The Vermont Cynic

Slurred Words and Spatzle: Oktoberfest Vermont 2017

Slurred Words and Spatzle: Oktoberfest Vermont 2017

Bettina Cataldi, Writer

October 6, 2017


Filed under Features, Food

On a quest for locals to bear the last days of Burlington’s Indian summer, the solution was clear: bubbling brews, festive hats and games easy enough for those under the influence to win prizes. Oktoberfest Vermont held its third annual festival this past weekend from Sept. 21 to 23. Forty local,...

Chasing West

Chasing West

James Gaudreault, Writer

September 26, 2017


Filed under Features

My friends and I departed on a Friday afternoon during the peak of summer, leaving behind our homes and any concerns for the time of day. We’d entered into a losing race with the setting sun, united by our common western destination, winding through those vibrant green New Hampshire mountains without...

On Being your own Outing Club

On Being your own Outing Club

Maggie Richardson

September 6, 2017


Filed under Features

As I near the start of my senior year, every so often I stop to look around this little college town in that starry-eyed way I did as a first-year: in awe of mountains, water and vast open spaces in every direction. It’s the kind of feeling that draws so many students here and leaves so many missing...

Beer and Baseball Hats in the Berkshires: Solid Sound 2017

Beer and Baseball Hats in the Berkshires: Solid Sound 2017

Maggie Richardson, B-Side Editor

July 3, 2017


Filed under Features

On a muggy Friday evening in the rolling hills of the western Massachusetts Berkshires, a crowd of L.L. Bean-clad festival goers descended slowly on the sleepy town of North Adams. Though its main street is spare and some of its sidewalks are old and wearing, the town is home to one of New England’s...

First Fridays in Burlington’s South End

First Fridays in Burlington’s South End

Bettina Cataldi, B-Side Writer

June 1, 2017


Filed under Features

Alongside the Burlington waterfront lies a lesser-known land beyond creemees and sunsets; one populated by photographers, metal workers and painters alike. I attended my first-ever “First Friday” event, in which dozens of art venues and restaurants across the South End opened their doors free...

Music Making for the Masses

Music Making for the Masses

Max Mccurdy

March 9, 2017


Filed under Features

It is genuinely hard to find someone who doesn’t enjoy listening to music. It’s quite a bit easier to find someone who doesn’t play music. While factors such as lack of interest or time might play a part in this gap, the disconnect between listening and playing music is surely due to the di...

A Night Out with Rose Street Collective

A Night Out with Rose Street Collective

Frances King

February 14, 2017


Filed under Features

Snapping their fingers under lights of purple, blue, and yellow hues, Julia Spelman, Lilly Dukich and Erika Polner spend the majority of a Friday night set perfecting harmonies as a powerful vocal trio, while reserving a few songs for solo performances highlighting individual strengths.  Rose Street Collective,...

Behind Burlington’s Creative Social Network

Max Mccurdy

February 7, 2017


Filed under Features

It’s no secret that Burlington is a creative community — this much can be understood by simply looking at jackets and backpacks Burlingtonians  embellish with the Grateful Dead logo. In an attempt to better understand Burlington’s artistic spirit, I reached out to a number of local artists and creato...

Down in the Heartland with Twin Peaks

Maggie Richardson

December 2, 2016


Filed under Features

Jack Dolan and his bandmates have been around the block. Touring together since high school, Dolan’s band Twin Peaks released their third studio album in May. After hitting the West Coast and Europe on tour, they are making their first appearance in Burlington on Dec. 5. The band’s roots...

The Anti-Sport

The Anti-Sport

Max Mccurdy

November 30, 2016


Filed under Features

Skateboarding is set to be in the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo. I’m confused. The Olympics are for usually for sports, and skateboarding can’t be a sport. Seeing skateboarding in the olympics is akin to McDonald's offering dry cleaning. Skateboarding can’t be a sport, sports have clear object...

And The Kids Share Lovers

And The Kids Share Lovers

Maggie Richardson

October 26, 2016


Filed under Features

“I’m trying to wrangle everyone into a group costume...but it’s a secret!,” said And The Kids frontwoman Hannah Mohan. Mohan and her bandmates are gearing up for a two-night run at Signal Kitchen Thursday and Friday, excitedly rallying friends and assembling outfits for the weekend’s festivities...

Grand Point North Celebrates Burlington

Grand Point North Celebrates Burlington

Frances King

September 15, 2016


Filed under Features

With summer officially coming to an end next week, Grand Point North music festival serves not only as the perfect ode to warmer weather, but also as a celebration of all things Vermont music, art and food.         Years ago, Grace Potter approached promoter Alex Crothers with a vision of a ...

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883
Features