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O ctober 4–O ctober 17, 2018

Aut umn Arts & Home Improvement

IN THIS ISSUE: Rejuvenated Golden Dome Awaits its Goddess


Pg. 9 Winter-friendly By Tom Brown
Indoor Plants

M
ontpelier’s capitol Sculptor Chris Miiller works on Ceres. Photo by Tom Brown others, sculpted a quarter-scale
dome proudly displays model of Ceres, based in part on
Pg. 12 Rock Solid at Studio her fresh 23.75 carat the original pine statue sculpted
Place Arts gold coat as she glitters in the by Vermonter Larkin Mead.
early fall sun, but she looks a That version adhered closely to
bit barren without her signature the classic Roman style, with
Pg. 14 The Hippie Chickpea crown. its non-embellished features.
Five miles away in the cavernous That version stood atop the
Vermont Granite Museum in dome for 80 years until it was
Barre, master wood sculptor replaced in 1938 by a carving
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on two tons of laminated legislative sergeant-at-arms at


mahogany to forge the dome’s the time. That Ceres, referred
crowning jewel—a 14-foot-tall to by some as more of a folk art
representation of “Agriculture” representation, was taken down
that is expected to be hoisted atop the dome next month. in April to facilitate the dome’s restoration and regilding. Though
rotten and waterlogged, she managed to stay upright for 80 years.
The latest iteration to be called Ceres, in homage to the Roman The third generation piece retains her elegant pleated gown and she
goddess of agriculture and fertility, will be just the third to watch still clutches her sheaf of wheat.
over the Green Mountain State in 160 years. The responsibility of
preserving that history is not lost on Miller. Williams, working from fuzzy photographs and drawings of Mead’s
original, softened the classic aquiline (or hooked) nose a bit but kept
“This is a dream commission,” Miller said as his chisel deftly the sculpture’s characteristic blank eyes and plain-spun beauty.
smoothed Ceres’ classic Roman brow. “You spend 40 some-odd
years carving wood and making sculpture, and you hope something “He was mostly interested in the modeling part as his creative
like this comes along in a lifetime. We were very, very honored to be expression,” Miller said of the partnership with Williams, “and I
chosen to do this.” was mostly interested in the carving part. Jerry is the finest model-
making sculptor in Vermont, and I am very fortunate to be working
“We” includes renowned Montpelier granite sculptor Jerry Williams, from that model and enlarging it to that size.”
Montpelier, VT 05601

with whom Miller won a $131,000 state contract to create the next
generation icon. The pair will receive the Governor’s Award for Miller estimates he will have at least 700 hours invested in the
carving alone, and perhaps an equal amount cutting, gluing, and
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Excellence in the Arts in a State House ceremony November 14. If


all goes well, the new Ceres will preside by then from her new perch. roughing the raw material.
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Williams, with guidance from state curator David Schutz and “I’ll have about six months into it,” Miller said.
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Nature Watch by Nona Estrin

Watercolor by Nona Estrin

Autumn is Here!

P
urple wild asters, red and sugar maples in earliest crimson or yellow! Spruce
Mountain Range to our east begins to glow. A couple of ash trees across the
road are burnishing to deep mahogany. Flocks of robins, white-throated
sparrows, and a flicker with its characteristic white rump, scatter into the still-green
brush. The sounds and smells are no longer of summer. The colors will never again
‘till next October, have such a wild range, nor the land be so active with leaving!
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Filmmaker Bess O’Brien to


Premier New Documentary
at Savoy Theatre

A
new documentary film directed by Bess O’Brien, Coming Home, will tour
Vermont this fall, starting at the Savoy Theatre in Montpelier on October
18, followed by Hazen Union School in Hardwick on October 23, then the
Bethany Church in Randolph on November 4. All shows are at 7 pm.
Coming Home follows five people from St. Johnsbury, Montpelier, and White
River Junction, who are trying to turn their lives around after returning to their
communities from prison. We see these folks create new bonds, make amends
with old friends and family, work on their recovery from addiction, get new jobs
and housing, and rebuild their lives again from scratch. Bridge Community Media, Inc.
The film also highlights the innovative Circle of Support and Accountability P.O. Box 1143, Montpelier, VT 05601
program (COSA) that helps reintegrate folks back into their daily lives. COSAs Ph: 802-223-5112
are made up of community volunteers who meet once a week with offenders
enabling those coming out or prison to create strong bonds of support, friendship, Editor in Chief: Mike Dunphy
Managing Editor: Tom Brown
and accountability as they work to become healthy members of society. Prisoners Publisher Emeritus: Nat Frothingham
often placed in COSAs include sex offenders, drug-related criminals, and felons. Copy Editor: Sarah Davin, Larry Floersch, Valentyn Smith
The COSA program is run through Vermont’s community justice centers and is Proofreader, Calendar Editor: Sarah Davin
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part of the restorative justice model. Sales Representatives: Rick McMahan, Dot Helling, Lee Wilschek
All screenings are free to the public (donations are greatly appreciated to help offset Distribution: Sarah Davin, Amy Lester, Daniel Renfro
Board Members: Chairman Donny Osman, Jake Brown, Phil Dodd, Josh Fitzhugh, Larry Floersch, Greg
the costs of the tour), and no reserved tickets are needed. Director Bess O’Brien Gerdel, Irene Racz, Ivan Shadis, Tim Simard, Ashley Witzenberger
and subjects of the film will be present at most screenings. For information on the Editorial: 223-5112, ext. 14 • mdunphy@montpelierbridge.com
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Belt-Tightening at Kellogg-Hubbard as
Capital Improvements Loom By Nat Frothingham

I
s there any other not-for-profit in Montpelier that can come even close to matching Speaking candidly, he said: “Sometimes we’ve let things go longer than we wanted.” But
Kellogg-Hubbard Library for its long history of broad public service and equally letting things go can’t continue indefinitely.
broad private and public support? So the wheels are now in motion, and according to McKone, the library’s board of
Probably not. trustees has turned attention to long-term planning with a library maintenance plan to
Here in town, when we talk about Kellogg-Hubbard, we often refer to it as “the be produced during 2019. This plan will describe each maintenance project in detail
community’s living room.” together with a strategy to pay for the work. “It’s also quite possible,” McKone added,
“that some of the maintenance projects could qualify for grant support.”
Behind that grateful sentiment are these numbers: Kellogg-Hubbard Library was
founded in 1894 and first opened its doors in 1895. When measured by circulation, Turning to the financial nitty-gritty of coming to grips with the needed building
Kellogg-Hubbard is the second-busiest library in the state after Burlington’s Fletcher improvements head on, McKone said: “I needed to close a gap of $40,000 between
Free Library, loaning some 275,000 books and other items last year. income and spending. In previous years, we haven’t touched salaries and benefits.” But
he said, “That’s the way we decided to go.”
“People love the library,” said Tom McKone, the library’s executive director, in a recent
phone conversation with The Bridge. He went on to describe the library’s heavy use and All of which brings us up to this past May when the library board decided to close the
popularity with these figures, “Seven hundred and fifty people a day visit the library,” $40,000 gap by reducing library hours, which took effect in mid-July.
he said. “That’s a great number.” Before cutting the library’s hours, McKone and others conducted some research.
The community’s financial effort to support “We looked at the hours of operations of 16 other
Kellogg-Hubbard is equally impressive. According libraries with due attention to mornings, evenings,
to McKone, community financial giving–individual and Saturdays,” said McKone.
donations and gifts to the library from fundraising
Kellogg-Hubbard Library by the Numbers: Kellogg-Hubbard has traditionally opened at 10 in
activities–amounts to an average of $180,000 a year, • 18,449: Square footage of building the morning. Some libraries open at noon. But
or 20 percent of the library’s $913,000 budget. Then • 72,000: Size of book collection Kellogg-Hubbard is heavily used in the morning with
he added, “Few other Vermont communities are • 516: Number of programs offered last year a busy Children’s Library. It’s also heavily used in the
making the kind of fundraising effort or experiencing afternoon, but much less after 5:30 pm.
the kind of fundraising success as Kellogg-Hubbard.”
• 9,466: Total attendance at those programs
• 1,105: Average weekly patron use of free Wi-Fi As the research findings were gathered and analyzed,
But it’s not all sunshine and roses at the library the outlines of a new “hours-open” proposal began to
because over the past several years it has had to
• 16,253: Number of downloaded audio and emerge. It might have sounded something like this.
contend with difficult financial issues. e-books last year “Stick with the 10 o’clock opening in the morning.
• 2,555: Interlibrary loan books borrowed for Continue to be open in the afternoons. But cut back
“Money has been tight for several years,” said
McKone. “And sometimes we’ve needed to make patrons on the number of evenings that the library will be
reductions, but it hasn’t been visible. Cuts in recent • $330,633: Library funding from Montpelier open after 5:30 pm. And shorten the Saturday hours.”
years have reduced library spending on technology, • $4.5 million Endowment In the final analysis, the library decided on these new
that is computer services to the public and for the • $227,259: Current annual income from library hours that took effect on July 16, 2018: Adult
library’s own computers. The library has also cut investing the endowment Library: 10 am to 8 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays;
spending for books, DVDs, and programming. 10 am to 5:30 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and
• 5,522: Number of city residents with active
“We do a lot of programming,” said McKone, such Saturdays; and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays.
library cards
as public speakers, presentations, and summer camps Based on the reduced hours that have already gone
for kids, to name but two examples. into effect, Kellogg-Hubbard has cut 8.5 hours a
McKone then went on to talk about cuts to the week from its former schedule and in so doing
library’s maintenance budget. “I’m not talking here about the routine, daily maintenance appears to have closed the gap between expenses and income.
of the building.” Instead, he was discussing the ongoing, sometimes big-ticket, library Talking about the impacts on staff, McKone said, “We had one person who wanted to
maintenance projects that are still not addressed. look for another job. Another person was retiring. There was a third person who works
One of these pending projects is the building’s heating control system that recently part time; He or she got fewer hours.” Many of the library’s staff people contributed to
failed. Its replacement system will cost $25,000. Here’s another: a need to replace the the cost-saving effort. “I took a reduction in pay,” said McKone about himself. Then
mechanical system that runs the library’s elevator. This project has been on the horizon added, “We did proportionate cuts for staff and administration.”
for a number of years and will cost $200,000. When asked if cuts in library hours were temporary or permanent, McKone said, “Yes,
And there’s more. the cuts were being made for the foreseeable future,” a cost-cutting savings he estimates
will continue to save thousands of dollars a year.
About a year-and-a-half ago, when a snowplow hit an exposed phone line on an outdoor
utility pole, it became quickly apparent that the old phone line–and a power line from When asked about the public reaction to the reduced library hours, McKone said,
the same pole–would have to be either upgraded or replaced. The phone line needed “There has been a modest reaction. There hasn’t been a lot.”
immediate attention. And the library’s cost to address the phone and electric lines and Sharing his personal reaction to the now-reduced hours, McKone said, “We would
bury them in the ground will come to $30,000. definitely like to be open.” But reducing library’s hours has an inescapable logic.
“Right now, we have so many projects,” McKone said about the growing list of deferred, Said McKone in conclusion, “This is completely about living within our means, about
often costly, building maintenance projects. living with the money that is coming in.”

