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Food and Di

IN THIS ISSUE: MHS Students Tell the Story of Migrant

Pg. 5 Art at the Kent
Pushes Perception Farm Workers in Their Backyard
By Carl Etnier

Pg. 7 Transit Center Set for ola Vermont, nosotros somos un grupo de estudiantes de I think a lot of students come into Spanish thinking, ‘There’s
Soft Opening Montpelier High School, formamos parte de la clase de nobody I’m going to speak Spanish to here in Vermont.’ But
AP Spanish y en estos pasados meses hemos estudiado el there are opportunities to speak Spanish in Vermont.”
estatus actual de la inmigración en Vermont. The project is also a way to motivate seniors at the end of the
Pg. 10 Responsible Cocoa Following opening music with a Latin beat, this burst of year. “Senior high school students in an AP class, after the AP
Sweetens Rabble-Rouser Spanish begins a 50-minute audio storytelling project. After exam, can sometimes check out, and I have found this keeps
almost a minute, an English them interested and with me
AP Spanish students interviewing farmers and
speaker comes on: through the year,” Purcell said.
migrant workers. Photo courtesy of Colleen Purcell.
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group of students from Montpe- the students. The 2019 students

lier High School’s AP Spanish did not respond to inquiries for
class, and in the past months we this article, but Lexie Drew of
have been studying the migrant the class of ’17 remembers the
experience in Vermont.” class fondly. Referring to local
The 2019 Advanced Place- migrant workers, she said, “It
ment students were the sixth was cool to meet these people,
class at Montpelier High School not just hear about them, but
to produce an audio program to actually meet them and hear
called “The Migrant Experi- their stories first hand.”
ence in Vermont,” which they A local dairy farmer, not
researched, recorded, and identified by name in the 2019
mixed on their own. production, praised his migrant workers:
“It started out of two things,” said teacher Colleen Purcell, “We’re milking cows three times a day, and out of a 24-hour
who students and staff call “Profa”—a play on professora, Span- period, there’s probably two-and-a-half hours where we’re ac-
Montpelier, VT 05601

ish for teacher. “One was seeing this as something that touches tually not milking cows. So it’s really important that we have
on how you might actually speak Spanish in Vermont, because dedicated and loyal and trustworthy employees who are going
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Memorial Fund Established for Mark Johnson
Disability Rights Vermont has set up a memorial fund to accept donations on behalf
of Mark Johnson, who was shot and killed August 9 in a confrontation with Montpelier
police. Money raised will go to support the organization’s efforts “to improve the response
of law enforcement to incidents involving people with disabilities or who are in mental
health or emotional crisis,” DRV said. Contributions may be made to The Mark Johnson
Memorial Fund, c/o Disability Rights Vermont, 141 Main St., Suite 7, Montpelier, VT
City Fills Two Leadership Positions
A North Carolina woman was chosen from a field of 66 applicants to serve as assistant
city manager. Cameron Niedermayer, senior assistant to the county manager for
Mecklenburg County, will replace Susan Allen. Mecklenburg County includes the state’s
largest city, Charlotte. The City also announced that Donna Barlow Casey will replace
Tom McArdle as director of public works. She had been serving as interim DPW and
assistant city manager while the search for permanent replacements was conducted. The
City also announced the promotion of assistant public works director Kurt Motyka to
deputy public works director/city engineer. Staff engineer Zachary Blodgett has been
promoted to operations manager/engineer, City Manager Bill Fraser said.
Vermont Salumi Transitions to Barre
Peter Colman, owner of Vermont Salumi, has completed the move of his cured and
aged meat production facility from the Mad River Food Hub to the former Homer Fitts
building on Main Street in Barre. “We had space for around 2,500 pounds of product in
Waitsfield,” said Colman. In his new location Colman says he can cure 45,000 pounds of
salami, capocollo, lonza, prosciutto, and any other traditional European meat products
that catch his fancy. His new facility now has five aging rooms with thousands of salamis
coated in the traditional white mold hanging in seven-salami strands. Colman, who was
born in Assisi, Italy, and studied the art and business of salumi in Italy, made a name for
his business eight years ago by focusing on fresh Italian-style sausages. Now he says, he
can focus his attention on his true passion of dry-cured meat products. Colman, who
was raised on the Cate Farm in Plainfield and began his business there, said that because
of Barre’s Italian heritage, his salami business is a perfect fit. “I always wanted to end up

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New Outlet for Craft Community Coming Business

By Tom Brown

S Mary Margaret Groberg owns Notion

ewing and handicrafting are enjoying In the past few years, Groberg rediscovered
a bit of a renaissance these days as her passion for making clothes and decided Fabric & Craft. Photo by Tom Brown
more Millennials and Gen Zs em- that the time was right to leave her steady
brace retro skills to express their creativity job and jump into the world of retail.
and make things for their own use and sale. “When I got back into sewing,” she said,
The trend is borne out as more than “immediately it was so clear that there
40 percent of crafters are ages 18 to 34, wasn’t a great local boutique with wonder-
according to the Association of Creative ful service where I could not only buy sup-
Industries, as reported in a July 2018 Forbes plies and support a local, independent busi-
magazine article. Another 36 percent are ness but also connect with other people.”
35–54, and 23 percent are 55 and older, the The store will feature a retail shop on
article said, adding that craft sales make up the first floor, selling fabric, patterns for
a $44 billion industry in the U.S. adults and children (which will be inclusive
Sewers—or “sewists” as some prefer to in terms of sizing, Groberg said), notions
be called—of every generation will soon such as scissors, threads, embroidery needs,
have a new source of fabric, supplies, and zippers, yarn and knitting supplies, dyes,
community when Notion Fabric & Craft and lots of vintage buttons—11 pounds
opens next month at 68 Main Street, in the of them—she collected at estate sales. The
former Downtown T’s, which is moving its store will include Vermont items when
business online. available, she said, adding that very little
Like many young girls, store owner Mary fabric is made in the U.S. these days.
Margaret Groberg learned to sew from her Crafts, while not immune from the on-
mother but moved away from the skill as line behemoths, are one consumer demand Association of Creative Industries research include beginner and advanced instruction,
college, career, and family demands grew. that still relies on a tactile experience. The says that 90 percent of craft purchases are depending on the demand and available
made in person, at independent shops and teachers.
large chain stores such as Joann Fabric. Groberg, who has a masters in library
“I will be offering something that you science, said it was not an easy decision
can’t get online,” Groberg said. “I’m of- to leave her job as an archivist at Norwich
fering not just products but an experience, University and enter the downtown brick-
which is kind of the direction that things and-mortar environment, but the thought
are going (in retail).” of creating a woman-owned business and
The store’s sunny second floor will fea- serving as a role model to her young daugh-
ture classes and public workspace, where ter was a powerful motivator.
sewists can rent time on one of six new “We have a one-and-a-half-year-old, and
EverSewn machines. There will be punch thinking about our family life and her fu-
cards and memberships available for fre- ture and my future as her mom, it appealed
quent users, Groberg said. to me to have her grow up seeing me do
The store also hopes to host commu- something that really excites me and gets
nity sewing nights and other events, she me out of bed in the morning and be im-
said. According to Groberg, classes will bedded in our community,” she said.
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11th Art at the Kent Show Pushes Perception Arts

By Sarah Davin

F Sculptures by Benjamin Davis at

or more than three-quarters of the quilts, is paired with a quilt [by Kristina Over the duration of the 11 Art at the
year, the Kent Museum in Calais Snook],” pointed out Emlen in the ball- the Kent. Photo by Sarah Davin. Kent exhibitions, which began in 2008, the
is completely closed, shuttered, and room space. series has shown works of more than 200
quiet. And much like a “pop-up,” it roars Visual artists are not the only voices in- artists from all over Vermont. Each exhibi-
to life Fridays through Sundays from Sep- vited to speak to the theme. The accompa- tion is unique, with no repeat artists from
tember 6 to October 6 with the Art at the nying Words Out Loud event, taking place previous years, meaning that each show is
Kent exhibition. on three Sundays in September at 3 pm in fresh and a completely new experience.
“I’ve likened it to the Big Top coming the Old West Church, features the work of “It’s very organic. Nel and I don’t neces-
to town,” says co-curator Nel Emlen, and Susan Ritz, Sue D. Burton, Rick Winston, sarily know what we’re going to find. We
it seems to be growing with each passing Elizabeth A. I. Powell, Janet Pocorobba, do in the sense that we’re going to visit
year. “People know about it now. This and Daniel Lusk. somebody, but we don’t know that the per-
year’s visitors aren’t just local, but from all Poet Mary Elder Jacobsen, who organizes son’s work will suit the theme that’s brew-
over,” he notes. Words Out Loud, illuminates the differ- ing in our minds” said Evans. “We organize
This year’s exhibition, entitled reVision, ent ways the authors’ writings relate to the the rooms solely based on what the room
includes more than 150 pieces by 17 Ver- theme, saying “Poet Sue D. Burton, for ex- itself is dictating to us,” adds Emlen.
mont artists displayed in a labyrinth of 18 ample, has a number of poems in [her 2018 Emlen elaborated, “People keep coming
gallery spaces. The exhibition’s theme is ex- collection] BOX that considers the magic back year after year saying that why they
plored in a variety of different ways. Some act in which a woman in a box is literally come to Kent is because of the marriage
artists revise by repurposing media and ‘cut’ in half, and then Sue shows us what’s between building and art is so interesting.
shaping it into something new. Others have really going on in that box, and so she gives We try to take that challenge seriously.”
more intellectual approaches to the theme. us a new ‘vision’ of an illusion.” The Art at the Kent exhibition is open on
Artist Gail C. Boyajian, for example, While the exhibitions at the Kent have Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with the last
explores the theme through oil paintings always brought contemporary artists and day being October 6. On Fridays, 10:30 am
of extinct birds. Fellow co-curator Allyson literary artists into conversations with each to noon, there is a café with music open at the
Evans said that she liked how the paint- other and the building, Schütz feels that all its own. The building’s old fireplaces, museum. Words Out Loud readings will be
ing revised human-caused destruction via the nature of this year’s artwork especially handwritten messages, exposed lathe, and held on September 22 and 29 at the Old West
a change in perspective: “She’s using the speaks to the history of the building, ex- beautiful wallpapers add to the experience. Church and followed with receptions and
birds’ perspectives in her work. Most peo- pressing, “They create works that I think The 19th-century structure feels like a pre- book signings at the Kent Museum.
ple are walking around with their own eyes particularly resonate with the old building served piece of artwork, offering a tempo-
seeing things from their own perspective. in a very different way than our previous rary home for the other pieces on display.
It’s a revision of perspective.” shows where most of the works are very
The presentation by Evans, Emlen, and much contemporary works but don’t bor-
third co-curator David Schütz further en- row quite so heavily from old ephemera.
riches the art-viewing experience. Rather That old ephemera really resonates.”
than putting all of one artist’s work in a sin- Indeed, the gallery itself tries to blend
gle room, the team has spread each artist’s into the background to allow the viewer
work across multiple rooms, with no fewer to focus solely on the piece. The Kent Mu-
than two artist’s pieces in a room together. seum, originally a tavern and hotel—built
“This artist [Duncan Johnson], who by Abdiel Kent in 1837 and also served as
is working with wood and influenced by the Kent family home—has a character
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A Message From City Hall

This page was paid for by the City of Montpelier.

