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These events all took place in our Essex store.

Find Waldo in Essex, Williston, and Jericho!

Please note:  In order to have an even bigger and better Waldo Party on July 31st, Phoenix Books Essex and Phoenix Books Burlington Waldo-hunters will both be celebrating at Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank Street!

Where's Waldo? In Essex, Williston, and Jericho, of course. He's turning twenty-five this year, and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty different local businesses all through the month of July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, and more. From Phoenix Books Essex to Kaleidoscope Yarns in Essex, from Snowflake Chocolate in Jericho to Natural Provisions in Williston, Waldo figures are showing up in public areas of local establishments. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo in Essex, Williston, and Jericho!” search list with the names of all the businesses, and collect an "I Found Waldo at ___________" card for each Waldo they spot. Collecting cards in sixteen or more businesses and turning them in at Phoenix Books Essex will win a Waldo button and an entry for other, larger prizes to be drawn at a Waldo party at Phoenix Books Burlington on July 31. The Grand Prize is a complete six-volume set of Waldo books. People who prefer a shorter version of the hunt can collect the cards from eight businesses and pick up a Waldo button at Phoenix Books Essex.

Here are the businesses that are participating!

  • Sweet Clover (Essex)
  • Kaleidoscope Yarns (Essex)
  • Inspirations Arts & Crafts (Essex)
  • Depot Home & Garden (Essex)
  • UPS Store (Essex)
  • Sukho Thai (Essex)
  • Essex Cinema (Essex)
  • The Dog and Cat (Essex)
  • Dragonfly Treasures (Essex)
  • Snowflake Chocolates (Jericho)
  • Sewing Corner (Jericho)
  • Jerihill (Jericho)
  • Artists Mediums (Williston)
  • Natural Provisions (Williston)
  • Joyce's Noodle House (Essex)
  • Mountain High Pizza Pie (Jericho)
  • Sew Many Treasures (Williston)
  • Maplehurst Florist (Essex)
  • Mimmo's (Essex)
  • ...and, of course, Phoenix Books Essex!

Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in 1987. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 55 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into eighteen languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.

In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including Phoenix Books here in Essex, to have fun and encourage people to visit local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the game lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Essex, Williston, and Jericho, call Phoenix Books at 802-872-7111.

By the way, Phoenix Books Burlington is doing a Where's Waldo hunt of its own!  Find out more on our upcoming events page.

Where's Waldo? The Search for the Lost Things Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763658328
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Candlewick - February 14th, 2012

Where's Waldo? The Incredible Paper Chase Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763647254
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Candlewick - February 8th, 2011

Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763635008
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2007

Discoveries in Wine (Essex) - SOLD OUT

Red Wine GlasCome join us at Phoenix Books and Cafe to explore several different wines from the renowned wine growing regions of New Zealand, including bright, crisp Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough and smoky Pinot Noir from the South Island.  Kelly will be our guide during this event, and we will sample local breads and cheeses that pair well with each wine.  We can't wait to discover the world of wine with you!

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore Phoenix's new wine selection, which we'll be offering by the glass from our new Vino-temp cuvinee.  

Kelly is Phoenix's new cafe manager.  Her not so meager beginnings here in Vermont landed her in beautiful San Francisco in 1990 where she fell into an amazing serving position at a restaurant called Fleur De Lys.  It was there that she learned about and tasted some of the finest wines produced in the world.  Three years later, she moved to sunny Los Angeles and became the first female server at Patina and Melisse, two of the top French restaurants in the city.  She waited on movie stars, wrote wine lists, and finally became a wine distributor calling on A-list restaurants, fine shops, and even the Playboy Mansion! She traveled back and forth to wine country in Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Maria and even got the chance to fly over Napa in a cessna with Tim Mondavi while sipping his cabernet!  It was a fun ride....  Kelly returned to Vermont in the fall of 2004, wanting to raise her children in the beautiful setting where she grew up.  Wine is still her passion, and, now that her kids are both in school, she has time to reflect back on the last 20 years of food and wine.  She looks forward to sharing her discoveries with you!

The cost for this event is $25, and registration is required.  This event has sold out!  To get on a waiting list, please call 872-7111.  This event is for adults aged 21 or older only, and all attendees MUST present an acceptable photo ID with their ticket receipt when they arrive for the event.

Evelyn Geer and the Lepine Sisters (Essex)

Join Evelyn Geer and the Lepine sisters to learn about the stories behind Evelyn's new book, The Lepine Girls of Mud City: Embracing Vermont. Books will be available for purchase and to have signed. You can also meet Evelyn and the Lepine sisters on June 30th at Phoenix Books Burlington.

The Lepines’ story began in Quebec, from where Maurice and Imelda immigrated to Vermont during the Great Depression. The family farmed, lived off the rich Vermont landscape and instilled a love for it in their daughters, Gert, Jeanette and Therese. As adults, “the Girls” taught school, traveled the world and worked for President Johnson but never forgot their roots. All three returned to Mount Sterling Farm, raising their famed Jersey cows and embodying Vermont’s agricultural tradition. Their story is one of hope and valor—of a family who loved their home and neighbors and left their land as a lasting gift for the world.

