Category Archives: Midd Off-Campus

MAlt Las Marias: 51 Main Entertainment Night

1506524_10152667656613358_4239853781455193081_nMAlt Plenitud Puerto Rico would like to invite you to a fun filled entertainment night at 51 Main from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday January 23rd. Come to enjoy musical performances by our very own Middlebury Bands Ingoma, Zale the Whale and the Rest of Hadley 5 and many more! There will also be an open-mic opportunity and many more performances coming!

When: Friday, Jaunary 23, 4-7pm
Where: 51 Main Restaurant (Right across the bridge on College Street in town)
Cost: free!

Alumni of Color Weekend


Middbeat is very excited to announce that, thanks to the sincere and tireless efforts of DMC (and many other organizations), the Middlebury Alumni of Color Weekend is back, and will be taking place over this weekend, which is also Martin Luther King Jr weekend! Middlebury DMC writes in to let us know about the packed weekend schedule, which will “include events such as discussions, tours, and yes of course…PARTIES!”

All students are welcome to participate in this weekend’s events, and the DMC wants to highlight that “One of the many special events actually requires some help from y’all! Saturday, January 17th at 8:00pm will be the Student Performance Showcase. We are extremely excited for this event because it is open to all students as well as alumni and we strongly encourage collaboration if any of you were looking to work with a peer or even an alumni! Please let us know ASAP if you are interested in participating in the showcase by emailing the DMC board ([email protected]) or letting a board member know in person. Don’t forget to tell your friends about performing if you know they got some talent!”

We hope everyone will check out at least one event, and for the full schedule, see below or check out the Alumni of Color Weekend Facebook page here:

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MAlt Las Marias: Taste of India


Do you LOVE Indian food? Are you looking for an excuse to eat more? Come to Eat Taste of India this Friday (16th January 2015) from 4:30 – 9:30 pm. The Las Marias trip will be learning about Permaculture, sustainable farming and living so come out and show your love of the environment and tasty food! 10% of the sales will go to MAlt Las Maris Puerto Rico!

If you are unable to make it and would still like to contribute to the trip or learn more about the Las Marias group, check out

When: Friday, January 16th 4:30-9:30pm
Where: Taste of India, 1 Baker Lane (Middlebury, VT)

Donor event for senior class gift 2015/2015.5

Seniors who have donated to the senior class gift are invited to celebrate at a donor dinner organized by the Senior Committee at 51 Main at the Bridge. With 2 tickets given upon entry that will give you 2 half-off drinks, in addition to half-priced appetizers all night, it will make a great place to stop by before heading to the bar this Thursday. As most of you know (hopefully), the senior gift this year is a study abroad fund. The MiddSTART funding page describes the fund as follows:

The fund will provide stipends for Middlebury College undergraduates to pursue experiential learning opportunities abroad, including but not limited to unpaid internships, volunteer work, and externships.

You can go to give/seniors to donate or give your donations at the door. If you give $20.15 or more, you get a pint glass with the Middlebury College seal and 2015/2015.5 .

Don’t forget your ID!

Date: Thursday, 1/15
Time: 8:30-10:30pm
Place: 51 Main at the Bridge
Cost: however much you want to donate!

Milk Chocolate, The Fatheads, and Sundown Hollow in Winooski TONIGHT

Sundown Hollow

Midd favorites Milk Chocolate along with recent grads The Fatheads and NH rockers Sundown Hollow will be playing the Monkey House in Winooski, just 5 minutes from downtown Burlington and walking distance from UVM’s campus, tonight starting at 8:30.  The show will be yet another opportunity to see Midd musicians expanding their fanbases beyond the confines of the college, and get your J-Term groove on with live music and tasty brews.  Recent grad, middbeat contributor, and Midd’s favorite concert promoter Mitchell Parrish ’14 writes in with the detes:


Sundown Hollow is the coming together of two musical duos that have both been playing together almost their entire musical careers. Consisting of Al Kermond ( The Drags, The Raw Ramps) playing the electric bass. Harry foster ( The Drags, The Raw Ramps, The Tired Times) playing the electric guitar. Bill Kermond ( The Green Mountain Bandits) on the drums, and Pete Kraus (Something With Strings, The Green Mountain Bandits, Well Strung Bluegrass) on the banjo. Hailing from the Granite state Sundown Hollows true focus is Roots Rock and Roll, drawing inspiration from Americana, Country and soul.