Autumn Updates
By William Fraser, City Manager

he glorious Vermont summer has rolled right
into an equally pleasant early autumn. It’s
wonderful to see people out and about in the
community taking advantage of the good weather.
As we pass the anniversary of September 11, 2001,
it is appropriate to acknowledge the City’s fine first
responders and emergency services personnel. Our
police officers, firefighter/EMTs, paramedics, and dis-
patchers perform very difficult and stressful jobs on a
24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week basis in order to keep the
rest of us safe. They encounter situations that most of
us can’t imagine. We are fortunate to have excellent
police and fire departments in Montpelier. I appreci-
ate their service.
The recent police-involved shooting has raised con-
cerns for some people. The incident was immediately
referred to the Vermont State Police for an independ-
ent investigation. It’s my understanding that the in-
vestigation has concluded, and the results have been Donna Barlow Casey. Photo by Jamie
forwarded to the Washington County State’s Attorney Granfield Carroll. the city’s Net Zero and Sustainability efforts.
and the Attorney General’s Office. The City will be In addition to these appointments, Assistant Public
able to engage in more complete discussions once the Sue Allen opened up two key positions within City
government. It also presented an opportunity for us to Works Director Kurt Motyka has been promoted to
legal process is concluded and the results have been deputy public works director/city engineer. His duties
released. look at our policy priorities and organizational needs.
One major objective is to be positioned to face future will be expanded to oversee all engineering for the city as
All Montpelier police officers receive training in well as continuing to direct the Water Treatment Facility,
conflict resolution, crisis de-escalation, mental health challenges and demands. That requires us to look
carefully at our current practices and systems. The the Water Resource Facility, stormwater management,
awareness, and the like. Our department empha- district heat and water and sewer related projects. Mo-
sizes appropriate interactions with all populations, hiring process for both positions was coordinated to
emphasize the need for changes and for modernization tyka has worked for DPW since 2007.
especially those individuals suffering from mental Staff Engineer Zachary Blodgett has been promoted
illness. Actions and responses, though, are based on in several areas.
The result is that we have brought in two people to operations manager/engineer. He will have direct
situations. In this case, our officers needed to make a oversight over the city’s street and water/sewer mainte-
split-second decision based on knowledge available to from outside the organization (although one person is
local and has some history with us) and created a new nance crews as well as road construction projects and city
them in that moment. The results of the investigation facilities. He will continue to perform engineering work
will provide all of us with more information about the leadership structure within the Department of Public
Works. related to transportation projects. Blodgett began work-
tragic event. ing for the City in 2010.
I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Cam-
New Faces at City Hall This realignment of DPW leadership will directly
eron Niedermayer of Charlotte, North Carolina, as
The retirement of Public Works Director Tom assistant city manager. She currently serves as senior as- integrate management, technical and operations rather
McArdle and the relocation of Assistant City Manager sistant to the county manager for Mecklenburg County, than as independent units. Former director McArdle
North Carolina. Prior to that, she worked as an analyst will remain on staff as a part-time project manager.
for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. She This allows the new team to tap into his experience and
has, additionally, been an E-911 dispatcher and staffer for extensive knowledge of city infrastructure while guiding
a safe visitation facility for victims of domestic violence. the department into more modern operations.
Niedermayer has earned a master’s degree in public ad- Climate Strike
ministration from the University of North Carolina at Residents and businesses should be aware of antici-
Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology pated protests starting September 20. We do not know
and studio art from Hollins College. She has strong skills the size and scope of these, but our understanding is that
and strong energy. We’re happy to welcome her to our the goal is to disrupt the normal flow of traffic and busi-
Montpelier team. ness in order to call attention to the climate change issue.
I’m equally excited to announce that Donna Barlow We urge people to be aware that this is happening and
Casey will be the next public works director. She has to prepare accordingly. The City will use its resources to
been serving as acting DPW director/acting assistant maintain order and safety, but that will not prevent all
city manager since August 18. Barlow Casey has ex- inconveniences, business and wage losses, vehicle idling,
tensive experience in state and local government as delays, and other impacts.
well as environmental policy. She most recently served As always, thank you for reading this article and for
as executive director for the state’s Natural Resources your interest in Montpelier City Government. Please
Board/Act 250. She has previously held the positions feel free to contact me at or
of town manager in Milton, executive director for the (802) 223-9502. City information can be found on our
Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District, website, our Facebook page, City of
and others. She has experience with the City’s DPW as Montpelier–Official, and on Twitter @vtmontpelier.
Cameron Niedermayer. Photo courtesy an interim operations manager in 2014–15. As part of For emergency notifications, including winter parking
of Mecklenburg County staff. her DPW management duties, Barlow Casey will lead ban notices, please sign up for Vermont Alerts.
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Transit Center Set for Soft Opening City News

By Tom Brown

fter two decades of fits and starts, forum set for 6:30 pm September 18
the beginning is in sight for at City Hall. The meeting will include
Montpelier’s Taylor Street transit representatives from GMT, the Vermont
hub. Agency of Transportation, All Earth
A ribbon-cutting for the mixed-use Rail, and the Montpelier Transportation
housing and transportation center is set Infrastructure Committee.
for October 9, roughly 19 months after Interstate buses, such as Greyhound,
ceremonial shovels broke ground on the will also use the center instead of the
$17 million project located on the for- current stop in front of City Hall, Fraser
merly contaminated Carr lot between said. Those passengers can access the
the Winooski River and the railroad GMT lobby during open hours, Moore
tracks in the downtown core. The cityʼs Taylor Street transit center is nearly said. For safety, Moore said access to the
The notion of building a transit center complete. Photo by Tom Brown restrooms might require that collateral,
on the site of a former junkyard and rail- such as a bus pass or ID, be left with
yard was first discussed in 1998. Since Waiting in Comfort being made, he said, but it is unlikely customer service, which is the policy in
then plans were snagged by soil con- that the three city-specific bus routes— Burlington.
The new bus facility will offer GMT
tamination, funding shortfalls, and the Capital Shuttle, Montpelier Circulator, Each of the 30 tenants of the Down-
passengers a more comfortable down-
pullout of a prospective developer. The and Hospital Hill—will continue to stop street apartments will have one parking
town waiting experience than the cur-
city acquired the property in 2013 from at the shelter in front of Shaw’s. Some space and the bus center will have five,
rent option at the shelter near Shaw’s.
owner Allan Carr and nearly 900 tons of store customers have complained that Fraser said, adding that long-term park-
The new center will feature a lobby for
PCB-tainted soil was removed. is difficult to enter Main Street when ing for bus passengers was envisioned for
passengers, restrooms, a break area for
The project took on new life in 2017, buses are stopped at the shelter. Stops the proposed city-owned parking garage
GMT drivers, and a customer service
when Downstreet Housing proposed 30 for GMT’s commuter routes to Barre, that was approved by voters in November
kiosk, said Jon Moore, interim general
units of affordable apartments on the top Waterbury, and Northfield will move to but is stalled by legal challenges.
manager of GMT. Space is also available
three floors above the transit center. the new center as well, he said. The total cost of the transit center, bike
for a future vendor, such as a coffee shop,
Tenants are expected to begin moving “The MTC will be the primary down- bath connection, and housing project is
he said. The facility will be staffed by
in by October 1 and the units are ex- town Montpelier stop,” Moore said. about $17 million. The bike path and
customer service employees at least dur-
pected to be fully rented by the end of the Changes to three downtown bus transit center cost $11.6 million, funded
ing the morning and evening commutes,
year, said Liz Genge, director of properties routes have been discussed for some largely by federal and state grants; the
Moore said.
and asset management for Downstreet. time, including a switch from the current housing floors, funded by Housing Ver-
“This will be a big improvement,”
The bus center will likely not be operating fixed-route service to the microtransit, mont, cost about $5.4 million. The city
Moore said. “Drivers will have a break
until mid-November, according to Green or on-demand, model, which responds has about $2.7 million invested in the
area, the public will have a nicer facil-
Mountain Transit, which is leasing the to online or called-in customer requests center, Fraser said.
ity to get out of the rain with an indoor
ground floor from the city. Minor details similar to Uber or Lyft. This option
waiting area and heat, bathrooms, etc. So
are still being worked out between the will be part of a citywide transportation
we are excited on that front.”
city and GMT, but no major obstacles are
Decisions on route changes are still
expected, City Manager Bill Fraser said.
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Cate Farm, Caledonia Tap Burdock Spirit Food and Dining