Evelyn Geer is a lifelong resident of Vermont and a long-time friend of the Lepine family. During college, she cared for the sisters’ ailing mother, and has remained close to the family since. She has made a living as an artist and journalist, and is a member of the Jacob Walker Art Gallery in Morristown, VT, which was founded by the Lepine sisters. She is also a member of the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, worked for the Stowe Reporter, Stowe Guide Magazine, and The Vermont Journal and Vermont’s Channel 3 TV. She is a member of the Vermont Folklife Center, Stowe Historical Society, and Morristown Historical Society.

The Lepine Girls of Mud City: Embracing Vermont Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781609494315
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: History Press - June 12th, 2012

Lucia Chiu on Chinese Calligraphy and Watercolor - an Open Studio Demo (Essex)

Learn about Chinese calligraphy and watercolor painting with Lucia Chiu!

Lucia was born in China.  She started learning Chinese calligraphy from her father at an early age.  With the early good brush skill training, she later learned Chinese traditional painting from other artists.  The fundamental component of Chinese paintings is the line, as it is in Chinese calligraphy.  Lucia lives in South Burlington. 

Throughout Spring Open Studio Weekend, The Gallery at Phoenix Books will host several demos by Essex Art League artists.  These demos are laid back and friendly, and we invite you to enjoy a drink from our cafe while appreciating the depth and breadth of talent that exists among our local artists!  Whether you're an artist yourself or simply an enthusiast, please join us!

by Lucia Chiu.  Used with permission of the artist.

Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and the creative process in which Vermont artists and craftspeople invite the public to visit them in their studios. The Vermont Crafts Council launched Open Studio Weekend in 1993 as a way to increase the visibility of artists and craftspeople in Vermont. The event's goal is to foster an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont's communities.

Make a day of it!  Check out more studios in Essex.

 

Lynn Cummings on Painting the Negative Spaces with Watercolor - an Open Studio Demo (Essex)

Learn about painting the negative spaces with watercolor with Lynn Cummings!

Lynn Cummings is a watercolor painter who lives with her family in South Burlington.  Her love of color and nature are evident in her brilliant florals, botanicals, and landscapes.  She and her family enjoy travelling, and many of her paintings are based on subjects from their travels throughout the US, Latin America, and abroad. 

Throughout Spring Open Studio Weekend, The Gallery at Phoenix Books will host several demos by Essex Art League artists.  These demos are laid back and friendly, and we invite you to enjoy a drink from our cafe while appreciating the depth and breadth of talent that exists among our local artists!  Whether you're an artist yourself or simply an enthusiast, please join us!

"Tulip Time Again" (c)Lynn Cummings.  Used with permission of the artist.

 

Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and the creative process in which Vermont artists and craftspeople invite the public to visit them in their studios. The Vermont Crafts Council launched Open Studio Weekend in 1993 as a way to increase the visibility of artists and craftspeople in Vermont. The event's goal is to foster an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont's communities.

Make a day of it!  Check out more studios in Essex.

 

Hattie Saville on Watercolor Painting - an Open Studio Demo (Essex)

Learn about watercolor painting with Hattie Saville!

Throughout Spring Open Studio Weekend, The Gallery at Phoenix Books will host several demos by Essex Art League artists.  These demos are laid back and friendly, and we invite you to enjoy a drink from our cafe while appreciating the depth and breadth of talent that exists among our local artists!  Whether you're an artist yourself or simply an enthusiast, please join us!

Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and the creative process in which Vermont artists and craftspeople invite the public to visit them in their studios. The Vermont Crafts Council launched Open Studio Weekend in 1993 as a way to increase the visibility of artists and craftspeople in Vermont. The event's goal is to foster an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont's communities.

Make a day of it!  Check out more studios in Essex.

Donna McDermid on Sculpting with Felted Wool - an Open Studio Demo (Essex)

Learn about sculpting with felted wool with Phoenix's own Donna McDermid!

Born in Canada, Donna McDermid moved to Vermont 11 years ago. It is here that she was introduced to the fascinating world of wool and felting. Always an avid crafter and artist, "It is through the manipulation of raw fibers," she says, "that I am able to 'sculpt' and 'paint' and thereby bring to life the world around me, both real and imagined." Donna is a  member of the Essex Art League.

You can find Donna's sculptures - which she creates with felted wool - here at The Gallery at Phoenix Books. 

Throughout Spring Open Studio Weekend, The Gallery at Phoenix Books will host several demos by Essex Art League artists.  These demos are laid back and friendly, and we invite you to enjoy a drink from our cafe while appreciating the depth and breadth of talent that exists among our local artists!  Whether you're an artist yourself or simply an enthusiast, please join us!

 

Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and the creative process in which Vermont artists and craftspeople invite the public to visit them in their studios. The Vermont Crafts Council launched Open Studio Weekend in 1993 as a way to increase the visibility of artists and craftspeople in Vermont. The event's goal is to foster an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont's communities.

Make a day of it!  Check out more studios in Essex.

 

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