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VPR News
5:52 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Celebration Shows Growth And Diversity Of Vermont's Islamic Community

Vermont Muslims bowed in prayer during an event that celebrated the end of Ramadan.
Annie Russell VPR

In Burlington today, Muslims celebrated the end of Ramadan with communal prayers and celebrations. This year’s celebration shows the growth and diversity of the Islamic community in Vermont.

Two thousand worshipers gathered at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

This marks the end of month-long period during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset.

And it begins the Eid ul-Fitr or “feast of fast breaking” holiday, where Muslims exchange social visits and celebrate.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Take A Book, Leave A Book In Vermont's Tiniest Libraries

A little library awaits borrowers on Boynton Avenue in St. Johnsbury.
Charlotte Albright VPR

For many of us, summer is a time to kick back with a good book.  And in some neighborhoods, finding something new to read is as easy as strolling down the street. Little free libraries have been sprouting all over the world—including Vermont. Some are no bigger than a bird house. Others are as large as a phone booth. You leave a book, and take one—no card necessary.

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Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

New Play Explores Experience Of Gay 'Farm Boys'

"Farm Boys" is being presented as part of this weekend's Vermont Pride Theater Festival in Randolph.
Tim Calabro

The Annual Summer Pride Theater Festival continues this weekend in Randolph, featuring three plays that address concerns and issues of gay and lesbian Vermonters.

One of those plays is Farm Boys, an adaptation of a 1996 book by Milwaukee writer Will Fellows.

Will Fellows was himself a gay man raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm. For the book Farm Boys, he gathered testimony from dozens of gay men from rural areas.

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Commentary
3:50 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Mares: Meeting Frank Gaylord

Frank Gaylord with images of the Korean War Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Bill Mares

In researching a book about war memorials and monuments, I was both pleased and gratified to meet Frank Gaylord, the 89-year-old sculptor of the figures in the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. It was an honor to shake the hand that had carved those ghostly soldiers, and many more noteworthy statues besides.
 

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VPR Blog
9:28 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Host Neal Charnoff Leaving VPR

VPR's All Things Considered Host Neal Charnoff

Neal Charnoff, VPR’s longtime local host of All Things Considered, will be setting his alarm clock a bit earlier as the new host of Morning Edition at WFDD public radio in Winston-Salem, NC. The news of Neal’s departure from VPR was shared with his colleagues earlier this week. He cited long Vermont winters and a desire to be closer to stepchildren as reasons for his decision.

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VPR News
6:13 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

In A Kingdom By The Trees, Vermont Children's Theater Still Going Strong

Young actors present "Beauty and the Beast" at Vermont Children's Theater in Lyndonville.
Charlotte Albright vpr

Once upon a time, on a tree-lined ridge overlooking Lyndonville, a bunch of kids gathered in a red barn. They moved some hay bales around, scared away some angry starlings, and sang and danced their way into the hearts of the Northeast Kingdom.

Over 20 years later, and with a lot of help from volunteers and benefactors, the curtain is still going up on the Vermont Children’s Theater.

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Weekly Conversation On The Arts
5:06 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Afraid To Talk About Death? This Exhibit Might Change Your Mind

The Wake Up To Dying traveling exhibit features interviews with more than 20 Vermonters about death, dying and life. The traveling exhibit is at Montpelier's Christ Episcopal Church July 24-26.
Wavebreakmedia Ltd Thinkstock

It’s natural that people, for the most part, do not like to talk about death and dying. An audio exhibit in Montpelier this weekend is trying to change that.

The Wake Up To Dying Project gathers stories about death, dying and life, and supplements them with art exhibits and discussion. The traveling exhibit is at Montpelier's Christ Episcopal Church July 24-26.

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Art Hounds
2:37 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Art Hounds: Circus & Theater

Aerialists perform in Circus Smirkus' 'Anchors Away For Atlantis'
Photo credit, Cindy Shultz, Times Union

Serenity Smith-Forchion is the director of the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro and recommended Circus Smirkus' appearance at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, Massachusetts on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 29th and 30th with shows both days at 1 and 7 p.m.

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