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Event listings for Saturday, July 15, 2017

Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD Staged Reading: "The Realistic Joneses": Will Eno's "dramatic comedy" is a funny and moving story of neighbors who share their last name, and a not entirely casual backyard conversation. The play opens with Bob and Jennifer Jones enjoying an evening at their picnic table. Their small-talk conversation bears signs of unease. Enter new neighbors John and Pony Jones bearing a bottle. They have chosen to live where they do, Pony explains, because she "always wanted to live in one of these little towns near the mountains." When Bob disappears inside the house to fetch wine glasses, Jennifer says they moved to town because Bob has a degenerative disease with a poor prognosis and a good specialist lives nearby. The evolving and fragile relationships of the two couples form the plot and serve as a vehicle for the playwright's reflections on life's disappointments and frustrations. Performers: Dan Patterson, Katrina Spenceman, G.Sherman, H. Morrison, and Carrie Blake. 7:30 p.m. $8. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Reservations: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "The Drowsy Chaperone": (See 7/13). . New England Youth Theatre. .

PUTNEY "Mother Courage & Her Children": (See 7/13). . Next Stage Arts Project. .

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Performance Open Lab Weekend: Coinciding with the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, the 2017 Open Lab features works by emerging local artists from Vermont, Maine, and Western MA, and international artists from Lithuania, England, and Quebec. These two festive afternoons include informal showings, local food, and opportunities to meet and talk with the artists. On Saturday, there will be a post-show reception featuring Vermont craft brews by the Whetstone Station and Halyard and local food. 3 p.m. in the Arts Barn. Through Sunday, July 16, 2017. Free. Hilltop Montessori School, 99 Stafford Farm Hill. Information: 802-257-0500; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Trump's Fifth Avenue: A Political Fantasia" presented by Shoot the Moon Theater Co: (See 7/14). . Hooker-Dunham Theater. .

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Creative Writing Group: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, more. Bring original work to read and discuss. Newcomers welcome. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., top floor. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

ALSTEAD "Save the Bees!": Beekeepers must take timely steps to control American Foulbrood and Varroa mites to save the bees. Charles Andros, former NH/VT Apiary Inspector, will hold a beekeeping workshop about taking off and extracting honey, wax processing, queen assessment and requeening, treatment of mites and foulbrood, and making propolis tincture. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. $35, free for kids 18 and under with parent. Bees, 18 MacLean Rd. Information: 603-756-9056,

MARLBORO Goat Pulling Workshop: Hosting "Team Snazzy Goat" with Harry and David. Goats were once commonly used to pull mining carts, or were often a child's first driving animal. Learn what steps it takes to train goats to work in harness. If you want to participate, bring your own goat (they must know how to lead) for a hands on clinic. If you don't have goats, come anyway. Hot dogs and hamburgers for sale. 11: 30 a.m. in the Assn.'s Clubhouse. Free. Southern Vermont Dairy Goat Assn., Rte. 9. Information: 802-579-6177; Click to e-mail for more information.


PUTNEY Masterclass: Laurence Lesser, Cello: At Yellow Barn masterclasses, audience members are invited to sit in The Big Barn with Yellow Barn musicians and witness the interpretive process as Yellow Barn faculty and guests coach participants on a wide range of repertoire. 10:30 a.m. $10, $9 seniors, $5 students. Yellow Barn, 63 Main St. Information: 802-387-6637; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Yellow Barn's Open House Lunch: Spend an afternoon attending open rehearsals, participating in discussions, and sharing a meal with Yellow Barn musicians on campus at The Greenwood School. 12:30 p.m. $10. The Greenwood School, 4 Greenwood Ln. Information: 802-387-4545; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Yellow Barn: Pre-Concert Discussion: Nicholas Mann, Violaine Melançon, Natasha Brofsky, and Abigail Sin discuss the works on the evening's program through the lens of Schumann's passionate Florestan and contemplative Eusebius, the two sides of the composer's personality that characterize so much of his music. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

