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Event listings for Sunday, September 24, 2017

Performing arts

PUTNEY "The Dancingmaster": This is a whimsical musical portrait of legendary contra dance caller Dudley Laufman who almost single-handedly provided the link between the old days of rural contradancing in the hamlets of New England and the vibrant network of dances taking place throughout the world. The words sung in the piece come from an interview conducted with Dudley by composer Lawrence Siegel, the latest of his acclaimed "Verbatim Projects." The character "Dudley" is played by the traditional musician, Keith Murphy. Becky Tracy on violin and Siegel on piano provide musical accompaniment. Mary DesRosiers, a dancing master, created choreography performed by traditional dancers from the Monadnock Region of NH. Presented by The Monadnock Folklore Society and the Brattleboro Music Center. 7 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets:

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group--"The Shipping News" by Annie Proulx: At 36, Quayle, a third-rate newspaperman, is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife meets her just desserts. He retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local character all play a part in Quayle's struggle to reclaim his life. As three generations of his family cobble up new lives, he confronts his private demons along with the unpredictable forces of nature and society and begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE "Interstate" with author Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord: Talking about poetry and reading from his latest poetry collection, deNiord's books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Olde & New England Books, 47 West St. Information: 802-365-7074; Click to e-mail for more information.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Ken Burns' Vietnam War Documentary: All veterans along with the public are invited to come together to watch and to consider the portrayal of this divisive conflict. We will be viewing one episode each night. 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Through Thursday, September 28, 2017. American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St. John Hagen: 802-251-0777.


BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Re-Homing: Acquire surplus reed organs and parts from the museum’s warehouse. Beautiful instruments looking for new homes and new uses. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.


DUMMERSTON Introduction to Brewing Beer with Fresh Hops: Visit the hop yard to harvest fresh hops for the class. Learn home brewing techniques in this hands-on workshop for making extract/partial mash beer and evaluating craft brew styles with Master Brewer Thomas Coleman, the former owner of Black River Brewing Co. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $50. Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Information: 802-254-6868; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY 2017 West Hill Grinder: Three different gravel-road biking loops will offer a variety of rural challenges for intermediate and advanced cyclists. Routes ranging from 19-39 miles will wind through scenic Westminster, Athens, Brookline, and Putney on town dirt roads, Class-4 woods roads, and Pinnacle Association hiking trails, with a bit of pavement here and there. The "West-West" Loop is the easiest and shortest ride on packed dirt roads without technical challenges. There are bail-out points on all routes if a ride must be shortened. 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. depending on route. West Hill Shop, 49 Brickyard Ln. Information: 802-387-5718,

Kids and families

GRAFTON Fairy House Festival: (See 9/23). . Nature Museum. .


BRATTLEBORO Sunday Sounds: John Loggia: Quiet gatherings cultivate contemplation and daydreaming in the presence of great music and art. 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.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro's "Share the Harvest" Free Produce Stand: Come to pick up some fresh veggies or drop off some from your garden to share and/or exchange. Bring your own bags. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (rain location: in front of Experienced Goods on Flat St.). Free. Elliot Street Park. Marilyn Chiarello: 802-254-9121,


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Contradance Fourth Sunday: Randy Miller and Roger Kahle, with Ron Blechner calling Newcomers welcome. No partner needed. Come fragrance-free and carry in clean, soft-soled shoes. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Adults $10 to $12, $8 college students $8, $5 Youth (high school and younger). Brattleboro Contradance, 118 Elliot St. Information: 518-561-2594; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Diana Moore and Lucia Wilson. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations welcome. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,

September 2017

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