Friday, October 26, 2012

Augusta Auctions - History (and Downton Abbey) Though Vintage Fashion

Karen Augusta grew up around fashion. Her mother was a fashion illustrator and her father an artist.
In college, she started buying clothes from antique stores and her passion for fashion history flourished. Since 1978, she has worked in the fashion auction industry, buying, selling, and appraising clothing, lace and textiles. Today, she and her husband run the company, Augusta Auctions, from their home in Vermont. 

Augusta Auctions specializes in textiles and clothing, but will sell any fashion related items, including fans, jewelry, clothing, rugs and handbags. They acquire pieces from a number of sources: museums or historical societies that run out of space or no longer want to feature certain pieces, individuals who may have that were items passed down from family members, or collectors who are getting rid of pieces. When the pieces go up for auction in New York or Massachusetts, buyers from around the world have the chance to own them.
Pink Fortuny Delphos Dress, 1920s
The next Auction, November 14th in New York City, will feature quite a few items from the 1920s. Some items carry impressive designer labels like Chanel and Frederick Worsh. Karen is expecting a crowd of 100-125 people at the St. Paul's Auditorium in mid-town Manhattan, and as many as 200 bidding from online or phone.
French Beaded Dress, 1920s 
The collection spans four centuries, from as late as the mid-17th century. For Karen, the best part about the job is learning about what role fashion played in different eras. "I love to learn about the past through the window of clothing," Karen told us in a recent interview. She says she is intrigued by the stories that clothing can tell about the political and social climates of their respective eras.
It was no surprise when Karen fell in love with the clothing on Downton Abbey. Her favorite item was Sibyl's shocking pant suit, and what that meant in terms of the changing landscape for women at the time.
We are pleased to announce that Karen will be participating in VPT's Experience inspired by Downton Abbey at The Essex Resort and Spa on January 5th and 6th. She will bring mannequins featuring some of her favorite 1920s pieces from her collection, in preparation 3rd season of Downton Abbey. Additionally, she'll be judging the guests' costumes and giving a presentation on period fashion. 

We asked her what advice she had for people hoping to win the costume contest is to embrace the spirit of the 1920s. She told us that she is less interested in what the outfits look like, and more excited to see how people embody the characteristics that marked the changing times. It is about the authenticity and representing the feeling of what women were going through socially.
Beaded Lace and Silk Dress, mid 1920s
"Dressing was much simpler than it had been in past ages, styles were straight and beaded, and women's hair was short," Karen explained of the 1920s. The reason for the shift in restrictive clothing was the allow people to move around and dance. She hopes to see guests at the event portraying that freedom. 

Karen explained that there is a lot of room for creativity in the costumes, beyond the traditional evening gowns that people associate with Downton Abbey. Women in the 1920s were starting to participate in sports like tennis, riding, golf, and bicycling, and the clothes reflected their new hobbies. 

Women's sporting outfits cera 1920

For those guests who were hoping to splurge on a piece from the Augusta Antique collection, they will have to attend an auction, as Karen no longer sells her pieces privately. But, if you can't make it to New York on November 14th, you can still participate in the auction from her website, Augusta-Auction.com.

If you want to get your hands on an authentic Downton-era piece before, or after that day, Karen gave her recommendations for the best places to look. 

Morning Glorious Vintage, a store in Brattleboro, Vermont sells many of their items online, and also provides information about other places to find period clothing. 

Karen has another website that she no longer updates but has fantastic pictures, information, and links. www.Antique-fashion.com.

Karen still appraises items, occasionally on Antiques Roadshow. She welcomes anyone with vintage pieces that may be of value to contact her at karen@augusta-auction.com.


For anyone else who wants to hear more from Karen, you can purchase your ticket for VPT's Experience inspired by Downton Abbey now!

For up to date information about other special guests, meals, and entertainment, "like" our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter @DowntonAbbeyExp  We hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Downton Abbey Halloween Costumes

One of the things we are most excited for in preparation for VPT's Experience Inspired by Downton Abbey is the costumes! With over 30 characters, and endless wardrobe changes, watching Downton Abbey provides inspiration for some awesome costumes.

Halloween is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to take a crack at recreating the best of the Edwardian and Flapper fashions.

