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Event listings for Saturday, September 23, 2017

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Title and Deed": Michael Fox Kennedy, the speaker in Will Eno's one-character play, is a recent arrival on our shores, disoriented from culture shock and homesickness, and struggling to illuminate both sides of that map with a torrent of absurd, tragic, stinging, hilarious words. Presented by the Apron Theater Co. 7:30 p.m. $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST CHESTERFIELD "Uncle Vanya": (See 9/22). . Actors Theatre Playhouse. .

SAXTONS RIVER "A Night of True Stories": In the spirit of National Public Radio's The Moth Radio Hour, friends and neighbors will entertain with tales of pathos, mirth, adventure, loss, fright and all the emotions in between. Stories are told live on stage without scripts, notes, props or accompaniment. Scheduled storytellers are Celia Bohannon, Ron Bos-Lun, Michelle Bos-Lun, Kathleen Bryar, Rick Gordon, Tony Lampert, Margo Matt, and John Tribuna. This is a fundraiser for Main Street Arts in a cabaret setting with refreshments. 7 p.m. $18 ($16 at door). Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO National Theatre Live in HD--"Yerma": 4 p.m. $20, $10 students. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-257-5717,

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.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO BrattRock--Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival: Eighteen youth rock bands and solo artists take the stage. Performances take place on two stages, one indoor and one outdoor. The festival also feature food vendors, arts, crafts, games. All are invited to attend this family-friendly event. 4:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $10, $8 students (A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Youth Services). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO The Root Social Justice Center's 4th Birthday Celebration: We'll make signs and learn songs and then parade through Brattleboro, highlighting racial justice. Then we'll meet back at The Root for a potluck dinner and a short program where we'll release our new logo. Dancing follows. 3 p.m. signs and songs, 4 p.m. parade, 5 p.m. dinner/program, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. dancing. Free. Funds raised will keep this space and programs going strong for the next year. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-254-3400; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILLIAMSVILLE Fall Equinox Celebration at Manitou: Paneurhythmy (sacred circle dance) and Sound Healing Concert in the woods featuring Vibrant Ensemble (musicians Dennis Waring and Stephan Brandstatter). Family friendly. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for hiking and dancing. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Manitou Project, 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Mike Mayer: 802-258-8598.

BRATTLEBORO Brooks Memorial Library's 50th Birthday Party: Kevin O'Keefe of Circus Minimus (One Man Circus In A Suitcase) will entertain children and adults alike. Cake follows. Sharon Leslie and Daniel Kasnitz offer playful harmonies, acoustic guitars, percussion and upright bass, Popular hits with a funky, jazzy twist. Then rock out to the Wyld Nightz Trio with Jeff Brewer. Kevin: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd fl.; Sharon and Daniel: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.; Wyld Nightz Trio: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GREENFIELD Butterfly Swing Band--Music and Dance with East Coast and Lindy Hop Instructors: The Butterfly Swing Band plays fun, danceable, joyous music with a classic swing groove. Primarily drawing on tunes from the 1920s and '30s, including music by Ellington, Basie, Cole Porter, and Benny Goodman. Choose between Lindy Hop with the Lindy League of Massachusetts, or East Coast Swing with Emily Fox. 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. (7 p.m. - 8 p.m. dance lessons, 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. dance and groove to music). $10 to $15. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Self-Publishing 101: Learn the basics of publishing your own book from indie author Megan Applegate--what it takes to go from manuscript to published with all the hard-earned tips, tricks, and pitfalls to avoid that she learned along the way. 10:30 a.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Registration recommended: 802-463-4270,


BRATTLEBORO Mushroom Foray: This wet summer has led to a proliferation of fungi Justin Garner will be our guide as we explore the woods in quest of mushrooms. We hope to find, among the weird and wonderful variety, such edibles as lobster mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, hen of the woods (maitake), black trumpets, and hedgehog mushrooms. Bring a bag or basket for collecting mushrooms and a mushroom knife or small pocketknife. Be prepared for off-trail hiking in wooded terrain. 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. $15 ($10 BEEC members). Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Reserve your space:

E. DUMMERSTON Free Vintage Camper Rally: Talk to the 40-50 owners/restorers of decades-old Air Streams, Scotties, Shastas, etc. Take exterior and interior pictures and get ideas for your own nostalgia-on-wheels project. Vintage decor items will be for sale outside some of the campers. The Vintage Victuals Snack Bar, a re-purposed 1969 Banner trailer, will offer lunch and snacks. Dogs are welcome if they have been well-socialized, on a leash, and are picked up after. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Brattleboro North KOA Campground, 1238 US Rte 5. Information: 802-254-5908; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Plant a Garden for Pollinators: Many populations of bee and butterfly pollinators are in decline. While the causes are complex, there is something you can do to help: plant a garden of native flowers. The BEEC and Retreat Farm will host a family-friendly workshop with landscape designer Tom Sullivan of Pollinators Welcome. Adults will learn the essentials of creating an attractive garden for native pollinators while kids are engaged in pollination-themed activities. It's not too late to install a garden that will bloom beautifully for you and the bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Then the group will get hands-on practice designing and planting a new pollinator garden at Retreat Farm's Children's Farm and Forest. All participants will receive a species list, starter seed package for their home garden, and a complimentary day pass to the Children's Farm and Forest. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. - noon. $15, $5 ages 2-13. Retreat Farm, 350 Linden St. Pre-registration required:,

BELLOWS FALLS National Recovery Month: "Bringing Hope Home Barbecue": Family-friendly barbecue potluck style in celebration of National Recovery Month. Bring a dish to share. Hamburgers and hot dogs provided. Share your story, connect, and celebrate stories of recovery. Recovery Coaches from Turning Point of Springfield will now be available in Bellows Falls. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Parks Place Community Center, 44 School St. Information: 802-463-9927; Click to e-mail for more information.

GRAFTON Fairy House Festival: This is a puckish annual tradition that inspires people of all ages to take a closer look at the natural world. Visitors will follow a nature path sprinkled with charming fairy houses, then return to The Nature Museum to create their own fairy dwellings in the gardens. Hands-on crafts, face painting and bubbles round out this interactive and magical experience for all. Light refreshments will be available for purchase and picnicking is encouraged. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, September 24, 2017. Advance: $10, $8 seniors (64+) $4 kids (3-17), free under age 2 (slightly more day of). Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Information: 802.843.2111,

BRATTLEBORO Can Cops Cook?: Local law enforcement are cooking up ideas to bring you the best of their culinary delights. This will be a fun and competitive event that's sure to bring laughs. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. $10, $5 kids under 12, free for kids under 3. American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St. Information: 802-254-5290.


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.

September 2017

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