A black polygon grounded in a gray horizon stands out against a white field in each of a set of eight square artworks, “Collage Drawings” by Middlesex artist Axel Stohlberg. The geometric black forms vary, but all have a quality of artificial structures, perhaps a house, perhaps a barn, anch…

I am always perked up when the spring flower shows arrive, and I always try to get to a couple of them. If you’re feeling the midwinter blues, I highly recommend attending one, or more. Here’s this year’s lineup.

While many Vermonters are downhill skiers, some like to ski uphill, too. Called skinning, these skiers head to the resorts or their favorite backcountry locales to “earn their turns” — that is, to ski up the mountain, then turn around and ski back down.

“I have always admired this play and also been confounded by it,” says Tom Blachly about William Shakespeare’s comedy-drama, “The Merchant of Venice.” “There is so much going on in this play, and it has some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful language. He was at the height of his lyrical powers…

Looking out the kitchen window the other evening, before I turned in for the night, I was amazed to see a temperature reading of 16 below. The next morning, just before 7 a.m., it was a jaw-dropping 23 below zero. I think we can say that the two big February ice fishing derbies, set for late…

The opening song on “River of Light,” Kristina Stykos’ seventh album, could be construed in two ways: as a song about old cars or a song that is a metaphor for aging. Either way, this first track on her new album has great potential as a song that could boost Stykos’ audience, as it’s a soli…

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Staff Photos By Josh Kuckens

Laissez les bons temps rouler, and for an extra measure of fun, let’s get down home and dancing. The ninth annual Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival is coming tonight-Sunday, Jan. 24-27, to Montpelier and it’s going to bring a lot of warmth and fun to a usually cold late January.

It’s lunchtime on a regular Tuesday at Vermont Bicycle Shop on Main Street in Barre, and owner Darren Ohl is tending to two fat bikers. It’s not a comment on the body size of either of the riders. Rather, their winter mountain bikes are equipped with 5-inch-wide wheels, about twice the thick…

BARRE — Vermont radio host JD Green is looking to take it to the next level with a YouTube podcast to connect to the community.

BARRE — The Katherine Paterson Children’s Room in the basement of the Aldrich Public Library is back in business, though its once memorable “stairway to nowhere” is now gone.

MOXIE Productions presents its third annual “One and Only” series celebrating solo performance at the Grange Hall Cultural Center Jan. 12-March 24. Six weekends of performances from theatrical storytelling to stand-up comedy to musicals, and almost everything in between, the series features …

On any given morning, thousands of Vermonters emerge from their bedrooms and head to the kitchen for a warm cup of coffee or some breakfast. But imagine if, instead of the easy and safe journey into your kitchen, you first had to dart across a busy two-lane highway before you could find some…

From Gaagudju in Australia, whose last native speaker died in 2002, to the Cromarty dialect of Scots that died in the United Kingdom in 2012, to Nuchatlaht, which perished with Alban Michael in British Columbia in 2016 — languages around the world are disappearing. Of roughly 6,700 languages…

Reid Brechner brings his ceramic art for a brief exhibit called “Sorry, But Hello” at the Castleton University Bank Gallery. Brechner, a painter and sculptor, studied art and mathematics, and he has sought to combine both disciplines in the work on display in Rutland now.

I recently visited my friend Alicia Jenks, of Green Dragon Farm in Weathersfield, to take a look at her house plants — some 50 or more of them. Alicia considers them her “indoor garden,” her plant friends that keep her gardening all winter. She doesn’t think house plants are hard to maintain…

Last week, on the day after Thanksgiving, the line for the book signing at Bear Pond Books extended the full length of the store, all the way to the front door. Customers shopping for other titles carefully worked their way around the queue, or, on inquiring about it, picked up a copy of “Ko…

MONTPELIER — Agriculture, the statuesque matriarch of the State House, was hoisted to lofty heights to retake her perch atop the golden dome on Friday.

Handel’s “Messiah” has been a popular success since it was first performed in Dublin in 1742. And, despite its not being a solely Christmas work, it has been a holiday tradition as long as anyone can remember. Not only do audiences flock to performances annually, amateur singers clamor to si…

Take a close look at the 1884 “bird’s eye” map of Montpelier and you see the tiny black steam engine, just emerged from a covered rail bridge over the Winooski, rolling down the tracks heading north. This appealing image is among the 19th century prints in the exhibition “Mapping an Uneven Country: Bird’s Eye Views of Vermont” that opened last week at Shelburne Museum.

MONTPELIER — This 14th annual Wheels for Warmth event brought in more than $64,000 that will be used as home-heating aid for low-income Vermonters.

I remember so well the first time I heard violinist Arturo Delmoni play. It was years ago at the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival at Randolph’s Chandler Music Hall. Not only was his sound luscious and beautiful, he used it to deliver the music with style, warmth and expressiveness that…