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Performing arts

TOWNSHEND "Mary Poppins": (See 11/9). . Leland and Gray Players, Leland and Gray Union High School. .

Ideas and education

WALPOLE "Oil, Ice, Bone: Arctic Whaler Nathaniel Ransom" with Dr. Helen Frink: In 2016, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Assn. announced the discovery of the wreckage of two sunken whale ships off the Alaskan coast. This is the story of these vessels and how they came to be lost in the greatest whaling disaster in American history. Arctic whaler Nathaniel Ransom served as third mate of one of the ships abandoned in 1871. In 1860, as a 14-year-old, he followed his five older brothers into the dank forecastle of a whaling vessel. For 15 years he hunted 70-ton bowheads in Arctic waters for the many uses of "bone." Blades of flexible baleen from the leviathan's enormous jaw raised its value, even as petroleum gradually replaced whale oil as a source of lighting. In 1871. Ransom survived the loss of 32 whaling vessels in the frigid waters off Alaska's Icy Cape. He kept a journal and held onto it as he and his shipmates jettisoned weapons and warm clothing to save their lives. His eyewitness account of whaling's slaughter/sudden losses is enriched by presenter Helen Frink's affection for an ancestor she discovered through his journals a century after his death. Presented by the Walpole Historical Society Speaker Series. 7 p.m. Free. Walpole Town Hall, Elm St. Information: 603-756-3672.

BRATTLEBORO "A Beginner's Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast" with author Mark Mikolas: In this approachable field guide, local writer and hiker Mikolas shares a unique approach for year-round tree identification. His method, which centers on the northeastern US where 20 species make up the majority of trees, will prepare readers to recognize trees at a glance, even in winter when leaves are not present. He focuses on the key characteristics of each tree--black cherry bark looks like burnt potato chips; spruce needles are pointed while balsam fir needles are soft and rounded at the ends. Some trees can even be identified by scent. Location maps for each of the 40 species covered and more than 400 photographs make the trees easy to identify. He also explains how to differentiate between similar and commonly confused trees, such as red maple and sugar maple. 6 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

W. BRATTLEBORO "Putting On Our Finery"--A Fundraising Fashion Show with Distinction: Theatre Adventure (actors with developmental challenges who have a burning desire to create, act, imagine, dance, sing, and perform), presents glitter, glamour, and theatrical treats with a showcase of Shakespearean characters from "Twelfth Night." Festivities include stunning fashions, live music, and awe-inspiring acting. Stasia of Stasia's Style School is the Fashionista, Cathy Martin provides piano accompaniment to Tony Barrand's singing, and Brattleboro's radio personality "Fish" is the pie auctioneer. Putting On Our Finery supports New England Youth Theatre, celebrating its 14th anniversary. 7 p.m. $15 to $50 your choice (includes desserts). West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Tickets: 802-246-6398,

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "Breathless" ("A Bout de Souffle"): Jean-Paul Belmondo is an "aspiring" small time hood and Jean Seberg as a young American selling the International Herald Tribune on the Champs-Élysée. This is Jean-Luc Goddard's classic from Truffaut's script is in French with English subtitles. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $5 with free popcorn. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GRAFTON Kevin Parry: Parry plays blues, rock and country on the guitar and harmonica. Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Eric Clapton, plus originals. 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. in Phelps Barn. Free. Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Information: 802-843-2231; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Old-Time Folk with Tina Olsen: Tina fell in love with the folk music of the '60s and '70s (Carter Family and Leonard Cohen songs) when she was​ ​12 and taught herself guitar. She especially likes sing-alongs but is happy to sing folk favorites and takes requests. noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Lunch Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Gowan Brae playing Celtic Music: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Gowan Brae, Antje Ruppert, and friends, will be entertaining in the cafe, playing traditional fiddle tunes. Sponsored by the West River Community Project, promoting community, the arts, and local, sustainable agriculture. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Food Co-op Annual Shareholder's Meeting: Dinner, photo booth, mingling, followed by a business meeting and kids Circus Yoga (ages 7 and up), The Miles Band, and dessert. Door prizes. 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (6 p.m - 7 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. meeting and CircusYoga, 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. music and dessert). Free. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Must be a BFC shareholder to attend (RSVP required). Pre-register kids for CircusYoga at Shareholder Services 802-246-2821,

BRATTLEBORO Friday Night Group with Outright Vermont: This is a social support space for queer and questioning youth ages 13-22, with super-cool adult facilitators. Free pizza every week. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:


PUTNEY You Make Me Feel Like Dancing!: Benefit for Next Stage: Dust off your bell bottoms and platform shoes and connect with your inner disco diva. Come get down and boogie in support of Next Stage programming. DJ Sound & Light, provided by the Latchis Hotel & Theater, will be mixing the music. Light fare, beer and wine, cash bar. Raffle and live auctions. 7 p.m. $35. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

MARLBORO Voice and Vessel: Moving tableau of story, sound, and dance created by Hanna Satterlee, Delaney McDonough, and Caitlin Scholl. They will discuss and digest how we carry our truths vs. our tales. They ask, as individuals and in the larger society, how do we package facts to store them in memory? Where are the holes in that process and do they matter? . 8 p.m. Free. Marlboro College/Serkin Center Dance Studio, 2582 South Rd. Information:



November 2017