June 21–July 4, 2018

Independence Day Celebrations in Montpelier

by Dan Groberg, Montpelier Alive Executive Director We hope you’ll join Montpelier Alive downtown for Montpelier’s July 3rd Independence Day Celebration. This year, Montpelier’s celebration will be better than ever! We’ve heard your feedback and added more—more Family Olympics, more music in the parade, more food vendors, and more family-friendly conveniences. Read on or visit […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 6.21.18

Betsy’s Bed and Breakfast Closes After 27 Years After a long and successful run operating Betsy’s Bed and Breakfast on East State Street in Montpelier, Jon and Betsy Anderson have a contract to sell their familiar pink Victorian house, where they lived and which housed the three original B&B guest rooms.  Eventually, with the purchase […]

NATURE WATCH: Rain Brings Treasures

NATURE WATCH: Rain Brings Treasures

by Nona Estrin There is nothing like rain after a long dry spell. I watched this one from under the back door overhang as it rolled in and let loose. The sensation, the smells, were powerful. Clouds billowed up in layers, so you could see way up, the rivers of wind-blown droplets, some driven madly […]

Reclaiming Women in New Exhibition at  Helen Day Art Center

Reclaiming Women in New Exhibition at Helen Day Art Center

by Sarah Davin Two elderly women stand back to back, arms linked, one leaning on the back of the other. The bodies of the gray-haired women are wrinkled, their breasts sag, and the skin around their stomachs is loose. The whiteness of much of their bodies contrasts with the deep tan of their arms and […]

With the Loss of Vermont Life, how does Vermont sell itself?

by Mike Dunphy “The way you become a resident of Vermont,” says Wendy Knight, Commissioner of the Department of Tourism and Marketing, “in a lot of ways, is you are a tourist first.” And certainly the State of Vermont has shown intense interest in the past year to making this so. Keen to attract young […]

The Community Honors Nat Frothingham and Kicks off Bridge to the Future Fundraising Campaign

The Community Honors Nat Frothingham and Kicks off Bridge to the Future Fundraising Campaign

The Friends of The Bridge, a new 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, kicked off its Bridge to the Future fundraising campaign with a community celebration on June 6 at the College Hall Gallery of The Vermont College of Fine Arts. The event, which drew more than 100 people, honored the contribution and service of retiring editor and […]

Kitten Season Comes to the Central Vermont Humane Society

Kitten Season Comes to the Central Vermont Humane Society

by Laurie Garrison You know how there are five seasons in Vermont? The Central Vermont Humane Society has yet another season: Kitten Season! Every summer, the Humane Society is inundated with kittens. This results in three urgent needs at the adoption center. First, adorable kittens need homes; second, because of all the kitten adorableness, adult […]

DOT’S BEAT: Saying Goodbye to a Canine or Feline Family Member

DOT’S BEAT: Saying Goodbye to a Canine or Feline Family Member

by Dot Helling The dreaded time has come—time to say goodbye to my dog, Sophie. Every time I’ve lost a pet, I’ve said, “Never again.” “Never again” will I adopt a cat or dog. “Never again” will I let a canine or feline become a part of my family. “Never again” will I allow myself […]

Abridged Vermont: Burlington

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, and, indeed, I am currently in the middle of updating the Fodor’s Travel Guide for Vermont. This means poking around the entire state for […]

North Branch Vineyards Expands Production

North Branch Vineyards Expands Production

by Phil Dodd John McCann was so busy establishing grape plants in the rocky soil at his new five-acre vineyard in Middlesex this spring that he fell behind bottling last year’s wine. However, it’s a sign of his success at North Branch Vineyards, the Montpelier business he runs with his wife Kate, an award-winning math […]