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Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:58 a.m.  The habitats that comprise Sunkhaze Meadows Refuge in central Maine – including peat bogs, streamside meadows, shrub thickets, cedar swamps, and maple forests – are rich with bird life, like this Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. You’ll also find Bobolinks and more than 20 kinds of warblers during the summer months. The flycatchers return to Sunkhaze Meadows annually from Panama, while Bobolinks migrate to Maine from as far as Bolivia.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013 10:40am  It's a tiny parking lot surrounded by art studios the rest of the week, but on Friday night, the space behind 400 Pine Street is home of The South End Truck Stop.  A dozen or more food trucks offer everything from macaroni and cheese to curried goat to cupcakes.  Hundreds of people gather to eat, listen to the music, meet up with friends and make new ones.  Sally Pollak of the Burlington Free Press talks with Ric Cengeri about how the South End Truck Stop came to be.

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

It was supposed to be knee high by the 4th of July, but more likely it was knee high in water. But with the recent spate of hot, humid weather sweet corn is taking off. If you're growing your own patch here are a few pests to watch for.

Art Hounds: Carving

Jul 18, 2013
Stefanie Rocknak

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. and Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

This week, several Art Hounds suggested  Stefanie Rocknak’s exhibit at The Carving Studio in West Rutland, including Brandon artist Fran Bull, who describes Rocknak's work as "wondrous figments of a beautiful imagination."

Rocknak's pieces are on display through August 16th.

Emily McManamy/Free Press

Sunday July 14, 2013 10:40am  As the temperature rises, we head for the refrigerator for cold drinks to quench our thirst and cool off.   This week, food writer Melissa Pasanen shares her recommendations for Vermont made favorites from yesterday and today.  Learn about Haymaker's Punch and the true origins of Vermont Made Maple Lemonade.  We first heard about Maple Lemonade on The VPR Cafe when Sally Pollak recounted how popular it is at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, New York.

"O summer, summer, summertime." - Robert Hayden

Each season has its own music - its own powerful singularity. And we as individuals often alternately revel in - or curse - the specifics.

When I think of summer in Vermont, I am reminded of something a longtime resident of the Green Mountain State told me 30 plus years ago: "Reuben, a Vermont summer is a short story."

I think he was right.

(c) Elena Seibert

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm. On the day he won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his novel, Empire Falls, Richard Russo didn't sit around waiting for a phone call from the prize committee. He spent the day playing tennis with a friend instead. When he returned home, his wife, Barbara, was standing on the front porch.

"The look on her face was one I had not seen before," Russo says. He recalls thinking that "either someone has died or I've won the Pulitzer."

Charles Daniels Photography

Peter Carey suggested a unique performance called, "hoopsuite," featuring Boston-area musicians and dancers.

The group generally takes their show to outdoor venues and basketball courts but on its summer tour around New England, hoopsuite will be performed at Bennington College's VAPA Theater this Saturday at 9 p.m.

Photo: Courtesy, Malboro Music

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Update: July 10, 2013

Ivan Voinov is a computer-based musician from Colchester, and his work for piano, violin, cello, and clarinet is called "The Harpy and the Griffin."  It tells the fanciful tale of two rival mythical flying creatures.  Ivan plans to attend Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore this fall where he will study computer music.

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

If you love Broadway musicals, then mark your calendar for Saturday, July 13th for VPR Classical’s 2013 American Musical Sampler. Join hosts Peter Fox Smith, Betty Smith and Tim Johnson for an afternoon of Broadway show music. You'll hear classic recordings, some little known gems, and songs from the newest hit musicals on Broadway.

Listen Saturday at 12:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Young Writers Project: The Adventure

Jul 8, 2013

Georgia writes, "My inspiration for this story actually came from a picture in a Harris Burdick book by Chris Van Allsburg. The image shows a little boy and a sea captain (Captain Tory) looking out over a lake at a beautiful ship.  I love this picture. It really makes me think of the importance of childhood and a child's imagination.  I believe that it is so important for people, especially kids, to enjoy every moment of life so they don't miss special adventures, like the little boy has in my story, because you never know when a day is going to be just an ordinary day."

Candace Page / Free Press

Sunday July 7, 2013 10:40am  Award winning chefs from acclaimed New York City restaurants are opting for a different lifestyle in Vermont.  What's it like to take a passion for gourmet cooking from a city of eight million to a small town in Vermont?  Candace Page talked with chefs that have made the switch about their new lives, their restaurants and their patrons. 

AP/Hillary Rhodes

What's the key ingredient to Italian food? I think it's all in the herbs. When you're enjoying your summer dinners potato salad, pizza and grilled meats you can thank some Italian herbs for making them so tasty. While basil gets all the attention (and rightly so), oregano, thyme and flat-leafed parsley also give Italian food that unmistakable flavor.

Morrill Homestead

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. & Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

Kirk McCormick of Burlington reminded us that Radio Bean in downtown Burlington holds Jazz Night each Thursday evening, featuring Shane Hardiman and other local musicians taking the stage. Visit the calendar page for a list of bands.

Therese Linehan of Strafford suggested the "Gallery in the Garden" fund-raiser for the Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford.

About this poem, Sam writes: "I originally wrote this poem for the 'white lies' prompt and wrote about what came to mind when I thought about them. White lies tend to have a snowball effect. Even with the best intentions, trust is often lost or worn thin and further lies must be fabricated in order to continue with the story. I believe in whole-hearted honestly, and telling it like it is, with tact of course. I hope this poem inspires more people to do so."

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Friday, July 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.   The nation’s electric grid now penetrates all aspects of our daily lives. Our aging electric power grid, the patchwork system that transmits and distributes electricity from plants to consumers, is aging and stretched to capacity.

The nation’s grid, built 50, 60 years ago, is taxed year-round but especially in the summer months with triple-digit temperatures, violent storms and outages when users are relying on their air conditioners.

Sally Pollak / Free Press

Sunday June 30, 2013 10:40am Local and Fresh - those are the key ingredients of localvore eating.  Many restaurants in Vermont are going super local and super fresh with their own gardens.  Sally Pollak, who writes for The Burlington Free Press Savorvore Section, has visited several restaurants that serve their patrons direct from their own gardens.  You can read more about 'Dinner Grown Here' and restaurants tha

AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye

This Native American flower was one of the earliest examples of Russian and American cooperation. It has been grown in the Americas for thousands of years, but became popular in modern times due to breeding in Russia. It's the sunflower.

Art Hounds: Memory

Jun 27, 2013
Phantom Theater

Thursdays, 4:50 p.m. & Fridays, 7:55 a.m.

Warren artist Julia Purinton recommended the kick-off performance of Phantom Theater's summer line-up, "Long Gone."

The dance performance at Edgcomb Barn in Warren explores how our dead continue to live and evolve through memory and imagination.