If sewing isn't your forte, Etsy, the site where people can buy and sell homemade creations is a great place to start! Our search for Downton Abbey-inspired clothing turned up vintage gowns, antique jewelry, and homemade patterns!

Late 1910s "Hilda Dress" From TrulyNewVintage
Black Felt Cartwheel Hat by ArafelDesigns

Lady Mary Necklace by FleurdeleeJewelry
If you find yourself in a bind with no time to buy or craft a costume, consider dressing as one of Downton's less extravagant, downstairs staff. For the ladies, this could be as simple as pulling an old black dress out of the closet and adding an apron. Men looking for a chance to dust off an old tuxedo will be a convincing Carson the butler!

The Downton Abbey staff in all black 
If you are thinking of dressing up as a Downton Abbey character, we want to hear all about your costume! Share your ideas with us on our facebook, tweet your pictures to @DowntonAbbeyExp, and follow out Pinterest boards for more ideas.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Candidates for U.S. Senate to Debate LIVE on Oct. 25

On Thursday, October 25, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., we will present the fourth and final debate in our weekly series of live candidate debates for Vermont offices. We began with the race for governor last week, followed by the race for lieutenant governor, then the candidates in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives. Finally, we bring you the Vermont candidates for U.S. Senate.

We have invited all candidates on the ballot to participate. We will broadcast the debate on air statewide, as well as live webcast it on vpt.org. We will also be live chatting during the debate on the live stream web page.

VPT's U.S. Senate Candidate Debate airs live on October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
VPT's U.S. Senate Candidate Debate airs live on October 25 at 7:30 p.m.
The candidates and their affiliations are Pete Diamondstone, Liberty Union; Cris Ericson United States Marijuana; Laurel LaFramboise, VoteKISS; John MacGovern, Republican; Peter Moss, Peace and Prosperity; Bernie Sanders, Independent.

Moderator Stewart Ledbetter will include selected questions from the public among those he asks.

We invite you to call (802) 655-8046 up to the day before the debate and follow the prompts to record a question.

Any question must be one that can be addressed to all of the candidates for the office. We are also taking your questions by email at connect@vpt.org.

VPT's Local Debate Schedule:
Governor Debate: Oct 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Lt. Governor Debate: Oct 11 at 8 p.m.
U.S. House Debate: Oct 18 at 7:30 p.m.
U.S. Senate Debate: Oct 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Don't miss VPT's exclusive election coverage every Thursday night this October. Our debates offer voters the opportunity to make informed decisions by seeing major party, minor party and independent candidates for the office in the same forum. Joe Merone is senior producer.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Senior Producer Joe Merone a Silver Circle Inductee

VPT's Senior Producer Joe Merone will become a Silver Circle inductee, one of the highest honors bestowed on TV professionals who have contributed throughout an extraordinary career spanning at least 25 years in the business.


Joe received the news last week by telephone from a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) executive in Boston. He was surprised to hear that he won since he didn't even know he had been nominated! Luckily, being a TV studio, we were quick to capture the moment on camera. In true form, Joe was all business and quite unflappable.

Joe joined Vermont Public Television after graduating from Oswego State College in New York and has been us now for 32 years.  He worked his way up through the ranks, playing key roles on various programs and events from sports coverage to the auction, pledge events up through his now long-standing role as VPT's public affairs specialist.

Because of Joe's many contributions over the years in coordinating joint coverage and cooperative ventures among other media outlets, friends and colleagues from WCAX, WPTZ, UVM, the Burlington Free Press and many others were pleased to write in support of Joe's induction.

Congratulations Joe! His talents in service of VPT make us very proud!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Maple Drop Scones: Downton Abbey Meets Vermont

On our hunt for ways to pass the time before season three of Downton Abbey premieres in the States, we came across a delicious scone recipe that puts a Vermont twist on a British classic.  

The Maple Drop Scone recipe featured on the Edible Green Mountain site offers a perfect fall time treat to be enjoyed with tea and Downton reruns. 

Edible Green Mountain is devoted to exploring the foods that represent Vermont.  In a recent interview, Mary Blair, the publisher and editor, told us "We celebrate local, sustainable, seasonal, authentic foods and culinary traditions.  Our magazine promotes the local food culture and economy in Vermont, season by season." 
The quarterly publication features stories about local farmers, chefs, stores, and restaurants, all with an interest in local, seasonal, vermont-made products. 