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Ilstrup to Fill Big Shoes, Big Responsibilities


for Humanities Council By Michael Bielawski

C
hristopher Kaufman Ilstrup has been appointed as the new executive director of
the Vermont Humanities Council, becoming only the third person to hold the
position in 44 years. He replaces Peter Gilbert, who retired after 16 years.
The primary roles of the organization include reading programs and public speaker
events. One of their cornerstone programs is called “Vermont Reads.” The council
promotes books with social and historical significance for communities to share and
teach in schools and colleges.
“We are on one side a literacy organization working with young people from age zero
right up through high school and college,” Ilstrup said. “Our primary programs in that
area are called ‘Never Too Early.’ We’re teaching early care education providers basic
literacy tools to work with very young kids. Teachers can get continuing education
credits for it, they can get extra points on their [assessments] with the state by
participating in these trainings.”
Before joining the council, Ilstrup was chief operating officer for VTDigger and spent
10 years at the Vermont Community Foundation working with donors and nonprofits.
As with his new job, he said that work included doing a lot of community outreach to
garner support, including grant writing and other fundraising.
Part of a large national organization, there are Humanities Councils in all 50 states
and six territories. In addition to local funding, about half the support comes from the
National Endowment for Humanities. Ilstrup said one of his goals is to expand the local Photo courtesy of the Vermont Humanities Council
support.
The Montpelier office is next to Union Elementary School and has nine full-time
employees, and it also contracts with scholars and trainers who help with the various
programs.
One such program is called “Reading Frederick Douglass,” which explains what
Independence Day means for African-Americans.
“It’s a public reading of a lecture that he gave well over 100 years ago about what it
means for African-Americans to celebrate the Fourth of July,” Ilstrup said. “It’s been a
powerful program and grown over the years that we’ve been doing it.”
History is one popular topic, but Ilstrup said the council covers a wide spectrum.
“We work broadly across the humanities field within literature, drama, poetry, history,
and religion. Civics is a particularly big topic right now, including journalism and First
Amendment issues. We have nine lectures over the next year for a project called ‘Data
and the Informed Citizen.’”
Ilstrup said another signature program is called the “First Wednesdays Lecture Series,”
in which the council works with nine libraries that each do eight monthly lectures from
October to June for a total of 72 lectures a year.
The council also manages 14 camps around the state for students who are having a
challenging time in the conventional classroom setting.
“Kids who might be having a hard time in a traditional classroom setting can come and
spend a week with the humanities teachers from their school doing a whole different
modality of learning around reading,” he said. “They typically come back with a much
more improved sense of themselves and greater interest in humanities topics.”
Another big event on November 16 features Ibram X. Kendi, professor and director
for the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University as the keynote
speaker for the council’s fall conference at the University of Vermont.
Juggling all these programs and projects while working on public outreach, Ilstrup was
asked what the biggest challenges are.
“The challenges are the same as what Vermont faces as a whole,” he said. “There’s a lot
of nonprofits that compete for people’s attention and dollars, it’s all very competitive.”
When asked if he will stick around as
long as his predecessors, Ilstrup said time
will tell.
“It’s big shoes to fill…we’ll see,” he said.
“I don’t have any reason to think that I Rocque Long
wouldn’t be, we certainly talked about
that. But it is a place that people stick with, Painting
and I think it’s become a real institution • Insured
in Vermont both for the people who work • 30+ years professional
with the organization directly but also for
the people who come to our programs.” experience
• local references.
Michael Bielawski is a freelance reporter
for The Bridge. He can be reached at
bielawski82@yahoo.com.
802-223-0389
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Fitness Studio Expands in


Montpelier By Phil Dodd

T
he Cross Training Studio, a two- Capitol Plaza above the Northfield Bank,
room boutique fitness center in as a place to offer personal training and
downtown Montpelier, is adding rehab workouts, but he realized it could
another room this month and accepting be opened to those who want a more
new members, according to owner and private exercise space than those offered
trainer CB Kaiser. Kaiser plans to cap by larger gyms.
membership at 35 or 40 people so the Members receive an entry code and can
studio retains its club-like feel, he said. access the gym seven days a week from
Kaiser originally planned to open the 5 am to 8 pm. The studio is utilizing an
studio, located on the fifth floor of the online program for members to reserve
workout times so that there are never
more than four people working out at
once, Kaiser said.
The equipment at the gym includes
four aerobic machines (with an elliptical
trainer coming soon), free weights, plate-
load machines, TRX training equipment,
and specialized devices. There are no
showers or changing rooms, though the
bathroom can serve as a place to change
clothes, Kaiser said.
Kaiser is a former professional athlete
and was a conditioning coach for the
Baltimore Orioles baseball team. He has
worked as a personal trainer for 20 years
and owned and operated a larger gym
in Maryland. Together with personal
trainer Diane Jones, he offers his
expertise for members and non-members
and will help create custom workouts for
new members at no additional cost. The
studio also offers classes, such as for core
strengthening or ski and ride training, to
members and non-members, as well as a
special after-school program for youth on
Wednesdays and Fridays.
Members can join the Cross Training
Studio for three months, six months or
a year. Prices range from $60 to $79 per
month, Kaiser said, with no membership
fee to join. Seniors (65 and over) and
veterans receive a 10 percent discount.
The studio is about halfway to its capped
membership total, Kaiser said, and he
expects it to fill up in November.
For more information about the Cross
Training Studio, call CB Kaiser at (802)
613-3424 or visit crosstrainvt.com.
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Not All Internet Access is Created Equal By Jeremy Hansen

W
hile almost everyone in Central Vermont has access to some sort of internet
service, the available speeds vary widely. Nearly every address has access to
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), which uses one or two existing copper phone
lines to theoretically provide download (from the internet to the customer) speeds of
up to 15 megabits per second (Mbps) and 2 Mbps upload (from the customer to the
internet). Reality, however, is often different.
In Berlin, I don’t even get half of that at 7 Mbps download and 0.5 Mbps upload on
two copper phone lines. Other people I’ve talked to in Northfield and Roxbury fare
much worse and report maximum download speeds of 2 Mbps, which is not enough
to stream reasonably good-quality video.
Most (but fewer than DSL) locations also have access to mobile broadband, but while
speeds can be faster, the amount of data customers can download at these speeds
is capped depending on how much they pay. Satellite coverage is also reasonably
good, but in addition to having data caps, satellite internet access is not suitable for
applications that require real-time audio or video, such as Skype or online gaming.
Lucky residents of Central Vermont who live in dense enough neighborhoods might
also have access to Internet through their cable provider, which usually provides
moderate download/upload speeds of 25/3 Mbps, and sometimes more.
The attached map shows how many buildings in each town have access to at least a
25/3 Mbps Internet connection. It’s clear that Montpelier and Barre City have almost
complete coverage at this level, while the towns farther out have less access to even these
moderate speeds. (Note that the data in the map only shows coverage for the member
towns of Central Vermont Internet/CVFiber, so, for example, Elmore and Orange have
data displayed but not Woodbury or Moretown.)
Why haven’t Internet Service Providers (ISPs) stepped up to offer a service that
people clearly want? Again, it boils down to density. How much do the incumbent
Percent of buildings with at least
providers need to invest and how much profit are they going to get back out? Outside 25/3 Mbps coverage: 2017
of denser populations in Montpelier or Barre, providers don’t see the profit margins Prepared by David Healy
they can achieve when building elsewhere. As a result, small towns are left unserved
or underserved. In some places; however, efforts are underway to plug the gaps. In
Brookfield, Braintree, and Granville, the publicly owned ISP ECFiber is installing
fiber optic cables into virtually every building in those not-so-dense towns and 21 other
towns, with speeds of up to 1000/1000 Mbps.
Knowing that building such a public network was possible, Central Vermont Internet
(recently rebranded CVFiber) was founded in response to complaints about the
availability of truly high-speed internet access here in Central Vermont. Because it is
a democratically governed municipal entity itself, CVFiber doesn’t need to profit and
can take advantage of funding that would be unavailable to a for-profit organization.
We expect to start servicing our 16-member municipalities in the next few years. If you
live in one of the member municipalities, keep an eye out for our interest survey that
will help us decide where we’re going to build first. In the meantime, try to stay patient
while your video is buffering.
Jeremy Hansen is founder and chair of CVFiber
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Seven DIY Projects to


Weatherize your Home for
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o-it-yourselfers now have a little help. In time for the annual Button Up
Vermont weatherization awareness campaign, Efficiency Vermont has
launched a new rebate program that provides up to $100 for weatherization
materials used to complete any three of seven approved projects. Whether you apply
for the rebate or not, all of these seven DIY projects will make your home cozier
during the winter and cheaper to heat.
Build or purchase an air tight, well insulated attic hatch: Insulate your attic
access points to keep the heated air in the home’s living space. Weather-strip around
the edges to create a tight seal and attach at least six inches of rigid insulation to
the hatch panel.
Air seal and insulate the box sill and rim joists in your basement: Seal basement
leaks (especially the sill plates and rim joists that sit on the foundation wall) to slow
air flow. If you have fiberglass in the box sill or rim joist, pull it out, then air seal
and re-insulate.
Build an airtight, well insulated bulkhead door in your basement: Install
weather stripping around the edges and insulate the door with at least 1.5 inches of
rigid insulation. Alternatively, you can replace it with a well-insulated exterior door.
Spot air seal and insulate your attic: Find air leaks in your attic and seal them.
Seal air leaks with a professional quality spray foam gun. Once air leaks have been
sealed (common ones include openings made for plumbing and electrical lines), add
insulation. If you heat or cool your home with forced air, seal the ductwork and any
uninsulated crawl spaces.
Install a new window, Low-E storm window or panel: Install your storm
windows by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Before installing a storm
window, caulk the tops and sides (jambs and head) of the original window to ensure
it’s airtight (avoid sealing it shut with caulk).
Weatherize windows: Seal around window frames with caulk and weather-strip
windows. Add caulking around window casings, fill in unused pulley cavities, and
replace cracked panes and glazing compound (caution: do not caulk the window
shut). Then add weather-stripping around the edges.
Weatherize exterior doors: Apply caulk around the frame and apply weather strips
to the door jambs. Check that you can open and close the door easily. Install a door
sweep at the bottom to prevent strong drafts.
Get step-by-step guidance and how-to-videos for these DIY projects at
efficiencyvermont.com. Even more resources and tips are available at
buttonupvermont.org.
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Keep Summer Alive with these 5 Winter-friendly


