Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Giant Pumpkin Regatta [147]

10/11/09: The 2nd Annual Giant Pumpkin Regatta transformed the Burlington Waterfront Sunday with crowds of cheering fans and a bevy of floating pumpkin vessels.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The New Fab Format of Seven Days

10/5/09: Don Eggert, Creative Director of Seven Days, talks about the new magazine-style format Vermont's alt weekly is switching to October 7th, this Wednesday.

Music: Missy Bly, Clean Bee, "She N' Me"
La Strada, "Flying"

Location: Burlington, VT to North Haverhill, NH

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

138th Tunbridge World's Fair [145]

9/19/09: The tiny village of Tunbridge (population 1,400) gets quite a boost each summer when 50,000 people visit the Tunbridge World's Fair during their four day run.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dana & Katie Get Married [144]

9/12/09: September 1st it became legal for same sex couples to wed in Vermont. Dana & Katie said their vows in front of a large crowd of supportive family and friends at Trapp Family Lodge Saturday.


The Smittens, A Little Revolution, "Jeans and Mittens" The Coolest Thing About Love, "One Hundred Roses," "One for Me"
Dana Julie Kaplan, "Year of the Lake"

LOCATION: Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, Vermont

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Great VT Corn Maze [143]

9/5/09: Get lost in the "a-maizing" Great Vermont Corn Maze in North Danville.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Thunder Road [142]

8/27/09: Thunder Road Speedway celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and Eva stopped by the renowned short track in Barre to meet racing greats like Ken Squier, "Tiger" Tom Pistone, Ken Ragan and newcomers like NASCAR's Rookie of the Year David Ragan.


Music: Chuch, Juarez, "Intro"

Riding in a Pace Car at Thunder Road

8/27/09: Eva hitches a ride in the Pace Car at Thunder Road and interviews its driver, Bob Bigelow.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

VT State Parks [141]

8/23/09: There are 52 State Parks in VT bringing the great outdoors to thousands of visitors each year.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Michael Jackson Tribute Night [139]

7/24/09: Michael Jackson fans packed a sold out house Friday to show Who Was Bad in a karaoke contest and dance party.


Location: Higher Ground, South Burlington Vermont

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Flynn Garden Tour [138]

7/19/09: The 13th Annual Flynn Garden Tour drew over 400 people to the Champlain Islands last Sunday for a peek into some spectacular secret gardens.  


Music: La Strada, "Flying"

Location: North Hero, South Hero, Grand Isle Vermont

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Champlain 400 Parade [137]

7/11/09: The Burlington International Waterfront Festival celebrated 400 years since the arrival of Samuel de Champlain with The Champlain 400 Parade.  Despite the pouring rain, the tough performers put on the parade of a lifetime.


Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Lake Champlain Walleye Assoc. [136]

7/4/09:  Lake Champlain Walleye Association and Vermont Fish & Wildlife have been working for decades to increase the population of walleyes in the lake and its surrounding rivers.

Thursday they harvested a St Albans pond of 12,500 walleye fingerlings which will be making their way into the Winooski River.


Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Wiffle Fest [135]

6/27/09: For twelve years now, CJ Spirito has been gathering his friends and family for Wiffle Fest.  But unlike previous years, this World Series has an unlikely outcome.

Location: Rock Point School, Burlington Vermont

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pete's Greens [134]

6/23/09: Pete's Greens is a four season organic vegetable farm in Craftsbury. Eva talks to Pete and Meg about the current farming trend, local food as the new growth industry in rural areas and the idea that VT could one day feed itself.

Music: The Jazz Guys, A Blessing in Disguise, "The $6,000 Million Dollar Man"

Greg Davis, Curling Pond Woods, "Brocade (Rewoven)"

Location: Pete's Greens Four Season Organic Vegetable Farm, Craftsbury, VT

Editor's Note: For the record, I've been a member of Pete's Greens' Good Eats CSA since the winter of 08.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Green Mountain Opera Festival [133]

6/12/09: The Green Mountain Opera Festival is in its fourth year in the Mad River Valley.  This year they bring Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro to the Barre Opera House.


Location: Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, Vermont

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ava Bishop [132]

6/8/09: Fashion in VT?  Local designer Ava Bishop is making it stylish to be a Vermonter.


Music: Missy Bly, Missy Bly 3, "Handmade Love"

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Vermont Joy Parade [131]

5/31/09: All abooooard for some old timey music, theatrics and good times.  Vermont Joy Parade is a collective group of musicians and performers traveling across the country in a bus fueled by vegetable oil waste.  Don't miss your chance to see this circus when they come to your town!


