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May 30, 2012

20 Years of Open Studio Weekend [269]

5/27/12: Across the state of Vermont during Memorial Day weekend, yellow signs led visitors to the studios of 263 artists and craftspeople who were participating in the 20th Open Studio Weekend. This event is organized by the Vermont Crafts Council and was founded to increase the visibility of the many creative people who live in our state.

Eva visited the Vermont Glass Workshop in Hardwick where Harry and Wendy Besett have been a part of Open Studio for the past 20 years. Up the road, artists Ruby and Ken Leslie are another prolific couple who opened their home and work spaces to the public.

Music Video: "Getya Loom Goin" by Malina and Woody Leslie

Music: Japhy Ryder, If the Haves Are Willing, "Self Set Sail"

Brothers McCann, Different Colors, "Different Colors"



This episode of Stuck in Vermont was brought to you by

Cabot Creamery Cooperative.

April 26, 2012

One Earth Day [265]


4/22/12: What better way to celebrate Earth Day than digging in the dirt with people from around the world. The Vermont Council on World Affairs in conjunction with The Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program welcomed 19 international representatives from 18 different countries to the Green Mountains last week.

To celebrate Earth Day, these scientists, educators and leaders volunteered their time to spread compost and plant seeds at The Root Center in South Burlington.

Music: Motel Brown, Too Much Time, "Hey World"

This episode of Stuck in Vermont was brought to you by Cabot Creamery Cooperative.

February 02, 2011

Vermont Pond Hockey Championships [210]

1/29/11: 28 teams from all over New England traveled to the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee this weekend to compete in the 2nd Annual Vermont Pond Hockey Championships.

Last year's winners the Trailer Park Boys do what they can to hang on to their title and win the coveted Golden Sap Bucket.

Music: Cave Bees, Cave Bees, "Kick the Can"


September 30, 2009

The Vermonter [146]

9/26/09: Eva takes a day trip on Amtrak's The Vermonter train from Essex Jct to Brattleboro for $12/each way (make reservations ahead of time to nab this special discount fare, V189). Ride the rails and visit Vermont villages this fall!

Music: Missy Bly, MB3, "Afraid to Fly"

July 23, 2008

Elton John [89]

Elton_4_eva7/21/08: Over 10,000 Elton John fans swarmed the Champlain Valley Expo Monday night to watch the Rocket Man play VT for the first time. 

After playing 49 other states, Elton finally made it to Vermont for his 50th.  Fans from all over the country came to see history in the making.

Eva talked to boa-wearing devotees about Sir Elton's charms and sang some of his greatest hits.

We also meet a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary.  Can you guess the name of their son? 

Location: Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Vermont

Watch this video on YouTube here.

October 16, 2007

Gogol Bordello [49]

Gogol14_2 Friday night at the Vermont College Gym - two silvery tour buses idled outside and a sold out crowd undulated beneath dormant basketball hoops. 

Gogol Bordello may be the biggest music act to hit Montpelier Vermont in .... well, ever!?

Ed DuFresne of Edifided Presents managed to lure the popular band to Vermont's state capitol with a grassroots campaign. The volunteer-run show was simmering with anticipation and once the music exploded into the cavernous gym, the sweaty crowd rarely stood still. 

Gogol17Gogol Bordello's charismatic frontman Eugene Hutz, relocated to Burlington Vermont from the Ukraine in his teens.  After playing in local punk bands, he moved to NYC and pioneered the Gypsy-punk movement.

A diverse crowd turned out to see Eugene's triumphant homecoming and to partake in the energy-infused theatrics of his Eastern European punk extravaganza.  Gogol Bordello is kicking off an international 3-month tour.

Montpelier may never be the same.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

October 02, 2007

All in Together Now [47]

Friday night the tiny Pursuit Gallery down by the waterfront was jammed to maximum capacity for the opening of "All in Together Now."

12 artists from New York, Vancouver, Toronto and Oakland displayed their diverse illustrations and paintings.

