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In Celebration of the Arts: Festivals and Competitions Showcase VUHS Student Work
By Cookie Steponaitis
“Believe it or not, I can actually draw.”-Michelangelo
    Over 1000 local artists will be showcased for public view in two separate events throughout the next week.  The artists, ranging in ages from five to eighteen come from Vergennes Elementary School, Ferrisburgh Central School, Addison Elementary School and Vergennes Union High School. The Addison Northwest Districts Arts Festival will be held Tuesday, April 7th and Wednesday, April 8th in the VUHS high school gymnasium. When asked about special attractions, VUHS art teacher Jeff Spencer remarked, “Just to see all of the art is special in itself, but this year attendees should look for talking paintings.”  Featuring all mediums of art, the festival is an annual event showcasing the depth and diversity of art in the district. It is one of the few times during the year when the work of the whole district is presented in one location and featuring K-12. Extra treats include performances by LC Jazz and desserts.
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AnaŃ—s Mitchell At Town Hall Theater Concert to Benefit the Willowell Foundation

    Since growing up on a sheep farm in Bristol, Vermont, singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell has traveled the country playing in concerts and music festivals, gaining fans at every stop.  Now on the cusp of a major career, she returns to Addison County on April 10 for a benefit concert at Town Hall Theater.  
    The concert is a fund-raiser for the Willowell Foundation, based in Monkton, Vermont.  The foundation supports sustainable land use and an ongoing environmental approach to place-based education.
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A Remembered Moment In A Vanished World: Weybridge Vermont (1948)
By Bob Johnson
    The Chinook wind came in late February that year, softening the snow drifts and suggesting that spring might come again after all. Dad was ready. Two thousand galvanized metal sap buckets, covers and spouts had been carefully washed down in the milk house in the same vats we used every day to clean the milking machines. Several cords of dry, fast-burning wood had been stacked by the sugar house.
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Middlebury Meeting House: Celebrating 200 Years Of The Congregational Church Exhibit At The Henry Sheldon Museum

Two hundred years ago the citizens of a frontier village pooled their resources to build what many regard as the most beautiful building in Vermont, the Middlebury Congregational Church. The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History and the Congregational Church of Middlebury join together to present Middlebury Meeting House: Celebrating 200 Years of the Congregational Church, an exhibit about builder Lavius Fillmore’s masterpiece, the Congregational Church of Middlebury.  The exhibit is on view at the Sheldon through June 28, 2009.

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