Fridays at 5:55 p.m. and Sundays at 9:35 a.m. I'm Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. I recently heard a story about NASA sending basil and turnip seeds to the moon in grow chambers to see how they will germinate in that gravity-less, high radiation environment. It prompted me to remember the now famous research NASA also did on house plants. When looking at long term stays on the space station, one of the challenges was to produce clean air for astronauts to breathe.
A painting by Vermont artist Norman Rockwell set a record when it was auctioned Wednesday by Sotheby's in New York City. Saying Grace sold for just over $46 million, a record for an individual American painting.
Two other Rockwell paintings earned high price tags at Wednesday's auction: The Gossips sold for nearly $8.5 million and Walking to Church went for more than $3.2 million.
This week, our Art Hounds hotline was abuzz with at least eight different recommendations for the same event: The Cherry Street Artisans two-day event this weekend in Brattleboro.
Shop for local and handmade artists' creations in the Victorian home of artist Judy Zemel with live music and food on Saturday, December 7th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, December 8th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This fall, I helped organize a contest called StoryhackVT. Participants had 24 hours to create a story using at least three different media – which could be text, photos, audio, games, animation – anything as long as there were three and they told one story. This simple set up produced a variety of creative responses. Added together, these responses all reflect a new way of thinking about websites.
Vermonters have a special incentive to buy this year’s Hanukah Stamp from the U.S. Postal Service. The menorah on the stamp was designed by blacksmith Steven Bronstein of Marshfield.
The cars passing by the Blackthorne Forge on Route 2 are the last indication that you’re still in the 21st century. Walking inside Steven Bronstein’s blacksmith shop, you’re struck by the sights and sounds of the late 19th century.
Bronstein is hand-making iron clocks, garden tools and various other creations that are sold in shops and galleries around the country.
Those early Thanksgiving participants who were so thankful to have made it through the previous year, with the help of their Native American neighbors, were especially grateful for the bountiful food they had before them. There were no grocery stores selling shrink-wrapped frozen turkeys and gelatinous cans of cranberry sauce.
Friday at 7:55 a.m. Fiber artist Bettie Barnes of Central Vermont recommends, "Waiting For The Light," a concert by Anima, a choral group who sing songs from the Renaissance and featuring the works of Hildegard von Bingen.
That concert is Saturday, November 30th at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier and Sunday, December 1st at 5 p.m. at the Green Mountain Monastery in Greensboro.
Vermont is a national leader in promoting small farms and locally produced food. But local food initiatives aren’t reaching everyone. A report by the Vermont Community Foundation says 13 percent of families in the state struggle with hunger or food hardship.
In the Brattleboro area, Equitable Buying Clubs are part of the effort to make local food more accessible to all Vermonters.
So tomorrow we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah together for the first time since 1888 – an event that won’t come again for another 77,798 years! This is because the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar while the Jewish calendar is a lunar-solar calendar. But while they rarely overlap, they both share a very important message.
The pilgrims, guided by very strong religious fervor and faith saw themselves as establishing a New Israel. They read their Bible and many scholars point to the Jewish fall harvest holiday, the Sukkot, as the basis for Thanksgiving.
Why are sandwiches considered lunch food, and pancakes served only for breakfast? And did you know that we used to only eat a big meal in the middle of the day? Now we’ve got breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also, Turkey wasn’t always the most prominent meat on the Thanksgiving table. We talk with Abigail Carroll, a food historian, about the history of the American meal and how we ended up eating what we eat, and when.