By Mike Dunphy

n the fruit and vegetable world, we have not found that group of South-
the market pie is only so big,” west and Mexico and Meso-America
explains Richard Wiswall of flavors outside our back door.” There’s
Cate Farm in Plainfield. If you want to some chemistry to back up the link, too,
become a CSA farmer, the pie just gets because the sugar in burdock is inulin,
cut into more pieces. But here,” he adds, which is also found in agave.
while gesturing to the acre of burdock Eventually, the team rested on a 60‒70
leafing out along the base of a natu- percent alcohol from the still, which
ral, grassy amphitheater on the farm, was then reduced to 47.5 percent, or 95
“you have a whole other pie that’s being proof, with the addition of reverse osmo-
formed.” sis water, for the bottle. Just 316 bottles
With the release of “Gobo,” by Cale- were released on September 9, each 375-
donia Spirits on September 9, that pie ml issue selling at $75 in the distillery
just got a little bigger. Distilled from gift shop so long as supplies last.
Cate Farm’s crop of burdock root, Gobo If the price tag seems high, Pitts points
fulfills one of Caledonia’s missions—led to the rarity: “There’s only 316 of them
Burdock roots at Cate Farm.
by its E.A.R lab (Experiments in Ag- in the whole world!” Plus, Neils points
Photo by Sally Colman.
ricultural Rectification)—of partnering out, the richness of the flavor creates a lot
with local farmers to create new value- burdock—for many perceived medical that births alcohol. It also gave purpose of impact with little volume: “It shines
added products. benefits, particularly its blood purifying to Cate Farm’s harvest seconds, mostly through the cocktail even with just a half
That burdock was chosen for a spirit qualities and mineral punch of magne- bent and broken roots, which are unsale- ounce or ounce. It doesn’t have to be the
may inspire some head-scratching among sium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, able into the Wiswalls’ primary extrac- center of the cocktail.”
locals. Long a bane of Vermont’s peo- iron, zinc, and more. As a result, it’s used tion market, including Whole Foods in Those hoping to taste Gobo in a cock-
ple and pets—owing to its sticky, spiky for a vast range of maladies, from arthri- Boston and New York. tail or straight have a limited time to do
burrs that attach to anything passing tis, rheumatism, and chronic fatigue to Distilling experiments shortly after- so, because the tiny supply means it will
by—burdock is often considered more inflammation, sciatica, and cancer. ward had the original goal of creating not be available at Caledonia Spirits for
pest than pal. It was burdock’s high sugar content a neutral spirit to possibly serve as a long, at least until a new crop of burdock
In other parts of the world, however, that inspired Wiswall’s wife, Sally Col- base for gin, into which botanicals could is harvested, processed, and distilled.
burdock receives more respect. In fact, in man, about two years ago, to bring a be added. Along the way, however, the Indeed, that small supply would create
Switzerland, it inspired engineer George handful to the attention of Caledonia’s Caledonia team discovered a surprisingly an issue if Gobo does take off. “If Ryan
de Mestral to invent Velcro in the 1940s, head distiller Ryan Christiansen and re- appealing flavor, which beverage direc- takes Gobo spirits to the moon,” Wiswall
while Japanese culture and cuisine search and development coordinator Josh tor Sam Neils describes as “an incred- admits, “he’ll need other growers.” In
prizes “gobo”—the Japanese word for Pitts, because it is sugar fermentation ibly earthy, green flavor like Vermont part, it’s because of the available space
dirt—in a great way—or crunchy green at Cate Farm and the 5–6 pounds of
vegetables.” burdock in each bottle, but also the labor
“It would be a waste to strip all the required to harvest them. Harvesting
flavor out of it,” said Pitts, who likened machines specific to burdock do exist in
the flavor palette to agave, used in mez- Japan, but start at about $30,000.
cal and tequila, a feature that has figured “The roots are really long—it feels like
into the early branding. “Up until now,
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Peck Farm Orchard Offers a Peck of Fun Food and Dining

Grower Hopes to Sell Its Own Hard Cider
By Larry Floersch

Kingston Black, Roxbury Russet, of cider apple, press the juice into a large said Bair. “We have fresh air and a beauti-
Golden Russet, Brown Snout”—Dan container, ferment it all the way through, ful setting here amongst the farms of East
Bair reels off the names of cider apple and then determine where the juice falls Montpelier. We offer free hayrides on the
varieties. “They sound like something from on that scale,” said Bair. “You do the same weekends, apple picking, pumpkins, and,
a Harry Potter book, don’t they” says Bair. with the other cider varieties. When you’re of course, a corn maze. We try to keep it
“That’s because many of the cider varieties done, you sit down with your little glasses accessible to people by keeping our prices
come from England, and that makes them and you create a blend that appeals to you down, although that is hard to do with the
finicky to grow. England is cool and damp, and that you think will appeal to others as fruit. Apples are a commodity, so prices can
but more moderate than Vermont, where well. The idea is to get a clean, completely fluctuate.”
we get very cold winters. A lot of cider vari- dry cider that is bottle conditioned.” “We offer a discount on apples every
eties don’t like it that cold,” he said. The Peck Farm Orchard produces a lot Wednesday to residents of Washington
When you throw in blight and mouse of cider apples, but still not enough to mar- County,” said Bair. “It’s our way of trying
damage, you can see what keeps orchardists ket to the big cider producers in Vermont, to develop the concept of a ‘town orchard,’
up at night. “A couple of years ago we had such as Woodchuck, Citizen, and Stowe, and it helps us spread the business out over
to pull out and burn somewhere between with consistency. “Mostly we grow them the week. Weekends can get pretty hectic.”
500 and 700 trees because of blight and for making our own cider,” said Bair. “We Bair points out that the corn maze is a
freeze damage,” said Bair. Big gaps are still also sell them to local artisanal cider mak- Kingston Black cider apples await joint effort between the Peck Farm and his
evident in the neat rows of apple trees on ers. Conditions were pretty good this year, harvest. Photo by Larry Floersch. neighbor, Fairmont Farm. Fairmont plants
their wire trellises. and if we have any left over I’m sure we can a corn variety in that field that is harvested,
Bair started the Peck Farm Orchard in sell them to the big cideries.” said Bair. “It’s a cold-weather apple. It not chopped into silage, so it can remain in
East Montpelier six years ago, but the Peck Bair also is hoping to have his federal li- grows well here and in places like Maine, the field longer than silage corn.
Farm itself goes back to 1788, when Bair’s cense to sell hard cider very soon. “Once we Wisconsin, Minnesota, and northern New The corn maze spells out something
ancestor, Nathaniel Peck, began farming get the federal license, we can have the state York. Many of the ones you get in the su- (if you have an airplane to view it) and
the land. It was Bair’s daughter, Abigail, come in and inspect our facilities and then permarkets are grown in Washington state has a theme each year. This year’s theme
who inspired him to start a you-pick or- begin selling what we produce, but large- or farther south from here, where they are is “Corny Field,” so maze wanderers will
chard for people in the area when he saw scale production is still down the road.” not as happy with the climate. I think our find things such as a cornhole tournament,
the enjoyment she got from picking apples. One of the roles of hard cider producers, Honeycrisps are much better than the ones corny “dad jokes,” and a “corn dog” bench.
And because he also liked making hard according to Bair, is to educate the public, in the supermarkets.” The Peck Farm Orchard is open from 9 to
cider, he started out by planting cider apple and he thinks that people’s tastes are begin- The orchard is fast becoming a weekend 5 Wednesday through Sunday during Sep-
varieties. Bair explained that cider apples ning to turn. “When you see companies destination for families in autumn. “I love tember and October and is located off Sibley
produce more tannins than standard eating like Budweiser putting out hard cider, you seeing families come here. It’s a chance for Road in East Montpelier. For more informa-
apples, which means they are not necessar- know something is going on,” he said. them to relax and create a memory that tion, visit
ily good for eating. Tannins help to flavor But the orchard is more than just a doesn’t have a cellphone, iPad, or TV in it,”
and to make hard cider dry, in much the source for cider apples. He has since ex-
same way that tannins add to the flavor panded into eating/cooking apples such as
and dryness of red wine. Macoun, Empire, Cortland, three varieties
Cider apples fall into four categories of of MacIntosh, Blondee, Winecrisp, and the
flavor: sweet, bittersweet, bittersharp, and now very popular Honeycrisp.
sharp. “We will pick a row of one variety “Honeycrisp was bred in Minnesota,”
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Responsible Cocoa Sweetens Rabble-Rouser Food and Dining

By Tracy Haught

J ustin Dupre is a chocolate maker.

He’s one of the 14 original employ-
ees of Nutty Steph’s—now, Rabble
Rouser. He is also the inventor of one of
Nutty Stephʼs Chocolate. Photo
by Tracy Haught.
The sourcing is also sustainable, accord-
ing to Rieke, so a global cocoa shortage
has not affected the business. According
to Rieke, “The companies that suffered
Chocolate maker Justin Dupre.
Photo by Tracy Haught.

Rabble-Rouser’s newest products, a choc- recently from increases to the cocoa com-
olate bar named Justin’s French Toast, modities market were likely using harm-
which consists of caramelized blonde ful ecological practices and/or slave labor
chocolate and cinnamon, topped with conditions, and as these wrongs get cor-
maple butter crumble. rected, it is naturally more expensive for
Dupre learned the art of chocolate the companies trying to exploit the crop.
making from co-owner and head choco- By having non-exploitative practices in
latier Liz Knapp, who learned it from place over the past 6–7 years, we have
Jaquelyn Rieke, aka Nutty Steph, who, in actually positioned ourselves to maintain
turn, learned it from Allan Sirotkin, who, stable pricing even as the commodities
in 2007, sold her his Brattleboro-based market shoots up.”
Green River Chocolates, where Rieke’s Rabble-Rouser is also not afraid to
dark chocolate–drenched Magic Chunks merge chocolate-making with activism, as
were being made at the time. From there, seen in its support of Planned Parenthood
chocolate making became a key part of of Northern New England (PPNNE) and
the business, and eventually its leading The Vulva Gallery of the Netherlands
commodity. via the Chocolate Vulva fundraising cam-
Rabble-Rouser purchases about 3,000 Rieke says, “are acutely suffering.” While paign. Debuted in January 2019, the vul- Next on Rabble-Rouser’s chocolate
pounds of chocolate twice a year. A col- she procures a variety of cocoa beans, the vas earn $1 for PPNNE with every $5 one bucket list will be chocolate wrapped up
league in Ohio, Mark Harmon, organizes main factor stringing them all together, sold, raising $14,000 for PPNNE so far. in a vintage aesthetic, featuring trouble-
the fermentation cooperatives, develops Rieke believes, is a high quality of bean Each one also comes in a box with two makers of note from throughout history.
production facilities, and imports the fin- and a fair wage paid to cocoa farmers, collector cards designed by the Vulva Gal- They’ll be using old-fashioned imagery as
ished chocolate into the United States. ranging from 50 to 150 percent above the lery celebrating “vulva diversity.” a means of emphasizing the importance of
The chocolate is not fair-trade certified, average price per pound of “wet baba,”— With the Revolution Bar, featuring the change. “
but Rieke says their trading practices are a sticky white pulp that covers the raw face of Bernie Sanders, and a “liberal” Rieke says her secret to making excep-
better than fair, and many of the farmers beans and helps develop flavor during fer- amount of sea salt, Rabble-Rouser is sup- tional chocolate is about being inspired
actually own their own land, rather than mentation. Many of her growers have very porting efforts, according to the website, by the ingredients. “We develop products
being wage workers. small plots of land and utilize the forest “to preserve the endangered health care of based around particular ingredients that
“The chocolate comes from El Salvador, ecosystem for other purposes, culturally, 22 million Americans. Health care should we find inspiring because of how they are
Honduras, and Nicaragua, which, due to traditionally, and ecologically. be a right and not just a privilege, espe- sourced, how they taste, and the degree
U.S. foreign policy in recent decades,” cially in the wealthiest nation in the his- to which they are able to regenerate soils
tory of the world.” rather than destroy them.”
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Jeffersonville Couple Farms on the Wild Side Food and Dining

