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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Stowe Scores Major Tennis Tourney, Teaser for U.S. Open

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 11:03 AM

  • Courtesy of Laura Marttinen
  • Spruce Peak Stadium
From August 22 to 24, the largest summer sporting event will happen in Vermont — and it’s not baseball or boating. It’s tennis, bringing some of the tour’s top male players to the Green Mountain State on the eve of the U.S. Open in New York City.

Playing host are Grand Slam Tennis Tours, a Stowe-based travel company that has worked with Stowe Mountain Lodge to build a brand-spanking-new stadium, invite athletes and sell tickets. “What we’re doing here in Stowe goes beyond a tennis tourney,” says public relations director Kyle Ross. “It changes the American tennis landscape.”

This week, Seven Days lobbed a few questions at Ross about the Stowe Mountain Lodge Tennis Classic.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Broken Lizard's Steve Lemme Dishes 'Shocking' Details on 'Super Troopers 2'

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 5:59 PM

  • Courtesy of Steve Lemme
  • Steve Lemme
Super Troopers fans, the wait is nearly over. After years of speculation and rumors — and a ridiculously successful 2015 crowdfunding campaign to get the movie rolling — Super Troopers 2 is really happening. The long-anticipated sequel to the 2002 comedy classic about a group of bumbling Vermont State Troopers is unofficially slated for a spring 2018 release.  We know, we know: You want it right meow.  But according to actor Steve Lemme — aka trooper MacIntyre "Mac" Womack — it's gonna be worth the wait.

"It's going to be our widest release," says Lemme in a recent phone call with Seven Days. "And it's testing better than any movie we've tested. It came out fantastic."

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Local Maker Steve Hadeka Featured on YouTube Woodworking Competition

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Steve Hadeka - LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry
  • Steve Hadeka
Local woodworker Steve Hadeka recently appeared on the YouTube series "Woodshop Wars." Each episode of the show, which is organized by Mike Rapp of Missouri-based Mad Raven Woodworks, pits four makers from around the country in competition against each other, all of whom are assigned the same task. Hadeka's installment premiered on Thursday, August 10.  His challenge: To make a wooden spoon.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Days Are Here Again at Unadilla Theatre

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Zephyr Teachout in 'Happy Days'  in 2012 - COURTESY OF ZEPHYR TEACHOUT
  • Courtesy of Zephyr Teachout
  • Zephyr Teachout in 'Happy Days' in 2012
In the five years since Zephyr Teachout performed in Happy Days at the Unadilla Theatre, she has run for governor of New York and the U.S. Congress to represent upstate New York, where she lives in the Hudson Valley.

Now the former Vermonter is returning to the Marshfield summer theater  to reprise her role of  Winnie in the Samuel Beckett play.

"It's a lot easier to tell people what you think about fracking than to memorize Beckett,"  Teachout said over the phone, on break from rehearsal. She added that her experience in theater proved useful to her as a candidate for political office.

"I will say that being at the Unadilla, over the years, certainly makes you more comfortable standing up in front of people and telling them what you think about things," Teachout said.

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Joke of the Week: Fern Follies

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 9:43 AM

It's Monday, which means it's time for your weekly dose of locavore levity: the Joke of the Week! This week's joke comes from Montpelier's Maggie Lenz. Take it away, Maggie…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Playtime: Jennie Sadler, 'was never.will never be'

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 9:56 AM

'was never.will never be,' Jennie Sadler - JENNIE SADLER
  • Jennie Sadler
  • 'was never.will never be,' Jennie Sadler
As a systems engineer for internet music-hosting platform Bandcamp, Brattleboro's Jennie Sadler is embedded in the current hub of artist-to-fan culture. Sadler has been self-releasing music on the site since it was founded in 2007. In her past work, Sadler's songwriting was akin to the outsider artist nature of (Sandy) Alex G's genre-blending indie rock. Sadler's upcoming eighth release, was never.will never be, contains vulnerability, guarded with distortion that would make PJ Harvey proud.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Style Points: Skye Makaris Has an Eye for Vintage

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

  • Courtesy of Skye Makaris
  • Skye Makaris
Skye Makaris, though only 23,  has a flair for historical fashion and wears it well. Most often, you'll see her around the Burlington area in full-blown 1940s or ’50s regalia, from hat to shoes.

Makaris documents her exploits in vintage fashion on her blog, My Kingdom for a Hat. There, alongside numerous self-portraits, she expounds on market trends in vintage, her love of tailored suit sets, hats and her various fabulous finds.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Vermont Fire Artists Head to Burning Man

Posted By on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Green Mountain Fire Militia at work - COURTESY OF STEPHEN MEASE
  • Courtesy of Stephen Mease
  • Green Mountain Fire Militia at work
Ready, aim, fire! The Green Mountain Fire Militia has been accepted to perform at the 2017 Burning Man Fire Conclave in Nevada. It's the first time a Vermont group has applied to the conclave, a massive fire performance that precedes the torching of the notorious "man" figure. The militia is one of 27 acts that will perform.

The group is led by Jericho-based Kim and Chris Cleary. They also head up a local fire troupe called Cirque de Fuego and host an annual event at summer solstice called Zenith.

"It is a Burning Man-inspired, volunteer-run, participatory event that highlights community, art, music and fire," Kim says of Zenith. "We have a ceremonial fire performance before burning a 20-foot-tall wooden sculpture." By comparison, last year's burning "man" at the Nevada event was taller than 70 feet.

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Buyer to Rescue, Restore Modernist House II in Hardwick

Posted By on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 11:21 AM

  • Courtesy of Geoffrey Gross, NYC
  • House II in Hardwick
Not many house hunters are in search of an experimental, white, modernist home built in 1969-70 that one listing described as a “live-in artwork.” But, after four years on the market, as Seven Days reported earlier this year, architect Peter Eisenman’s House II in Hardwick finally found its ideal caretakers.

The New England-based couple who purchased the iconic house would prefer to remain anonymous. Andrew Ferentinos, the architect they hired to make the house both truer to Eisenman’s original drawings and more livable, describes them this way: “They are the rare people who are deeply and passionately interested in architecture, and in being stewards of modern architecture.”

That’s fortuitous, for only pure love was going to save this building.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Joke of the Week: Netflix and Chili

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 12:58 PM

It's Monday, which means it's time for your weekly dose of locavore levity: the Joke of the Week! This week's joke comes from Burlington's Sky Sandoval. Take it away, Sky…

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