Roundup: Debates, Jon Gailmor, Mushrooms, More


Are you ready for the debates?

No, not tonight’s vice presidential one. And not the (possible) upcoming 2 with Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

I’m talking about the Big Ones.

On Sunday, October 18 (4 p.m.), the Westport Library, and various League of Women Voters groups, host a debate between Congressman Jim Himes and his challenger, Jonathan Riddle. Click here to register.

The Library and League of Women Voters of Westport will also sponsor a debate for State Senate and House candidates on Thursday, October 15 (6 p.m.). Click here to register.

Questions may be submitted to LWV2020DebateQs@optonline.net


Jon Gailmor is a Vermont treasure.

That’s not just me talking. It’s an official honor the 1966 Staples High graduate earned, for his 4-decade plus artistry in the state. He runs music-writing workshops in schools and for adults, performs, and hosted a kids’ radio show.

Gailmor even wrote a love song to his adopted state:

A rural state like Vermont may seem a long way from COVID-19. But it’s a pandemic — that means it’s everywhere.

And nearly every day since the virus struck, Gailmor has posted a song on Facebook.

Some are his own compositions. Others are his interpretations of folk songs, pop and rock classics and more.

The daily tunes are entertaining. They keep Gailmor “sane and viable,” he says. And now they’ve been noted in a story in the Rutland Herald.

“Find a way to be true to who you are, to be honest, and find places to sing where you will be welcome to impart that truth,” he says. “Not being truthful can haunt you.”

Click here to read the full piece, by Art Edelstein.


Audrey Doniger’s grandson — “the French forager” — gathered 30 pounds of Hen of the Woods mushrooms.

“If anyone or a restaurant is interested, they’re $16 a pound,” she says. “They’re very yummy.” Jeremy’s mother is Audrey’s daughter Susie.

Contact Audrey via email: audreydoniger@gmail.com


And finally … a tribute to Eddie Van Halen, one of rock’s greatest and most influential guitarists ever:

 

2 responses to “Roundup: Debates, Jon Gailmor, Mushrooms, More

  1. I forage almost everyday. The french word for mushrooms is champignons. Typically what one would call champignon mushrooms would be the white button mushroom in stores. These appear to be mislabeled. The photo is too hard to read to correctly Identify but I would caution for closer inspection and correct identification. Best reference is the Audubon guide to North American mushrooms. Alternately read- Agaricus bisporus – Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org
    Agaricus bisporus is an edible basidiomycete mushroom native to grasslands in Europe and … may be known as common mushroom, white mushroom, button mushroom, cultivated mushroom, table mushroom, and champignon mushroom.
    About $4 lb in stores

  2. Mary Gail Gristina

    Jon was my classmate and SHS – he is an amazingly kind and gifted fellow, and definitely reached my heart with this song. Thank you Jon for this bit of joy!!!

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