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art_walk_575This article is a special contribution from local artist Mary Adamsian, exhibiting at the Lazy Pear Gallery.

Montpelier Art Walk takes place on Friday March 27th from 4:00pm – 8:00pm!
We hope you’ll join the creative community in celebrating some of the finest artists and craftspeople that New England has to offer. With fifteen art venues ranging from galleries, restaurants, stores and government buildings. This is an event not to be missed.
Expand your visual senses and share your opinions and ideas with others… Meet the artists that create the works you’ll experience…
This event does coincide with the Green Mountain Film Festival. Why not journey to the fun artistic locations around Montpelier between the assorted movie venues?
Art walk booklets, listing participating venues, the featured artists, and coupons to local restaurants can be picked up at all the participating locations around Montpelier.

The participating locations are:

On State Street:

  • Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery & Sculpture Gallery – 136 State Street
  • Vermont State House: Cafeteria (closed at 4:30)
  • Vermont Supreme Court Lobby (until 7pm) – 111 State Street
  • Governor’s Office, Pavilion (until 7pm) – 109 State Street
  • Positive Pie 2 – 22 State Street
  • Afterimage Photography – 26 State Street
  • Vermont Trading Company – 27 State Street
  • Capitol Grounds – 27 State Street
  • Phoenix Rising – 34 State Street
  • Salaam – 40 State Street
  • Restaurant Phoebe (4pm – 6pm) – 52 State Street

On Main Street:

  • The Lazy Pear Gallery – 154 Main Street
  • Kellogg – Hubbard Library (4 pm to 5:30pm) – 135 Main Street
  • Green Mountain Medicinals Herb Shop – 104 Main Street (2nd floor)
  • Art Resource Association: City Center – 89 Main Street
  • Artisans Hand Craft Gallery – 89 Main Street
  • La Brioche – 89 Main Street
  • Bear Pond Books – 77 Main Street
  • Montpelier City Hall Plaza – 39 Main Street
  • Rhapsody – 28 Main Street
  • The Drawing Board – 22 Main Street

On Langdon Street:

  • Langdon Street Cafe – 4 Langdon Street
  • Global Gifts – 7 Langdon Street
  • The Shoe Horn – 8 Langdon Street
  • Buch Spieler – 27 Langdon Street

Others:

  • The Cheshire Cat – 28 Elm Street
  • TW Wood Gallery – 36 College Street

Come and see!

For more information on the artists exhibiting: The Lazy Pear Gallery
Related article2009 Vermont Film Festivals – Line-ups

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green_mountain_film_festival_575This week is the Green Mountain Film Festival… But we are taking the opportunity to also bring you information on other film festivals or film series throughout the state of Vermont this year. After all, the ski season is almost over, and spring is not quite here yet. It’s the perfect time to go to the movies!

12th Annual Green Mountain Film Festival – March 20-29 – Montpelier
Hundreds of screenings. A very interesting selection of movies in several avenues.
See the complete list of movies with dates of the screenings, summaries, and links to reviews. Make sure to buy tickets early, some movies are already sold out.
Locations: Savoy Theater, City Hall Arts Center and Kellogg-Hubbard Library
Official website:  Green Mountain Film Festival

Reel Paddling Film Festival – April 4 – Colchester – 8pm
The Reel Paddling Film Festival is showing the best paddling films of the year from around the world.
Location: McCarthy Recital Hall – St. Michael’s College
More information at: Reel Paddling Film Festival – Vermont

Hirschfield International Film Series – Middlebury – April – May
The 2008-2009 Film Series still has some showings in April. You can see these films on Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm.
Upcoming showings:
April 4: The Band’s Visit (Israel, 2007, 87 minutes) – Winner 2008 Un Certain Regard – Jury Coup de Coeur, Cannes; Winner 2007 European Film Award; Winner 2007 Grand Prix at Warsaw International Film Festival. In English, Arabic, and Hebrew.
April 11: Zodiac (US, 2007, 158 minutes) – Nominated 2007 Golden Palm, Cannes.
April 18: City of Men (Brazil, 2007, 110 minutes) – Nominated for 2008 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
April 25: Syndromes and a Century (Thailand, 2006, 105 minutes) – 2007 Winner at the Asian Film Awards; Nominated 2006 Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival. In Thai with English subtitles.
May 2: Duchess of Langeais (France, 2007, 137 minutes) – Nominated 2007 Golden Berling Bear, Berlin International Film Festival.
Location: Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium on College Street
Cost: free
More information: Middlebury – Calendar of Events 2009

Central Asian Cinema Film Series – Asian Cultural Center of Vermont – West Brattleboro
A pretty amazing program of movies on Central Asia. Who would have thought that you could view so many movies about Central Asia in Vermont?
These are feature movies, subtitled in English, preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion.
It is a little difficult to identify the movies on the events page of the website, as 2007, 2008 and 2009 events are all mixed together on the page.
Here is the list of the upcoming showings.

white-mountains-kyrgyz-movie-75Saturday, March 28, 2009 – 5pm
The White Mountains, a film from Kyrgyzstan by Melis Ubukeev
(62 minutes, 1998, subtitles)

 

land-of-the-fathers-movie-75Saturday, April 4, 2009 – 5pm
The Land of the Fathers, a film from Kazakhstan by Shaken Aimanov
(85 minutes, 1966)

 

aksuat-movie-75Tuesday, April 7, 2009 – 6pm
Aksuat, a film from Kazakhstan by Serik Aprimov
(80 minutes, 1997)

