooden accents is a new regular at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton.

Sheldon Museum’s virtual lecture series continues

In this talk, historian Michelle Smiley will discuss American daguerreotype portraiture, its uses as both as a scientific instrument and as a means of picturing loved ones, as well as the photographic portrait as a medium of democratic participation, part … (read more)

Book review: Next Year in Havana — by Chanel Cleeton

Two timelines unfurl in one city, Havana, Cuba, as two young women discover their courage, their conviction, and their loyalty.

Festival on-the-Green needs new volunteers for 2022

After hosting a scaled-back event last August, the officers, directors and volunteers of the Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green are hopeful that the week-long, family-friendly, community-supported music series can return in its full pre-Covid glory t … (read more)

Judith’s Garden: Sleeping beauty, Part 1

What about the garden in winter, as it sleeps under a blanket snow? This can be equally beautiful. It’s all about the contrast of the seasons — something that I relish about living in the Green Mountain State.

Homeward Bound’s first adoption of 2022

Callie, a five year-old female calico cat weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces was adopted Jan. 4, at 11:46 a.m., by Brie Heath of Vergennes.

MAC Performing Arts Series goes virtual for January

Performances by Sophie Shao, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Zoë Keating will now be streamed only. 

New England Musicians Relief Fund accepts new applications

As COVID-19 once again threatens to shut down performing arts venues across New England, the New England Musicians Relief Fund (NEMRF) is stepping up efforts to help professional musicians who suffer financial hardship intensified by the pandemic.

Year in Review: Looking back at the arts & leisure of 2021

Arts + Leisure celebrated its fifth full year in 2021. Twelve months, 52 issues, over 800 pages, all dedicated to arts and events going on in Addison County — and everything happened amidst the pandemic.