- Geoff Hansen
pet on a pedestal Animal outings abound this summer so get your pooch off the porch and into the public eye. The poshest parade is at the Shelburne Museum. Along with American folk art and French Impressionist paintings, Electra Havemeyer Webb apparently collected canines. Her animal interests inspired Shelburne Museum Goes to the Dogs last summer a four-hour festival that doubled as the founders dog-friendly birthday party. The fur will fly again this year on Thursday, August 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. when hundreds of dogs and their owners converge on the museum grounds for a dog masquerade parade and demonstrations by pet masseuses, channelers and silhouette artists. Competition among the canines? A bag of poop gets you entered in a raffle, and various contests allow dogs to distinguish themselves as best kisser, best catcher and best lap dog over 50 pounds . . . Pooches and other pets with real talent have another option: upcoming auditions for the Stupid Human and Pet Tricks segment of The Late Show with David Letterman. The Humane Society of Chittenden County is hosting the tryouts this Saturday. We got a call from the trickmaster himself, director Susan OKane says of the shows Darren Demeterio. He said he was looking for animals from the New England area. She has great hopes for one Pavlovian pup who fetches a Kleenex every time her mistress sneezes. The only catch in this celebrity search: No walk-ins are permitted. You have to call 1-800-PET-TRIK first to make Fido or Fifi famous . . . Looking for other opportunities to parade your pet? On July 27, a Mutt Strutt in Stowe raises money for the North Country Animal League, which runs a no kill shelter in Morrisville. The next weekend, Burlington is unleashing support for animals with a parade on Church Street. Smokejacks is sponsoring a companion 10-kilometer road race Sunday morning that raises money for the Humane Society.
people pictures His subjects are humans, not pets, from Vermont to the Great Plains. Come November, the U.S. views of Peter Miller will be on permanent display in Kenya. The Waterbury photographer recently shipped off 32, to the reconstructed U.S. embassy in Nairobi the old one was bombed by terrorists linked to Osama bin Laden. London-based Dale Richardson, who has also curated the art for embassies in Bangladesh, Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen, Israel and Tanzania, chose Millers work for his portrayals of rural life and people. In an April e-mail she explained, The idea is to show guests that we have similar landscape as Kenya plains, plains, plains, with some mountains thrown in for good measure and, like them, plenty of humble people and small village stores. Were not all McDonalds and A&Ps. Millers shots of volunteer firemen, welders, hunters and farmers will hang alongside works by Edward Curtis, Gus Foster, Chris Burkett and Ansel Adams. Good company.