By Carl Etnier

armland is in many ways the op- we need to rethink what’s pretty. The
posite of wilderness. There are no goldenrod is sequestering carbon by hav-
weeds in wilderness, and productiv- ing all that plant material, and cleaning
ity is seldom a measure applied to it; on the water by the roots of the plants pull-
farmland, humans distinguish clearly be- ing out nutrients before they go to Lake
tween weeds (typically defined as “plants Champlain, or having habitat for birds
in the wrong place”) and productive veg- and pollinators and beneficial insects that
etation. are going to keep the pests out of your gar-
John and Nancy Hayden break down den. It’s really beautiful. There’s another
the farm/wilderness distinction in Farm- way of seeing the world than the British
ing on the Wild Side, a new book from lawn that leads us to the manor.”
Chelsea Green Publishing. In the 27 years While the Haydens acknowledge “man-
since they purchased a defunct dairy farm aging” weeds in some areas of their farm,
on the banks of the Lamoille River in Jef- a lot of their approach is to create so much
fersonville, they have worked with nature biodiversity that weeds and insect pests are
to foster wild and wild-ish spaces that pro- limited in the damage they can do. For
duce food or just provide a place for birds example, they used to go after Japaneses
and bees to do their work. Farming on the beetles by knocking the root- and leaf- Cover of Farming on the Wild Side
Wild Side chronicles the couple’s work, eating insects off plants into a bucket of Courtesy of Chelsea Green Publishing.
their choices, and the many plant, animal, soapy water to drown them. in place where the caterpillars have found two Vermont farmers who are part of the
and microbial species for which they they It’s been a decade since the Haydens it, in hopes the caterpillars will be fruitful, network of people in this state making at
make room. have done that, or have taken any other multiply, and do the parsnip management least part of their living off of diversified
The “pollinator sanctuary” the Haydens active measures against the brown and for them. small farms. Asked who the book’s in-
created on a 14-acre back pasture is typi- green beetles, and they haven’t seen a lot Part memoir of 27 years living on and tended audience is, John Hayden replied,
cal of their approach. When they stopped of damage. Why? They think part of the with a piece of land, part compendium of “This is for other farmers, or gardeners, or
grazing or mowing the land, milkweed, reason is smaller lawns, giving less space fascinating perennial plants—such as the anyone who eats food.”
goldenrod, and aster moved in. In wet for beetle grubs to thrive and grow up to native superfood, aronia berries—and part The book launch party for Farming on
spots, they planted trees such as willows, be adult beetles. plea for a greater connection with wild and the Wild Side will be at 7 pm Wednesday,
linden, and elderberry. Apple and pear tree Wild parsnip is often seen as a pestilent cultivated nature, Farming on the Wild September 17 at the Essex branch of Phoenix
plantings followed on portions of the land. plant, spreading easily along roadsides and Side collects a wide array of wisdom from Books.
More recently, they’ve added other peren- causing a severe, burning rash where the
nials and no-till annual plants. Sales from juice gets on human skin and is exposed to
the area include fruits and berries, but also sunlight. The Haydens pull some parsnip,
milkweed pods and, to florists, sundry but they also respect the plant for feed-
plant materials. ing a tachinid fly that attacks Japanese
When I spoke with John Hayden about beetles. Plus, they’ve noticed a caterpillar
letting parts of my lawn convert to a gold- whose webbing keeps parsnip seed pro-
enrod meadow, he commented, “I think duction down, and they leave the parsnips
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The Great Vermont Bread Festival

at Camp Meade, September 7
Photos by Terry Allen,
T HE BRID GE SEP T 18 — O C T 1, 2019 • PAGE 13

MHS Students Food and Dining

Continued from page 1
to show up on time and be ready to work.” voices of the migrant workers themselves; shopping at Walmart. beyond previous years, in that students
He added that without Hispanic em- Purcell said all the previous classes inter- For Drew, the 2017 student, it was thought through how migrant workers on
ployees, he would have to hire 30 percent viewed workers, but this year, scheduling life-changing “to hear all the Trump talk dairy farmers could obtain immigration
more people to get the same amount of difficulties got in the way. about migrants and immigrant workers, papers to work here. A narrator explained:
work done. Purcell said that while migrant workers and then for me to drive two miles away “H2A allows immigrants to come to the
The farmer insisted he doesn’t hire any- have a fear of leaving the farm and getting from my house and have there be a dairy U.S. on this visa for up to three years to
one without proper documentation, but picked up and deported, measures Ver- farm where there are migrant workers.” offer temporary labor. Dairy farms are ex-
one of the production’s narrators (Pur- mont has taken have reduced the fear. “As She said learning to tell this story to cluded from this visa because dairy farm-
cell) is clearly dubious about the work- many police departments have adopted others in an audio format also gave her a ing is a year-round operation... If H2A was
ers’ immigration status. “We never fully bias-free policing policies, as we’ve allowed different perspective on all the news she extended to allow for dairy farmers to ob-
answered this question,” the narrator says. for Vermont driver’s licenses without citi- consumes. “For once I wasn’t an audi- tain workers using these visas, labor would
“However, we know there is no federal zenship, there has been less fear around— ence member, but rather the director of be more accessible to the farmers, and
work visa for year-round agricultural they call it ‘coming out of the shadows,’” the show. I learned there was a lot to it, workers would be protected under visas.”
work, which dairy farming inherently is.” she said. But she pointed to “a new level whether it was grabbing your audience’s Next year, Purcell speculates, she may
She suggests the workers present forged of fear” with the Trump administration attention, how to portray the information, conclude the class by giving students sug-
documents when they’re hired. in office. how to not be too biased, how to make a gestions for contacting their representa-
For Drew, meeting the workers during The farmer in this year’s production story that flows well and is interesting.” tives or otherwise spreading what they’ve
the first months of Donald Trump’s presi- witnessed the fear among his workers: Jackie Batten of WGDR at Goddard learned in the class. Alumni of the pro-
dency was eye-opening. “We were hearing “When Donald Trump was first elected, College instructed the students and Pur- gram are already volunteering for Migrant
a lot of ‘build the wall’ stuff and hateful the guys were really nervous...and didn’t cell in audio production techniques, in- Justice or otherwise involving themselves
things about this idea of migrants. We know if anything would be different. And terviewing, and storytelling. Purcell said in the migrant community, she said. For
were all digesting this information that we had one guy who maybe didn’t want to she has taken over much of that teaching them, the final senior Spanish project of
was extremely hateful and negative. It was go into the store to shop.” in more recent years but credits Batten for an audio production was a first step on a
a really valuable experience for us all to see They have more to fear than fear itself. teaching her how to capture the best sound journey in a different world, right here in
these people and meet them. They were Migrant Justice spokesperson Will Lam- clips. “She would talk to us about script Vermont.
all very kind and the hardest workers. The bek told Seven Days in July that at least writing...transcription and the importance Carl Etnier works at WGDR and pro-
owners of the farms said that, that they seven migrant workers have been arrested of that. She would walk us through how to duced the broadcast of this year’s “The Mi-
didn’t trust anyone else to do these jobs.” since February 2018 by Customs and Bor- use Audacity [software] to edit.” grant Experience in Vermont” on the station.
This year’s production doesn’t include der Patrol in Vermont while they were Purcell said this year’s production went
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Food and Dining

Burdock Spirit
Continued from Page 8

Picture of GOBO and cocktail courtesy

of Caledonia Spirits.
it’s connected to China sometimes—and creates ideal conditions for experimenta-
the crown of the plant is a few inches below tion, says Pitts. “The nice thing about
the soil,” Wiswall explains, “so we end up having a cocktail bar, distillery, and lab all
using a couple of diggers we made ourselves together is that I’m able to do experiments
to lift the soil.” For the actual extraction small enough that I can release to the bar,
and sorting, Wiswall brings in additional which can give me feedback about how
harvesters, too. they and their customers like those process
For now, the Caledonia Spirits team changes without having to release it into the
seems happy to embrace the process as wider world.”
much as the product. While Gobo is a Among the flavors of Gobo, the Cale-
clear source of pride, it remains one project donia team also hope drinkers discern a
among many in the E.A.R. lab, according message about agriculture. As Neils notes,
to Neils. “We are experimenting with lots “The beginning of this whole project was
of things in the lab all the time that don’t to partner up with farmers to start remind-
go to bottle necessarily.” ing folks that spirits are an agricultural
The fact that the new complex off Barre product.”
Street includes the distillery, lab, and bar
T HE BRID GE SEP T 18 — O C T 1, 2019 • PAGE 15

The 148th Tunbridge World’s Fair

Photo by Larry Floersch

The calf show at the Tunbridge Worldʼs Fair.