Featured artist Ben Tour flew down from Vancouver and painted a larger-than-life sultry red-lipped woman on the white gallery wall.   

The Lifetime Collective is a clothing company based in Vancouver that organized and sponsored this show.  The founder of The Lifetime Collective, Reid Stewart, was on hand to kick off the opening.

Pursuit3 Seth Neary and Skye Chalmers started Pursuit Gallery 2.5 years ago to celebrate the energy and vitality of people pursing their dreams.

They settled in Burlington after traveling the world - Seth as a snowboarder and Skye as a photographer. 

"All in Together Now" will be up at Pursuit Gallery, One Steele St, Suite 125, through October 29th.   You can see Seth Neary's video about the show here

Raucous music by Chuch, "A Few Good Things" off their new album Juarez.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

September 18, 2007

Found Magazine [45]

Found Magazine is ON TOUR and coming to a city near you!!!  On September 15th they rolled through Vermont and took a pit stop at the Red Square to a packed house of Found-lovers.

Found8brothers_2Found Magazine founder Davy Rothbart and his point man, musician and Master Finder Bro, Peter Rothbart, are on a 65-city, 36-state, 3-month tour across America and Canada.

And they are doing this trip in a tricked out van called "The Big Red."  This journey is the post-death wish fulfillment of The Big Red's former owner who planned to travel the country in his post-retirement years - a dream cut short by cancer and reignited by the Rothbart Brothers in a haphazard sort of way. 

The first issue of Found Magazine came out in June of 2001 and was created by Davy Rothbart and Jason Bitner.  Within its pages are notes, letters, drawings and photos which people found randomly. 

They provide a sometimes uncomfortable, but always loving look into the lives of strangers.

As Davy says, "There's not one Found note that I haven't felt the emotions..."

On the tour, Davy reads found notes and letters out loud with a laugh-inducing delivery and Peter plays hauntingly pretty songs inspired by finds. 

While traveling, they receive a multitude of new finds in each city but they always want more.

Will all their finds fit in The Big Red? 

Do you have something you found, something special that tells a story?  If so, meet up with the Found fellows at one of their tour stops and hand it over in person.  Give that found object a new life and a wider audience.

Found7noteSuch as the infamous "Page me later" note below which Davy found on his car years ago and inspired the creation of the magazine.

And to quote their new slogan taken from a found note, "Found magazine, it's not kinky, IT'S GROSS!"  [It is even funnier when you hear Davy say it.]

Vlog includes a quick burst of Peter Rothbart's "The Booty Don't Stop Girl," a song inspired by a found demo tape 100% about bottoms.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

June 11, 2007

Got eBay? [30]

If you haven't taken a trip to the Shelburne Museum in a bit, it might be time for you to reacquaint yourself with this slice of VT history. There are new modern signs at the entrance and some edgy new shows inside.  Move over quilts and Ticonderoga, this is not your grandmother's museum anymore.

Shelburne_3One of Shelburne Museum's new exhibits in the Round Barn is "Got eBay? Celebrity Collections Created Online" which is on display from May 20 – October 28, 2007.   

Eight celebrities were given $1000/each to curate their own show using items purchased on eBay.  When the exhibit is over, the items will be re-sold to eBay. 

Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960) was a pioneering collector of American folk art and founded Shelburne Museum in 1947. She purchased about 120,000 art pieces in her life and one can only wonder what she would have thought of eBay and how it might have affected her life as a collector.

Shelburne_2 Stephan Jost, the director of Shelburne Museum speaks of the eBay attraction for art collectors.  eBay has changed the face of both fine art buying and selling and flea market sales.  These days, anyone can bid against avid collectors like Electra.  The highest and the fastest bidder takes all.

The participants in Got eBay? are: Jerry Seinfeld (comedian), Bianca Jagger (humanitarian), Kevin LePage (racecar driver, NASCAR circuit), John Lurie (musician, artist, actor), Carter Foster (curator, Whitney Museum of American Art), Beth Rudin DeWoody (collector, real estate executive), Quy Nguyen and Fritz Karch (editors, Martha Stewart Living magazine), and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.

