Shakespeare Scenes

November 21, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Vermont Shakespeare Festival, in partnership with Dedalus Wine, will be presenting a unique evening of Shakespeare scenes paired with wine tastings on Dec. 11 at ArtsRiot in Burlington.  What kind of wine would you drink while spending time with the Macbeths, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet (among others)? The cast includes numerous local actors from the Burlington theater community performing some of Shakespeare’s greatest hits. Ticket price includes wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres and the show.



Vermont Shakespeare Festival and Dedalus Wine present Vino and the Bard

Arts Riot- 400 Pine Street, Burlington

Tickets: $30 – Advance purchase at

Tickets available at the door are subject to availability.

Info (877) 874-1911.



November 18, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

(BURLINGTON, VT) Running December 7–11 at FlynnSpace, Vermont Stage’s 12th Annual holiday tradition is back and better than ever!  Conceived by Mark Nash and directed by Cristina Alicea, WINTER TALES features a collection of stories, poetry, and songs to shine a bit of sunlight on the dark days of winter.  Admission includes complimentary hot cider and ginger molasses cookies.

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Traveling can be very good for the elderly – when planned correctly

November 17, 2016  
Filed under Aging Parents

Holiday travel to visit family or friends can be rewarding at any age, but an expert at Baylor College of Medicine says that for the elderly, it is an extra special occasion, especially with the proper planning.
“I always encourage people to travel,” said Dr. Angela Catic, assistant professor in the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor. “Travel is something that people find very pleasurable, and visiting loved ones at the holidays can be very meaningful.”
While traveling can be a great opportunity for elder adults, Catic advises those who plan on traveling during the holidays to plan accordingly. “Traveling can sometimes be physically strenuous, so it’s important for an elder adult and caretaker to remember to take frequent breaks when on the road or in a plane,” she said.
When preparing for a road trip, Catic suggests planning extra time to stop and get out of the car to walk around and stretch your legs. If you plan on boarding an airplane, she recommends booking seats with enough leg room to move around, and also taking opportunities to get up and walk up and down the aisles.
She advises caretakers and elder adults to be overly prepared when traveling with medication. “The most important issue when dealing with medication management and travel is to always take extra medication. Sometimes we may stay on vacation longer than we anticipate, so you want to make sure that you don’t run out of your medicine. For someone who is traveling by plane, it is important to pack your medication in your carry on so you don’t risk losing your luggage and medication,” she said.
Packing appropriate clothing is essential to being comfortable on a trip. Catic says elder adults are more susceptible to getting cold, so when packing they should pack extra layers to remain as comfortable as possible during their trip. She also says that caretakers and elderly adults should be aware of who they are traveling with and what they might need during their trip to ensure it is safe and comfortable environment.
“Most of the time, elder adults do very well when they travel. There isn’t one size fits all advice I would give when it comes to traveling with the elderly. I think it depends on the elder who is traveling and what their specific needs are,” she said.

24th Annual VT International Festival

November 8, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

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The Vermont International Festival will be celebrating its 24th  year of showcasing arts, crafts, food, dance, and musical performances representing cultures from all over the world December 2-4, 2016 at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Route 15/Pearl Street  in Essex Junction, VT. There is unlimited, free parking and it is handicapped-accessible. CCTA provides public bus service to the Champlain Valley Exposition grounds.


This year we welcome several NEW crafters, including artisans from Peru, Uzbekistan and India. Fidel Palomino, coming to us from Ayacucho, Peru, will be bringing handmade, traditional, colorful retablos which “represent the cosmovision of Andes and Amazonian people”, depicting costumes and folklore from Peru. From Bukhara, Uzbekistan, Shukhrat Pulatov will bring to us beautiful handmade silk carpets and embroideries. His family business, started by his grandparents produces silk, double-sided carpets which are unique to Uzbekistan. Samat Maheshwari will be representing a group of 12 artisans based in western India. Through sales of their block prints, tie dye, embroidery, metal, bead and lacquer work, they hope to raise the standard of living for these indigenous artists. The Guatemala Art and Culture Connection features art from traditional Mayan villages in Guatemala. Original oil paintings depict traditional daily life, nature and images of Mayan history. Crafts include beadwork and weaving based on centuries old traditions. In addition to these, there will be over 50 other craft vendors and community groups from countries all over the world.


Friday, December 4th is Children’s Day, when busloads of children from all over Vermont experience firsthand the excitement of having a passport stamped by all of the countries represented at this celebration of the arts. The festival will be open to the public Friday evening 5-8 pm, Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 10-5. Tickets will be on sale at the door: $7 for adults; $5 for children 6-12 years old; $5 for seniors (65+); $20 family pass; children under 6 are FREE.  Admission is good for the entire weekend.


There will be two stages of entertainment featuring performers such as Spirit Wing, Maiz Sandoval, On the Border Morris, the St. Andrew’s Pipe Band, DsantosVT, Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, Lokum, A2VT, Grup Anwar, Mary Brust, Heather Morris Celtic Dancers, and too many others to mention.  Food vendors this year will have treats from Brazil, Uruguay, Turkey,  Philippines, Italy, Tibet, Poland, China, Austria, India and Democratic Republic of the Congo.


The Vermont International Festival has again been named one of the Top 10 winter events in Vermont by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The Vermont International Festival is a program of the Vermont Performing Arts League, which is located at North End Studios in Burlington. Visit the Facebook event page discussion where new vendors and performers are added daily. Don’t miss this 24th annual festival where we bring the world to Vermonters.