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Chester native traces story of Romaine Tenney

Chester native traces story of Romaine Tenney Travis Van Alstyne animates the farmer's last year, last days

 A 40-second clip of Travis Van Alstyne’s animation.By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC It’s been more than 57 years since Weathersfield farmer Romaine Tenney responded to the taking of his farm by the state of Vermont to build Interstate-91 by setting his barns and house on fire and nailing himself inside. Since […]

Powerful 'Mountaintop' built on sterling performances

Powerful ‘Mountaintop’ built on sterling performances

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Mountaintop – now running at Weston’s Walker Farm stage – is a fantasy that imagines the last night of Martin Luther King’s life set in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis during a thunderstorm. It is April 3, 1968. King has just delivered his […]

Injury forces dollmaker to miss 40th year of Chester festival

Injury forces dollmaker to miss 40th year of Chester festival

Doll artist Bonnie Watters of Chester, a veteran of the annual Chester Fall Festival, has announced that she will not be attending what is now known as the Chester Festival on the Green. This would have been her 40th year at the festival. Being on the Chester Green was the grand finale of all the […]

In the Rough to perform at West River Market on Saturday

In the Rough to perform at West River Market on Saturday

This Saturday, Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain or shine) the West River Farmers Market will host In the Rough, a vocal trio featuring Broadway veteran and Andover resident Susan Haefner, with multi-instrumentalists and Katonah, N.Y. , natives Lisa and Lori Brigantino. Susan, Lisa and Lori have been singing together since their […]

Hard-driving 'Ring of Fire' burns brightly on Weston stage

Hard-driving ‘Ring of Fire’ burns brightly on Weston stage

By Bob Behr ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse’s latest offering is a musical roller-coaster, a rollicking, hard-driving and soulful portrait of country music icon Johnny Cash. Adapted from the Broadway production conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby Jr., Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash is a unique animal. It’s […]

Two Chester quilters win 1st Place People's Choice Awards at Billings' 35th Quilt Exhibit

Two Chester quilters win 1st Place People’s Choice Awards at Billings’ 35th Quilt Exhibit

WOODSTOCK Two Chester residents have won first place in the Billings Farm & Museum 2021 People’s Choice Awards for the 35th Annual Quilt Exhibition, which is being held through Aug. 22. More than 10,000 visitors have viewed the exhibition to date and 1,100 ballots were cast for favorites in the large and small quilt categories. […]

Derry Arts Society seeks local artist for exhibit

Derry Arts Society seeks local artist for exhibit

The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society’s annual Local Artists Exhibit runs from Aug. 7 to Sept. 4 at LAHS headquarters, The Custer Sharp House, 2461 Middletown Road, in Londonderry. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays , opening at 10 a.m. on  Saturday, Aug. 7. If you would like to exhibit, […]

'An Iliad' an intense, engaging play kicks off return of live theater to southern Vermont

‘An Iliad’ an intense, engaging play kicks off return of live theater to southern Vermont

By Bob Behr ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Imagine this. The world you see is not all there is. Your world is really one of gods, goddesses, human men and women, and half-human/half-gods, all with big hearts, big egos, and a tendency to throw temper tantrums. Everyone’s got baggage, stories, agendas. It’s enough to make your […]

Chester quilt artists honored at Billings artshow

Chester quilt artists honored at Billings artshow

Two Chester residents are among three quilters who have been recognized by the Billings Farm & Museum of Woodstock during its 35th Annual Quilt Exhibition, which is taking place now at the museum. The Juror’s Choice and Staff Choice awards were presented at the opening reception on Friday, July 16. The Quilt Exhibition is a […]

'An Iliad' marks return of live theater to Weston Playhouse

‘An Iliad’ marks return of live theater to Weston Playhouse

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company announces a return to live performance with the first production of its 2021 season: An Iliad, running July 14 – Aug. 6 under the Tent at Walker Farm. The eternal, enchanting power of storytelling comes to life in Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson’s acclaimed adaptation of Homer’s classic. A chorus of […]

