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Planting a fruit bush, like the beach plum, is a great way to enjoy the flavors of summer if your yard is too small for a fruit tree.
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Not everyone has enough yard space for growing fruit so, luckily, there are bush versions of many classic fruit trees. They grow easily in small, sunny spots and stay a manageable size.  

Awesome Etiquette: When Real Life Relationships Impact Social Media Friendships

Jul 21, 2017
When you "unfriend" someone on social media, that person may not even realize it since these types of notifications aren't typically sent to users.
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Your best friend just broke up with her beau who you happen to be friends with in both real life and on Facebook. Now what do you do? "Unfriend" him or stay connected at the risk of ticking off your bestie?

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A prescription for a great weekend: try three very different plays and one night of tango!

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"When you're in a band and especially when you're touring, it's like being in a big marriage." That's the take from guitarist Nick Wood, with the Burlington-based funk-rock band, Gang of Thieves.

Wood and band-mate Tobin Salas, who plays bass guitar, recently sat down with VPR, fresh off the group's Work Together tour.

This week's My Place is a collection of popular songs about cats.

Awesome Etiquette: It's My Party And I'll Swim If I Want To

Jul 14, 2017
With a little preparation, it's totally do-able to host a pool party AND enjoy time in the water without neglecting the needs of your guests.
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So you're throwing a pool party. The guests are on their way, food is prepped, drinks are chilled and the pH balance in the pool is perfect. It's going to be a great time! But, wait. How can you enjoy all the fun you've planned when you're the host? 

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps members and leaders pause while helping to weed at Yoder Farm in Danby.
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Thanks to the Health Care Share project, tons of healthy produce from Vermont farms is now within reach of families and individuals who need it most.

When it comes to Daylilies, the Stella de Oro variety is considered the queen of the repeat bloomers.
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They're a classic Vermont summer flower. They've been grown for medicinal and edible use in Asia for millennia. The individual flowers only open for one day but the plants produce lots of them. Yes, they are daylilies!

Last year's Do Good Fest welcomed over 5,000 spectators on the lawn at National Life headquarters in Montpelier. Again this year, the event is free and the $20 parking fee benefits Branches of Hope.
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This Saturday, the National Life building in Montpelier is opening up its "back lawn" and inviting a few friends over. It's the 4th Annual Do Good Fest, underwritten by the financial services company and boasting a musical line-up of national and local performers.

The 12th ShazamFest takes place this weekend, just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the Burlington, Vermont area. The music festival boasts a wide variety of acts and performers, food and camping in a family-friendly atmosphere.
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This weekend is an overflowing clown-car full of arts events for every taste! Try an environmentally friendly music, arts and sports fest across the border in Québec, a block party in Waterbury or a play on the boards in Weston.

Awesome Etiquette: The Private Guest List

Jul 7, 2017
Private guest lists sent on-line allow attendees to know who is and is not invited to an event.
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If you've ever been invited to a party only to find out that a close friend was not, it could make for an uncomfortable moment. But the private guest list could help avoid that sort of situation.

Now is a good time to add extra compost or fertilizer so plants continue to produce fruit throughout the growing season.
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It's been an interesting summer so far. Lots of rain and humidity but not necessarily high temperatures; however, the vegetables are growing and now it's time to give them a mid-summer boost.

Arthur Conley was one of the many soul artists who recorded music at Fame Studios in Alabama.
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This week's My Place is a concluding part two of the music that was produced at Rick Hall's Fame Recording Studios.

Hear the many soulful hits that emerged in the 1960's and 70's from these studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. 

Listen Saturday, July 8 at 8 p.m. on VPR.

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From outdoor concerts on meeting house lawns to open artists' studios, this weekend is packed with plenty to do in Vermont's arts-rich regions!

Joel Najman

This week's My Place spotlights record producer Rick Hall and his Fame Recording Studios which gave rise to the "Muscle Shoals" sound in Southern soul music.

Joel Najman

Composers Jerry Ross and Richard Adler wrote the words and music of two of the most enduring Broadway musicals of the 1950's as well as a slew of other pop music hits of the pre-rock&roll 1950's. This week's My Place program spotlights the Ross/Adler songwriting partnership with memorable recordings by Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Sarah Vaughan and others.

Training can go a long way when teaching your dog to stay out of the garden.
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If you struggle with the combination of a garden AND dogs, I've got some tips on how to have a dog-friendly garden and a garden-friendly dog.

Awesome Etiquette: For Crying Out Loud, Get Up And Say Hello!

Jun 30, 2017
There's nothing wrong with relaxing on the couch but, when a guest arrives,  always be sure to get up to say hello.
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You finally have some highly coveted down-time on the couch when, all of a sudden, a friend of your spouse arrives and you're faced with the decision of staying horizontal or getting up to say hello.

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Live From The Fort features musicians from around the state performing live at the VPR studios in Colchester. Through music and casual conversation, the series connects music lovers with Vermont-based musicians.

Lots to do in the art world this holiday weekend like bluegrass music to raise awareness of blue-green algae and an auction of four-by-four-inch paintings in Stafford.

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