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The ferris wheel at the 2014 Champlain Valley Fair.
Michelle Owens / VPR

Join us Monday, August 31 at the Champlain Valley Fair. We'll be there all day under the VPR tent next to the Maple Sugar House.

We'll have giveaways and the Vermont Edition team will be there collecting your stories for an upcoming special program. Plus, members of the Heliand Consort will give a free concert at 3:30 p.m. under the gazebo. 

Courtesy Wiemann & Lamphere

Vermont Public Radio recently broke ground on an $8 million expansion and renovation of its headquarters, located in Colchester’s historic Fort Ethan Allen district.

“This project represents the next step in VPR’s evolution as a public media organization serving the state of Vermont,” said VPR President Robin Turnau. “Our improved facilities will allow us to enhance and expand our public service while engaging the community in new and innovative ways.”

Pledge Drive Light: all of the funding, none of the program interruptions.
Lara Dickson / Deep Dish Creative

VPR’s membership drive is underway right now – but you won't miss a minute of your favorite programs. We’re calling it “Pledge Drive Light” - all of the funding with none of the long program interruptions. 

Earlier this year, you challenged VPR to try fundraising with fewer program interruptions. More importantly, you pitched in and made it a reality – thousands of supporters helped whittle what in the past has been up to 20 days of traditional on-air fundraising down to just 3.5 days so far this year by responding to brief reminders that didn’t preempt programs.

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Update 8/17/15 10:09 am: The broadcast aired on August 12. Thanks to the listeners and callers who made this year's stargazing party a success! You can listen back to the entire program here. 

Update 8/10/15 4:46 pm: The Stargazing Party has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 12 at 9 p.m.  

Snap Judgment Host Glynn Washington
NPR

NPR’s Snap Judgment comes to VPR on Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m. beginning August 1, 2015.

The new version of the VPR App is now available for Android. Visit Google Play to install the app or update it if you already have it. (UPDATED 7/21/2015)

A Prairie Home Companion Host Garrison Keillor
Erik Hageness / American Public Media

A Prairie Home Companion Host Garrison Keillor has announced that he will retire as host after next season. He told the Associated Press in a video interview that his plan “is to be a gray eminence” and “fade away into well-deserved obscurity.”

“I have a lot of other things that I want to do. I mean, nobody retires anymore. Writers never retire. But this is my last season. This tour this summer is the farewell tour," the 72-year-old Keillor said.

VPR Board of Directors Chair Charlie Kireker
Daria Bishop

Charlie Kireker, Chair of Vermont Public Radio’s Board of Directors, has been elected to the NPR Foundation Board of Trustees for a three-year term.  

Vermont Public Radio has been honored with national awards for its news coverage – for community engagement, commentary, and multimedia presentation.

“As a public broadcaster, we are accountable to the community we serve,” said VPR News Director John Dillon. “We are honored to receive these awards because they go to the heart of VPR’s mission to provide an essential and trusted independent voice for news and information in our region.”

Over the last year, VPR’s Live From The Fort music video series has brought you some of the best musician’s from Vermont diverse music scene.

This Friday, July 3 at 12 p.m. and Monday, July 6 at 8 p.m., join VPR’s Ric Cengeri  for an hour-long "mixtape" special featuring musicians who’ve played on Live from the Fort. You’ll hear a wide range of genres: rock, pop, folk, R’n’B and more! Check out the playlist below.

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