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Friday, April 23, 2021

'Pandemic Passings' Video Documents Transitions in the COVID-19 Era

Posted By on Fri, Apr 23, 2021 at 9:13 AM

Still from 'Pandemic Passings' - COURTESY OF PASSING PROJECT
  • Courtesy of Passing Project
  • Still from 'Pandemic Passings'
What does the word “passing” mean to you? For Vermont artist and healer Tracy Penfield, it could mean a transition, such as a move, a divorce, a job loss or the death of a loved one. Or it could be a transformation brought on by circumstance or inspiration.

Penfield’s new video, Pandemic Passings, cocreated with fellow artist Tess Holbrook, documents a range of passings Americans have experienced during the COVID-19 era. In the 51-minute video, 10 people aged 13 to sixtysomething, share their own passing stories. Hailing from Vermont, other New England states, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York City, professionals and amateurs alike sing, dance, read prose and show visual art and photographs. The video premieres on YouTube Sunday, April 25, at 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Burlington Mourns Beloved Bartender Monique Ford

Posted By on Tue, Apr 6, 2021 at 4:53 PM

Monique Ford - COURTESY OF MATT PERRY
  • Courtesy of Matt Perry
  • Monique Ford
The first flowers appeared by the front door of Three Needs Taproom in Burlington sometime on Sunday night. By Monday morning, several more bouquets had joined those in the entryway of the Pearl Street bar, along with candles, a few cards and at least one bottle of Polar seltzer. As of this writing on Tuesday afternoon, the shrine is overflowing onto the sidewalk with flowers, tokens, candy, chalk drawings and other offerings to the memory of a Burlington legend.

Monique Ford died suddenly over the weekend. The cause has not yet been determined. Her unexpected death sent shockwaves through the Burlington community and beyond. In Queen City circles, social media have largely focused on two topics since Sunday: people registering for or getting the coronavirus vaccine and those sharing memories and grief about "Mo."

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