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New Chandler Director Karen Dillon to Blend Arts

Culture, Collaboration, and Community
By Mary Rose Dougherty

ommunity engagement, col- amazing cultural institution and people
laboration, and her own sense wanted it to continue,” Dillon enthuses.
of agency are the tools Karen “To have a 575-seat hall in a 6,000-per-
Dillon—the new executive director at son town—it’s an entertainment institu-
the Chandler Center for the Arts—says tion.”
she’ll use to mine a cultural experience An experienced filmmaker and edu-
that stands up to the challenges of the cator, Dillon earned her doctorate in
internet, a harsh tax code, and ongoing film studies and taught at Columbia
gender issues in the broader world. University as well as Princeton and the
“You have to have a compelling story,” University of Kansas for more than 25
said Dillon, who took the helm of the years; she also has an MFA in film craft
Chandler in May after two years at the from Columbia; and she won an Alfred
Green Mountain Film Festival, includ- P. Sloan Foundation screenwriting award Executive Director of the Chandler,
ing as executive director. “There is too for her script of the film Birds with Teeth. Karen Dillon. Photo by Seth Stoddard.
much mediated reality with screens be- While Dillon believes the needs of
tween people we interact with. We need a community have drastically changed time Film Society, which has screenings ing something of interest. Collaboration
more interaction, face to face, with other with the internet, thanks to the easy ac- and commentary by film historian Rick can come to the high art, structure and
people in our community, and we need cess to entertainment, the Chandler can Winston that allows opportunities for systems,” she said.
places where we can exchange, dialogue, and should serve a central role in cultural locals to create film. Using tools such as Dillion’s also found support in the
enjoy each other’s company.” education and community interaction. iMovie—a video editing software appli- Chandler board, which has welcomed
She sees the history of Chandler as “an To foster both, Dillon is launching a cation developed by Apple—beginners the values she promotes. “Many of the
underdog story” that begins with the gift yearlong literary series beginning Sep- and more seasoned filmmakers can ex- board members are powerful women,
of the building from Bethany Church tember 26, featuring monthly events plore ways to collaborate and tell stories powerful, active, and engaged in the
in 1907. Through the Depression years, such as author readings; a Moth-style, with film. community,” she said. “And there are
the current arts center was shuttered and scary-stories night on Halloween; a “Just as word processing didn’t turn great men on the board, too. Gender
used only for town meetings. gratitude-themed audience chat in No- everyone into Dostoyevsky, having matters are about agency,” she said.
A revival of sorts came in the 1970s, vember; an open mic night; and “spin iMovie does not a filmmaker make. But Ramsey Papp, Chandler’s board chair,
when people who wanted to do commu- cycle” literary events at the laundromat my new Film Society for the 21st Cen- lauds Dillon’s “good background in the
nity theater got together and began reno- adjacent to the Chandler (purchased in a tury will explore ways the community arts and nonprofit organization” and
vating. Support swelled again 12 years deal to gain use of the parking lot). wants to collaborate and tell stories with that she’s “enthusiastic.” With her teach-
ago, when the community raised $3.8 Also on tap are family friendly events film. As someone who has taught college ing experience in the arts,” she said, Dil-
million in a capital campaign. “It’s an and a tweak to the Chandler’s long- students filmmaking for more than 25 lon can “involve youths and inspire the
years, I feel I can assist beginners, as well next generation.”
as more advanced practitioners, in creat-
T HE BRID GE SEP T 18 — O C T 1, 2019 • PAGE 17

Good Samaritan Haven to Host Annual Community

Fundraising Gala
By J. Gregory Gerdel

T The Starline Rhythm Boys. Photo

he Good Samaritan Haven’s provide the music.
annual fundraiser “2019 Local “This is going to be a fun evening, courtesy of the Good Samaritan. Haven
Solutions to End Homeless- but it will be more fun if you are there.
ness” will be held at 6:30 pm Friday, Please join the Montpelier community
September 20, at Alumni Hall on the to help create local solutions to end
campus of the Vermont College of Fine homelessness in our community,” said
Arts. Good Samaritan board member Tom
Central Vermont’s only homeless shel- Bachman. “Please pass the word about
ter program, the Good Samaritan Haven this event to your friends and family.”
operates four shelters and serves more Advance tickets ($25) can be pur-
than 360 people a year, coordinating chased at Next Chapter Bookstore,
shelters and meals in Montpelier and Hunger Mountain Co-op, Capital City
Barre with several churches. This will be Farmers Market, or at goodsamaritan-
the third winter that Bethany Church in Tickets also will be available
Montpelier will host homeless guests in at the door on the night of the event
the 20-bed, pop-up facility in Fellow- ($30).
ship Hall from mid-November through
In addition to door prizes and a silent
auction featuring art and services do-
nated to support the shelters, the fund-
raising event will feature small plate
appetizers provided by local restaurants,
Good Samaritan Haven staff, and vol-
unteers. Craft beer will also be on tap
at a cash bar hosted by Three Penny
Taproom. The Starline Rhythm Boys,
Patti Casey, and Colin McCaffrey will
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Greenland? Have I Got a Deal for You Humor

By Larry Floersch
the only place along the coastline where not be happy to learn we own a place
farming was even remotely possible. Erik where the national dish is suaasat, which
became rich by Viking standards and is a soup made from seal or sometimes
was elected the Paramount Chieftain of whale or reindeer.
Greenland, but the settlers suffered depri- Then there is the language problem.
Design & Build
vation and disease and the settlement only We Americans can’t even handle Span-

Custom Energy-Efficient Homes proposal was survived until the “Little Ice Age” in the ish. The population of Greenland is 88
made recent- 15th century. percent native Inuit who speak Green-
Additions • Timber Frames
ly that the Which is the point. While they ex- landic, or as it is called in Greenlandic,
Weatherization • Remodeling United States buy celled in raping and pillaging, Vikings Kalaallisut.
Greenland from were never very good at selecting real Kalaallisut is an Eskimo-Aleut lan-
Kitchens • Bathrooms • Flooring Denmark. As a estate. They always seemed to look in guage that, judging by the number of
Tiling • Cabinetry • Fine Woodwork journalist, it is my the wrong direction—north. It is COLD double consonants and double vowels,
duty to explain some of the pitfalls of in Greenland. Had Erik sailed south, he was developed on a keyboard with sticky
that proposal before we move forward. could have discovered Miami Beach, and keys. People who speak Kalaallisut also
First, we should be wary of anyone say- Florida might be known as Appelsína- seem to have a fondness for ending words
ing it would be a great acquisition. The land (Orangeland), because, based on his with the letter ‘q.’
island has been caught up in wacky real success in naming Greenland, Erik was So think about what it would be like
estate deals before. Back in 982, for ex- obviously savvy enough as a developer to visiting Greenland if it were a U.S. posses-
ample, Erik Thorvaldsson, better known know that if he named Florida for its true sion. You would not need a passport, but
as Erik the Red, was exiled from Iceland attributes, such as Mýrinniland (Swamp- you might have this conversation with the
for three years for killing some folks, in- land) or Flugaland (Mosquitoland), he desk clerk at your hotel:
cluding—and this is really true—Eyiolf would never be able to sell property in You: “Hello. I have a reservation”
the Foul, who, based on his name alone, the Everglades to drunken Vikings in Desk Clerk: “Tikilluarit! (Welcome!)
probably needed killing. Speedos. Kalaallit oqalusinnaavit? (Do you speak
Erik spent those three years on an Now I know what you’re thinking. Greenlandic?) Qanoq ateqarpit? (What is
island northwest of Iceland. When Erik “But Lare, climate change is making your name?)”
returned home he spoke of the wonderful Greenland so warm its glaciers are melt- You, attempting to use a Berlitz phrase-
place he visited called “Grœnland.” Erik ing.” Yes, they are melting. But think book: “Umiatsiaasara pullattagaq nimer-
lied. Greenland was really covered in ice, about it. It’s still COLD in Greenland, issanik ulikkaarpoq. (My hovercraft is
but as the sagas point out, Erik felt people and even if all the ice melts, it will still full of eels.)”
might be attracted to go there if it had a be COLD there. Beaches in Greenland, Desk Clerk: “Taler du Dansk? (Do you
really, really great name. if you can find one, will never become speak Danish?) Hvad er dit navn? (What
The Erik, as his crew called him, ex- ground zero for Spring Break. A frozen is your name?)”
tolled Greenland’s virtues as a place that margarita is one thing—a margarita that You, now attempting Danish from a
was even nicer than Iceland (as if that is frozen is another. phrasebook: “Hvor meget er spæk i vin-
were possible! What could be more com- If we own Greenland and we allow duet? (How much is the blubber in the
pelling than an island of tundra and lava its ice cap to continue to melt, sea levels window?)”
fields punctuated with volcanoes where will rise 20 feet. Appelsínaland, and that Desk clerk: “Uteqqissinnaaviuk? (Say
the average temperature in July is 55 means Disney World and golf courses what?)”
degrees). He convinced 25 boatloads of such as Doral and Mar-a-Lago, will dis- You: “I’ve changed my mind. I’m going
settlers to follow him. They ended up in appear. And animal lovers and Santa will to Puerto Rico.”

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T HE BRID GE Calendar of Events SEP T 18 — O C T 1, 2019 • PAGE 19

