Seriously funny 

When Charlotter Woody Keppel takes the stage in Burlington during this weekend’s Festival of Fools, he will be wearing many hats. As co-founder and artistic director of the event, which celebrates its 9th year from July 29-31, Keppel understands how vital a citywide festival is to the social and economic health of Vermont. And as a performer Keppel is acutely—and reverently—aware of the important roles that comedy and spectacle play in our society.

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Sketches from history

Rifling through the newspapers in The Charlotte News archives, one might be surprised by what headed the newspaper for years. Instead of a front page strewn with headlines and photographs, former publications of the newspaper dawn simple line sketches just under The Charlotte News heading. For over 20 years you could find drawings of sailors, cartoons of Town Meeting day or sketches of local wildlife. But who was the person behind this art?

In lieu of flowers

A community’s generosity honors the memory of Andrew Thayer, the Charlotte native who passed away unexpectedly on March 21 in Delray Beach, Florida. A fund started by friends and family will support area youth participation in the Andrew Thayer Junior Golf Clinics at Basin Harbor Club this summer, free of charge.

From big city to small town: Evan Webster Ink

“Everything you do gets you to where you are, so I can’t complain. I’d do it all again,” muses Evan Webster, owner of Evan Webster Ink, a creative screen-printing company in Shelburne that produces wholesale for groups and businesses. Webster, a Charlotte resident, moved here from Boston with his wife in 2012. After living in cities his entire life, he thought it would be an interesting change.

How much jackjumping would a woodchuck jump?

With a combined time of 53.91, Mark Stirewalt of Waterbury Center took gold for the second year in a row. Craig Bunten of Charlotte was a hair’s breadth behind him with a combined time of 53.95. Ethan Bond-Watts, who had previously won the competition three time in 2010, 2012 and 2013, came in fourth with a time of 56:21.

A taste for art

The Little Garden Market’s chef/owner Rick Benson is making waves in the art world. Art Collector World magazine, published by San Diego’s Dolphin and Hawk Gallery, extolled his work in their February issue. “This is really exciting for me,” says Benson, currently Dolphin and Hawk’s only New England artist, of the accolades. “The daring mission…