Indoor Plants By Sarah Davin

A
s the leaves fall this autumn, so does serotonin and melatonin, disrupting Kalanchoe Courtesy of Forget-Me-Not Flowers and Gifts
our circadian rhythm and making it more difficult to sleep. This can lead to Kalanchoe, which is native to tropical in Barre
that glum feeling during the long winter months now diagnosed as Seasonal Madagascar, is a plant that actually thrives
Affective Disorder—or SAD. It grows serious enough for six percent of Americans to in low humidity, such as we experience
be hospitalized with depression, according to psychologytoday.com. While plants can’t during indoor heating season. This is due to
bring back the sun, they nonetheless have the power to uplift, as demonstrated in a 2007 its succulent nature. Alexis Dexter, owner of
Norwegian survey of 385 office workers that indicated the presence of plants helped keep Forget-Me-Not in Barre explained, “Their
workers healthier and more productive. The Bridge spoke with local plant purveyors to little star-shaped flowers are very bright and
find the best green friends to help you get through the darkest days. cheerful and bloom in big, bold clusters for a
Christmas Cactus long time and even after they fade, they will
The Christmas cactus, though it does not resemble a desert cactus, is actually a true eventually bloom again, sometimes shortly
tropical cactus. Christmas cacti look more like small green waterfalls of ridged leaves after the first batch fade.” Kalanchoe are
punctuated with tiny flowers blooming out of larger flowers in vibrant pink, red, and also very similar to succulents and are hardy
purple. Christmas cacti make popular seasonal gifts, and by removing y-shaped leaf and easy to care for. Multiple blooms can be
segments, you can create new plants to give away for the holiday. Leslie Blouin of Agway an excellent way to cheer up a space during
in Montpelier had a few suggestions for caring for these succulents. She recommends winter, but keep your kalanchoe out of reach
bright, indirect lighting for Christmas cacti and reminds us to water them when the soil of pets, as the plant ranges from mildly to
becomes dry. moderately poisonous.
Dracaena Orchids
The “lemon-lime” dracaena, has a Not only are orchids beautiful, but they have
palmesque look to it with its thin, stress-relieving properties. The plants are
long leaves marked by eye-catching used regularly in traditional Chinese medicine to promote relaxation and assist with sleep.
stripes of dark green. It not only Dried orchid, in the right preparation, is also thought to help build up the immune system
looks cheery, but has great “air- and prevent against infection, which could be useful for warding off winter bugs during the
scrubbing” abilities. In a NASA study cold season. You don’t need to be a botanist to experience the benefits of an orchid; research
entitled “Interior Landscape Plants shows that the aroma of an orchid will create a tranquil effect. While most flowers stop
for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement,” blooming in winter, short days actually initiate bud development and blooming in orchid
the space agency tested four varieties species such as the Christmas orchid.
of dracaena and found the plants
were effective in removing the toxic
compound trichloroethylene from a
sealed air chamber. When we are
indoors the most, the Dracaena’s Since 1972
filtering abilities will be the most Photo by Sarah Davin Repairs • New floors and walls
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about raising hemp or marijuana as a houseplant? These distinctly recognizable plants
are a bold choice of decor and, if grown properly, can have medicinal value. According to
Kelsy Rapp of Green State Gardeners in Burlington, “These are wonderful indoor plants,
but they do require fairly intensive inputs (especially in terms of light) if you want them to
provide flowers for personal use, so not a common choice for a houseplant.” Cannabis is
a fast-growing plant, but it does take extra effort to get it to flower, so if you are looking
for a wintertime high, think about planning ahead.
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Why all the Fuss about House Color?


By Dot Helling

I
live on East State Street just outside Montpelier’s Historic District. When I Our Design Review Committee standards on the city website reference the Montpelier
bought my house 25 years ago, I negotiated my way through multiple steps to Cityscape Workbook, dated January 30, 1976, which states: “A color scheme should
approve the updates and changes to my 1800s house, including approval of a non- be neighborly as well as [a]esthetically effective on the individual building so that both
traditional paint color: plum (some call it the “purple house”). At that time, the late the building and the environment of the street-scape benefit.” It recites that the basic
Margot George sat on the Design Review Committee and was a stickler for historic premise of historic colors is to “avoid all those colors which nature avoids.” The Design
preservation, whether or not your house was inside the historic district. Review brochure on “exteriors” says to avoid synthetic materials as a “green” strategy,
My neighbors, Paul and Sean, recently painted their residence “endless sea blue,” and yet keep in line with the underlying goal of preserving a building’s historic character.
adopted my plum house color for their property at the end of Miles Court. In August, Past Design Review members have interpreted that goal to include the keeping of
they painted the Myles Court Barbershop lime green with a periwinkle trim. It had a building’s original color even if the existing color was contrary to the taste of the
been a conservative gray, a traditional color of many Montpelier houses, along with owner. Luckily, that approach has softened as evidenced by what’s taken place in my
white, Victorian blue, and brown. Paul and Sean thought they should “spice things neighborhood.
up,” and that “too many houses in Montpelier are the same color.” I agree. What What then is the protocol within neighborhoods for choosing a house color? I’ve
they’ve done added a touch of San Francisco to the neighborhood. Our immediate experienced neighborly consideration of the following factors: what other house colors
neighborhood is becoming a mix of eclectic and visually fun colors. exist in near proximity, asking a homeowner if they would mind if their unique color
However, others vociferously disagree. One person with a business across the street was “borrowed,” and including neighbors in the discussion and choice of color.
loudly derided the bright green color choice, questioning “how on earth” they could What happens if you just “go bust” and do your own thing, ignoring historic trends
have gotten it through design review. Well, I checked on how, and also took on a and the preferences of neighbors and other residents? First, you cannot ignore historic
general inquiry as to how residents do get their colors approved. trends if Design Review takes a position on the color of your house—you need the
A bright yellow house on Winter Street received considerable attention several years permit. Second, if you have thin skin, you may not want to ignore the neighbor who
ago, as has a Pepto-Bismol pink house on River Street, where the Granite Street Bridge hates your color. Third, and most important, is the fact that we want to enhance the
tees in. There is a house on Elm with multi-colored vertical geometrics (called the unique character of Montpelier and particularly the downtown. Therefore, thinking
“undecided house” by some), a gorgeous multi-colored trim, flesh-based Victorian at 26 through what you do with your building is important in order to be community-
Loomis, the “rainbow house” on Upper Main, houses with gold trim on St. Paul and minded and supportive of attractive development.
Barre streets, and more. The list of creative color schemes keeps growing. So much for Last, how do your choices impact on your home’s improvement and the values of
the traditional, muted colors of earthy, natural pigments. Bring on the bold polychrome your surrounding neighborhoods? If buyers like it, they will come. Simple as that. In
paint schemes, but please avoid what’s been termed as an “amalgam of cotton candy addition to the color, it’s important to stay on top of painting your building, before
colors,” as often seen at northern seashore communities. it peels, before it gets dingy, before the clapboards rot. Keeping your building well-
What, if any, restrictions are there on the color choice of house paint in our downtown? painted is cheaper in the long run and better for the building and the preservation of
No longer are the regulations or permitting authorities as restrictive as they once were. its value. The key is not to fall behind on maintenance inside or out. That said, this
Our zoning regulations adopted on January 3, 2018, merely state that “structures issue of The Bridge is themed “home improvement.” We hope it gives you some sound
should create an attractive and interesting exterior form through variation in surface, and helpful ideas.
colors, textures and materials….”
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Rejuvenated Golden Dome Awaits its Goddess Continued from Page 1

Wood carver Chris Miller works on


All That Glitters is Gilded the statue that will top the State
House for the next 100 years or so.
The commissioning of the new statue is part of a $2-million restoration of the iconic capitol Photos by Tom Brown
dome, which was last regilded in 1976. The painstaking work by EverGreene Architectural
Arts, based in Brooklyn, was recently completed and the scaffolding is just about gone.
With each level of staging removed the dome, first gilded in 1906, reveals a little more of its
shiny new surface.
“I am incredibly pleased,” Schutz said. “It’s the best gilding that’s ever been done [on the
dome]. The last time, in 1976, lasted twice as long as any previous gilding, 42 years. We’re
looking for at least 40 years, if not even 60, this time.”
Four gilders stripped the dome, repaired leaks in the building’s underlying original copper
roof and applied more than 7,000 sheets of gold leaf foil over the summer. Once the new
windows are popped in and Ceres is returned to her throne, the dome will be weathertight,
Schutz said.
“We believe it is the oldest roof on any building in Vermont,” Schutz said. “The copper that
sheaths the dome dates back to 1859 when the State House was built.”
Long May She Reign
As for the goddess, the new Ceres should outlive her ancestors, thanks to years of advancement
in construction techniques and material. Improvements in the epoxy used to bind the slices of
naturally water-resistant mahogany—sustainably sourced from a plantation in Honduras—
will help to limit cracking and keep out moisture.
Rather than perennially bathing in Vermont's rain, snow, and ice, “It will be mounted to
a post with two inches of air under it so it won’t be sitting in water,” Miller said. “The life
expectancy is definitely greater than the old ones.”
The statue will be sealed with a specially formulated blend of boiled linseed oil and white
pigment, Schutz said. The sculpture will be taken down by crane every eight to 10 years and
retreated.
“My guess is it will last 150 years,” Miller chuckled, “I’m guaranteeing 100.”
Of course it will be hard to collect on that guarantee.
“No one alive today will be here when it’s replaced,” he said.
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Rock Solid Pays Tribute to Barre’s Stone Work


By Sue Higby, executive director of Studio Place Arts

T
he 18th annual stone show Rock Solid at Studio The show includes work by more than 25 Vermont threshold of the main gallery at SPA has been the single
Place Arts (SPA) in Barre highlights another artists, featuring sculptures in the round, bas relief, word, “Wow.”
chapter in the cultural mosaic of a community and stone assemblages. As with previous shows, it Rock Solid features work in the main floor gallery and
whose history is tightly linked to the arts. The city’s presents a mix of traditional forms and contemporary on the front plaza. It also includes the Art Stroll around
reverence for stonework is clearly emphasized by its explorations, such as stone wrapped with embroidery historic downtown Barre to view a variety of granite
main gateways, which are each marked by large-scale floss. Native stones of Vermont–granite, marble, and sculptures (a description of the Art Stroll and a map is
stone sculptures that symbolize the community’s slate–are the dominant selections by artisans. available at studioplacearts.com).
creative roots—the first art instructor in Barre (The Taken together, works in Rock Solid strike an exciting
Italian American Stonecutter); a cherished Scottish poet, Rock Solid will be on view through November 3 at SPA
balance between traditional and contemporary on North Main Street. Hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Tuesday
(Robert Burns); and a nontraditional war monument responses to the durable, handsome art medium. A
that portrays the community’s desires for peace, not through Friday, and from noon to 4 pm Saturday.
nearly universal response from visitors as they cross the
warfare (Youth Triumphant).
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Vermont’s Passion for Auto Racing on Display in Barre


By Larry Floersch

“I got a ’69 Chevy with a 396


Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor.”

