VERMONT STAGE PRODUCES I AND YOU BY LAUREN GUNDERSON  

March 23, 2016  
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(BURLINGTON, VT) Vermont Stage is pleased to announce that its production of I and You, written by Lauren Gunderson, will be playing at FlynnSpace April 20–May 8, 2016.

 

Winner of the 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, I and You  begins when handsome, athletic Anthony arrives unexpectedly at Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and an urgent assignment from their English teacher due the next day. Anthony convinces Caroline to help him transform his presentation on Whitman into something beautiful but in the process they uncover the profound mystery that has actually brought them together.

 

I and You has been hailed as “sharp and funny” by The Washington Post. These captivating teens will throw you for a loop. DC Metro Theater Arts notes, “The striking twists and turns along the progression of the rapid-paced work are astonishing, breath-taking, and mind-blowing,” and, according to Washington Speaks, “The end will leave you gasping.”

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KYLE DODSON NAMED Y PRESIDENT & CEO

March 22, 2016  
Filed under Business

Kyle Dobson

Kyle Dobson

Organization prepares to mark 150th anniversary with new leader

 

March 21, 2016 — Burlington, VT – The Greater Burlington YMCA announced today that Kyle Dodson of Burlington has been selected as the organization’s next President & CEO. Dodson will step into the role as of May 2nd.

 

“The Greater Burlington Y is not only an organization with a rich 150 year history, but it continues to identify and address the challenges facing our communities,” Dodson said. “I am both thankful and excited to work with an engaged staff and supportive community to ensure a strong future for our Y; one that continues to see the Y’s role as a leader for years to come,” Dodson added.

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Shelburne Players features comic farce “The Foreigner” this April at Shelburne Town Center

March 22, 2016  
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Left to right, Nick Wilson (as Rev. Lee)) of Burlington, Lauren Patterson (as Catherine Simms) and Cheri Gagnon (as Betty Meeks) of South Burlington and Mark Adams (as Charlie Baker) of Burlington rehearse a scene in Shelburne Players' upcoming production "The Foreigner".

Left to right, Nick Wilson (as Rev. Lee)) of Burlington, Lauren Patterson (as Catherine Simms) and Cheri Gagnon (as Betty Meeks) of South Burlington and Mark Adams (as Charlie Baker) of Burlington rehearse a scene in Shelburne Players’ upcoming production “The Foreigner”.

Cast members have begun rehearsing for Shelburne Players’ spring comedy “The Foreigner” by Larry Shue. The story takes place in a fishing lodge in rural Georgia where two Englishmen, Froggy and Charlie, arrive as guests. The shy Charlie agreed to accompany Froggy on the trip after his sick wife begged him to go. When people at the lodge try to talk to Charlie, however, he remains silent: he is terribly shy, depressed about his wife’s illness, and cannot find the words to reply. Froggy claims that Charlie cannot talk because he is a “foreigner” from an exotic country, and does not understand English. Taking the explanation that he’s a non-English speaker as fact, the lodge’s guests quickly begin revealing their secrets, and Charlie soon discovers scandals amongst some of the residents of the lodge.

The award winning farce comes to Shelburne Town Center stage, 5420 Shelburne Road, with performances on April 15, 16, 17 21, 22 and 23. Praise from the critics: “I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another.”-The New Yorker,  “A constant invitation to relax and laugh at the foolishness of life.”-Village Voice

Open seating tickets are $15 with a discounted special at the Sunday matinee of $12. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Shelburne Market. For more information and to reserve tickets please go to www.shelburneplayers.com or call 343-2602.

 

 

2015 Boomie Awards – Best Tech for 50+

March 17, 2016  
Filed under Business

By Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer, Tech50+ (www.tech50plus.com)

While there were many great products that came to market in 2015, there were only a handful of really new breakthrough technologies. Many of the best products of the year represented improvements on already existing products or form factors. Regardless of whether they were intentionally designed with the 50+ market in mind or not, many have turned out to be well suited to us. To pick the best in each category we looked at a variety of factors:

Is it 50+ Friendly? – Does it have features that make it easy for those of us over 50 to use? Read more

Avoiding Medicare Mistakes When You’re Still Working

March 17, 2016  
Filed under Savvy Senior

savy-srBy Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Should I enroll in Medicare at age 65 if I’m still working and have coverage through my employer?

—Almost 65

Dear Almost,

The rules for enrolling in Medicare can be very confusing with all the different choices available today. But when you postpone retirement past age 65, as many people are doing, it becomes even more complicated. Read more

Craving Fresh Vegetables?

March 17, 2016  
Filed under Home & Garden

Vermont's farmers markets offer fresh vegetables and specialty foods, even in winter.  (Photo by Skye Chalmers)

Vermont’s farmers markets offer fresh vegetables and specialty foods, even in winter. (Photo by Skye Chalmers)

Vermont Offers Year-Round Freshness with Indoor Farmers Markets

Vermont is a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, and it boasts more farmers markets per capita than any other state in the country. Fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, meats, and specialty foods are available nearly year-round. Check out these indoor farmers markets and eat fresh all season long!

