Author: Michaela Halnon

Essex Cinemas brings small movies to big screen at film festival

Moviegoers will have a unique slate of pictures to choose from at the Essex Cinemas later this month, all part of the 21st annual Green Mountain Film Festival’s first venture into Chittenden County. The cinema will play host to 21 alternative movies over 10 days, starting with “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” on Friday night. The offerings give a scaled back taste of the expansive GMFF held concurrently in Montpelier. Eric Reynolds, who became Essex Cinemas general manager last year, was the first to propose the local festival spinoff. A Montpelier resident, he’s worked closely with GMFF for years....

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Essex High Theater finds extraordinary in ordinary

Essex High School theater director Aly Perry faced an enviable task when selecting a show to tackle for this year’s Vermont One Act Festival: Her last two shows had been, by all accounts, rousing hits. Last year’s festival entry, “The Boy at the Edge of Everything,” earned the Essex group a state championship title. This fall, “Les Miserables” effectively brought an epic musical to the small stage. “I needed something that was going to be sort of uplifting and wacky that would sweep out the beautiful ashes of ‘Les Mis,’” Perry said. “It’s really challenging to follow ‘Les Mis’...

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ECP to perform “The Vagina Monologues”

Memorial Hall was briefly transformed into a studio last Tuesday evening, a camera flashing as women of all ages posed with hand-written signs. Some threw their heads back with laughter as the shutter clicked. Others kept a steely glare. “I am resisting for those who can’t,” one sign read. “I am resisting because love is a radical act,” another proclaimed, a trio of hearts scribbled beneath the words. The Essex Community Players are tackling “The Vagina Monologues,” later this week. The renowned Eve Ensler play contains 18 short stories exploring sex, assault, childbirth and more, as told in interviews...

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Essex woman finds dated documents during home reno

Rolenda Corrow knew her house was old — 128 years old, actually, if her research is correct. So when she and her husband decided to remodel the place they’ve called home for more than 20 years, Corrow did her best to keep the integrity of the house in place. She scoured yard sales and antique shops for just the right furniture pieces, often favoring objects that prompted memories of fixtures from her childhood. Corrow was also more than willing to keep some furniture that came with the house when they purchased it. When she decided to move a massive...

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Millions of parents turn to Essex author for baby sleep advice

Alexis Dubief is not a pediatrician, child development specialist or psychiatrist. Still, millions of parents around the world turn to the Essex-based blogger and author desperate for advice about a universal phenomenon — sleep. “All human beings on the planet need to learn how to fall asleep,” Dubief said. “It’s not a medical issue, but it’s a huge issue.” A decade ago, Dubief was a bored, lonely stay-at-home mom searching for relief in scads of baby sleep books. She vividly remembers talking about her struggles at a nursing group, where fellow mothers told her sleep deprivation was an unavoidable...

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