Monday, July 30, 2012

Democratic Candidates for Attorney General Live TV Debate August 9

Vermont Public Television presents the first of its election-year specials on Thursday, August 9, at 8 p.m. with a primary debate between the Democratic candidates for attorney general. 

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell and Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan face off in a debate for the Democratic nomination for Vermont Attorney General. The live debate will air on VPT statewide. It will also be streaming online at

Vermont William Sorrell T.J. Donovan debate Democratic State Attorney General

Submit your questions in advance! Email or tweet us @VermontPublicTV #AGDebate. Be sure to give us your name and town along with your questions. 

Kristin Carlson, the Senior Political Reporter for Channel 3 News, will be the debate moderator. Producer is VPT's Joe Merone.

Milton Man’s Native American Artifacts on PBS’s ‘History Detectives’ July 31

The family of George Bryson, a resident of Milton, Vt., believed that a pair of Native American leggings and a neckpiece handed down through generations since the 1800s had belonged to Chief Black Kettle of the Cheyenne. An ancestor who served with General Custer was said to have taken them as souvenirs after a battle in Oklahoma.

The PBS series “History Detectives” sent detective Wes Cowan to meet with Bryson at his winter home in Illinois earlier this year.  The results of Cowan’s research will be revealed in a story on the “History Detectives” episode scheduled to air Tuesday, July 31, at 8 p.m. on Vermont Public Television.

As interesting as the unfolding research into the objects is the story of how Bryson and his family feel about having items related to what a Cheyenne historian calls a massacre.

The program will also air on VPT several times in the overnight schedule and on the VPT World channel August 13 at 9 p.m. and several other times.  It will be available as video on demand at starting August 1.

“History Detectives” reveals the often surprising stories behind seemingly ordinary objects from America’s past.  Viewers join the detectives’ journeys as they sort through conflicting evidence, evaluate clues, question established presumptions and track unexpected connections between long-ago events.  The series, now in its 10th season, highlights the adventure of history, and the intrigue and challenge of discovery.

The Most Awesome Dragon Is...

Hear ye, hear ye! Falcor from The Neverending Story is the Most Awesome Dragon!

We matched up eight of your favorite dragons in the ultimate awesome dragon showdown, but there is one fire-breathing friend who rose above the rest. Thanks for participating in our fun dragon bracket! Subscribe to our blog, or "Like" VPT on Facebook for more station news and fun in the future.

Don't miss our exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular. Based on the hit film, the live show features animatronic dragons, amazing set pieces, engaging visuals and an inspiring story for children.

Upcoming Airings:
Sunday, August 5, at 7 p.m. on VPT
Saturday, August 11, at 2:30 p.m. on VPT
Sunday, August 12, at 1:30 p.m. on VPT

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Most Awesome Dragon

Get ready for the dragon invasion! How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular is coming to VPT, and we want to know which dragon you think is the most awesome! Follow VPT on Facebook to cast your vote. We'll post the next dragon-to-dragon face off every morning. May the most awesome dragon win.

The most awesome dragon will be decided in time for the Sunday July 29 airing of the program.

How To Train Your Dragon Live Date and Air Times:
Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m. on VPT
Saturday, July 28, at 1:30 p.m. on VPT
Sunday, July 29, at 2 p.m. on VPT
Sunday, August 5, at 7:00 p.m. on VPT

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Doctor Who Scarf Knitting or Crochet Pattern

We just found this Doctor Who scarf pattern in our PBS files, so we wanted to share it with you! Follow this tutorial to recreate Tom Baker's original scarf. Baker was the fourth Doctor in the Doctor Who series. 

Size #9 Knitting Needles
4 ounce skeins of double knitting wool as follows:
   1 purple
   2 camel
   1 chocolate brown
   1 mustard
   1 rust
   1 grey
   1 olive green

Cast on 60 stitches.
In plain knitting, always slip the first
stitch and knit in the following order:

8 purple rows
52 camel
16 brown
10 mustard
22 rust
8 purple
20 green
8 mustard
28 camel
14 rust
8 brown
10 purple
42 green
8 mustard
16 grey
8 rust
54 camel
10 purple
12 green
8 mustard
18 rust
8 purple
38 brown
10 camel
8 grey
40 rust
14 mustard
20 green
8 purple
42 camel
12 brown
20 grey
8 rust
12 purple
6 camel
14 mustard
54 green
16 rust
12 grey
8 mustard
20 brown
10 purple
12 camel
32 grey
10 rust
16 mustard

Cast off.

The tassels are made from 1" lengths of wool. There are 7 tassels on each end and each tassel combines all 7 colors.