Locations: The Rambler House, Radio Bean, Bite Me Organic Pizza, Burlington Vermont

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Burlington Farmers' Market [130]

5/23/09: City Hall Park is THE place to be Saturdays this summer where over 50 vendors/farmers sell their food, plants and produce to the masses.


Music: La Strada, "Flying"

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hula Hooping Extravaganza [129]

5/7/09: Watch out Cirque du Soleil, the 3-5 year olds at Trinity Children's Center are in the midst of a hula hoop revival.  

Music: Pretty & Nice, Pink & Blue, "Stop/Start"

Location: Trinity Children's Center, Burlington Vermont

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Garden Restoration at Shelburne Farms' Inn [128]

5/5/09: Lila Vanderbilt Webb constructed the gardens at Shelburne House in the early 1900s.  

Almost 100 years later, the gardens have fallen into disrepair which led to the Shelburne Farms Formal Gardens Restoration Project.



Swale, Verdigris, "Good Medicine"

Amber deLaurentis, Hey Sadie, "Take Me On"

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Green Up Day [127]

5/2/09: Last Saturday, 15,000 volunteers across the state of Vermont picked up more than 40,000 bags of trash in honor of Green Up Day. Featured: Music: The Activists/Dictators, "Out of the Picture"

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Snuggie Pub Crawl [7DTV17]

5/2/09: Burlington became the 14th city to host a Snuggie Pub Crawl on Saturday night. The robbed-crawl was organized by brothers Matt and Bastian Gadouas with a little help from Facebook. Featured: Music: Missy Bly, Clean Bee, "Wanda" Rue Mevlana, Drop the F Bomb, "Tight Core Snuggin"

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Disc Golf Debate [126]

4/28/09 Disc golf, a harmless pastime or a public nuisance? A debate has been raging in Burlington about a proposed 18-hole disc golf course at Leddy Park. Eva travels to the Johnson State College disc golf course and proposed holes at Leddy Park to see what all the fuss is about. Note: Read Shay Totten's going in Circles article about this debate: Featured: Music: Syd, Upswing, "Easier on You"

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

SBNN [125]

4/17/09: Every Friday, 6th-8th graders put on a weekly news broadcast called SBNN, the South Burlington Network News, at Tuttle Middle School.

They recently won two spots in a national C-SPAN StudentCam video contest for their work.

In the ever changing media landscape, are these students our future?


Location: Tuttle MS, South Burlington Vermont

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sheep Shearing School [124]

4/11/09: Once a year, professional sheep shearers gather at Shelburne Farms to teach shearer wannabes the tricks of the trade.  With 40 sheep being shorn by novices and pros alike, it is an exciting day around the barnyard and a symphony of bleats ensues from the 80 gamboling lambs and their parents.

The song in the end credits is an Australian folk song:

Ryebuck Shearer

If I dont shear a tally before I go
My shears and stone in the river I'll throw
And I'll never open Sawbees or take another blow
And prove I'm a ryebuck shearer


 Location: Shelburne Farms, The Farm Barn, Shelburne VT

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

US Universities Debating Championships [123]

4/5/09: The 2009 US Universities Debating Championships were held this weekend on the UVM campus.  Life-long debate enthusiast Dr Alfred "Tuna" Snider welcomed over 120 teams from all over the US and abroad.

Students and judges explain why debate is so important to our every day life.


Location: UVM, Burlington VT

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

VCAM [121]

 11/14/08: So you want to be on TV?  In Burlington Vermont VCAM,  Vermont Community Access Media, has been providing media tools and education to the general community for years. 

Eva, a former producer of The Deadbeat Club, talks to other cable access producers about the magic of television and the freedom of self-expression.


Location: VCAM, Burlington, VT

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Stephen Huneck [119]

3/7/09: Eva travels to Dog Mountain where artist and sculptor Stephen Huneck has built a Dog Chapel in honor of our dearly departed canine companions.

Stephen recently decided to donate 50% of his proceeds to animal shelters, including the Chittenden Humane Society.


Missy Bly, Missy Bly 3, "Joey is a Dog"  

Amber DeLaurentis, Hey Sadie, "Rely"

Location: Dog Mountain, St Johnsbury, Vermont

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Gregory Douglass [118]

 2/26/09: Gregory Douglass celebrated the release of his 7th album Thursday to a sold out crowd at Higher Ground.  After 10 years as an independent singer/songwriter touring the country and performing at countless venues, it was a warm homecoming with guest vocalists Grace Potter and Anais Mitchell.

Music: Gregory Douglass, Battler


Location: Higher Ground, South Burlington Vermont

Monday, March 02, 2009

New Stucks on VCAM TONIGHT!

