Where Do We Go From Here?

With yesterday’s sad news about the Langdon Street Cafe closing its doors at the end of May, I’ve found myself thinking about other geek related places around the Montpelier area that might be able to sustain some of the activities that have gone on. There’s no way to replace the same blend of activities, ranging from supporting the arts to Geek Week to an incredible blend of music in an awesome locations. Where do we go from here?

There’s a couple of other places around Montpelier that have also supported the geek community to a certain extent.

The Book Garden: Run by Rick Powell, the Book Garden has become a really cool store that’s been growing with graphic novels and gaming on Friday Nights, as well as a fairly good selection of used Science Fiction and Fantasy novels towards the back.

Bear Pond Books / Rivendell Books: Stalwarts in Montpelier, these two bookstores host a number of events, and a wide selection of books. Rivendell has a much better selection in the speculative fiction genres, but Bear Pond tends to be a bit better with some of the newer entries. Rivendell’s second store up in the Berlin Mall also has an excellent comic and growing science fiction / fantasy selection. I’ve urged some of the people there to consider a gaming night.

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library: Anyone who follows along with the Geek Things post in the morning will know that the K-H library is an active one, especially when it comes to kids and instilling a bit of creativity in the young’uns. Plus, there’s a lot of space, tables, chairs and a great selection of speculative fiction to borrow out. And, WiFi.

Village Pizza: Decent enough resturaunt, but they also host a Monday Magic The Gathering card game every week. Not the first place that I’d expect to see gaming, but we’ll take what we can get.

Where else are some good places to look for things, or to fill space for Vermont geeks?

Looking around the area, there’s not a whole lot of places that can really replicate what the Langdon Street Cafe does, or the ambiance. However, there’s a couple of places that could likely do something similar, bringing in music and being suitable for small groups of people.

Fresh Tracks Farm is a place that comes right to mind; I pass it every day on the way to work. New building, open Wednesdays through Sundays (I’m pretty sure, although less sure about hours), with a lot of open space and dedicated to bringing in conversation with wine to go with it. (And their wine is pretty good, and local!) They host some things over the summer. It would be cool to see that place open up a bit more for music and things like that.

Capitol Plaza is another that comes to mind, although for something along the lines of a small gaming convention. That would be a fun thing to bring in, especially if local businesses get involved, such as TBG or BPB.

Where else?

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Geek Things for January 27th


  • ‘Pollinate & Cultivate: Seeding the Future of Our Food’ Preregister. 8:45AM–7PM, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. Free to the public; $25 for those seeking CLE credits. (Food)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Burlington, 3–6PM, Dunkin’ Donuts, Riverside Ave., Burlington. Free. (Vampires)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Norwich, 1–6PM, Tracy Hall, Norwich. Free. (VampireS)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Mt. Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Models)
  • Book Lust Club, 3–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Books)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Computers)
  • Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski – “The Role of the Liberal Arts in a 21st-Century Education: Dreams and Values.” 7PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 2PM, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
  • James M. Tabor – “Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth” Reading. Seating is limited; make reservations at nefcu.com. 5:30–6:30PM, New England Federal Credit Union, Williston. Free. (Adventure)
  • Story Time, 11AM, Bud & Bella’s Bookshop, Randolph. Free. (Reading)
  • Open Miniatures Tables!, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • China Renewable Energy Information Session, 6-7:30pm, Davis Student Center, Chittenden Bank Room, UVM. (China)
  • Teacher Workshop: Investigations into Inquiry: Linking Science and Literacy, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. $45, preregistration required. (Teaching)
  • Family Game Night, 6:00, Borders, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Family Game Night, 6:00, Borders, West Lebanon, NH. (Gaming)

