Featured Programs

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Sunday, September 22, 2013, 10:40am  There are scores of 'heirloom' apples - varieties that have been around for a hundred years or more. This week, Sally Pollak takes us to Windfall Orchard in Cornwall, where reclaiming and nurturing an heirloom orchard is an act of love.

Sally writes for the Savorevore Section of the Burlington Free Press, where you can read more about Windfall Orchard.

Brattleboro West

Deborah Neuhof from Woodstock recommends the Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival at Union Arena on Route 4, near the high school next weekend in Woodstock.

Jo Leitman suggests a trip to Isle LaMotte this weekend to commemorate a visit from a popular president for "Teddy Roosevelt Day."

Mara Williams, chief curator of the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center suggests the grouping of open studios coming next weekend, called Brattleboro West.

Copyright Daniele Occhiato

Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 8:57 a.m. In September, this Arctic Tern flies from Alaska all the way to Antarctica. Rufous Hummingbirds follow pathways of mountain wildflowers, from as far north as Alaska south to Mexico. Ruby-crowned Kinglets, migrate altitudinally from the mountains to the lowlands. Each of these birds migrates, but on a very different course. All make the most of food and breeding opportunities that change with the seasons.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013, 10:40a.m.  The 'perfect' pie is a challenge that intimidates many home bakers.  Should the crust be made with butter or shortening?  What kind of apples work best? 

This week, Candace Page, who writes for the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press, reveals the secrets of a tender flaky crust and flavorful filling.  You'll also find out why Candy says, "Any apple pie is better than no apple pie!"

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Friday, September 13, 2013 at 5:57 p.m. and Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. I'm Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. When I say flowering bulbs, most people think of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other spring bloomers. But if you look closely around some yards in fall you'll notice a whole other group of bulbs flowering now. These are the autumn flowering bulbs and I think they deserve more attention. Colchicum and autumn crocus bulbs are planted now to bloom in fall.

Autumn again so soon!  Music for stacking wood and looking northeast to Acadia, and a preview of some of the many amazing artists playing at the Fresh Grass festival at MASS MoCA next weekend!

Please note:  This program will air on Sunday September 15th from 7:00-10:00pm

This week's calendar announcements:

The Fresh Grass Festival will be held in North Adams, MA at MASS MoCA from September 20th - 22nd.  Featured artists include Ralph Stanley, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall, The Gibson Brother, The Infamous Stringdusters, and many many more !

Katharine Montstream

Donna Iverson recommends the newest work by a long-time and much-loved Vermont artist who has taken quite a departure from her well-known watercolors.

Katharine Montstream went inside the long-empty Moran Plant on Burlington’s Waterfront and captured a new beauty amongst the cold, industrial shapes and graffiti.

Her "Moran Plant Interiors" display is up at her new gallery on St. Paul Street in Burlington through the end of the month.

Jan Bruss recommend an exhibit at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph.

Copyright Chris Peterson

Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 8:57 a.m. Who among us hasn’t almost walked into a glass door? Birds though, especially when migrating, run the risk of colliding with reflective glass in urban areas. With millions of birds dying from collisions every year, it’s heartening to know that bird-friendly lighting and design options are emerging. For example, a brand of glass called Ornilux contains a UV pattern nearly invisible to humans that warns away birds. A promising product!

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Sunday, September 8, 2013, 10:40a.m.  When people 'from away' think of Vermont, they're likely to picture a rustic red barn, cows grazing in a meadow, and sap buckets on maple trees.  But many visitors are going behind the scenes to see what actually happens on the farm and how Vermont farmers stay in business.  Vermont Farm Tours is a home grown business that enlighten visitors and locals alike.  Melissa Passanen, who writes for the Burlington Free Press Savorvore series, follows along on a Vermont Farm Tour. 