The recipe for Maple Drop Scones was sent in by Robin Berger and celebrates a quintessential Vermont ingrident: Maple syrup. 
Vermont Maple Sugar



Ingredients:

2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour or white whole-wheat
1 cup unbleached white flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
⅓ cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
¾ cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into tablespoon-size chunks
1¼ cup heavy cream
¼ cup grade B maple syrup
1 egg

Directions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Pulse the dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor to mix. Add the cold butter and pulse the food processor until the mixture is broken into coarse crumbs with no large pieces of butter. Add the heavy cream, maple syrup and egg to the dry ingredients and pulse again until the dough is mixed and comes together. Use a light hand when mixing in the wet ingredients; if you mix the dough too much, the scones will be tough.
  3. Scoop out the dough onto 2 half-sheet pans, using a commercial scooper, leaving 1½ inches between scones. Use anywhere from a #16 (5½ tablespoons) to #30 (2½ tablespoons) scooper.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on size, or until some of the scones are toasty brown around the edge.
Note: If you want a more obvious maple flavor, replace the sugar with another ¼ cup maple syrup, and reduce the amount of heavy cream by 2 tablespoons.


We think this recipe is the perfect example of a classic recipe made with Vermont quality ingredients. We're excited that the folks from Edible Green Mountain will be participating in VPT's Experience Inspired by Downton Abbey, and we hope they come bearing scones! 

You can check out more recipes and stories at the Edible Green Mountain website, and get your ticket for our event at the Essex Resort and Spa on January 5th and 6th at http://www.vpt.org/daexp.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Candidates for U.S. House to Debate LIVE on Oct. 18

On Thursday, October 18, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., we will present the third in a weekly series of four live candidate debates for Vermont offices. We began with the race for governor last week, followed by the race for lieutenant governor. Now we bring you the candidates in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives.

We have invited all candidates on the ballot to participate. We will broadcast the debate on air statewide, as well as live webcast it on vpt.org. We will also be live chatting during the debate on the live stream web page.

VPT's U.S. Senate Candidate Debate airs live on October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
VPT's U.S. House Candidate Debate airs live on October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
The candidates and their affiliations are James Desrochers, Independent; Mark Donka, Republican; Jane Newton, Liberty Union; Peter Welch, Democratic.

Moderator Stewart Ledbetter will include selected questions from the public among those he asks.

We invite you to call (802) 655-8046 up to the day before the debate and follow the prompts to record a question.

Any question must be one that can be addressed to all of the candidates for the office. We are also taking your questions by email at connect@vpt.org.

VPT's Local Debate Schedule:
Governor Debate: Oct 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Lt. Governor Debate: Oct 11 at 8 p.m.
U.S. House Debate: Oct 18 at 7:30 p.m.
U.S. Senate Debate: Oct 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Don't miss VPT's exclusive election coverage every Thursday night this October. Our debates offer voters the opportunity to make informed decisions by seeing major party, minor party and independent candidates for the office in the same forum. Joe Merone is senior producer.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

PBS Character Costume Ideas

Are you and your kids trying to decide what to be for Halloween this year? We already know that Big Bird will be a popular costume this year... but we want to help you come up with some alternate PBS-themed kid-friendly costumes.


Let's start with some of our favorite cartoon characters!

Sid the Science Kid

Costume: Red hoodie with jeans and red sneakers.

Use temporary hair dye to create purple hair! Or try making Sid's hair by using some thick purple yarn. Carry a magnifying glass, a microphone or a journal. Download the cover of Sid's journal by clicking here.

Bob the Builder

Costume: Jean overalls and a hardhat.

Sew fabric folds to an old belt and slip in some plastic tools to recreate Bob's carpenter belt. Wear an oranges and red plaid shirt under the overalls.

Arthur

Costume: A white collared shirt under a yellow knit sweater, blue jeans and round-frame glasses.

Attach felt ears to a headband and put on some red sneakers.

Francine 

Costume: Dark red sweater and jeans


Add two barrette hair clips by each ear to mimmick Francine's signature hairstyle!

Man with Yellow Hat from Curious George

Costume: Tall yellow hat, yellow pants, yellow button down shirt and yellow polka dot tie.


