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Summer School Series

  • Work is underway on the Velomont Trail, which is a plan to connect nearly 500 miles of mountain bike routes from Vermont’s southern border up to Canada, with a series of huts along the way. As part of our Summer School series, we spent a rainy morning with one of the trail builders.
  • August in Vermont is primetime for flower harvesting. At Unity Farm in Charlotte, the summer crew assembles between 60 and 100 colorful bouquets daily. As part of our Summer School series, Vermont Public’s Joia Putnoi took a trip to the farm to learn what goes into making one of these bouquets.
  • Ian Conway has a job that sounds like it’s from a bygone era: He’s a chimney sweep. Wood stoves and fireplaces should have annual cleanings, so Conway’s services have been in high demand for decades. But, he’s having trouble passing on his business to a new generation.
  • The mosquito-chomping little brown bat is about the size of a thumb. It’s one of nine bat species that can be found in Vermont. And, along with four others, it’s considered endangered in Vermont. They like to hang out in attics and old barns.But in recent years, biologists have seen a promising trend: their populations here appear to be stabilizing. And they say it’s thanks to volunteer community scientists that we know. As part of our Summer School series, Vermont Public’s Abagael Giles set out for a secret colony, to learn more about how to count them.
  • The Cuban sandwich known as a Cubano can be found almost anywhere in the country. Two Cuban-American business owners are committed to bringing a slice of their culture to downtown Burlington. As part of our summer school series, Vermont Public’s Marlon Hyde learned how to make this staple of Cuban-American culture.
  • The fastest growing sport in America is not NASCAR or paddleboarding. It’s pickleball. As part of Vermont Public's Summer School series, we thought it would be fun to learn how to play.
  • As part of our Summer School series, reporter Erica Heilman sat down with Vermont actress Maren Langdon Spillane to learn how to perform Shakespeare, and more importantly, how *not* to.
  • T-Rugg’s Tavern in Burlington has been a fixture in the city’s Old North End for over four decades. It’s the kind of place where you’re likely to run into your neighbors — and that’s exactly what the bar’s owner wants.
  • Nathaniel Hall has been making hand drums from his studio in Windham County for almost 30 years. For this episode of Summer School he teaches us how.
  • Elizabeth Dow spends her days straddling the past, present and future. She worked as a professor of archive science before retiring to Hardwick, where she is now president of the town historical society. And in the inaugural feature in our Summer School series, she recently gave VPR’s Anna Van Dine a lesson in how to keep a history.