Arts

It’s Elementary Art

by Michelle A.L. Singer “It’s explicit and exquisite.” That’s how artist and art teacher Heidemarie Holmes-Heiss describes children’s art. “You can feel that it’s an amazing expression when a child picks up a pencil and draws. It’s exquisite, exciting and even sacred.” Holmes-Heiss has been teaching art for fourteen years and is currently the art […]

Five Reasons to Attend the Green Mountain Film Festival

Five Reasons to Attend the Green Mountain Film Festival

by John O’Brien Midvoyage in this digital age, I’m dumbfounded that anybody actually goes out to the movies anymore. If the Shumlin administration is to be believed, there are only four Vermonters left without access to high-speed Internet in the state (coincidently, all four live on my road in Tunbridge), which means that the other […]

Poet David Budbill Kicks Off Montpelier’s PoemCity

Poet David Budbill Kicks Off Montpelier’s PoemCity

by Amanda Ibey David Budbill has enjoyed a storied career in the arts as a poet, playwright, author and musician. From his home in the Northeast Kingdom, he has authored seven books of poems, eight plays, dozens of essays, a children’s book, a novel and a libretto for an opera. This year Budbill was selected […]

Fleeting and Beautiful: A Concert Series Comes to North Montpelier

by Michelle A. L. Singer “Come back to a world where communities were nourished by gathering in physical time and space, where music was enjoyed in a moment—fleeting and beautiful.” –Mary Jane Austin, from the invitation to the Rich Hollow Concert Series It used to be, or so the legend goes, that Justin Morgan stopped […]

Fred Ho’s Vision: The Red, Black and Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour in Vermont

Fred Ho’s Vision: The Red, Black and Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour in Vermont

by Amy Brooks Thornton   Fred Ho’s vision is to unite and give voice to three sweeping political crusades through the power and spirit of music. In the Red, Black and Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour, playing in Vermont college auditoriums this month, Ho celebrates and draws parallels between the struggle to free all oppressed peoples, […]

Remembering Pete Seeger: His Vision Lives On

by Katie Trautz In 2007, when our community music school began under the leadership of Rebecca Singer and myself, we had envisioned a gathering place for folks interested in traditional music: a place to share the joy of making music together and the joy of learning about it as well. We felt confident that this […]

Winterfest 2014 at Lost Nation Theater

Winterfest 2014 at Lost Nation Theater

by Julia Barstow For the ninth year, Lost Nation Theater (LNT) presents Winterfest at City Hall Arts Center, Montpelier, showcasing Vermont performing artists and original work. This year, three different shows will be performed between February 6 and February 23: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, Intake by Marshfield playwright Margot Lasher, and Adapted from […]

Vermont Team Competes in Superbowl of Birding

 by Larry Clarfeld   In this Superbowl, the players wear binoculars rather than shoulder pads, and it isn’t footballs flying, but birds. On January 24 to 25, from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., teams of bird-watchers looked high and low for as many different species of birds as they could find along the Massachusetts coast. […]

Gossip or God’s Lip? Sum Thoughtes on the Vagaries of Englysshe Spellings

by Cora Brooks I am not a good speller. I am a writer who loves to play with words. I have made my living by teaching writing in schools and universities. I have also tutored students. Forty years ago, I bought myself a 12-volume edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The dictionary gives old […]

Pete and Toshi Seeger So Long, It’s Been Good to Know Yuh

by David Kelley In 1955, when Hollywood stars were groveling in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, more concerned about their careers than the First Amendment, Pete Seeger had the courage and dignity to refuse to testify about his beliefs or to name others who had been members of the Communist Party with him. […]