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The written word

MARLBORO 17th Annual January Thaw Book Swap: Bring your best-quality, clean books in a box (no textbooks). Browse and take home as many books as you like. You can take books, even if you don’t bring books. Take some books for friends and as gifts. Enjoy a hot beverage and home-baked goods, compliments of the Marlboro Alliance & Community Volunteers. All remaining paperbacks will be recycled. Hardbacks will be disposed of at cost to the Alliance, so please choose carefully. This is not a free book disposal opportunity. You are also encouraged to bring canned or nonperishable food items for the food bank. 9 a.m. - noon. Free. Marlboro Town House, Town Center. Sarah Lavigne (help welcome): 802-689-0593,

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Raptors: Birds of Prey: Meet the birds of prey. In connection with the exhibit "Touchstones, Totems, Talismans: Animals in Contemporary Art," Southern Vermont Natural History Museum’s raptor expert Michael Clough brings live hawks, owls, and falcons to BMAC for a face-to-face exploration of what it takes to be a raptor. 11 a.m. Free with regular museum admission. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Dolunay and Cesni Trios: Turkish Music: Dolunay draws upon the songs from the Turkish people living across Rumeli, the former region of the Ottoman Balkans. At turns romantic and elegant, vivacious and playful. Jenny Luna, voice, percussion; Adam Good, ud, tambura; Eylem Basaldi, violin. The music of Çesi Trio is grounded in the flavors of Turkish makam music while remaining deeply personal and contemporary. Tev Stevig, tanbur, fretless guitar, oud, saz; Michael K. Harrist, contrabass, yayli tanbur, ney; Fabio Pirozzolo, darbuka, bendir, cajon, tombak, armenian dhol. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in the Chapel. In advance: $20, $15 seniors, $45 premium ($5 more at door). Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Julian Gerstin Sextet + 3: In the old city you could hear music from many lands, evoking the past and becoming something new. Julian's new suite of songs celebrates this enduring transformation, with styles from Athens, Istanbul, Havana, Fort-de-France, and the streets of San Francisco. Anna Patton, clarinet; Don Anderson, trumpet; Carl Clemens, flute; Jon Weeks, sax; John Wheeler, trombone; Eugene Uman, percussion; Wes Brown, bass; Ben James, drums; Julian Gerstin percussion. 8 p.m. $12 ($15 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO RiverHALO CD Debut "Empress 88": Local artists V and Fei use an entourage of lost and found instruments. The Sperling Sisters and The Luna Iris will be opening the show with surprise guests. Superfesh Organic Cafe will serve treats during the intermission. 7 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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.

PUTNEY Tony Trischka & Territory and The Stockwell Brothers: Tony Trischka has established himself as one of America’s foremost visionaries of the five-string banjo. Bruce, Barry, Alan, and Kelly Stockwell’s music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE 2 x 2: A Lively Evening of Song and Harmony: Valerie Kosednar, Mark Grieco, and Lee and Betsy Rybeck Lynd, are two couples who met through music. Musical activities past and present include participating in a cappella vocal ensembles and choirs, leading children's choruses, coordinating musical programming for Nickelodeon, musical theatre, and rock and roll bands. Songs at this show will be accompanied on dobro and/or guitar, or sung a cappella. Some are arranged for four voices, others come to us by oral traditions, still others tell stories. 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation to benefit The Schoolhouse. Old South Newfane Schoolhouse, Auger Hole Rd. and Dover Rd. Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.


READSBORO 9th Annual Hoot Toot & Whistle 5k Snowshoe Race and Hike: This snowshoe trek (minimum snowshoe size: equal 120 sq. inch surface) takes in one portion of the old Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington Railroad bed from Readsboro to the Harriman Dam in Whitingham. Known also as the Hitch, Twitch & Wiggle due to the many high precipices and sharp turns with beautiful vista views it traversed and its many hills and curves as well as train wrecks. Today the old railroad bed serves as the gateway to the Catamount Trail, a hiking, snow shoeing and cross-country ski trail leading from the Village of Readsboro to the Canadian border some 300 miles away. It is the perfect trail for young and old as the railroad bed was built as a gentle grade to support a slow moving passenger/freight train of years gone by. Chili provided to participants at end of race. 8:30 a.m - 9:45 a.m. Registration. Bus transport provided at start and finish. Parking at Readsboro School. $15 (free for participants over age 65 or under 18). Readsboro Central School, 301 Phelps Ln. Bob Dion: 802-423-7537,

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Winter Farmers' Market: Vegetables, fruits, meat from local farms, a variety of baked goods, locally and regionally-produced artisan crafts, and freshly prepared food. Local musicians perform, cafe seating, restrooms, no pets. EBT customers can turn $10 into $20 with CropCash. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Through Saturday, March 24. River Garden, 157 Main St. Sherry Maher: 802-869-2141, farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.

Kids and families

S. LONDONDERRY Kids Celebrate Chinese New Year: "Year of the Dog": Artist Casey Junker Bailey will explain the customs of the season and help children of all ages make colorful decorations to welcome in the New Year. All materials provided. 10:30 a.m. Free. South Londonderry Free Library, 15 Old School St. Information: 802-824-3371; Click to e-mail for more information.

GUILFORD Open Gym: For ages 5 and under. Parents are required to be present and there will be a supervisor available to assist with toys and equipment. Be sure to bring indoor shoes. Offered by the Community Collaborative for Guilford and the Guilford Recreation Commission. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the gym. Free. Guilford Central School, 374 School Rd. RSVP:


BRATTLEBORO Food Choices: Sugar (for Adults): Learn about the history of cane sugar and how we've become so addicted to it. Did you know that the average American now consumes as much as 150 pounds of refined sugar each year? We'll discuss the refining process of sugar, the land-use issues, environmental impact, and diseases associated with sugar. Discover how to satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious, even local, sweeteners and how to make substitutes for your sugary favorites. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Shareholder Appreciation Weekend: Celebrate our community-owned store with discounts and specials for Shareholders. This is a great weekend to join--become an owner for $20 down or less. Samples, tastings, giveaways, free prize drawing, and more. . Through Sunday, January 21. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO BUHS Music Department Merry Mulch Christmas Tree Collection Service: Members of the band and chorus will transport undecorated trees from homes to a community garden in West Brattleboro where they will be chipped into mulch to be used by the gardeners. Since the town does not offer curbside pick-up of trees, the service saves residents the hassle of transporting their own trees. This program, in its 27th year, is endorsed by the Vermont Dept. of Agriculture and the New Hampshire/Vermont Christmas Tree Assn. Proceeds benefit a music department trip to New York City in April. . $10 donation. Brattleboro Union High School. Pre-arrange pickup at least 2 days in advance: 413-992-7384, 802-275-8934, 802-579-1071.


BRATTLEBORO Gathering in Solidarity with the 2018 Women's March: 11 a.m. - 12 noon. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St.



January 2018