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Django Koenig grew up in Plainfield, the son of musical parents. He picked up various instruments along the way and continues to play drums, guitar, trombone and sings in bands as well as his latest project, called 'Django Soulo.'
Tommy Alexander, Cottage Grove, OR

After 10 days of contemplative, "noble silence" at a Washington state retreat, Plainfield musician Django Koenig is ready to sing. Koenig, a songwriter and guitar player - who has also sat behind the drum kits of a handful of bands with Vermont roots (The Tall Grass Get-Down and Ty-Alex) - is set to embark on his Vermont, Whatcha Want? Tour.

Ben Stoll, 18, of Georgia, VT, writes about a surprising personal victory when he’s pushed to the limit by a relentless running buddy.
YWP Photo Library, photo by Caleb Dudley, Essex Junction

You wanted to race

in the dark.

I looked at you

with a droopy frown

and eyes filled with disbelief.

Timeline: Soundwaves

Dec 11, 2017
U.S. Public Domain

Picture yourself at the beach watching the waves rise and break over the sand. You can see the water gather and rise as each waves comes in. Once a wave breaks the water level drops again. You watch the peaks and valleys rolls onto the beach. These waves transfer huge amounts of energy from one place to another traveling through the water and displacing it. We call this a mechanical wave because it needs to travel through a medium, in this case water. The number of waves that crash during a specific period of time is called the frequency.

Pictured, one of the many dishes served at The von Trapp Brewing Bierhall that features Austrian sausages.
Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Seven Days

The von Trapp family has brought the Vermont hills alive again! This time, in the form of a brewery and bierhall. Playing a major role in that bierhall is Chef Jack Pickett.

Awesome Etiquette: Booing The Ref Respectfully

Dec 8, 2017
When booing the referee after a bad call at a sporting event, be sure to refrain from being obnoxious or making vicious comments.
Adam Kaz / iStock

With both of us being big sports fans, we were recently asked if it's okay to boo the referee or the other team while at a game. Is it all in good fun and part of the atmosphere or best to abstain altogether?

Oranges and other citrus fruit can be grown indoors in colder climates by using certain dwarf varieties and creating proper conditions.
Davizro / iStock

On my garden tour to France last fall, we went to Versailles. The city is famous for gardens, palaces and its orangerie. An orangerie is a building built to grow lemons, oranges and limes year-round in a cold climate. But you don't have to build an orangerie to enjoy citrus even in our northern climate.

Liz Le Serviget/Artist, courtesy

VPR's Art Hounds® have found painted moonscapes on a cafe's walls, an evening of student-directed one-act plays at a local high school, an annual orchestral affair at an opera house, and voices lifted in song inside a beautiful old church, all to help get you in the holiday spirit!

'Tis The Season: 2017 VPR Holiday Programming

Dec 6, 2017
This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations! Enjoy a variety of traditional and new programs and music, a special holiday playlist from VPR Music, Favor Johnson, VPR Classical's "Messiah Watch" and more.
Vermont Public Radio

This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations! Enjoy a variety of traditional and new programs and music, a special holiday playlist from VPR Music, Favor Johnson, VPR Classical's "Messiah Watch" and more.

mattabbe / iStock

Why do humans sing? Why do we make music at all?

Young Writers Project: 'Life With Autism'

Dec 1, 2017
YWP Photo Library, photo by Regan Day, Essex Junction

The autistic mind is a very complex mechanism. Take it from me. I am on the autism spectrum. People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) see, hear, sense, and process the world in completely different ways than neurotypical people.

Awesome Etiquette: Hush Up Back There

Dec 1, 2017
Enlist the help of the theater manager when other audience members are a little too loud.
Helen Tosh / iStock

You've got season tickets to the theater, the seats are perfect, and you're looking forward to all of the performances. What's not to love? The new, noisy couple sitting behind you who also has season tickets, that's what.

Milkweed floss, once used to stuff pillows and mattresses, is coming into favor again as an insulation for winter jackets.
M Raust / iStock

I love it when old ideas come full-circle and become relevant again. For example, take milkweed. This common plant is considered a weed by farmers trying to grow forage crops; however, it's prized by butterfly lovers since the plant provides essential food for the monarch butterfly. Now, milkweed has another use that harkens back to Colonial times.   

This first weekend in December, take your pick from a new, Vermont-made musical that tackles global warming with wit and humor, a chance to ballroom dance with a live high school jazz band, plus several stage performances and holiday concerts.

A statue of George Frideric Handel is pictured here at night in Halle, Germany.
IgorGeiger / iStockphoto.com

The season for George Frideric Handel's Messiah is upon us! Although it was actually first performed around Easter, in our time it has become a December holiday tradition.

This year, VPR is again rounding up performances and sing-alongs of Handel's beloved oratio in our area. 

U.S. Public Domain

The desire to preserve music for future generations led to the development of Western notation; the lines and staves that we associate with written music today. However, there are many other forms of musical notation that were developed over the centuries by cultures around the globe.

Young Writers Project: 'No Longer, Not Yet'

Nov 25, 2017
Anna Phelps, 15, of Wolcott writes about the “thick fog of our hearts,” the regrets and confusion of a complicated relationship that ends.
YWP Photo Library, photo by Josina Munson, Essex Junction

Your fingers made ruptures on my heart,
as our feet moved not too fast,
and our minds thought not too slow.
Your hand swings by,
to say a little hi,
but I pull away.

No longer, not yet.

You’re a man on fire,
and I’m a girl of flames.
But I burnt holes into your metaphorical image,
and now you’re waiting,
for your opportunity to do the same.

No longer, not yet.

Awesome Etiquette: How To Show Your Gratitude

Nov 22, 2017
A supportive friend has stepped up and helped with childcare when you needed it most. What are some good ways to show your appreciation?
Patrick Heagney / iStock

A dear friend has provided you with childcare as you recover from an injury. How do you respond in kind when you can't reciprocate with the same favor and she won't accept money?

Unlike true cactus that grow in desert climates, the Christmas cactus is native to the wet, coastal mountains of Brazil.
Nadezhda Nesterova / iStock

Common plant names can be misleading. Joe Pye weed isn't a weed at all. Eggplant does not bear eggs and I have yet to find crabs on my crabapples. The name Christmas cactus is the same. You'd think it would bloom at Christmas time, but mine start in November and continue through late winter.

Peaslee's cubed, frozen, Vermont potatoes go from freezer to oven.
Melissa Pasanen, courtesy

The potato business has changed since 1928 when Karen Guile-Caron's grandparents started Peaslee's Vermont Potatoes in Guildhall. Now, Guile-Caron is trying to bring her 60-acre family business into the new local food economy.

Putney Craft Tour, courtesy

You'll get a chance to shop really local this weekend at the Putney Craft Tour, and bid on auctioned photography at the In-Sight Exhibition n Brattleboro.

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