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NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin The revered morel mushroom likes it wet and warm. We’ll soon visit our favorite spots and hope for that ineffable scent in the air, the mushrooms suddenly popping into view amidist a jumble of understory duff!  Meanwhile, our first hummingbird and a rose-breasted grossbeak return, and green poplar leaves break their buds […]

Tampon Tax Bill Sits in Committee

By Sarah Davin Vermont continues to lag behind other states in lifting the sales tax on feminine hygiene products, and as the current legislative session draws to a close, a bill to change that is likely to stall again. On January 15, the Vermont House introduced H.29, a bill lead-sponsored by Rep. George Till (D-Jericho), […]

Alvarez Block Denied Federal Tax Credit

Alvarez Block Denied Federal Tax Credit

By Tom Brown The storefronts of the Alvarez Block on Main Street have served Montpelier residents continuously since  the 1870s. Like most of the buildings in the city’s historic downtown district, it has survived flood, fire, and recessions, and it has twice been approved for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The building’s […]

Dan Casey Attracts Big-Time Talent to Opera House

By Carl Etnier The two African-American string musicians who constitute Black Violin had played with their band on multiple continents, at Super Bowls, and at U.S. presidential inauguration events. Yet at 7 o’clock one Thursday morning last October, their bus pulled up behind the Barre Opera House. Black Violin is just one of the outstanding […]

T.W. Wood Gallery Welcomes New Director

T.W. Wood Gallery Welcomes New Director

Compiled by Mike Dunphy On May 1, Margaret Coleman began her tenure as executive director of the T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier, taking over for Ginny Callan, who helmed the gallery for four years. She arrives with a tremendous resume in the arts, most recently executive director of ArtShape Mammoth and Flynndog Gallery in Burlington. […]

How Do You Teach Art?

By Lizzy Fox As a poetry teaching artist, I’m asked this question (or a version of it) all the time: “How do you teach art, exactly? It’s so subjective.” And of course, they’re right. You don’t answer a poem like a math problem. But there are tools and techniques in any artistic discipline that are […]

“Resiliency Sundays” Brings a Psychologist Out into the Community

By Carl Etnier On Easter Sunday, the psychologist’s motorcycle was parked in the middle of the sidewalk leading up to the Plainfield Opera House. Inside, Dustin Dippen was following flowing movement exercises led by traditional Chinese medicine practitioner Baylen Slote, with meditative flute music playing in the background. At a table, art teacher Mary Blake […]

What’s Showing in Montpelier Art Galleries

What’s Showing in Montpelier Art Galleries

The Garage Cultural Center UNBound! 4 Women Sculptors Let Loose The Garage Cultural Center presents its first art exhibition in this newly renovated historical building located in downtown Montpelier. The show titled, UNBound! 4 Women Sculptors Let Loose! is a bold new direction of innovative work by Vermont-based artists Hasso Ewing, Sande French-Stockwell, Amber Geneva, […]

Good Sam’s Shelters Rely on Community Support

By J. Gregory Gerdel While most residents of Central Vermont had refuge in their homes or apartments from this winter’s persistent cold and snow, people who are homeless have found warmth, food, and shelter through the collaborative efforts of several churches and nonprofit organizations. The Good Samaritan Haven has been at the heart of this […]

Living Homeless in Central Vermont

Living Homeless in Central Vermont

By J. Gregory Gerdel The immediate cause of homelessness varies as widely as the individuals who find themselves without shelter or resources. Among the many causes are illness, injury, business failure, loss of a job, chemical addiction, mental illness, or a falling out with family. For Laurie (not her real name), it was a family […]