Arts & Life

Art Notes: Longtime Lebanon photographer ‘doesn’t want that kind of exposure’

02-21-2024 10:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Larry Vanier started taking photographs as a hobby. He already enjoyed hiking and being outdoors, so it was natural to him to start taking a camera along.This was in the 1970s and early ’80s, the apex of film photography. The Upper Valley had a robust...


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Over Easy: No mail today

02-15-2024 6:59 PM

By DAN MACKIE

The U.S. Postal Service seems to think it can get mail to us more quickly by sending it far away and hauling it back. It is hatching a scheme — for all I know named Project Hither and Yon — to ship mail from Hartford, Vt., to Hartford, Conn., where it...


Art Notes: Upper Valley filmmaker’s debut premiering at WRIF festival

02-14-2024 9:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Loren David Howard started making movies the way a lot of teens do, by recording concerts his dad took him to and making videos of friends out skateboarding.He didn’t expect to make much out of it, but after a school counselor advised him to think...


Rare bird that caused stir in Vermont died of natural causes

02-10-2024 10:39 PM

By K. FIEGENBAUM

Late last September, a large, migratory shorebird alighted in North Hero, causing a stir among birders who recognized it as a marbled godwit — a species not known to live or migrate through the state. News of the sighting spread quickly, with people...


A Life: Fran Hanchett ‘wanted more information’

02-10-2024 10:37 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

LEBANON — Whenever Frances “Fran” Hanchett walked through cemeteries, she’d keep an eye out for neglected stones.“She had a little kit in the back of her trunk all the time,” Hanchett’s daughter, Lisa Wentworth, said in a phone interview. Hanchett...


Woodstock High grad returned home to open comedy club

02-09-2024 9:01 PM

By MARION UMPLEBY

In Paulo Coehlo’s novel “The Alchemist,” the protagonist Santiago embarks on an arduous quest to find buried treasure that appeared to him in a dream only to discover that the bounty lay where his journey began.Comedian and native Vermonter Collen...


Out & About: Bradford singalongs remind participants that everyone can sing

02-09-2024 8:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

BRADFORD, Vt. — Before leading the first Bradford Bringalong Singalong, Mallory Graham was admittedly a little terrified.Graham plays roughly 150 shows a year along with her partner, Scott Tyler, as part of the folk duo The Rough & Tumble. But the...


Art Notes: Weekend performances to benefit Junction Dance Festival

02-07-2024 9:01 PM

By ERIC SUTPHIN

The wheels are in motion for the third edition of the Junction Dance Festival (TJDF), planned for July. The festival was founded by choreographer Elizabeth Kurylo, affectionately known in the dance community as Babette.“We are promoting artists from...


A Look Back: That Golden Age of ski jumping

02-04-2024 7:27 AM

By STEVE TAYLOR

Erling Heistad came to Lebanon from Norway in 1923 and in a matter of a few months he set off a half century’s worth of excitement that would eventually establish a local Golden Age of what had been an obscure Scandinavian sport, ski jumping. For...


Out & About: Series for older adults celebrates creative play 

02-02-2024 9:21 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WOODSTOCK — Three longtime Upper Valley performers are teaming up to bring more play into the lives of the region’s older adults.Friends for decades, Marv Klassen-Landis, Ham Gillett and Michael Zerphy have been been mainstays in the region’s creative...


Over Easy: Outlook uncertain for love outbreak

02-01-2024 10:01 PM

By DAN MACKIE

We recently voted in the New Hampshire presidential primary — you may have heard of it. I went to the polls in low spirits, but I am always cheered by the friendly poll workers in West Lebanon who have to make sure I’m not trying to steal an...


Art Notes: Lebanon Opera House, Chandler Music Hall reopen following renovations

01-31-2024 9:46 PM

By ALEX HANSON

A pair of the most venerable and active Upper Valley performance venues, Lebanon Opera House and Randolph’s Chandler Music Hall, are reopening in the next week after renovations.The opera house, which will reopen with a refreshed lobby and new seats...


Theater Review: Shaker Bridge’s ‘The Cake’ juggles humor and pain

01-31-2024 9:00 PM

By CAOIMHE MARKEY

Oscar Wilde wrote in his play “A Woman of No Importance” that “after a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” Replace “dinner” with “dessert,” and you’ve nailed down the sentiment of Shaker Bridge Theatre’s newest showpiece,...


Hanover High drama club to stage play about Ukrainian teens during invasion

01-30-2024 9:00 PM

By ALEX HANSON

HANOVER — During a rehearsal at Hanover High School a couple of weeks ago, a handful of young actors recited lines an Upper Valley audience wouldn’t expect to hear spoken on a high school stage.“That’s when I had my first panic attack.” “The scariest...


A Life: Royal Houghton ‘was never one who did things half way’

01-28-2024 8:15 PM

By PATRICK O'GRADY

ASCUTNEY — Royal Houghton struggled in elementary school, left high school after his junior year to join the Navy as World War II was winding down and he never earned a degree.Still his artistic talents, engineering aptitude, volunteer work...


Out & About: Creativity and humor key to senior center’s ‘bad art’ fundraiser 

01-26-2024 10:20 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — On the wall of Gaal Crowl’s White River Junction art studio is a painting of Bugbee Senior Center director Mark Bradley.“It makes me smile every time I see it,” Crowl said in a phone interview. While the portrait has Bradley’s...


Noticing less snow in New England? Researchers are too.

01-26-2024 3:15 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

With much of New Hampshire covered in a white blanket, this moment in January feels like winter to many.The rainstorms, flooding, 50-degree temperatures and bare ground earlier in the season? Not so much.But that kind of weather is becoming a new kind...


Art Notes: Real-life couple brings a ‘cosmic love story’ to life at Northern Stage

01-24-2024 9:00 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Some partnerships seem destined from the start. A pair of elementary school friends who get married out of college and stay together forever, or Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, to consider just two scenarios.But most people in enduring relationships...


Out & About: Dartmouth resumes public astronomy events 

01-24-2024 8:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

HANOVER — Talking about space with community members — especially children — helps Dartmouth College astronomy graduate students Keighley Rockcliffe and Stephanie Podjed reconnect with the passion and curiosity that brought them to their chosen field....


A Life: Jack Candon ‘took total joy in being helpful and bringing some joy to others’

01-21-2024 10:00 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

NORWICH — Complete with a red suit and hat and with his trademark good humor and a twinkle in his eye, Jack Candon gave many Upper Valley children (including mine) their first Christmas gift each year: a bell.The gift was a token of the Polar Express,...



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