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Create the ideal living space for magical woodland creatures this weekend. The Nature Museum in Grafton holds its 9th annual Fairy House Festival with events for all ages.
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Dance to nuevo tango, celebrate a Vermont library's 50th anniversary and pay tribute to Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher.

Young Writers Project: 'Daydreaming'

Sep 15, 2017
Ben Stoll, 17, of Georgia, VT, writes about the power of imagination and how daydreaming can lift a person from darkness into the light.
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It's an
intrinsic disease,
they told me,
an unfortunate byproduct
of a
non-lucid mind,

VPR Cafe: Pestopalooza

Sep 15, 2017
Hannah Palmer Egan's recipe for "Amazing Awesome August Pasta" includes kale, tomatoes, feta and pesto.
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Get your food processor out. It's that time of year when you might have an abundance of basil and other greens which are perfect for making pesto.

Couples dance to live tango music performed by Tango Norte. The local group will hold another milonga, or social dance, for tango enthusiasts this weekend in South Pomfret.
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More time to tango, a quilt guild exhibit with quilts featuring famous board games and the last concert in a summer series in St. Johnsbury.

This chelone plant or "turtle's head" is a hardy native perennial that comes in dark pink, white and red.
By Wouter Hagens - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2802803

I used to own a camp with a swimming pond in the Northeast Kingdom. I remember in late summer swimming in the pond and admiring these plants growing along the pond edge. They were 2- to 3-feet tall with rounded stems, deep green, boldly veined leaves and white or pink flowers on the top of the stems. The flowers reminded me of an animal's head. Do you know the animal I'm talking about? Yes, it was chelone or turtle head.

For the July edition of Live From The Fort, TY-ALEX performed live from Studio One at the VPR headquarters in Colchester.

Many herbs from your garden will survive the cold of winter; however, some herbs like rosemary need to be brought indoors.
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This time of year, it's easy to just let the herbs in your garden go. Maybe you've made enough pesto to feed an army or used all the dill you'll need for pickles. But there are good reasons to stay on top of your annual and perennial herbs. Some can be protected from winter, some brought indoors and you can  collect seeds from others.

Taylor LaFleur (left) and Dillon Klepetar are the hard-working farmers and chefs cho created Farmstead Catering in Whallonsburg, NY.
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Beyond farm-to-table comes the concept of seed-to-service on Echo Farm in Whallonsburg, NY. Dillon Klepetar and Taylor LaFleur, who run the farm, have created something similar to a CSA (community supported agriculture) but on a much larger scale. Their venture is called Farmstead Catering which produces, prepares and serves food for weddings and other special occasions.

Awesome Etiquette: Stuck In Your Seat At 30,000 Feet

Sep 8, 2017
If you have a window seat while flying and need to get up, plan on doing so when others in your row are out of their seats.
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You're at crusing altitude on a flight home when, suddenly, nature calls. Not a problem since there's a restroom a few rows away; however, the person in the aisle seat won't get up to let you out!

This chair in the "Johnny Swing: Under The Influence Of Motion" exhibit at Bundy Modern in Waitsfield, is made from coins.
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It’s still summer but doesn’t it feel like you’re ready to head indoors for some concert series, workshops, and gallery exhibits?

Vermont woodworker Steve Hadeka creates unique birdhouses in his workshop, Pleasant Ranch. Using local hard and soft woods and acrylic, his creations bring a modern aeshetic to a traditional form.
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If TV show "Mad Men's" character Don Draper needed a birdhouse to tack to a tree in his backyard in the suburbs, the ones that Vermont woodworker Steve Hadeka creates would totally fit the bill.

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For the September edition of Live From The Fort, Brattleboro's Wooden Dinosaur perform live from Studio One at the VPR headquarters in Colchester.

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How is glass made? Why does glass break? Why do bubbles pop? What's it like inside a bubble? We make everything clear in this episode! Our questions from kids in Arizona, Brazil, California and Cambodia.

Vermont Compost teamster, Kaleigh Hamal, and Ruby the donkey deliver eggs through Montpelier.
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Seeing something a little offbeat in Vermont is par for the course. But donkeys delivering eggs? Yup, it's a thing in Montpelier.

Eutrochium Purpureum, also know as Joe Pye weed, is a favorite of butterflies and bees and makes a nice addition around a pond or grouped with shrubs.
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I love plants with interesting stories. One example is Eutrochium Purpureum. Don't know it? Well, back in colonial times there was a Native American medicine man who made tea from a certain wild plant to help cure typhoid fever. He saved the colonists and his name then became synonymous with the plant; Joe Pye weed.

Awesome Etiquette: How On-Line Dating Has Changed First Dates

Sep 1, 2017
The convenience of on-line dating often allows a person to go on multiple first dates in the same day.
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In the world of on-line dating, first dates are becoming less formal and, instead, turning into quick meetings over coffee or lunch. With this modern, time-saving way of getting to know someone, the opportunity to have multiple first dates in one day is now an option.

Plainfield artist Michelle Wallace uses natural materials to create mandalas that she then photographs.
Michelle Wallace, artist

Michelle Wallace knows her gardens very well. "I have a deep love for the plants ... I think that's where this art is rooted," she said. Recently, those garden spaces have acted as her art supply store. The leaves, flowers, stems, seeds and pods that the Plainfield artist gathers become one-of-a-kind mandalas, which she photographs and then casts to the wind.

Awesome Etiquette: Oh, So You're Not Pregnant?

Aug 25, 2017
Asking others about their health, family or finances is always a no-no unless you've been invited into the conversation.
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This time we're faced with a classic etiquette question: how do you reply when someone wrongly assumes you're pregnant and comments on it publicly?

Consider planning ahead before traveling to more easily find restaurants that meet your needs once you reach your destination.
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Traveling and eating out usually go hand in hand. But finding an amazing place to nosh while far from home can be a bit tricky, especially when overseas.

Plant breeders have created many hybrids of Verbascum, some of which have flower spikes up to eight feet tall.
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This European native wildflower is in the snapdragon family but you'd never know from its shape and size. It has a tall flower spike, was used medicinally to treat respiratory problems and now has many showy hybrids created by plant breeders. I'm talking about Verbascum.

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