Arts & Culture

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

Thousands of people, many in costume, will line the streets of Rutland Saturday night for the city’s 55th annual Halloween Parade.

Members of Drum Journeys of Earth, perennial crowd favorites in their skeleton costumes, will lead the parade again, dancing and drumming their way down the street.

Over the past century, Bag Balm has become a staple in barns, bathrooms and kitchens all over America. The yellow, gooey salve in a bright green and pink tin is used for everything from softening cows' teats to quieting squeaky bedsprings. Bag Balm even soothed the legs of dogs that searched the Twin Tower rubble after 9/11. 

Mike Perkins, who’s been mixing and packaging the stuff for over 17 years, gives a quick tour at the Lyndonville assembly line and tells the ointment's creation story.

Local graphic artist, photographer and mountain biking enthusiast Ryan Thibault is the co-creator of Mountain Bike Vermont. The project aims to be the hub of all things biking in the Green Mountains.

Thibault also organized The Green Mountain Showdown, a bike culture variety show, which comes to Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington on Thursday, October 30.

Thibault came to VPR's Colchester studios to talk about how mountain biking meets art in this unique variety show.

Former poetry professor John Wood of Saxton's River recommended the Main Street Arts exhibit at the River Garden. The Five Seasons Painted Theater Curtains project is on display through the end of the month.

Jacqueline Drouin suggested the performance by the Dance College of Inner Mongolia on Wednesday, October 29th at 7:30 at the UVM Recital Hall.

How To Pick A Pumpkin

Oct 20, 2014

On Halloween night, front porches across Vermont will be illuminated by the glow of hand-carved Jack-o’-Lanterns. Some will sport a classic spooky grin, while others might be a bit more intricate.

Carving a Jack-o’-Lantern that will catch the eye of your neighborhood trick-or-treaters - perhaps just enough to prevent them from smashing your handiwork – is yet another Halloween tradition.

Erin Lucey spoke to Joe Weaver, who owns Red Barn Gardens on Route 2 in Williston with his wife Carolyn. He gave us some tips on what makes a pumpkin ideal for carving.

With the announcement Monday morning that IBM is offloading its chip division, including its plant in Essex Junction, to the California-based semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries, we sifted through the archives to find photographs of the plant's early days, IBM products at use in Vermont and beyond, and the shifting fortunes of the company and its local employees through the years.

Here's what the approach to the Essex plant looked like in 1958:

Heidi Pfau is an artist and social worker with VSA Vermont, the state organization on arts and disability. She is also helping to organize the second annual BOOM VT event, which takes place this Saturday in Colchester.

Pfau joined VPR to talk about the event and the VSA, whose mission is to "use the magic of the arts" to build the confidence and capabilities of children and adults with disabilities.

Actor Josh McDonald of Essex Junction recommended the hooked rug and fiber arts show, Hooked In The Mountains, at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction from Wednesday, October 15th through Sunday, October 19th.

Artist Sarah Vogelsang Card suggested the local food, brew and art festival, ARToberFest, in Waterbury this Saturday, October 18th from 4 to 10 p.m.

He was the first Chief Justice of Vermont, a Governor of the early republic (before Vermont became a state), and one of the first Senators elected to represent Vermont in nation's the capitol. Yet many people don't know his name.

We talk to Judge Robert Mello, author of a new book about Moses Robinson, who he calls a founding father of Vermont.

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