Geek Stuff for January 26th

Geek Stuff for January 26th

‘Grow Your Own Mushrooms’, 5–7PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. $10-12, Preregister. (Food)
‘Finding Neverland’, 7PM, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-7. (Film)
‘Living Downstream’, 7–9PM, Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Film)
Fairfax Playgroup, 10–11AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
‘Star Wars’ Club, 3:30–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Kids, Star Wars)
Brown Bag Lecture Series – Will “Chip” Sawyer, (How our state has changed in the last decade by analyzing numbers from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey), 12:30–1:30PM, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Data)
Lamoille County Osher Lecture Series – Mark Breen: “Snow Under the Looking Glass” in an investigation of ‘flakes and how snowstorms work. 1:30PM, Town & Country Resort, Stowe. $5. (Weather)
Waterbury Historical Society Meeting – Brian Lindner on the five ski areas of Waterbury and Duxbury — and what happened to them, 7PM, Wsley United Methodist Church, Waterbury. Free. (History, Skiing)
‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 7PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
Writers’ Group, 7–9PM, Johnson Public Library, Johnson. Free. (Writing)
Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
Getting to Know NOOK, 6:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
Weekly Storytime, 11:00 AM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Gaming)
D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon. (Gaming)

Gaming, Kids, eReaders, Writing, Theater, History, Skiing, Weather, Data, Star Wars, Film, Foog, Montpelier, Hanover, Fairfax, Burlington, Essex Junction, St. Johnsbury, Stowe, Waterbury, White River Junction, Johnson, South Burlington, Bennington, Lebanon, New Hampshire, Vermont, Geek,

Geek Things for January 24th

  • Basic Computer Course, 9–11AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • Student Matinee Series: ‘Virtually Me’, 12PM, Flynn MainStage, Burlington. $8.50. (Kids, Theater)
  • Teen Advisory Board, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Libraries)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto. (Gaming)

 

Geek Things for January 21st

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Windsor, 12:30–5:30PM, American Legion, Windsor. Free. (Vampires)
  • ‘Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CinéClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Trivia, Movies)
  • ‘Visioning Into the Future; Grounding in the Present’, 5:45–7:30AM, The Center for Sustainable Practice, White River Junction. Free. (Futurism)
  • Comics Club, 3:30–5PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Comics)
  • Science & Stories, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Wii-tastic!’, 3–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Kids)
  • Full Moon Snowshoe Trek, 7PM, Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston. $15-25; $65 per family of four, Preregister. (Outdoors)
  • Scott Borg (How Cyber attacks change international relations and defense), Lunch is provided; advance registration is required. 12PM, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Cyber Defense)
  • ‘Sea Room’, 7:30PM, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $7-20. (Theater)
  • ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 7PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
  • Kate Messner, “Teachers Who Write, and Writers Who Teach”, 4:30PM, Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. Free. (Writing)
  • ‘Writing as an Art Form’, 11AM–1PM, Chaffee Art Center, Rutland. Donations accepted. (Writing)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Draft – $15 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Density of Liquids , 11:30am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids, Science)
  • Gearing Up, 3:00pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids, Science)
  • Running GAGG XV: A Glitch in the Matrix, Jan 21 – 23 2011, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (Conventions)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Art Opening, “The Dark Side”, 5:30-7:30pm, Studio Place Arts, Barre. Info. 479-7069. (Art)
  • 6th Annual Northfield Art Show. 12-9pm, Reception 7-9 pm, Northfield Historical Society & Brown Public Library, Northfield. 485-8910. (Art)

 

Geek Things for January 17th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Burlington, 8AM–12PM, Dunkin Donuts, Burlington. Free. (Vampires)
  • MountainTop Film Festival, See mountaintopfilmfestival.com for films and schedule, 3–10PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $6-8. (Films)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Animal Mounts, 11:30 am, Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Gears, 3:00pm, Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Gaming, Kids, Writing, Films, Vampires, Red Cross, Burlington, Waitsfield, Middlebury, Norwich, Montpelier, Bennington, Geek,

