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Event listings for Saturday, March 18, 2017

Performing arts

PUTNEY "I Laid an Egg": In this original piece, co-director Margot goes on an adventure with her imaginary pal, Egg, in a world made of shadows and household items. A nonverbal, interactive show filled with many surprises and discoveries, it bears elements of Shadow Theater, Object Theater and music, bringing the audience into a child's realm of make-believe. Presented by Double Image Theater Lab collaborating with the internationally known musician Driftwood Fire and Vlada Yaneva, director Nancy Smithner, lighting designer Joyce Liao, performers Spica Wobbe and Liz Parker. Shown in many festivals in the U.S. and overseas, its footprints have gone as far as Austria and Holland. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $9, $30 for a family of 4. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Reservations recommended: 802-387-4051; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street": (See 3/16). . Bellows Falls Opera House. .

The written word

WILMINGTON "Think Twice" with author Jayne McBurney: For the past eight years, 16-year-old Alice has been moving from one foster home to another. A difficult past has left her with severe trust issues. Believing there was no hope, Alice had given up on her happiness until she met Jessica. Jessica seemed like the best foster parent yet but she made a mistake that turned Alice's world upside down. Jayne McBurney is 18 years old. This novel is her first book. 4 p.m. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Opening of Six New Exhibits: "Drawn Home": Paul Shore; "Glasstastic": inspired by the Kids Design Glass program at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA; "Seriously Funny": Ed Koren; "Luminous Muqarna": Soo Sunny Park; "Appearances & Reality": Mary Welsh; and "Ghost Mesa": Claire Van Vliet. Brunch reception included. BMAC members and guests welcome. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Carol Makes Tamales: Carol Flores has been making her family tamale recipe since she was a child. The women in her family would come together on special occasions to flavor, shape and cook herb-filled corn dough wrapped around a delicious center. In this class, she will share her family recipe and show how to make these family treasures (both vegetarian and chicken based). You will taste one of Carol's tamales and then make your own with the instruction and ingredients provided. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

Celebrations and festivals

GUILFORD Sugar-on-Snow Supper: The money raised helps support the church's outreach in the community. Seatings: 4:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m., 7 p.m. $12, $6 children ages 11 and under, $3 preschoolers. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Reservations: 802-254-9019,,

TOWNSHEND Community Hope & Action of Townshend Dinner and Talent Show: Harmonyville Store will do the cooking—bring a side dish or dessert to share. The Townshend Fire Department made a financial contribution. Substance free; open to all ages, all towns. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. dinner; 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. talent show. Free. Townshend Town Hall, 2006 Rte. 30. Information: 802-365-4700,

BRATTLEBORO Nowrooz: New Day, New Light, New Year, Persian, and Central Asian Cultures: The Asian Arts Council of VT presents this multicultural festival featuring traditional classical Iranian music by Eshagh Shaoul and others, selections of Persian poetry, and a Persian dinner. 4 p.m. Free. Dinner is by donation. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. RSVP: 802-257-7898,

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Off the Beaten Path: "Moonlight": Academy Award-winner for Best Picture, this is a chronicle of the childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood of a young black man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. 4 p.m. $9, $7 seniors/children, $7 matinee everyone. Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information: 802-246-1500; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Joe Walsh, Mariel Vandersteel, Eli West: This trio collaborates on traditional American songs and tunes, Norwegian fiddle tunes (using Vandersteel's hardingfele—Norway's traditional folk instrument), and original songs and instrumentals. Visit,, and 7 p.m. $18 at door (cash only). Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Reservations: 802-387-4051; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Sheila Jordan: Jazz: Sheila Jordan, vocalist, performs Bebop plus Jazz Standards from the Great American Songbook with Alan Broadbent, pianist, and bassist Harvie S. This trio's performance from 25 years ago is now captured in the newly released CD, "Better than Anything." . 8 p.m. $20, $15 students with I.D., educational discounts available. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Tickets: 802-254-9088 x 1,

WEST BRATTLEBORO Butterfly Swing Band: Hot jazz for listening and dancing. 7:15 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. New England House, 254 Marlboro Rd. Information: 802-254-6886.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Saturday indoor diverse farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade gifts, and more. Delicious lunch menu and live music. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Through Saturday, March 25, 2017. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

GRAFTON Kindred Spirits: "Magnificent Migrations": Many species of animals migrate as an adaptation to help them be successful. Did you know the Artic Tern travels 40,000 miles during migration but that some native amphibians only travel a few hundred feet? During this program we will explore the how and why of animal migration. With Jay DeGregorio, environmental educator. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. By donation. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. RSVP: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Kids' Art for Change: Share your voice through art. We will be making pictograph stamps, creating a mural, screen printing, and reading stories to work together to envision the world we want. Facilitated by local public school educators. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., #201. Information: 802-257-1577; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO "Spiritual Wisdom on Dreams" and Brattleboro Community HU Chants: The dream study series is the last of three parts. Bring your own experiences and learn from others as you practice techniques to remember and interpret your dreams, get practical help in everyday life, and experience spiritual growth. Also, everyone is welcome to join a Community HU Chant followed by a brief silent contemplation. HU is an ancient word that can open your heart to help you find peace, greater awareness, and a higher perspective on daily problems. Hear the sound of HU at Hosted by Eckankar. 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. dreams, 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. chanting. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Giving Light with Susan Hebson and Laurie Katz: Sukyo Mahikari aims to help people achieve personal spiritual growth and make the world a better place. It teaches the transmission of light energy through a practice these practitioners refer to as "the art of True Light (Mahikari)," believed to issue from the palm of the hand. Experience a one-on-one session. noon - 1 p.m. Free. Brown Bag Lunch Series, River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

BELLOWS FALLS "The Pastel Still Life, Packed and Packaged" with Robert Carsten: Explore the exciting design elements of packaging combined with fruits or vegetables, fruit coming out of a horizontal paper bag, baskets, jars, cans, plastic wrap, and aluminum foil―all adding color, structure, and a contemporary flair to traditional still life forms. Sponsored by the Saxtons River Art Guild. Visit 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School St. Register with Carolyn Berglund: 603-352-7398.


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club with Music by The Visitors: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 includes refreshments. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794.

DUMMERSTON Community Contra Dance with Witman Family Band: All dances taught and all ages and abilities are welcome. Andy Davis will be calling the dance. The band features Ellery Witman on fiddle, Everest Witman on guitar, Alden Witman on Irish whistle, and Avery Witman on cello. Potluck supper. Presented by the Village Dance Series. 5:30 p.m. potluck supper, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. dancing and music. $8, $5 children, $20 families. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Andy Davis: 802-257-1819,

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