Have a good time line dancing at Woodchuck Cider

You might be surprised to know that every Thursday evening, the Cider House at Woodchuck Cider turns into a boot stompin’ line dancing floor. Regularly about 50 guests show up in their dancin’ duds ready for a good time. 

What if you only had one hundred days?

As the snow melts away and the early bulbs push through the crystalized dirt, we’re given a performance by the Middlebury Acting Company to help us process a question that is spring eternal: How do we make the most of the time that we have?

Sing your hearts out for a cause

How do you confront atrocities committed half-way around the world from the comfort of your Vermont bubble? This is a question that Bristol residents Rebecca Ryskalczyk and Nick Dooley couldn’t shake in the face of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, now in its … (read more)

ART student creates costumes for ‘The Tempest’

Mirabelle Markowski, a junior at MUHS and in her first year in the Addison Repertory Theatre, has designed and fabricated almost all the costume pieces used in ART’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

Middlebury Snowbowl lights up more fun

“Magical” is the word Derrick Cram used to describe the skiing and the community activity at the Middlebury Snowbowl this year. The cozy ski area up Route 125 in Hancock seems to have kicked into a new gear this season. 

Miss Vermont Earth encourages girls to be strong

Bella Williams from Orwell was crowned Miss Vermont Earth in 2023. Now she’s starting a nonprofit that aims to “help young girls around the globe get access to the encouragement, education and healthcare they deserve.”

Celebrate Lunar New Year close to home

The Year of the Dragon is right around the corner — sounds pretty fierce… in a good way. Feb. 10 is Lunar New Year — a celebration of family, feasting and good fortune observed by more than a billion people around the world, particularly in East and South … (read more)

Acclaimed author Emily St. John Mandel understands our times

The renowned author will bring her award-winning work and perspectives to Middlebury College in a special reading and Q&A, followed by a book signing.

Master magician to perform an afternoon of hocus pocus

Master Magician Goad will be performing at the Vergennes Opera House on Saturday, Jan. 20. The show will be a special 2 p.m. matinee performance, geared especially for families.

Musical Library Tour bridges winter into spring

Beginning Jan. 18, and concluding in May, there will be a free musical performance at each of the 5-town libraries: Bristol, Monkton, New Haven, Lincoln and Starksboro. 

Ripton musician raises funds for new album

It’s been a tense few weeks for independent musician Sarah King. No, it’s not the holidays. It’s not the start of the New Year, or the darkness that suffuses this time of year either. Naw, King has been stressed because $15-grand is on the line for her ne … (read more)

2023 in review: Looking back at the year in Arts + Leisure

It’s been eight years of publishing the Arts + Leisure section of the Addison Independent. Again and again, I am beyond impressed by the incredible work and talent we see right here in Addison County, which makes this tabloid section a joy to put together … (read more)

Mihali performs NYE concert at Town Hall Theater

Completing an 18-year run as a co-founder of the well-known Vermont quartet Twiddle, Mihali and the other three members of the band are taking an “indefinite hiatus” to “explore their individual creative pursuits and spend more time with their families.”

Students and instructors ‘learn together’

Middlebury Studio School’s mission is on terrific display right now through Dec. 22 at the Jackson Gallery in the lower level of the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.

Anna Fugaro: Art from a lifetime of memories

From floor to ceiling, Anna Fugaro’s Middlebury living space is filled with her own artwork, as well as her mother’s paintings and countless photos.