The Fatheads are a party blues band based in Burlington, Vermont. They are a high energy two-guitar & drums trio, influenced by houserockin’ blues legends like Hound Dog Taylor and Lightnin’ Hopkins, and bring the ruckus with ecstatic irreverence. Eric Benepe ‘13.5 and Taylor Bickford ’14’s legs are strong and their bellies are filled with pie.


Middlebury’s preeminent Neo-Soul trio with an untarnished reputation for tight grooves and even tighter vocal harmonies featuring Innocent Tswamuno ’15, Mohan Fitzgerald ‘14.5, and Tito Heiderer ‘14.5.

Doors open at 8pm:

8:30 Milk Chocolate
9:15 The Fatheads
10:15 Sundown Hollow

When: Tonight, 8 PM
Where: The Monkey House in Winooski, VT
Cost: $3

Tonight: Myra Flynn Live Music at 51 Main

It can feel pretty weird when you actually don’t have homework to do on a Wednesday night. But if you do have time to burn, or if you’re just into good music, you should check out singer/song-writer Myra Flynn tonight at 51 Main (restaurant in town). The event is described as follows, and open to everyone!:

Singer/songwriter Myra Flynn spends her career embracing dichotomy. Half Irish and half African American, her original indie/soul/folk songs blend soulful vocals with a lyrical delivery that doesn’t let one get too comfortable. As the New England Deli Magazine puts it, “her vocal influences have as much in common with Ani Difranco and Shawn Colvin as they do with Rihanna and Jill Scott.”

Date: Tonight, 1/7
Time: 6-8pm
Place: 51 Main at the Bridge
Cost: Free!!

Candlelight Vigil at 4:30 on Town Green

Black Lives Matter

In addition to today’s discussion, there will be a town-wide candlelight vigil held on the town green at 4:30.  If you are planning to go to both, the orientation seems to be to go to the vigil first, then to Warner following the vigil.  Can anyone confirm this?  In any case, come out and show your support at both.  These events follow another devastating blow this Monday where a grand jury in New York decided not to indict the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death this past August.  This killing was recorded on a telephone, calling into question the potential efficacy of Obama’s recent request for $262 million dollars in federal funding for police officer surveillance as a method for reducing police brutality.

When: Today 4:30
Where: Town Green
Cost: solidarity


Iron Eyes Cody being awesome

Iron Eyes Cody being awesome


If you’re at all into the music scene at Midd, you’re most likely obsessed with Iron Eyes Cody, the Fat Heads, or Milk Chocolate. Probably all three. With reason, because these student bands are pretty fuckin amazing. After completely packing Meade Chapel when opening for Alpenglow last month, Iron Eyes Cody realized it was most definitely time for something bigger. And, to all of our content, the extended Vermont music scene agreed: Iron Eyes has been selected to play at Higher Ground this December, they’re bringing along Milk Chocolate and the Fat Heads (also student/alumni bands), and, to amp the stakes even higher they are performing on the same night as Lucius and Bahamas, two equally awesome (and rather famous) bands.

Iron Eyes Cody, Milk Chocolate, and the Fat Heads will be performing in the Showcase Lounge, at Higher Ground, on December 4, 2014. The same night, Lucius and Bahamas will be performing in the Higher Ground Main Ballroom, and anyone who buys tickets to the Lucius/Bahamas concert will be able to see the Middlebury bands as well, free of additional cost. Needless to say, this is an incredible opportunity to see a bunch of bands without dropping a ton of cash.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 the day of the show, and can be bought HERE on Higher Ground’s website. This concert event is sponsored by the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, and everyone is encouraged to bring canned goods to donate.


We’re hoping to get a huge Middlebury showing at this event, so be sure to grab a ticket before they sell out, and come support some of Midd’s most talented musicians. What better way to celebrate before heading out for winter break?