Carry a stuffed monkey to act as George.

Caillou

Costume:  Yellow t-shirt, blue shorts and blue baseball cap.

You can add red sneakers with yellow socks if you have them!


Clifford the Big Red Dog

Costume: Red sweatpants and hoodie with painted black nose. Don't forget his black collar!

Add felt ears to hooded sweatshirt, will only need a few stitches.


WordGirl

Costume: Red long sleeve shirt, red pants, yellow cape and belt.

Use yellow puffy paint or cut the inverese star logo out of yellow fabric and stitch it on to the chest of the shirt. Make a hood out of red fabric and secure with elastic under the chin.

Captain Huggyface from WordGirl


Costume: Red shorts over blue leggings, a blue long sleeve shirt and a yellow belt.

Use yellow puffy paint  or cut out fabric to make the lightning bolt on the chest of shirt. Make his hood out of red fabric and secure with elastic under the chin.

Whyatt Beanstalk from Super Why

Costume: Green pants and shirt with blue cape and blue sneakers. Add a gold belt.

Cut eye holes into scrap of green fabric to replicate his super face mask.


Now onto two of our favorite live action human characters from PBS... Perhaps these costume tips are geared more towards parents.

Bob Ross

Costume: Blue button down shirt and Bob Ross wig.

Carry around a painter's palette - you could cut the pallet shape out of a cardboard box!


Julia Child

Costume: Collared shirt with apron.

Carry around a rolling pin, or recreate Julia's patch for your shirt!

                  



Whatever costume you choose to wear this Halloween, be sure to join VPT - and the Cat in the Hat - for a family-friendly Halloween party on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. at VPT Studios. Come in costume - maybe as your favorite PBS character! You can even pose for pictures with action scenes in the background, or with the Cat in the Hat.

We'd love to know you're coming. Pre-register for this event at support.vpt.org/spooky or call VPT's outreach department at 1-800-639-3351. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Happy Birthday To Us! VPT Turns 45

On this day in 1967, Vermont Educational Television began broadcast operations. We've come a long way in the 45 years since - from a humble Educational Television broadcaster, to a significant public media organization. We strive to serve the needs of Vermonters and the surrounding regions with quality content and services, over multiple platforms: on-air, on-line and in the Community.

No on to some important stuff, mainly what we would like for our birthday.

This has been a political week for everyone in public broadcasting, including our beloved large yellow bird. After the election, Congress will resume work on the U.S. budget, and we'll see how they propose to fund -- or de-fund -- public broadcasting.

On that note, the best gift you can give is your vote of confidence at 170millionamericans.org.

On this website, you'll learn how important federal funding is to local stations like VPT and send your comments to Congress. And when you see any of Vermont's delegation -- all longtime supporters of funding -- please say thanks.

Most of all, thank you for everything you do that has made it possible for us to reach this milestone birthday.

Happy Birthday VPT! Here's to 45 more years of outstanding service to our Community!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Vermont Antique & Craft Expo Ticket Giveaway!

We're giving away several pairs of tickets to the Fall Vermont Antique Expo & Sale/Essex Craft & Fine Art Show at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, Vermont, October 26-28, 2012!


To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below this Facebook post telling us your favorite place to shop for antiques and/or crafts! Do you prefer rummage sales? A local craft store? A fancy antique shop? Let us know for a chance to enjoy both shows!

Fall Vermont Antique Expo and Sale has expanded to a three-day show on October 26, 27 and 28, 2012. Hours: Friday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Expo is on the same weekend as the 32nd Annual Fall Essex Craft & Fine Art Show, Vermont's largest craft show. Tickets for entry to the two separate shows are $8 for adults, and children under 12 are free. Your ticket is valid for re-entry on all show days! A portion of each paid admission will be donated to us here at Vermont Public Television.


But you can get in for free by entering our giveaway drawing! The Craft and Fine Art Show traditionally draws thousands of shoppers each autumn and marks the beginning of holiday shopping for many. The antique show brings established antique and vintage item dealers and individual sellers together. The Champlain Valley Expo has been the home of fall antique shows for over a decade and that tradition continues with this locally produced show, sponsored by Vermont Public Television.

