Featured Programs

Outerlands Gallery

This week, photographer Seth Butler describes the vast array of photographic images and surrealist works on display as part of "Masterworks" now through July 28th at the BigTown Gallery in Rochester.

VPR

The Opera Company of Middlebury provides a live preview of their 10th anniversary production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.  They will give 5 fully-staged performances in Russian with English supertitles May 31 to June 8 at Middlebury's Town Hall Theater.

Art Hounds Turns One

May 20, 2013
VPR

Last May, I was a bit nervous... as nervous as I get when I plan a big party and worry whether anyone will show up.

This party, however, was figurative. Though, in a way, Art Hounds is a party: A weekly arty party!

It's been a year since we launched our arts segment and we couldn't have done it without you.

Art Hounds is truly a unique program. More than an arts calendar, it’s a vibrant voice – now over 200 voices strong — who tell you to seek out that exhibit or play or go see the mural or outdoor sculpture or a hear a particular poetry reading.

Mon 5/20/13

Here's one of the winners of a Young Writers Project contest in which authors were asked to write on the theme of "What Farming means to you. " Carley's story is one of nearly 100 entries.

Sally Pollak

Put a smorgasbord on the Williamsburg waterfront on the East River and you're in a food heaven called Smorgasburg. It's a Brooklyn, New York phenomena that brings food and people from around the world together every weekend.

Sally Pollak of the Burlington Free Press visited Smorgasburg with Eric Rozendaal of Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro. Sally talks about her experience - and how Eric and his team introduced maple lemonade to the Big Apple. Rozendaal also sells chocolate-beet and butternut squash doughnuts and gorditas.

flickr/Laurel Fan


Fri 5/17/13 5:55 pm & Sun 5/19/13 9:35 am

Kale is a killer vegetable. Before you turn up your nose, just consider the facts. Ounce for ounce kale has more iron than beef and calcium than milk. It a super food, loaded with antioxidants that put other leafy greens like spinach and lettuce to shame. And it's beautiful. There are burgundy red varieties, dark blue varieties and a new yellow and green variegated type.

Rob Spring Photos

Scrag Mountain Music is soprano Mary Bonhag and double bassist Evan Premo.  This week they are joined by Clockwise, harpist Jacqueline Kerrod and violinist Marc Uys, for music of Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst and others.  They join Walter Parker for a preview.

Listen Friday morning May 17 at 11.

Art Hounds: Festive

May 16, 2013
BarnArts Center for the Arts

Art teacher Marianne McCann  from Chelsea suggested Mark Goodwin's abstract art exhibit at the Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier, which runs through June 28th with an opening on June 7th.

Chuck Malerich of Bridgewater called in to recommend the American folk opera, "Porgy and Bess" in concert at Barnard's First Universalist Church this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Copyright Paul Bannick

Sat 5/18/13 9:58 am This lovely creature is a Barn Swallow. Notice the rich colors! A genuine master of the air, the swallow swoops low along the ground at high speed, changing direction in the blink of an eye. This prodigy has flown all the way from South America, to offer - without fee - its services as a prolific collector of flying insects, which it vacuums from the air. The Barn Swallow is a common summer visitor.

What Stranger?

May 13, 2013

Here’s a short excerpt from a longer piece titled “What Stranger? That’s Me in the Photo.” A reminiscence inspired by this actual photo.

What Stranger? That's Me in the Photo.
By Jack Dabagian
Grade Eleven, Milton High School

flickr/peganum

Fri 5/10/13 5:55 pm & Sun 5/12/13 9:35 am  The blue wild indigo sounds like a great name for a movie or book, but really it's just the name for a fabulous spring blooming perennial.

Baptisia is native to the Midwest and East Coast. Another common name for it is false wild indigo because is was used as a dye substitute for the tropical indigo plant.

Maddie McGarvey / Free Press

Sunday, May 12, 10:40am  Mary Anne Gucciardi was the den mother for UVM Athletes for more than 30  years.  Affectionately known as Mama Gucc (pronounced Gooch), her huge spaghetti suppers are legend.  On this Mother's Day edition of The VPR Cafe, Melissa Pasanen recounts the magic of Mama Gucc, and Italian 'motherliness'. 

Mareva Millarc

Thursday, 4:55 p.m. and Friday, 7:55 a.m.

Theater performer and Middlebury attorney Jennifer Wagner called the VPR Art Hounds hotline to suggest a group which performs Renaissance polyphony, called Amaryllis.

They perform a program featuring the works of Josquin at St. Stephen's Church in Middlebury on Wednesday, May 15th.

Joyce Hendley of South Burlington suggests an evening taking in some future actors with a stage performance of the much-loved play, "Fiddler on the Roof."

Heliand Consort Live

May 8, 2013
VPR

The Heliand Consort will tour northern Vermont May 8-11 with music of Telemann, Dvorak and others for flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano.  They join Walter Parker in the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview.

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Jacob Morton-Black is a senior at Colchester High School.  His piece for string quartet, "Chapter One: Bar 60," was inspired by the music of Arnold Schoenberg. 

Mountain Top

May 6, 2013

Mon 5/6/13  Another great track from musical mastermind Aiden Ellis, this one with definite Green Mountain Vermont influences.

Mountain Top
by Aiden Ellis
Grade Twelve, Woodstock Union High

Fri 5/3/13 5:55 pm & Sun 5/5/13 9:35 am  It's known as the brummel, brambleberry and bly. It's hard to know where exactly this fruit originated because it grows literally around the world. It's also as well known as a medicinal plant as a food crop. It's the blackberry.

Photo by Candace Page

Rhubarb is Spring's zucchini.  It grows in abundance, is shared generously among neighbors, and can be used in a hundred ways.  This week, Candace Page raves about her favorite fruit.  Candy writes for the Savorevore Section of the Burlington Free Press and keeps copious amounts of rhubarb in her yard and freezer. 

Ben Resnik / VPR

I hope you’ll join me on Thursday, May 2 at 2 p.m. for a conversation about how Vermont Public Radio is serving you.

I’d like to hear your thoughts about VPR News, VPR Classical, and how VPR can best serve our region.

How has our expanded coverage of the Vermont Legislature shaped your understanding of the issues facing our state?  As VPR looks to the future, what ideas do you have for how VPR's local news coverage can expand to meet your information needs?

Art Hounds: Hands-On

May 2, 2013
Ken Howell / Cargo Collective - User Required

Thursday at 4:55 p.m. and Friday at 7:55 a.m.

Christy Mitchell, owner and director of the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington called the VPR Art Hounds hotline to recommend an exhibit at BCA Center in Downtown Burlington, called, “User Required.”

There are two floors of interactive art work and the exhibit is up through May 18th.

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