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From the opening bars to its closing refrain, the Fort Salem Theater’s electrifying production of the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning "Next to Normal" builds in suspense, drawing viewers into a hot mess of family relations where everyone is holding onto something far beyond when they should.

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Editor’s note: The writer is a longtime Vermont Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association member who neither participates in its fairs, nor received compensation from the association for this article.

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WESTON — When we were very young, my brother and I read many Dr. Seuss books, such as “Green Eggs and Ham,” and “The Cat in the Hat,” but our favorite was “Horton Hears A Who.” To this day, when emphasizing a point, one of us will repeat Horton the Elephant’s mantra to those with smaller ear…

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PUTNEY — This weekend marks the beginning of a 10-day marathon of concerts at Yellow Barn, with events every day between July 29 and Aug. 7. There are still tickets available for most nights, but audience members are encouraged to purchase tickets early as Yellow Barn has been enjoying a sol…

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In the era of social distancing, many musicians embraced outdoor performances, but for a local trio specializing in music of the baroque, the walls and ceiling are part of their sound.

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SWANZEY, N.H. — My wife’s kind and generous friend Nancy adores Umphrey’s McGee so much that she got us tickets for their Saturday show at Northlands this past weekend, so we could experience her favorite band for ourselves. She promised us that we were about to see and hear something special.

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PUTNEY — Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present roots and world music quartet The Gaslight Tinkers in the second concert of the 18th Twilight on the Tavern Lawn series on Sunday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at N…

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MANCHESTER — Manchester's Bob Stannard is wrapping up a 52-year career as a professional musician with his How Can I Miss You if You Won't Go Away? Tour. His harmonicas have taken him around the world, where he's shared the stage with some legendary performers. We met recently on the veranda…

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WINHALL — Following his storied career as a professional snowboarder traveling the globe and winning major competitions, Lucas Magoon, 32, found himself living in California without a sponsor or a future plan. That’s when he and his wife Tonya put their heads together on how to keep living t…

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MANCHESTER — Along with the many hours pulling weeds, mixing in compost and sweating under a warming sun, many gardeners insist there is a peacefulness to their pathos, a point where labor and Zen seem to merge.

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PUTNEY — Elena Harap Dodd, actress and writer, has lived in Putney for decades. She toured her one-woman show, “Meet Eleanor Roosevelt,” from 1991 to 2014, after co-founding the Streetfeet Women, a Boston area writer’s collective 40 years ago when she was living in Roxbury. The group recentl…

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MANCHESTER — Manchester's Bob Stannard is wrapping up a 52-year career as a professional musician with his How Can I Miss You if You Won't Go Away? Tour. His harmonicas have taken him around the world, where he's shared the stage with some legendary performers. We met recently on the veranda…

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BENNINGTON — It has been a privilege to have my art in the Putnam Hotel windows. When the art first went up, my plan was to bring a little beauty, a little lift to passers-by during a very difficult time. Now my work is in the center of a bustling arts community. Stores, restaurants, busines…