Tickets for the Showcase Lounge (Middlebury bands only) available HERE

Tickets for Lucius and Bahamas (plus access to the Showcase Lounge!) available HERE

Learn more about each of the Middlebury bands below (info from Higher Ground’s Website):

Iron Eyes Cody:

Everything from slow and haunting to dancy and electrifying, indie rock group Iron Eyes Cody 10689732_1548211012078011_2724811879245445906_nutilize saxophone and harmonica as well as modulated guitar and electric piano to create a diverse sound. The group’s lyrically intense, original songs can best be described as the soundtrack to your next road trip. Featuring Evan Allis ‘15.5 (Guitar & Vocals), Renn Mulloy ‘15.5 (Vocals) Noah Stone ‘16.5 (Keys), Rob Shaw ’16 (Lead Guitar/Bass), Mark Balderston ‘15.5 (Saxophone/Harmonica/Vocals), Joe Leavenworth ‘16.5 (Bakali, Guitar/Bass), and Patrick Freeman ‘15.5 (Drums).

Milk Chocolate:

Milk Chocolate is a Neo-Soul trio from Middlebury College with an untarnished reputation for 483833_316022361856905_1138059393_ntight grooves and tighter vocal harmonies. Their covers and original tunes showcase a mellow sound inspired by soul, jazz, and modern R&B greats from D’Angelo and Erykah Badu to Robert Glasper. Featuring Mohan Fitzgerald ’14, Tito Heiderer ‘14.5 and Innocent Tswamuno ’15.

Fat Heads:

The Fatheads are a party blues band based in Burlington, Vermont. They are a high energy two-guitar & drums trio, influenced by houserockin’ blues legends like Hound Dog Taylor and Lightnin’ Hopkins, and bring the ruckus with ecstatic irreverence. Their legs are strong and their bellies are filled with pie. Featuring Eric Benepe ‘13.5, Taylor Bickford ’14, and Austin Bergeron ’13

Midd Alums Tik Root and Wyatt Orme Pursuing Multimedia Piece on Rwandan Youth Culture

Tik Project

Tik Root ‘12 and Wyatt Orme ‘12.5 need your help!  The two recent alums were selected as finalists for Matter Magazine’s International Reporting Fellowship for a project on Rwanda’s transition from “an agrarian to a knowledge-based service economy” under longtime leader President Paul Kagame.  Undergoing a massive demographic transition with half of the population coming of age in the post-genocide context, Rwanda is under considerable pressure to prepare its economy for its burgeoning entrepreneurial youth.  Tik and Wyatt are hoping to explore this transition through a multimedia piece of journalism, radio, and photography, and in order to do so need to edge out their competition to pursue their proposal.  Tik writes in:

The process of determining a winner is like a combination of the movies “Gladiator” (2000) and “Seabiscuit” (2004). Of the 200+ applicants, our proposal was selected with five others to spar/race online for the highest number of votes (or, in their parlance, “Recommendations”).

We’re in 2nd…a tantalizing 70 votes away from the lead and, in 15 seconds, you could help us take it. For more on our proposal and to VOTE, click here.

Instructions are at the top of the page, but a word to the wise: make sure the heart-shaped “Recommend” button turns and stays green!

See after the jump for the body of their proposal, and more information on how you can help them pursue the project.  It will take no more time than sending a snapchat to bring a few Midd alum closer to pursuing an inspiring project.  See the link again here.

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International Education Week at Mt. Abraham Union High School


IEW 2014 logo

International Student and Scholar Advisor Joani Taylor writes in about this year’s International Education Week.  Today, there’s an program running, along with a number of others both on campus and up in Bristol.  Read on for more:

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at Middlebury College has been organizing a program with Mt. Abraham Union High School in Bristol as part of this year’s International Education Week (IEW), which runs from November 17 to 21IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education which aims to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S.

This year ISSS wanted to focus programming efforts for IEW on engaging students in the community.  Joani Taylor, an advisor with ISSS, worked with Anne Friedrichs of Mt. Abe last year and knew she would be an enthusiastic supporter of a bigger collaboration.  Thus, International Education Day with Mt. Abe was created and will take place on Wednesday, November 19 from 9 AM to 2 PM on the Middlebury College campus in the McCullough Social Space.  The goal of the program is to foster a global perspective among these ninth grade students and connect them with internationally-focused communities at Middlebury.  Approximately 120 ninth graders and 9 staff members from Mt. Abe will attend.  This event is cosponsored by International Programs and Off-Campus Study, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Community Engagement/Language in Motion, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, the Department of Political Science and the Department of Environmental Studies.

See after the jump for more information about the schedule for the remainder of the week.

When: Monday Nov. 17- Friday Nov. 21
Where: Middlebury College, Mount Abraham Union High School
Cost: N/A

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