This giveaway ends Monday, October 22, at 10 a.m. EST. The soon-to-be ticket holders will be announced via Facebook. Good luck!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Downton Abbey Revives Revolutionary Lucile Lingerie

They say what goes around comes around, and this week's episode of Downton Abbey proved that this is especially true in the world of fashion.

As our friends across the pond watched the Crawley family discuss 1920s bedroom attire, they picked up on which brand the family favored. Lucile Lingerie, a UK company that has been around since 1980, saw a 48% hike is sales this week, thanks to a mention on Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey Dowager Countess Cora Crawley Lady Grantham
There's no end to what these two disagree on - not even underwear!
In the most recent episode, Cora Crawley and the Dowager countess discuss undergarments. While we don't want to give away too much and risk spoiling a season 3 shocker, we can tell you this much: Lucile is Cora's lingerie of choice for special occasions.

In response to the Dowager Countesses' suggestion for nightwear, Cora replies, "They will go for a Lucile as they wouldn't want her to look like a chorus girl."

Downton Abbey Lady Edith Crawley Mary Crawley bedroom Lucile Lingerie nightgown
They don't look like chorus girls to us!
British fashion designer Lady Duff Gordon broke the mold of traditional gowns when she introduced Lucile in the early Edwardian era. She stepped away from restrictive corsets and underwires and offered sheer fabrics, donned with lace, flowers, and ribbons. Her designs gained attention around the world as she opened stores in London New York, Paris, and Chicago.

Lady Duff Gordon
Lady Duff Gordon, the fearless fashion icon 

"Fashion is for the multitude, style for the few." Lady Duff Gordon



Today, Gordon's great-great granddaughter, Camilla Blois is keeping the revolutionary brand alive. Her designs take inspiration from the originals, while reviving them for a modern world.

Lucile Lingerie Downton Abbey Fashion Underwear
Lucile Lingerie's more modern look
For anyone who shudders at the thought of looking like a chorus girl, Lucile offers their signature lingerie on their website, www.lucileandco.com.

We can't wait to see what other trends come out of Downton Abbey as the new season offers a glimpse of early 20th century fashion. We hope to see you all wearing your favorite designs at VPT's Event inspired by Downton Abbey on January 5th and 6th at the Essex Resort and Spa.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Vermont Lt. Governor Candidates to Debate LIVE on Oct. 11

On Thursday, October 11, from 8 to 9 p.m., we will present the second in a weekly series of four live candidate debates for Vermont offices. We began with the race for governor last week, and we continue the string of debates with the race of lieutenant governor this week.

We have invited all candidates on the ballot to participate. We will broadcast the debate on air statewide, as well as live webcast it on vpt.org. We will also be live chatting during the debate on the live stream web page.

Vermont lieutenant governor Phil Scott Candidates Cassandra Gekas Ben Mitchell
VPT's Lt. Governor Candidate Debate airs live on Thursday, Oct 11 at 8:00 p.m.
The candidates and their affiliations are Cassandra Gekas, Democratic; Ben Mitchell, Liberty Union; Phil Scott, Republican.

Moderator Stewart Ledbetter will include selected questions from the public among those he asks.

We invite you to call (802) 655-8046 up to the day before the debate and follow the prompts to record a question.

Any question must be one that can be addressed to all of the candidates for the office. We are also taking your questions by email at connect@vpt.org.

VPT's Local Debate Schedule:
Governor Debate: Oct 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Lt. Governor Debate: Oct 11 at 8 p.m.
U.S. House Debate: Oct 18 at 7:30 p.m.
U.S. Senate Debate: Oct 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Don't miss VPT's exclusive election coverage every Thursday night this October. Our debates offer voters the opportunity to make informed decisions by seeing major party, minor party and independent candidates for the office in the same forum. Joe Merone is senior producer.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pamela Foster Cooks up Downton Abbey Inspired Dishes

Pamela Foster has made a hobby of recreating and drawing inspiration from Mrs. Patmore's kitchen.

After getting hooked on Downton Abbey last winter, Foster was surprised that no one had set out to explore one very prominent aspect of the show: the food.

A historian and owner of a social media company, Foster put her skills together and started a blog, Downton Abbey Cooks, to showcase the very distinct flavors of Downton Abbey. She explains that food was a huge part of the era, especially in light of the ever changing political and social landscape.