T
hose lyrics by Bruce Springsteen from his song “Racing in the Street” are lost
on many people. Only real car nuts know what fuelie heads and a Hurst shifter
are. If you are one of those people, a true “gearhead,” then a visit to the Vermont
History Center in Barre definitely is in order. But you don’t have to know a downdraft
carburetor from a disc brake to find the center’s exhibit on the history of auto racing
in Vermont well worth your time.
The exhibit, Anything for Speed: Automobile Racing in Vermont, opened in April and
highlights the race tracks, drivers, promoters, and mechanics who have gained fame in
the pursuit of speed in the Green Mountain State over the past 100 years.
There have never been superspeedways like Daytona or Talladega in Vermont, or even
nearby. The nearest track hosting NASCAR races is the one-mile New Hampshire
Motor Speedway in Loudon. But who knew that at various times there were more than
30 active short tracks in Vermont? In the central area alone were the East Montpelier
Speedway, Dog River Speedway (Northfield), Morrisville Speedway, East Corinth
Speedway, Bear Ridge Speedway (Bradford), and, of course, “The nation’s site of
excitement,” Thunder Road in Barre.
And Vermont hosts more than short-track racing. It has also been home to numerous
hill climbs. The annual Mount Equinox Hill Climb, for example, is one of oldest and From the Cho Lee Collection, courtesy of Lloyd Hutchins and the Vermont Historical Society.
longest running events of its kind for its length. Only the Pikes Peak International Hill
Climb in Colorado is older. Rally car racing has also been popular in the state.
On display in the exhibit are tools, a flathead V-8 racing engine, pieces of racecar
Many Vermont drivers have attained national prominence, starting in 1903 with bodywork that have become “detached” in furious competition, helmets (one of the
Horatio Nelson Jackson, a physician from Burlington, who on a $50 bet first drove an first to employ a radio so the driver could communicate with his pit crew and spotters
automobile across the U.S. from coast to coast to prove that it could be done. More was developed in Vermont), and scale models of race cars past and present. The lobby
recently, Kevin Lepage of Shelburne went from racing locally to become a regular on features an actual open-wheeled Indy-style “midget” race car complete with Hoosier
the NASCAR circuit. brand racing slicks. And if you feel the need for speed, there is a racing simulator in
The exhibit also emphasizes that, just as in Europe (the Schumacher brothers in which you can try your hand at piloting a race car.
Formula 1) and on the national scene (the Pettys, Waltrips, and Andrettis in NASCAR Anything for Speed runs through March 30, 2019, at The Vermont History Center (60
and Indy car racing), racing in Vermont is often a family affair: the Laquerres of East Washington St., Barre) and is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission:
Montpelier, the Dragons of Milton, the Stockwells of Braintree, and the Elmses of Adults, $7; students and seniors, $5; children under 6, free; families, $20 ($10 with coupon
Bradford. And, of course, Vermont’s current governor, Phil Scott, is almost certainly available on the Center’s website). vermonthistory.org/visit/vermont-history-center
the only of his peers who competes in late model stock car racing—and wins.

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Elm Street Welcomes Montpelier’s “Hippiest” New Joint


By Tim Simard

T
he first thing one notices when Vincent and Vania Muraco. The owners are not rookies by any stretch
entering The Hippie Chickpea is Photo by Tim Simard when it comes to cooking and running
the tantalizing aroma of spices, restaurants. Vincent Muraco has nearly 20
cooked meats, and roasting vegetables. years of experience working in and operating
In an instant, you are transported from upscale restaurants from San Francisco to
the sidewalks of Elm Street to a languid New York. When the family visited friends
afternoon in a café on the Mediterranean in Vermont two years ago, they knew
coast. immediately that they wanted to make
That’s one of the main goals of owners and the state their home. They were especially
husband-and-wife team Vincent and Vania attracted to Vermont’s agricultural, farm-
Muraco—to give Montpelier residents to-table, and sustainability culture.
and visitors an experience they can’t get The state’s agrarian philosophy carries
anywhere else in the area. While the menu through to The Hippie Chickpea’s menu.
offerings change almost daily, diners will Almost everything is locally sourced and
always encounter traditional Mediterranean made from scratch. The Muracos have
mainstays when they visit—falafel, gyros, partnered with farms throughout Central
baklava, and more. Vermont and the Mad River Valley—
“We looked around and realized there’s such as Green Rabbit Bakery, Ploughgate
nowhere close by where you can get Creamery, and the von Trapp Farmstead—
authentic Mediterranean food, and I’m the to provide local ingredients.
master of Mediterranean food. It looked “If you source everything locally, the
like there was a need in town for something different,” says Vincent Muraco. quality is fresher, the flavors are better. Vermonters know this. They get why it’s so
With Vincent’s Italian heritage always at the forefront of his culinary approach, the important to support local farms. They’re passionate about local businesses like ours,”
husband and wife team wanted to honor his background and focus on the flavors of says Vincent Muraco.
Europe’s southern coast. The Hippie Chickpea may only be a few days old, but The Muracos have big plans
“I just love what I do. I’m Italian, so I want to cook for lots of people,” he says. for the area and foresee opportunities to open other restaurants with different themes.
In the meantime, the couple is making their mark on Montpelier and hopes to draw
The Hippie Chickpea, which opened last week, is located in the same space as the an enthusiastic local following. It also helps that their premier restaurant has such a
former Banchan Korean restaurant, which closed in August. The Muracos jumped memorable title.
at the chance to open their own establishment. In just 12 days, they transformed the
space into a small Mediterranean café. “The Hippie Chickpea—it’s a fun name. You don’t forget it,” says Vincent with a smile.
“We had this goal and we just went for it,” says Vania Muraco. “We want to be a real The Hippie Chickpea is currently open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday,
neighborhood restaurant. So far, everyone keeps telling us how wonderful everything is.” from 11 am to 7 pm for lunch and early dinner. The Muracos hope to be open seven
days a week in the near future once they hire more staff.
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Gleaners Put Farmers Market


Surplus Put to Good Use

Photo courtesy of Community


Harvest of Central Vermont

R
egulars at the tail end of the Montpelier Farmers Market each Saturday might
have noticed folks in red aprons carrying boxes, chatting with farmers, and
loading crates into a brown truck with an orange carrot logo on the side.
That would be the “market glean” team—two or three volunteers from Community
Harvest of Central Vermont (CHCV) who work together at the end of each market
to collect donations of unsold food. They collect primarily produce, but occasionally
meat, dairy, and bread. The gleanings recovered from the market are taken to
CHCV’s storage cooler in Berlin and added to other weekly gleanings, which are then
distributed to sites around the region, including 20 food shelves, senior meal programs,
and other recipients in Washington County.
“The weekly market gleaning provides a great opportunity to interact with farmers and
community members, being visible and educating people about gleaning and why it is
important, and what the program does and how people can get involved,” says Allison
Levin, CHCV’s executive director.
Most of what is donated to CHCV from the Montpelier market is delivered to the
Montpelier Food Pantry. This is in part because in past years, the Food Pantry was
doing the market gleaning. A few years ago, for efficiency’s sake, CHCV took over the
market gleaning and added it to other gleaning work already being done.
The crops at the market are similar to those CHCV gathers in the field, but the
quantities tend to be smaller. “We get small amounts of lots of different kinds of
crops—a handful of this, a bunch of that—versus the truck load of one kind of crop
that we would glean from a field,” Levin explains. The quality of the crops gleaned at
the market tend to be higher than the mix CHCV gets from field gleaning.
Market gleaning has become a critical part of CHCV’s yearly recovery mix. Given
that this year’s markets will continue through October, final numbers for the year are
not available. In past years, the amount that CHCV receives from the market made
up about 10 percent of the total gleaned over the course of the year. That works out to
about 140 pounds per week, on average, from the market.
While field gleaning generally runs from June through early November, CHCV works
with farms year-round, as in the off-season farms are working through their storage
crops and more and more utilizing “shoulder season” greenhouses.
At this time CHCV only does market gleaning at the Capital City Farmers Market,
as it is one of the largest markets in Central Vermont. It has considered working at
other markets, says Levin. “Waitsfield is the logical next location, if we can build the
volunteer capacity to work there as well,” she said. The fact that the two markets are
on the same day creates some additional challenges.
In October, Community Harvest will be getting additional support from Hunger
Mountain Co-op, where customers can “round up” their bill a few extra pennies at the
register to help support CHCV. “Along with our other sponsoring partners, Northfield
Savings Bank and Four Springs Farm, the Co-op makes it possible for us to do this
critical food recovery work at the Market,” Levin said. “There are food recovery
opportunities at every step of the process, and we’re glad to be able to help gleaning be
a part of the market culture in Montpelier.”
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LNT Brings Mosher’s Disappearances to the Stage


