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

Eduardo Santana

The band Alpenglow got their start just a few years ago at Middlebury College. After two locally grown releases, the band has since moved from Vermont to Brooklyn, New York, and is on tour now supporting the new full-length album called Callisto.

Courtesy of Theater Kavanah

Donna Hopkins from Montpelier suggests the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra's spring concert, Primavera on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m. at College Hall at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.

Jeff Woodward

Through her practice as a life coach and her website, Mindful Connections, Marlboro author Nicole Birkholzer is in the business of helping people live in the moment. And as a life-long animal lover, horsewoman and pet owner, Birkholzer saw that our animal companions – who only live in the present – could be the best teachers to get us closer to that goal.


Local music fan Susan Abell of Hinesburg recommended the band PossumHaw in concert at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Capital City Concerts

Student musician Fiona Reed of Stowe suggested the iconic a cappella men's group from Yale, the Whiffenpoofs at Elley Long Music Center in Colchester on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 6 at Montpelier High School Auditorium at 3 p.m.

Studio Place Arts

This month, Studio Place Arts in Barre will show three floors of works interpreting the concepts of 'Them, Us And You.' Artists from Vermont and around the globe responded to the call and their pieces on subjects like immigration, religious differences, racial tensions, gender issues and classism are on display beginning Tuesday, March 8.


Independent curator Laura DiPiazza from Sharon suggested the informal dance instruction, Let's Dance with Gina Sonne on Friday, Feb. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Vermont Independent School of the Arts in Sharon.

Jenna Brower

Burlington-based musician Abbie Morin spent 16 weeks last fall covering 12,000 miles of road, taking her self-described "foxy folk" music all over the country.

Courtesy, Stacy Mincher

Comedian Kathleen Kanz of Montpelier suggested the Comic Relief event to benefit C.O.T.S. at ArtsRiot in Burlington on Friday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m.

Courtesy of Peter Jennison

New Hampshire native Peter Jennison has been composing music for piano since he was 10 years old. When he joined the military as an adult and was deployed overseas as a medevac helicopter pilot, Jennison often listened to soothing music from other composers like Will Ackerman and, in his downtime, began to write his own contemporary pieces.

Courtesy, Northern Stage

Anne Peyton from Strafford suggested  the performance of 'Mad Love' through Saturday, Feb. 13 at Northern Stage in White River Junction.

Courtesy of Topaz Weis

Topaz Weis is an expressive arts facilitator with a space called Expressive Arts Burlington. She recently sat down with VPR to talk about her practice and how each of us has creative abilities within.

Courtesy, Brattleboro Concert Choir

Gail Nunziata from Brattleboro suggested the benefit concert for Black Lives Matter and Brattleboro Concert Choir featuring Charles Mays, Jr. called, "Songs Of The Journey" on Sunday, Feb. 7 at the Center Congregational Church in Brattleboro beginning at 3 p.m.

Musicians have been sampling other artists' songs for decades. Though some get into hot water when they blur the lines between homage and theft, when pop culture borrows a tune from classical music, it's usually more flattery than fines.

Courtesy of Rosalind Saunders

Five years ago, when she couldn't find good theater roles as a young teen, South Burlington senior Noa Saunders founded her own production company, Spotted Pup Productions

Michael Chorney

Storyteller  Sue Schmidt recommended fellow storytellers in 'How Much Longer?' at The Twilight Theater at Lyndon State College on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of Chris Flockton

Actor Christopher Flockton was born in Scotland, worked in New York City and then five years ago, moved to Hartford, Vermont with his family.

Courtesy, Bitsy Biron

Comedian Bitsy Biron from East Orange suggested the comedy showcase at The Wagon Wheel in Chelsea on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 8 to 10 p.m.

Rachel Portesi

Honoring his Finnish roots, Saxtons River painter Eric Aho partakes in the tradition of sitting in a steamy outdoor sauna in the wintertime and then jumping into the waters of a frigid pond to cool down.

Courtesy, NextStage Arts

Jim Malley from Bellows Falls suggests Main Street Arts' performance of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris at Next Stage Arts in Putney on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.