Category Archives: Middlebury Town

TONIGHT: Happenstance, an Alumni/Senior Mixer

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Okay, okay– we’re not supposed to talk about graduation yet. But we’re nearing the month of May, and it’s kind of getting real. Here’s a really cool event for seniors and senior febs that sounds like a lot of fun mingling. Nes Martinez ’10 writes in to middbeat:

With just weeks away until graduation, when will there be a better time to make your own luck? Come meet some alums, chat, and make some connections. Free apps, cash bar. Business casual!

Date: Today, April 27th
Time: 6:00
Place: 51 Main
Cost: Free

The Last Five Years at the Town Hall Theater

11059508_10206009888268360_2397574688251865022_nWant to spice up your Thursday night with a little off-campus culture? Tonight and through the weekend, the Town Hall Theater will be showcasing senior thesis work of a Middlebury senior. Mike McCann ’15 writes in to middbeat:

The Last Five Years is a heartfelt contemporary musical that recounts the twists and turns of a failed relationship. The story is told from two perspectives: Jamie starts at the beginning of the relationship and moves to the end, and Cathy starts at the end and works backward to the first date. Jason Robert Brown’s beautiful story was even recently made into a movie starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. This show is the senior thesis performance of Mike McCann and also features student musicians Tevan Goldberg ’18 and Zak Fisher ’16.

Date: April 9th, April 11th, April 12th
Time: 8 PM, 8 PM, and 2 PM respectively
Place: Middlebury Town Hall Theater
Cost: $6 for students

Our Fair Governor Speaks! A Jim Douglas Retrospective

image002Come hear former Governor of Vermont and Midd Alum Jim Douglas speak about his career today in the Abernethy Room.  As a Republican governor in a very blue state, Douglas has a very interesting perspective on being a head executive.  The talk will promote Douglas’ new autobiography, The Vermont Way, a thorough synopsis of his career int The Vermont State House.

Date: Today 3/19
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Abernethy Room


B9316562005Z.1_20150311171737_000_GHEA6LUUQ.1-0Finally– the arrival of one of the year’s most anticipated events! Drum roll please…. today is the seventh annual Vermont Chili Festival!!! We cannot contain our excitement. Don’t believe us? Middlebury’s chili fest was named one of the top ten winter events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce– sounds like a ringing endorsement from people who are really in the know.

So what does Chili Fest actually entail? For all you newbs or those who just need a little refresher course, here’s some basic info to make chili fest the wonderful day of unlimited eating that it is.

Vendors from all over Vermont will convene today at 1PM on Main Street to vie for the title of best chili in Vermont. A panel of judges will award a winner for each of six categories: veggie, beef, chicken, kitchen sink, pork, best overall. If anyone can clarify what kitchen sink means in the comment section that would be much appreciated!

What’s our role in all of this? We pay a $7 fee upon entering in exchange for a spoon, some voting chips, and day of delicious fun. Line up on either side of the tents to sample each of the batches of chili. You’ll probably recognize some of the vendors– many local restaurants compete as well as some of our own Midd students!

When you try a batch that reaaaaally speaks to you, drop a chip off for that vendor. The top vote will get a people’s choice cash award!

So now you have the basics. Let’s talk strategy.

1. DRESS IN LAYERS. We’re all in the phase of spring right now when any weather above thirty degrees feels effing tropical. But guys it’s still really cold, and standing outside for a few hours takes its toll. Warm socks are a must. We’re all wishing the winter away with spring outfits (I’m looking at you, people breaking out the chacos), but in truth it’s still quite chilly.

2. Get used to the chili puns now. See above.

3. In the same vein, it’s probably going to rain today. Plan accordingly and still go. We’re psuedo Vermonters now, and the chili fest website describes us as hardy. So.

4. The corn bread goes fast. Just a warning.

5. Give your chips out carefully. You can walk through at the end to cast your votes, but don’t be shy to drop a chip when you taste the best thing you’ve ever eaten.

6. If you don’t like chili (like me), it doesn’t really matter. Just go. There’s live music and other things to do too!

7. Think about pacing yourself, but don’t think too much. You’ll know when you’ve had enough, but it probably won’t come till the end. If you don’t like a sample, don’t finish it. This is your best way to ensure that you won’t get too full before you’ve tried everything. If getting full is something you anticipate, avoid the chips.

8. Try not to lose steam. Call it when the sight of chili is too much, or when you get too cold. But other than that, soak it all in and take advantage of seeing the whole state converge on Middlebury’s main street all in the name of a hot meat meal. (weird)

9. Veer off the beaten path.  While the restaurants you recognize will obviously be bringing it, some unexpected contenders may surprise you.

10. Teamwork.  Fire up that GroupMe and keep your crew informed about what is not to be missed, and where to steer clear. Thats what being a friend is all about.

Go forth and gorge!


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

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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