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IN THIS ISSUE: Roller Derby Empowers Central Vermont


Pg. 5 Alvarez Block Denied
By Mike Dunphy
Federal Tax Credit

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unday mornings at the Montpelier Rec Center, feet delicately Derby—states, “Skaters cannot use their heads, elbows, forearms,
tap, slide, and pirouette in an allegro dance of aggression as hands, knees, lower legs, or feet to make contact to opponents.
Pg. 7 Dan Casey Brings devotees of roller derby nudge, slip, and shove their way Skaters cannot make contact to opponents’ heads, backs, knees,
Top Talent to Opera House through teammates in a series of exercises at the weekly practice lower legs, or feet.”
session. That’s not to say the aggressive edge has been dulled entirely, and
It’s not quite the glam-and-slam performance of 1970s roller roller derby remains a full contact sport—a rarity among women’s
Pg. 8 T.W. Wood Welcomes derby, encapsulated by films such as Kansas City Bomber (1972), athletics, even women’s hockey, which does not allow checking.
New Director which depict the sport as little different than World Wrestling Indeed, that’s part of what attracts many women to roller derby,
Entertainment, complete with clotheslines, fist fights, scripted including local mother and daughter Sally and Katlyn Hall. “For
winners, and lines like, “I ain’t no skater, a lot of women,” Katlyn points out, “this
I am a goddamn star!” is a way to express a more aggressive side
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The current revival of roller derby, that says, ‘I don’t have to be a delicate
which started in the early 2000s and flower; I can push and shove; I can
now counts nearly 500 “leagues” (clubs be hit and rise above it.’ That’s really
in Roller speak) globally, adopts a much appealing.”
different tone, one based on genuine The same spirit also figures in—albeit
athletic competition, inclusivity, and tongue in cheek—the alter ego names
female empowerment. many skaters take on, with the Green
“We don’t necessarily try to distance Mountain Roller Derby fielding players
ourselves from roller derby’s earlier image such as Executie, Cyanide, Kurt CoPain,
too much,” explains Julia Wilk, coach Kirb Stomp, Savage Patch Kid, and on
of the Montpelier chapter of Green the men’s side, Pope John Maul. “Isn’t
Mountain Roller Derby, “but we usually Katlyn and Sally Hall. there a small part of you that wants to
say, ‘The modern roller derby revival has Photo by Mike Dunphy. be a badass?” asks Sally. “If you have one,
a different spin to it.’” this is a good sport for you.”
In terms of the game play that means the rules have evolved The good news for newbies is that roller derby remains an
over the years to make it more of an authentic sport, with the most amateur sport, with most players arriving with little to no
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violent elements removed, strictly enforced rules, and genuine experience. That means nearly everyone starts on an equal level.
athletic competition. For example, the Women’s Flat Track Derby “There aren’t really professional teams,” Wilk reminds, “so the
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HEARD ON THE STREET


School District Picks Part 2 for After-school Programs supported by the State of Vermont’s Downtown Tax Credit program, a Cultural Facilities
The Montpelier-Roxbury School District has chosen the After School Collaborative, Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, and a grant from National Life Group, as well
known as Part 2, to provide licensed child care programming for the next school year. as funding from generous individuals and businesses. To date, more than half of its
Part 2 was unanimously recommended by an advisory group that weighed proposals from $350,000 capital campaign goal has been raised, but more is needed. For more
four providers (Part 2, Montpelier Recreation Dept., Community Connections, and the information about the project, and to support it, visit cal-vt.org/lula or call
national YMCA). Part 2, which began in Chittenden County, will hold an information (802) 595-5252.
session for parents at 6 pm May 13 at Union Elementary School. Part 2 replaces Main Street Eatery Bagitos for Sale
Community Connections, which provided after-school care for more than a decade. After eight years in business, Bagitos owner Soren Pfeffer has decided to put the cafe
The School Board also approved the full-time position of “enrichment coordinator” to up for sale, citing the challenge of operating both Bagitos and his real estate business,
oversee extended-day programs across the district. which has become busier over the past few years, at the same time. “I don’t have quite
Gebhart Leaves Montpelier Development Corporation enough time and energy to run both businesses in the manner I’d ideally like,” Pfeffer
Laura Gebhart, Montpelier Development Corporation’s (MDC) executive director, explains. “So, I’m excited with the prospect of finding somebody who has the excitement,
announced her resignation last week. She is stepping down to take a field hockey energy, and vision to carry Bagitos into the future.” There’s no hard date in mind, so
coaching position at Bryant University in Rhode Island. Gebhart has led MDC locals can still enjoy the bagels and live music for months to come, and ideally they’ll
through a period of growth, increasing the organization’s reach into the community continue uninterrupted under new ownership. “My preference is to find somebody who
and supporting many projects, most notably Caledonia Spirits’ new distillery, Stonecliff is excited about taking over Bagitos and continuing with the foundations we have already
Veterinary Surgical Center and The Garage Cultural Center, and implementation of established...but with renewed ideas and energy.”
Montpelier’s Tax Increment Financing District. Gebhart said, “I am truly grateful for
my time in Montpelier. I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from dedicated
business owners, city staff, elected officials, community partners, and residents. I wish
the community continued success as I look forward to the next chapter in my career.”
Alpenglow Fitness Installs Bar for Expanded Fitness Options
Alpenglow Fitness has installed a ballet bar and is offering bar fitness classes for all
levels. This fitness style is a fusion of yoga, Pilates, and ballet movements, for functional
strengthening, lengthening, stretching, and toning. A typical class sees the instructor
lead the class through a warmup, arm series, movements at the ballet bar, and then on an
exercise mat for core strengthening and stretching. A note, bar is not just for women—
NFL players are practicing bar fitness, as it helps with mobility, balance, and agility.

Fundraising Campaign
Center for Arts and Learning Installing Elevator
The Center for Arts and Learning at 46 Barre Street is undertaking a major construction
project to install an elevator to improve the building’s accessibility. The five-stop limited
use/limited application (LULA) lift will allow all visitors, including wheelchair users,
to reach the T.W. Wood Gallery, River Rock School, and Monteverdi Music School, as
well as studios, galleries, and community spaces throughout the building. The project is

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Mueller Expert to Headline Bridge Gala MAY 22 EVENT


By Tom Brown

G
arrett Graff has written five to avoid. Garrett’s father, Chris, was the examines Mueller’s role as FBI director
books, held leadership posts with longtime chief of the Associated Press’ and the fight against extremism.
influential online publications Vermont bureau, his mother, Nancy Price As Mueller’s biographer, Graff has
such as Politico and Wired, appears Graff is an author and a former editor of been in demand as networks attempt to
regularly with Anderson Cooper and Jake Vermont Life magazine, and his paternal dissect the director’s report on Russian
Tapper as a contributor to CNN, and is grandfather covered cops and crime as a influence in the 2016 presidential race,
one of the nation’s foremost experts on reporter in Pittsburgh. and his analysis differs sharply with the
former FBI Director Robert Mueller. He He says his education at Montpelier interpretation of current Attorney General
is also a Montpelier native with a firm public schools served him well and helped William Barr.
belief in the value of local, independent, him overcome obstacles on his way to “I was really struck by how much more
community journalism—an example of college at Harvard. damning a document it turned out to be
which you are holding. Photo courtesy of Garrett Graff. “I am an incredibly proud product than we were really prepared for,” he said.
Attacks on the media from public agreed to deliver the keynote address in a of Montpelier public schools and deeply “Barr said ‘no collusion, no obstruction,’
officials and the downsizing of newsrooms fundraising gala to support The Bridge on grateful to all manner of teachers, and and that actually is not what it says at
large and small have left fewer watchdog May 22 in College Hall at the Vermont not just teachers, but also the special all. What it actually said was plenty of
eyes to mind the store and hold public and College of Fine Arts in Montpelier (details education folks,” he said. “I started off collusion but no conspiracy, and lots and
corporate officials accountable, but the below). elementary school with some pretty lots of obstruction.” It was more a case
need for it has never been greater. “I’ve covered the FBI a lot during this severe learning disabilities, and I had that Mueller determined it wasn’t his
“Independent, community-oriented same period where local journalism has some pretty amazing special educators role to bring criminal allegations against
journalism, whether it’s not-for-profit or been hollowed out, and when you talk help me navigate that in the first five or President Trump but that Congress could
barely-for-profit, is really vital to the civic to FBI leaders on the public corruption six years I was in school.” elect to do so, he said, adding that his next
fabric of the United States,” Graff said. side, they all express to me how worried Many of those folks find themselves book might very well be on this chapter in
“It is something that over the past decade they are about the disappearance of local named in the acknowledgments in his American history.
or two decades we have seen whittled journalism because those are the people books, he said. “We are very excited to have Garrett
away and hollowed out from too many who hold local politicians to account on a Graff ’s fifth book, The Only Plane speak at our first gala,” said Mike Dunphy,
communities around the country, and that daily basis,” Graff said. in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11, editor and publisher of The Bridge. “It
has all sorts of ramifications for life in Graff says it wasn’t exactly a certainty comes out in September. The book that should be a stimulating discussion with
these communities.” that he would end up as a journalist, but landed him the gig on CNN, however, good food, drinks, and entertainment by
This belief, inherited from Graff’s becoming the third generation to take up was The Threat Matrix: The FBI at Bella and the Notables. This will not be
journalistic family, is one of the reasons he the family business was probably hard War in the Age of Global Terror, which your usual, stuffy panel discussion.”