Pamela in the kitchen
Her blog showcases traditional recipes, while incorporating a modern spin. Some of her recipes show you how to indulge like the Crawleys, while others are geared more towards the health conscious. For examples, her Quinoa Cakes offer a healthy alternative to a tea time snack that leaves out the heavy emphasis on butter.

Pamela's Quinoa Cakes
Her next adventure will take her passion one step further; Her book Downton Abbey Cooks will combine British culinary history with Downton Abbey infusions that fans will love.

"Using Downton Abbey as a backdrop, we can see the importance food played in the display of wealth for the aristocracy in the Edwardian era," Pamela says.

We are thrilled that Pamela will be at Vermont Public Television's Experience inspired by Downton Abbey on January 5th and 6th at The Essex: Vermont's Culinary Resort and Spa. In addition to her attendance, Pamela plans to write an article for the magazine that will be distributed to guests, and is hoping to offer an excerpt from her upcoming cookbook.

The Essex: Vermont's Culinary Resort and Spa
She is most looking forward to interacting with fellow Downton enthusiasts, many of whom she interacts with daily on her many social media platforms. "To meet them in person and learn more about what Downton means to them will be a great thrill for me," Pamela said

As she is a Downton culinary expert, we couldn't help but ask for suggestions for our menu. Pamela favors the French classics that King Edward introduced to British society in the Edwardian age, like Oysters, lavish seafood, and impeccably prepared vegetables. She also told us about a a wine jello palette cleanser that was served between meals, a personal favorite prompted from her childhood love of jello.


Oysters - A British favorite from a French classic
To that end, Pamela thinks that most Classic British meals are ones that children will love. One of her missions for making Downton-inspired recipes is to encourage families to cook for themselves and spend time together in the kitchen and around the dinner table. "My philosophy is that anyone can be a Downton Abbey cook. British meals are not difficult to make, kids love them and should be encouraged to help," she said.

The Crawley's sit down to a family dinner
For your taste of Downton Abbey dishes, dresses, dancing, and more, please join us, and Pamela, at VPT's Experience inspired by Downton Abbey.

In the meantime, follow Pamela on Twitter @DowntonCooks and like Downton Abbey Cooks on Facebook.

And don't miss your chance to live chat with Pamela this Wednesday, October 10th! Pamela will be live chatting with fans on The Jungle Red Writers blog. She is ready to answer all of your questions about her cookbook, her love for Downton Abbey, and what the future holds.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Vermont Researchers Explore Climate Change, Pain and Brain Injury

What helps heal the injured brain of an athlete or soldier?  Can the Lake Champlain Basin adapt to climate change?  How does acupuncture relieve pain?  At local research centers, scientists are looking for ways to help people with traumatic brain injury and painful connective tissue disorders.  They are exploring how the Northeast can prepare for a warming world.

Season 5 of our "Emerging Science" spotlights people doing research on problems as personal as chronic pain and as global as climate change.  The first of four new "Emerging Science" programs will premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m.  Programs will be rebroadcast the following Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and the following Sunday at 1 p.m. They will also be available on demand at vpt.org.

Researchers Nick Gotelli, Aaron Ellison and Shannon Pelini check a chamber at their Warm Ant project.  Located at the Harvard Forest in Massachusetts, the chambers show how ants may respond to climate change. Gotelli is a University of Vermont biologist.
On Oct. 17, "Climate Change: A Northeast Primer" explores the effect of climate change on habitat, water quality and life in the region.  The program hears from farmers in Burlington's Intervale who lost their 2011  harvest to Tropical Storm Irene.  Studies that may help people adapt to an unpredictable future include the work of spouses Tom and Pat Manley, professors of geology at Middlebury College who are studying the movement and composition of Lake Champlain to understand how it will behave as the climate changes, and UVM biologist Nick Gotelli, who experiments on how ants will respond to climate change.

The program airing Oct. 24, "Acupuncture: A Connective Tale" features the research of University of Vermont neurology professor Helene Langevin, who is exploring the role of connective tissue in acupuncture and the importance of connective tissue to overall health.  The episode profiles Vicky Dubois of Burlington, Vt., who suffers from the connective tissue disorder scleroderma.