MARLBORO Marlboro Music Opens 67th Season: Weekend includes the Beethoven Piano Trio in D, Op. 70, No. 1, Ghost; Bartok's Quartet No. 1; and Schubert's Trout Quintet. Among the works that are not as frequently heard will be the Dvorak String Quartet in E flat, Op. 51; Brahms's Balladen und Romanzen, Op. 75; and the Mozart Quintet in E flat for Piano & Winds, K. 452. For aspiring young professional musicians, this is where they get to work on a piece, that they or their colleagues have suggested, for at least three weeks. Rather than being coached by Artistic Director Mitsuko Uchida and members of some of the world's leading string quartets, they get to play alongside them (a concept initiated at Marlboro), exploring works in a depth not possible elsewhere. Twenty-four of the 80 resident artists participating in Marlboro's seven-week season will be heard on the opening weekend. 8 p.m. on 7/15, 2:30 p.m. on 7/16. (Concerts continue weekends through 8/13). Through Sunday, July 16, 2017. $15 to $37.50. Marlboro College, 2582 South Rd. Brian Potter: 802-254-2394,

WEST BRATTLEBORO The 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.

GREENFIELD "Ladies in Jazz" celebrates the Big Band Era: Series producer and vocalist Samirah Evans will be joined by pianist/vocalist Ellen Cogen for two sets of music consisting of some of the best jazz music from the mid-20th century. Accompanied by John Mason (guitar), George Kaye (bass) and Claire Arenius (drums). Period dress is encouraged and the area in front of the stage will be open for dancing. 7 p.m. $15 ($20 at door). Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WESTMINSTER WEST Meet Vermont's Champion White Ash: Hike to the largest White Ash in Vermont, located on Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association property off Headwaters Trail. Forester Arthur Westing will discuss the characteristics of a VT forest and the factors that affect the health of this truly remarkable specimen, which should be on display in all its leafy glory. Re-verified at the beginning of 2014 by Windham County Forester Bill Guenther of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, the tree grew in the ten years since its last measurement and charted a circumference of 205.2 inches and a height of 113 feet. Wear hiking shoes, bring water (no dogs). Rain date July 16. 9:30 a.m. - noon. Meet at the church to carpool to the trailhead. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Registration required:,

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Factory: See and play organs of many styles and sizes. Walk through a working pipe organ. Learn about Brattleboro’s industrial past. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Enter through the back. (Saturdays and Sundays through 10/8). Through Sunday, July 16, 2017. $5 suggested donation. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge Street. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Kids: Brattleboro Farmer's Market: Come sample some tasty, local flavors at the Farmer's Market. Kids will have the chance to make ice cream using the Vermont Harvest of the Month: Berries. Lizi Rosenberg from the Brattleboro Food Co-op instructs. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Farmers Market, Rt. 9, Western Ave., near the covered bridge. Information: 802-254-8885; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Laura Tabachnick leads this vigorous, all levels class. Accompanied by live gentle music. 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. on Saturdays. By donation (all monies given to area non-profits). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Debtors Anonymous: For people who suffer from compulsive spending, chronic under earning, constant credit card debt, IRS problems, terminal vagueness about money and other financial issues. Debt coaches available. Free coffee. 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600.

SO. NEWFANE The Art of Formulation: Making Infused Honeys & Syrups: Learn to make effective, useful, deliciously perfect formulas every time. We'll also infuse honey and make syrup, discuss foundational principles of herbal medicine, do a plant walk and harvesting, and practice our botany skills. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the forest classroom. $60. Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine, 569 Dover Rd. Reservations: 802-365-0251; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

NEWFANE Rock River Artists' 25th Open Studio Tour: Features accomplished artists in media ranging from functional ceramics to thread on fabric. Visitors can start at the Old Schoolhouse in South Newfane where participating artists present a group show. Pick up a map and begin a self-guided tour of the studios, all within short driving distance. Artists" Rob Cartelli, functional pottery; Ellen Darrow, pottery; Dan Dewalt, custom furniture; Chris Ericsson, furniture and jewelry; Georgie, oil painting; Richard Foye, raku pottery; Richard Gillis, wrought iron work; Caryn King, painting; Steven Meyer, painting; Leonard Ragouzeos, painting and drawing; Lauri Richardson, mosaics; Roger Sandes, painting and prints; Deidre Scherer, thread on fabric; Matthew Tell, pottery; Christine Triebert, photography; and Mary Welsh, collage. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Through Sunday, July 16, 2017. Free. Rock River Artists. Information: 802-275-2790; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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