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DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT: Montpelier Sweets

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT: Montpelier Sweets

by Dot Helling Sweet tooths have always been easily satisfied in Montpelier. Creemees, pastries, chocolate and candy have always been within walking distance. In the 1970s and 1980s Norma’s Donut Shop had a single creemee window open onto State Street during the summer months. If we ran out of jurors during voir dire at the […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Project Independence: A Place to Hang Your Hat

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Project Independence: A Place to Hang Your Hat

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — There’s a place in downtown Barre where everyday people come together to share food, sing, dance and play games. And no, it’s not one of our great restaurants or pubs, but Project Independence, Vermont’s first adult day service. Project Independence was founded by Lindsey Wade who was a licensed nursing […]

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Winding Down and Gearing Up

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Winding Down and Gearing Up

by Miriam Hansen As the growing season winds down, I find myself thinking about next year, what I want to divide and what I want to move, where I think a bed needs more color, discarding disappointing plants or plants that moved in without a by-your-leave. It is so hard for gardeners to discard plants […]

Montpelier Alive! Calls on Artists,  Crafters and Performers for ArtsFest

Montpelier Alive! Calls on Artists, Crafters and Performers for ArtsFest

by Ashley Witzenberger MONTPELIER — 2014 was the inaugural year of the Montpelier ArtsFest. In year one, the organizing committee was pleasantly overwhelmed by the positive response to the new event and is now putting out a call to artists for this year’s festival. The Montpelier ArtsFest is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 4 to […]

A STATE OF MIND: Background Checks: Selfie Nuts Take Over Manhattan

by Larry Floersch As we all know from high school, one of the basic tenets of quantum physics is that the very act of observing can alter the result. Now I know what you’re thinking. “But Lare, that only has relevance when you’re talking about quarks, Higgs bosons, and the Large Hadron Collider.” Don’t be […]

NATURE WATCH: With Kingbirds and Robins Among the Blueberries

by Nona Estrin Birds are suddenly quieter in the mornings, the plant kingdom is focused on seed, yet summer is still in full swing. We’ve had our first cool morning fog and on hot afternoons thunderheads billow up and can be seen for miles. This morning I was in a big commercial blueberry field in […]

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT: Who are Some of Montpelier’s Friendliest People?

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT: Who are Some of Montpelier’s Friendliest People?

photos and story by Dot Helling Have you walked down Main Street, looked a familiar face in the eye and said, “hello,” only to get a blank, “I don’t know you” expression or no expression at all? I realize it’s hard to stay on track in downtown Montpelier when you’re on a tight schedule, especially […]

Montpelier Movie Night

by Ashley Witzenberger On Saturday, August 22, the talk of downtown Montpelier will be coming off a movie screen. The Green Mountain Film Festival and Montpelier Alive are teaming up to sponsor a free outdoor screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, on the State House Lawn on Saturday, August 22 at 8:30 p.m. The first-ever event […]

Music to Play in Montpelier

by Ashley Witzenberger In addition to all of the great music venues in downtown Montpelier, mark your calendar for two new opportunities to hear great live music in the capital city. For several summers, Montpelier Alive’s Brown Bag Summer Concert Series, has been a favorite Thursday afternoon work escape for people downtown. The past couple […]

A STATE OF MIND: Ghost Herd in the Sky

by Larry Floersch I just saw a video on YouTube of cows doing tricks. I do not know if the person who posted that video did so to sound an alarm or just to scare the daylights out of people like me. These cows were not doing cute circus-type tricks — you know, jumping through flaming […]