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VTDigger to host Local Live(s) event at Foam Brewers; Join us Oct. 19

VTDigger is thrilled to partner with Back Pocket Media to bring Vermonters a captivating live storytelling event sponsored by Deep City and featuring journalists and community members.


About the event

Local Live(s) is a show that brings together journalists and locals for a night of entertainment and conversation by and for Vermonters. The result is an entertaining, captivating event that fosters connection and new understandings. Think of it as a podcast, but live and all about the place we love.

The theme of the evening is ‘Headfirst,’ stories about diving headlong into odd, difficult, and at times, sublime decisions.

Marlon Fisher
Community Storyteller
Auditi Guha
VTDigger Editor
Susanne Schmidt
Community Storyteller
Fred Thys
VTDigger Reporter

Music by Local Dork

Legendary DJ duo Local Dork will be spinning their eclectic and far-reaching vinyl collection to kick off the evening.

Local storytellers

Journalists share stories behind their reporting, inviting readers into a world they’ve only observed from the outside. Community members share the true, unvarnished stories of their lives.


Funky, fresh and in person

You’ll enjoy the creative vibes at Foam Brewers on the Lake Champlain waterfront. All eligible individuals must be fully vaccinated to attend. The program will take place indoors with ventilation.

Get your tickets

To attend, please RSVP below or here via Eventbrite. Tickets are $5 per person, however additional donations are always welcome and help support our nonprofit news organization.



More About Local Live(s)

This event is part of a national series Back Pocket Media is co-producing with local and state news organizations across the country. Other newsrooms that have hosted Local Live(s) events include the Chicago Sun-Times, Long Beach Post and Mountain State Spotlight.


If cost of admission is at all a barrier, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Libbie Sparadeo at [email protected].

Local Live(s) is funded by the Brown Institute of Media Innovation. This event is sponsored by Deep City, Foam Brewers’ sister restaurant located just next door to the brewery.



Libbie Sparadeo

About Libbie

Libbie Sparadeo leads community engagement, communications and external partnerships. Previously she managed development and planning for Neighbors in Action, a demonstration project of the Center for Court Innovation that promotes community cohesion in Central Brooklyn. Before that, Libbie was policy associate with the Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice, and managed a Ford Foundation initiative at CUNY with formerly incarcerated and undocumented students in the South Bronx. Born and raised in Vermont, she holds an MA in Human Rights from Columbia University. She lives in Randolph.

Email: [email protected]

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