BENNINGTON FARMERS MARKET 

Through April 16

Baptist Church on East Main, Bennington

First and third Saturday,
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Enjoy Homegrown Flavor with an Indoor Garden

March 17, 2016  
Filed under Home & Garden

Energy efficient, long lasting and high intensity grow lights promote the greatest yields when growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other fruiting plants indoors. (Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply)

Energy efficient, long lasting and high intensity grow lights promote the greatest yields when growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other fruiting plants indoors. (Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply)

By Melinda Myers

Add some homegrown flavor to your winter meals. From microgreens to tomatoes, it is possible to grow produce indoors.

Microgreens are a quick and easy way to add some flavor and crunch to your plate. Just plant seeds labeled for sprouting or microgreens in a shallow container filled with a sterile potting or seed starting mix. Within two weeks, you will be harvesting nutritious mini vegetable and herb leaves for salads, sandwiches or snacking.

Take it one step further and grow a few of your favorite herbs on a warm sunny windowsill. Select a container with drainage holes and set on the appropriate size saucer to protect your woodwork. Fill the container with well-drained potting mix and plant seeds or transplants. Purchase basil, chives, parsley, oregano and rosemary plants from your local garden center or the produce department. Read more

4th Annual ‘A Show of HANDS’

March 17, 2016  
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Gorgeous decorated hands are showcased once again at the 4th Annual 'Shop of HANDS' exhibition and silent auction through March at Penny Cluse Cafe in Burlington.  Profits go toward HANDS, a local non-profit striving to close gaps in getting food to older Vermonters (Contributed Photo)

Gorgeous decorated hands are showcased once again at the 4th Annual ‘Shop of HANDS’ exhibition and silent auction through March at Penny Cluse Cafe in Burlington. Profits go toward HANDS, a local non-profit striving to close gaps in getting food to older Vermonters (Contributed Photo)

The 4th Annual “A Show of HANDS” features 100 decorated wooden hands at Penny Cluse Café in Burlington during the month of March. A silent auction of the hands will take place on Thursday, March 31. The exhibit and auction are a benefit for HANDS, a local non-profit striving to close gaps in getting food to older Vermonters. Holly Cluse, co-owner of Penny Cluse and co-president of HANDS, said that the art show is “a winning combination of artists trying to meet needs of seniors in our community.”

Penny Cluse Café is located at 169 Cherry Street and hours are Monday-Friday from 6:45 a.m.-3 p.m., as well as weekends from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. For more info, visit www.handsvt.org.

‘The Art of Winter’

March 17, 2016  
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'Snow Drawings – Briancon' was created by Sonja Hinrichsen in February 2014 in the Valley of Serre Chevalier – a skiing area in the French Alps. The piece wraps around a mountainside, stretching upward along a hiking trail/mountain road. The piece was created over two days with the help of approximately 70 participants from the surrounding communities who entered the “snow canvas” from different locations along the hiking trail to create the intricate designs. (Photo courtesy of the Shelburne Museum)

‘Snow Drawings – Briancon’ was created by Sonja Hinrichsen in February 2014 in the Valley of Serre Chevalier – a skiing area in the French Alps. The piece wraps around a mountainside, stretching upward along a hiking trail/mountain road. The piece was created over two days with the help of approximately 70 participants from the surrounding communities who entered the “snow canvas” from different locations along the hiking trail to create the intricate designs. (Photo courtesy of the Shelburne Museum)

‘The Art of Winter’

“32°: The Art of Winter,” organized by Shelburne Museum, is on view at the Museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Art & Education through May 30. The featured works in the exhibition span an array of media and styles from classic nineteenth century paintings from the Museum’s own collection to contemporary sound art. Read more

Painting Parties

March 17, 2016  
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Unleash Your Creative Side

Burlington Paint & Sip (above) on Church Street is a colorful, bright studio offering step-by-step painting instruction.

Burlington Paint & Sip (above) on Church Street is a colorful, bright studio offering step-by-step painting instruction.

By Karen Sturtevant

“Every artist was
first an amateur.”

­—Ralph Waldo Emerson

A blank canvas is placed before you along with a rainbow collection of paints and a paintbrush. Do you feel inspired or intimidated?

Learning to paint, or rekindling a long neglected passion, is often high up on Boomers’ bucket lists. There is a new breed of art ‘classes’ emerging that seek to take the intimidation out  of the act of putting paint on canvas.

Photo courtesy of Karen Sturtevant The studio stands ready for in-coming painters.

Photo courtesy of Karen Sturtevant
The studio stands ready for in-coming painters.

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