Category Archives: Columns

Divine Arts Recording Group: Brandon’s own classical record company — from England

By JIM LOWE The Lowe Down Hidden in Brandon, unknown even to most locals, an international classical recording company celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017, and its 500th release this…

Rutland students RISE to the occasion

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY In 1986, the Rutland Ishidoriya Student Exchange, or RISE, sent their first delegation to its sister city in Japan. Celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in…

Radical rhubarb: This spring treat can do more than flavor pies

By Steve Peters Rutland Bites I admit that I haven’t always loved rhubarb. It’s honestly kind of a weird food. It looks a bit like celery, can be stringy and…

Memorial Day: Remember veterans but don’t forget pet safety

Dr. Anna Dunton Gallagher OFF THE LEASH Memorial Day is a lot of things to a lot of people. In addition to remembering those who gave their lives, it is…

Creating tomorrow’s theater: Writers and composers escape to Weston Playhouse

By JIM LOWE Staff Writer When Weston Playhouse’s retiring producing artistic director Steve Stettler chose participants for this year’s Artist Retreat, he selected six individuals or teams, writers that had…

The Great American Read

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Lists are fun in today’s world of listicles, online quizzes, and top tens. My favorites are booklists, which are abundant in the forms of bestseller…

Play time Petiquette: A few rules to keep Fido out of the doghouse

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH It is that time of year again. The time when I go from seeing the same handful of people walking on trails with me…

Spring chicken: Celebrate the season with this colorful and spicy dish

Fran Sun RUTLAND BITES Well, spring is finally here, folks. There’s something about the first sniffs of truly warm weather that makes me want to eat light, crunchy vegetables. And…

Giving Kids the Gift of Music: VSO’s Student Insiders

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Did you know listening to Beethoven can cure headaches?* (*Not a FDA-approved claim.) On Friday evening, my son and I attended a Vermont Symphony…

The heart of the matter: It takes a lot of work to get to the best part of an artichoke

Steve Peters RUTLAND BITES When it comes to artichokes, I’m just not convinced. It’s an unpopular opinion, perhaps, especially now, during the time of year when it’s best to buy…