Vermont Garden Journal: Flowering For Drying

Sep 6, 2013
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Friday, September 6, 2013 at 5:57 p.m. and Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. I'm Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. I can't believe it. I know it's only early September, but I've already noticed a chill in the air at night. The shortening days and cooler nights means flowers will be shutting down their growth soon. I hate to see my beautiful flowers succumb to frost, so while there still are some beauties in the garden, it's time to select flowers for drying and bringing indoors.

Outerlands Gallery

Laura Lewis of Guilford suggests a performance by renowned cellists, Judith Serkin and Paul Wiancko, at the Guilford Free Library on Saturday, September 7th.  The concert will benefit the library.

Evan Langfeldt is on the board of the Shelburne Craft School and recommends a trip to the FlynnDOG Gallery to see the large-scale paintings, "Water Above, Sky Below." 

My Place: Answer Songs

Sep 5, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 8 p.m. This week Joel Najman's My Place revisits the phenomenon of "Answer Records" which proliferated during the first decade of the Rock & Roll era. Oftentimes when a record became a hit, another artist would "answer" that first record with one that continued with the same theme. Some of these records became hits in their own right, and most all are entertaining. Recordings of this type by Carole King, Jo Ann Campbell and Dodie Stevens are among those featured.

September's Student Composer Showcase features Noah Marconi of Shelburne, a recent graduate of Champlain Valley Union High School.  His orchestral work, "Memories Past," reflects on his blossoming as a musicians and composer during his high school years.

The VPR Classical Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP, the Music Composition Online Mentoring Program.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. The angle of the light is changing, and, even though it's hard to relate after such a hot and humid summer, some are getting a bit nostalgic  for this fading summer...We look forward to harvest festivals (including the wonderful Shelburne Orchards Small Farms Festival next weekend) and travel from the New Zealand gold rush to Eastern Europe in the meantime!

Please note:  This program will air on Sunday September 8th from 7:00-10:00pm

This week's calendar events:

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Sunday, September 1, 2013, 10:40 a.m.  North Hill Gardens in Readsboro is a seven acre landscape of color and serenity.  The garden was created over 40 years by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrwood, and includes some 8,000 species.  Sally Pollak, who writes for the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press, tells the story of Joe and Wayne and paints a picture of what you will find there.

Copyright Matthew Studebaker

It’s late August, and BirdNote is imagining the bird life at Garrison Keillor’s mythical Lake Wobegon. The loons are now quiet. And the Purple Martins that nested outside the Chatterbox Café? They’re headed for South America. Even the Orchard Orioles - like the pair seen here (female L, male R) - that nested in the tree behind the Sidetrack Tap have gone south. But the cardinals aren’t going anywhere. Neither are the chickadees.

Wendy Copp

Susan Smiley of New Haven suggests the exhibit "Fashion & Fantasy" which features whimsical clothing pieces made from foraged and found natural objects. Artist Wendy Copp's own forest fashion as well as clothing from the museum collection, posed with animal heads created by Copp are on display at The Henry Sheldon Museum through November 2nd.

There were "Bomp Bomp Bomp's"," Sha Na Na's", and "Dip Dip Dip's" everywhere rock & roll was played a half century ago, and this week Joel Najman's My Place presents a sampling of the great nonsense syllable songs  of the rock era's first golden years. Memorable recordings by the Marcels, the Del-Vikings, Dion and the Belmonts and others are among the selections featured.


Friday, August 30th, 2013, 8p.m.  It's hard to believe it, but Friday Night Jazz with Reuben Jackson turns one next week! To celebrate, you'll hear a live taped performance of saxophonist Brian McCarthy.  He'll be playing with Paul Asbell on guitar, Rob Morse on bass, and Jeff Salisbury on drums.  Reuben Jackson will round out the program with requests that have come in from listeners.  Listen Friday night at 8.

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Friday, August 30, 2013 at 5:57 p.m. and Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. I'm Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. Maybe it's because of all the rain earlier this summer or maybe it's an "on" year, but I've been noticing a bummer crop of wild apples and pears. Often untended wild trees will alternate their bearing years. Producing lots of fruit one year, and few the next.