Community Performing

Sept. 23: Extempo. Local raconteurs tell
short-format, first-person, true stories live
on stage without any notes or reading. 8 p.m. Positive Pie, 69 Main St., Plainfield. $5. 454-0133.
Sept. 27: Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour. The headliner this month won Vermont’s Funniest
Events happening done at archaeological sites statewide. Bring
Comedian Contest on Aug. 31. Lineup is Kathleen Kanz, Vinnie Mule Mulac, Maggie Phelan, and Joe
September 18—October 4 your lunch, basic refreshments provided.
Gingras. Music at 7:30 pm; jokes at 8:30 pm. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. By donation.
Adult content. No chatter.
Noon. Vermont History Museum, State St.,
Montpelier. Free. Oct. 1: Cabot Arts Presents the Fall Foliage Festival Variety Show. Featuring a variety of
performances by local talent Dana and Susan Robinson (folks & Americana), the Kowal Family Band
Open Weaving Workshop. See event (bluegrass), Cabot Community Theater, readings from RD Eno and Ron LaySleeper, and much more.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 description under Sept. 18 7 pm. Willey Building Auditorium, 3084 Main St., Cabot. By donation. All proceeds benefit Cabot
White People and Racial Justice: How Arts.
Get to Know Your Co-op: Participation.
the Fight Against Racism is Our Issue, Learn more about the benefits of
Too. Sandra Batchelder, Aly Johnson-Kurtz membership and how you can actively Exhibit Reception & Free Museum and skeins to SPA for a grand fiber swap.
and Penny Patch of SURJ (Showing Up for participate. Take a behind the scenes tour Day. Join us for a reception for the exhibit If you’d like to sell fiber/tools, please label
Racial Justice), will present the work of this of the store. Enjoy light refreshments while “Norman Rockwell’s Arlington: America’s each item carefully, otherwise all fiber is
national network of groups and individuals mingling with other member-owners. Home Town” now on view in our Local assumed to be available to others at no cost.
working to undermine white supremacy 5:30–6:30 pm. Hunger Mountain Co-op History Gallery. Admission is free that 1–3:30 pm. Studio Place Arts, 201 N. Main
and move toward racial justice. An Osher community room, Montpelier. Sign-up: day (with downloadable ticket) as part St., Barre.
Lifelong Learning Institute Program. of the national Smithsonian Museum Artist Talk: New & Lapsed Weavers
1:30 pm. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, Day initiative. 10 am–4 pm. Vermont Meet-up. Join Studio Place Arts resident
58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free for OLLI The Foreigner’s Home: Toni Morrison History Museum, State St., Montpelier.
at the Louvre. Toussaint St. Negritude Artist Pamela Wilson for a tour of the
members; $5 suggested donation for non- Weaving Community exhibition, learn
members. presents a screening of the documentary,
“The Foreigner’s Home” as part of the Blessing of the Animals. In recognition of about the Vermont Weavers Guild’s
Open Weaving Workshop. Families, statewide We Do Language Symposium the patron saint of animals, St. Francis of 2019–20 offerings and meet others new to
students and curious beginners of all ages celebrating the work of Toni Morrison. Assisi, we welcome your caged, haltered, or hand-weaving. Explore a variety of looms,
are invited to try their hand on a variety of 6:30 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, leashed animal (or a photo) for this special fibers, and resources for expanding or
looms and hand-weaving techniques, with 135 Main Street, Montpelier. 223- blessing. 11 am. St. John the Baptist Church, renewing your weaving practice. 2–2:30 pm.
materials provided at no charge. Come weave 3338. For more information about the 39 West Church St., Hardwick. 888-5317 Studio Place Arts, 201 N. Main St., Barre.
for 10 minutes or an afternoon. Groups of We Do Language Symposium, email Artist Gathering: SABLE De-Stash &
seven or more, please call ahead to ensure Swap. Weavers and yarn lovers—has your Montpelier Contra Dance. With Steve
that we have space available. 3:30–5:30 pm. fiber collection reached “SABLE” levels Zakon-Anderson calling and music by
Studio Place Arts, 201 N. Main St., Barre. Bill Torrey, Vermont Storyteller and
Author of “The Ta Ta Weenie Club.” yet? (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Dave Langford and Colin McCaffrey. No
Free. 479-7069 Expectancy!) If you’ve tired of looking at experience and no partner needed. All
Torrey’s book is a collection of twenty-one
Fit For What? Re-envisioning “Working stories which take place in Vermont during piles from previous projects or would like to dances are taught plus an introductory
Out.” With Robert Kest, Ph.D. It the ’60s and early ’70s. 7 pm. Stowe Free clear your studio shelves, bring those cone session at 7:45 pm. Everyone welcome.
is possible when working out, be it Library, Community Room, 90 Pond St.,
aerobics, yoga, running, etc., to cultivate Stowe. 253-6145
a more skillful, responsive, and richer
way of being that can shape our lives. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
6–7:30 pm. Hunger Mountain Co-op Friday Morning Fall Bird Walks. A
community room, Montpelier. Sign-up: weekly, casual bird walk around the North Branch Nature Center property in search
Build & Maintain Great Credit for a of fall migratory songbirds. Learn about
Lifetime. Learn the keys to building and identification, ecology, and life history
maintaining great credit, how to interpret of our local avifauna. Led by NBNC’s
your report, and steps to take now to expert naturalists and birders. 7:30–9 am.
improve your credit score. 6–7:30 pm. 713 Elm St., Montpelier. $10. 229-6206
Capstone, 20 Gable Place, Barre. Free. All the Film’s A Stage. Grueling rehearsals,
477-5215 opening-night jitters, outsize personalities:
Mid-Week Movie: The Greatest Showman. films about the world of theater have long
7 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 been a staple. Join Rick Winston in an
Hardwick St., Greensboro. $5. exploration of how cinema has portrayed
Almost There: Movies About the Future. what goes into a theater production, from
7 pm. Jaquith Public Library, School St., audition to rehearsal to performance.
Marshfield. Call library for film title: A Vermont Humanities Council Series.
426-3581 7–9 pm Highland Center for the Arts,
2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. Free.
Yestermorrow Speaker Series Events:
Slash Your Energy Bills. Informal,
introductory workshop with Efficiency SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Vermont on reducing energy bills through Paddle Lake Willoughby with Green
low-cost efficiency improvements, Mountain Club. Westmore. Difficult.
weatherization, heat pumps, and solar 10-mile round trip. Start at the south beach,
energy. 7 pm. 7865 Main St., Waitsfield. paddle along the west shore to the north
Free. beach for lunch (optional swim), and then
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 return to the south beach. Enjoy crystal
clear waters, rocky cliffs, and maybe loon
Vermont History Museum Volunteer sightings. Bring lunch, water, snacks, and
Training Session. Learn more about jacket. Must wear PFD. Contact Co-leaders:
teaching interactive Hands-On History Nancy Schulz, 223-7035 or saddleshoes2@
programs to students at the museum. or Phyllis Rubenstein, 793-
9–10:30 am. Vermont History Museum, 6313 or Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.
109 State St., Montpelier. Free. 828-1413 for meeting time and place.
Th ird Thursday: New Discoveries and 2nd Annual Country Breakfast. Scrambled
Insights in Vermont Archaeology. In eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, pancakes, home
honor of Archaeology Month, Vermont State fries, white gravy, coffee, and orange juice.
Archaeologist Jess Robinson will provide a 9–11 am. Barre Area Senior Center, 131 S.
review of the most current research being Main St., Barre. $10; kids 10 and under $7.
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Through Oct. 2: Joyce Kahn Pastels. Local Through Oct. 30: Monkeys, Missiles, and social justice, and history through the lens of
Visual Arts pastel artist Joyce Kahn will be displaying her
pieces inspired by her time in Mexico as well as
Mushrooms. Paintings by Marina Epstein. The
paintings on view represent the artist’s experience
photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed
by Vermont garden florals. Montpelier Senior living in Vermont combined with exotic East Gallery: Studio of Archeo-virtual
EXHIBITS Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. tropical influences from Mexico. 134 State St., Spiritings. Greek artist Vasilis Zografos’
Through Sept. 20: Philip Hagopian, Sequel. Through Oct. 26: Recent Work by John Montpelier. new body of paintings reveals the medium’s
Multimedia paintings. Julian Scott Memorial Matusz. Collage sculptures made from Through Oct. 31: Deborah Sacks: Cats, enduring relevance in today’s digital image
Gallery at Dibden Center for the Arts, NVU- cardboard and ranging in size from 27 inches Landscapes and Figures. Mixed media prints. culture by examining the tension between
Johnson. to 60 inches tall. Opening reception: Sept. 27, Reception: Oct. 25, 6 pm. Chelsea Public memorialization and design, commemoration
6–8 pm. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop, 5 Stowe Library. and utility, reflection and affordance, in a
Through Sept. 27: Studies in Rhythmic
St., Waterbury. series of oils on paper that draw upon an
Vitality—Paintings by Lois Eby. Acrylic Through Oct. 31: LandART Lab 2019. Over archaeological rather than a Modernist
paints on birch panels. Vermont Supreme Court Through Oct. 31: Helen Rabin and Marge 18 regional sculptors presenting outdoor art and tradition.
Gallery, State St., Montpelier. Pulaski. Jaquith Public Library, School St., installation on the land. Pack a picnic and bring
Marshfield. friends and family. King Farm Rd., Woodstock. Through Dec. 20: Kate Emlen, Breathe the
Through Sept. 27: Vermont Pastel Society.
Wind. Emlen’s paintings explore the power
T.W. Wood Art Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. Through Oct. 15: Valerie Hird, We’re Not Through Oct. 31: Conduits: A Show With and mystery of the natural world. Imagery
Through Sept. 28: Weaving Community: in Kansas Anymore. Paintings. Furchgott Three Artists. Three artists (Liz Hawkes shifts between disintegration and integration
Recent Work from the Vermont Weavers Sourdiffe, 86 Falls Rd., Shelburne. deNiord, Richard Heller, and Rachel Portesi) through the use of light and shadow, color and
Guild. New work by contemporary Vermont Through Oct. 19: Exposed: Outdoor with divergent expressions convene to form. Opening reception: Sept. 28, 5–7 pm.
weavers, a “pop-up weaving studio,” talks and Sculpture Exhibition. Helen Day Art Center, compliment and explore underlying realities in White River Gallery, 35 S. Windsor St., South
other educational activities. Opening reception: 90 Pond St., Stowe. their art. Two painters and a wet plate collodion Royalton. 498-8438
Sept. 20, 5:30–7:30 pm. 201 N. Main St., print photographer challenge the viewer to
Through Oct. 20: Visual Splendor: Travels engage with the works, discovering connected Through Dec. 21: 200 Years—200 Objects.
in Northern India. Photographs by Amy meaning beyond what is seen. All three artists An exhibition celebrating Norwich University’s
Through Sept. 30: Show 34. Latest work by Davenport. The Gallery at Central Vermont bicentennial. Curated to include objects from the
work to create a conduit for inspired expression.
The Front’s gallery members. The Front, 6 Barre Medical Center, 130 Fisher Hill Rd., Berlin. museum collection, as well as documents and
Vermont Art Council’s Spotlight Gallery,
St., Montpelier. images from Archives and Special Collections,
136 State St., Montpelier.
Through Sept. 30: Norwich & Northfield— that reflect and retell the university’s 200-year
Through Oct. 25: The War of Ideas: Through Nov. 2: Studio Place Arts. Opening history. Norwich University Sullivan Museum
Our Past & Present. Paintings by Joe Latulippe Propaganda Posters from the Vermont
reception: Sept. 20, 5:30–7:30 pm. 201 N. and History Center, Northfield.
and historical photographs of Northfield courtesy Historical Society Collections. Visitors can
Main St., Barre.
of the Northfield Historical Society. ART, etc. examine how posters have been an important Rock Solid XIX. Annual stone sculpture
32 Depot Square, Northfield. part of the wartime effort, for everything from exhibit showcases stone sculptures and
Through Sept. 30: Jane Edwards & Linda recruitment to support on the homefront. Sept. 20: Reception Celebration: Permanent
assemblage by area artists and other work that
Hogan. Edwards’ whimsical, hand-built pottery Vermont History Center, 60 Washington St., depicts the beautiful qualities of stone. Sculpture Installation and Exhibition of
delights the innocent being within all of us. Barre. 479-8500. Perspective by Tuyen My Nguyen. Paintings. The Vermont Arts Council, the
Her works are inspired by the organic, elegant Through Oct. 27: Dianne Shullenberger, Installations made from tautly strung thread Department of Buildings and General Services,
ceramics of Asia and the intuitive spontaneity Outdoor Influences. Inspired by being and string that explore scale differences in the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and
of a child at play. Hogan, a photographer, outdoors and experiencing nature’s atmosphere, small and large configurations. Markets, and the Vermont Agency of Natural
explores working with images of perspective and Shullenberger’s new display features fabric collage Humanity – No Fear of the Other and Resources invite you to celebrate the permanent
reflection. Cheshire Cat, 28 Elm St., Montpelier. and sculpture. Gallery at Highland Center the Good Life: Recent Paintings by installation of a bronze sculpture by Jim for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. Damariscotta Rouelle Sardonis at the main entrance to the Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory
Through Sept. 30: Music Around Sept. 20–Nov. 9: Helen Day Art Center. and paintings in the lobby by Adelaide Tyrol.
Montpelier. Photographs of musicians Through Oct. 29: Handcrafted Vermont; Opening: Sept. 20, 5–7 pm. 90 Pond St., Stowe. 10 am. Vermont Agriculture and Environmental
and community engagement by Ellen B. Works by the Guild of Vermont Furniture Laboratory, 163 Admin Dr., Randolph. RSVP:
Marshall. Hunger Mountain Co-op Café. Makers. Vermont State House Cardroom, Main Gallery: Unbroken Current. Montpelier. Investigates cultural and personal identity,

