Northwest Nightmares Film Festival Seeks Submissions

Northwest Nightmares Film Festival. A blood-spattered man grins disarmingly at the viewer. Screening October 27th at the Welden Theater in St. Albans, VT.Northwest Nightmares, the horror film festival hosted by Northwest Access TV in St. Albans, rises from the grave for a new program of terrifying selections. Registration to join the festival is open until October 13th, and final films must be submitted by October 20th. The big night is October 27th at the Welden Theater in St. Albans.

Categories of distinction include: Best Editing, Best Effects, Best Acting, Best Story, Best Sound Design, Best Cinematography, and, of course, the Sleeping With the Lights On Award. Additionally, winner of Best Picture receives a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera, which is a very spiffy piece of filmmaking hardware. That alone should send anticipatory chills up and down your spine.


Hunger Games Midnight Screenings in Vermont

The Hunger Games look to be a major franchise, and accordingly, there’s a lot of excitement for the adaptation of the first book to hit the screen. Around Vermont, a number of theaters are holding midnight showings. Here’s a list of the places that have tickets on sale now:

Majestic 10, Williston – Tickets
Essex Cinemas, Essex – Tickets
Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield – Tickets
Palace Nine, Burlington – Tickets
Capitol Showplace, Montpelier – Tickets
The Roxy, Burlington – Tickets
Bijou Cineplex, Morrisville – Tickets
Stowe Cinemas, Stowe – Tickets
Welden Theater, St. Albans – Tickets
Flagship Cinemas, Rutland – Tickets

Harry Potter Midnight Showing Roundup

Around the state, there will be a number of midnight openings for the final Harry Potter film. Here’s a list of where you can see it. Keep in mind that a lot of these places might sell out – or have already sold out.

Paramount Theater, Barre. Tickets avaliable:
Palace Nine, Burlington. Sold Out.
Essex Cimemas, Essex. Sold Out.
Majestic 10, Williston. Sold Out.
Merrill Roxy Theater, Burlington. Sold Out.
Bijou Cineplex 4, Morrisville. Sold Out.
Star Theater of St. Johnsbury. Tickets avaliable.
Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. Tickets avaliable:
Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield. Tickets avaliable:
Stowe Cinema 3 Plex, Stowe. Sold Out.
Sunset Drivein, Colchester. Tickets avaliable:
Welden Theater, St. Albans. Tickets avaliable:
Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center. Tickets Avaliable:
Cinema 7, Bennington. Tickets avaliable:

Geek Things for April 15th

  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Video & Discussion Lunch Break, 12:30–1:30PM, Room 109, Redcay Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh. Free. (Trivia)
  • Vermont Maple Festival, 10AM–6:30PM, Various St. Albans locations. (Maple)
  • St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival, 10AM–4PM, Various downtown locations, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Maple)
  • Climate Change Film Series – A Sea Change, 7–9PM, Richmond Free Library, Richmond. Free. (Documentaries)
  • ‘Draw Comics!’, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Lauren D. Howard – “The History of Vermont Forests: Lessons to be Learned for the Future,” 3-4pm, Terrace Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney. Free. (Trees)
  • ‘The Crucible’, 7:30PM, Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh. $2-5. (Theater)
  • Mountain Birdwatch 2.0: Revolutionizing Monitoring for Conservation – Jude Scarl, 7pm, Unitarian Church, Montpelier, donations welcome, Info. 229-6206. (Birds)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Draft – $15 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Miniatures Camp, 9am – Fri, April 15, 3pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • ICON, April 15 – 17, 2011, Stoney Brook University, Long Island, New York (Conventions)
  • Stack Academie Con 2011, Apr 15 – 17, 2011, Comfort Hotel & Suites Downtown, 1600 rue St-Hubert, Montreal, QC, CA, H2L 3Z3 (Conventions)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for March 2nd

