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Vermont Garden Journal: Flowering For Drying

Sep 6, 2013
AP Photo/Fernando Vergara

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

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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.

Lots of songs for Labor Day weekend, some classic and modern calypso, and the train that carried Jimmie Rodgers home!

Please note:  This program will air on Sunday, September 1st from 7:00-9:00pm.

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Candace Page

Sunday, August 25, 2013, 10:40a.m.

Avery says she usually writes when she's feeling emotional. "This was written one time when I was just sort of thinking, and questioning things I know to be true. I took inspiration from life and death for this poem.”

Heaven or Hell
by Avery McLean
Grade Eight, Lake Champlain Waldorf School

And here we are again.
Standing at the edge of a precipice.
Watching how the world accepts us now.
Realizing how decorated fate must be.

Here I am again.
Knowing that I am stuck here
For the time they call

Copyright David Bruess

Hurricanes bring tragedy not only to people, but also to birds and other wildlife. Severe storm winds may kill many birds and blow others far from their normal range. Although many individuals die, most populations of birds are resilient, able to spring back from disaster if conditions allow. Many small birds, like this Carolina Wren, breed twice in a season. Fortunately, the effects of natural disasters are usually local, and bird populations on a grand scale can, literally, weather the storm.

Damir Alisa / Free Press

August 22nd & 23rd, Thursday at 4:50 p.m., Friday at 7:55 a.m.

ArtsRiot hosts the South End Truck Stop on Pine Street in Burlington every Friday.  Local art, music and food.  On August 30th, author Jan Reynolds will launch her 17th book, High-Altitude Woman, welcoming it into the world with a multi-media presentation on her many high-altitude explorations and a gallery show of her photographs.  ArtsRiot is also opening their first Social Design Competition next month.  The theme is "Destroy Apathy”.

This week Joel Najman's My Place program continues a spotlight on the Specialty Record Company and its founder Art Rupe, with a focus on Specialty's many contributions during the rock&roll 1950's through the pre-Beatles 1960's. Memorable recordings by Lloyd Price, Percy Mayfield and Specialty's all-time superstar Little Richard are among the selections featured.

A preview of the always-wonderful New World festival, coming up on "Labor Day Sunday"  in Randolph,  some marvelous English voices, a Cajun waltz or two, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops!

Please note:  This program will air on Sunday August 25th from 7:00-10:00 pm !

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Copyright Bob Moul

Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 8:58 a.m. By late summer, the male Mallard’s need for fancy feathers to attract the females has passed. These birds have molted, and their bright feathers are replaced with mottled brown ones. Subdued colors help camouflage the male ducks, protecting them from predators. Come fall, the male Mallards will molt again and become the colorful dandies we remember.

Take a splash to learn about Ducks Unlimited! The organization protects habitat for Mallards at all stages of their lives. Find links below in Related Resources.

AP/Wayne Parry

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:57 p.m. & Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. I'm Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. Logan Smith once said, "What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree? Plums are special and second only to apples as a cultivated fruit. There are different types of plums, but most are small trees that fit in any sized yard.