WYSIWYG: An festival for everyone

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 words // Liz Cantrell | photos // Alex Hackenson

After days of rain and a too-soon fall chill, the weather has rallied for a sunny, end-of-summer weekend, which makes the long walk up North Avenue toward Burlington College pleasant and bearable. From a distance, we see the yellow and red vintage-lettered sign. Its cheeky — and, to the uninitiated, confusing — acronym welcomes us. WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Get. We have arrived. Continue Reading

TOMMY ALEXANDER: BASEMENT SOUL

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words // Wes Dunn | photo // Kevin Hurley 

The entrance is inconspicuous, tucked in a corner of a Church Street façade that could easily be missed. The sign is small, and the thin, nondescript stairway leads to an upstairs hallway, where Jenke Arts suddenly bursts into sight with a warm glow that emanates from the walls. I had no idea this much space was up here, with comfortable couches along one side, cubbies stocked with yoga gear and a wide-open floor. Posts that support the ceiling are decorated as tree branches.

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Chasing the dream: The daily grind in baseball’s minor leagues

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words // Zach Despart | photos // Damir Alisa | graphics // Matt Kuperman 

In the bottom of the seventh inning, designated hitter Joe Bennie is behind in the count again, a ball and two strikes. The Lake Monsters have just taken the lead, and with a runner at second and two outs, have a chance to expand it.

Renegades pitcher Ryan Pennell glances at the runner, then throws a fastball in the dirt. Ball two. Bennie steps out of the box and ritually re-fastens his batting gloves. He steps back in, taps home plate twice with his bat and assumes a hitter’s stance — feet shoulder width apart, knees bent, right arm cocked and parallel to the ground. The catcher sets up low and outside. Pennell deals a changeup and Bennie swings, but he’s out ahead of it. He misses. Strike three. Inning over. Continue Reading

Finding Waylon Speed

IMG_9615words + photos  // Evan Johnson | video // Ben Zackin 

If you want to find Waylon Speed, you’ll have to go to Williston. Park on a quiet street in front of a nondescript industrial building with desert-tan steel siding. Follow the smell of cigarettes and the dirty tones of a tuning guitar past alleys of refrigerators and pallets of printers. At the top of the stairs, turn left. Continue Reading

Scout’s Honor Paper: Anything but stationary

20140731_2610words  // Nina Knorr  | photos// Ash LaRose

“It’s not really work, it’s life,” Annemarie Buckley explained when asked about turning her passion for art into an independent business.

At her company, Scout’s Honor Paper, she creates different kinds of stamps, stationery, cards and packaging in a shared co-working space called Study Hall on College Street. Buckley is the sole creator and artist at Scout’s Honor, and enlists the help of other independent businesses for the printing of her work.  Continue Reading

WND&WVS: SURF SUP VERMONT

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words  // Zach Despart  | photos// Thread staff

On the shore of Lake Champlain, four large not-quite-surfboards lay in the grass beneath the summer sun. Cyclists, runners and tourists toss confused glances towards a suntanned and muscular 22-year-old, who awaits our arrival at Perkins Pier. Casually confident, Bob Dale wears aviators, swim trunks and a baseball cap. His first question, “Are you all ready to SUP?” Continue Reading