Perfect barn-music by Avi and Celia, "Bud n' Mary" from Off the Floor (MySpace).


PS And if you are lucky during your visit, you may even meet some of the museum's smaller inhabitants, the chipmunks and woodchucks - but which is which?

March 05, 2007

Stuck in Vermont 11: Cindy Sheehan

It isn't every day that you are lucky enough to spend an entire day with Cindy Sheehan.  And after driving with Cindy from Burlington to Montpelier to Middlebury and back to Burlington again on the Peace Bus, I was exhausted.  How does she do it? 

Cindy_1_1 When I asked what kept her going, she said simply, "The idea that there's people dying for no reason."

During the weekend of March 2, 3, and 4, Cindy Sheehan, John Nichols (associate editor of the Nation magazine), former Army Sgt. Drew Cameron (Iraq Veterans Against the War), former Marine Cpl. Matt Howard,  (Iraq Veterans Against the War), former Army Sgt. Adrienne Kinne (Iraq Veterans Against the War and a psychologist for the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction), and Newfane Selectboard Member Dan DeWalt (organizer of the town meeting resolutions) barnstormed through eleven towns in Vermont to speak in support of citizen actions and participation in Vermont town meeting on March 6.

I spent the entire day of March 3rd following this amazing group of passionate, eloquent, hard-working people - first to the Statehouse to speak out in support of the resolution to bring the troops home, and then to Middlebury College and UVM to rally support for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney on Vermont's town meeting day.

Cindy_4_busIt was snowing hard but our fearless bus driver, Jim Goodnow of Veterans for Peace managed to steer the bus clear of any ditches.  Jim was with Cindy when she first started Camp Casey and came to national attention in August of 2005.  I asked him if he had any idea of the amazing ride that was to follow and he said that he had an inkling when he saw Cindy up late the night before working on her laptop:

"I could tell by her concentration and the spirit, the aura about her, the presence there, that there was something that would be happening.  I didn't know the exact dimension of it." - Jim Goodnow

Cindy_7_hug There is something magical about Cindy that is hard to describe.  She is an articulate and powerful speaker and everywhere she goes, people flock to her, shake her hand, hug her and tell her their stories.  She inspires, provokes and causes a commotion wherever she goes.

At the Statehouse, Cindy was greeted by a woman clad in American flag clothing and holding a sign that said, "Go Home Sheehan."  Cindy took a moment to examine her sign and address her personally.  She smiled and said, "I wish I was home right now, in California." 

Cindy is always on the move, recently back in the States after visiting Turkey, she has traveled all over the world spreading her message.  Demanding an end to the war in Iraq, a safe return home for the soldiers and impeachment of Bush and Cheney.

Cindy_6_vets_1 She was joined on the Vermont leg of her tour of duty by former Iraq soldiers, Drew Cameron, Matt Howard, and Adrienne Kinne who are all with Iraq Veterans Against the War.   These three speak with heart-breaking honesty and use their personal experiences to display the disastrous effects of the on going war in Iraq. 

During the Senate hearing, Matt addressed supporters of the war and President Bush:

"On many levels I empathize and sympathize with them because they have a lot to lose, I had a lot to lose.  When you realize that everything that you put your life on the line for is a myth and was for nothing, that will shatter you.  It has shattered me and I'm trying to pick up the pieces of my life...for the last two years of my life upon discharge, when I realized that I was NOT there to help the Iraqi people." - Matt Howard

No matter what your feelings on the war, you cannot help but be touched when you hear these veterans speak.  They were there to live through things you have only seen on television and all of them are significantly younger than me.  They went to a foreign land on our behalf and now they have come home to speak out and uphold the constitution they swore to defend.

