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Holiday wreaths adorn many houses this time of year. They can be traditional evergreen wreaths with pine cones, winter berries and dried grasses or creative takes on the traditional.

Young Writers Project: In The City, In The Night

23 hours ago
Courtesy, Susan Reid

In the city, in the night,
a ticket stub sits on the salty, damp sidewalk.
The play title, “A Christmas Carol” is barely visible,
concealed by bootprints and slush.

In the city, in the night,
a ripped-off Christmas bell,
too full of sludge to ring clear,
lies as a remnant of the Salvation Army
and their dances for pocket change.

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'Tis the season for Handel's Messiah! Nearly 275 years after it was first performed, Messiah has become a holiday season staple. Check out our list of performances and sing-alongs planned for the next few weeks and share with us any we might have missed.

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The Student Composer Showcase for December is Izzy Serebrov.

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June 28, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, a Yugoslav nationalist. This incident quickly escalated into one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. The Great War, or World War I, saw the rise of revolutions and the death of 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians. The philosophy, technology and geography of the world were forever altered. The world of music was also affected as composers served in battle and sought to express their patriotism and also the true human cost of the conflict.

Hannah Palmer Egan

Some of Vermont's prisoners are helping to prepare Vermont-raised foods for their fellow inmates as part of a new "farm-to-prison" program. Seven Days food writer Hannah Palmer Egan visited the VPR Cafe to talk more about it.

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Singer, songwriter and record producer Gary S. Paxton passed away in 2016 at age 77.

Awesome Etiquette: When Rampant B.O. Is In The Air

Dec 2, 2016

When you're in close quarters with a friend or co-worker and you repeatedly find that their personal hygiene isn't quite up to par, should you say something?

Young Writers Project: Road

Dec 2, 2016
Courtesy, Susan Reid

Don't play in the road. 
Crisp, stern mouth
pushes our feet faster.
Mother always told us
to be cautious.
But we were not cautious.

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The amaryllis bulb has become one of the symbols of the holiday season. Amaryllis bulbs have traditionally produced large, single flowers in the red, pink or white color range. Now there are unusual colored types with double flowers, striped flowers and dwarf selections.

SM Motion Graphics and Visual Effects, Artist Shaun Machia

From Cajun fiddling to a twist on classic ballet to printmaking and photography, find lots of diverse arts events this weekend all around the region.

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Nothing says "home for the holidays" like curling up with a mug of something warm, and putting on some holiday tunes. Reuben Jackson and VPR Music have you covered with a "genre-free" playlist, sure to make your holidays merry and bright!

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In music, there have been defining moments that change the world. A single piece, even a single performance, sends shock waves through the entire art form and suddenly things are never the same. The 1913 premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring was one such moment.

Morris Levy was a music industry executive known for having founded Roulette Records in New York City in 1957. 

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After the tofurkey and pie and leftovers and football, here are some arts events to be grateful for this holiday weekend and beyond.

Awesome Etiquette: Time To Go

Nov 24, 2016

When you're the consummate party host but the party is over, how do you get friends to head home for the night?

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The Farmer's Almanac and the National Weather Service are predicting a snowy, cold winter. This Thanksgiving weekend is a good time to get your shrubs ready.

Young Writers Project: Beautiful

Nov 23, 2016
Courtesy, Susan Reid

All day I sucked in,

​trying to hide

​any traces of fat

​on my body,

Melissa Pasanen

Keeping guests well-fed and happy is the key to a house full of holiday harmony. When Melissa Pasanen, writer for the Savorvore section of the Burlington Free Press, stopped by the VPR Cafe, she suggested some brunch ideas that she learned from savvy experts. 

Young Writers Project: Don't Tell Me I Can't Cry

Nov 21, 2016
Courtesy, Susan Reid

Don't tell me I can't cry

because I care.

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