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Catamount, NVU to launch drive-in movie and music series

LYNDON — Catamount Arts and Northern Vermont University say they are partnering to offer drive-in entertainment this summer. With COVID-19 safety concerns, artists and arts organizations around the state have been working to develop responsible programming strategies that reduce risks to live audiences. Catamount Arts plans to host drive-in movies and concerts this summer at…

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MAC Center for the Arts to reopen June 3

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts in Newport will reopen for business June 3, with a limited schedule. The popular shopping destination for visitors on Main Street will be open Wednesday through Saturday, from 10-5 p.m. The MAC says all of the Vermont protocols will be observed for the opening, including masks, six-foot…

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Newport’s Easter bonnet contest goes digital

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — An annual contest for festive headwear has been a tradition at the annual Prouty Beach egg hunts in Newport for decades, but this year things looked a little different. Newport Parks & Recreation, who hosts the spring celebration every year at the park, decided to take the contest digital after making an announcement…

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Waiting out coronavirus, Pronto and Shelton harmonizing NEK music community

in Arts and Entertainment/COVID-19/Newport/News

NEWPORT — For Tod Pronto and Cynthia Shelton, nothing can stop the music. Hunkered down in reaction to the global pandemic, the two have teamed up to form a “Socially Distant Chorus,” inviting the community to harmonize and play along with Pronto on his version of “What a Wonderful World.” So here are the rules:…

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Lake Memphremagog “Ice Out” contest underway

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NEWPORT — With ice as thick as 30 inches some winters, Vermonters never tire watching for any indicative sign of the changing season. To celebrate this time-honored tradition, Newport Parks & Recreation runs the annual “ICE OUT” contest for residents and visitors on Lake Memphremagog. Each year a weighted Ice Out “mascot” is placed in…

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MAC Center accepting applications for special exhibit open to all artists

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NEWPORT — Ecosystems Through an Artist’s Eye, the upcoming and unique exhibit organized in collaboration with the MAC Center for the Arts, Memphremagog Watershed Association, and the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District, opens at the MAC Center on Friday, April 3. The show highlights farm visits, but for those who could not attend the…

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4 women in their 70s to swim at Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News/Outdoors

NEWPORT — Four septuagenarian women will be among the 90 winter swimmers participating in this year’s Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival on February 29 and March 1. They will be swimming in a 25-meter, two-lane pool cut in the ice near the EastSide Restaurant in Newport. Water temperatures typically run about 30.5 F and air temperatures…

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Photo by Bradleigh Stockwell.

MAC Center for the Arts celebrates ADA upgrades to facility

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NEWPORT — Recently, the MAC Center for the Arts underwent a major upgrade to become ADA compliant. The facility added a handicap bathroom and changed the blueprint of the floor plan to accommodate wheelchair accessibility. While the process was costly, they say the results are priceless. The renovation began January 5 with a concerted effort…

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Michael Arnowitt and the ImproVisions Jazz Quintet to perform in Newport

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NEWPORT — Pianist Michael Arnowitt will return to Vermont with his ImproVisions Jazz Quintet, featuring the outstanding New York City musicians Dave Smith on trumpet and Rick Rosato on bass, joined by Vermont favorites Dan Silverman on trombone and Caleb Bronz on drums. The concert will take place Saturday, January 18, at 7 p.m. at…

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VSO Brass Quintet & Counterpoint Chorus reunite for festive collaboration in Newport

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NEWPORT — The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) Brass Quintet and Counterpoint Chorus, join forces again to celebrate the snowy season with performances across the state featuring popular holiday melodies, carol singalongs, and all-around festive fun. The group will be at the United Church of Newport tomorrow, December 20. The show will start at 7:30 p.m.…

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Let’s Murder Marsha at the Haskell Opera House

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DERBY LINE — Borderline Players is getting ready to present the comedy Let’s Murder Marsha! by Monk Ferris at the Haskell Opera House. The show will run October 18-20 and 25-26. In this madcap romp of murderous plots, a happy housewife named Marsha, hopelessly addicted to crime thrillers, overhears her loving husband discussing her upcoming…

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MAC Center to present Victoria Mathiesen – A Retrospective

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NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts is getting ready to host an opening reception celebrating the extraordinary work of renowned artist, Victoria Mathiesen. The event will take place October 4, from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. in the Downstairs Connection. “Notably, a retrospective looks back, and at a certain age looking back seems to be…

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Border humorist Ross Murray releases new collection “A Jerk in Progress”

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Stanstead

STANSTEAD, QC – Eastern Townships writer Ross Murray will release his third collection of humor, A Jerk in Progress, at Black Cat Books in Lennoxville on Sunday, September 15 at 3:00 p.m. Subtitled “Various Nonsense,” the collection features more than 80 columns and essays that originally appeared in The Sherbrooke Record and Life in Quebec…

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