Bookstore News: Phoenix Books to Expand to Rutland

While one bookstore closes down, another is opening: The Rutland Herald announced over the weekend that Phoenix Books is set to expand to a third retail location in Vermont, this time in Rutland. There’s no formal press release from the company just yet, but the article notes that the company is exploring three locations on Center Street or Merchants Row.

“We visited the area and found the marvelous historic buildings so charming, the downtown was actually a major factor in why we chose Rutland,” DeSanto said after

walking the area to explore possible locations. “It fits perfectly with the kind of atmosphere we want for the store.”

DeSanto said the new Phoenix Books will have a very similar feel to that of the Essex store.

“Very family friendly, with a large range of books for kids and adults and big chairs that invite people to hang out and read,” he said.

Like their two other locations in Essex Junction and downtown Burlington, this store will be partially financed through a fundraising drive: individuals and businesses can put $1000 forward, with that amount credited back once the store opens. So far, 54 pledges have been made.

The store is expected to open sometime this summer.

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Ralph Rayburn Philips

 

Born on this day in 1896, Ralph Rayburn Philips was born in the Rutland area, and would go on to become an artist for various publications.

From Teller of Weird Tales:

Phillips was born on October 17, 1896, in Rutland, Vermont, the son of a dentist and physician. In about 1914, the family moved to Portland, Oregon, where Mr. Phillips sold farm implements. Ralph Rayburn Phillips studied art in high school and attended the School of Applied Art in Battle Creek, Michigan. At the time he filled out his draft card during World War I, he was living in a hotel in Los Angeles. By 1920, he was back in Portland and working as a commercial artist.

More details on his life can be found here.

Rutland… A pop-culture inventory

We’ve talked in the recent past about how Rutland seems to pop up quite a bit in the comic book world. Recently, Peter Parker was spotted down there (working on tackling the drug problems?) and the Rutland Halloween Parade has some neat ties to the comics world. The Rutland Reader has a neat writeup of some of the places in which Vermont’s been home to parts of the pop-culture world:

A sleepy town with a proud history. Once home to the trains of industry and deep quarries of fortune, it’s hills and valleys are still a paradise for adventure seekers and lovers of nature. But don’t let this bucolic burg fool you, true believers! In Rutland, mysteries abound. It’s truly a tale to astonish.
While Rutland’s actual history makes for an interesting read, the city’s fictional past is almost as storied as that of Gotham and Metropolis. The birthplace of heroes and villains alike, Rutland has, over the years, played host to time-traveling airplanes, sinister shapeshifters, interdimensional portals, gods, demons, celebrities, and enough superheroes to fill the Baxter Building.

What follows is an inventory of Rutland’s many appearances in the worlds of comics, television, and film.

Read the full list over on The Rutland Reader.

Peter Parker Swings By Vermont

This is pretty awesome: a comic released this week from Marvel finds Spiderman and Wolverine chatting in Rutland, Vermont. I haven’t been keeping up with the comics world lately, but it seems that Peter Parker has escaped the superhero lifestyle and the confines of Rutland. Apparently, the folks at Marvel haven’t yet read Rolling Stone’s article on heroin in Vermont, or they would have relocated him elsewhere.

Edit: the issue in question is What If? Age of Ultron #2, released earlier this week!

It’s fun to see this: Rutland has a real history in the comic book industry, with heroes popping up every now and then, and even featuring the annual Halloween parade.

Weird Lovecraft Conference Calls for Papers

Weird Tales cover for January 1942.The call is out — the call of Dr. Jonas Prida, that is — for proposals for Weird Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft, Weird Tales, and the American Horror Canon, a pop culture conference held at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont. As the circular elaborates:

The College of St. Joseph is actively looking for paper proposals that explore the way that Lovecraft and/or Weird Tales helped construct the American horror canon or the American horrific aesthetic. Papers will be presented at the College of St. Joseph’s popular culture conference, held October 26-27th.

You can download the notice directly from the college’s website. It covers the abstract deadline, how to contact Dr. Prida and some possibilities of topics for those needing a nudge.

Hunger Games Midnight Screenings in Vermont

The Hunger Games look to be a major franchise, and accordingly, there’s a lot of excitement for the adaptation of the first book to hit the screen. Around Vermont, a number of theaters are holding midnight showings. Here’s a list of the places that have tickets on sale now:

Majestic 10, Williston – Tickets
Essex Cinemas, Essex – Tickets
Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield – Tickets
Palace Nine, Burlington – Tickets
Capitol Showplace, Montpelier – Tickets
The Roxy, Burlington – Tickets
Bijou Cineplex, Morrisville – Tickets
Stowe Cinemas, Stowe – Tickets
Welden Theater, St. Albans – Tickets
Flagship Cinemas, Rutland – Tickets

Geek Things for August 24th

No earthquakes scheduled for today!

  • Greening Your Home, 6PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. Free. (Energy)
  • Renewable Energy Workshop, 6:30–7:30PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. Free; preregister. (Energy)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • ‘Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands’, 7:30PM, Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. $10 suggested donation. (Environmentalism / Documentary)
  • Monarch Butterfly Tagging, 3:30–5PM, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. Free. (Nature)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Batteries & Motors, 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Mirror, Mirror, 3:00 pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Learn About Simple Touch, Our Newest eBook Reader! 5:30 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Learn the Japanese Art of Origami, 10am, Congregational Church, Waterbury. Pre-reg. 244-7036. (Origami)
  • 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 NH. (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 NH. (Gaming)

Geek Things for August 10th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 8:15PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • ‘Greening Your Home’, 6PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • Public Viewing Night. Call for a status report in case of inclement weather. 9–10:30PM, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Astronomy)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical’, 12PM, Battery Park, Burlington. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘Champ: Unsolved Mystery of the Lake’, 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Free Tutorial About NOOK Color!, 5:30 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Children’s Storytime: Chinese Folklore!, 10:00am, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
  • Used Book Celebration, 4pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Books)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Mystery of the Bleached Corals, Life in Pixels: using data imaging to explore the world. 1-2pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. (Science)
  • 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 NH. (Gaming)

 

Harry Potter Midnight Showing Roundup

Around the state, there will be a number of midnight openings for the final Harry Potter film. Here’s a list of where you can see it. Keep in mind that a lot of these places might sell out – or have already sold out.

Paramount Theater, Barre. Tickets avaliable: http://www.fgbtheaters.com/
Palace Nine, Burlington. Sold Out.
Essex Cimemas, Essex. Sold Out.
Majestic 10, Williston. Sold Out.
Merrill Roxy Theater, Burlington. Sold Out.
Bijou Cineplex 4, Morrisville. Sold Out.
Star Theater of St. Johnsbury. Tickets avaliable.
Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. Tickets avaliable: http://www.flagshipcinemas.com/rutland/
Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield. Tickets avaliable: http://www.bigpicturetheater.info/
Stowe Cinema 3 Plex, Stowe. Sold Out.
Sunset Drivein, Colchester. Tickets avaliable: http://www.sunsetdrivein.com/
Welden Theater, St. Albans. Tickets avaliable: http://www.weldentheatre.com/Welden_Theatre/Home.html
Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center. Tickets Avaliable: http://villagepictureshows.com/
Cinema 7, Bennington. Tickets avaliable: http://www.movietickets.com/house_detail.asp?house_id=4799&rdate=7%2F14%2F2011&sortid=1