To Crochet Scarf
Single crochet. Use "P" crochet hook.
Chain 12 inches across using scarf pattern color (purple).
Chain 2 more then turn and single crochet third chain.
Single crochet one row, chain two, turn, single crochet.
Crochet number of rows (after chain) as in scarf pattern.

Friday, July 20, 2012

VPT 2012 Summer Barbecue

Our 2012 Summer Potluck Barbecue was a great success! The VPT staffers supplied themselves with ample food and musical entertainment. Grill master Kathryn Scott served up her famous bratwurst and burgers, as well as some vegetarian and vegan fare.

The rest of the crew supplied a variety of delicious salads and savory treats to accompany the meats.

Our newest in-house band, The P-Heads, took to the stage to play a combination of 80's dance, blues and audience requests.

Brennan Neill and Nate Huffman rocked out on the bass in their performance debuts, Adam Rabin demonstrated his musical talents on keyboard and vocals, Joe Tymecki rocked the beat on drums, Kris Collett jammed on guitar and vocals, and Mike Dunn stole the show with his extensive guitar skills and smokey vocals.

Everyone enjoyed the food, weather and music. It was a lovely day for a barbecue! Here's a shot of Peter, Ann, George and Chuck enjoying themselves at the BBQ.

We wrapped up the party with a few freestyle songs from the girls. Kathryn, Dorothy and Theresa sang along to some Johnny Nash.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

U.S. House Committee Would De-Fund Public Broadcasting

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education passed a 2013 budget bill today that makes deep rescissions in federal funding for public broadcasting over the next two years and completely de-funds it starting in fiscal 2015.

The full House Appropriations committee may consider the bill in the week of July 23.

In order to help your favorite PBS station from losing funding, it is time to take action. Make your voice heard through 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting, a collaboration of public radio and television stations, national organizations, viewers and listeners throughout the country in favor of a strong public media in the United States.

The goal of the campaign is to activate our audiences in support of significant government funding for America's public broadcasting stations.

Check out this Infographic about American Public Broadcasting on our Pinterest.

Be sure to Like 170 Million Americans on Facebook to stay informed.

And head over to to send your comments to Congress about federal funding for local stations like Vermont Public Television!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The 1,800 lb Elephant in the Studio

Check out this antique RCA TR-70C 2-inch Quadruplex Video Tape Recorder (VTR) we found hidden away in VPT Studios!

Vermont Public Television bought the 1,800 lb piece of equipment in the early 80's, and used it until 1991. The remaining reel is dated 6/28/1991.

Despite her age, this VTR actually works! A few years ago, the Maine Historical Society actually used the 30-year-old TR-70C VTR machine to transfer 300 hours of tape to a more current format.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Officers and Members Elected to Vermont Public Television Board

Pamela Mackenzie of South Burlington, Vt. (pictured left), has been elected chair of the board of directors of Vermont Public Television (VPT), Vermont's statewide public television network.

She is president and CEO of DeckerZinn, chair of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority and serves on the South Burlington City Council.

Mackenzie succeeds Brian Harwood of Waterbury, Vt., who continues on the VPT board as past chair.

Board member Robert Hofmann of Waterbury, Vt. (pictured second from left), was elected vice chair. He is senior vice president and senior operations officer for Union Bank in Morrisville.

Jeremy Schrauf Elected to Vermont Public Television Board

Jeremy Schrauf of W. Wardsboro, Vt. (pictured third from left), has been elected to the board of directors of Vermont Public Television, Vermont's statewide public television network.

Schrauf has taught economics at University at Albany, the off-campus program for Johnson State College and the Community College of Vermont. He worked for many years for the State of New York as unit chief for the Budget Division, as assistant director of the Governor's Office of Employee Relations and as director of research and statistics for the Department of Labor.

Schrauf is active in local and statewide work with United Church of Christ and Boy Scouts of America. He has been on the boards of the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry, West River Habitat for Humanity, Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance and volunteered with many educational, environmental and human service organizations.

He was honored in June by Vermont Public Television after serving on its Community Council since 2006, where he held the offices of vice chair, chair and past chair.

He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has a master's degree from University at Albany.

Lisa Ventriss Elected to Vermont Public Television Board

Lisa M. Ventriss of S. Burlington, Vt. (pictured right), has been elected to the board of directors of Vermont Public Television, Vermont's statewide public television network.

Ventriss has been president and CEO of Vermont Business Roundtable since 2002. Before that, she was president and CEO of Vermont Captive Insurance Association and director of government relations for Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation.

She has served on many professional and community boards, including current service as a University of Vermont trustee and as chair of Mercy Connections. Ventriss is a director of Maine Mutual Group, Champlain College, Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation and Vermont Center for Emerging Technology.

She has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Vermont.