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

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Arts enthusiast Jennifer Nachbur of Burlington suggested the 6th annual Dance Showcase, Unity In Diversity, to benefit Puppets in Education on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Black Box Theater at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

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Singer Dody Riggs from Brattleboro suggested the community choir, Rock Voices. The winter concert is on Friday, Jan. 8 at Centre Church in Brattleboro and Saturday, Jan. 9 at Academy of Music in Northampton, MA. Both shows begin at 7 p.m.

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Artist Dave Celone suggested Matt Brown's original watercolors and wood block prints done in the Japanese hanga style at Long River Gallery and Gifts in Lyme, New Hampshire through Jan. 12.

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Army major and composer Peter Jennison recommended The Gathering, a concert at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Jennison wrote his music during deployment in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

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Rick Cowan from Main Street Arts in Saxtons River suggested jazz musicians Draa Hobbs and John Stowell in concert, The Jazz Of Two Guitars on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.

Courtesy of Liz LaVorgna

Artists don't often begin a new project with a problem statement but that is just how Brattleboro photographer Liz LaVorgna got the inspiration for Coffee & Conversation: Stories Of Homelessness.

Matthew Thorsen

Courtney Howard from South Burlington suggested Sentiments and Suitcases, a cabaret as part of the Bill Reed Voice Studio's Singer's Art Concert Series on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. at Spotlight on Dance, San Remo Drive, South Burlington.

Leslie Wright

Inside the South Burlington studio, sparks fly and underneath the heatproof welder's visor is Burlington-based sculptor, Kat Clear.

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Sarah Wunderle from Bellows Falls suggested The Santa Express aboard the Green Mountain Flyer from Bellows Falls to Chester and back on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Lenore Pepe is an artist from Swanton and suggested the free, all-ages Creating Ornaments workshop at the Swanton Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Student actors from Dartmouth College are performing 'Don Juan Comes Back From The War' at the Hopkins Center through this weekend. Theater professor and director Peter Hackett joined VPR to talk about how this play, written after World War I, is still relevant today.

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Kimberly Caterino is a long-time student of West African drum and dance and suggested the 21st Annual Jeh Kulu Drum & Dance Festival this weekend, Friday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 8 at Burlington's City Hall.

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Larry Booker writes World War II-era novels set in Ireland from his home in Pittsford. His two books, McGrath's Detail and McGrath's Murder, will soon be followed up by a third, to complete a trilogy.

The retired teacher and a former member of the U.S. Navy joined VPR to talk about his writing practice.

Tina Mauss

John Killacky, executive director of The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, is the latest recipient of the Margaret L. (Peggy) Kannenstine Award For Advocacy. The award is one of the Governor's Arts Awards, given to a Vermonter who is "committed to furthering the arts in fields such as accessibility, administration, education, mentoring, philanthropy, production and wellness."

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Musician, filmmaker and photographer Fred Wilbur suggested the multimedia exhibit Precious Guru created by The Triptich Journey artists through October 30th in the Central Vermont Medical Center lobby.

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Chittenden County artist Maggie Sherman recommended the Alejandro Ziegler Quartet from Buenos Aires performing Argentine tango music on Friday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at Shelburne Town Hall.

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Let's do the Time Warp again! The stage version of the Richard O'Brien-penned cult classic The Rocky Horror Show turns 40 this year and Woodstock's Pentangle Arts will stage performances of the iconic audience-participation favorite beginning Friday, Oct. 23 with a special showing at midnight on Halloween at the Woodstock Town Hall Theater.

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S.B. Sobel, a painter, printmaker and poet from Montpelier suggested the felted wool tapestry pieces of Neysa Russo on the walls at Bagito's Cafe in Montpelier through December.

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Main Street Arts' Five Seasons Project, including local composer Carol Wood's original piece, The Saxtons River Suite, is set to hit the stage next month.

Along with original music, several area artists were asked to add to Main Street Arts' collection of historical theater curtains, some of which are over 100 years old.

UVM Lane Series

Shoshana Frieden from Stowe suggested the The Gathering: Concert For Autumn Colors featuring David Lindlay, Barbara Higbee and others on Saturday, October 10th at 8 p.m. at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.