Arts & Culture

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At this point in your life, you've sat through enough wedding toasts to know the good from the bad. So why are you still hearing so many cringe-inducing toasts that make the bride blush and send the parents of the groom ducking for cover?

Sean Jacobsen

This fall, Stowe native Owen Leavey heads back to New York City for the second of a two-year professional actors' training program at Cap21 Conservatory. But while he's home for the summer, he is taking on his directorial debut at Stowe Theater Guild with "Almost, Maine."

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This week, our Art Hounds have found rockabilly in Stowe, rock walls and gardens in Landgrove and watercolors in Barre for you to enjoy!

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Finding and mapping typical story arcs is nothing new, but now a group of researchers at the University of Vermont's Computational Story Lab has used data mining to look at the emotional arcs contained in thousands of stories. They've identified six basic core arcs that form the emotional foundation of complex narratives.

James Buck / Vermont Renaissance Faire

Renaissance fairs pop up all over the country in the summertime, attracting so-called "rennies" donning their period garb and talking like Shakespeare. For this installment of our "Summer School" series, we spent some time at the Vermont Renaissance Faire in Stowe to learn how to get medieval.

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Vermont prides itself on being out in front on a lot of issues. That includes prohibition, which was enacted in 1852, 70 years before the federal law prohibiting the sale of alcohol. Vermont's temperance lasted until 1902.

Young Writers Project: Lightning Bug Kisses

Jul 18, 2016
Courtesy, Susan Reid

Lightning Bug Kisses

By Erin Bundock, 18, Shelburne

She's sweeter than 
lightning bug kisses,
or dandelion wishes on a Sunday afternoon.
She's the moon's child,
caught here until she finds
her return address on one of the fallen stars.

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Earlier this summer, thousands of members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light, a loose affiliation of peace activists, made their way to the Green Mountain National Forest for their annual celebration of nature and hippie culture. This year’s festivities peaked around the Fourth of July, but the gathering is still winding down.

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On around 60 plots of land in Vermont, you'll see rolling fairways, rippling swales and manicured berms. They are Vermont's golf courses. But the number of golfers in the state is dropping. Many people only get to see a golf course when they get to hike or cross country ski on those greenswards in the winter months.

Matthew Thorsen

If you know a young adult reader who likes the kind of books that you need to store in the freezer at night, you might steer them toward the newest thriller from Margot Harrison.

Janet Van Fleet

Big art is being displayed in the windows and on the walls at the Berlin Mall, the teen group Village Harmony sings in South Hero and a traveling exhibit aims to engage viewers to 'Wake Up To Dying' in Burlington.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

That bearded, beret-wearing man who often sits next to actor Jack Nicholson at Los Angeles Lakers' home games is music industry mogul Lou Adler.

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For more than 35 years, the Vermont Mozart Festival enthralled audiences with a series of outdoor concerts, but it folded under significant debt in 2010. Now a local violinist has decided to bring it back with a new business model. 

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In addition to the many athletes preparing for a big trip to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics next month, there is a small army of other people who will also be making the trek, including coaches, trainers, health care workers and journalists. Among the Vermonters going is sports broadcaster Peter Graves of Thetford. He'll be doing live PA announcing at some of the Rio events.


Last year, fewer babies were born in Vermont than any other year since before the Civil War. How do Vermonters decide if and when to have kids? 

Jennie Harriman

An organization called SafeArt in Chelsea is on a mission to heal. Through performances, individual work and group classes, SafeArt offers up creative expression for all age groups as a means to heal and even prevent trauma and abuse.

Courtesy, Brandon Artists' Guild

Catch a performance in the newly air-conditioned playhouse in Hyde Park, see paintings and ceramics by a 93-year-old artist in Middlebury and pack a picnic to enjoy at an outdoor concert series in Middlesex.

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This week on My Place, host Joel Najman profiles Boots Randolph.

If you’re old enough - and I am - to remember the thwack of rolled up newsprint hitting your door each morning, and the pleasure of perusing page one as you sip your coffee, this won’t be good news.

Young Writers Project: Hide And Seek

Jul 5, 2016

I want to know you but
you are hidden behind clouds of smoke,
buried under a thousand identical Genesee cans,