Cindy_3_statehouse Alongside writer John Nichols, Cindy and the vets brought their messages to eleven VT towns in three days.  The hope of organizers Dan DeWalt and Jimmy Marc Leas (owner of the bus!) was that this barnstorming tour for peace would motivate Vermonters to use their unique rights on Town Meeting Day tomorrow, March 6th, to ask that the troops be brought home and the President be impeached.  You can find out more at their website, Vermont Impeachment Movement.

Cindy_2It isn't easy traveling from town to town on a rickety old bus in a snowstorm.  We were often behind schedule, looking for bathrooms, tired and ravenous.  But despite all this, everyone's spirits and morale remained high. 

The talk never strayed far from politics, even when discussing the odd parallel world where Anna Nicole's burial and Britney's head shaving garner more press than people dying overseas.  These people have a mission and it informs every breath they take.

There was a nice little moment when Ralph Nader called John's cell and a ripple went through the bus as everyone realized, "Ralph?  Ralph's on the phone?"  John handed the phone to Cindy and she smiled, "Hi Ralph, it's Cindy!"

Earlier, they had discussed the possibility of Cindy running for President.  It is easy to imagine, she causes such a stir everywhere she goes.  Who would have thought that from one impromptu political action in Texas in August of 2005, Cindy could have paved such an impressive path. 

Cindy_8_applauseIt truly does go to show that one person, no matter who you are, can make a difference in this world.  We are lucky to live in a state that allows the freedom to discuss these matters and more at our town meetings. 

Happy town meeting day everyone!  And many thanks to Cindy, John, Adrienne, Matt, and Drew for touring our state and to Jimmy and Walt for organizing this, to Jim for driving and to Liza for bringing the baked goods!

Beautiful opening music by Swale, "Soft Fireworks," followed by rocking Cave Bees tune, "Mine All Mine."

PS Did you know Cindy is on MySpace?  She likes to use it to connect to her younger fans and joked that she has thousands more friends than Michael Moore!

February 22, 2007

Stuck in Vermont 5: Sonic Youth

What on earth were Sonic Youth doing in Vermont you may ask?  Beats me but I think it has something to do with Higher Ground being AWESOME!  Oh yeah!

At long last, below is the Sonic Youth vlog detailing the post-show activities Sunday night at Higher Ground. This show kicked some major VT ass.   What could be more inspiring than seeing/hearing artists still rocking the crap out of life decades into their career?  Hells yeah.

And what other band asks the audience for book recommendations mid-show?  A rock band that reads?  They are one of a kind, yes siree.

Thanks Sonic Youth.  You made it okay to:
Ask scary hipsters questions on camera.

Thanks to Sonic Youth for coming to VT, to Higher Ground for bringing them here, to JDK for making their super cool, thought-inspiring posters and to all the psyched SY fans who talked to me after the show (many of whom were Canadian...hmmm).

This marks the first episode of Stuck in Vermont that "officially" falls under the grand auspices of Seven Days - the hottest paper in town if you ask me.  It is a partnership I am super excited about and there is no where else STVT would rather live! So be on the look out for many more Stuck in Vermont vlogs about local artists, events and shows!

That is the thing about VT, even when you are buried under a mountain of snow, it isn't so bad because there is so much to do while you are stuck, waiting for the snow to melt...

And on a legal note, a huge thanks to Sonic Youth for letting me use their killer song "Incinerate" off their hellah hot new album Rather Ripped and also to Geffen Records, Universal Music Enterprises and Silva Artist Management for filling out all the very complicated paperwork and giving me a much needed lesson in music copyright laws.

And to the Jennifers at UMe and SAM for making all this happen - and in record time!! You are both getting VT care packages in the mail - in fact, they went out today - maple syrup and VT swag galore. Oh yes, beware the VT boxes wrapped in plastic (the guy at the post office got a little over excited about the prospect of the syrup leaking!) and headed out to sunny old LA!

PS Kim Gordon is my Superhero.  Can I grow up to be her?  Now?

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