Friday, February 10, 2017

Mother-Daughter Art Appreciation at UVM's Fleming Museum

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 11:46 AM

A reclining Buddha - SARAH TUFF DUNN
  • Sarah Tuff Dunn
  • A reclining Buddha
My 10-year-old daughter, Dillon, and I are the odd couple in our family. I’m a neat freak; she’s, well, a slob. I could barely play "Chopsticks” as a kid, while she’s playing Chopin. And when it comes to our artistic skills, it’s the same story. Dillon can paint like Chagall while my stick figures wouldn’t pass muster in kindergarten.

A Chinese robe - SARAH TUFF DUNN
  • Sarah Tuff Dunn
  • A Chinese robe
So it was with some mixed feelings that we jointly ventured to the opening reception of the spring exhibitions at the University of Vermont's Fleming Museum of Art. At Middlebury College more than 20 years ago, my favorite course (though I was an English major) was art history, so I was looking forward to seeing the museum's just-opened Gallery of Asian Art along with “Catherine Jansen: 1008”, a photography exhibit focused on India, and “Imbibe: Drinking in Culture,”  devoted to the ways that humans shape and share the beverages they drink.

Dillon and I walked in the front entrance from the cold, her purple pom-pom hat squarely on her head. She took one look around the crowd of adults and looked at me forlornly. “When will we go home?” she asked. “We just got here!” I said. Clearly, she needed a little direction, so I armed her with one of her favorite things — a spiral notebook — and a pencil and asked her to wander through the exhibits and write down which pieces were most special to her.

Decanter set - SARAH TUFF DUNN
  • Sarah Tuff Dunn
  • Decanter set
Less than 10 minutes later, she was back with her list. Inwardly, I rolled my eyes. How could she appreciate art in that amount of time? But as she led me through the Gallery of Asian Art and pointed out her choices — a bright-red dragon robe from the Qing Dynasty in the 1700s and the reclining Parinirvana Buddha from Burma in the 1800s — I found that they were the exact two that I would have chosen. The same was true as Dillon pointed out a surreal photo that she called “Big Rock” from “Catherine Jansen: 1008” and a delicate, sage-green decanter set displayed in the “Imbibe” exhibit.

Amazingly, through art, our odd couple had synergized. I was buoyed by the moment of connection.

“Why did you like all those pieces?” I asked Dillon.

“They are old, they are cool,” she said. And I was cool with that.

The Gallery of Asian Art is permanent, while Catherine Jansen: 1008 and Imbibe: Drinking in Culture will be at the Fleming Museum through May 21. Find more information here.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Printable Camp Planner

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 3:57 PM

Camp Abnaki
  • Camp Abnaki
Ready to get going on your summer planning? Want to make sure that you have coverage for all the weeks of summer? Click below for a printable camp planner — perfect for hanging on the fridge — then start penciling in camps for your kids! 

Kids VT: Your One-Stop Shop For Summer Camps

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 10:02 AM

Camp Abnaki
  • Camp Abnaki
Whether you're new to the whole camp thing or you've been doing it for years, the process of planning your kids' summer schedules can be a daunting one. Many of us here at Kids VT are parents to school-age children. In other words, we can empathize. That's why we're doing everything in our power to make it easy to find the best summer programs the area has to offer.

In addition to four consecutive months of pull-out camp guides in our print magazine (starting this month!), we've created a special Vermont Camps page on our website. Here you'll find helpful articles from our archives that profile specific camps and provide general advice about preparing your kids for the camp experience.

Davis Studio
  • Davis Studio
New this year is a handy camp finder that allows you to search programs using different criteria, such as town, age group, and day vs. sleepaway. Click on any of the camps listed and you'll find a brief summary, plus a link to its website where you can get the nitty-gritty details.

If you prefer meeting face-to-face with camp staff, we'd love to see you at our 20th annual Kids VT Camp & School Fair, happening this Saturday, February 4, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hilton Burlington on Battery Street. You'll find dozens of reps from camps and schools in Vermont and beyond, eager to provide you with lots more information and answer any questions you may have.

Looking for something else camp-related you don't see on our site? Let us know at

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Camp Paw Paw/Animal Welfare Warriors

Camp Paw Paw/Animal Welfare Warriors

South Burlington, VT

Camp Paw Paw, a summer day camp for kids ages 5-12 who are wild about animals! Kids will learn the humane treatment of animals, different animal related career paths they can explore and what the humane society does for our community. Animal Welfare Warriors is an elevated, hands-on learning…(more)

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