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.


Fall-loha Game Day on September 27th

An autumn leaf and the words Fall-loha 2014. Calling all tabletop gamers! Green Mountain Gamers announced their Burlington game day, Fall-loha, takes place on September 27th, at the Best Western Windjammer in South Burlington:

It’s time to say goodbye to summer and Aloha to fall! And what better way to do that than by playing games! So, bust out your favorite games and colorful cabana wear for a day of gaming.

Open play is the name of the game at Green Mountain Game Days. A huge pile of games materialize as people arrive. Then everyone gets to either push their favorite or try something that sounds interesting as it hits the table.

Our game days welcome ALL types of tabletop gaming. Want to play a board game? No problem! Want to run a RPG? Go right ahead. Want to play some minis? Sure! Want to play a CCG? Awesome!

Bring your own games or just show up to play. Join us for the entire day or just for a couple of hours. It is all good.

Green Mountain Gamers events are free and open to everyone. Donations to help cover the cost of space rental, etc. are gratefully accepted. For more information, visit the Green Mountain Gamers website.


Woodstock’s annual book festival, Bookstock, starts up today, with an impressive lineup of authors and activities throughout the weekend.

Bookstock supports the cultural richness and diversity of the Upper Valley and celebrates authors and poets, both established and emerging, from our region. New England is home to many talented writers representing diverse genres, from national Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners to emerging young writers and those who have found their compelling voice at midlife. Bookstock encourages appreciation for good writing and other artistic endeavors by introducing residents and visitors of all ages to writers, musicians and artists in an intimate setting.

For a full listing of events, take a look here.

Dawn of the Planet Of The Apes Early Screenings

A couple of years ago, it seems as though everyone was surprised that The Rise of the Planet of the Apes was actually a fairly decent film. Now, it’s sequel is set to hit theaters, and a handful around Vermont are opening the film on July 10th. Here’s where you can see it early:

  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 10pm (3D)
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 10:00 pm (2D and 3D screenings)
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 10:00 pm. (2D and 3D screenings)
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 9:00 pm (3D) (Preceeded by Rise of the Planet of the Apes at 7:00pm)
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 10:00 pm (3D)

Here’s where the film will be opening up on Friday, July 11th:

  • Sunset Drive-In, Colchester.
  • Roxy Theater, Burlington.
  • Capitol Showcase, Montpelier.
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury.
  • Latchis Theater, Brattleboro.
  • Marquis Theatre, Middlebury.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland.
  • Bijou Cineplex 4, Morrisville.

And, if you’re near the following out of state locations, it’ll be opening on July 10th nearby:

  • North Adams Movieplex, North Adams, MA.
  • Cumberland 12, Plattsburgh NY.

Reminder: Game ‘n Grill

Settlers of Catan board.

Photo by gadl. CC BY-SA 2.0

This Saturday, at the Vergennes Congregational Church, Green Mountain Gamers host their annual summer event, the Game ‘n Grill. Entry is free, with donations cheerfully accepted. The Game ‘n Grill has an open gaming format, where everyone brings games to share, and try what others have brought, as well.

They’re not kidding about the grilling, either. The forecast is looking sunny for Saturday in Vergennes, so bring something to throw on the flame.

Green Writers Press Takes Local Approach

Publisher’s Weekly covers a local press here in Vermont: Green Writer’s Press. Here’s the writeup from their website:

Last April, writer, designer, and literary agent Dede Cummings had a dream that convinced her that she needed to do something to improve the environment. As a member of the book industry, that something was launching Green Writers Press, which Cummings sees as a “locavore” publisher—one that publishes locally produced books. She runs it from her home in West Brattleboro, Vt.

To meet her objective of publishing environmentally friendly books, Cummings prints her titles at Springfield Printing, a local family-run press, and uses soy-based inks on paper made from postconsumer waste. Cummings’s first lists cover a wide variety of topics, but her goal is to release titles for children and adults that deal with green subjects. And though many of her authors are from Vermont, Cummings is interested in signing writers who share her vision of creating locally produced books.

Give the rest of the article a read over on Publisher’s Weekly.

Vermont Climate Change Assessment

A panel of experts recently released a report that examined the impact of climate change in Vermont. Their predictions? Longer summers, higher precipitation, and the potential for additional major disasters such as what happened with Tropical Storm Irene.

Climate change is no longer a thing of the future; it is affecting Vermont today. The Vermont Climate Assessment (VCA) presents information to help prepare for the impacts and opportunities from Vermont’s fast-changing climate—while noting the potential costs of inaction.
The Vermont Climate Assessment is the nation’s first state-level climate assessment providing data similar to the National Climate Assessment.

Who are the authors?

Dr. Gillian Galford, a climate scientist and professor at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics within the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, is the lead author. Each chapter had one or two graduate students as writers, including: Sam Carlson, Sarah Ford, Ann Hoogenboom, Julie Nash, Elizabeth Palchak, Sarah Pears, Kristen Underwood and Daniel Baker. Bryne Hadnott, UVM research specialist, contributed to analysis of Vermont’s climate data. Dr. Alan Betts, from Atmospheric Research, contributed to climate data analysis and writing of the full report. Additional authors are noted in individual chapters.

Go take a look at the website that’s been set up here. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Vermont Edition: Summer Book Show

VPR’s Vermont Edition will be hosting their annual book show later today, and with it, my plea to readers to call / write in to let them know that Science Fiction / Fantasy do have a place in literary canon / listener’s bookshelves.

For some people, summer is full of hectic, busy days spent running from one event to the next. Others like to enjoy summer at half speed: on a picnic blanket with a glass of lemonade and a good book. If summer for you is synonymous with ‘summer reading,’ then you’ll want to listen to our summer book show.

We’ll talk to Josie Leavitt, co-owner of Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, and Stan Hynds, book buyer for Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, about what makes a good summer read. And we’ll get some of their suggestions for what books we should throw in our picnic baskets.

Drop them a line here and listen in at noon / 7pm!

Green Mountain Gamers Game ‘n Grill – June 28th!

The Green Mountain Gamers will be holding their annual Game ‘n Grill on June 28th. The event will take place at the Vergennes Congregational Church, Vergennes from 10:00am to 10:00pm.

Our annual summer outing, the Game ‘n Grill brings two great things — meat and games — together in a fiery conflagration. The Game ‘n Grill is a grand gaming picnic. Everyone brings their favorite games and picnic supplies.

Our game days are all about open gaming. We provide the game space, you provide the games. ANY tabletop game is welcome at our events – board games, RPG’s, MTG, minis – it’s all good!

No admission charge. $5 suggested donation to help cover the cost of using the venue.

Sign up here!

Vermont Prepares For The Invasion Of The Emerald Ash Borer

VPR this morning covered the Emerald Ash Borer and it implications for Vermont’s Ash tree population:

Many of Vermont’s best-loved trees face serious threats from invasive pests that have destroyed millions of trees in some states. One of the most troubling is the emerald ash borer, a deadly forest predator which has no known, effective treatment. The insect hasn’t yet reached Vermont, but the state is getting ready for it.

Listen here.