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Rock Solid Pays Tribute to Barre’s Stone Work

Rock Solid Pays Tribute to Barre’s Stone Work

By Sue Higby, executive director of Studio Place Arts The 18th annual stone show Rock Solid at Studio Place Arts (SPA) in Barre highlights another chapter in the cultural mosaic of a community whose history is tightly linked to the arts. The city’s reverence for stonework is clearly emphasized by its main gateways, which are […]

Vermont’s Passion for Auto Racing on Display in Barre

Vermont’s Passion for Auto Racing on Display in Barre

by Larry Floersch “I got a ’69 Chevy with a 396 Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor.” Those lyrics by Bruce Springsteen from his song “Racing in the Street” are lost on many people. Only real car nuts know what fuelie heads and a Hurst shifter are. If you are one of those […]

Elm Street Welcomes Montpelier’s “Hippiest” New Joint

Elm Street Welcomes Montpelier’s “Hippiest” New Joint

by Tim Simard The first thing one notices when entering The Hippie Chickpea is the tantalizing aroma of spices, cooked meats, and roasting vegetables. In an instant, you are transported from the sidewalks of Elm Street to a languid afternoon in a café on the Mediterranean coast. That’s one of the main goals of owners […]

Gleaners Put Farmers Market Surplus Put to Good Use

Gleaners Put Farmers Market Surplus Put to Good Use

Regulars at the tail end of the Montpelier Farmers Market each Saturday might have noticed folks in red aprons carrying boxes, chatting with farmers, and loading crates into a brown truck with an orange carrot logo on the side. That would be the “market glean” team—two or three volunteers from Community Harvest of Central Vermont […]

LNT Brings Mosher’s Disappearances to the Stage

LNT Brings Mosher’s Disappearances to the Stage

Compiled by Aaron Retherford Much like author Howard Frank Mosher, Kim Allen Bent—founder of Lost Nation Theater—is intimately connected to the Vermont landscape, having grown up on a dairy farm in Braintree as a seventh-generation Vermonter. On October 4, Bent unveils his world-premiere adaptation of Howard Frank Mosher’s novel, Disappearances. Here, Bent discusses the challenges […]

Full Circle: Martin Philip Wins Vermont Book Award

Full Circle: Martin Philip Wins Vermont Book Award

By Michelle A.L. Singer Martin Philip’s Breaking Bread: A Baker’s Journey Home in 75 Recipes is part cookbook and part memoir—ingredients unique enough to earn this year’s Vermont Book Award. Philip, who is the head bread baker for King Arthur Flour, is the first author of a creative nonfiction/memoir book to win the award, which […]

Abridged Vermont: Manchester

by Mike Dunphy Before becoming editor in chief of The Bridge, I spent more than 10 years in the travel and tourism industry. I continue to do so on the side. From May to September, I updated the Fodor’s Travel Guide for Vermont. This meant poking around the entire state for the best restaurants, pubs, […]

Song Circles in Montpelier and East Montpelier: The Return of Old-Fashioned Living Room Music

Before the days of radios, televisions, and iPods most music was “homemade” and played and sung in living rooms, parlors, and front porches.  Everyone sang, and nobody complained that “I can’t sing.”  And this living room music produced wonderful things: friends and families were brought closer by singing together; neighbors bonded over beloved songs; everyone […]

Read the October 4, 2018 Issue

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Despite Challenges, Local Restaurants Thrive on Relationships

Despite Challenges, Local Restaurants Thrive on Relationships

by Sarah Davin Two days after DeMena’s closing, comedian Kathleen Kanz, enjoying some recently purchased Positive Pie pizza and looking for some calm and quiet, ventured up to the restaurant’s oddly vacant deck. As she ate, a person appeared, possibly an employee, who tried the door and was seemingly surprised to find it locked. Whatever […]