I have been on a little unplanned vacation for a couple of weeks and so on my return, I thought it would be a good idea to get back to the original intent of this column and give you a little bit of … Continued

“Sweeney Todd” dancers evoke passion

Bellows Falls Opera House

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – “Sondheim never wrote a bad note. We’re having fun! Challenging though,” violinist Amy Cam replied to a compliment at the gala opening of “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” David Stern, director of the … Continued

Bach rocks!


REGION – Musicians and music lovers in Vermont and around the world share the spirit of J.S. Bach as they remember his 332nd birthday on March 21. “I start every day by playing Bach,” said Peggy Spencer, noted Vermont violinist, … Continued

St. Patrick’s Day at the Hartness House

Hartness House

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – With the sounds of the Celtic harp in the background, patrons of the Hartness House tavern lifted a glass to the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day evening. Local brews, special “green” cocktails, and Chef Nick Matush’s unique … Continued

“Exotic Images” photography exhibit


SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Beth Ezold of Alstead, N. H., and several other art lovers crowded around a large-format photograph of a lush tropical scene at the recent opening reception of “Exotic Visions”, a photography show of magical places at the … Continued

Manifesto asks Vermonters to “lift our eyes unto the hills”


REGION – Environmentalists may have covered nearly every ecological concern under the sun when it comes to stopping the march of wind turbines across Vermont. Now some, arguing that the actual, physical mountains have been left out of the discussion, have penned … Continued

Jiu Jitsu team scores big in regional competition

jiu jitsu

Bellows Falls, Vt. – Earlier this month, a jiu jitsu team from Rockingham traveled to Albany, N.Y., to compete in the North American Grappling Association’s regional competition, where more than 500 competitors from around New England and beyond gathered to test … Continued

Weathersfield Proctor Library announces Town Challenge

town challenge

ASCUTNEY, Vt. – The Weathersfield Proctor Library is hosting its sixth annual Town Challenge on Saturday night, April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Weathersfield School, Ascutney, Vt. This fun event will feature nine or ten teams competing for top … Continued

Spring fiber challenge


CHESTER, Vt. – March has come roaring in and our thoughts are turning, yearning for spring. In the spirit of re-awakening, Six Loose Ladies Yarn and Fiber Shop, on the Green in Chester, invites you to get your creative juices … Continued

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