Recreating Star Wars, one scene at a time

This past summer, more than 45 teams “donned Jedi robes, built protocol droids, and learned lightsaber skills,” as the Media Factory put it, to create the final product, which will premiere at a series of outdoor screenings around the state next week.

Clippings: Love of music runs in the family

The other day I watched my 8-year-old discover the joy of liner notes.

Summer Guide: Live music flourishes outside this summer

This year it’s all coming back — plus some new opportunities to sway and dance and sing along under the Vermont summer sky straight through to October.

Our family animals: Goodbye, Kitty

I never imagined I’d be a full-grown woman, weeping in my car over the death of my cat. But here I am. Kitty (real name: Haley) was 22. An ancient wonder-creature. A magical cuddle-beast. The runtiest one-eyed fur-angel that ever skulked the earth. We ado … (read more)

This book will knock you out

“I’m probably the only author on Earth promoting his book by saying it will put you to sleep,” quips Middlebury’s Ted Scheu, AKA That Poetry Guy.

Babies & Families: When will playgroups return?

When the pandemic struck in March 2020, it abruptly put an end to playgroups, open gyms and drop-in storytimes, cutting off an essential social and emotional outlet for families with babies and toddlers.

Video: The New Haven train depot on the move

We tagged along with the moving company transporting the historic New Haven train depot from New Haven Junction to its new home on North Street, where it arrived on Thursday.

5- to 11-year-olds now eligible for COVID vaccines

Vermont opened registration Wednesday morning for kids to get their first dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine, after the CDC gave its final approval on Tuesday night.

Family-friendly film series celebrates human-animal relationships

Who doesn’t love feel-good stories of relationships between animals and human beings? That was Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Producer Lloyd Komesar’s rationale when he set the theme for this year’s MNFF Selects film series.

Clippings: The incredible shrinking shoes

A crew has been repaving our road since last week. On Friday, 4-year-old Frankie and I went to check it out.

Fall Guide: Take a walk on Morgan Horse Farm’s new trails

Thanks to the hard work of summer interns, the Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge now has 1.1 miles of walking trails.

COVID strikes visiting family

Careful what you wish for.Last week I wrote in the Minibury e-newsletter about pining for the simpler days of last summer.This week there is nothing on my calendar, and I’m not happy about it: My family is on Day 6 of quarantine after being exposed to COV … (read more)

Video: The Great Bristol Outhouse Race 2021

youtu.be/ncxqIf0Z-yk BRISTOL — Despite dreary weather — and the tail end of a pandemic that almost canceled the event last year — the 44th annual outhouse race went on in Bristol. For the second year in a row, Kris Perlee hosted the race on Elm St … (read more)

Your guide to outdoor dining in Addison County

ADDISON COUNTY — Dining al fresco has always been a highlight of summer in Vermont. But it took on new importance when the pandemic struck and made many folks wary of spending unmasked time indoors. Even as vaccinated people return to dining indoors at re … (read more)

Video: The Circus at Lincoln Cooperative Preschool

youtu.be/WlbaaPlu5uk The kids at Lincoln Cooperative Preschool performed their biennial circus earlier this month on the deck of their building — and in their new outdoor classroom, which they used for 163 school days this pandemic year. Read more … (read more)

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