Capital City Grange Hall, 6612 Rt. 12, Valley Waldorf School’s Grace Farm Campus,
Berlin. Adults $10; kids and low income $5; 2290 Rt. 14 N, East Montpelier. Register:
dance supporters $15. Please bring clean,
soft-soled shoes. 225-8921 Words Out Loud with Rick Winston and
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Elizabeth A.I. Powell. Sunday afternoon
readings by Vermont writers. 3 pm. Old West
Hike Elmore Area with the Green Church, Calais. 456-1551
Mountain Club. Easy. 6 miles. Start on Rt.
12 south of Elmore village and hike 3 miles Yoga Shalom and Meditation Workshop.
on old woods roads into Little Elmore Pond, Join us for 30 minutes of yoga outside
a lovely pond which is a half mile long. Picnic followed by 40 minutes of walking and
lunch on rocks by the pond. Contact Steve or sitting meditiation. Please bring a mat or
Heather Bailey, or contact if you
622-4516 for meeting time and place. need one. 6:30 pm. Beth Jacob Synagogue,
10 Harrison Ave., Montpelier. RSVP at
3rd Annual Rally & Race Against Racism. to reserve a spot and pay by
5K Walk/Run. Rally, music, performances, donation.
food. 11 am–1:30 pm. Montpelier High
School. Register early for discounted entry MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
fee: Proceeds One Town at a Time, Film with Discussion.
benefit The Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and One Town at a Time is a coming-of-age story
Social Equity in Schools. that is firmly rooted in the community spirit
Advanced Cancer Support Group. that makes Vermont towns so special. You
Individuals and families living with incurable will hear from 251 club members, and after
or advanced cancer are invited to meet to talk listening to their stories of traveling through
openly about concerns and interests. 2–4 pm. Vermont, you’ll want to start exploring as well.
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre 6:30 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main
St., Montpelier. Mary Ellen Simmons at the St., Montpelier. 223-3338
CVMC Cancer Center: 552-8115 Monthly Book Group for Adults. Join us
Biodynamic Farming/Gardening for the Jaquith book group. For copies of the
Workshop: Principles, Practices and book, please stop by the library. New members
Hands-on Application. Biodynamics is a are always welcome, and it’s only one hour a
holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to month. 7 pm. Jaquith Public Library, School
farming, gardening, food, and nutrition. Join St., Marshfield.
us for this conversation with Kate Winslow
about the basic principles and practices of TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
biodynamic farming and gardening, and Open Weaving Workshop. See event
how these differ from other organic and description under Sept. 18
conventional methods. 3–5 pm. Orchard
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Sept. 19–21: Scrag Mountain Birthday the opportunity to experience world-class enjoy. All concerts at noon in City Hall Plaza,

Live Music
Bash. Scrag Mountain Music kicks off its performances in a reflective way through 39 Main St., Montpelier.
milestone 2019–20 tenth anniversary season 30-minute meditations to live music. Noon. Sept. 27: Patti Casey & the Wicked Fine
with a series of delightful musical programs Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont State Players. With a little more blue in the
inspired by food. Scrag veteran guest artists House, Montpelier.
VENUES Paul Wonjin Cho (clarinet) and David Kaplan
bluegrass, a little more swing, and a whole lot of
Sept. 20: Darlingside. Boston-based indie fun, Patti Casey and the Wicked Fine Players
Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9212. (piano) join Scrag co-Artistic Directors Mary quartet. 7:30 pm. Chandler Music Hall, Main features Colin McCaffrey’s beautiful fiddle and Bonhag (soprano) and Evan Premo (double St., Randolph. $10–35. killer vocal harmonies, Kirk Lord’s spot-on,
Sept. 5: Coffee Corn bass) for a fun and festive program of music low-key, rock-solid acoustic bass, Steve Light’s
Sept. 19: Coffee Corner Jam Session, that includes Leonard Bernstein’s 4-recipe song Sept. 21: Barre-Tones Annual Show:
Harmony Super Heroes. Central Vermont’s award-winning banjo and dobro, and of course,
7:30 pm; Italian Session, 6 pm cycle “La Bonne Cuisine,” the jazz standard Patti’s voice and songs, which have not only
Sept. 20: Dave Loughran, 6 pm “Frim Fram Sauce” made popular by Nat internationally-ranked a cappella chorus and
quartets, will use their unusual, comedic super won many national awards, but many hearts
Sept. 22: Southern Old Time Music Jam, “King” Cole, and William Bolcom’s whimsical as well. 7 pm. Highland Center for the Arts,
10 am “Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese powers, together with musical skills and
abilities to solve an intriguing problem facing 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. Tickets
Sept. 27: Latin Dance Party, 7 pm Surprise,” among other mouth-watering works. start at $15; seniors 20% off; students $10.
Oct. 3: Coffee Corner Jam Session, 7:30 am By donation. them. 7 pm Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St.,
Barre. Adults $18; seniors $12; ages under 18
Sept. 19: 5 pm, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, 155
Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St. Carroll Rd., Waitsfield $7. Sept. 28: Roy Book Binder. Eclectic style
Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. Sept. 20: 3 pm, Hardwick Farmer’s Market, includes blues, country, bluegrass, folk and
Every Tues.: Karaoke, 7:30 pm Sept. 22, 24–26: Northern Harmony.
Atkins Field, 150 Granite St., Hardwick An ensemble of nine brilliant young singers music that originated in Tin Pan Alley.
Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre. Sept. 21: Musical Scavenger Hunt. based in Vermont presents a concert of world 7:30 pm. Chandler Music Hall, Main St.,
479-0896. Surprise pop-up concerts at venues harmony traditions, including South African Randolph. $19.
Sept 27: Michael Stridsberg (rock & folk), around Montpelier, 2:45–4:30 pm. Visit songs and dances, traditional polyphony Sept. 28: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. America’s
7:30 pm for clues. from Georgia, Corsica, and the Balkans, and favorite little big band continues its decades-
Whammy Bar. 31 W. County Rd., Calais. Sept. 21: Party and concert. Cash bar, American shape-note singing and quartet long mission to revitalize swing and jazz music appetizers, musical activities, silent auction, gospel. Suggested admission at the door is $15, and to bring it to new audiences all over the
Every Thurs.: Open Mic, 7 pm cake, concert, open mic. 5–10 pm. Vermont $5 for students. world. 8 pm. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main
Sept. 20: Sara Grace and Andy Soots, College of Fine Arts Chapel, 36 College St., Sept. 22: 7 pm. Plainfield Friends Meeting, St., Barre. $24–46.50.
7:30 pm Montpelier on Martin Meadow in Plainfield Oct. 4: Jimmie Vaughan. The legendary Texas
Sept 21: Liz Beatty and the Lab Rats, Sept. 19: The Hunger Mountain Co-op Sept. 24: 7 pm. Highland Center for the Blues guitarist and 4-time Grammy winner
7:30 pm Brown Bag Summer Concert Series: Patti Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. brings his 7-piece band to The Barre Opera
Sept. 27: Cowboys and Angels (Kelly Ravin Casey & Colin McCaffrey. Montpelier Sept. 25: 7 pm, Christ Church, Taplin House for what promises to be Vermont’s
and Halle Jade), 7:30 pm Alive’s series of FREE and fun lunch-time Auditorium, 64 State St., Montpelier hottest blues event of the year. 8 pm. 6 N. Main
Sept. 28: Footworks, 7:30 pm concerts. Join us for a diverse lineup of local Sept. 26: 7:30 pm, Guilford Community St., Barre. $22-42.50.
and regional acts that are sure to delight. Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford
SPECIAL EVENTS Bring a lunch from one of our wonderful Sept. 26: The Hunger Mountain Co-op
Oct. 4: Electrolads. Electrolads harness the
power of pulsating music to create a space
downtown restaurants and enjoy. All concerts Brown Bag Summer Concert Series: Dave
Sept. 18: Burger Night with Music at noon in City Hall Plaza, 39 Main St., for raw dance culture, stripping down the
by Dave Keller. 5:30 pm. Templeton Keller. Montpelier Alive’s series of FREE Electronic Dance Music experience to its
Montpelier. and fun lunch-time concerts. Join us for a
Farms, 3410 Center Rd., East Montpelier. foundations of purity and movement. 8 pm. Sept. 20: Meditation Concerts: Cellist diverse lineup of local and regional acts that Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick
Emily Taubl. Free concerts give listeners are sure to delight. Bring a lunch from one St., Greensboro. $10.
of our wonderful downtown restaurants and

