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Cecelia Daigle, of Moretown, is a senior at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury.  Her piece for strings plus oboe and bassoon is called "Something About Goblins," and it depicts a civilization of underground goblins who overthrow their oppressive master.

Listen Monday 6/3 at 4:05 pm, Wednesday 6/5 at 12:05 pm, and Friday 6/7 at 8:05 am.

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Electric violin virtuoso Tracy Silverman has been lauded by some of the great names in 20th century music. With concertos written for him (and the 6-string electric violin of his own invention) by the likes of John Adams and Terry Riley, he is a pioneer in a field of ever-blurring genres.

Young Writers Project: The Chicken Coop

Jun 3, 2013

David is one of this year's Farm Project, for artfully depicting the importance of farming in Vermont's communities.

The Chicken Coop
By David Amouretti
Grade five, Thomas Fleming School
 
I open the coop’s squeaky door.
I pass the rooster sleeping in a feathery mass.
He opens one eye, then closes it,
Deciding that I’m not a threat.
At the laying area, I reach in
The tiny room with the mother hens,
White, brown, spotted,
Sleeping on the side.
Waiting for a peck,
But nothing happens.

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The summer music festival season is suddenly upon us with the Roots on the River Festival in Bellows Falls and the Strolling of the Heifers in Brattleboro, both next weekend.

June 2, 2013 10:45am.  As Betty Botter discovered, a better butter makes a better batter.  And Vermont butters are considered the best by chefs and bakers here in the U.S. and abroad.  Melissa Pasanen talks with Ric Cengeri about the making of butter in Vermont and what makes it better.  You'll find a recipe for Butter Pecan Icebox Cookies below.

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Friday, May 31 at 5:57 pm & Sunday, June 2 at 9:35 am  The dogwood tree is a classic native of the Eastern American forests. The most widely known version is the flowering dogwood or Cornus florida. It grows up to 30 feet tall producing white or pink colored flower brachts in spring. The flowering dogwood is said to have gotten its name from its hard wood. Native peoples would make skewers or "dags" from the wood. Hence the tree was known as dag or dogwood.

Art Hounds: Circus

May 30, 2013
Nancy Stone

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. and Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

Jim Westbrook of Brattleboro suggested a trip to his town to take in the culmination of several young performers who have practiced for months to present, "An Improbable Misadventure of Circus Proportions," at the New England Center for Circus Arts next Saturday and Sunday.

Hannah Sherman

VPR Classical celebrates the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky's groundbreaking ballet "The Rite of Spring" with a live performance by pianists David Kaplan and Timo Andres of the piano 4-hands arrangement .  The two pianists will also play the work in Burlington on Wednesday, May 29th (the true anniversary of the work) under the auspices of Burlington Ensemble.

Young Writers Project: Happily Ever After

May 27, 2013

This is a creative response to a writing prompt asking you to create a fairy tale that incorporates the phrase, “one thousand peas.”

Happily Ever After
By Sam Van de Ven
Grade Nine, Woodstock Union High School

I'm not perfect
or your dream come true
and I won't deny it
you aren't too.

But if we meet in the middle
and you slide on my glass shoe
you don't need a white horse
or a magic mirror to break through.

Let's check out which magical spell
we dipped into

May 27, 2013 7:00pm  You’ll hear four of the most entertaining storytellers on the planet as VPR presents Storytellers On A Mission, hosted by Tom Bodett.  The event was recorded at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro April 20th..   The line up:

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Fri 5/24/13 5:55 pm & Sun 5/26/13 9:35 am  This South African native flower is also known as the sword lily. It's in the iris family and gardeners have been breeding and growing it for hundreds of years. It's the birth flower of August and said to symbolize infatuation. Have you guessed it yet? It's the gladiolus.

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May 26, 2013, 10:45am  In February, 2011, the barn at Pete's Greens in Craftsbury burned to the ground.  As is the Vermont way, customers and community came together to raise money for Pete Johnson to rebuild the farm.  In the meantime, however, Tropical Storm Irene hit and Johnson saw that he was not the only one in crisis.  He used the money to establish The Vermont Farm Fund to make loans to help farms recover - and - to give other farmers the opportunity to launch

Outerlands Gallery

This week, photographer Seth Butler describes the vast array of photographic images and surrealist works on display as part of "Masterworks" now through July 28th at the BigTown Gallery in Rochester.

VPR

The Opera Company of Middlebury provides a live preview of their 10th anniversary production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.  They will give 5 fully-staged performances in Russian with English supertitles May 31 to June 8 at Middlebury's Town Hall Theater.

Mon 5/20/13

Here's one of the winners of a Young Writers Project contest in which authors were asked to write on the theme of "What Farming means to you. " Carley's story is one of nearly 100 entries.

Art Hounds Turns One

May 20, 2013
VPR

Last May, I was a bit nervous... as nervous as I get when I plan a big party and worry whether anyone will show up.

This party, however, was figurative. Though, in a way, Art Hounds is a party: A weekly arty party!

It's been a year since we launched our arts segment and we couldn't have done it without you.

Art Hounds is truly a unique program. More than an arts calendar, it’s a vibrant voice – now over 200 voices strong — who tell you to seek out that exhibit or play or go see the mural or outdoor sculpture or a hear a particular poetry reading.

Sally Pollak

Put a smorgasbord on the Williamsburg waterfront on the East River and you're in a food heaven called Smorgasburg. It's a Brooklyn, New York phenomena that brings food and people from around the world together every weekend.

Sally Pollak of the Burlington Free Press visited Smorgasburg with Eric Rozendaal of Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro. Sally talks about her experience - and how Eric and his team introduced maple lemonade to the Big Apple. Rozendaal also sells chocolate-beet and butternut squash doughnuts and gorditas.

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Fri 5/17/13 5:55 pm & Sun 5/19/13 9:35 am

Kale is a killer vegetable. Before you turn up your nose, just consider the facts. Ounce for ounce kale has more iron than beef and calcium than milk. It a super food, loaded with antioxidants that put other leafy greens like spinach and lettuce to shame. And it's beautiful. There are burgundy red varieties, dark blue varieties and a new yellow and green variegated type.

Rob Spring Photos

Scrag Mountain Music is soprano Mary Bonhag and double bassist Evan Premo.  This week they are joined by Clockwise, harpist Jacqueline Kerrod and violinist Marc Uys, for music of Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst and others.  They join Walter Parker for a preview.

Listen Friday morning May 17 at 11.

Art Hounds: Festive

May 16, 2013
BarnArts Center for the Arts

Art teacher Marianne McCann  from Chelsea suggested Mark Goodwin's abstract art exhibit at the Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier, which runs through June 28th with an opening on June 7th.

Chuck Malerich of Bridgewater called in to recommend the American folk opera, "Porgy and Bess" in concert at Barnard's First Universalist Church this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

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