Category Archives: Middlebury Town

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!

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)

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

Charity and Sylvia: A Same Sex Marriage in Early Webridge Vermont

This afternoon at 4:30 in Twilight, author Rachel Hope Cleves will present a talk regarding Sylvia Blake and Charity Bryant, a couple from Weybridge whose parternship was recognized by their Vermont community in the early 19th century.  Mary Manley of the Henry Sheldon Musuem writes in:

This talk explores the history of same-sex sexuality, and reveals how the mechanism of the “open secret” enabled Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake to be recognized by their community as a married couple two centuries before the United States v. Windsor landmark case. Cleves is Associate Professor of History at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. She is the author of Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America (Oxford University Press, 2014). She based much of her research for this book on archival materials at the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury.  Immediately following the talk, a book signing with Professor Cleves and opening reception for the exhibit Charity & Sylvia: A Weybridge Couple will take place at the Sheldon Museum, 6-7 pm. The events are free and open to the public. Twilight Hall is located at 50 Franklin Street, Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. The Sheldon Museum is located at One Park Street, Middlebury, VT. For more information, go to <>  or call the Sheldon at 802-388-2117.

When: Today at 4:30, museum reception 6-7
Where: Twilight Hall, and the Henry Sheldon Museum
Cost: Free

Middlebury Skateboard Park Meeting

With rolling mountain ranges to hike, sprawling forests to explore, lakes and rivers to play in, and countless boulders to climb, Vermont is a fine and dandy place for people who enjoy recreating in the outdoors. For some sports however, Vermont is less known for its hospitality. Growing up in the greater Boston area, without an expanse of wilderness a 15 minute drive away, I spent much of my youth skateboarding in the concrete playground that surrounded my suburban home. But now, living up in this resplendently rural state, opportunities for skateboarding are much more limited. Although Middelbury campus has a number of nice marble ledges to grind on (not that type of grinding, Atwater!) some fairly decent sets of stairs, and relatively smooth walkways to push on, it is nonetheless a fact that the town itself does not posses a single designated area for those interested in skateboarding to enjoy their craft.

The town of Middlebury, however, has plans to change this fact. This Saturday, from 11 am to 12 pm, Middelbury Parks and Rec and members of the community are holding a meeting to discuss the plans to build a new skatepark in the town. For anyone in the college community interested in skateboarding, design, fundraising, public planning, or community engagement, let it be known that the invitation to attend this meeting has been extended–come by and add your voice to the conversation! This would be a nice addition to the town and could provide an additional source of entertainment that not a lot of other small liberal arts colleges have access to (Amherst doesn’t have one). So get hyped, get gnarly! Break a bone or two, and then stomp a kick flip! Live out your early two-thousands Tony Hawk pro-skater dreams!  But first, before any of that, make sure to come to this meeting!

When: Tomorrow (Sat) 11am-12pm
Where: Ilsley Public Library Conference room
Cost: Free


Middlebury THT’s Fabulous Flea Market on Saturday

MiddleburyFleaMarketAre your blank walls mocking you? Sick of explaining that despite bleak decorations, you really do have a personality? Looking for that last upcycled doll or taxidermied squirrel to fully “do you” in your living space this upcoming year? Well, look no further.

This Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM is the Middlebury Flea Market. It will be held in the Town Hall Theater, which is near the ACTR Transfer Point on Merchants Row. There will be antique items, jewelry, ephemera, and collectibles. In the unlikely event that none of the 25+ vendors in attendance has anything your eyes fancy, the Flea Market is also receptive to donations to help fund events to be held there in the near future (such as plays, concerts, musicals, operas, and performances).

So, in essence, bring cash and bring crap. You won’t regret it.

Date: 9/20/2014
Time: 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Place: Town Hall Theater
Cost: Free entry

Saturday: Harvest Festival at Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op


Getting tired of the panini machines in Proc? Me neither, but the noms offered by Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op’s Harvest Festival will inevitably top even the most beloved of dining hall offerings. The festival promises live music from Snake Mountain Bluegrass & The Connor Sisters, a beer and wine tasting, the opportunity to meet local farmers, and sustainably grown, free food. If you’ve ever admired the Co-op’s commitment to energy efficient practices, democratic ownership, and the local economy but thought, “s***, this hummus is expensive,” now’s your chance.

