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Two-day artist workshops on plein air, photography and still lifes

The Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Fall Art Workshop Series wraps up with three two-day, all-level workshops in plein air oil painting,  High Dynamic Range digital photography and still life pastel painting. All workshops meet from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oil painter Walt Pasko leads off on Saturday Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5 with  […]

Recently read favorites include fantasy, history and thrillers

Recently read favorites include fantasy, history and thrillers

By John Hoover ©The Chester Telegraph — 2014 If you’re a reader, a person who thinks there’s nothing better than losing yourself in a good book, you most likely have found that each new book has the potential to be the best book you ever read. We call those our “recently read Good Reads” because […]

Taste of the fall with a gingerbread-apple bar dessert

Taste of the fall with a gingerbread-apple bar dessert

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Many things set this recipe apart from every other bar treat. I took the memory of the age-old charlotte dessert and combined it with the taste of gingerbread. Apples and cheddar cheese transformed this great treat into a true New England dessert. Use stale bread if you like, but you will […]

Green Mountain Flyer Fall excursions right on track

Green Mountain Flyer Fall excursions right on track

Yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 23 was the premier run for the Green Mountain Flyer’s Fall Foliage excursions running out of Chester Depot. About 75 passengers boarded the morning train, most coming from outside the area. Cars in the newly refurbished Vermont Railway’s parking area in front of Erskine’s sported license plates from as far away as […]

Upcoming events: Day of Art in Barton; community meal returns; 6th Annual Fairy House Tour in Grafton; autumn art classes in Londonderry

Upcoming events: Day of Art in Barton; community meal returns; 6th Annual Fairy House Tour in Grafton; autumn art classes in Londonderry

For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Sept. 27: Day of Art in Barton Greater Barton Vermont Art and Artists Co-operative presents  A Day of Art in Barton with two events on Saturday, […]

Shelburne Museum presents exhibit on Civil War era textiles

Shelburne Museum presents exhibit on Civil War era textiles

Vermont’s Shelburne Museum will contribute to the sesquicentennial commemoration of the American Civil War (1861-1865) with the special exhibition Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War,  an intriguing and absorbing look at the most divisive period in American history. The American Textile History Museum  produced this traveling exhibition, which will be on display […]

Weston Playhouse names Bonanno development director

Weston Playhouse names Bonanno development director

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company announces that Weston resident and theater company alumna Charma Bonanno has joined its year-round staff as director of development. Bonanno will be responsible for planning and overseeing the theater company’s fundraising efforts for its annual productions, education and New Works programs and the current capital campaign for the new Walker Farm […]

This Yankee twists the beloved pickled Dutch eggs

This Yankee twists the beloved pickled Dutch eggs

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com The Pennsylvania Dutch are renowned for pickled eggs,  and this recipe has been inspired by these cousins of New England. They cook simply, comfortingly and with family traditions brought to the table. I adore this simple preparation that truly bursts with flavor and with so few ingredients. Many people may prefer […]

Upcoming events: Hawk viewing for homeschoolers; cold weather clothes at Family Center; Most Interesting Man speaks; Whiting holds StoryWalk; Fall Festival in Chester; children's author at Rock Library; Art on Hill returns to SVAC campus; Pinnacle groups holds Accessibility Day; Shelburne Museum hosts American art symposium; St. Luke's opens doors; happiness discussion in NYC; Race for Cure at Hildene; ALS walk in Burlington; and Bread & Puppet Vietnam film

Upcoming events: Hawk viewing for homeschoolers; cold weather clothes at Family Center; Most Interesting Man speaks; Whiting holds StoryWalk; Fall Festival in Chester; children’s author at Rock Library; Art on Hill returns to SVAC campus; Pinnacle groups holds Accessibility Day; Shelburne Museum hosts American art symposium; St. Luke’s opens doors; happiness discussion in NYC; Race for Cure at Hildene; ALS walk in Burlington; and Bread & Puppet Vietnam film

For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Sept. 16: Homeschool Hawk Watch at Nature Museum On Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Nature Museum at Grafton will host Homeschool […]

Free Wi-Fi access available in downtown Chester; daffodil bulb sale to help beautify Chester

Free Wi-Fi access available in downtown Chester; daffodil bulb sale to help beautify Chester