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Tampon Tax Bill Sits in Committee Politics


By Sarah Davin

V
ermont continues to lag behind and diva cups are not. “This is a basic we’re also taxing it, and for most of us, it
other states in lifting the sales tax need for probably most women, and we feels like a medical necessity.”
on feminine hygiene products, tend not to tax things that are basic needs Taxing feminine hygiene products not
and as the current legislative session draws like food and clothes, and so this is an only exacerbates the already challenging
to a close, a bill to change that is likely to interesting exception to that,” commented practical reality of being able to access
stall again. Cary Brown, executive director of the these products but also sends a message
On January 15, the Vermont House Commission on Women. With more than to the half of Vermonters who use these
introduced H.29, a bill lead-sponsored half of Vermont’s population being female, products that their very bodily functions
by Rep. George Till (D-Jericho), which and each individual woman spending a are taxable. This isn’t just about taxes,
would remove the state tax on feminine majority of her life having periods, the this is about acknowledging the needs
hygiene products. Currently 12 states expenses stack up. of women’s bodies as equal to the needs
do not tax products women, trans, and been very receptive to adding any sales According to the Vermont Commission of men. “They are expensive as it is,
non-binary people need during their tax exemptions.” According to Till, the on Women, “The average woman will asserted Kristen Vrancken, an organizer
menstrual cycles. Seven states, Illinois, estimated lost revenue from passing H.29 spend $1,773.33 on tampons in her of Women’s March Vermont, “and to
Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and removing the tampon tax would be lifetime, if she also uses panty liners for add this tax feels very punitive—and it is
New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, $650,000, annually. backup, that adds another $443.33 to punitive.”
have specifically exempted feminine In addition, this process is slowed by her lifetime cost. The state and local According to Colburn, change could be
hygiene products. In 2017, Vermont did the number of bills the Vermont House option sales taxes amount to $124.13 on on the horizon. “I think that for whatever
have a bill to remove the tampon tax, has to process each year. Till, also an tampons, and another $31.03 in tax on reason the [Ways and Means] Committee
H.43, but it expired while waiting to be obstetrician/gynecologist, indicated that panty liners per lifetime.” In addition, hasn’t seen it as a women’s health issue
reviewed by the House Committee on the House sees more than a thousand a study published this year by the or a critical issue. I do get the sense
Ways and Means. With the legislative bills in a two-year session and that a small American College of Obstetricians and that heading into next session that maybe
season drawing to a close in May, it seems percentage of those bills are passed. Till Gynecologists found that two out of three more vocal support for the bill to help the
likely that voting on H.29 will be deferred explained how the process has affected low-income women in the U.S. couldn’t committee leadership to see it differently,
to next year. H.29, saying, “The lead sponsor from afford menstrual products at least once perhaps.” Vrancken voiced her concern
There appear to be two primary obstacles last session was not reelected so I brought a year. that removing Vermont’s tampon tax
to passing H.29: the House’s resistance to the bill forward again. It is not unusual “The burden is all on women to could be overlooked, “This is certainly
passing a bill that would mean the loss of for ideas to take multiple sessions to get manage this situation and pay for the not a small issue, but one that could get
sales tax revenue, and it being lower down seriously considered.” underlying supplies,” said Rep. Selene swallowed by competing concerns.”
on a list of bills considered important. Till The sales tax on feminine hygiene Colburn (P-Burlington), an additional
elaborated, “H.29 is unlikely to pass this products is notable because while many sponsor of H.29. “It’s not something you
year. The argument against removing the necessities and medical products such as can get through healthcare coverage or
tax is that it narrows the sales tax base. bandages, aspirin, and even Viagra are freely through infrastructures of schools
The more you narrow the base, the higher tax exempt in Vermont, products related or employers, though I think that’s
the tax rate needs to be. Unfortunately, to menstruation such as pads, tampons, beginning to change a little bit on a
the Ways and Means Committee has not voluntary basis. On top of that reality,
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Alvarez Block Denied Federal Tax Credit Preservation


By Tom Brown
Montpelier Development Corp., Rep. Mary The new space will house the offices of
Hooper (D-Montpelier), the Montpelier Shippee Family Eye Care and also include
Historic Preservation Commission, and three market-rate rental units, Ancel said. ”
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy. The Alvarez family acquired the block
State Historic Preservation Officer in 1947, and it has housed the Capital
Laura Trieschmann said her office filed an Market, the Montpelier Evening Argus (and
“integrity statement” with the NPS that later the Times Argus after its merger with
found the building a “contributing resource” the Barre Times in 1959). It withstood
to Montpelier’s downtown historic district the flood of 1927 and suffered extensive
and determined that despite the alterations damage in 1971 in a fire allegedly started
the block retains its historical integrity in by a careless cigarette in the apartment of
six of seven NPS criteria. Bennington lawmaker Robert Kearns.
“The integrity statement that we The appeal of the tax credit denial was
submitted supports that it’s a contributing filed May 1, and officials hope for a timely
This circa 1890 photo shows Montpelier Argus and Patriot offices, now known resource to the Montpelier Historic District decision. The Shippees application for a
as the Alvarez Block. Photo courtesy of the Vermont Historical Society. because sufficient material remains from state tax credit will be reviewed likely next

T
he storefronts of the Alvarez structural changes caused the building when the building was altered in the 1950s month, Trieschmann said.
Block on Main Street have served to be unrecognizable to a “historical and its original 1870s storefront,” she said. “The federal tax credits are always
Montpelier residents continuously contemporary,” in other words the reviewer One of the intents of the tax credit under scrutiny by Congress and the U.S.
since the 1870s. Like most of the buildings said if a person from pre-1950 saw the is to encourage owners to rehabilitate Treasury,” Trieschmann said. “So I think
in the city’s historic downtown district, it building today she would not recognize it. and preserve historic buildings and avoid the pressure has come down on the NPS to
has survived flood, fire, and recessions, and Jay Ancel of Black River Design the generally cheaper option of tearing make sure that projects that do get funding
it has twice been approved for inclusion on Architects is working on the project for them down. Ancel said the Shippees and are worthy, but I think that in the case of
the National Register of Historic Places. the Shippees and says the denial of the tax contractor Connor Construction have this building it is very worthy of the tax
The building’s new owners, Drs. Sam credit is unprecedented in Vermont. restored many elements of the structure, credit and would help maintain a sense of
and Karena Shippee, are renovating the “This has never happened in Vermont including stabilizating an original exterior place and pride of place in Montpelier.”
space for their new eye care center and in our 35 years,” Ancel said. “We recently brick wall on the Hazen Place side.
applied for a 20 percent federal tax credit completed the French Block (using the tax
offered by the National Park Service (NPS) credit), and we’ve been through a number
and the IRS to encourage rehabilitation of these. Never did we question whether it
of “historic, income-producing buildings.” would be eligible.”
They were surprised to learn that their The 20 percent federal tax credit
application had been denied because federal combined with a separate 10 percent state
officials ruled that the building did not credit can make a huge difference on
qualify as a “certified historic structure.” rehabilitation projects that cost hundreds
The reason, according to the letter of of thousands of dollars. “It’s a huge element
denial from NPS, is structural changes to the viability of the project,” he said.
made to the building in the 1950s and Ancel and the owners have appealed
more dramatically in 1971, following a the NPS decision and that appeal has the
fire that gutted the third floor and support of the state Division for Historic
mansard roof, which was removed. These Preservation, the City Manager’s Office, the
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School Page By Libby Bonesteel, Superintendent of Schools


This page was paid for by the Montpelier-Roxbury School District.
May 2019

Montpelier High School


Not long ago, I heard from class of 1994 Montpelier bill for the broken window: $1,994 would be due on message of “Live Long And Prosper Class of 1994”
High School graduate Mike Burzycki, who shared with his 25th class reunion. Now those 25 years have passed endure, but so, too, will a story of the positive results
me a story of just that kind of regret from adolescence. and Mike is ready to pay his bill. Currently living in that can come from a little bit forgiveness and the
Mike explained to me via email that as a graduating Cincinnati and working as a manufacturing engineer chance to own up to mistakes with integrity.
senior in 1994 he had worked diligently to hang a for GE Aviation, he let me know that he would be
very large banner off the side of the auditorium which asking his company to match the donation and would
read “Live Long And Prosper Class of 1994.” In his be sharing his story on GoFundMe (gofundme.com/
email he shared: “The intentions were good, and the repaying-forgiveness-given) in case anyone else wanted
execution above average, but there were unintended to contribute. As of May 2, that GoFundMe page has
consequences, namely a large broken pane of glass in raised nearly $3,000 in just three days.
the auditorium window on a rainy day.” The money that Mike Burzycki is paying back
Peter Clarke was principal in 1994. Mr. Clarke and helping to raise will likely go to refreshing our
was understanding and forgiving of the incident, but auditorium/gym lobby. I imagine that we will hang
during graduation he presented Mike Burzycki with a a picture of this story, ensuring that not only will the

Main Street Middle School Union Elementary The Union School Parents’ Group has also been
The Main Street Middle School Student Ambassadors Union Elementary School launches into the spring extremely active, hosting renowned author/speaker Michael
are a group of vibrant young learners, passionate about season with many exciting events. Most recently, the Thompson, Ph.D., to discuss the emotional lives of boys
impacting their school community in a positive way. This kindergarten students performed several musical selections and an upcoming workshop with Mara Iverson from
year, their core priority has been analyzing the data we and showcased their artwork in a nightly performance. Outright Vermont on May 8 at 6 pm to lead a discussion
received from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and using The “Jumping Beans,” Union Elementary’s energetic on what Montpelier parents need to know about children,
that data to celebrate accomplishments and give focus to jump rope team, also performed for the entire school youth, and gender. One other proud moment for Union
areas of need. In the fall, the group went to a conference while celebrating over $10,000 raised for the American Elementary was the recent awarding of a Good Citizenship
to be trained on how to properly examine the data and Heart Association. Our incredible P.E. teachers, Max Award from the Montpelier Police Department to third
understand its true meaning. Jennings and Emmanuel Riby-Williams, spearheaded this grade student Haley McGrath after she recently turned in
Afterward, the Ambassadors hosted a retreat with other fundraising effort and will also be hosting a family fitness a large sum of money she found on the way to school. Way
students to gather a wide group of opinions and ideas to night on May 17. to go Haley!
narrow down the essential areas of concern. They took Photos courtesy Roxbury Village School
the information and began to create an action plan for of MRPS. The Great Outdoors, by Ben Brownell.
improvements. No, I am not referring to the hilarious John Candy
The group also attended the Vermont Association for movie for those of you old enough to remember, rather
Middle Level Education’s “Beyond Bullying” Conference, the secluded woods of Vermont. Roxbury Village School
where each member went to workshops to learn about (RVS) staff and students recently began to make their
promoting a safe and inclusive school environment. Many regular treks up Warren Mountain Road to a local farm.
students deepened their understanding of restorative Each fall and spring we regularly schedule days to visit
practices, an approach that Main Street Middle School is this local farm where students learn about planting and
implementing. The Ambassadors just finished their first harvesting as well as an appreciation for nature.
draft of a circle script for the school to use on a Friday Upon arriving we all begin in a community circle where
morning. They used the information they learned at the the morning agenda is laid out, as well as overall goals and
conference and the data from the survey to write their expectations. After a quick snack, students are divided into
prompts. The circle focuses on helping students be aware PE teachers Max Jennings and three groups and sent marching off with their group leader.
of their resources at Main Street and building trusting Emanuel Riby-Williams. This week’s topics included (1) identifying and collecting
relationships with adults. plants that grow naturally in our environment, (2) planting
Superintendent’s Corner various vegetables for the greenhouse, and (3) journal
writing and sketching in the forest during some quiet time.
May launches a significant standardized testing information about how we are succeeding with cohorts
Each session includes very hands-on, interactive activities
season across the nation. Many juniors in high school or specific groups of students. They help us analyze our
that involve a great deal of inquiry, exploration, and the
are focusing in on SATs and ACTs. Sophomores are programming and curricula to ensure that they match
ability to analyze data to pull it all together.
practicing their skills on the PSAT, and our younger the level of rigor that is demanded of us by the Common
The natural curiosity of kids is already amazing in a
students are tackling SBAC assessments. All of this is in Core and other standards documents. They help us ask
regular classroom setting and often magnified out in nature!
addition to AP tests and other typical assessments we use and answer hard questions at the thousand-foot level.
to ensure we are continuing to grow our students. MRPS is proud of the education we provide for our Hudson Bauer from RVS.
I fully recognize that there are a variety of feelings students. We recognize that there is so much more to a
toward standardized tests, and No Child Left Behind, student and school than the story one piece of data such
the old education law, did much in spreading ill will. as a standardized test can tell. However, we also look
I view standardized tests as one piece of a multi- forward to measures that show how our systems and
faceted puzzle. Like any puzzle piece, it is not a piece structures can better move the needle of growth for all
of data to be ignored and is integral in seeing the final our students. Standardized assessments help us do that.
picture. Assessments such as the SBAC give the District
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Dan Casey Attracts Big-Time Talent to Opera House Arts


By Carl Etnier

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he two African-American string their schedule, or the routing matches up musical performances across genres in a Vermont-customized choreography,
musicians who constitute Black well with us.” what it calls the Celebration Series. This complete with loggers and the Maple
Violin had played with their band Sometimes, the word has gotten out past season’s series included not only the Sugar Fairy. Casey said a total of four local
on multiple continents, at Super Bowls, to performers about the experience of hip hop/classical fusion of Black Violin, dance companies perform in the space, as
and at U.S. presidential inauguration performing at the opera house, and they but also the banjos of Béla Fleck and well as the Barre-Tones singing group
events. Yet at 7 o’clock one Thursday contact Casey. Jazz guitarist and composer Abigail Washburn, an Irish band for St. and storytellers in the Central Vermont
morning last October, their bus pulled up Pat Metheny has won 20 Grammy Patrick’s eve, and Tusk, a Fleetwood Mac Council on Aging’s “Aging Out Loud”
behind the Barre Opera House. Awards, and his agent contacted Casey tribute band. series. For five weeks in the summer, the
Black Violin is just one of the outstanding about performing there. Similarly, Casey It can be a challenge to attract local opera house hosts theater camps.
performers booked each year in the Barre said that after the award-winning Irish music fans with such wide-ranging taste. And sometimes the top-billed acts bring
Opera House, the relatively small theater band Lankum played a Barre gig last year, Casey says he hopes that consistently locals up on stage with them, or hold
in a granite building on Main Street. The “I got two or three calls from other groups bringing in top performers will encourage matinee performances for school kids.
theater was built in 1899 but closed and in Britain and Ireland who were interested audience members to take chances on Black Violin did both. They sold out
was neglected for almost four decades in coming.” performers or genres they’re not familiar both their morning matinee and evening
before it reopened in 1982. Now it hosts Casey also thinks what goes on behind with. His wife told him a story of a performances, and they brought the Green
40 to 50 shows per year, from international the scenes can affect the audience’s conversation she overheard while in the Mountain Youth Symphony on stage with
stars to homegrown talent and summer experience. “We treat our artists really audience for a show that Casey said “made them.
theater camps for local kids. well. We feed them well. We put them up my day.” A couple in the row behind her When an evening performance
Dan Casey, director of the opera house in nice places. Not only is that a good way were talking, and the woman asked if concludes, around 9:30 or 10 pm, Casey
for the past 14 years, said in an interview to do things, the performance will often the man knew that night’s performer. He said performers like Black Violin often
in his office that locals demand “bigger, reflect a positive relationship.” replied, “No, but I know I’m going to have greet audience members in the theater
better-known acts, and that can be While stories abound in the industry a good night, because the opera house has lobby. The crew packs up their equipment,
challenging in a 650-seat theater.” He about hard-to-please performers and brought this act in.” and performers and crew get back on their
said the “real trick to it is perseverance— agents, Casey demurred on describing At other shows, the performers are bus. They head to a local hotel—or take
and negotiating.” He gave the example drama behind the scenes. Van Halen personally known to audience members, as an overnight ride to their next venue.
of last year’s performance by a well- famously required a bowl of M&Ms, friends, neighbors, or family members. For And the next day, Dan Casey sits down
known country singer. “I had offers out to with all the brown candies removed— example, over the past dozen Decembers, with his list of 200 acts, checking to see
Rosanne Cash for four or five years before not because the musicians disliked brown Moving Light Dance Company has whether any of them are performing near
we were able to land her,” he said. M&Ms, but as a way of checking to performed “Green Mountain Nutcracker,” Vermont and have a gap in their schedule.
Casey described cultivating relationships make sure the venue host had read the with Tchaikovsky’s music accompanying
with people at various agencies representing contract carefully. Casey said he pores
top talent. “I have a list of about 200 acts over the performers’ contracts months
that I’m interested in bringing in here, ahead of time and crosses out anything he
and I’m always watching where they go. is not prepared to provide. He laughed, “If
For the larger acts, it’s a lot easier to book there’s hundred-dollar bottles of vodka or
them if you do the agent’s job for them caviar, no one’s gotten that yet.”
and see, for instance, if there’s a hole in The opera house showcases its premier
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T.W. Wood Gallery Welcomes New Director


Compiled by Mike Dunphy
Arts

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n May 1, Margaret Coleman possible to have options. I’ve always believed in 2009, there were no jobs. I remember
began her tenure as executive in using what you have. When I didn’t applying for an entry level job somewhere
director of the T.W. Wood have a studio or facilities, I worked on my and asking one of my professors at Pratt for
Gallery in Montpelier, taking over for porch with chicken wire and fiberglass and a recommendation only to find out we were
Ginny Callan, who helmed the gallery for patched things together right there outside. applying for the same job. I thought, “Oh
four years. She arrives with a tremendous One of the interesting things with art is my God, I’m never gonna get hired.”
resume in the arts, most recently executive that we promote it so much for children, How did you end up in Vermont?
director of ArtShape Mammoth and but then if they want to go down that
Flynndog Gallery in Burlington. Less than Coleman: I was doing an iron casting
career path, there’s often trepidation residency at Salem, New York, and had a
an hour into her first day, Coleman was by family and friends. Was your family
kind enough to sit down with The Bridge couple of free days with my partner, so we
supportive of your choice? said, “Let’s go to Vermont. We’ve never
to speak about her long background in the Photo of Margaret Coleman
Coleman: I had a really supportive family been there.” We stayed for five days and
arts, the Vermont arts scene, how she came courtesy of T.W. Wood Galley.
to T.W. Wood, and plans for the future. and not a lot of push back. I think the loved it. It was just beautiful, and I felt
started to apply to grad schools and ended most important thing to remember is that like the creative scene aligned with me.
The Bridge: Can you tell us about your up at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. learning to think and work in creative ways I remember saying, “We’ve got to figure
background? What led you to a career in the arts? opens up possibilities instead of narrowing out how to move here.” It also seemed like
Margaret Coleman: I grew up in Coleman: I’ve always been an artist. I’m them. That’s what I would say to parents of a place where I could move from New
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and went to the interested in expanding the definition of a high school student worrying about their York and still maintain a contemporary art
University of Minnesota, where I graduated making art, and looking at creative practice child going into art. You could look at it connection.
with a degree in sculpture. I took a little through a more expansive lens than the as being limited, but you could look at it How do you assess the Vermont art
extra time to graduate and rented a traditional art world. as being very open because you can do so scene?
storefront with some friends and opened many things with it. That’s a perspective
a community art gallery. We funded it by What drew you to sculpture? people need right now to survive and make Coleman: One of the things that I
putting a recording studio in the basement. Coleman: Flexibility of medium. I wanted a way in the world. There aren’t really the learned almost immediately was that there
I worked on that for several years before I to learn as many different mediums as jobs anymore with a direct path. You have are amazingly talented people working
to have fluidity. throughout the state and in unexpected
places. The other thing that really was
Looking back on your career path, are exciting to me, especially coming from
you surprised where it’s led you? Brooklyn, was the commitment to craft
Coleman: It makes so much sense now, but Vermont artists have. If I were going
I wouldn’t have guessed it. When I went to to summarize the work happening in
grad school, I thought I was going to be Bushwick [a Brooklyn neighborhood] when
a sculpture professor, but things changed, I was there, it would be fluorescent colors,
and developing community became spray paint, and cardboard. When I got to
important to me. Also, when I graduated Vermont, I was pulled back into connection
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Arts
with some materials that require more What do you think drew T.W. Wood ideas, but I want to meet people and listen
facilities than artists in Brooklyn had to you? and develop those ideas in a way that
access to. In New York, you’re working Coleman: Throughout the conversations makes sense. So I’m not ready to overturn
with what you have available, and what and interviews it became clear to all of us anything or just come in and say we’re
you have is cardboard or milk crates. that there was a mutual commitment to gonna change this, that, and the other. I
What drew you toward the role at community and building that community want to listen and integrate effectively.
T.W. Wood? through the creative arts. I think that Going forward, what do you see as the
Coleman: It was the whole package of my varied experience and background was biggest challenges of this new role?
the things that I care about—education appealing because I’ve had experience in Coleman: There’s always the challenge of
and accessibility in the arts. The tie to every kind of creative event planning and starting in a new place, getting to know
art history is also a huge aspect, and that organizing, including conferences, retreats, the place and the people and making a
trajectory of building art practice with a and exhibitions. smooth transition. Right now while Ginny
foundation in art history. So having the Do you arrive with a definite agenda or Callan is here, she has very graciously
contemporary in conversation with the do you plan to feel it out more? offered to show me the ropes and meet
historical. The art education programs Coleman: There’s a little bit of both. The with me as much as we need to as I get
and really strong commitment to those most important thing right now is to get to know the different programs we offer.
programs was another draw for me. I to know the community and get a good I’m looking forward to jumping in and
feel like I’m in a place where I can handle on the different programs that are helping with our current campaign to raise
put my interests, talents, and time, and happening and how to continue the things money for an elevator, which will make
feel like I’m contributing and making a that are successful and make sure that our galleries more accessible. So, we have a
difference. they continue to do well. I have a lot of lot of work to do!
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How Do You Teach Art? Arts


By Lizzy Fox

A
s a poetry teaching artist, I’m how to use rhyme, alliteration, metaphor, students to write without stopping their
asked this question (or a version sensory language, line breaks, and more pens, offering writing prompts related to
of it) all the time: “How do you to produce different effects. But far more what they care about, and weaving in
teach art, exactly? It’s so subjective.” And challenging (and fun) is to teach creativity other disciplines (more on that in my
of course, they’re right. You don’t answer itself. This is what folks really mean when fourth point below). What playful ways
a poem like a math problem. But there they ask me, “How do you teach art?” can folks engage with your favorite art
are tools and techniques in any artistic Eric Booth, co-founder of Montpelier’s form? The artist within us loves, above
discipline that are very teachable. Creative Engagement Lab and long-time all, to have fun. So, you won’t activate
Take music as an example. We all teaching artist, says that “The job of anyone’s artistry unless you keep it light.
know that a new musician must learn an artist is to activate the artistry in Cross Pollinate. Over the years, my
a few basics: how to read sheet music themselves to make new worlds to share few minutes each day. (I find seven timed students have learned the basic techniques
and arrange their fingers to play different with others. The number one job of the minutes to work well). Or cut pictures for public speaking, practiced meditation,
notes. So it is in poetry, where we learn teaching artist is to activate the artistry from a magazine and collage. Take a peek deepened their knowledge of food systems
in others, and to guide them to make at Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way: A and culture, connected with their natural
new worlds that matter to them.” By this Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity if you environment, and more through exercises
definition, a teaching artist offers not only prefer to follow a guide. in poetry. By weaving in other practices,
the concrete skills of an art form, but the Expose your students to the art form and by focusing our reading and writing
fundamentals of how to be an artist. Now, you’re teaching. When I lead a class, I on particular subject matter, students find
how, exactly, do you teach that? always start by presenting a poem I love. that art responds to and is integrated with
Here are a few lessons I’ve learned over Then I ask questions about it: “What do the rest of life.
my years of teaching in the arts: you notice?” “What is this poem doing?” Take a bigger interest in what they’re
Be an artist yourself. This may sound I keep the questions broad and point creating than in what you’re creating.
intimidating. But the basis of art is students toward how the piece is made, not What you focus on will show. And when
creativity, and all humans have a creative just what it’s about or how it makes them you’re teaching, it’s never about you.
impulse. Perhaps your artistry comes out feel (although these are important too). Artists create art and share it with an
in a well-cooked meal, or knitting, or To get at the techniques of poetry while audience. So be the audience they need,
drawing in the margins of your notes. An also piquing a student’s interest in the art and your students will become the artists
artist takes time out of their day to focus form, it’s important they investigate how they are.
on creative enjoyment. They pause and the poem is working on their own and in Lizzy Fox is a poet and traveling teaching
savor the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes their own words. artist. She also is the associate director of the
of our world. They revel in their senses and Play. Writing exercises can be daunting, MFA in Writing & Publishing program at
imbue that revelry into making something or worse, boring. I like to keep mine the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
new. Start small. Try free writing for a interesting by imposing time limits, asking
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“Resiliency Sundays” Brings a Psychologist Arts


Out into the Community
By Carl Etnier

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n Easter Sunday, the had come the previous two Sundays; he something with their hands throughout.
psychologist’s motorcycle was didn’t seem surprised that attendance The series was billed as promoting
parked in the middle of the was down on Easter Sunday. the awareness of adverse childhood
sidewalk leading up to the Plainfield Dippen, who practices at the Health experiences and their effects on adult
Opera House. Inside, Dustin Dippen Center in Plainfield, said the idea came health and well being. However, before
was following flowing movement from a conversation around a table. “A the first event, I asked Dippen why
exercises led by traditional Chinese pediatrician was talking about how one he thought people would be interested
medicine practitioner Baylen Slote, of the best interventions they had with in spending a Sunday afternoon
with meditative flute music playing in families that were struggling was to get talking about a difficult subject like
the background. At a table, art teacher someone out into their home, out of childhood trauma. By Easter Sunday,
Mary Blake sat and painted stones. It the clinic, and figure out what they he was reconsidering the focus. “Some
was all part of what Dippen called an needed. Maybe it’s a bus ticket. Perhaps people do want a venue where it’s OK to
experiment, creating a space for people it’s a ride to the grocery store. Maybe acknowledge this thing that happened.
to come together and connect with it’s someone to help the children. And And other people, I think it kind of Dippen said he thought organizing
others, to build their resilience. Indeed, we were talking about how some things repulses them.” the series would be another job for him,
the tag line for the series is “To make us that help the most are just bonding with The final event at the Plainfield but, he said, “It has paid back in spades.
all stronger.” people, connecting—things that get you Opera House, on May 12, will feature It helps me, when I go in at 3 am, and
On Mother’s Day (May 12), the out of your head: art, music, movement, physician assistant Kim Pierce’s film The I’m like ‘Oh here’s just another patient
“Resiliency Sundays” experiment will socializing with people. We wondered, Faces of ACEs, a half-hour look at how who’s got a problem, and I had to get out
finish its initial run of six Sundays. At how can we bring this back out into clinicians who take time to learn about of bed.’ I see people as a person. It’s ‘Oh
the Easter gathering, Dippen announced the community, so people don’t have to their patients’ childhood traumas can do yes, remember, it’s about people.’”
it would continue over the summer up make an appointment, don’t have to see a better job of preventing and treating He also has been surprised by the
Route 2 a piece, at the Onion River a doctor?” adult illnesses, including cardiovascular number of people who come to offer
Campground. Each event runs 12:30–2:30 pm, or liver disease and other maladies not their own tips on resiliency, not just to
After an older man and woman left with light food and drinks available the intuitively connected to mental trauma. seek his expertise and healing. “That was
as the movement exercises began, the whole time. They begin with informal After the film and a discussion, Dippen’s a really big twist that I didn’t anticipate,”
group was down to Dippen, Blake, Slote, conversation, followed by a film and then wife, Peggy Laro, will lead yoga. he said.
this reporter, and Maggie Morris from movement exercises to music. An art
Montpelier. Dippen said 8–12 people table offers participants a chance to do
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What’s Showing in Montpelier Art Galleries Arts

The Garage Cultural Center Photo Courtesy of the Vermont to the exhibition include Cheryl Betz,
UNBound! 4 Women Sculptors Let Loose Supreme Court Gallery. Ray Brown, Alice Dodge, Glen Coburn
The Garage Cultural Center presents Hutcheson, Amy Königbauer, Mark
its first art exhibition in this newly Lorah, Hannah Morris, and Michelle
renovated historical building located in Saffran, among many others. A special
downtown Montpelier. The show titled, reception for Show 32 will take place
UNBound! 4 Women Sculptors Let Loose! during ArtsFest, Thursday, June 6, 4 to
is a bold new direction of innovative work 8 pm. May 3–June 16.
by Vermont-based artists Hasso Ewing, North Branch Nature Center
Sande French-Stockwell, Amber Geneva, Endangered Medicinal Plants
and SXC. UNbound! promises sculpture, Jesse LoVasco, an herbalist, artist,
installation art, and live art. The show and poet, received an Ecological Art
marks the end of a year-long intensive Fellowship at United Plant Savers in
critical arts study with Art Matters, a 2018. This Ohio sanctuary was founded
graduate level professional development in 1994 by local beloved mother of
study program for artists. There is
more from Unbound! at The Garage. Parting of the Ways by J. Van Fleet. Mixed media on board. herbalists and author, Rosemary
Gladstar, to protect medicinal plants
Every weekend in May, there will be that were diminishing rapidly and ensure
presentations and workshops open to the 31-foot installation called “Digesting the The Front Gallery
Planet,” built on an 18-inch high grid Show 32 abundant medicine for generations to
public. May 3–31. come. LoVasco had the opportunity to
of rusted steel. “Intestines” is made with The capital city’s only collective
The Vermont Supreme Court Gallery red and brown buttons threaded on wire, observe and sketch the plants of this
Vanishment artist-run gallery, The Front, celebrates 360-acre medicinal sanctuary, which
interspersed with boxes in which those its fourth birthday with the opening of
This exhibition features new work buttons were originally packed, stored in have become endangered because of
Show 32. The exhibition will feature overharvesting, warming climate, and
by Vermont artist Janet Van Fleet. The a basement, and immersed in a flood that recent work of the gallery’s membership
gallery’s front space contains work built left a muddy “shadow” imprint. Small habitat loss. Working at a tree-log table
of Vermont-based contemporary artists. in a yurt the edge of the forest, he
on eight of Van Fleet’s oil-on-board groupings of plastic animals shelter inside Media varies widely, from painting and
paintings from 1998 that have now been these boxes. The medium here is ironic— magnified the plants to accentuate,
mixed-media to ceramics to performance. or even exaggerate, their color, shape,
sealed with shellac then collaged over the animals are made of what threatens Many participating artists work in
with figures of people and animals made them. April 2–June 28. size, and significance. His goal was to
multiple media. Artists contributing showcase these medicinal species in a
with wine foils. The backspace features a
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way that would make them recognizable nature and beauty of life. Initially
to those who walk any forest trail. April influenced by the Hudson River School and
24–June 30. abstract expressionists, Merwin expresses
T.W. Wood Gallery a layering of symbol and spirituality in
Awakenings his painting process, using nature as a
doorway to the expression of existential
This exhibition features work by Kate concerns. Traveling the trails through the
Longmaid and Tom Merwin. Adopting Kittatinny, Catskill, and Green Mountains
a contemporary approach to portraiture have been a continued influence Merwin,
and still life, Longmaid explores what is be it sketching waterfalls with sumi ink
revealed in the intimate moments of seeing. and rice paper or recreating the strata of
Working in the alla prima tradition, she a mountain using layering of media. April
paints directly from life. With still life, 30–June 28.
Longmaid is drawn to subject matter that The above texts were supplied by the related
is ephemeral, reflecting on the transient galleries and/or curators.
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Good Sam’s Shelters Rely on Community Support Activism


By J. Gregory Gerdel

W
hile most residents of Central Community Support is Essential situations of domestic violence, getting Good Sam’s Additional Services
Vermont had refuge in their In addition to the overnight shelter at proper identification, mental health or Good Sam also provides winter shelter
homes or apartments from Bethany Church, other churches have been substance abuse counseling, job training, and breakfasts at Hedding United
this winter’s persistent cold and snow, providing lunches and warming shelter and finding employment. To those Methodist Church in Barre. The Haven
people who are homeless have found during the early evenings on a rotating ends, Good Sam maintains continuous Shelter on Seminary Street in Barre
warmth, food, and shelter through the basis each weekday: the Unitarian Church collaboration with many other service provides 30 beds year-round for homeless
collaborative efforts of several churches of Montpelier, Trinity Methodist, Christ organizations: Another Way on Barre people participating in a transitional,
and nonprofit organizations. The Good Church, and St. Augustine’s Catholic Street, which provides a facility during 90-day program designed to assist with
Samaritan Haven has been at the heart of Church. The pastors and members of each the daytime; Capstone; the Vermont Food finding jobs and moving to stable housing.
this collaboration. congregation coordinate food preparation, Bank; the Salvation Army; and the Beth Typically, the Haven serves 250 homeless
The Good Samaritan Haven coordinates as do volunteers from the Old Meeting Jacob Synagogue. guests each year.
shelter and meals in Montpelier and Barre House in East Montpelier. Tyler Weedon has been the overnight The NeSt facility in Montpelier also
with several churches. This year was the Contributions of non-perishable food coordinator at Bethany Church for both works through the 90-day program, but
second winter that Bethany Church and snacks, items for personal hygiene, winters the shelter has been operating. is a step-up situation for guests who
hosted homeless guests in the 20-bed financial gifts, and volunteer time Weeden grew up in Montpelier and typically have employment and are closer
pop-up facility in Fellowship Hall from assisting with food preparation are greatly returned to his hometown after graduating to managing stable housing on their
mid-November through mid-April. appreciated by both staff members and from Bennington College. He loves his job own. The building has three apartments
Good Samaritan Haven, or as staff and guests. Community support for a fall and greatly appreciates that the community and a total of 11 beds. While residents
guests call it, “Good Sam,” is Central fundraiser to benefit Good Sam has been has provided so much support, particularly live there rent free, they provide and
Vermont’s primary service organization strong the past two years. This year’s event those who have volunteered time at the prepare their own meals. NeSt also has
for the homeless, providing housing and is being planned for late September, with shelter. an overnight supervisor, who is a resource
support services for people experiencing the final date to be determined, according Judi Joy, who is the Barre-based for the guests.
homelessness in our community. to Donegan. shelter and volunteer manager, put For more information about
But it’s clear from every staff member it this way: “Everyone who has done Good Sam or how to volunteer, visit
interviewed that the community support Toward Housing Stability overnights has found it to be a game goodsamaritanhaven.org or call (802) 479-
from churches, volunteers, and generous While shelter from the cold and provision changer for themselves. Getting to know 2294. For donations, the mailing address
donations are vital to the program. for meals is the starting point Good Sam others involves a sense of family.” As she is Good Samaritan Haven, P.O Box 1104,
“Donations from the community support provides guests, the program’s mission is approaches five years of working at Good Barre, VT 05641
about 30 percent of our budget,” said to help homeless people connect with the Sam, Joy notes that the job she loves is
Interim Director Patrick Donegan. resources they need, including safety from “not very easy, but it’s wonderful.”
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Living Homeless in Central Vermont Activism


By J. Gregory Gerdel
Another Way on Barre Street in
Montpelier.

up sleeping in a doorway until she are provided to get to Another Way in it provided in an otherwise despairing
heard about the overnight shelter that Montpelier, which provides shelter and situation. With a roof over her head,
operated through the winter months in activities through the day—and where meals, transportation, and no personal
the Fellowship Hall of Bethany Church. she met with the employment counselor, complications of substance addiction,
“Without these guys, I would have leading to her current jobs. she was able to call on her experience
Photo by J. Gregory Gerdel. nothing,” Laurie reflected on her As a person who spent most of with customer service, retail sales, and
experience with the staff and services her adult life in a large city, she is management skills to begin a transition

T
he immediate cause of provided through the Good Samaritan appreciative of the supportive to again being self-supporting.
homelessness varies as widely Haven. After three weeks at the Bethany community she has found in Central This is just one success story among
as the individuals who find Church Shelter, she is now living at the Vermont. She also noted the positive the many positive outcomes for guests
themselves without shelter or resources. Haven in Barre, working two jobs to dimension of the community among endeavoring to get back on their feet,
Among the many causes are illness, save for the rent and security deposit on her fellow guests at the Haven. “I have find safety, counseling, and support for
injury, business failure, loss of a job, an apartment of her own. found some relationships that are going resolving personal challenges.
chemical addiction, mental illness, or a She explained that the network of to be important for a long time.” For more information about
falling out with family. services for homeless guests is essential Laurie pointed out that the most the Good Samaritan Haven, visit
For Laurie (not her real name), it was a for someone working to get back on their important aspect of finding shelter goodsamaritanhaven.org or call
family argument that left her on a street feet. Those services include employment and support was the mental stability (802) 479-2294.
corner in Montpelier with nothing but counseling. At the Haven, she explained,
a suitcase. A mother and grandmother “Everyone helps with the chores when we
in her early 40s, she expected to wind get up in the morning.” Then, bus passes
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Montpelier’s Bike Path Bridge Arrives


Photos by Tom Brown

Crews installing the bike and pedestrian bridge across the North Branch of the Winooski
River on May 1. The bridge is part of the 1 Taylor multi-modal transportation project.
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People’s Health & Wellness Clinic Wellness


Supports Central Vermont
N
o matter what your situation in who still elect to opt out of insurance
life, navigating the world of health because of costs or enroll in plans with
insurance can be a daunting task. such high deductibles they are still unable
When you are among the uninsured, to afford care,” she says.
that task can seem insurmountable. Since Services provided by PHWC include
1994, the nonprofit People’s Health & medical care, mental health care, oral
Wellness Clinic (PHWC) in Barre has health care, bodywork and movement
been working to support the uninsured therapies, and other complementary and
people of Central Vermont and doing so alternative services, tobacco cessation
through the inspiring work of numerous screening and treatment, Vermont Health
volunteer healthcare practitioners. Connect enrollment assistance, and You
Anyone is eligible to be a patient at First (formerly Ladies First) enrollment,
PHWC if they are uninsured, underinsured which provides free access to breast,
(your health insurance deductible is cervical, and heart health screenings for
greater than 7.5 percent of your household eligible Vermonters.
income), or their health insurance doesn’t Along with the wide array of services,
cover certain services, such as massage, PHWC also provides health education,
counseling, etc. Additionally, household which Goldfinger-Fein says comes in
income must be less than 400 percent of many forms. “Primarily, our case managers
the Federal Poverty Level ($49,920 yearly and volunteer providers tie education into
income for a household of one, $102,960 each patient visit. This sort of one-on-one
for a household of four). education allows patients to ask questions
“With the implementation of the and develop strategies for prevention at
Affordable Care Act and Vermont Health home. Everything we provide at PHWC
Connect, we have seen a decrease in the is completely free. We know that cost is
uninsured population, but unfortunately a huge barrier to receiving care, and we
the underinsured population in our state is want our patients to have access to all that
growing,” notes executive director Rebecca we offer. Patient donations are encouraged,
Goldfinger-Fein. “We see this reflected in but by no means required.”
our patient data, with increased utilization As the Hunger Mountain Co-op’s
by patients who have insurance but are featured community partner, shoppers
still unable to access care because of cost have the opportunity to support the
or availability of providers to take on new essential work of the People’s Health and
patients. In the last five years, we have seen Wellness Clinic by rounding up their
approximately an 11-percent increase in purchases to the next dollar from now
our underinsured population.” until June 2. They can also opt into
Goldfinger-Fein adds that with Vermont being asked to round up every time they
Health Connect, people have multiple shop by visiting the Co-op’s website at
avenues to access health insurance. hungermountain.coop/give-change.
“Through state subsidies or via employer This text was provided by Hunger
contributions, many people can enroll in Mountain Co-op.
insurance plans without shouldering the
full cost. While some barriers to insurance
have been reduced, we see many patients

Design & Build


Custom Energy-Efficient Homes
Additions • Timber Frames
Weatherization • Remodeling
Kitchens • Bathrooms • Flooring
Tiling • Cabinetry • Fine Woodwork
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Sports
players like Sally, that makes success all the figures come with advantages, too. “They is also influenced by the need to bring in thing is overcoming myself, because there
more attainable. “This is a sport you can might be really excellent at wiggling in new players, as numbers remain relatively is that potential to fall and get a bruise,”
play with a beginning skill, and if you have between and slipping through small cracks low. That’s part of why Central Vermont Katlyn considers. “Sometimes if you take
the determination, after time, you will be between bodies.” Roller Derby merged with Green Mountain a hard fall it suddenly becomes scary. And
playing.” Probably no better example of this can Roller Derby in February 2019, to provide you think, ‘I don’t know if I can do this,’
While anyone can practice, all players be found than Katlyn, who clocks in at 5 a larger pool of players and therefore a more and start to doubt yourself. You need to
must pass two minimal skills assessments, feet 1 inch and about 100 pounds. That competitive team. It also streamlined the change your attitude to ‘I can do this,’ and
which require, among other things, skating may seem dangerously small in a full- operation overall, saving money. “We felt not let the fear hold you back.”
27 laps around the track in five minutes contact sport, but it gives her a distinct we could pool our resources and be able Wilk agrees. “I think it’s always going to
and one lap in 13 seconds, and log three advantage of getting down very low, so to accomplish much more,” Wilk explains. be empowering because it’s hard to learn
hours of scrimmage time before they can that hitting her with a legal block becomes “For example, rather than having to file how to roller skate well; you are constantly
take part in an official match. For some it exceptionally difficult, especially for larger two sets of taxes and paying insurance falling down and getting back up over and
may take months to achieve that level, in players. twice, when we merged, we were able to over again. Anything that presents a really
part, because of the physical conditioning “This is a sport where your body size combine those and save money and work.” intense challenge that you can overcome is
required, but success is inevitable with does not matter,” Sally emphasizes. “You Wilk often aims for people new to the really empowering.”
practice. Wilk emphasizes, “We don’t can be the smallest player, the mediumest area and seeking a community to bond Luckily, roller derby provides the support
eliminate anybody, but they might need to or largest, and it doesn’t matter.” with. Plus, they tend to have the available to get through it. “It’s the most open,
get a bit into shape. You definitely get into Inclusivity extends to gender identity, time. She also sees a steady stream of caring sports community I’ve ever been
shape when you do roller derby practice, too. “Gender in roller derby tends to be ex-military and hockey players, too, and a part of,” Katlyn emphasizes—a point
so they’ll get into shape whether they want different than in other sports.” Wilk points mostly between 25 and 45 years of age. with which her mother agrees. “When
to or not.” out. “The men’s team accepts skaters of People hoping to turn a new leaf or work people think of roller derby, they don’t
Furthermore, roller derby makes a point all genders, and on the women’s team, out personal issues also find an outlet in think of a sport where you are going to
to embrace all body shapes and types, skaters must identify as women or gender roller derby. “Sometimes we joke around walk in and people will support you from
rather than just lean, athletic mesomorphs. expansive.” This also includes people in with Kirb Stomp, an excellent body hitter,” the beginning,” Sally explains. “At the end
“Because a lot of it is based on hip width, transition between genders. “Who doesn’t notes Sally, “and ask ‘Are you trying to of the day, we’re supporting the sport and
having a larger mass can really help,” Wilk like to be promoting diversity within an work something out?’ and she smiles.” each other. It’s all about the women’s flat
explains. “It makes it difficult for others to organization, and acceptance, inclusion, But for players like Katlyn, the true track roller derby association; it’s all of us.”
push you around. Obviously when you hit and support?” Sally muses. “It’s a good empowerment of roller derby is about For tickets and information about Vermont
somebody, the weight and mass are going team to be a part of.” getting knocked down again and again Roller Derby, visit centralvtrollerderby.com
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Performing
groups and identity-based groups in the past year’s
THEATER, DANCE,
Community
congressional election. 7 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard
STORYTELLING, COMEDY
Arts
Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier

THURSDAY, MAY 9
Events
Through May 12: Lost Nation Theater presents
The Turn of the Screw. A psychological thriller
Older Vermonters Caucus. Learn about issues about a young governess’ journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned
being discussed at the State House affecting children who then starts to see ghosts of former governesses haunting them. Thurs.–Sat., at 7:30
older Vermonters. Topic: Older Workers. pm. Sun. at 2 pm. City Hall Arts Center, Main St., Montpelier. $25–30. Discounts for students and
Events happening 8–9 am. Vermont State House, room 10, State St., seniors. $10 for ages 11 and under. lostnationtheater.org
May 8–May 22 Montpelier. May 10–11: Danceland. A production of Northern Vermont University-Johnson dance club
How to Grow Vegetables from A to Z at the end of each semester. 7 pm. NVU-Johnson, Dibden Center for the Arts. By donation.
NorthernVermont.edu
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8
(Artichokes to Zucchini) Using Organic
Techniques with Henry Homeyer. 7–8 pm. May 10: Extempo. Locals tell short-format, first-person, true stories live on stage without any notes or
Bike Middlesex with Green Mountain North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., reading. 8–10 pm. Highland Lodge, 1608 Craftsbury Rd., Greensboro. extempovt.com. $5.
Club. Easy. 12 miles. Ride from Middlesex to Montpelier. Free. See our Facebook page for May 17: Nautical Naughtiness. A variety show of burlesque, comedy, and more. Doors open
Moretown and back. Bring water, lunch, or buy at details: Central Chapter UVM Extension Master 9:30 pm. Positive Pie, State St., Montpelier. $15 advance; $20 at door. Ages 21+.
the Moretown Store. Helmet required. Contact: Gardeners May 17–19: Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio 45th annual Performances. May 17 and 18
Mary Smith, 505-0603 or Mary Garcia, 622-
0585 for meeting time and place. FRIDAY, MAY 10 at 7 pm; May 19 at 1 pm. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. Adults $17; kids/seniors $12.
229-4676
Recycling Like a Pro Workshop with Friday Morning Spring Bird Walks. Weekly May 23: Fractured. Revel in the nuances of acrobatic theater that is at once otherworldly and
CVSWMD. Learn the overview of Vermont’s trips to birding hot spots around Montpelier accessibly human as you forget what is possible and immerse yourself in the joy of the human spirit in
recycling laws, what goes in/what stays out of your searching for spring migrants like warblers, motion. 7 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. Tickets start at $10.
recycling bin, and what “additional” recycling vireos, thrushes, and waterfowl. Led by NBNC’s May 24: Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour. A wide range of talented standup comics from here and
is and how to do it right. 10:30 am–noon. expert birders. 7–8:30 am. North Branch away working longer sets. 8:30 pm. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. Free; by donation.
Washington Apartments at Barre Housing. Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. 479-0896. espressobueno.com.
Register: cvswmd.org/program-registration Free for members; $10 non-members.
northbranchnaturecenter.org
Compost Basics Workshop with CVSWMD. Pitman Rd., Barre. $30 per mattress, regardless Chapters in History Three: The Twenties:
Learn about: managing food scraps, why they Spring Rummage Sale. May 10–11. Gently of size. cvswmd.org Roaring and Otherwise. A free program series
break down and how-to use food scraps as used spring and summer clothes for the whole of reading and discussion. Jaquith Public Library,
Spring Rummage Sale. May 10–11. Bag sale of
a resource in your own yard. Everyone goes family. 9 am–6 pm. Unitarian Church, 130 School St., Marshfield. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.
gently used spring and summer clothes for the
home with a starter kit. 5:45–7:15 pm. Berlin Main St., Montpelier.
Elementary School. Register: cvswmd.org/ Art and Author Night. Art opening with Merry
whole family. 9 am–1 pm. Unitarian Church, SUNDAY, MAY 12
130 Main St., Montpelier.
program-registration Schmidt at 6 pm. Poetry Reading with Author Walk the Stowe Bike Path with Green
Friends Annual Plant Swap. Please bring Mountain Club. Easy. Paved 10 miles round
Free Personal Money Management Classes. Tom Schmidt at 7 pm. Jaquith Public Library,
anything you are digging up and have extra trip. Contact Michael Chernick, chernick5@
Budgeting, debt management, credit building, School St., Marshfield. jaquithpubliclibrary.org
of to share with your neighbors. Seedlings are comcast.net for meeting time and place.
financial future planning, and smart car buying. Digital Photography Fundamentals. Learn also appreciated. Make sure to label your plants
6–7:30 pm. Capstone Community Action, 20 shutter, aperture, ISO, metering, composition and do not bring invasive plants or plants that Mother’s Day on the Farm. Families raising
Gable Pl., Barre. 477-5215 and your camera’s buttons, dials and menus. may be harboring invasive weeds in their dirt. Jewish children are invited to Living Tree Alliance
Mid-Week Movie: The Favourite. 6–8 pm. Bring your camera. 6:30–8:30 pm. North 9 am–noon. Jaquith Public Library, School St., in Moretown to plant local organic greens to be
Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. Marshfield. jaquithpubliclibrary.org harvested for the Waitsfield Food Shelf. Children
St., Greensboro. $5 suggested donation. $20. bryanpfeiffer.com will be able to pet the farm animals, plant greens,
Walk for Animals to Benefit Central Vermont make edible salad people and create and decorate
highlandartsvt.org
SATURDAY, MAY 11 Humane Society. Tons of fun at this family- a potted greens plant to give to mom. Free. For
Medical Cannabis 101. Presented by Leslie friendly, dog-friendly event. Demos by 802 Disc children 0-6.
Ruster, Educator & Herbalist at the VT Patients Green Mountain Club Work Hike. All Dogs, canine costume contest and more, prizes
Alliance. We’ll go over the basics, look at the abilities welcome and needed. Spring walk- and an easy two-mile walk. Friendly dogs on Plant Sale. Garden starts: tomatoes, peppers,
research, and have time to answer questions. We’ll thru and routine pre-hiking season trail work leashes are welcome, but you don’t need to bring herbs and other seedlings as well as some
also cover navigating the state medical marijuana on the Long Trail south of Winooski River to a dog to participate. 9 am–noon. Montpelier perennials. 11 am–1 pm. The Old Meeting
program and talking about CBD. 6:30–7:30 pm. Bamforth Ridge Shelter, and farther south on High School. centralvermonthumane.org House, 1620 Center Rd., East Montpelier.
Hunger Mountain Co-op community room, Camel’s Hump. Conditions permitting. Bring 229-9593.
lunch, water, and work gloves. Wear sturdy Mayfest at Orchard Valley. Maypole
Montpelier. Register: info@hungermountain.coop dancing, crafts and games, puppet shows, and Mother’s Day Spring Wildflower Walk with
boots and work clothes. Tools provided. Meet
Constitutional Crisis? Speakers Series. Fossil a community “Pieganza!” Classrooms will be Annie Reed and Bob Popp. 1–4 pm. Meet at the
at Montpelier High School at 8 am. Contact
fuels, abortion, immigration—what is the impact open for viewing student work and Cathie Ely, Stranahan Forest parking lot at the beginning of
Alan Paschell, dreamon@myfairpoint.net.
of single-issue politics? Do activists choose Enrollment Director, will lead school tours. Thompson Road (right off of Hollister Hill Road).
our candidates? Hear about Professor Robert Mattress Recycling Collection. Mattress 10 am–1 pm. Grace Farm Campus, 2290 Rt. Jaquithpubliclibrary.org
Boatright’s research on the roles of impact of issue recycling event. Mattresses must be dry. 79 14N, East Montpelier. 456-7400
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Calendar of Events
EXHIBITS
Through June 1: Student Art Show. as a doorway to the expression of existential Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville.
Featuring artwork from Stowe Elementary, concerns. T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre St., riverartsvt.org
Through May 10: Northern Vermont Middle School, and High School, Mountain Montpelier. twwoodgallery.org May 10–July 14: Cumulus. Highlights
University-Johnson Student Exhibit. River School, and Rumney Memorial School. Through June 28: Vanishment. Mixed media cloud-centric works in a wide range of media.
Dreanna Dolan-Godin, Kalob Gabree, and Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. work by Janet Van Fleet Vanishment. Explores Opening reception: May 17, 4–6 pm. Miller’s
Travis Noyes. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery helenday.com the fraught relationship between humans and Thumb Gallery, 14 Breezy Ave., Greensboro.
in Dibden Center for the Arts, NVU-Johnson. Through June 1: Thomas Waterman Wood: the natural world, using, in part, materials that 533-2045
NorthernVermont.edu The Master Copies. A selection of Wood’s Van Fleet has repurposed from previous bodies Through Oct. 25: The War of Ideas:
May 10–17: Senior Visual Arts Show. master copies from the T.W. Wood Art Gallery of work. 111 State St., Montpelier. Propaganda Posters from the Vermont
Multimedia works by seniors in NVU- collection. While Wood was in Europe he fell Through June 28: Kate Burnim & Daryl Historical Society Collections. Visitors can
Lyndon’s visual arts department. Quimby in love with the paintings of the European Burtnett, Almost Forgotten. Through examine how posters have been an important
Gallery in Harvey Academic Center, Masters, including Rembrandt and Turner. paintings and works on paper, Burnim and part of the wartime effort, for everything from
Northern Vermont University-Lyndon. Following current fashion, Wood copied Burtnett uncover the spaces and moments recruitment to support on the homefront.
Barclay.Tucker@NorthernVermont.edu. paintings to learn techniques from the masters.that are woven into the everyday landscape Vermont History Center, 60 Washington St.,
T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier. 262-6035. and human experience. Reception: June Barre. 479-8500. vermonthistory.org
Through May 25: Matt Larson, Terroir. twwoodgallery.org
Abstract paintings and collage. Terroir is a 6, 4–7. The Spotlight Gallery at Vermont Through Dec. 21: 200 Years—200
French word that means, in its most basic sense, May 11–June 15: All You See Is Glory; Big Arts Council office, 136 St., Montpelier. Objects. An exhibition celebrating Norwich
“earth” or “soil.” Closing reception: May 17, Stars and Maritime Moments. Photographs by vermontartscouncil.org University’s bicentennial. Curated to include
6–8 pm. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop, 5 Stowe Peter Cunningham. Opening reception/artist May 14–June 29: Exhibits at Studio Place objects from the museum collection, as well
St., Waterbury. AxelsGallery.com talk: May 11, 5–7 pm. White River Gallery Arts. Reception: May 16, 5:30–7:30 pm. 201 as documents and images from Archives and
@ BALE, 35 S. Windsor St., South Royalton. N. Main St., Barre. studioplacearts.com Special Collections, that reflect and retell
Through May 26: The Dialects of Line, 498-8438
Color, and Texture. A visual discussion with Fault Lines: Artists explore the current the university’s 200-year history. Norwich
artists Elizabeth Billings, Frank Woods, and Through June 16. Show 32. The Front political climate and the resulting fractures in University Sullivan Museum and History
Elizabeth Fram. Highland Center for the Arts, celebrates the opening of Show 32 and our 4th our world that threaten discontinuity at many Center, Northfield. norwich.edu
2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. Birthday! Features recent work of the gallery’s levels and potential explosive energy.
membership of Vermont-based contemporary Tectonic Plates and Topographic Tiles:
SPECIAL EVENTS
Through May 31: T.W. Wood Member artists. Reception: June 6, 4–8 pm. The Front, Artist Deborah Goodwin creates sculptural
Exhibit. Among the exhibiting artists 6 Barre St., Montpelier stoneware for walls or tabletop, inspired
include Robert Waldo Brunelle JR, Becky by geologic forces and infused with fabric May 10: Art and Author Night. Art opening
Cook, Patricia Knoerl Johnson, Margaret Through June 21: Deeper Than Blue. Hand- with Merry Schmidt at 6 pm. Poetry Reading
pulled woodblock prints by Janet Cathey and details.
Lampe Kannenstine, Kenneth Saxe, Jayne Present Continuous—Commentary and with Author Tom Schmidt at 7 pm. Jaquith
Shoup and Bonny Willett. The exhibit will cyanotypes by Linda Bryan. The Gallery at Public Library, School St., Marshfield.
Central Vermont Medical Center, 130 Fisher Form: Works by Diane Sophrin. Combining
include paintings, photography and fiber art. rapidly written morsels of poetry with form jaquithpubliclibrary.org
46 Barre St., Montpelier. twwoodgallery.org Rd., Berlin.
and color, Sophrin draws and paints her May 11: Artist Talk: Janet Van Fleet. Van
Through May 31: Maike Garland. Woodcarver. Through June 28: Awakenings: Current writings on stitched, layered papers to create Fleet will explore the question of what factors
The Cheshire Cat, 28 Elm St., Montpelier. Work by Kate Longmaid and Tom Merwin. an ongoing series of hanging scrolls recently influence an artist’s ideas, materials, and
cheshirecatclothing.com Longmaid explores what is revealed in shown in Budapest. completed work. Q&A. 1:30–2:30 pm. Studio
the intimate moments of seeing through a Place Arts, 201 N. Main St., Barre. Free.
Through May 31: Amalia Elena Veralli. contemporary approach to portraiture and Through July 10: Sunshine And Shadow.
Photographs. The Cheshire Cat, 28 Elm St., An exhibit of paintings by Ann Young. studioplacearts.com
still life. Merwin’s painting process expresses a
Montpelier. cheshirecatclothing.com layering of symbol and spirituality, using nature Reception: May 23, 5–7 pm. River

MONDAY, MAY 13 TUESDAY, MAY 14 Helping Yourself to Health with Healthy can return their love is to try to provide them with
Living Workshops at CVMC. Come find a peaceful end to their lives. 6:30 pm. Kellogg-
Mindfulness Practice and the Cultivation of Bike Lamoille Valley Rail Trail with Green out what community workshops are offered at Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier.
Character. The practice of mindfulness is not Mountain Club. Difficult. About 25 miles. Central Vermont Medical Center to help get you
simply about presence, but also about shifting our Danville to St. Johnsbury. Continuous downhill Yestermorrow’s Spring Speaker Series: Solar
started and provide the support you need to keep in Vermont with Joey Dorwart. Learn about
relationship to life through the development of our but then a two-hour uphill back. Lunch at a going. 5:30–6:30 pm. Hunger Mountain Co-op
character. Explore of the dynamics that shape this restaurant in St. Johnsbury. Contact: George how solar energy plays into Vermont’s grid, from
community room, Montpelier. Regsiter: info@ residential rooftop arrays to large solar farms,
possibility. 6–7:30 pm. Hunger Mountain Co-op Plumb, 883-2313 or plumb.george@gmail.com hungermountain.coop
community room, Montpelier. Register: info@ for meeting time and place. plus discuss the benefits versus limitations of
hungermountain.coop Mid-Week Movie: Le Amiche. 6–8 pm. off-grid systems. 7 pm. Yestermorrow Design/
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick Build School, 7865 Main St., Waitsfield. Free.
Barre Tones A cappella Chorus Guest Night. St., Greensboro. $5 suggested donation. yestermorrow.org
Love to sing? Women of all ages and musical Music Together with Ellen Leonard from All
highlandartsvt.org
abilities are welcome. You do not need to read Together Now. An internationally recognized FRIDAY, MAY 17
music. 6:20 pm. Capital City Grange, 6612 Rt. early childhood music and movement program Sounds Good: Music Themed Movies. AKA
12, Berlin. BarretonesVT.com for children from birth through age 7—and Doc Pomus. 7 pm. Jaquith Public Library, School Friday Morning Spring Bird Walks. Meet
the grownups who love them. 10:45 am. St., Marshfield. Jaquithlibrary.org at Berlin Pond (meeting at public access
The Peace & Justice Center’s Journey to Jaquith Public Library, School St., Marshfield. point, Brookfield Road, Berlin) Led by
Montgomery, Alabama. The group will share jaquithpubliclibrary.org. THURSDAY, MAY 16 North Branch Nature Center’s expert birders.
what they learned, the impact the trip has had 7–8:30 am. Free for members; $10 non-members.
on their work, and why visiting sites like these Friends of the Stowe Free Library Fundraiser. ArtSmart: Investigation & Insight into
Works by Master Composers. Investigation northbranchnaturecenter.org
that hold our country accountable for its history 5–7 pm. Over the Wall, 2160 Mountain Rd.,
of racial terror is so important. 7–9 pm. Kellogg- Stowe. $10 donation. stowelibrary.org and insight into works by master composers – Birding on the Boardwalk with Green
Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok, and Bridge. Mountain Club. Join us on a stroll to identify
Presented by Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society and learn about the most common and intriguing
and Artistic Director Jia Kim. 1 pm. Stowe birds encountered along the Long Trail. 7–9 am.
Community Church, 137 Main St., Stowe. Free. Meet at Green Mountain Club’s Barnes Camp
sprucepeakarts.org Visitor Center in Stowe.
Hebrew and Yiddish Calligraphy Workshop. SATURDAY, MAY 18
This fun workshop led by Randi Hacker will Spring Bird Walk with Bob Popp, Taber &
cover the way to hold a calligraphic pen and teach Alexander Allison. 7:30–10 am. Meet at the
the basic strokes you will need to form all of the Stranahan Forest parking lot at the beginning of
letters of the Hebrew alef-bet. 5–7 pm. Beth Jacob Thompson Road (right off of Hollister Hill Road),
Synagogue, 10 Harrison Ave., Montpelier. By Marshfield. Jaquithpubliclibrary.org. Rain date:
donation. Pre-register: bethjacobvt.org May 19
The VT Corporate Cup Challenge & State Green Mountain Club Work Hike. Stowe. All
Agency 5K Race. 6–7:30 pm. Race begins abilities welcome and needed. Spring walk-thru
in front of the State House and continues on and routine pre-hiking season trail work on the
downtown Montpelier streets. info@vcccsar.org Long Trail north of Barnes Camp to Sterling Pond
Dr. Erika Bruner, Heart of Vermont Veterinary or farther toward Chilcoot Pass, the Sterling Pond
Acupuncture. Dr. Bruner will discuss end of life Trail from Smugglers’ Notch, and the Barnes
care for pets. Our pets love us unconditionally and Camp Loop from the picnic area. Bring lunch,
bring us joy, comfort, and inspiration. One way we water, and work gloves. Wear sturdy boots and
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Live Music
Every Thurs.: Open Mic, 7 pm Main St., Montpelier pm. Pre-concert talk in the performance
May 10: VT Bluegrass Pioneers, 7:30 pm May 12: 4 pm, Warren United Church, 339 studio at 6 pm. Highland Center for the Arts,
May 11: Second Wind, 7:30 pm Main St., Warren 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. Tickets start
VENUES
May 17: Kelly Ravin and Halle Jade, 7:30 pm May 12: Mother’s Day Brunch with Sam at $15; students $10; 20% off for seniors.
May 18: Jenn and John, 7:30 pm Bulpin. Jazz and contemporary tunes from an May 18: Family, Fun, Five “B’s.” The
Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9212. May 24: Kava Express, 7:30 pm
Bagitos.com award-winning local student, musician, and “five B’s” refer to master composers Bach,
SPECIAL EVENTS
May 8: Old Time Music Session, 6 pm aspiring actor. 10:30 am. Café at Highland Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok and Bridge. Hear
May 11: Irish Session, 2 pm; Tropical Dance Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., masterworks up close and personal in a fun,
May 8: Scrag Mountain Music String Circle Greensboro. Reservations recommended: interactive setting where all are welcome to
Party Benefit, 6 pm Rehearsal. 10 am–noon. The Plainfield
May 12: Southern Old Time Music Jam, 10 am 533-9399 join post-concert for a meet-and-greet with
Community Center/Plainfield Co-op, 153 the artists: Rachel Lee Priday (violin), Colin
May 16: Italian Session, 6 pm Main St., Plainfield. May 14: Kind Bud. A mixture of original
May 17: Yuriy Kolosovskiu, 11:30 am; Dave tunes, Jerry Garcia, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Brookes (viola), Yannick Rafalimanana
Loughran, 6 pm May 8: Brad and Ken Kolodner with Pink Floyd, Dylan, SRV, and other funky (piano), and Jia Kim (cello). 7 pm. Spruce Peak
May 18: Irish Session, 2 pm; Barry Bender, Rachel Eddy. Presented by Cabot Arts. 7 pm. tunes. 5:30–8:30 pm. Upper Pass Brewery, Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr.,
6 pm Landmark Schoolhouse, 1643 Rt. 215, Lower Chelsea St., South Royalton. Free. Stowe. $10. sprucepeakarts.org
May 19: Eric Friedman, 11 am Cabot. $16 advance; $20 at door. Potluck May 18: Last Train to Zinkov. David and
snacks and BYOB. cabotarts.org May 15: John Lackard Blues Jam. 8 pm.
May 23: Bartholomew Everyman and Nathan Gusakov perform original songs and
Sweet Melissa’s, 4 Langdon St., Montpelier.
Emoore Saylavee, 6 pm May 8: Kind Bud. A mixture of original old tunes about life and death and the beauty
No cover.
Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St. tunes, Jerry Garcia, Beatles, Rolling Stones, of the hills. Featuring clawhammer banjo,
Pink Floyd, Dylan, SRV, and other funky May 16: The Zeichner Trio. Traditional fiddle, and family harmonies, Last Train to
Montpelier. Free. 223-6820.
tunes. 7–10 pm. Zen Barn, 179 Guptil Rd., Irish and Old-Time/Appalachian music. Zinkov’s music draws from Appalachian old-
Every Tues.: Karaoke, 7:30 pm
Waterbury. Free. 6–8 pm. Café at Highland Center for the time, gypsy jazz, classical, and the klezmer of
Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre. Arts, Hardwick St., Greensboro. No cover. their family’s Eastern European roots. 7:30 pm.
479-0896. espressobueno.com. May 9: McLane, McKasson and McDonald Adamant Community Club, 1161 Martin Rd.,
House Concert. Hosted by Hugo and Cynthia May 17: Glorious Leader. Solo project of
May 11: Jazzyaoke (live jazz karaoke) 7:30 Adamant. $15; free for 12 and under. 454-7103
Liepmann in Middlesex. This is a passionate Kyle Woolard, bandleader of orchestral indie
pm, $5
trio with outstanding musical sensibilities group The Anatomy of Frank. 7 pm. Highland May 18: Fully Completely Hip. Tribute to
May 24: Michael Stridsberg (rock & folk)
and a level of musical mastery that is rooted Center for the Arts, Hardwick St., Greensboro. Tragically Hip. 9 pm. Rusty Nail, Mountain
7:30 pm
deep in tradition, yet is naturally creative $15; students $10; 20% off for seniors. Rd., Stowe. $15–18. Ages 21+
Gusto’s. 28 Prospect St., Barre. and improvisational. Smiles and foot-tapping May 17: Rock City! in Concert. Barre’s one May 19: Heliand Consort: Kindred Spirits
gustosbarvt.com are pretty much guaranteed. 6:30–8:30 pm. and only Rock & Soul chorus with 50 singers – Letters and music of Brahms and the
May 10: Jacob Green, 5 pm/ Party Crashers, RSVP to liepmann.cyn@gmail.com. By and one rocking band. A “Best Of” concert Schumanns. The program includes Robert
9 pm, $5, 21+ donation. of songs from the sixties through the aughts Schumann’s Romances for oboe and piano,
May 11: Eric DeRed, 6 pm/DJ Bay 6, 9:30,
May 9–12: Scrag Mountain Music presents voted for by chorus members as their favorites Brahms Sonata for piano and clarinet, and
21+
String Circle. A concert that highlights the from our last seven seasons, sung in glorious the music of Clara Schumann. The program
May 17: Tim Brick, 5 pm/Imagine That!, 9
vibrant sounds of strings and celebrates spring harmony and with a great band. 7:30 pm. will feature musicians Katie Oprea on oboe,
pm, $5. 21+
music that draws influence from both classical Barre Elks Lodge, 10 Jefferson St., Barre. $10. Cynthia Huard on piano, and Elisabeth
May 18: Kevin McEnerney, 6 pm/DJ
and folk-based traditions. By donation. RSVP: Benefits Home Share Now. LeBlanc on clarinet. Selected letters will be
LaFountaine, 9:30 pm, 21+
May 24: Chris Powers, 5 pm/Stone Temple scragmountainmusic.org May 17: John Lackard Blues Band. 9 pm. read by guest storytellers Jim Stapleton, Diana
Posers (STP Tribute), 9 pm. $5, 21+ May 9: 7:30 pm, Bread & Butter Farm, 200 Moog’s Place, Morrisville. No cover. Bigelow, and Patrick Evans. 4 pm. Plainfield
Leduc Farm Rd., Shelburne Opera House, Rt. 2, Plainfield. $15; seniors
May 18: Samara Piano Quartet. Four $10; students $5. plainfieldoperahousevt.org
May 10: 7:30 pm, Chandler Center for the
Whammy Bar. 31 W. County Rd., Calais. established musicians who have dedicated their
Arts, 71-73 Main St., Randolph professional lives to chamber music. Featuring