Story ballet 'Thumbelina' sparkles on Cobleigh Field

Story ballet ‘Thumbelina’ sparkles on Cobleigh Field

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC On a perfect early summer evening, 11 local dancers marched on to Chester’s Cobleigh Field to premiere a new “story ballet” choreographed by Ashley Hensel-Browning and set to Vermont composer Evan Premo’s Thumbelina. The cast danced to a recording of Premo’s original musical setting of Hans Christian […]

Free tickets available to 'Thumbelina' ballet in Springfield, Chester

Free tickets available to ‘Thumbelina’ ballet in Springfield, Chester

Come revel in a magical family-friendly production of Thumbelina set outdoors in early summer in Vermont. These performances are the premiere of a brand-new story ballet choreographed by Ashley Hensel-Browning set to Vermont composer Evan Premo’s Thumbelina, an original musical setting of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a tiny girl who goes on a big […]

Wednesdays on Wheels kicks off new season; Derry Arts & Historical Society gets $9,000 grant

Wednesdays on Wheels kicks off new season; Derry Arts & Historical Society gets $9,000 grant

Wednesdays on Wheels has resumed weekly cycling meet-ups for its 2021 season. WOW rides will take place every Wednesday through early fall. If you are interested in cycling with a group of collegial and energetic cyclists, email David Nichols at davidanichols@myfairpoint.net to receive weekly notifications and route information. WOW is a great way to meet […]

Music to fill summer air in Proctorsville, Weston

Music to fill summer air in Proctorsville, Weston

Free concerts throughout summer in Proctorsville Now that outdoor gatherings are permitted, the Town of Cavendish will present the annual summer music series on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. beginning July 7 on the Svec Memorial Green in Proctorsville. The town continues to encourage wearing masks and physical distancing. The Green is large and the bands […]

Weston Playhouse awarded $15,000 NEA grant

Weston Playhouse awarded $15,000 NEA grant

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company has been approved for a $15,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support its 2021 New Works Program. “As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as […]

Weston Playhouse re-opens with 'Mountain Top,' 'Ring of Fire,' 'Seussical'

Weston Playhouse re-opens with ‘Mountain Top,’ ‘Ring of Fire,’ ‘Seussical’

Susanna Gellert, executive artistic director of Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, has announced her third season at the helm of Vermont’s award-winning professional theater. It is also the 85th anniversary of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. It was just a year ago that the playhouse announced that it was canceling the 2020 season due to the […]

Young artist brings the inside out while challenging norms

Young artist brings the inside out while challenging norms

By Jasmin Gomez 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC When Chester resident John Garoutte isn’t snowboarding or skateboarding, you will most likely find him creating art. And the 24-year-old artist’s work, which can be found on shirts, snowboards and skateboard decks, sets him apart from what you may think a typical Vermont artist would create. It continuously […]

Collaborative hosts pianist, recovered addict Benjamin Lerner

Collaborative hosts pianist, recovered addict Benjamin Lerner

The Londonderry-based Collaborative’s Refuse to Use program is offering a virtual evening of recovery and music beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 with guest artist composer, writer, radio host and recovery advocate Benjamin Lerner. Lerner, who lives in Vermont, will share his personal experience and struggles with addiction – as well as his […]

Artisans Alley Indoors opens in Chester; Atelier Annex artists hold pop up gallery in Grafton

Artisans Alley Indoors opens in Chester; Atelier Annex artists hold pop up gallery in Grafton

Pop up gallery by Atelier Annex artists set for Grafton this weekend Atelier Annex is planning a pop up gallery in Grafton in the Mountain Mind and Movement Yoga Studio, Windham Cottage Annex, 76 Main St. in Grafton, which is currently not in use due to Covid 19. The event will be held from 11 […]

Kinhaven faculty gives concert on Weston Green

Kinhaven faculty gives concert on Weston Green

Nearly 100 Weston residents and neighbors were on hand this past Saturday for the return of live music to the Weston Village Green presented by the faculty of the Kinhaven Music School. The program included selections from Bach, Paganini, O’Connor, Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Perrault. Artists included Deborah Buck on violin, who is also Kinhaven co-executive […]