The Chester Connection, free public access to the Internet via Wi-Fi, is up and functioning in downtown Chester.   To utilize this service select The Chester Connection from the list of available Wi-Fi networks on your phone, tablet, or laptop and agree to the terms and services listed on the splash page. The service is available […]

A bouillabaisse made easier

A bouillabaisse made easier

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com If halibut is a little pricy or hard to find, any firm-fleshed fish would make a great substitute for this easy bouillabaisse. Try snapper, grouper, orange roughy, mahi mahi, sturgeon, swordfish or tuna. If you like it spicy, add the whole can of chilies in adobo sauce. 1 tablespoon olive oil […]

Upcoming events: SoVera holds planetary nebulae discussion; free wellness classes for kids; excerpts from musicals in Jamaica; TEDx inspirational talks in Manchester; 21st Bennington Quiltfest; OTW presents selections from 'Secret Garden;' and Senior Club picnic in Chester

Upcoming events: SoVera holds planetary nebulae discussion; free wellness classes for kids; excerpts from musicals in Jamaica; TEDx inspirational talks in Manchester; 21st Bennington Quiltfest; OTW presents selections from ‘Secret Garden;’ and Senior Club picnic in Chester

For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Sept. 9: Learn about planetary nebulae On Tuesday Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., the Southern Vermont Astronomy Group will be hosting a presentation on planetary nebulae […]

Monkey jam is the bread spread for banana lovers

Monkey jam is the bread spread for banana lovers

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Monkey butter should be the appropriate name for this delicious spread but somehow that name denotes something really fatty. Besides, this “jam” is the end-all, beat-all of fruit spreads, especially for those of you who love the taste of peanut butter and bananas together. Use it in place of other types […]

Upcoming events: Local artists at Whiting; Eastwood baseball flick in Ludlow; and Moyse memorial concert

Upcoming events: Local artists at Whiting; Eastwood baseball flick in Ludlow; and Moyse memorial concert

For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Sept. 3: Local artists featured at Whiting through October Whiting Library, 117 Main St., in Chester presents  Hidden Talent, an art exhibit featuring local artists. The […]

Annual rummage sale seeks donations; fabric artist featured at River Artisans Cooperative

Annual rummage sale seeks donations; fabric artist featured at River Artisans Cooperative

Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its Annual Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 S. in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The organization is now accepting donations of clothing, housewares, linens […]

Springfield Med offers portal for patients to connect with personal health services

SPRINGFIELD Springfield Medical Care Systems has instituted its physician practice patient portal, with new and improved features that include the ability to request and view appointments, refill prescriptions, and message clinicians and nurses. The service is free, and makes information readily available via any computer or smartphone including: Request and view appointments; Refill prescriptions, 24/7; […]

Vermonters present state in fiction, travel, mystery and history

Vermonters present state in fiction, travel, mystery and history

By John Hoover ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 One of the things that has so impressed me about Vermont, my adopted state, is the wonderful variety of cultural activities that one finds so readily here. For the person who desires to hear music, there are concerts that range from bluegrass to classical. There are so […]

Deep-fried ice cream takes time, but is well-worth the effort

Deep-fried ice cream takes time, but is well-worth the effort

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Don’t let the thought of frying ice cream scare you. It’s easy and by deep frying, a sweet ‘glaze’ is formed as a shell on the outside and will be your favorite way to enjoy ice cream from this point on. Vary it by using any flavored ice cream you desire […]

Weston’s updated ‘Uncle Vanya’ is fresh though uneven

Weston’s updated ‘Uncle Vanya’ is fresh though uneven

By David Lampe-Wilson ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 Weston Playhouse’s current production of Uncle Vanya is a decidedly mixed bag, and it takes a dedicated theatergoer to patiently separate the gold from the dross and find the rich nuggets that lie within. Americans’ exposure to classic theater is often limited, and Chekhov has not fared […]

Annual Chester Fireworks in need of more donations

Annual Chester Fireworks in need of more donations

Organizers for the annual Chester Fireworks and Old Home Day, which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the American Legion Post 67 in Chester, are in need of more donations to pay for the much-loved fireworks. The cost of the fireworks alone runs between $5,500 and $7,000 annually and is paid for entirely […]

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