Geek Things for January 13th


  • Solar-Energy Seminar, 7–8PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Solar Technology)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: South Burlington, 12–5PM, St. John Vianney Parish Hall, South Burlington. Free. (Vampire)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Swanton, 12–5PM, VFW, Swanton. Free. (Vampires)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • How-to Video Class “Why I {HEART} Compost” video contest, 6–7:30PM, 294 North Winooski Ave. in Burlington. Free. (Video)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • James Gustave Speth, “Liberalism, Environmentalism and Economic Growth,”, 5:30–7PM, Oakes 007, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. Free. (Politics)
  • ‘Sea Room’, 7:30PM, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $7-20. (Theater)
  • Five Corners Farmers Market Winter Sustainability Series, “Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual”, 7PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Health)
  • Friends of Brownell Library Book Sale, 9AM–5PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Books)
  • Open Mic, Fiction – Non-Fiction, 7PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Open Mic)
  • Story Time, 11AM, Bud & Bella’s Bookshop, Randolph. Free. (Stories)
  • Open Miniatures Tables!, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamesapce, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Volunteer Training for Science Specialist: Gears, 4:30-6:30 pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. Information at montshire.education@montshire.org. (Science)
  • Family Game Night, 6:00pm, Borders, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Family Game Night, 6:00 PM, Borders, West Lebanon, NH. (Gaming)
  • Alliance for a Healthier Vermont Mtg. (Soda Tax Campaign), Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 5:30pm. 498-8039. (Politics & Health)
  • Organic Dairy Workshop, Vermont Technical College, Red Schoolhouse, Randolph Center, $20, 10am-4pm. 524-6501. (Organic)

 

Geek Things for January 12th


  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Jericho, 1–6PM, United Christian Assembly, Jericho. Free. (Vampires)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Williston, January 12, 12–5PM, Walmart, Williston. Free. (Vampires)
  • Montshire After Hours: ‘Science Beyond the Imagination’, 6:30PM, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. $10 includes one drink for ages 21 and up; cash bar. (Science)
  • Fairfax Playgroup, 10–11AM, Health Room, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Highgate Story Hour, 10–11AM, Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center. Free. (Kids)
  • Lego Club, 3–4PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Kids)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Garrison Nelson, “Political Future of the Nation After Midterm Elections,” 1:30PM, Town & Country Resort, Stowe. $5. (Politics)
  • ‘Sea Room’ (New play about a ship in turmoil by Burlington’s Jordan Gullikson), 7:30PM, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $7-20. (Theater)
  • Book Discussion, (Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe), 7:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Books)
  • Friends of Brownell Library Book Sale, 9AM–9PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Books)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Faculty Lecture Series: Louisa Burnham, “Golden Showers: the Coagulating Cosmos of a Fourteenth-Century Mad Scientist”, 4:30 PM, Franklin Environmental Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Getting to Know NOOK, 6:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington (Gaming)
  • L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon. (Gaming)

 

VT Geek People to Follow

On Twitter? We’ve come across a number of people who’ve caught our eyes when it comes to Vermont geek-folk. Here’s a couple whom we’ve seen lately:

http://twitter.com/FrankMillerInk – Frank Miller: Raised in Montpelier. Miller is best known for his Batman, Sin City and other numerous comics, some of which have been made into movies.
http://twitter.com/cartoonstudies – The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) in White River Junction offers a two-year course of study that centers on the creation and dissemination of comics, graphic novels and other cartoons. They’re currently accepting applications for the Fall 2011 term. Here’s their website: http://www.cartoonstudies.org
http://twitter.com/alchemistbeer – The Alchemist in Waterbury. One of the best places to get a drink in the central Vermont area, their logo features a mad scientist and occasionally, a geeky brew such as ‘The Flux Capacitor’ or the ‘Petite Mutant’.
http://twitter.com/hellosmalldog – Smalldog Electronics is the place to go in Vermont for all things Apple, in Waitsfield and in South Burlington. Their website: http://http://www.smalldog.com/
http://twitter.com/MikeLuoma – Mike Luoma. Radio personality, podcaster and author in the central VT area. Check out his website: http://glowinthedarkradio.com/
http://twitter.com/GMParanormal – Green Mountain Paranormal Society. They seek to explain the unexplained through strict research methods and an objective approach. Website: http://www.greenmountainparanormal.org/
http://twitter.com/BookShopArtist – Rick Powell, of the Book Garden in Montpelier. He’s also an artist, and has a fantastic selection of books in this great downtown shop.
http://twitter.com/anaismitchell – Anais Mitchell, singer/songwriter out of central Vermont, responsible for the 2010 album Hadestown, a masterpiece of indie-folk opera and greek myth. Here’s her website: http://www.anaismitchell.com/

Who else should be followed?

(Oh, and we’re here on http://www.twitter.com/GeekMtnState)