Compiled by Aaron Retherford

M
uch like author Howard Frank Kim Allen Bent. Courtesy of Robert Eddy, First Light Studios What restrictions does the stage impose
Mosher, Kim Allen Bent— and what opportunities does it bring?
founder of Lost Nation Theater— Bent: I think that doing it on the stage
is intimately connected to the Vermont makes it possible to bring out the playful
landscape, having grown up on a dairy innocence at the heart of it. It’s one element
farm in Braintree as a seventh-generation of the book that the stage is uniquely suited
Vermonter. On October 4, Bent unveils his to showcase. Another element the stage
world-premiere adaptation of Howard Frank highlights is the poetic quality of the prose.
Mosher’s novel, Disappearances. Here, Bent There’s a lot of opportunity on the stage
discusses the challenges and joys of adapting to relish that language and the elevated
Mosher’s work and words to the stage. reality that language makes possible. As for
Aaron Retherford: Why Mosher and why challenges, you have to find a way to make
this book? the limitation of the stage a strength. I
Kim Allen Bent: Howard Frank Mosher mean you can’t bring Lake Memphremagog
(HFM) has told some of the most authentic inside; you can’t actually blow up, burn
stories about Vermont that there are to tell. down, or otherwise explode material
His characters are theatrical, his sense of objects like cars, barns, planes, and boats–
humor is wonderful, and he has a wonderful even if the fire station is right next door.
instinct for the quirky complexity of human nature. Disappearances is the first HFM Structurally, as you’re creating the play, you have to find a convention that will allow
novel that I read. I love the characters, the profound perspective, and sense of humor— that action to be communicated in some way that leave the building you’re in, in our
the way it is at once realistic and mythic. It was written the year I founded Lost Nation case City Hall, intact.
Theater (LNT), so it seemed like the place to start. Also, it’s a good antidote for How do you decide what to include and what to cut?
challenging times. The main characters embody a sense of optimism that can defeat Bent: I let the story tell me what was important to include and what was OK to leave
any discouragement. out. The major creative choices I made in writing the play had to do with restructuring
How long have you wanted to write a stage adaptation of Disappearances? the material in the book in a way that would have an effective dramatic arc for the
Bent: I never really thought seriously of doing a translation of Mosher for the stage two-hour time period on the stage. One of Mosher’s values is to know where people
because so many of his stories have been made into movies. But then I was inspired came from—how they evolved into the character they are. Certainly, as a Vermonter,
to take on the challenge because producing artistic director [and wife] Kathleen that resonates for me. Mosher’s characters are like poet and playwright David Budbill’s
Keenan had so much faith in the possibilities. LNT is committed to telling Vermont characters in their resiliency, in their ability to survive challenging circumstances,
stories, and it was time to take on telling another playwriting project. It’s the first be it poverty, harsh climate, isolation. Faced with those challenges, they have to
time anyone’s ever been given permission to do a stage “translation” and that’s pretty be inventive, ingenious, and there’s something attractive and admirable about that
humbling. Phillis Mosher (Howard’s widow) and his kids will be with us for the indomitable spirit.
opening celebration on October 5, and we’re all very excited. When did you start working on this?
Bent: We had the idea earlier, but I didn’t put pen to paper until January of this year.
We did two readings of the script along the way, and I shared the script with trusted
colleagues to get their feedback and ideas for how we could pull this off.
Have there been any surprises as it has come together?
Bent: I’ve been surprised by the playfulness of it. When you read the book, the mythic
literary connections come through, and it reads like an entertaining tall tale. When
you translate that to the stage, it becomes a kind of playful innocence that is really
entertaining. It’s been fun to experience the actors getting in touch with that sense of
play.
Why should people come see this?
Bent: Because as many people as possible need to experience the unique world of
Mosher’s imagination. Because we need to savor, and learn from, our past and celebrate
this place that is our home—that is Vermont.
Disappearances by Kim Allen Bent from the novel by Howard Frank Mosher runs October
4‒21 at Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall. Curtain is 7:30 pm Thursday‒
Saturday and 2 pm Sunday. For more information and tickets, call (802) 229-0492 or
visit lostnationtheater.org
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Full Circle: Martin Philip Wins Vermont Book Award


By Michelle A.L. Singer

M
artin Philip’s Breaking Bread: A have your guard up, it’s easier to connect. I’m
Baker’s Journey Home in 75 Recipes is glad I’m here.”
part cookbook and part memoir— At the September 22 award ceremony, Philip
ingredients unique enough to earn this year’s took home a beautifully carved sculpture by
Vermont Book Award. Montpelier artist Sean Hunter Williams, made
Philip, who is the head bread baker for King of pure white Imperial Danby marble from
Arthur Flour, is the first author of a creative Vermont. Philip’s father and grandfather grew
nonfiction/memoir book to win the award, up in Vermont, and his grandfather went to
which was founded by the Vermont College Norwich University. His great-grandfather,
of Fine Arts (VCFA) in 2015 to recognize a granite worker in Scotland, immigrated to
extraordinary literary merit in Vermont authors. Vermont in the 1880s to work in the quarries,
Previous recipients have won for books of poetry where he died of exhaustion. The award itself
or short stories. was a moving tribute to his roots in Vermont. He
VCFA President Thomas Christopher Greene also received a cash prize of $5,000. “The prize
and past Vermont Book Award winners Kerrin is doing exactly what it’s designed to do, which is
McCadden and Major Jackson recently presented to foster additional work,” he says.
the award to Philip, calling the book “evocative,” His next project, tentatively called The Baker
“moving,” and—especially—“surprising.” They Martin Philips (left) with VCFA President Thomas Christopher Greene. Maker Road Show, involves a bicycle from the
praised its prose and “elegance of construction.” Photo by Keith MacDonald 1930s, a handmade banjo (he’s been playing banjo
At 400 pages, the book was a year-long endeavor since he was a kid), baking ingredients, and a
to translate into prose the hold that making, specifically baking, has had in Philip’s life. road called the Pig Trail in the Ozarks, near where he grew up. He’s embarking on an
“It’s nice to stand outside of it and think about it from a higher level,” he says. “Why is food adventure down the 52-mile road in rural Arkansas to touch base with the building blocks
important, where food sits within communities—writing affords that.” of community: food, music, and conversation.
Philip describes the book as a journey “out and back: home, away from home, and back to “I’m going to cold-call homes and see if people will let me come inside and bake—bread,
home.” He goes on to explain, “The book begins in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas with scones, grits—you name it,” he says. “We need to get back to talking. Let’s put down the
my grandmother, who was very precise—she quilted with 10 stitches per inch—and her handhelds, let’s get rid of this digital thing, and let’s get back to analog. Let’s find some
adherence to the recipes of her family, and my mother, on the other end of the spectrum, common ground because I’m in my bubble, and you’re in your bubble, and how can we find
baking without any recipes, and measuring baking powder, as I describe in the book, some commonality? For me, food is commonality. Food is where community began. Food
‘between the heart and lifeline crease of her palm.’ It begins in this place where there’s is what brought people together in a circle, and that is a strong form.”
encouragement and endorsement of throwing things together on one side, and on the other Eight judges selected Philip’s book from among works by six other Vermont authors and
side with precision and formality and what grows out of those experiences.” poets: Katherine Arden, Jason Chin, Greg Delanty, Adam Federman, April Ossmann, and
To find the narrative of the book, he says, “I just needed to walk through the chronology of Tanya Lee Stone.
what I ate as a kid, what I ate when I left home, and then the foods and baked things I’ve Michelle A.L. Singer lives in East Montpelier and can be reached at michellealsinger@gmail.com
introduced to my community and to my own family.”
Breaking Bread is Philip’s first book, and in addition to the Vermont Book Award, it was also
the Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 New England Book Festival. “I think my strength is
being willing to write what I’m feeling, and I think people respond to that,” he says.
“What lifted the book into the award-worthy category was the writing itself,” says Hugh
Coyle, a Vermont Book Award judge. “Martin Philip evocatively conveys the sensuous
appeal of baking: the feel of dough between his fingers, the scent of bread as it bakes in
the oven, and the taste of butter being released from the folds of a croissant. Furthermore,
he opens up his heart to tell his own story, providing a narrative arc that few books in the
nonfiction category, especially cookbooks, ever hope to achieve.”
Philip wrote the book while he worked full-time at King Arthur. He was able to adjust his
work week, “since bakeries are seven-day beasts” he says, to accommodate a writing schedule
and his life as a father of three. “A writing work day for me was on Tuesday and Wednesday
from 10 am, when the library opened, until 2:30 pm, when I picked up my kids, so I had
four-and-a-half hours to get it done. Baking is a night-time trade in a way, so when I’m
working at baking on the weekends, I can be home by 1 or 2 pm.”
He lives in the Upper Valley with his wife, Julie Ness, and their children. “I think Vermont
fosters sincerity in a way that is a good thing for writers,” says Philip. “You don’t have to
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Abridged Vermont: Manchester By Mike Dunphy

B
efore becoming editor in chief of The Bridge, I spent more than 10 years in the travel and saw—the inn combines an exquisite Vermont landscape with a fresh and modern interior
tourism industry. I continue to do so on the side. From May to September, I updated the design. Instead of the flowered upholstery and four-poster beds plaguing so many Vermont
Fodor’s Travel Guide for Vermont. This meant poking around the entire state for the best inns, Hill Farm has adopted a classy, country boutique style that impresses with its subtlety,
restaurants, pubs, hotels, attractions, and activities. taste, and balance. The service, however, remains charmingly familial making you feel more
The readers of The Bridge benefit, too. Once a month, Abridged Vermont highlights what’s the like a guest than a customer. Top it all off with a soak in the outdoor hot tub under a sky
buzz in one Vermont town to inspire some weekend getaways. In some cases, the experiences were full of stars, or loll in a lounge chair on the wide, wrap-around veranda.
sponsored by the venues, but I have selected according to quality and appeal only. 458 Hill Farm Rd., Sunderland; (802) 375-2269; hillfarminn.com
-Sleep- -See-
Manchester is one of the few places in Vermont not hurting for upscale accommodations, In the hills north of downtown Manchester is
with the Equinox Resort, Kimpton Taconic Hotel, and Wilburton Inn all within two miles one of Vermont’s most enjoyable art experiences
of each other. However, I’d suggest pushing the envelope five miles farther and book a at the Southern Vermont Art Center. It starts
night at Hill Farm Inn in Sunderland. Taking up residence in a 1799 farmhouse—now before you even reach the front door, with a
supporting a team of alpacas, Toggenburg goats, and the tubbiest, tawniest barn cat you ever long, winding drive past large-scale statuary
and sculpture erected in the surrounding
fields. Plan to stop the car more than once to
trek out to them and be sure to bring Vermont-
appropriate shoes. At the end of the driveway,
multiple buildings host a permanent collection
of more than a thousand 20th and 21st century
paintings, etchings, and sculptures laid out in
a mini-labyrinth of rooms and staircases by
regional artists such as Ogden Pleissner, Jay
Hall Conaway, and Reginald Marsh Long.
Special exhibitions rotate regularly, as well. If
it’s open, budget some time and money at Café
Sora, which serves a tasty Japanese menu.
930 SVAC Dr., Manchester; (802) 362-1405;
svac.org

