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

Gov. Peter Shumlin will outline his priorities for the 2014 legislative session today in his state of the state address.

Three committees of the Vermont House are examining issues of homelessness and housing today, and lawmakers are hearing that the extremely cold winter has put added pressure on the state’s assistance programs.

Spotted Pup Productions

Thursdays at 4:55 p.m. and Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

Theater buff Joyce Hendley of South Burlington recommends this weekend's performances by the young actors who make up Spotted Pup Productions.

The troupe is set to perform Joss Whedon's, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog at Spotlight Vermont's theater space on San Remo Drive in South Burlington. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.

Holiday Programs

Dec 24, 2013

Make VPR and VPR Classical part of your holiday celebrations and enjoy the many traditional and new programs!

Thursday, December 19th
8 p.m. on VPR Classical: Hear A Chanticleer Christmas, the 12-voice men's choir from San Francisco.
9 p.m. on VPR Classical: Enjoy A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London.

Vermont's Federal Emergency Management Agency office is closing after more than two years of helping the state recover from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene. The Vermont Foodbank says it needs to raise $1 million by the end of the year to make its budget. The organization that oversees Vermont's snowmobile trails has initiated construction on a 15-mile stretch of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail between St. Johnsbury and West Danville.

Lynn Cummings, 2009

Innocent Ivy of Peep Show Vermont recommended marking your calendar now for Green Mountain Cabaret's two-day inaugural event, called The Vermont Burlesque Festival.

The event will include more than 55 performers, comedians, and variety acts in two locations over two days plus burlesque classes at Soul Fire Studio--January 24 and 25, 2014.

Jamie Townshend, painter

Sally Mack of Charlotte recommends the ongoing "P.M. Sundays" by Valley Stage Productions called, "Poets and Players," at the Richmond Free Library.

Honor Hingston of Springfield suggests a visit to her hometown to see artist Jamie Townshend's murals on the walls on Elm Hill, the library and other venues.

Live India TV

Sunday, December 8th at 3 p.m.   

VPR will carry a one-hour reflection on Nelson Mandela's life and contributions to the world.   The program is hosted by NPR's Jennifer Ludden.

Tune in as we join the world in a day of remembrance and prayer, reflecting on the life of Nelson Mandela.


Thursdays at 4:55 p.m. & Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

This week, our Art Hounds hotline was abuzz with at least eight different recommendations for the same event: The Cherry Street Artisans two-day event this weekend in Brattleboro.

Shop for local and handmade artists' creations in the Victorian home of artist Judy Zemel with live music and food on Saturday, December 7th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, December 8th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art Hounds: All Women

Nov 28, 2013
Mags Bonham, jewelry artist

Friday at 7:55 a.m.   Fiber artist Bettie Barnes of Central Vermont recommends, "Waiting For The Light," a concert by Anima, a choral group who sing songs from the Renaissance and featuring the works of Hildegard von Bingen.

That concert is Saturday, November 30th at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier and Sunday, December 1st at 5 p.m. at the Green Mountain Monastery in Greensboro.


Week of Monday, November 25  Join VPR News and VPR Classical for these special programs:

Wednesday, November 22nd at 3p.m. on VPR Classical: Eternal Echoes for Hanukkah, an hour-long exploration of klezmer music with violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Thanksgiving Day at 11a.m. on VPR News:  Take your turkey troubles to the airwaves with the ever-popular Turkey Confidential, hosted by Lynne Rosetto Kasper.

Photograph by Peter Miller

Thursdays at 4:55 p.m. & Fridays at 7:55 a.m. 

Artisan and jewelry designer Kerin Rose suggested a visit to the Norman Williams Library in Woodstock to catch the traveling exhibit of iconic Vermont photographer Peter Miller.

The exhibit draws from Miller's new book of photographs, A Lifetime of Vermont People, and is up a the library through January 2014.

Art Hounds: Aviary

Nov 14, 2013
BigTown Gallery

Thursday, 4:55 p.m. & Friday, 7:55 a.m.   Deb Paino of Rochester suggests the exhibit, "Aviary" at the BigTown Gallery. The show features multi-media works representing birds.

Art lover Gary Barush of Essex Junction recommends the Milton Artists' Guild's 9th Annual Holiday Art Show and Sale. The guild's members will present their art for sale and give patrons a chance to meet the artisans.

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Thursday, November 7, 5:55pm & Friday, November 8, 7:55am

Dancer Ashley Bessette of Colchester recommends The 19th Annual Jeh Kulu Drum and Dance Festival November 7-10 at Contois Auditorium in downtown Burlington.

Filmmaker and mountain biker Ryan Thibault suggests The Green Mountain Showdown.  This “bike culture variety show!” features short films, artwork,and  entertainment for mountain bike enthusiasts and wanna-bes.

Kurn Hattin Homes

Thursdays at 4:55 p.m. & Fridays at 7:55 a.m.   Andrew Potok of Montpelier recommends the all-star line-up of chamber musicians from New York City who will perform--among other pieces--Schubert's two-cello string quintet. This Capital City Concerts' performance is on Saturday, November 2nd at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier.

Discoveries: Montréal

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. & Fridays at 7:55 a.m.  Arts patron Sharon Besso of Windsor suggested Windsor Public Library Swing Dance Fundraiser on Saturday, October 26th on Court Street in Winsdor. The dance will feature the 19-piece all-female swing band, The Mood Swings, hailing from Boston, along with swing dance lessons prior to the band performance and foods donated by local eateries.

Peg Tassey, Goddard College, "Rural Revolution"

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. and Fridays at 7:55 a.m.  Musician Peg Tassey recommends Goddard College's 150th anniversary and Homecoming Weekend this Friday through Sunday, with many arts events open to the public, featuring Paul Zaloom, a dance party, a Bread & Puppet work shop, a photo booth and more.

Tassey, herself, is curator of the photography exhibit, "Rural Revolution," featuring pictures snapped by Goddard students during the '70s.

Vermont Art Zine

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. and Fridays at 7:55 a.m.   Jim Westbrook of Brattleboro recommends Nimble Arts' circus performance, "Ruckus" at Landmark College's Greenhoe Theater in Putney next Saturday, October 19.

Music lover and town clerk Susie Haughwout recommends the Chris Bakriges Mo'Jazz concert this Friday at the Pettee Memorial Library in Wilmington.

The Art of Horror, S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Writer, actor and theater director Denny Partridge of Greensboro suggested Vermont Vaudeville's fall show this Friday and Saturday in Hardwick.

Deb Brown appealed to listeners who enjoy a thrill with their artwork and suggested the "Art of Horror" juried show at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington's South End.

Addison County Council Against Domestic Violence

Local artisans transformed second-hand lamps into works of art to be part of an auction to benefit prevention services at The Addison County Council Against Domestic Violence.

The second annual "Shine A Light" silent auction and live band will take place this Saturday, September 28th at 51 Main at the Bridge in Middlebury.

Classical music blogger Mark Law suggests The Dover String Quartet's performance in Burlington on Friday, October 4th.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is granting $2 million for relocation costs for Vermont's Department for Children and Families, which was displaced from the Waterbury State Office Complex by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Vermont has seen an increase in the number of suicide attempts in the state’s prison population.

Vermont Public Radio has appointed veteran journalist John Dillon as News Director; VPR also announced the appointment of Melody Bodette as Deputy News Director.