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Young Writers Project: Thrill On The Hill

Dec 15, 2014

Margot Frost, a fifth grade student at Tunbridge Central School, is an avid skier and loves to race. Here’s what Margot says: “I have been skiing for six years now, since I was four. I learned to ski at Quechee Ski Area. I skied there for one year, and then at Pico for two years. Currently, I ski at Mad River Glen and have for the past three years. Skiing brings me great joy, and I hope to continue skiing as long as I can.”

Thrill on the Hill
By Margot Frost
Grade Five, Tunbridge Central School


They may not be the flashiest holiday gifts, but Vermont cooks are very thankful for useful kitchen gadgets. Many food-enthusiasts have a list of things they want for their kitchen, but can’t quite justify buying. 

Amanda Shepard / VPR

This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations and enjoy a variety of special programs, ranging from traditional to new.

Thursday, Dec. 18

9 p.m. on VPR: Hanukkah Lights

A listener favorite, this year’s Hanukkah Lights features new stories written by acclaimed authors, including Debra Ginsberg, Anne Burt, Simone Zelitch, Andrew Borowitz and Theodore Bikel. Enjoy an eclectic variety of Hanukkah stories hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Friday, Dec. 19

Photo courtesy of The Barretones

Poet and writer Diana Whitney from Brattleboro recommended the Vermont Theater Company's adaptation of A Christmas Carol on stage at the Hooker-Dunham Theater in Brattleboro for several weekend performances, including matinees and evening shows.

muvuka / Morguefile

This time of year, everyone is in a gift buying frenzy. Gardeners tend to be down-to-earth and are as happy with a bag of compost as a designer handbag. But there are still worthwhile gifts to consider for your favorite gardener.

Glenn Russell / Burlington Free Press

Restaurant chains are often associated with thoughts of manufactured, unhealthy and sometimes unappetizing food. However, several local businesses in Vermont are starting to change that. 

hotblack / Morguefile

There's something special about stomping through the snow on a cold winter morning to pick out a holiday tree. Although I grew up with the classic plastic tree, as an adult I love the feel and smell of a good balsam tree.

Here's how to select the best tree. First, decide on the type of evergreen. Balsam has a great fragrance. Blue spruce has stiff needles, but can drop needles in a warm room. Scotch pine has stiff branches and needles that stay on the tree even when dry. White pine has soft, long needles and weak branches that can support only small ornaments.

Cherry Street Arisans

Karen Nevin, executive director of Valley Arts Foundation, recommended The Country Christmas Open House and Paint-In this weekend in the Mad River Valley.

Singer Maria Weber Lamson from South Royalton suggested two concerts with Counterpoint on Saturday, December 13th at Lebanon's First Congregational Church in Lebanon and Sunday, December 14th at Bethany Church in Montpelier.

Courtesty of the Halladay Family

Anna Halladay is an 8th grader at Edmunds Middle School, and December's Student Composer Showcase. As a cellist, Anna pays special attention to the bass line of her works. Listen for a conversation with Anna, and hear her String Quartet.

Broadcast Monday 12/1 at 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 12/3 at 8:30 a.m.; Friday 12/5 at 4 p.m.; Saturday 12/6 at 9 a.m.

Cherry Street Arisans

Singer Jon Potter of Brattleboro recommended the 35th Annual Putney Craft Tour, featuring 26 Vermont artists who open their studios to the public to purchase locally produced artwork on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 28th through 30th from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

Artist Shanta Evans-Crowley suggested The 16th Annual Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale in Brattleboro on Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th.