-Play-
There are massages, and then there are massages by Mary Scriber, who channels 32 years
of experience into relieving tense muscles and spirits both at the Equinox Spa and in her
own private practice. Trained in several different “healing modalities,” she practices Swedish
massage, Reiki, therapeutic touch, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, and Native American
medicine. As she explains, “My work is more than just physical. When the body is relaxed we
can tap into other aspects of our being.” Experience it for yourself in the 100-minute “Spirit
of Vermont” treatment at the Equinox Spa, or customize your own session at her studio.
In all honesty, this may have been the best massage of my life, and I was genuinely moved.
When she told me at the end of the treatment, “You are whole and well in body, mind, soul
and spirit,” I felt it.
Private: 282 West Rd., Manchester; (802) 362-3959;
manchestervtmassagemaryscriber.amtamembers.com
Equinox Spa: 3567 Main St. Manchester Village; (802) 362-4700; equinoxresort.com
-Eat-
As a major hub of Vermont tourism—much of it moneyed—the Manchester area hosts
some of the best dining experiences in the state. Mystic Cafe & Wine Bar in downtown
is one of the latest examples, combining an eclectic and creative international menu with a
high, boutique sheen, illuminated further by abundant natural sunlight through the wide
wrap-around veranda. The local produce goes into some fantastic salads, like the “Power
Couple”—kale, quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, pepitas with a dijon-
maple vinaigrette and whole wheat toast spread with creamy Vermont goat cheese—spicy
Peruvian chicken sandwich, and the house paella. The full bar also excels with curated
wines from both old and new worlds. For
late night bites, just slip downstairs to the
almost equally new, Union Underground,
where fried cheese curds and “tater kegs”
UPCOMING AT SVAC mingle with craft beers.
EXHIBITS: Mystic Café & Wine Bar: 4928 Main Street,
10/13-11/18: Fall Member Show
Manchester Center; (802) 768-8086;
EVENTS:
10/13: Maxine Linehan: An American
mysticcafeandwinebar.com
Journey Union Underground: 4928 Main St.,
802.362.1405 Manchester Center; (802) 367-3951;
www.svac.org unionundergroundvt.com
/southernvermontartscenter @sovtarts
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Song Circles
in Montpelier
and East
Montpelier:
The Return of
Old-Fashioned
Living Room
Music
B
efore the days of radios, televisions,
and iPods most music was “homemade”
and played and sung in living rooms,
parlors, and front porches. Everyone sang,
and nobody complained that “I can’t sing.”
And this living room music produced
wonderful things: friends and families were
brought closer by singing together; neighbors
bonded over beloved songs; everyone had a
chance to learn beautiful and powerful songs.
And folks found that singing gave them a
sense of joy and happiness.
This “living room music” became less common
with the advent and proliferation of recorded
music, but it has never really gone away. Some
performers—most notably Pete Seeger—
have encouraged and taught participatory
singing, and in every community throughout
the country there are groups of people who
continue to quietly enjoy the pleasures of
“living room music.”
In Central Vermont, there are two chances
each month to enjoy “living room music.”
In East Montpelier, Amy Torchia and Erika
Mitchell facilitate group singing on the third
Sunday of each month from 6 to 8 pm
at the Four Corners Schoolhouse, (Dodge
Road/ Snow Hill /Putnam Roads), and in
Montpelier, on the first Sunday of each month
(September to June). Jacob and Gretta Stone
do the same thing from 6 to 8 pm at the
Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre Street.
We use the popular songbooks, Rise Up Singing
and Rise Again, which between them have
over 2,000 songs from which we can choose
to sing anything, from “Amazing Grace” to
“Love Potion No. 9.” Many people have their
own copies, but loaners are available at each
gathering. We usually have accompaniment
by a couple of guitars and often a banjo,
harmonica, or ukulele, but there are no
performances; the instruments are there only
to support the group’s singing.
And most important, these events are open to
anyone of any age, of any singing ability (and
if you think you can’t sing, these gatherings
might help you find your voice). Children are
most definitely welcome, and there are always
opportunities for the children to choose songs
that they like.
There’s no fee and no need for preregistration.
All you need to do is come and experience for
yourself the joys of group singing.
For more information or for any questions Thank You for Reading The Bridge!
email us at vtcommunitysing@gmail.com.
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Calendar of Events
Community Events Performing Arts
Hike Hunger & Worcester Mountains with
Green Mountain Club. Middlesex. About SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
11.8 mile loop. Difficult ascent and descent, Photography for Naturalists. Small group
retreat led by a master naturalist and nature
Events happening Moderate crossover. Bring lunch and water.
photography guide. 7 am–2 pm. North Branch
October 4–20
Contact Morgan Irons, 223-7044 or
Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier.
THEATER, DANCE,
morgan.irons@myfairpoint.net for meeting time
and place. northbranchnaturecenter.org STORYTELLING, COMEDY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 Through Oct. 20: The Odd Couple–
NASA 60th Anniversary Celebration. Videos 3rd Annual Montpelier Fall Festival, Fun Run,
Open Ears at Bagitos. Join Montpelier city Female Version. The themes of this show
and exhibits. The Hub at Berlin Mall, Berlin. and 5K. Family-friendly event includes a one-mile
councilor Glen Coburn Hutcheson to talk highlight female friendships, feminism,
Free. kids’ fun run, a 5K race, and a festival of food
about the city or anything else. 8:30–9:30 am. and the representation of female sexuality
and games. Also a kickball tournament. 11 am–3
Bagitos, 28 Main St., Montpelier. ghutcheson@ Barre Congregational Church Community at this point in time. Partnered with
pm. Montpelier High School, 5 High School
montpelier-vt.org, 839-5349. Meal. 7:30 am–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre. Vermont Works for Women to create
Dr., Montpelier. Registration for 5K race: $10
Trinity United Methodist Church Community female representation and visibility, both on
Capital City Farmers’ Market. Market students, $25 adults. montpelierfallfestival.com
Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main St., and off-stage. Wed.–Sat., 7:30 pm. Stowe
vendors, music, and events. 9 am–1 pm. State Community Song Circles. A community sing- Theatre Guild, 67 Main St., Stowe. $14–20.
Montpelier. St., Montpelier.montpelierfarmersmarket.com along open to all ages and musical abilities—all stowetheatre.com
Winter Wellness. How can you boost your Michelle Cusolito: Diving Deep Into Discovery you need is a love of singing. 6–8 pm. Center
immune system during flu season? Learn about Through Oct. 21: Lost Nation Theater
Using Non-Fiction Picture Books. Cusolito, for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre St., Montpelier.
herbs and supplements to take all year long to Presents Disappearances. LNT brings
a former 4th grade teacher, will discuss how cal-vt.org. vtcommunitysing@gmail.com
stay healthy. 6–7:30 pm. Hunger Mountain Co- another Vermont Story to life with founder
curiosity in the natural world can direct research
op, Montpelier. Free. and writing in the classroom, both for students MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 and resident playwright Kim Allen Bent’s
Community Lunch at Unitarian Church translation of Disappearances by Howard
and teachers who write. 11 am–noon. Bear
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 Pond Books, 77 Main St., Montpelier. Free. Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. 130 Main St., Frank Mosher. 7:30 pm Thurs.–Sat.; 2 pm
Intro to Canoe and Kayak Fishing. Instructors Montpelier. Sun. Lost Nation Theater, City Hall Arts
bearpondbooks.com. RSVP: eventbrite.com Center, Main St., Montpelier. $15–30.
will cover fishing regulations, casting, ecology,
Trinity Church Annual Chicken Pie Dinner. Salvation Army Community Lunch. Discounts for seniors and students. 229-
and more before going fishing on Waterbury
Servings at noon, 5 pm, and 6:30 pm. Trinity Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. 0492. lostnationtheater.com. Opening Gala:
Reservoir as a group. 4 pm. Waterbury Center
State Park. Seminar free; $4 park day-use Church, 137 Main St., Montpelier. Adults $12; Oct. 5, 6:30 pm. Live music with fiddler
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 Adam Boyce and party with the cast after the
fee. Fishing equipment will be provided but children 10 and under $6. Reservations or take- Barre Congregational Church Community
participants need to bring their own canoe or out: 613-3073. trinityvt@comcast.net show.
Meal. 7:30 am–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre.
kayak and personal flotation device. Paddling Chicken Pie Lunch and Dinner. Traditional Oct. 5: Comedian Juston McKinney. With
experience is required. Registration is limited Planting Trees: What, When and How! With
chicken and biscuits, squash, peas, cranberry multiple performances on The Tonight
on a first-come-first serve basis. letsgofishing@ the discovery that the Emerald Ash Borer is in
sauce, coleslaw, and apple crisp for dessert. Show, his own Comedy Central specials,
vermont.gov. 265-2279 Montpelier—which will kill all our ash trees
Three seatings: Noon, 5 pm, and 7 pm. The and consistently sold-out shows, McKinney
in the next 5–10 years – now is a good time to
Friday Morning Fall Migration Bird Walks. Old Meeting House, 1620 Center Rd., East is at the top of his game. 8 pm. Barre Opera
plant a new tree. With John Snell. 5:30–7 pm.
Weekly walks with NBNC naturalists to search Montpelier. Adults $15; children under 12 $8. House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. $25. 476-8188.
Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. Free.
for migratory fall birds at the nature center. Take-out available. Reservations required: 223- barreoperahouse.org
7–8:30 am. North Branch Nature Center, 713 6934. oldmeetinghouse.org Using Video to Share Your Business Story with
Oct. 6: Jason Bishop’s Magic and Illusion.
Elm St., Montpelier. $10 non-members; free for Tony Campos. Get tips and techniques from
Dog Mountain Fall Dog Party 2018. A host State of the art magic and illusions. Amazing
members. Campos, the owner of Video Vision, Executive
of activities for the whole family. Local food, sleight of hand, exclusive grand illusions and
Director of Central Vermont Public Access
Bethel First Friday Flicks - Free Family Movie. music, vendors, games, prizes, dog contests. even close-up magic projected onto a huge
Television, and Executive Producer of New
Bring a blanket or beanbag if you want to get Noon–4 pm. 143 Parks Rd., St., Johnsbury. screen. 7 pm. Spruce Peak Performing Arts
England Cooks. He will share his marketing
comfy (regular chairs available, too). Popcorn Free. dogmt.com. Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $35–50.
knowledge and experience. 6–7:30 pm. Capstone,
& drinks for sale; donations gladly accepted to One free kids ticket with purchase of adult
Meet the Vermont House Candidates for 20 Gable Pl., Barre.. Sign-up: 477-5214,
cover movie cost. 6:30–8:30 pm. Bethel Town ticket. sprucepeakarts.org.
Berlin & Northfield. A meet and greet followed mferguson@capstonevt.org
Hall, 134 S. Main St., Bethel. bri-vt.org/events by a chance to dine with the candidates at the Oct. 6: Mary Stuart by Frederic Schiller
Spanish Conversation. Whether you’re a native
potluck. 5:45 pm. Capital City Grange Hall, in a new version by David Harrower. A
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 6612 Rt. 12, Berlin.
speaker or trying to brush up for a trip, come
staged reading, this is the latest in Vermont
Community Tag Sale. Artists and crafters to Bagitos and join the group. 28 Main St.,
Shakespeare’s Salon Series. This is a rarely seen
welcome. 50/50 consignment. Donate items, American Legion Auxiliary Chicken & Biscuit Montpelier.
epic in a fresh and lean adaptation of the only
by appointment only. 10 am–3 pm. Plainfield Dinner. Chicken, biscuits, carrots, mashed Madeleine Kunin Reading. Former three- classical play starring two women in power. A
Town Hall/Opera House. Benefits Plainfield potatoes, coleslaw, and dessert. All proceeds term governor of Vermont Madeleine Kunin short discussion follows. 7:30 pm. Highland
Fire & Rescue. PlainfieldVTFundraiser@gmail. go toward funding our Veteran’s projects and reads from her newest book, a memoir entitled Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St.,
com. 454-7247. programs. 6–8 pm. 320 Main St., Barre. $11. Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties. 7 pm. Greensboro. Adults $15; seniors $12; students
476-2275 Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick
Intro to Studio Cycling Class. 10 am, $10. Highlandartsvt.org.
Alpenglow Fitness, 54 Main St., Montpelier. St., Greensboro. highlandartsvt.org
Oct. 6: FEMCOM. All-female standup
279-0077. alpenglowfitness.com comedy. 8:30 pm. Espresso Bueno, 248 N.
Main St., Barre. Free/by donation. 479-0896.
espressobueno.com.
Oct. 13: L’Elisir D’Amore. Set in a Gatsby-
esque bar in the 1920s, Opera Company of
Middlebury shakes up a cocktail of romance
and hijinks. 7 pm. Highland Center for the
Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. 533-
2000. highlandartsvt.org
Oct. 20: Who wants to be a
Vaudevillianaire? Performers of all kinds
will take the stage in a Vermont-style tribute
to popular game shows. Light-hearted
evening of comedy, magic, music, and
mayhem. Hosted by Vermont Vaudeville’s
core ensemble. 7:30 pm. Hardwick Town
Hall, 127 Church St., Hardwick. $10.
vermontvaudeville.com

