May 3–May 16, 2018

For the Love of Vermont—An Appreciation   of the Paintings of Carolyn Egeli

For the Love of Vermont—An Appreciation of the Paintings of Carolyn Egeli

by Margaret Edwards  Sometimes you lean forward with curiosity—and then you step back in awe. A good reason to go see the solo art show at Montpelier’s Pavilion Office Building (5th floor) is the opportunity it gives you to admire, up close, an astonishing expertise in oil painting. Carolyn Egeli’s paintings are in the tradition […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 5.3.18

Onion River Chorus to Present Mozart and Haydn In celebration of its fortieth anniversary year, Montpelier’s Onion River Chorus will present a particularly ambitious and appealing program of Mozart’s great “C Minor Mass” and Haydn’s achingly lyrical “Salve Regina.” The two concerts are Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, at 7:30 pm, both at […]

NATURE WATCH: Birds are Singing!

NATURE WATCH: Birds are Singing!

By Nona Estrin We live adjacent to a stand of balsam fir, and when the ruby-crowned kinglets arrived a few days ago, the air was full of their quiet yet melodic chattering song. Then last night, five inches of snow! How does an insect-eating bird survive this? By noon everything’s dripping, thawing. Small trees that […]

School Board Chair Jim Murphy Discusses Education and Schooling in Montpelier

School Board Chair Jim Murphy Discusses Education and Schooling in Montpelier

Compiled by Nat Frothingham What follows here is a question-and-answer interview on school issues with Jim Murphy who was elected last fall as school board chair when the new Montpelier-Roxbury School District was officially formed. Murphy, who is 47 years old, holds a BA degree in English from the University of Vermont, a law degree […]

Onion River (Outdoors, that is) Returns to Montpelier

by Mike Dunphy The sweetness in the air on Langdon Street these days has something to do with the warming weather, but also the return of Onion River Sports, or rather, its successor, Onion River Outdoors. For months the papered up windows and locked doors remained an open wound in Montpelier’s downtown community that created […]

Downtown Businesses Make Mother’s Day Extra Special

Downtown Businesses Make Mother’s Day Extra Special

Compiled by Mike Dunphy Montpelier loves its mothers, and several area businesses are making an extra effort to pay tribute to them with special deals, discounts, products, and services on Mother’s Day itself or the entire weekend. Splash Naturals: Moms receive a complimentary mini, all natural, Jane Iredale make-up in four varieties: Forever Pink, Forever […]

More Than Mother’s Day: How to Help Local Mothers with the Real Struggle

Compiled by Sarah Davin Flowers, chocolates, and brunches may seem like great gifts for Mother’s Day, but for actual struggling mothers, what truly useful support can we give them and their families? Most mothers work for a living, and some are trying to raise their children on their own or in a setting that is […]

Montbeerlier Celebrates Spring, Beer, and Birthdays

Compiled by Mike Dunphy Saturday, May 5, Montpelier transforms into Montbeerlier, thanks to the annual block party thrown by Three Penny Taproom. Around 1,500 people are expected, as are pours of some of the finest beer in Vermont and, therefore, the world. Three Penny’s co-owner and beer buyer, Kevin Kerner, sat down with The Bridge […]

Good Heart Grow Food Art

Good Heart Grow Food Art

by Suzanne Podhaizer For Kate Spring, who owns Good Heart Farmstead in Worcester with her husband, Edge Fuentes, her life as a writer has always “very much intertwined” with her interest in agriculture and the environment. At St. Lawrence University, she pursued a combined major in English and environmental studies, in which one topic informed […]

Central Vermont Rallies for Johnny Morris

Central Vermont Rallies for Johnny Morris

On March 23, 2018, local musician and woodworker, Johnny Morris was found to have two brain tumors, located near the part of his brain that controls speech and motor function. He has since been diagnosed with cancer of the central nervous system, an incredibly rare and aggressive form of cancer. He had surgery to remove […]