Featured Program

Jean Kiewel of Windham and Eric Shonstrom, a professor at Champlain College, both recommended the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde onstage but by two different acting companies: The Josh Moyse version at Brattleboro's Hooker-Dunham Theater through November 1st and The Middlebury Actors Workshop version at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, October 31st at 7:30.

Join Reuben Jackson, host of Friday Night Jazz for a performance by vocalist Audrey Bernstein recorded live in the VPR Performance Studio. Bernstein and her ensemble will scare away any Halloween Night jitters with selections from her forthcoming recording.  Jackson will also feature new music from Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Sergio Mendez and many others.

Broadcast on Friday, October 31st at 8 p.m.

Young Writers Project: Gone Spacewalking

Oct 27, 2014

Zoe Riell, a senior who is homeschooled in Poultney, has been writing on her Young Writers Project blog for four years. She is also a mentor for Young Writers Project and is being published this year in YWP’s Anthology 6.

A team of chefs gathered for an all night cookout last month in Burlington. The event was called Eat By Northeast (EAT X NE) and it was not your typical burgers and dogs cookout. It was super-sized, with beef, goats, pigs and veal being cooked all night over wood fires for 600 people. Sally Pollak, who writes for the Savorvore section of The Burlington Free Press, stayed awake (most of the time) to chronicle the event.

This time of year it's easy to pull out the remaining veggies, cut back your perennial flowers, clean out containers, clap your hands and say, “That's it, I'm done”! But wait. There are some other fall chores to do that will make life a lot easier come spring.

Former poetry professor John Wood of Saxton's River recommended the Main Street Arts exhibit at the River Garden. The Five Seasons Painted Theater Curtains project is on display through the end of the month.

Jacqueline Drouin suggested the performance by the Dance College of Inner Mongolia on Wednesday, October 29th at 7:30 at the UVM Recital Hall.

Fiona Sweeney is an 8th grade student at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, N.H. Fiona says she wrote the poem, “Misunderstood” about feminism because it is “often misconstrued to be something radical and ‘anti-man.’” Fiona says, “By definition, feminism is the belief that men and women (and those who don’t identify with either gender) should all be equal from political, social, and economic standpoints. I wrote this poem in response to an encounter I had with another student who, despite my best efforts, was refusing to understand that feminism is about equality, not man hating.”

Now that the tomatoes have gone by, the last prize in your garden before fall is squash. As Candace Page tells us, it's more versatile than you think - for a quick dinner, a rich soup, even donuts! Candace writes for the Savorvore Section of The Burlington Fee Press. You can learn more about the many uses of squash in Candace's article. Below is her recipe for Butternut Squash Bisque, a soup enhanced with a surprise ingredient.

I recently returned from leading VPR's Gardens and Food tour of Spain and France. While in Provence I was struck by the pumpkins, or should I say lack of them. The round, orange skinned orbs we love to decorate and paint for Halloween are non-existent. But instead are the red, flattened, cinderella pumpkins. In French, they're called 'Rouge Vif d'Etampes'. Our French cooking class chef said they're the best for flavor. It got me thinking and noticing many different squashes on farm stands and markets right here in Vermont.

Actor Josh McDonald of Essex Junction recommended the hooked rug and fiber arts show, Hooked In The Mountains, at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction from Wednesday, October 15th through Sunday, October 19th.

Artist Sarah Vogelsang Card suggested the local food, brew and art festival, ARToberFest, in Waterbury this Saturday, October 18th from 4 to 10 p.m.