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‘Steel Magnolias’: The hearts of the south

By Janelle Faignant THE ARTS For these ladies, beauty is more than skin deep. In a town where you don’t leave the house without full hair and make-up, and Lycra…

Introducing three Vermont poets

By Janelle Faignant Correspondent Writers say that sometimes words are sought out, like shells on the beach, while other times the tide seems to bring them in. That may be…

Students’ art on display at Chaffee

By Janelle Faignant ARTS CORRESPONDENT “Art is not what you see but what you make others see,” French artist Edgar Degas said, and every year, the Rutland-area student community gives…

Leahy & MacMaster: Marriage of fiddles and love

Janelle Faignant THE ARTS Even though they’ve been playing music all their lives and have been married for over a decade, fiddle stars Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy never recorded…

Home again: Journalist and author Yvonne Daley has returned to Rutland with more stories to tell

By Janelle Faignant Correspondent It’s fitting for journalist, professor and author Yvonne Daley to kick off a “Where Are They Now” series, because she celebrates a birthday the week this…

‘Weston 101’ offers insights into the summer season

By Janelle Faignant THE ARTS For fans of all things theater, acting and production, the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company has the answer: a series of classes that goes behind the…

Vermont’s Eddy brothers — clairvoyants or charlatans?

By Janelle Faignant Arts Correspondent Rumors have circulated for years about the strange things that happened at the Eddy farm, like a Rutland-area urban legend. “Growing up, I heard about…

Simon’s ‘Fools’: a light-hearted, reimagined folk tale

By Janelle Faignant The Arts Supposedly, when Neil Simon was getting divorced, he made a deal that his wife would get the profits from his next play. He then wrote…

Up to the challenge: Sheila McCutcheon and Thomas Hartigan are both learning as they go

By Janelle Faignant Correspondent Sheila McCutcheon, Thomas Hartigan’s professional dance partner in Dancing with the Rutland Stars, has been dancing since the age of 3. That’s not unusual for the…

Dancing to their own tune: Tom Cohen and Kylee Lawrence pair up for a cause

By Janelle Faignant On their first meeting, he came with a song in mind. She wasn’t so sure about it. “It’s one of the Grateful Dead’s songs,” Tom Cohen said….