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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO 4000 Years of Magic!: Interactive Comedy: How did a 19th century French magician stop an Algerian rebellion by performing a simple magic trick? How did ancient magicians entertain Egyptian pharahos? What was Harry Houdini known for before becoming famous? All of these secrets and more will be revealed. 1 p.m. $12. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information:

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro West Arts--17 Artists--Art Show and Sale: (See 11/30). . One Eighteen Elliot. .

Celebrations and festivals

TOWNSHEND The Townshend Holiday of Horses Parade and Celebration: Parade, holiday decorating Craft Hour, potluck sponsored by Community Hope and Action. Bring your favorite holiday foods, if possible. The West River Valley Chorus will sing a holiday medley--you can join in. 1 p.m. Parade; 2 p.m. Craft Hour and 3 p.m. potluck at Townshend Church; 4 p.m. singing on the Commons. Free. Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School, 2042 VT Rte 30. Information: 802-365-4700.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Remembering Howard Frank Mosher: Screening and Discussion by Jay Craven: Craven worked closely with the renowned VT writer Howard Frank Mosher, who died in January 2017, making five films based on his stories since 1985. Jay will present reflections on his 28-year collaboration with Howard and a screening of his first feature film based on one of his novels, "Where the Rivers Flow North," conjuring larger-than-life characters and articulating a vivid sense of Vermont rooted in Howard's historical imagination of place. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Latchis); 6:30 p.m. (Marlboro College, Whittemore Theater). $12 (free for Marlboro College students and staff). Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information: 802-246-1500; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Master Irish Fiddler Brian Conway: Conway is a leading exponent of the tastefully ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman. He will be accompanied by BMC faculty member Keith Murphy. 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall. $15. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Reservations: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

WARDSBORO Santa, Cookies, Photos & Crafters: Santa will arrive by fire truck, complete with sirens blaring, for a photo op while family members select Christmas cookies. Each child will receive a new book. Crafters will offer their wares throughout the event. Sponsored by the Trustees of the Wardsboro Library. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m (Santa arrives at noon). Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Information: 802-896-6055.


BRATTLEBORO Sunday Sounds: Jed Blume: Quiet gatherings cultivate contemplation and daydreaming in the presence of great music and art. Listen to Jed Blume and his ethereal raga-based hand pan compositions. 10:30 a.m. - noon (music starts at 11 a.m.). Free; donations welcome. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Linda Blake. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations welcome. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber:

BRATTLEBORO Balkan Cafe: International music, traditional dance, and food. Join in the dancing, listen to the music, or just hang out and have a good time. Easy, beginner-friendly dances will be scattered throughout the afternoon with light teaching. All levels welcome. Panharmonium has seven members playing traditional music of the Balkans, eastern Europe, and Israel, ranging from the lively and uplifting to the rapturously melodic. 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. $12 suggested donation. Brattleboro Eagles Club, 54 Chickering Dr. Information: 802-257-9513,



December 2017