When: Saturday, September 20th, 12-3 pm
Where: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, 9 Washington Street, Middlebury, VT
Cost: Free

Kate Gridley: Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults


Middlebury-based artist Kate Gridley, known for her subtle portayals of the human character, currently has a series of portraits of young adults on display in the CFA and in the Jackson Gallery in the Town Hall Theater.  Particularly relevant to the student body and youth of Middlebury, the exhibit features both paintings and sound portraits of seventeen emerging adults who have come and gone through her studio over the past few years, the full body of work offering poignant insight into and reflection upon the transitional space between adolescence and adulthood.  The exhibit is as much observational as it is interactive, and Gridley intends for the work as a “springboard to develop community through curricular connections with local schools, story telling workshops, parallel art exhibits and performances,” hoping to spur dialogue about this critical transitional period.  “Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults,” will be on display in Middlebury until October 26 before continuing on to upstate New York and New Hampshire.

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People’s Climate March Sept. 21

Two weeks from today, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and heads of state from around the world will gather in New York for the first major climate summit since the largely ineffective Copenhagen conference in 2009.  Moon hopes to reach a global deal to reduce greenhouse gases with 100 the heads of state expected to attend, an ambitious yet increasingly pressing issue.  Atmospheric CO2 this week is hovering around 396 ppm, almost 50 parts per million higher than the 350 ppm goal set by many climatologists.

While we can always count on global leaders to reach groundbreaking accords to combat climate change,* environmental activists worldwide are organizing a “People’s Climate March,” with the main arm of the march taking place in New York on Sunday, September 21.   A broad coalition of environmental, educational, labor, and religious organizations have organized the march to pressure leaders into reducing greenhouses gas emissions in what promises to be the largest environmental march in history.  As to be expected, Middlebury students and faculty members have been busy organizing for the march, and want you to join in the fight.  Middlebury organizers will host a talk tomorrow, Wednesday September 10, in St. Stephen’s Church to give context to the march within the broader environmental movement, and more details on plans for the march.   Hannah Bristol ‘14.5 writes in:

Things are heating up in the climate movement this fall as organizers prepare for the largest climate march in history at the People’s Climate March (PCM) in New York City on September 21. Bill McKibben, Fernando Sandovol ’15,Marjeela Basij-Rasikh ’15, Jon Isham, Rich Wolfley, and folks from Migrant Justice are speaking at St. Stephen’s Church (the stone one in town where you can ring the bell at Chili Fest) at 7 pm tomorrow, September 10, to give an update from the global climate movement and talk about why the PCM matters.

There are already over 80 Middlebury students signed up to head to NYC for the big march and a youth convergence on Saturday. Buses and vans will be leaving Saturday morning and getting back to campus Sunday. Transportation and housing are all taken care of, although we are asking students to donate if they are able to help pay for the bus and gas. To sign up, visit go/pcm. Email Hannah Bristol at [email protected] with any questions.

Again, the People’s Climate March and the following UN conference are of seismic importance to the environmental movement and the state of the planet as we know it.  The failure of the 2009 Copenhagen Conference, and the continued delaying of large scale, multi-national action to reverse the increasingly ominous specter of global climate change have only furthered the need of mass social action.  If you consider yourself an environmentalist, there is no better opportunity to practice your beliefs than pressuring the leaders of the world to act on one of the defining issues of our time.  See you all there.

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When: Wednesday at 7 PM
Where: St. Stephen’s Chapel, downtown Middlebury
Cost: Free

People’s Climate March detes:
When: Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21
Where: NYC
Cost: the fate of the planet


Auditions for Winter Musical: Ragtime

Get pumped: this J-Term, the people who brought you Les Miserables last winter are back at it, and will put on Terrence McNally’s classic musical Ragtime for a four night run in the Town Hall Theater this coming January.  Although the performance, which will feature a full orchestra and over forty of your peers, is far off, auditions begin this Thursday at 7-9 PM over at the CFA, room 221.  Auditions will continue on Friday from 5-8 PM, and orchestra auditions will begin later this month.

The Tony-award nominated musical focuses on the experiences of three groups of Americans, African-Americans, upper-class suburbanites, and Eastern-European immigrants, at the beginning of the 20th century, and include such historical figures as Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, and Emma Goldman just to name a few.  Auditions are open to all Middlebury students, sign up sheets are outside the music department office on the 3rd floor in the CFA..

When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 7-9 PM, Friday September 12, 5-8 PM
Where: CFA 221
Cost: your fame