Arts & Culture

VPR reporting on Arts & Culture in the region. Follow the Weekly Conversation On The Arts with Neal Charnoff and Art Hounds.

Maddie Magnant of South Burlington tells us what she loves about each of Vermont's distinct — sometimes lovely, sometimes taxing — seasons.

Spring? "I love animals." Summer? "I'd have to go with some of the kids classics: ice cream, swimming in pools." Fall? "Red, gold, tiger orange, jade." Winter? "I can finally have some time to myself."

Poet Galway Kinnell died on Tuesday of leukemia at his home in Sheffield. He had been described as a writer with the ability to flesh out music, raise the spirits and break the heart. He said he discovered the music in language in the rhythm of his mother’s Irish accent. In his career, Kinnell won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

We listen back to an interview with Galway Kinnell that was recorded in 2009.

There's a big concert coming to the Brattleboro area this weekend. The Boston Gay Men's Chorus makes a rare appearance at the Latchis Theater on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.


Jean Kiewel of Windham and Eric Shonstrom, a professor at Champlain College, both recommended the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde onstage but by two different acting companies: The Josh Moyse version at Brattleboro's Hooker-Dunham Theater through November 1st and The Middlebury Actors Workshop version at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, October 31st at 7:30.

Graveyard Art: A (Not So Spooky) Exhibit

Oct 30, 2014

At this time of year, seeing two guys stalking around a graveyard might conjure up some spooky images.

But, if you’re in Vermont, they may just be Scott Baer and Daniel Barlow, the artists behind a project called Green Mountain Graveyards.

Friday is, of course, Halloween. Have you stocked the bowl with candy for all of those trick-or-treaters? Well, here in Vermont, the answer to that question probably depends on where you live.

If you live outside of a town on a back road, like Deb Rickner, who lives in Monkton, it’s been a while since you’ve seen a trick-or-treater.

“Honestly, I can’t be sure,” she said. “Because we leave candy on the porch and go elsewhere.” One year, Rickner said, her mother stayed home to hand out candy, and only one person came.

Sure, we’ve all heard of apple pie and pumpkin pie… but what about Marlborough pie, and Osgood pie? Have you ever tried grape pie, or Chess pie? These were all common sweet pie recipes back when our great grandmas were baking pies. At that time, it was not uncommon for women to bake a pie or two a day.

We learn all about the history of sweet pies, and get a few recipes with Anne-Haynie Collins. Her new book Vintage Pies: Classic American Pies for Today’s Home Baker.

Halloween is around the corner, but some comic fans dress up in costume year-round. And all manner of characters came out for the first annual Vermont Comic Con in Burlington this weekend. Folks dressed in elaborate costumes ranging from obscure comic characters to fairytale favorites.

For some, it’s a chance to be a hero – or a villain – for a day.  

Curtis Swafford won the “novice” category in the costume contest. He dressed as Edward Elric from “Fullmetal Alchemist,” a Japanese manga series.  

The writer Katherine Paterson is well known, and has been widely honored, for her fiction, with two National Book Awards to her credit, two Newbury Medals and a Newbury honor. Her best known works  include Bridge To Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, and Jacob Have I Loved. And her novel Day of the Pelican was chosen as the book to be read statewide in Vermont as part of the Vermont Reads project in 2010.

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