  • Small Agricultural Business Workshop, 7:15PM, Hazen Union High School, Hardwick. $15 per class. (Agriculture)
  • Renewable Energy Workshop, 6–7PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. Free. (Energy)
  • ‘Smart About Solar’, 7–8:30PM, Library, Charlotte Central School, Charlotte. Free. (Solar)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12–5:30PM, Shelburne Town Hall, Shelburne. Free. (Vampires)
  • Chittenden County Philatelic Club, 6:15PM, GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington. Free. (Stamps)
  • Milton Historical Society Meeting, 6PM, Milton Historical Society, Milton. Free. (History)
  • ‘Tech Savvy’, 6–8PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Skype)
  • ‘Restless’, 7PM, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-7. (Films)
  • High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Annelise Orleck – “Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire & its lasting impact on workplace safety laws”, 7PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Communities and Justice: Inequality and Innovation in America’s Justice System’, 7PM, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Death With Dignity: From Oregon to Vermont’, 6:30PM, St. Albans Historical Museum, St. Albans. Free. (Talk))
  • Dr. François Clemmons – “If You Don’t Want Your Slave to Speak Freely, You Should Forbid Him to Sing!”, 7PM, First United Methodist Church, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • Dr. Mary Childers – “A memoirist discusses her broken childhood in Welfare Brat”, 7PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Talk)
  • Paul Searls – Two Vermonts: Geography and Identity, 1865-1910, 7PM, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Talk)
  • Vermont Law Symposium – “China’s Environmental Governance: Global Challenges and Comparative Solutions,” 9:30AM, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. Free. (Talk)
  • Writers’ Group, 7–9PM, Johnson Public Library, Johnson. Free. (Writing)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Global and Regional Studies Brown Bag Lecture, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. — Old Mill John Dewey Lounge 325, UVM, Burlington. (Talk)
  • Physics Department Colloquium – “A Luttinger Liquid Core Inside Helium-4 Filled Nanopores “, 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Davis Student Center, The Mildred Livak Room, UVM, Burlington. (Physics)
  • The Writer’s Workshop fiction reading – Bonnie Jo Campbell, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Old Mill John Dewey Lounge 325, UVM, Burlington. (Writing)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Atwater Blood Drive 2010 -2011, 11am – 4pm, McCullough Social Space, Atwater Commons, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Vampires)
  • “Liberals and Immigration: A Philosophical Perspective”, 4:30 – 6pm, Franklin Environmental Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Seuss Stories!, 10:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
  • Psychology Lunch program: Student presentations, 12pm, Webb 107, Norwich University, Northfield. (Talk)


Geek Things for January 4th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Montpelier, 8:30AM–12:30PM, Union Mutual, Montpelier. Free. (Free Ibs. of Coffee for Donors Coupon) (Vampires)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: St. Albans, 11AM–4PM, Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans. Free. (Vampires)
  • English Conversation Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Language)
  • Craftacular Tuesdays, 3:30–5PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Kids)
  • Creative Tuesdays, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘The Wizard of Oz’, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. (Theater)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Science and Stories: Snow!, 11:00 am, ECHO Center, Burlington. (Free, with admission) (Kids)
  • Northfield Chess Club, 7pm, Northfield Senior Center, Northfield. $1, Tuesdays, Info. 764-5880. (Chess)

Geek Things for January 3rd

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Burlington, 10AM–2PM, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • GlobeMed Red Cross Blood Drive, 9am-5pm, McCullough Social Space, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Blood Drive)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: St. Albans, 12–5:30PM, Holy Angels Church, St. Albans. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • Teen Advisory Board, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Libraries)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Shape & Share Life Stories, 12:30PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Vermont Astronomical Society Monthly Presentation, 7:30 PM, Kolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library, Essex Jct. (Astronomy)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier, VT (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)


Vermont’s High Speed Rail System Takes Off

Rep. Peter Welch drives a spike Tuesday in St. Albans to signify the launch of a $70 million project to improve train speeds along the Vermonter passenger rail line.On Tuesday, November 9th, work began on a railroad project that would improve rail travel between St. Albans and Vernon. The project, the result of $50 million from the federal stimulus program, is designed to upgrade tracks over the next two years, and is expected to boost transit speeds.
The project is being hailed as a project that will improve the state’s infrastructure, while at the same time, a forward thinking project that will help establish high-speed rail service in the state.
Projects such as this go back to the tenure of former Senator Jim Jeffords, who sought to develop a rail system in the western part of the state. This project uses $22 million of federal dollars due to his efforts.
Plans to expand and improve the state’s rail services are ongoing, and officials hope that this will be the first step in connecting the state to places such as New York City, Boston and Montreal.