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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 <http://www.HenrySheldonMuseum.org>  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

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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

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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

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When: Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21
Where: NYC
Cost: the fate of the planet

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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

Labor Day Celebration: Vermont Workers Center Presents Bernie Sanders

For those of you on campus this coming Labor Day weekend, make sure to check out the Vermont Workers’ Center’s Labor Day Celebration on Monday, September 1, starting at 5:00 PM on the Town Green.  Sen. Bernie Sanders along with other Vermont labor leaders will speak at 5:30 following a cook out and live music from the Bob Mackenzie Band.  It has been a big year for labor in Vermont, between the CCTA strike this past spring, an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $10.50 over the next 3 years, and Vermont homecare workers winning their first contract, just to name a few among many landmark events.  And what better way to celebrate than with the much loved Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has hinted at providing a challenge from the left in the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries, and has a long history of fighting on behalf of labor in his home state as well as the national stage.  The event is co-sponsored by Vermont Workers’ Center, UE, Vermont AFL-CIO, Vermont NEA, VT State Employees Association (VSEA).  Hope to see you there.

When: Monday, September 1 5:00 PM food and band, 5:30 speakers
Where: Middlebury Town Green
Cost: Free

7 Ways to Relieve Your Ridiculously Awful Weekend Hangover at Middlebury


So while many of you have deserted campus for the summer, some of Middlebury’s finest have stayed to soak up those Vermont rays, check out all the best hidden swim spots, and, oh yeah – party (maybe a little too much, but hey, no classes right?!). We’re here to share some tips on navigating your mind-numbing hangover, Midd-style.

1. 11 AM(ish) Proctor. Be there.

What better way to alleviate your morning-after headache-slamin’ sorrows than seeking solace in the masses? Thankfully, there’s a solid chance at least 75% of the dining hall is suffering right along side you. Grab some grub, a good viewing table (beware of proximity to last nights HU, or sit awkwardly close. Whatever works for you), and remember (or try to) all your Saturday night escapades alongside Middlebury’s finest.

2. Shower and change those clothes.

Nothing worse than wearing Grille remains or evidence of last night’s punch. Whether it’s a too-tight dress or a questionably stained T-shirt, a solid wash and switch to Sunday’s best (or just a your favorite sweatsuit) can go a long way to preserve any semblance of personal integrity.

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Cursive Coffee: New Coffee Shop to Open in Middlebury

Middlebury is notably lacking a high quality coffee spot.  The dining hall coffee does’t quite reach diner status, and Crossroads, Carol’s, and Wilson are few notches above decent. Fortunately, Cursive Coffee, a Burlington based roaster, espresso bar, and artisan coffee shop, recently reached out to middbeat in hopes of generating stoke about their project to bring good coffee to Middlebury.  Founders Jim Osborne and Sam Clifton are working with Middlebury-based architect Anne Barakat to start an espresso bar at Barakat’s new office location at 58 Main Street, a few doors down from Vermont’s Own.  Barakat has designed spaces for the likes of Ben and Jerry’s, Hotel Vermont, and the American Bible Society, and, to add extra flavor to her Middlebury headquarters, is partnering up with Cursive to provide high caliber Joe for Middlebury. They currently have an IndieGogo campaign to raise money for the project with hopes of reaching $11,500 by May 23.  While middbeat will not ask our readers to donate, we do think the Barakat-Cursive partnership will be a great addition to Middlebury’s downtown, and would like to provide a platform for donation if this project interests you.  See after the jump for more background on Cursive’s growth from a mobile coffee shop at the Burlington Farmer’s market to a South End establishment, and more information on how to donate.

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