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This time of year it's easy to pull out the remaining veggies, cut back your perennial flowers, clean out containers, clap your hands and say, “That's it, I'm done”! But wait. There are some other fall chores to do that will make life a lot easier come spring.

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.

Fiona Sweeney is an 8th grade student at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, N.H. Fiona says she wrote the poem, “Misunderstood” about feminism because it is “often misconstrued to be something radical and ‘anti-man.’” Fiona says, “By definition, feminism is the belief that men and women (and those who don’t identify with either gender) should all be equal from political, social, and economic standpoints. I wrote this poem in response to an encounter I had with another student who, despite my best efforts, was refusing to understand that feminism is about equality, not man hating.”

Now that the tomatoes have gone by, the last prize in your garden before fall is squash. As Candace Page tells us, it's more versatile than you think - for a quick dinner, a rich soup, even donuts! Candace writes for the Savorvore Section of The Burlington Fee Press. You can learn more about the many uses of squash in Candace's article. Below is her recipe for Butternut Squash Bisque, a soup enhanced with a surprise ingredient.

I recently returned from leading VPR's Gardens and Food tour of Spain and France. While in Provence I was struck by the pumpkins, or should I say lack of them. The round, orange skinned orbs we love to decorate and paint for Halloween are non-existent. But instead are the red, flattened, cinderella pumpkins. In French, they're called 'Rouge Vif d'Etampes'. Our French cooking class chef said they're the best for flavor. It got me thinking and noticing many different squashes on farm stands and markets right here in Vermont.

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.

Chipmunks may be Vermont's cutest critter, especially when their fat little cheeks are stuffed with seeds.  This month on Outdoor Radio, we find out what they do with those seeds and learn how such a tiny creature survives a cold Vermont winter. Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra also explain how climate change is effecting chipmunks.

Young Writers Project: Ophidiophobia

Oct 13, 2014

Ella Woodruff, now an eighth-grader at Charlotte Central School, says she wrote this story “Ophidiophobia” (serious fear of snakes) at the end of seventh grade “because the day we were assigned this in class, my cat had shown his hatred for me, which reminded me of the original reason why he disliked me so much – the first snake.”

Ophidiophobia
By Ella Woodruff
Grade Eight, Charlotte Central School
 

If you are among the many who have fears about canning, Melissa Pasanen can help quell some of them. Stories of botulism poisoning and misinformation have kept many away from what can be a satisfying experience and a good way to enjoy your garden's bounty through the winter.

Liisa Puro Newton of St. Albans recommended the U.S. premiere of "Waiting On A Dream," this weekend at the Enosburg Opera House in Enosburg.

Liz Claud suggested Mary Gerakaris photography exhibit to benefit the High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program on Friday, October 10th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in White River Junction.

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