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

Bill Hurd, Capitol Steps Press Secretary

Happy Independence Day! Vermont Edition has the holiday off and returns at noon and 7 p.m., on Wednesday, July 5. In the meantime, you can relax with special holiday programs on  VPR and VPR Classical.

St. Albans Museum, courtesy

You can fill your social calendar up with a little bit of music in the meadow, a little shop of horrors, a traveling Hamilton exhibit and a brass quintet.

Montpelier-based musician Ben Dunham hand-picked a dozen musicians to form The Backline Collective. The group performs the songs Dunham penned and the album-release party is Friday night at Positive Pie in Montpelier.
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Local songwriter Ben Dunham's eight new songs chart his own personal growth over the past year. But in order to record them in all their multiple shades and moods, he needed to enlist a diverse bunch of Vermont musicians to get the job done. The finished project, called Backline Collective, will premiere at an album-release party this Friday night in Montpelier.

In Vermont's most French-settled community, Winooski is the site for French Heritage Day next Saturday, June 25.
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Take in a locally-made documentary, an outdoor concert, some circus arts and celebrate French heritage in the state's most French-settled community.

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VPR's Art Hounds have suggested an art benefit, a watercolor exhibition and a celebration of a local record label.

By practicing skits and playing theater games, students from The Bridging Program at CCS learn advocacy and decision-making.
Emily Anderson, courtesy

Classic theater warm-up games like, 'Zip, Zap, Zop!' can help teach focus and teamwork in a fun way. And recently, Emily Anderson has been borrowing these techniques with a unique group of young adult students.

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Photos of famous musicians, storytellers sharing tales about aging and a singing group made up of people in recovery from strokes and other brain injuries are just a few of the arts events to take in this weekend and next.

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Chelsea Lafayette is a Vermonter by way of New Orleans. Ten years ago, after attending college in Louisiana, she followed her now-spouse north. And on her first night in Burlington, the neon marquee of the iconic Flynn Theater ensured she'd never look back.

Artist Sarah Van Arsdale

When asked whether she falls into the camp that believes the catamount still roams Vermont's woods, author/illustrator Sarah Van Arsdale sees herself among those who fervently want to believe it's true.

Elizabeth Mandell

A busy holiday in the region with Open Studios Weekend and plenty of arts events this weekend and next.

Courtesy, Julia Kitonis

When Julia Kitonis chose a final project for the NEXUS program at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, the senior knew she wanted to focus on accessibility to the arts. And coupled with her own theater background and a revival of her favorite musical, Spring Awakening that included both hearing and non-hearing actors, the seed of an immense idea was born.

Courtesy, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue

Ballet Wolcott performs Snow White and a local playwright pens a work about the vibrant Little Jerusalem area in Burlington during the 1900s.

Artist Elizabeth Torak/Courtesy Helmholz Fine Art

Add a few of film screenings, a kids' pop-up theater or a performance of Eastern European music to your social calendar.

Courtesy artist, Mona Shomali

A magazine launch, folk music and historical theater from a local playwright are all taking place this weekend.

Courtesy, David Schein

What began as a theater space in the Ethiopian city of Awassa to educate community members about HIV/AIDS has strong Vermont ties.

Beltrami Studios

Finally heeding her then pre-teen daughters' book recommendations to read the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Montpelier author Laurie Forest devoured and loved the books. And then she stepped into a writing realm that was entirely new to her: Fantasy fiction.

A Studs Terkel musical onstage in Middlebury, chamber singers in Lebanon and the student film slam awards in St. Johnsbury.

Courtesy, The Accaliae

Fill your calendar this week with a documentary film series, summer concerts, Earth Day celebrations and choral music.

top, Steve Solberg, from r to l, courtesy Seven Days, Caleb McKenna and Karen Kevra

This weekend, Marshfield classical composer and musician Evan Premo will premiere a song cycle he's written, which sets late Vermont writer David Budbill's poems to music. Budbill, a poet and playwright and musician, died in the fall of 2016.

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Before her tribe was recognized along with three others in Vermont in 2011 and 2012, Vera Longtoe Sheehan wasn't able to call herself an "Abenaki artist."

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