Mary Williams

Weekly Conversation on the Arts and Art Hounds Producer/Announcer

Mary joined VPR in October 2011. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from St. Michael's College and has spent the last two decades on-air and as a producer at several stations up and down the Champlain Valley radio dial.

Mary operated a baking business called, "Good Girls," and in the summer months, parked her hand-built vendor cart at area farmers' markets to try and change minds and bellies toward more compassionate eating, one vegan cupcake at a time.


Ways to Connect

Young Writers Project

In this audio journal, CVU senior and distance runner Autumn Eastman talks about her training, her accomplishments and what lies ahead after graduation.

Photographer, Chloe Hotaling

Polly Raine of Lincoln, an arts educator and photographer, suggested Into Focus, an exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, featuring 45 Vermont high school students' photography. The reception is Friday, April 11 at 6:30 with live music from Montpelier-based Indie rock band, The Snaz.

Goddard College website

Musical director for Spielpalast Cabaret, Gabriel Shapiro, suggested looking forward to a performance at this summer's Discover Jazz Festival by the group Dawn of Midi on Sunday, June 1st.

The bus drivers' strike in Chittenden county is continuing after another meeting between the union and bus company failed to reach a solution.

90 business and community leaders in Burlington slept outside on Thursday night as part of an effort to raise awareness of youth homelessness in Vermont.

Live firing will be heard from the Vermont National Guard's Ethan Allen Training Site in Underhill and Jericho this weekend.

The Vermont Department of Labor announced Friday that the state’s unemployment rate fell for the fifth month in a row in February.

Vermont state regulators have given the OK to the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant's last 33 months of operation, to end when the plant closes at the end of this year.

The Vermont House gave final approval to a $1.44 billion general fund budget for the next fiscal year, and has passed it on to the Senate.

The state of Vermont is making a final push to convince thousands of uninsured Vermonters to sign up for health insurance coverage by the end of the month.

The Vermont Senate is holding a final vote on legislation setting up a new system in the state for restricting toxic chemicals.

The Burlington City Council has approved a financial partner to assist with a settlement regarding its troubled provider of television, Internet and phone service.

Painter, Pat Musick

Musician Michael Eichelberger suggested we look toward summer and plan to attend the concert series, Summer Evenings With Vermont Treasures at the Old Meeting House on the Green in East Fairfield.

Awareness Theater director Emily Anderson recommended Vermont Stage Company's Venus In Fur

The Vermont Lottery commission wants to install new game machines in bars and restaurants to raise more revenue. The lead developer for wood-fired power plant in Springfield says he won't try to appeal a state board's decision to deny a permit. Governor Peter Shumlin has signed an act requiring respectful language for referring to people with disabilities in all Vermont laws. The Chittenden County Transportation Authority says it will attend a mediated meeting this weekend with the bus drivers' union in hopes of ending a strike that has now lasted five days.

Photography by Evie Lovett

Alisha Falberg of South Royalton recommended two events at Vermont Law School. The Alliance arts project, Sex, Gender, Expression and the First Amendment

Painter, Nancy Calicchio

Susan Aldrich is a fiber and clay artist from Irasburg and she suggested the world music concert by Choromondo this Saturday, March 15 at the Greensboro United Church of Christ in Greensboro.

Main Street Arts

Colchester muralist Tara Goreaux recommended fellow muralist and fine arts professor at Johnson State College, Ken Leslie's Gold Dome Cycle on display at the Statehouse in Montpelier through Friday, March 28th.

Watch the Stuck in Vermont video from Seven Days of Leslie at work on his mural here.

Painter, Lorraine Manley

Marie Bouffard of Colchester recommended the Count Basie Orchestra big band concert at Colchester high School on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Call the CHS box office at (802) 264-5729 for tickets and information.

Mass Moments

Betty Morsch recommended the Dixieland Jazz concert and Mardi Gras celebration with Woody Strobeck and the New Steel Pier Jazz Band this Friday, February 21st at 2 p.m. at the Equinox Terrace in Manchester Center. The concert and celebration are free. RSVP at 802-362-5141.

Glass artist Alyssa Oxley recommended the Supercool Glass exhibit at The Shelburne Museum's Pizzagalli Center through June 8th.

Artists, Anthony Sini

Gail Nunziata, executive director of Latchis Arts in Brattleboro recommended Songs of Divine Chemistry on Sunday, February 16 at 4 p.m. at the Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro.

Burlington painter Katharine Montstream suggested fellow artist Anthony Sini's charcoal drawings on exhibit at The Men's Room in Burlington. The display, called Go Figure is up through March.

Jeh Kulu Jr

May Bigelow of Landgrove suggested A Far Cry, the Boston-based conductor-less orchestra, performing on Sunday, February 9 at 3 p.m. at The White Church in Grafton.

Dance enthusiast Nancy McGowan of Shelburne recommended the 4th Annual Dance Showcase at Main Street Landing's Black Box Theater on Lake  Street in Burlington.

Courtesy, Libby Davidson

Educator and arts lover Abi Sessions from Cornwall suggested Kate Gridley's portrait exhibit at the Amy Tarrant Gallery at Burlington's Flynn Theater through April 12.

Passing Through captures young Vermonters in life-size portraits and recorded sound portraits. The gallery is open Saturdays and next Friday, Kate Gridley will give an artist talk about the exhibit.

Karen Cornish from Hinesburg recommended Vermont watercolor artist Libby Davidson’s 50 Before 50 Project, up at the Emile Gruppé gallery in Jericho.

Carla Hernandez

Stand-up comic Bitsy Biron of Barre suggested the Bueno Comedy Showcase, featuring Vermont comics. The showcase is Friday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at Espresso Bueno on Main Street in downtown Barre.

Local music lover Johanna White and Awareness Theater director Emily Anderson both recommended the Local Legends concert to benefit Responsible Growth Hinesburg.


Judy Copa of Calais is an arts patron who recommends the Sixth Annual Great Green Mountain Bob Dylan Wannabe Contest.

The singing contest is next Friday, January 24 at the Montpelier High School Auditorium and is part of Montpelier's weekend-long Frostival celebration.

7 Days

This week, artist Kate Donnelly, recipient of the 2013 Barbara Smail Award, talks about how her summer residency in the Burlington City Arts fourth floor gallery literally gave shape to her exhibition, A Period of Confinement.

The Revelers home page

Musician Chris Hollis and singer/songwriter Linda Young of Montpelier both suggested the Summit School For Traditional Music and Culture's 4th annual Spice on Snow Winter Festival this weekend in Montpelier.

Ceilidh Galloway Kane recommended a respite from the icy temps with the Winter Jazz Relief event from Catamount Arts, next Tuesday, January 14 at 6 p.m. at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury.