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Summer Series Part One: Stowe, Vermont

The Stoweflake Resort and Spa. Photo Courtesy of Stoweflake
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Summer Vacations in Stowe, Vermont Spas, Balloons and Great Food in the Green Mountains Keeping in theme with the severe summer weather bringing days filled with rain to Vermont from time to time, I found myself indulging in yet another one of the regional hidden gems. The place is Stowe, VT; though it may look [...]

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Vertical Drops, Scenic Views & Grand Adventures! (Vermont Blog)

The Pump House Waterpark in Jay, Vermont. Photo by Chrissy Lefavour
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Getting Wet and Much More in Jay, Vermont A Great Vacation in the Green Mountains The month of May brought much more than just flowers to Vermont this year. Severe weather precedes summer with freezing temperatures, high winds and spectacular storms, but it also brings plenty of sunshine and warm weather to jumpstart summer. Vermont [...]

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Spring and the Central VT Lifestyle

Breakfast Carbonara. Photo by Christine Lefavour
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The Central VT Lifestyle A Change of Seasons, a Green Thumb and Breakfast Carbonara With the onset of April comes thoughts of spring, Easter, fresh blooms and hopefully, sunshine. The record breaking heat wave we endured in Vermont this month turned out to be exactly the type of madness I needed. A green thumb has [...]

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Mountain Folk, Valley Folk: Elizabeth Laprelle and Nicholas Francis at The Montague Bookmill, 5/20/11

Elizabeth LaPrelle - Photo by Mike Melnyk
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Elizabeth Laprelle and Nicholas Francis at The Montague Bookmill on May 20th This Friday, May 20th, the Montague Bookmill in Montague, MA is hosting an evening of old-time music in the form of two young artists. Hailing from Rural Retreat, Virginia, Elizabeth Laprelle performs old-time songs in the mountain unaccompanied vocal style, a genre that [...]

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Put on Your Dancin’ Shoes: Social Dancing in Vermont

Brattleboro Dawn Dance Committee
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Vermont’s Social Dancing Scene It’s spring, and the rhythm of new life has gotten under our collective skin. What better way to express it than setting your heart aflutter and your toes a-tapping? It’s not too late to catch Swing Noire on Saturday, May 14. The Vermont quartet brings “gypsy jazz” to North America; their [...]

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J Mascis: Several Shades of Why, Album Review

J. Masics: Several Shades Of Why
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J Mascis: Several Shades of Why, CD/Album Review Northampton, Massachusetts’ J Mascis has done it all. Okay, maybe that is a gross exaggeration of the truth, but with the release of [amazonify]B004JAUCQE::text::::Several Shades of Why,[/amazonify] he has come that much closer to making that statement true. From his heavy metal band, Witch, to the weirdo [...]

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Review of Susan Hiller’s The Last Silent Movie at Smith College Museum of Art

Susan Hiller, The Last Silent Movie, Smith College
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Susan Hiller, The Last Silent Movie, Smith College Museum of Art, Review An alumni of Smith College and a former anthropologist, Susan Hiller’s project, The Last Silent Movie, captures the long dead voices of 24 extinct or endangered languages. Using etched pictures and a “silent movie,” Hiller poignantly brings to life these worlds long buried, [...]

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Flavor Abounds at Moti’s in Amherst (Restaurant Review)

Moti’s Persian and Mediterranean Cuisine
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Moti’s in Amherst, Restaurant Review Tucked away between a crowded strip of restaurants in downtown Amherst is Moti’s, a restaurant specializing in Persian/Mediterranean food, bringing some much needed Middle Eastern flavor to the area. The first thing you notice when entering Moti’s is the traditional Persian music and the very Middle Eastern décor–a cozy atmosphere [...]

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Top 10 Best, Not to Be Missed Things to Do in Southern VT/Western MA (Weeks of 5/2/11-5/15/11)

Roseanne Cash, MASS MoCA
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Southern VT/Western MA Mini Magazine: Best Events & Things to Do (Weeks of 5/2/11-5/15/11) Looking for some cool things to do over the next couple weeks in Southern VT/Western Mass? We’ve got you covered. From author talks to innovative musical performance groups to great exhibits and star appearances, here’s our list of the Top 10 [...]

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Intersections Intersected: The Photography of David Goldblatt at UMASS, Review

Mother and child in their home after the destruction of its shelter by officials of the Western Cape Development Board. Crossroads, Cape Town. 11 October 1984.
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Review of Intersections Intersected: The Photography of David Goldblatt–at UMASS Amherst I recently visited the UMASS Museum of Contemporary Art where the new exhibit, “Intersections Intersected: The Photography of David Goldblatt” is underway. David Goldblatt is a documentary photographer who has been observing and capturing South African life for the past 50 years. As I roamed [...]

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