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Calendar of Events
Visual Arts
1:15 pm. Lost Nation Theater Lobby Gallery, Through Nov. 3: Exhibits at Studio Place Through Nov. 30: Carole Naquin Exhibition.
City Hall Arts Center, Main St., Montpelier. Arts. 201 N. Main St., Barre. studioplacearts. Soft pastel paintings that capture the energy
Through Oct. 26: An Artists Journey. A com of sky, river, and field. Artisans Hand Gallery,
Warren Kimble exhibit. More than 50 years • Rock Solid XVIII. Annual stone sculpture Main St. Montpelier
EXHIBITS of Kimble’s experience as a fine artist, educator exhibit showcases stone sculptures and
Through Dec. 2: Driving the Back Roads:
Through Oct. 5: Outside Inside Out. Barre and antiques collector. T. W. Wood Gallery, assemblages by area artists and other work
In Search of Old-Time Vermonters. This
artist Sabrina Fadial’s sculpture, installation art 46 Barre St., Montpelier. 262-6035 gcallan@ that depicts the beautiful qualities of stone.
retrospective of Ethan Hubbard’s documentary
and drawings. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, twwoodgallery.org twwoodgallery.org • Find the Quiet. Works in rust, eucalyptus,
work and his life living alongside the people
Northern Vermont University-Johnson. and indigo by Linda Finkelstein of North-Central Vermont showcases more
Through Oct. 30: Sumi-e Meditations. • TENSION. Site-specific installation art of
635-1469. sabrinafadial.com than 40 of Hubbard’s large-format black and
Oriental brush paintings by Ronda Stoll. socio-cultural and environmental datascapes
Thorugh Oct. 7: Backstory—Art at the Kent. The Morrisville Post Office, 16 Portland St., white photographic portraits. Live storytelling
by Tuyen Nguyen and Misook Park. event with Ethan Hubbard: Oct. 25, 7 pm.
Backstory is about the artist’s history as well Morrisville. 888-1261. riverartsvt.org
as of the materials used. Kent Museum, 7 Old Through Nov. 3: Familiars: Valerie Hammond Highland Center for the Arts, Hardwick St.,
Through Oct. 31: Abstract within the Square. and Kiki Smith. This exhibition demonstrates Greensboro.
West Church Rd., Calais. kentscorner.org
Paintings by Maggie Neale. Jaquith Library, the uniqueness, as well as the intersections, of
Through Oct. 7: The 29th Annual Photo Old Schoolhouse Common, Marshfield. Through Jan. 7: Altered Spaces Group
the printmaking practices that Hammond and Exhibition. The exhibition opens with
Show. Presented by Valley Arts. The work of Smith have developed over the last 20 years.
Through Oct. 31: Flea Market Finds. a dynamic collection of work—collage,
more than 70 photographers fills the galleries. Helen Day Art Center Main Gallery, 90 Pond
Photographs by Mark Dixon. Chelsea Public photography, painting, and multimedia
Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm, Waitsfield. St., Stowe. mail@helenday.com
Library, 296 Rt. 110, Chelsea. 685-2188. installation in September which will build
Through Oct. 20: Exposed. Outdoor sculpture markdixonphotography.com Through Nov. 9: Mountains, Mesas, and in layers throughout the fall—inviting the
exhibition. Helen Day Art Center, Pond St., Monoliths: Gold-toned Brownprints of Zion public to revisit and interact as the exhibition
Through Nov. 2: Macaulay in Montpelier:
Stowe. helenday.com.
selected sketches and drawings. Internationally Canyon by Matt Larson. 18 framed, smaller- continues. Opening reception: Oct. 6,
Through Oct. 21: The Roots of My Raising. recognized author and illustrator will exhibit scaled gold-toned brownprints and 8 large-scale, 5:30 pm. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center,
George Woodard’s photo exhibit covers the 106- images from eight of his books, including unframed gold-toned brownprints of Zion 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. sprucepeakarts.org
year history of the Woodard Family Farm in preliminary sketches and finished art created Canyon, Utah. Morse Block Deli, 260 N. Main
Waterbury from the time George’s grandfather between 1982 and 2010. Vermont Arts Council St., Barre.
purchased it. Artist’s Retrospective: Oct. 14, Spotlight Galler, 136 State St., Montpelier.

Trinity United Methodist Church Community way of life, and the unique child who became
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main St., Theodore Roosevelt. 2 pm. Jaquith Public
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
Bike Stowe and Morrisville with Green Montpelier. Library, School St., Marshfield. Montpelier Enchanted Forest – Unguided.
Mountain Club. Moderate. 20-25 miles. Pumpkins and torches are relit for folks to come
Moss Glenn Falls to Morrisville and return on Paint n Sip with Liz Lawson. 6–8 pm. Bagitos, Enchanted Forest. Nighttime community and experience a self-guided, performance free
Randolph Road. Helmet required. Bring water. 28 Main St., Montpelier. celebration of autumn. Hay wagon rides are led “enchanted walk” through the park. 3–7 pm.
Plan to have lunch at the Bakery in Morrisville. Reading with author Caryn Mirriam- through candle-lit paths to stages of storytelling, Hubbard Park, Montpelier. By donation.
Contact Mary Smith, 505-0603 or Mary Garcia, Goldberg. Listen to Goddard College faculty music, fire, and enchantment. See the park’s 50-
622-0585 for meeting time and place. member and former Kansas Poet Laureate foot tower illuminated by fire. 3–8 pm. Hubbard MONDAY, OCTOBER 15
Mirriam-Goldberg read from her new novel, Park, New Shelter, Montpelier. Adults $10; Community Lunch at Unitarian Church
The Christ Church Community Lunch. children $5; Family $25. Advance tickets only Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. 130 Main St.,
11 am–12:30 pm. 64 State St., Montpelier “Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus,” about
mythical Miriam’s journey across America to find and are available at Montpelier City Hall and the Montpelier.
Salvation Army Community Lunch. her people, purpose, and place. 7 pm. Kellogg- Montpelier Farmers’ Market. Proceeds benefit Salvation Army Community Lunch.
Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. the Montpelier Parks. Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.
Stress & Resiliency with Julie MacAdam. The 223-3338 Goddard Reception at Power of Words
class will address stress and its effects on the Conference. Reception at the Transformative TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding Barre Congregational Church Community
nervous system, body, and spirit; the potential Demonstrations. See description under Oct. 10 Language Arts Network’s 15th annual Power
instigators of stress; and allies we can utilize of Words Conference. 4–5 pm. Clockhouse at Meal. 7:30 am–9:00 am. 35 Church St., Barre.
skillfully. 6–8 pm. 250 Main St, Montpelier. $12 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield. CVMC Community Town Hall. Learn more
members; $15 non-members. Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding Free. goddard.edu. about your community hospital. 5:30–7 pm.
Bereavement and Grief Equine Support Demonstrations. See description under Oct. 10 Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding CVMC Conference Rooms 1 & 2, Lower Level,
Group. For those who are having a hard time Demonstrations. See description under Oct. 10 130 Fisher Rd., Berlin. UVMHealth.org/CVMC
in the grieving process, sometimes interaction SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
with a horse can help where other interventions Green Mountain Club Stowe Work Hike. All
have fallen short. 6:30–7:30 pm. Rhythm of the abilities needed and welcomed. Various distances.
Rein Therapeutic Riding and Driving Program, Bring lunch and water. Wear sturdy boots,
Water Tower Farm, 386 Rt. 2, Marshfield. Free. work clothes and gloves. Tools supplied. Meet at
Register: 426-3781. Montpelier High School at 8 am. Contact John
Buddington, 229-0725 or john@buddington.net.
Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding
Demonstrations. Oct. 10–12, 16, 20. Join Barre Congregational Church Community
NBNC biologists as we capture, tag, and release Meal. 7:30 am–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre.
these pint-sized owls. After the birds are released, Cabot Apple Pie Festival. Judging apple pies—
we will discuss the highlights of recent research youth & adult contests—small cash prizes. Craft
at NBNC and across the country, and share fair and raffles. Lunch and pies will be sold by
what’s been discovered about this mysterious Cabot Historical Society. Family-friendly event.
little predator. 7–9 pm. North Branch Nature 9 am–3 pm. Cabot School Gym, Rt. 215, Cabot.
Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. RSVP: Free. sites.google.com/site/histsocorg1/apple-pie-
northbranchnaturecenter.org. Free; donations festival
encouraged. Capital City Farmers’ Market. See description
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 under Oct. 6.
Open Ears at Bagitos. See description under Worcester Clothing Swap. Get some “new-to-
Oct. 4 you” clothing and accessories. $1 per bag (BYO).
Last 2018 Meeting for the Washington Benefits the Worcester Food Shelf. 9 am–3 pm.
County Retired Educators Association. Begins Worcester Town Hall, Rt 12, Worcester. 552-
9:45 am. With tour to include observation of the 7494. Drop-offs: Oct. 11–12, noon–5 pm.
carving of Ceres, business meeting, and lunch. Chapters in History Two: Mornings on
Barre Granite Museum, 7 Jones Brothers Way, Horseback. Discussion of David McCullough’s
Barre. Tour $3; lunch $10. RSVP: 476-7414. biography of an extraordinary family, a vanished