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Open Weaving Workshop. See event shelves. Taste some of their newest offerings.
description under Sept. 18 7 pm. Jaquith Public Library, School St., 7 pm. Stowe Free Library, Community
Hike Montpelier area with the Green Marshfield. Room, 90 Pond St., Stowe. 253-6145
Mountain Club. Easy. 4.5 miles. Hubbard Rainbow Umbrella of Women’s
Park and beyond. Start at the North Branch Discussion Group. Welcomes all Yestermorrow Speaker Series Events:
Nature Center and walk to the “Stump members of the LGBTQ community Nature-Inspired Furniture Design. In this
Dump” entrance to the park. Hike out of who identify as women to participate in presentation, Kory Rogers explores a host of
the park to a couple of lovely viewpoints for biweekly conversations about concerns of topics related to nature-inspired furniture,
a picnic lunch. Contact Steve or Heather particular interest to the group. 5:30–7 pm. including biomorphic design, biomimicry,
Bailey, or 622-4516 Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre and eco-friendly materials. 7 pm. 7865 Main
for meeting time and place. St., Montpelier. St., Waitsfield. Free.
No Rugged Pioneers in Sight: Central Future Planning. We’ll talk about why Mid-Week Movie: Brooklyn. 7 pm.
Park. The Civil War, and the Creation you would want a will, how much you need Highland Center for the Arts, 2875
of the National Parks. Rolf Diamant, to retire, when to take Social Security, and Hardwick St., Greensboro. $5.
the former superintendent of the Marsh- touch on the new tax code. 6–7:30 pm.
Billings-Rockefeller national park will Capstone, 20 Gable Place, Barre. Free. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
debunk the legend that the national park 477-5215 Bessie Drennan Exhibit Days. Sept. 26–29.
idea was birthed around a campfire near Dealing with Difficult People. An evening Primitive style artist exhibit, alongside local
Yellowstone by a “wonderful and interesting talk with the Venerable Amy Miller. This art, crafts, textiles and foods. Homemade
group of rugged western pioneers,” and will lively event presents an alternative view on lunch available all day. Thurs.–Sat., 10:30
tell the real story of its origins. An Osher the presence of challenging people and how am–4 pm; Sun., 11 am–4 pm. South
Lifelong Learning Institute Program. 1:30 best to transform a negative experience into a Woodbury Church on Rt. 14.
pm. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, more positive one. Meditation and practical Open Weaving Workshop. See event
58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free for OLLI exercises included. 6–7:30 pm. Kellogg- description under Sept. 18
members; $5 suggested donation for non- Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier.
members. 223-3338. Food Book Club. This month’s book: The
Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. 6–7 pm.
Healthy Microbiome = Healthy You. With Hunger Mountain Co-op community room,
Erik Esselstyn, A.B. We will review the Montpelier. RSVP: info@hungermountain.
latest science examining fiber’s importance coop
in wellbeing, and the link of inflammatory
illness to low dietary fiber. $8 members; $10 Artist Talk: Role of Handcraft in Post-
non-members. 6–7:30 pm. Hunger Mountain Industrial Society by Justin Squizzero.
Co-op community room, Montpelier. RSVP: How does one make a living using technology that’s been obsolete for 200
years? Justin Squizzero will wrestle with that
Uranium in Water, Radon in Air. Join question and what it means to be relevant
Stelle Larsen, senior water resources today while working within a centuries-old
engineer, and Michelle Thompson, Public craft tradition. 7–8 pm. Studio Place Arts,
Health Hygienist from the Vermont 201 N. Main St., Barre.
Department of Public Health, for a talk
about uranium, radon, and radium in Runamok Maple. Runamok Maple will be
drinking water and indoor air. Free water telling us about current trends in the maple
kits (worth $184) will be given to the first industry including all the new maple flavors
30 people who register for this talk at AHS. and infusions we’ve been seeing on the store
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 braiding involves, a fiber braiding technique MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 and to consider how they can improve
that originated long ago in the Middle East transportation options in their communities.
Bessie Drennan Exhibit Days. See event for making camel girths that she uses to High Holiday Services: Rosh Hashanah. Agenda includes updates, presentations
description under Sept. 26 create artwork resembling sculptural baskets. 9 am. Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison from experts, and breakout discussions.
Chicken Pie Supper. 6:30 pm. Dinner only: 1–2 pm. Studio Place Arts, 201 N. Main St., Ave., Montpelier. 6–8:30 pm. Montpelier City Hall,
adults $15; children $8. Dinner with concert Barre. UVM Professor Emeritus Kevin 39 Main St., Montpelier. RSVP:
(Four Shillings Short, a Celtic world music Artist Talk: Doubleweave Isn’t Just McKenna on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. or 229-0389
duo): adults $22; children $8. Take-out Double by Susan Rockwell. Doubleweave Professor McKenna will discuss the major Yestermorrow Speaker Series Events:
available. Old Meeting House, 1620 Center is a process that allows for two separate layers fiction of Nobel Prize—winning author Place-Based Natural Building in Central
Rd., East Montpelier. Reservations needed: to be woven simultaneously, for weaving and former Vermont resident Aleksandr America. Liz Johndrow and the TERRA
223-6934. double width cloth, for tubular weaving and Solzhenitsyn (1918–2008) in the context of Collaborative (Pueblo Project) have
his extraordinary Gulag-camp biography as
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 variations, as well as double weave pickup
well as his place in the pantheon of 19th-
partnered with local communities in Central
for creative woven-in designs. Exhibiting America to offer hands-on workshops and
Hike Stowe area with the Green Mountain artist Susan Rockwell will speak about how century Russian authors. 6:30 pm. Kellogg- training in the construction and renovation
Club. Moderate. 6.5 miles. Start at she got to double weave and the challenge Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. of homes and community buildings.
Sterling Gorge and hike the Catamount of this exciting structure. 2:30–3:30 pm. 223-3338. 7 pm. 7865 Main St., Waitsfield. Free.
Trail to Peek-A-View Mt., where you can Studio Place Arts, 201 N. Main St., Barre. High Holiday Services: Humanist Service.
relax in a bench swing with a view of Mt 7 pm. Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison
Mansfield. Finish off with beautiful Sterling Ave., Montpelier. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
Gorge. Contact Steve or Heather Bailey, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Welcome to Montpelier Party. or 622-4516 for Bessie Drennan Exhibit Days. See event High Holiday Services: Humanist Service. This is a reception to honor new residents
meeting time and place. description under Sept. 26 7 pm. Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison and celebrate the importance of the personal
Montpelier Household Hazardous Ave., Montpelier. relationships we share. Music performed
Marshfield Harvest Festival. 11 am–3
Waste Collection. It’s time to clean out pm. Free family-friendly activities: face TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 by Bella and the Notables. 6–8 pm. Jazz
your basement and garage. Set aside your painting, cider pressing, arts and crafts, Standards starting at 7 pm. North Branch
hazardous waste and bring to a nearby High Holiday Services: Rosh Hashanah. Café, 41 State Street, Montpelier. Please
field games, live music and more. Book sale, 9 am. Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison
HHW collection. 9 am–1 pm. 5 Green bake sale, horse and wagon rides, yard sale, RVSP to Allie or Claudia. 223-3425.
Mountain Dr., Montpelier. $20 per carload Ave., Montpelier.
craft sale and 50/50 raffle. Chili Cook-Off
for in-district residents. 11 am–2 pm. Jaquith Public Library, School WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Bessie Drennan Exhibit Days. See event St., Marshfield. Chili or barbecue is $8 for
description under Sept. 26 adults and $4 for children. Your Wheels. Do you rely on a personal
vehicle to get where you need to go? There’s
Chicken Pie. Noon and 6:30 pm. Old Words Out Loud with Daniel Lusk lots to consider when buying and repairing
Meeting House, 1620 Center Rd., East and Janet Pocorobba. Sunday afternoon your ride. 6–7:30 pm. Capstone, 20 Gable
Montpelier. Adults $15; children $8. readings by Vermont writers. 3 pm. Old Place, Barre. Free. 477-5215
Take-out available. Reservations needed: West Church, Calais. 456-1551
223-6934. Local Action for Transportation
High Holiday Services: Rosh Transformation. Town energy committees,
Artist Demo: Beyond Camel Girths by Hashanah. 7 pm. Beth Jacob Synagogue,
Rebecca Jensen. Exhibiting artist Rebecca 10 Harrison Ave., Montpelier.
town energy coordinators, and other Send your event listing to
interested participants from central
(Becky) Jensen will reveal what ply-split Vermont will gather to share their work
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Scrag Mountain Music Celebrates 10th Year Music

crag Mountain Music in Marshfield performed is infused with a strong essence Nat “King” Cole, and William Bolcom’s Hardwick Farmers Market; and 2:45 pm
kicks off its milestone 10th anni- of place. whimsical “Lime Jello Marshmallow September 21 at locations around Mont-
versary season this month with a For this occasion, Scrag veteran guest Cottage Cheese Surprise,” among other pelier combined with a scavenger hunt.
series of musical programs inspired by artists Paul Wonjin Cho (clarinet) and mouth-watering works. Admission is “Pay what you can” with
food. Since its start, Scrag has been about David Kaplan (piano) join Scrag co-ar- Scrag’s big Birthday Bash Concert and at-will donations collected at the concert.
serving great music to its community tistic directors Mary Bonhag (soprano) Party is set for 5–10 pm Saturday, Sep- Advance RSVPs are encouraged, as space
and offering out-of-town guest artists the and Evan Premo (double bass) for a fun tember 21 at the Vermont College of Fine is limited. For details, visit scragmoun-
opportunity to experience Vermont and and festive program of music that in- Arts Chapel in Montpelier. Also sched-
all it has to offer. By preparing nourish- cludes Leonard Bernstein’s 4-recipe song uled are performances at 5 pm Thursday, This text was provided by Scrag Moun-
ing meals for guest artists from local cycle “La Bonne Cuisine,” the jazz stan- September 19 at Lawson’s Finest Liquids tain.
ingredients, Scrag believes that the music dard “Frim Fram Sauce” made popular by in Waitsfield; 3 pm September 20 at the


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