work clothes. Tools provided. Meet at Montpelier MONDAY, MAY 20 WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 Elementary School, Middlesex. Register:
High School at 8 am. Leader: Alan Paschell, cvswmd.org
dreamon@myfairpoint.net. Hike Stranahan Forest with Green Mountain Compost Basics Workshop with CVSWMD.
Club. Marshfield. Easy. About 4 miles. On our Learn about managing food scraps, why they Mid-Week Movie: Widows. 6–8 pm.
Friends of the Ainsworth Public late afternoon/early evening hike, we will see spring break down and how to use food scraps as Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick
Library Annual Book & Cookie Sale. wildflowers and explore vernal ponds. Bring snacks a resource in your own yard. Everyone goes St., Greensboro. $5 suggested donation.
9 am–2 pm. 2338 Main St., Williamstown. and water. Optional dinner afterwards at Positive home with a starter kit. 5:45–7:15 pm. Rumney highlandartsvt.org
ainsworthpubliclibrary.org Pie in Plainfield. Contact Phyllis Rubenstein, 793-
Drift Farmstead Open House. Come visit the 6313 or Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.
farm and participate in kid friendly activities. net for meeting time and place.
1–3 pm. 324 Webster Rd., Roxbury. Great Russian Writers of the 19th Century.
driftfarmsteadvt.com UVM Professor Kevin McKenna will describe
the “Slavophile” and “Westernizer” movements,
SUNDAY, MAY 19 characteristic of the major themes in the literary
Spring Wild Edible Workshop. Learn to works of the Russian writers in the second half of
identify and sustainably harvest a variety of plants the 19th century. 6 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library,
and how to eat your way through some non-native 135 Main St., Montpelier.
species. 10 am–1 pm. North Branch Nature
Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. Fee applies. TUESDAY, MAY 21
northbranchnaturecenter.org Bike Edgewater with Green Mountain Club.
Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Series. Free Moderate. About 20 miles round trip. Cross
discussion-based classes using ancient and modern Vermont Trail. Bring lunch. From Marshfield,
sources for all parents raising Jewish children. drive up Depot Rd. to Edgewater where you can
Free childcare on premises. 10:30 am–noon. Beth park near the trail. Bike down the old railroad bed
Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Ave., Montpelier. into Groton State Forest and stop at whatever point
RSVP: rebtobie@jcvt.org we feel is far enough for lunch, and return. Contact:
George Plumb, 883-2313 or plumb.george@gmail.
Screening of the Documentary Escape from com for meeting time and place.
Room 18 and Discussion with John Daly.
Motivational speaker John Daly was raised Jewish Food for Spring Renewal. As we move from
in Florida and feeling like an outcast as a teen, spring into summer, green foods and sour foods can
he joined a neo-nazi gang. When gang leaders help us to harmonize with the seasonal transition.
later tried to kill him for being Jewish, the ADL Learn which foods support us at this time of year
helped him move to Israel for safety. Discussion and explore concepts of culinary medicine and food
and Q&A. 4–6 pm. Beth Jacob Synagogue, sovereignty. 5–6 pm. Hunger Mountain Co-op
10 Harrison Ave., Montpelier. $18 suggested community room, Montpelier. $3 members; $5
donation. bethjacobvt.org non-members. Register:
info@hungermountain.coop.
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Mothers of the Past Imperfect Humor


By Larry Floersch
when she got out that handkerchief and punishment, and judging from the caught in a lie by grandmother. She
started working up a wad. severity of the punishment, at least from lived on the farm and used a bar of Fels-
And moms do things like take you to us kids’ perspective, one of the worst Naptha brown laundry soap, which was
the dentist to get your teeth DRILLED! things you could do as far as my mom really wicked.
They give you vile tasting medicines was concerned was tell a lie. Perhaps it So we should remember that even
and stuff like castor oil. They take you was the age in which I grew up—lying though moms do a lot of wonderful
to the doctor to get shots. Once our no longer seems a punishable offense, things for us kids, they are not perfect.
mom and the mom next door herded up especially in Washington, D.C.—but, If not for their interference, we could
all us kids and marched us off as a group If my mom caught you lying, she would all grow up to be unhealthy, toothless,
to get polio shots. Dwight passed out grab your arm, hustle you into the skinny, dumb, messy, dirty, booger-
just from the sight of the needle, and he bathroom, and rub the bar of hand soap eating little liars, just as Nature intended.
was bigger than I was. That made my across your lips and front teeth.

M
other’s Day is the one day in a knees so wobbly I thought I already had Not that I lied, of course. I was
year we are supposed to take polio. What kind of mom intentionally the target of numerous witch hunts.
our mothers out for brunch to wants her kid to pass out? But when that punishment befell me
repay them for all the good things they If your mom was like mine, she also I always hoped it would be Ivory soap
did for us while we were growing up. forced you to eat foods you didn’t like. waiting in the soap dish. Ivory was
But let’s face it. Mothers aren’t perfect. And even though you didn’t get to white, which was close to the color of
If your mom was like mine when I was choose what was on the plate, she made the foods I liked (bland), and, according
growing up, sometimes she did things you eat everything on it, often with the to its label, it was 99 and 44 one-
you really didn’t like. admonition that there were “starving hundredths percent pure, whatever that
Like constantly wiping your nose. kids in Africa.” I would often sit at the meant. I hated soaps such as Lifebuoy,
Show me a little kid with a runny nose, dinner table and ponder how to get that Dial, and Camay, which had weird
and I’ll show you a kid who does not spinach on my plate to those starving colors, perfume-y smells, and nastier
want it wiped. Yet moms chase their kids. flavors. And heaven help you if you got
kids around with a box of tissues just All this, of course, was to promote
waiting for a chance to pounce and your health and well being as a child,
wipe those snot candles off their kids’ even though some of the things you
upper lips. Kids will go through all were forced to consume made you
kinds of protestations and avoidance retch, which seemed pretty darn close
mechanisms to prevent it. They don’t to actually being sick. And forcing you
like that invasion of their personal to eat all that food probably promoted
space, not to mention the loss of a childhood obesity.
readily available snack. Moms are always telling you when you
If your mom was like mine, she also can watch TV, to do your homework,
did this really gross thing of licking her and clean up your room. And they’re
handkerchief to wet it so she could scrub always on you about brushing your
dirt or stray spaghetti sauce off your teeth and washing behind your ears.
face. Really!? Which has less germs? If your mom was like my mom,
Spit or dirt? I used to get the willies she was into many forms of corporal

Corrections
The Bridge wishes to apologize for the following errors in the article, “New
Animal Hospital Revives Downtown Garage” in the April 3 issue:

The correct name of the Montpelier center is Stonecliff Veterinary Surgical


Center, not the Stonecliff Animal Surgical Center as indicated in the article.

In the article, it stated, “They also run Stonecliff Animal Clinic in Bradford
and a satellite clinic is West Lebanon, New Hampshire.”

The owners no longer run the Stonecliff in Bradford; that was sold many
years ago. They do own and operate Stonecliff Animal Clinic in Lebanon,
NH.

The article also stated, “She says she was excited about the interest she re-
ceived from New England Culinary Institute instructors.” This should read,
“former NECI instructors.”
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