House of music worship: The Stone Church provides spirit, vibe to Brattleboro concert scene

BRATTLEBORO — When funk-metal guitar legend Vernon Reid told an audience assembled at the historic Stone Church for his "Revisiting the Band of Gypsys" show that he was moved by "the spirit" in …

Modern amenities, old-school charm: Roadside motels updating for a new generation of visitors SHAFTSBURY — Martha Wiles has a theory: "Psycho," Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror film, "ruined motels."In the film — spoiler alert — a woman finds respite at the Bates Motel, near …
What we're reading: Best gift ideas from Vermont writers "Heart Spring Mountain," by Robin MacArthur"Heart Spring Mountain" is a treasure. MacArthur deftly weaves the lives of three generations of Vermont women into this marvelous story about the search …
Michael F. Epstein | BookMarks: Oh, to be a child again! Michael F. EpsteinLandscapes correspondentWith Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror and Christmas and Hanukkah looming on the horizon, it's time to try to figure out what the ideal holiday present is …
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Dorset Players brings Dickens to life in 'A Christmas Carol' DORSET — Dorset attorney Kevin O'Toole believes one can never have enough of a good thing, especially a classic work of literature in whatever format it's offered to the public.And so in the …
A lot more than soup went into these bowls BENNINGTON — When Bennington College fielded a request to contribute 300 ceramic bowls for the 2016 Empty Bowls fundraiser, visual arts professor Yoko Inoue had reservations."I said, I'm not …
Five events to not miss this week in Southern Vermont, Nov. 30 Author Q&A: "Opium" co-authors David Blistein and Dr. John Halpern speak at a benefit for Groundworks Collaborative and Next Stage Arts Project at 7:30 p.m. at Next Stage Arts, 15 Kimball Hill, …
Holiday lit guide: Best fiction picks "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles"A Gentleman in Moscow" is a delightful novel. It is witty, humorous and gentle. The book opens in 1922 with the sentencing of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov to …
MMF announces 2020 season lineup MANCHESTER — The Manchester Music Festival has announced that its upcoming 46th season at the Southern Vermont Arts Center will be dedicated to a "thrilling celebration" of two momentous events …

Five events not to miss in Southern Vermont this week, Dec. 7

Ellenbogen Gallery: Abstract art gallery formerly known as stART Space marks its name change and two-year anniversary with "Beyond Words," a solo show of new paintings by Richard D. Weis (above), …

Tina Weikert: When a boy goes off to hunt, mom has a lot to think about

November came around this year as it always does, holding my birthday and Thanksgiving within its days. I'm a fan of birthdays no matter my age, and this year would have presented no challenge except …

A new name for a new year

MANCHESTER — The stART Space Art Gallery, now the Ellenbogen Gallery, marks its two-year anniversary in Manchester with the opening of "Beyond Words," a comprehensive solo show of new paintings …

Holiday lit guide: Non-fiction finds from area booksellers

"Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country" by Pam HoustonHouston's writing often explores the themes of relationships, the environment and the outdoors, animals, and childhood trauma. In her …

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