Lordy, I can barely keep track of it all. Between Facebook status updates, learning TweetDeck and Twitter, producing my weekly vlog Stuck in VT for Seven Days and posting it to Facebook, YouTube, Blip and VCAM and re-running my cable access show The Deadbeat Club - which way is up and which way is down?

OK, this I know, tonight you can see some fresh Stucks on VCAM where they look much nicer than all pixelated on the internets:

Stuck in Vermont
VCAM, Channel 15
Mondays @ 8:30pm
Tuesdays @ 9:30am

Playing in February/March 2009:

January Episodes 111-114, 7Dtv15
Champlain Island Farmer's Market, Obama-rama, The One Fashion Event, Peace & Justice Center's 30th B-Day, Mayoral Debate 7Dtv

And also, a "new" rerun of The Deabeat Club started last night. I watched it with my mom and we had a hoot. As mortifying as it can be watching yourself blab like a mad hatter, DBC has been an interesting way for me to judge days gone by.

I get to hear myself talking about my dream job making a weekly arts and culture video featuring local VTers and then voila, 2 years later, I am living the dream baby!

Last night was an episode from the early days of Stuck in VT when I was trying to figure out what the hell I was doing. Stucks on the tremendous 07 VDay blizzard, Cindy Sheehan and Sonic Youth - I look back on those days fondly since I am now on Episode 118. Speaking of, I better get back to work. Like the rest, this episode refuses to edit itself.

The Deadbeat Club
VCAM, Channel 15
Fridays @ 11:30pm
Sundays @ 9:00pm

Playing in March/April:
RERUN! DBC30, March/April 2007
New episodes when we can!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Kitestorm [117]

2/21/09: Snowboarders, skiers and skaters all harnessed the power of the wind this weekend at the 6th annual Kitestorm festival at Sand Bar State Park in Milton.


Music: Deep Soda, Pose Dead - Collected & Destroyed Vol. 2, "Spirit Flies Ahead"

Location: Sand Bar State Park, Milton Vermont

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

After School Rocks [116]

2/12/09: After school is heating up this winter at 242 Main where students play and compose music, form bands, and channel their inner rockstars.


Location: 242 Main, Burlington Vermont

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Heart Day

Theroux paints a portrait of a man [Edward Gorey] who lived a fairly solitary existence by choice, friendly, generous, and apparently comfortable with strangers, but strongly preferring to be alone most of the time.

Valentine's Day can be barf-inducing when you are single. Since I am generally of the single-variety, I have gotten used to that yearly barfy aftertaste. So I was pleasantly surprised this year when this dreaded day didn't suck?! Wha...?!

For starters, Suzanne the Cake Fairy delivered some tasty treats to a lucky few (I'm not worthy) and I promptly ate the entire thing! Yum! I hearts you Suzanne and I am so glad your love of Valentine's Day doth spilleth over onto my plate!

And then sweet Katie left roses on my stoop?!?! Flowers, pour moi!?! Crawford got so excited that he knocked them over. Take me back to Puerto Rico Kate, the ocean misses us!

And then there were some thoughtful cards that are now sitting atop my fridge, and even some emails and texts from far off loved ones.

Damn, it turns out that you can be a solitary old maid AND enjoy this stoopid ass commercial holiday too?! Thank you modern life, thank you.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Champlain Islands Winter Farmers Market [111]

1/3/09: Farmers markets are not just for summer anymore.  Winter markets are sprouting up all over Vermont this year.

Monday, January 05, 2009

New Dec Stucks on VCAM

Stuck in VT
December Episodes 107-110
Airing January 2009
Channel 15, VCAM

And a new rerun of The Deadbeat Club playing this month as well! It is the New Year's episode from 2007, what fun. It features Suzanne M0nroe trying to hijack my show and lots of talk about the end of the world. Wow, that sounds just like this year! Apparently, I always think about the end of the world when a new year arrives?! Little did we know in 2007 just how impressively shitty 2009 would be...eek.

In 2007 I started vlogging for the first time but had not quite gotten the format down. Those early vlogs were really long, free form and experimental - basically me babbling. And in this episode I talk about how I wanted to make a well-structured vlog in which I interviewed VTers about their lives and what do you know? I did it. ;)

It is always nice watching old DBC and seeing how much has changed, especially when I am feeling like I move in slow mo and never get anywhere.

In the 2 years since I made that episode, I've produced 110 segments of Stuck in VT, interviewed just about everyone in town, got featured on Boston's The Chronicle and written about in the Freeps, not to mention having Stuck viewed all over the world. I got my dream job at Seven Days, bought a weird old house, and am continually excited by the work I do for the very first time in my life.

Who knows what 2009 will bring, but please let Mad Max be a way down the road. I still have to tile the front porch and figure out how to fit a ping pong table in the basement. I have plans, so many.