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Watch the Chad Hollister Band's full performance, recorded live at VPR's Studio One in Fort Ethan Allen.
John Billingsley / VPR

For the August edition of Live From The Fort, the Chad Hollister Band perform live from Studio One at the VPR headquarters in Colchester.

Lonna Neidig, a senior at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, writes about her experience growing up as a Chinese adoptee in a white family in Vermont.
Kevin Huang

Every comment echoes and rings in my head.
I know I don't look like them.
I know that my blood doesn't belong to them.
But I love them as my family more than I could for anyone else.

Joel Najman / VPR

Each year the Recording Academy - the institution that awards the annual music industry Grammys - designates 25 songs deemed  "of lasting qualitative or historical significance" that are at least 25 years old for inclusion in the Grammy Hall Of Fame. This week's My Place program looks at the 2017 inductees, with memorable recordings by Elvis Presley, Arlo Guthrie and Bonnie Raitt among the selections presented.

Joel Najman / VPR

Johnny Mercer was one of the foremost lyricists of the 20th century, with a songwriting career that extended from 1930 into the early 1970's. Mercer wrote some 1,400 songs, many of which have endured as cherished standards.

Awesome Etiquette: Explaining Your Decision To Give Up Alcohol

Aug 4, 2017
Giving up drinking alcohol is a personal lifestyle choice which requires no explanation to others; however, it may be useful information for someone like a dinner party host.
Sophia Yartseva / iStock

Dinner parties and social events often include the consumption of wine, beer or cocktails. But when you make a decision to cut alcohol out of your life, how do you inform your circle of friends with whom you usually share a few drinks? What do you say if they ask why? And should you make a dinner party host aware of your lifestyle change?

The warm, summer soil allows for quick germination when planting in unused beds for a fall vegetable harvest.
CJP, courtesy / iStock

We're at that in-between time in the vegetable garden; spring crops are done and summer ones are coming on strong. But one philosophy I live by is to never leave a bed unplanted!

A few styles of beer available at Brocklebank Craft Brewing in Tunbridge.
Hannah Palmer Egan / Seven Days

For those of you too young to remember the dark ages of beer, there was a time when there were no micro-breweries; only national brands, a few local brews, and imports. But now, a new brewery has opened in Vermont since you started reading this. 

Peter Konerko

Around the world, contemporary opera is having a “moment”, with an incredible amount new opera being composed and performed. The Vermont Opera Project was founded last year in Barre, with the mission of bringing new and rarely-performed operas to Vermont.

This marks the 10th year that street performers will fill the Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park with their craft during the Festival of Fools.
Andrew Krebbs/Burlington City Arts, courtesy

Celebrating the street performer is the spirit behind this weekend's 10th annual Festival of Fools in downtown Burlington.

A call to artists for theater submissions, a new art exhibit in Windham and a musical about headstones top this week's list of arts events.

Joel Najman / VPR

In this second program of a My Place series on song lyricist Johnny Mercer, the focus is on songs Johnny wrote early in his career for Hollywood motion pictures.  Memorable recordings by Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, and Johnny Mercer himself are among the selections featured.

A customer enjoys Bad Larry's Maple Madness, one of Canteen Creemee Company's creative "next level" creemee sundaes.
Daria Bishop, courtesy / Vermont Life

What if you were a chef known for creating delicious gourmet meals, but part of you had a love of making great burgers, fried chicken, lush milkshakes or creemees? Well, some area chefs have opened snack bars and creemee stands to harness these less formal culinary desires.   

Awesome Etiquette: Zip It, It's My Turn To Talk

Jul 28, 2017
Good conversation is an art but often difficult when the other person won't stop talking to give you a turn.
Vladimir Floyd, courtesy / iStock

We've all been caught up in a conversation with someone who enjoys talking a lot about very little and, often, about themselves. So how do you keep the dialog on-topic and the focus off of the other person?

The Chinese bell flower, also known as the balloon flower, slowly blows up like a hot air balloon before blossoming into the shape of a star.
maeterlinck, courtesy / iStock

The Chinese bell flower is a common perennial but better known as the balloon flower. It's a fun flower to grow with kids because of the shape of the flower buds.

(From l to r) Frog Hollow director Rob Hunter takes a floor mop to the interactive mural designs to make way for a new one; chalk pieces used to create mural; artist Tara Goreau pauses during drawing session; a young artist joins Goreau.
Rob Hunter/Frog Hollow, courtesy

The medium is impermanent but the artists and organizers behind the Community Interactive Mural project hope its imprint lingers.

Bookstock Literary Festival, courtesy

This weekend and next, plan on attending two unique concerts, a book and literature festival and a reading with a former poet laureate.

The Crisantemi Quartet of Havana are on their first trip to the United States as a group.
Kari Anderson / VPR

The members of Havana's Crisantemi Quartet range between 19 and 22 years old, but the music they play has a much longer history. Trained at the Lyceum Mozartiano de la Habana, and the Havana Arts College, the group pairs traditional classical compositions with high-energy renditions of Cuban folk songs.

Chef Jesse Lauer serves guests in his home during one of his pop-up dinners dubbed "Dinner with Friends."
Matthew Thorson / Seven Days

If you're an adventurous eater, you might just be interested in a 12-course meal of exquisite recipes never before prepared by the chef. Well, that's just what's served when you pull up a chair at the home of Chef Jesse Lauer.

Planting a fruit bush, like the beach plum, is a great way to enjoy the flavors of summer if your yard is too small for a fruit tree.
KJ Murphy / iStock

Not everyone has enough yard space for growing fruit so, luckily, there are bush versions of many classic fruit trees. They grow easily in small, sunny spots and stay a manageable size.  

Awesome Etiquette: When Real Life Relationships Impact Social Media Friendships

Jul 21, 2017
When you "unfriend" someone on social media, that person may not even realize it since these types of notifications aren't typically sent to users.
jurgenfr / iStock

Your best friend just broke up with her beau who you happen to be friends with in both real life and on Facebook. Now what do you do? "Unfriend" him or stay connected at the risk of ticking off your bestie?

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