The Oct. 31 program, "Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports" features research by Kalev Freeman at the University of Vermont's College of Medicine.  It profiles young Kacy Chicoine of Huntington, Vt., whose life has been altered by a series of concussions while playing hockey.

The Nov. 7 program is "Traumatic Brain Injury at War."  It focuses on studies by Matt Friedman of the National Center for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and Tom McAllister of Dartmouth-Hitchcock exploring the association between PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Jom Hammack at UVM studies PTSD at a microscopic level.  Sgt. Andrew Reeves, a veteran of the Iraq war who was injured by an improvised explosive device in 2004.  He has been diagnosed with TBI and PTSD.

Besides four new TV programs, the "Emerging Science" project includes Web content and community events. To spark students' interest in science, VPT is working with Vermont educators to develop classroom materials and lesson plans for middle school and high school.

Producer of the programs is Anya Huneke.  Executive producer is Dorothy Dickie.  Vermont EPSCoR is the project's funder.   EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, is designed to fulfill the National Science Foundation's mandate to promote scientific progress nationwide.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Call the Midwife: Episode Two Airs Tonight!

                                                                                                                Photograph: BBC

Tonight the fourth episode of the third season of Downton Abbey will be airing in the U.K., but here in the States, we still have to wait three months until the Season 3 premiere!

Even though we are giving Downton Abbey fans the chance to preview the third season a day early at VPT's Experience inspired by Downton Abbey - click here for more details - the wait still feels painfully long for us Americans.

That being said, we are pleased to bring you a fabulous PBS Masterpiece series called Call The Midwife to help tide you over until the stateside return of Downton Abbey. Even the Dowager Countess enjoys it!




Here's what a few fans have to say about the series:

"I found my new favorite show! 'Call the Midwife' on
BBC/PBS is beautiful. And I love it x 100."
                                        - Facebook, Sarah Vraneลก




"We have a winner!"
                                            - Facebook, April Spears


"Best thing I have experienced on TV in YEARS!!!."
                  - Facebook, Lee Ann Leach DiVergiglis

So before the new episode premieres tonight at 8 pm on VPT,  head over to video.vpt.org and check out Episode 1 of "Call the Midwife." And tune in to VPT tonight to watch the second episode, and let us know how you like it!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Vermont Gubernatorial Debate

Last night's Gubernatorial debate was an insightful and diverse discussion about our choices in the upcoming election. In case you missed it you can watch it online here or tune in again tomorrow at 5:30 pm on VPT World.


During the debate we hosted a colorful online chat with our fellow Vermonters to discuss the candidates and the issues. You can read the transcript right here:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Abbey Fever: Masterpiece Collection's Downton Abbey takes London by Storm

Three weeks have passed since the London premiere of Downton Abbey's third season, and it is safe to say we are all taken with "Abbey fever." After the finale of season two left all avid watchers in suspense, giddy joy and endless nerves, season three promises an entirely new onslaught of emotion. And of course, with Shirley Maclaine joining the cast as Lady Grantham's audacious American mother, Martha Levinson, one can only imagine the amusement she will bring to the table.

Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson in Downton Abbey
Without giving too much away, I can assure all of the anxious fans back in the U.S. that they will be pleasantly surprised by season three. But why believe me? I've spoken to a few fans around the Kensington area of London and the consensus seems to be nothing short of excitement.

Mr. Bates and Anna discussing the future in the Season 2 finale of Downton Abbey
Some fans expressed worry regarding how this season could possibly top the previous two. However, we are now two episodes in and fans are chomping at the bit with anticipation. I had the pleasure of speaking with one fan as the premiere's credits rolled. She was close to bouncing out of her seat on the couch, stating, "I don't know what they're planning, but I can't wait to see it play out!"

Other watchers were focused on specific plot lines; many questioning the outcome of Mr. Bates and Anna, Matthew and Mary's ever-flummoxing relationship, Lady Sybil's marriage to Branson, and poor, always forgotten Edith. However, this season promises that these stories are mere trivialities compared to the bomb dropped during episode one; said one university student, "Lord Grantham has his work cut out for him. Violet should have quite a time, this season."

