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Update: July 10, 2013

Ivan Voinov is a computer-based musician from Colchester, and his work for piano, violin, cello, and clarinet is called "The Harpy and the Griffin."  It tells the fanciful tale of two rival mythical flying creatures.  Ivan plans to attend Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore this fall where he will study computer music.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP, the Music Composition Online Mentoring Program.

If you love Broadway musicals, then mark your calendar for Saturday, July 13th for VPR Classical’s 2013 American Musical Sampler. Join hosts Peter Fox Smith, Betty Smith and Tim Johnson for an afternoon of Broadway show music. You'll hear classic recordings, some little known gems, and songs from the newest hit musicals on Broadway.

Listen Saturday at 12:00 p.m. on VPR Classical.

Young Writers Project: The Adventure

Jul 8, 2013

Georgia writes, "My inspiration for this story actually came from a picture in a Harris Burdick book by Chris Van Allsburg. The image shows a little boy and a sea captain (Captain Tory) looking out over a lake at a beautiful ship.  I love this picture. It really makes me think of the importance of childhood and a child's imagination.  I believe that it is so important for people, especially kids, to enjoy every moment of life so they don't miss special adventures, like the little boy has in my story, because you never know when a day is going to be just an ordinary day."

Candace Page / Free Press

Sunday July 7, 2013 10:40am  Award winning chefs from acclaimed New York City restaurants are opting for a different lifestyle in Vermont.  What's it like to take a passion for gourmet cooking from a city of eight million to a small town in Vermont?  Candace Page talked with chefs that have made the switch about their new lives, their restaurants and their patrons. 

AP/Hillary Rhodes

What's the key ingredient to Italian food? I think it's all in the herbs. When you're enjoying your summer dinners potato salad, pizza and grilled meats you can thank some Italian herbs for making them so tasty. While basil gets all the attention (and rightly so), oregano, thyme and flat-leafed parsley also give Italian food that unmistakable flavor.

Morrill Homestead

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

Kirk McCormick of Burlington reminded us that Radio Bean in downtown Burlington holds Jazz Night each Thursday evening, featuring Shane Hardiman and other local musicians taking the stage. Visit the calendar page for a list of bands.

Therese Linehan of Strafford suggested the "Gallery in the Garden" fund-raiser for the Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford.

About this poem, Sam writes: "I originally wrote this poem for the 'white lies' prompt and wrote about what came to mind when I thought about them. White lies tend to have a snowball effect. Even with the best intentions, trust is often lost or worn thin and further lies must be fabricated in order to continue with the story. I believe in whole-hearted honestly, and telling it like it is, with tact of course. I hope this poem inspires more people to do so."

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Friday, July 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.   The nation’s electric grid now penetrates all aspects of our daily lives. Our aging electric power grid, the patchwork system that transmits and distributes electricity from plants to consumers, is aging and stretched to capacity.

The nation’s grid, built 50, 60 years ago, is taxed year-round but especially in the summer months with triple-digit temperatures, violent storms and outages when users are relying on their air conditioners.

Sally Pollak / Free Press

Sunday June 30, 2013 10:40am Local and Fresh - those are the key ingredients of localvore eating.  Many restaurants in Vermont are going super local and super fresh with their own gardens.  Sally Pollak, who writes for The Burlington Free Press Savorvore Section, has visited several restaurants that serve their patrons direct from their own gardens.  You can read more about 'Dinner Grown Here' and restaurants tha

AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye

This Native American flower was one of the earliest examples of Russian and American cooperation. It has been grown in the Americas for thousands of years, but became popular in modern times due to breeding in Russia. It's the sunflower.

Art Hounds: Memory

Jun 27, 2013
Phantom Theater

Thursdays, 4:50 p.m. & Fridays, 7:55 a.m.

Warren artist Julia Purinton recommended the kick-off performance of Phantom Theater's summer line-up, "Long Gone."

The dance performance at Edgcomb Barn in Warren explores how our dead continue to live and evolve through memory and imagination.

Young Writers Project: Living by a Farm

Jun 24, 2013

Saskia is one of the winners of this year's Farm Project, which is awarded to young writers for artfully depicting the importance of farming in Vermont's communities.

Living by a Farm
By Saskia Kiely
Grade Seven, Vergennes Union High School

Copyright Adrian Pingstone

On June 23, 2000, the "MV Treasure" iron ore tanker sank off the coast of South Africa, covering 19,000 adult African Penguins penguins in oil. Fortunately, thousands of volunteers arrived to help. The oily birds were moved to Cape Town to be cleaned. Another 19,500 penguins that escaped the oil were released at sea, 600 miles to the east. It took those birds nearly three weeks to swim back home, allowing workers time to clean up the oil-fouled waters and beaches.

Learn more about BirdNote.

Sunday, June 23, 2013 10:40am  The buttermilk we find in the supermarket is usually skim or low fat milk with culture added to sour it.  Real buttermilk is the thick, creamy 'left-overs' of the butter churning process.   Diane Saint Claire of Animal Farm in Orwell, Vermont had lots of 'left overs' from her custom butter making (VPR Cafe June 2 '13), so she developed dozens of recipes and published The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook.  This week, Melissa Pasanen talks about delicious ways to

AP Photo/University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service, Griffin Dill

Blueberries and garlic are two of my favorite, low pest edibles to grow. Get the pH right on blueberries and keep the birds away, and you're almost guaranteed a great harvest of sweet, fruits. For garlic, just plant in fall on well-drained soil, mulch them with straw and by next summer you have enough garlic to feed the Italian army, or at least your family, all year long.

But nature hates a vacuum, so guess what's happened? There are now two new insect pests attacking these very crops. I hate to be a downer, but we all should know about these new pests.

Terry Ekasala

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

Graphic designer Christine Hauk has a suggestion for the Hartland Jazz Fest on Saturday, June 22nd from 1 till 8 p.m., at Foster Meadow Field.

The rain-or-shine family fest includes local and nationally known musicians in 10 performances, food vendors and tent shelters.

It is a well-documented fact that Morning Edition Host Mitch Wertlieb sometimes makes promises during membership drives that he wishes he hadn't.

Like the time he and Jane Lindholm made a Call Me Maybe video.

Or the time he recorded a funky rap that some listeners wrote in VPR's honor.

Mark Eley/Free Press

Sunday June 16, 10:40am  Farmers markets were once a central location for local farmers to sell their produce, eggs and meat.  Shoppers got to know the farmers personally and catch up on the latest news with their neighbors.  As farmers markets have grown in popularity, they've also grown in number, size and the variety of offerings - including an ever expanding menu of prepared foods.  This week, Candace Page talks about how farmers markets are trying to stay true to their roots and maintain a balance of fresh and prepared foods.

AP/Pat Wellenbach

I recently returned from leading a VPR Tour of the Gardens and Food of Italy and was amazed at the wild poppies in full bloom. They were everywhere. In wine yards, olive orchards, vegetable gardens and along the highways. It made me appreciate the toughness of the poppy flower. They're a great annual or biennial flower with bursts of color.  Here's a run down of some types to grow.