 

little-angel-movie-75Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – 6pm
Little Angel, Make me Happy, a film from Turkmenistan
(88 minutes, 1993)

 

daughter-in-law-movie-75Saturday, May 9 – 5pm
Daughter-in-law, a film from Turkmenistan
(75 minutes, 1963)

 

kosh-ba-kosh-movie-75Tuesday, June 16, 2009 – 6pm
Kosh Ba Kosh, a film from Tajikistan
(1993, 98 minutes)

 

hasan-arbakesh-movie-75Tuesday June 30, 2009 – 5pm
Hasan – Arbakesh, a film from Tajikistan
(1965, 91 minutes)

 

the-orator-uzbek-movie-75Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – 6pm
The Orator, a film from Uzbekistan
(90 minutes, 1998)

 

youarenotanorphan-movie-75Saturday, July 11, 2009 – 5pm
You are not an Orphan, a film from Uzbekistan
(75 minutes, 1963)

 

beshkempir-kyrgyz-movie-75Tuesday, August 11, 2009 – 6pm
Beshkempir, a film from Kyrgyzstan by Aktan Abdykalykov
(77 minutes, 1998, subtitles)

Location: 814 Western Avenue, West Brattleboro
More information  and story lines at: Asian Cultural Center of Vermont – Events

2nd Annual Vermont Samurai Kaiju Film Festival – October 23-25, 2009 – Brattleboro area theatres
A festival of Samurai and Kaiju films in Japanese. Kaiju, in Japanese, means ‘mysterious beast’ and refers to a film genre that started in the 50s. The Samurais are Japanese warriors. Schedule to be announced
More information at: Vermont Samurai Kaiju

Other film series or film festivals we missed – we’ll bring them to you next year… promised!

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – February 2009 – Burlington
The World Tour brings a selection of around 30 of the best outdoor life films from the Banff Film Festival.
More information at: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Stowe Mountain Film Series – December to March 2009 – Stowe
Stowe Mountain Resort brings you a number of films on skiing.
Main location: Spruce Base Camp, Stowe Mountain Resort
More information at: Vermont Ski Museum events

Women’s Film Festival – Brattleboro – March 13-22, 2009
An annual festival of documentaries and feature films made mainly by women, highlighting women’s lives around the world and telling women’s stories.
It was the 18th year of that festival. Proceeds go to the Women’s Crisis Center of Windham County.
Locations: Three downtown locations close to Brattleboro’s Amtrak station.
More information at: Women’s Film Festival

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maple_sugarhouse_575Spring is in the air and it means it is time to enjoy Vermont maple syrup. There are a few activities taking place throughout the state for all to participate. We just need to hope for cool, freezing nights and warmer days for the next few weeks, for the best maple syrup!

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend – March 27-29 – The big event is the 8th annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend, March 27-29, 2009. A number of sugarhouses throughout Vermont participate and activities are different at each sugarhouse. You’ll watch maple syrup being made (weather permitting), can taste maple syrup on the snow, see how it is sapped from the trees, and often sample and buy maple products.
More information: List of participating sugarhouses

St. Albans Vermont Maple Festival – March 24-26 – It’s the 43rd annual maple festival in St. Albans, and it is one of the “top 10 winter events” according to the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. This year, there is a special theme to the celebration, for the 400th anniversary of Lake Champlain. The website mentions “Samuel de Champlain was in St. Albans at the time of maple sugaring” which of course could be a stretch of historical facts, as Champlain discovered Lake Champlain in July! But who knows, may be he came back at a later date…
In any case, there are a lot of friendly activities at the festival: pancake breakfast, Fiddlers’ variety show, Vermont maple buffet dinner, “sap run” – an 8.5 mile run, sugarhouse tours, Vermont maple festival parade, antique show, and much more…
More information: Schedule of events

Lunenburg Maple Festival – Lunenberg – March 28 – This is a smaller local event at the Lunenburg Elementary School, but it does offer some of the traditional activities: pancake breakfast, Chicken’N Biscuits supper, tree tapping, and maple syrup making (weather permitting), pie contest, and more.
More information: Top of the Common; Schedule of events

Breakfast at Eaton’s Sugarhouse – Locals know that this is a great place to enjoy breakfast with maple products, all-year-long – right off exit 3, of highway 89, on the east side of the highway. You can even see the place from the highway! Feel free to leave a comment and tell us of other such places, but this is the one we know!

New England Maple Museum – Pittsford – Located on route 7, and open starting mid-March, the museum is promising a trip through over 200 years of maple sugaring, starting with its discovery by Native Americans. Did you know that we owe maple syrup to Native Americans, who had discovered that boiling the tree sap gave a deliciously-tasting syrup? Native Americans were heating rocks on the fire and dropping them in wooden bowls filled with maple sap. The rocks were hot enough to make the sap boil. It was and still is a slow process.
More information: New England Maple Museum

Related articles: Who makes the best maple creemee?

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stowe_dogs_winter_575Photo: Courtesy of Stowe Mountain Resort.
February… A short month… but a record month with almost 2,300 visitors…and growing.
Thanks to all for your interest.
As always, our Samuel de Champlain’s articles remain popular (we have a link on Wikipedia) but everyone loves to read our articles on winter outdoors. Take a look if you’ve missed them:

1- Samuel de Champlain’s Voyages
2- The best ski resorts are in Vermont
3- Enjoy a dog sledding tour!
4- Winter trails – Free snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
5- Ski resorts offer delicious Vermont farmhouse chowder

Thanks again for reading us!