Will Lady Sybil and Tom Branson fit into the family?
Whatever is in the works for the coming episodes, the whole of London waits in suspense for their Sunday evening date, beginning with Lord Grantham and Isis leading them to the doors of Downton Abbey. One woman perfectly described the eagerness felt throughout London, stating, "Monday to Sunday morning is just awful. I have no patience! I want to know what's happening now!"

The third episode debuts on Sunday night in the U.K. What has Miss Patmore cooked up for us this week?

Written by Olivia Pratt

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Spooky Saturday: VPT's Kids Halloween Party!

What are you doing for Halloween? Come to VPT's Spooky Saturday on October 27th!

Vermont Spooky Saturday family-friendly Halloween partyJoin VPT - and the Cat in the Hat - for a family-friendly Halloween party on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Come in costume - maybe as your favorite PBS character! You can even pose for pictures with action scenes in the background, or with the Cat in the Hat!

We'll be having fun with the largest bounce house in Vermont, balloon animals, games, arts and crafts, and lots more. And we'll be giving out awards for best costumes!

Hot dogs, drinks and ice cream are also part of the fun.

Cat in the HatBest suited for children up through Grade 5.

Cost is $1 per child at the door, to support commercial-free children's programming on VPT. Free for parents or caregivers who accompany a child. Kids are also invited to by bringing a children's book to donate to help kids in need.

We'd love to know you're coming. Pre-register for this event at support.vpt.org/spooky or call VPT's outreach department at 1-800-639-3351.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Vermont This Week's 30th Season

This Friday October 5, 2012, we will be celebrating Vermont This Week's 30th Anniversary!

A Look Back

The first show aired on Friday, Oct. 15, 1982. Produced and moderated by Jack Barry, the first panel featured Rutland Herald reporter Hamilton Davis, Vermont Press Bureau's Tom Slayton, and Burlington Free Press journalist Scott MacKay.

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The first Vermont This Week show included (left to right) Jack Barry, host; Scott MacKay, Burlington Free Press;
Hamilton Davis, Rutland Herald; and Tom Slayton, Vermont Press Bureau.
The program had been a dream of his for years -- a weekly conversation with three journalists to give an inside look at the top stories in the state. At first, Vermont This Week limited its panelists to print reporters, since Barry modeled the format of the show after Washington Week, which featured only print reporters at the time.

Barry said he created the public affairs series to give print reporters a chance to reach our TV audience. Some of the regulars from those early days -- Candy Page, Sam Hemingway and Ross Sneyd -- are still regulars.

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Jack Barry wanted to create Vermont This Week to give print reporters a chance to reach a TV audience.
When Jack retired from Vermont Public Television in March, 1992, Joe Merone became producer, and has produced the show every Friday since. Longtime panelist Chris Graff stepped in as moderator, until he left the show at the end of 2006.

Chris Graff Host Editor Vermont This Week Public Television TV
Chris Graff hosted Vermont This Week from 1992 to 2006.
Stewart Ledbetter came on as moderator on January 5, 2007, and still holds the position today.

Today

Since its debut there have been a few changes to the show. Joe has since expanded the pool of panelists to include columnists and broadcasters, as well as non-traditional reporters, such as online and new-media journalists. We introduced interviews, video clips and graphics, and in more recent years we've been having guests on the show via phone call and Skype.

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The crew gets ready to shoot Vermont This Week on June 22, 2012 (left to right) Producer Joe Merone, Stewart Ledbetter, Moderator; Jon Margolis, vpt.org; Robin Smith, Caledonian Record; Peter Hirschfeld, Vermont Press Bureau
"Despite innovations like greater use of video clips, Skype reports from journalists around the region, online viewing and makeup for the panelists when we went HD, the heart of Vermont This Week remains the same," Joe Merone said. "We give viewers the top stories and analysis from the journalists who know the stories best."

And it's true. Vermont This Week has kept its focus on the talk around the table, with intelligent insights from people close to the news. As VPT celebrates 45 years on the air this year, we hope our longest-running program will help keep the conversation lively around your table, too.

The show has been on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. for 20 years. Not strictly "every Friday," as there were a few rare pre-emptions, but over the past 30 years we've produced and aired over 1500 programs.

Journalists go beyond the headlines every Friday at 7:30 p.m. (repeating Sundays at 11:30 a.m.) on air and online at vpt.org. Vermont This Week is also available on Comcast On Demand.