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VT International Festival readies for 22nd year

The Vermont International Festival will celebrate its 22nd year of showcasing the diversity of Vermont with arts, crafts, food, dance and musical performances representing cultures from all over the world from Dec. 5-7 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. There is unlimited, free parking and it is handicapped-accessible. CCTA provides public bus service to the Champlain Valley Exposition grounds.

Friday, Dec. 5 is Children’s Day, when busloads of children from all over Vermont experience firsthand the excitement of having a passport stamped by all of the countries represented at this celebration of the arts. The festival will be open to the public Friday evening 5-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets will be on sale at the door: $7 for adults; $5 for children 6- to 12-years-old; $5 for seniors (65+); $20 family pass; children under 6 are free. Admission is good for the entire weekend.

Craft vendors will sell handmade products from countries all over the world including Thailand, Vietnam, India, China, Russia, Tibet, Congo, Madascar, Ecuador, Poland, Zimbabwe, Haiti, Nicaragua, Poland, Kenya, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Turkey and more. Food vendors will include Café Istanbul, Green Mountain Cassava, Jamaican Soul Cuisine, Sherpa Kitchen, Say Sambusa and others.

There will be two stages of entertainment featuring Grup Anwar, Longford Row, a Congolese chorus, Twibukanye, Arunima Gasputa, Akoma drummers, groups from China, Italy, Korea, Burundi, Tibet and more.

For more information, visit vermontinternationalfestival.com.

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Grapevines, by Gilbert Myers

Grapevines, by Gilbert Myers

Watercolor exhibit opens in Jericho

Emile A Gruppe Gallery, in Jericho, presents an exhibition of watercolors by Gilbert Myers of Wiliston. The show runs form Nov. 13 through Dec. 31 with an artist reception on Nov. 16 from 1-4 p.m. Myers has retired form his practice of elder law, but continues his passion for art in painting and giving. In 1980 Myers helped to build a church for the Yucatan Indians and supports the church with the sale of his art work. For more info contact www.emilegruppegallery.com of 899-3211.

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The importance of forests

The Vermont Woodlands Association announces the 2015 Working Forests Essay Contest for Vermont high school students. They are challenging the next generation of woodland stewards to answer, in 600 words or less, the following question: “Why Are Forests Important to Me?”

Essays should discuss how economic factors such as property taxes, strong markets for wood products, trucking costs, health insurance costs, logger availability, etc. affect land use decisions. Winning essays will be well researched and well written.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three essays selected by our panel of judges.

  • First prize: $1,000
  • Second prize: $750
  • Third prize: $500

The essay contest is open to all high school students in Vermont. Email entries of no more than 600 words to info@vermontwoodlands.org, or send them to Vermont Woodlands Association, PO Box 6004, Rutland, VT 05702. Include name, address, daytime phone number, and school name on submission. All entries must be received by Jan. 16, 2015.  A copy of the submission details is available at www.vermontwoodlands.org/news.asp.

The essay contest is sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and the French Foundation.