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Calendar of Events
Oct. 19: Osage Orange (rock) 9 pm Positive Pie. 22 State St., Montpelier. Oct. 7: Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Live Music
Oct. 20: The Red Newts (country) 9 pm 229-0453. Made in Vermont Tour. A robust program
Dog River Brewery. Barre-Montpelier Rd., Oct. 5: Shanti Starr And The Afro Reggae showcasing works by Haydn, Brahms, and
Berlin. 6 pm. No cover. Ages 21+. All Stars, 10 pm. $5 Mozart, featuring internationally-renowned
Oct. 12: NOWHERE, WASHINGTON violinist Soovin Kim as a special guest. 3 pm.
VENUES Oct. 6: Bella and the Notables
(rock & roll) 10 pm. $5 Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick
Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9212. Oct. 13: Tim Brick
St., Greensboro. highlandartsvt.org.
Bagitos.com Oct. 20: Americana Blue
SPECIAL EVENTS Oct. 7: Jez Lowe and James Keelaghan.
Oct. 4: Colin McCaffrey and Friends, 6 pm Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre. Oct. 4, 11, 18: BarnArts Music at Feast and
Oct. 5: Art Herttua & Ray Caroll jazz, 6 pm 479-0896. espressobueno.com. Songwriters. 4 pm. Cabot Town Hall
Field Market. Weekly eclectic music series
Oct. 6: Irish Session, 2 pm; Laddies Oct. 6: Olive Tiger & Treya Lam (indie Auditorium, 3084 Main St., Cabot. $20
with a unique farmers market hosted on a
Fundraiser for Poor People’s Campaign, 6 pm chamber folk) 7:30 pm advance; $25 at door. robinsongs.com/
working farm. 4:30–7:30 pm. Fable Farm,
Oct. 7: Eric Friedman Folk Ballads, 11 am Oct. 13: Jazzyaoke (live jazz karaoke) schoolhouse-concerts. 793-3016
Royalton Turnpike, South Royalton.
Oct. 12: Anton Cole, 6 pm 7:30 pm,$5. Oct. 7: Northern Harmony Concert. An
Oct. 13: Irish Session, 2 pm Oct. 26: Bishop LaVey (acoustic alt-punk) Oct. 4: Fishhead. David “Fishhead” Solomon
ensemble of nine brilliant young singers,
Oct. 14: Southern Old Time Music Jam, 10 am 7:30 pm plays an eclectic mix of classic oldies, blues,
all Village Harmony alumni. 7 pm. Taplin
Oct. 16: Old Time Music Session, 6 pm folk, rock, and R&B. 6:;30–8:30 pm.
Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery. Auditorium at Christ Church, 64 State St.,
Oct. 18: Italian Session, 6 pm Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick
Fall Music Series. Fresh local food from Montpelier. Sliding scale $5–15. 426-3210
Oct. 19: Dave Loughran, 6 pm St., Greensboro. No cover. highlandartsvt.org.
Field Stone Farm. 7–9 pm. 4373 Rt. 12, Oct. 10: Arlo Guthie. A keeper of the
Oct. 20: Irish Session, 2 pm Oct. 5: David & Tracy Grisman Benefit
Berlin. 223-1151. freshtracksfarm.com. American Folk flame. 7 pm. Spruce Peak
Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St. Oct. 5: Big Hat No Cattle Concert. David Grisman is a brilliant
Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr.,
Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. Oct. 12: Myra Flynn mandolinist who combines elements of
Stowe. sprucepeakarts.org
Every Tues.: Karaoke with DJ Vociferious Oct. 19: Kava Express bluegrass, folk, jazz, Latin, gypsy, and swing
into a genre he calls “Dawg Music.” All Oct. 19: Tusk. The ultimate Fleetwood Mac
9:30 pm Gusto’s. 28 Prospect St., Barre. 476-7919.
proceeds benefit the mission of Goddard experience. 8 pm. Barre Opera House, 6 N.
Oct. 5: Sara Grace & Soots (soul) 6 pm; The Ages 21+. No cover unless indicated.
College. 7:30 pm. Haybarn Theatre at Main St., Barre. barreoperahouse.org
Get Messy (funk) 9 pm Oct. 4: Open Mic, 8 pm
Oct. 6: Abby Jenne & Her Dark Advisors Oct. 5: Cooie DeFrancesco, 5 pm; Goddard College, Pitkin Rd., Plainfield. Oct. 20: Vermont Philharmonic Opera
(soul rock) 9 pm MIRAGE, 9 pm. $5. $30–50. goddard.edu Concert. Conductor Lou Kosma in
Oct 7: O'stoberfest w/ JJ Cyrus & Co. (old Oct. 6: DJ Bay 6, 9:30 pm Oct. 5: North Sea Gas. Guitars, mandolin, collaboration with the Bel Canto Institute of
time) 2 pm Oct. 11: DJ Triple J, 8 pm fiddle, bouzouki, harmonica, whistles, Florence, Italy will present an opera concert
Oct. 8: Sex Trivia, 7:30pm Oct. 12: Elizabeth, 5pm bodhrans, banjo, and good humour. featuring operatic selections and orchestral
Oct. 10: Chesty Rollins (blues) 9 pm Oct. 13: 802 GLOW PARTY, 9:30 pm. $10 7:30 pm. Highland Center for the Arts Main music of Bellini, Donizetti, Puccini, Rossini,
Oct. 12: JJ Cyrus (old time) 6 pm; The Di Oct. 18: DJ Triple J, 8 pm Stage, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. Verdi, and others. 7 pm. Spruce Peak
Trani Bros (gypsy folk) 9 pm Oct. 19: Ted Mortimer & Steve Pixley, 5 pm; highlandartsvt.org. Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr.,
Oct. 13: Some Hollow w/ Gold Tooth Gator Oct. 19: Son of a Gun, 9 pm. $5 Stowe. sprucepeakarts.org
Oct. 5: John Lackard Blues Band. 9 pm.
(folk, blues) 9 pm Oct. 20: DJ Robin Sunquiet, 9:30 pm Oct. 20: Dave Keller Band. 2 shows: 7 pm
Moog’s Place, 97 Portland St., Morrisville. No
Oct. 15: Music Trivia, 7:30 pm and 9 pm. Sweet Melissa’s, 4 Langdon St.,
cover.
Montpelier. $10 per show. eventbrite.com
Spanish Conversation. See description under Bereavement and Grief Equine Support
Oct. 9 Group. See description under Oct. 10. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
The Cycles of Life Café. Join us to listen, talk,
Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding Movie at Jaquith Library. Stress levels are high and share experiences. Meets the third Friday
Demonstrations. See description under Oct. 10 in a Yorkshire coal-mining town as miners face of the month. 11:45 am–1 pm. Twin Valley
unemployment if/when their mine is shut down, Senior Center, Blueberry Commons, Rt. 2,
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 and a woman joins their all-male brass band in East Montpelier. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors@
Bike Northfield and Randolph with Green this serious and humorous movie. 7 pm. 122 myfairpoint.net
Mountain Club. Difficult. 40 mile loop. School St., Marshfield.
Northfield to Randolph via Rte. 12A and Moonlight Madness. Participating shops stay
back via Rt. 12. Lunch at casual restaurant THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 open longer with special discounts. 5–9 pm.
in Randolph. Bring water. Helmet required. Open Ears at Bagitos. See description under Downtown Montpelier. montpelieralive.org
Contact Nancy Schulz, saddleshoes2@gmail. Oct. 4
com for meeting time and place.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
Trinity United Methodist Church Community Morse Farm Tick or Trot 5k/10k. Maple
The Christ Church Community Lunch. Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main St., creemes, kettle corn for all finishers. Pom-pom
11 am–12:30 pm. 64 State St., Montpelier Montpelier. hats for pre-registered. Benefit for YWCA VT,
Salvation Army Community Lunch. DIY Incense Making Workshop with Hannah Camp Hochelaga. Register at racewire.com.
Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. Mitchell. We will talk history, different plants Barre Congregational Church Community
Bone Broth - Science, Hype, and a Little for different reasons, magic and techniques for Meal. 7:30 am–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre.
Kitchen Magic with Hannah Rae Murphy. making incense at home. 6:30–8:30 pm. 250
Main St., Montpelier. $17 members; $20 non- Capital City Farmers’ Market. See description
Discuss the science of why bone broth deserves under Oct. 6.
most of its reputation, and how you can easily members
and economically make your own at home. Central Vermont Climate Action Monthly Autumn Retreat Days at Milarepa Center.
Learn why gut and immune health are so Meeting. Take action for climate justice locally. Each retreat day will have a schedule for the day,
intertwined and so benefited by bone broth. Node group of 350Vermont meets every third a “working theme” which will guide our practice
6–8 pm. 250 Main St., Montpelier. $17 Sunday. 7–8:30 pm. Unitarian Church, 130 sessions, lunch and tea breaks, time for personal
members; $20 non-members Main St., Montpelier. reflection, journaling, studying texts, walking
outside, or walking around the stupa/prayer
wheels, etc. 9 am–4 pm. Milarepa Center, 1344
Rt. 5, Barnet. By donation. Register: 633-4136,
milarepa@milarepacenter.org
Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding
Demonstrations. See description under Oct. 10

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