Arts & Culture

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The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has been operating since 1972. Now, we're less than two weeks away from the plant closing for good. And while it will stop producing energy, life will continue at the plant with the storage of spent fuel and the decommissioning of the plant.

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Attention artists: Colchester wants you to design its new bike racks.

The Town of Colchester is asking artists to submit designs for permanent outdoor bicycle racks for its Colchester Rides! contest. Three winning designers will be offered $2,500 honoraria to produce the bike racks, which will be placed at prominent locations in the community. Artists will also be responsible for the first year of maintenance on their racks.

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A new collection of fiction offers a diverse perspective of the people and places that make Vermont what it is.

The anthology includes stories by well-known, award-winning authors such as Julia Alvarez, Wallace Stegner, Annie Proulx and Howard Frank Mosher, but it also mixes in stories from writers you may have never read, waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

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Tell us a story! Vermont Edition's annual music show is coming up on Friday, December 19, and this year we want to know what song encapsulates 2014 for you.  What song do you associate with your strongest memories of the last year?

It can be an old or new song, funny or serious, about your personal life or our collective memory.  Tell us your story in a short message, name the song that conveys your story  and we'll track down the music.

Here are few ways to participate:

Record it!

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This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations and enjoy a variety of special programs, ranging from traditional to new.

Thursday, Dec. 18

9 p.m. on VPR: Hanukkah Lights

A listener favorite, this year’s Hanukkah Lights features new stories written by acclaimed authors, including Debra Ginsberg, Anne Burt, Simone Zelitch, Andrew Borowitz and Theodore Bikel. Enjoy an eclectic variety of Hanukkah stories hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Friday, Dec. 19

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Poet and writer Diana Whitney from Brattleboro recommended the Vermont Theater Company's adaptation of A Christmas Carol on stage at the Hooker-Dunham Theater in Brattleboro for several weekend performances, including matinees and evening shows.

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From the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington, a faint outline of a small, craggy rock formation is visible, nestled between Juniper Island and Shelburne Point. Its name is Rock Dunder and despite being a tiny blip on the Lake Champlain skyline, it has a deep significance in Abenaki mythology.

Gilbert: Prodigy

Dec 5, 2014

Barbara Follett was a child prodigy novelist. She was born in Hanover, New Hampshire a hundred years ago, in 1914. Her parents were both distinguished teachers, writers, and literary critics; when she was born, her father was teaching English at Dartmouth.

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Karen Nevin, executive director of Valley Arts Foundation, recommended The Country Christmas Open House and Paint-In this weekend in the Mad River Valley.

Singer Maria Weber Lamson from South Royalton suggested two concerts with Counterpoint on Saturday, December 13th at Lebanon's First Congregational Church in Lebanon and Sunday, December 14th at Bethany Church in Montpelier.

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The Wonderfeet Children’s Museum in Rutland will move into a new, larger space next month. Organizers believe new and better exhibits and expanded hours will make the museum a true destination for the city.

The idea for a children’s museum in Rutland began percolating four years ago when residents at a Creative Economy meeting decided it was something they wanted in their city.

Beginning the very next year, volunteers opened Wonderfeet Children’s Museum in an empty storefront Friday evenings during the city’s summer block party series.