Small, Unusual Museums Yield Big Fun

August 18, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

By Victor Block

The U.S. capitol impresses those who see it with its stately presence and decorative detail. Its classical columns and imposing dome are known around the world. Some people who have come to see it have had to remind themselves that the structure before them is only 12 feet long and made of thousands of ordinary matchsticks. Read more

Raising Greenbacks On the Golf Green

August 18, 2016  
Filed under Health & Wellness

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Tim Fortune and Mohamed Basha of TLC, Sarah Lemnah of CPSF, Kelsey Warner of TLC and Holly Keough of Jarrett Law Office. (Courtesy photo)

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Tim Fortune and Mohamed Basha of TLC, Sarah Lemnah of CPSF, Kelsey Warner of TLC and Holly Keough of Jarrett Law Office. (Courtesy photo)

Two local companies teamed up last month to help benefit a local nonprofit that works to provide essential care to cancer patients working on maintaining their independence through the treatment process.  Read more

Expert Offers Tips On Going Meat-Free Once a Week

August 18, 2016  
Filed under Food

While there are many diet fads and trends that have come and gone over the years that dietitians warn against, there’s a new trend that many registered dietitians can get on board with. A Baylor College of Medicine dietitian said that going meatless once a week can be beneficial to your diet, and she offers tips on how to have a successful meat-free day. Read more

Technology Through Our Eyes

August 18, 2016  
Filed under Feature Stories

Outdoor Gear Guide

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

Whether it’s going on a camping trip, or just puttering around the yard, there’s still lots of time left to enjoy the summer.  We have recommendations to help you make the most of the remaining summer months.

Battery Powered
Yard Tools
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Homebuyers Beware: Email Closing Costs Scam Alert

August 18, 2016  
Filed under Home & Garden

scam alertBuying a home this spring? If so, watch out for this cunning new con. A recent alert from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns that scammers are hacking into email accounts and instructing homebuyers to wire closing costs straight into their pockets.  Read more

Imagine an Oasis

August 18, 2016  
Filed under Home & Garden

Creating an outdoor garden room can be accomplished even with limited space and budget. (Photo courtesy of Gardener's Supply Company)

Creating an outdoor garden room can be accomplished even with limited space and budget. (Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company)

Designing an outdoor room for your home

By Melinda Myers

No matter your budget, space or gardening experience, you can design an outdoor entertainment area for you, your family and friends to enjoy. Read more

New Diet May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

August 18, 2016  
Filed under Savvy Senior

savy-srBy JimMiller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ve heard that there’s a new diet that can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. What can you tell me about this? My 80-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s and I want to do everything I can to protect myself.

—Concerned Daughter


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Quaker Furniture Exhibit at Rokeby

August 18, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Quaker Stephen Foster Stevens of Monkton produced utilitarian furniture of expert workmanship from his shop for 14 years.

Quaker Stephen Foster Stevens of Monkton produced utilitarian furniture of expert workmanship from his shop for 14 years.

Quaker cabinetmaker Stephen Foster Stevens produced furniture from his Monkton, Vermont shop for 14 years. Several pieces made their way into the collection at Rokeby Museum and are now on exhibit, along with account books, diaries, documents, photographs and other personal items.

Born to Quaker parents and trained by another Friend, Stevens turned out ordinary and utilitarian furniture for his neighbors, many of whom were also Quakers. His work, however, showed great talent and expert workmanship, suggesting that he could have pursued a more lucrative career making fine furniture elsewhere.

Instead, Stevens’s life as a Friend influenced the pieces he produced. Quakers lived under the testimony of simplicity at this time and were expected to remain “plain” in their speech, clothing, furniture and deportment. 

“Quaker Made” presents an intimate look into the meaning of plainness for Friends.

Rokeby Museum is a National Historic Landmark designated for its exceptional underground railroad history. The museum and “Quaker Made” are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 30. The museum is located at 4334 Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.www.rokeby.org.

Fairs & Festivals

August 18, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Islands & Farms
In Good Taste:
Savor the Islands
Knight Point State Park Not going on  
Stowe-Smugglers Notch
Vermont Fly Fishing Show Stowe Sept. 9-11 flyrodshop.com
British Invasion Stowe Sept. 16-18 BritishInvasion.com
Stowe Oktoberfest Stowe Oct. 1-2 stoweoktoberfest.com
Northeast Kingdom
5th Annual Peacham Acoustic Music Festival Peacham Aug. 19-20 http://www.pamfest.com/
The Rescignos  Derby Line  Aug. 13 qnek.com
Champlain Valley
Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival Colchester Aug. 20-28 http://www.lccmf.org/
Champlain Valley Fair Essex Jct. Aug. 26-Sept. 4 http://www.champlainvalleyfair.org/
Central Vermont
Vermont Festival of the Arts Mad River Valley thru Sept. 4 http://www.vermontartfest.com/
Mid Vermont
Ciderstock Middlebury Aug. 20 http://www.woodchuck.com/ciderstock/
BBQ Bonanza Festival Vergennes Aug. 21 https://www.facebook.com/events/451524488375317/
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Middlebury Aug. 25-28 http://middfilmfest.org/
Vergennes Day Vergennes Aug. 27 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vergennes-day-2016-registration-22281152527
Southern Windsor County
Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car/Motorcycle Show Ludlow Aug. 27-28 Website?

 

‘Clean’ Comedian Jim Gaffigan to Showcase His Standup Comedy Skills at the Fair on Sept. 2

August 18, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Jim Gaffigan Promo Shot 1.14.15_2Actor, writer, producer, Grammy-nominated comedian, New York Times best-selling author and multi-platinum selling father of five Jim Gaffigan won’t be donning his birthday suit this summer as he packs up the tour bus and hits the road with his family for his live “Fully Dressed,” tour. The tour will be stopping at the Champlain Valley Fair on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.

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