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Performing arts

BELLOWS FALLS RAMParts Presents: Bolshoi Ballet: "Taming of the Shrew": 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. $20. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Tickets:

The written word

PUTNEY Michelle Blake, Writer in Residence, "Literary Longings for 2018": Do you have a poet whose work you long to read, a writer you long to discuss, a poem you long to write, a novel you long to finish, an idea you long to refine? Join Emily Zervas, Dir. of the Putney Library, and Michelle Blake, Putney Library Writer in Residence 2018, for tea, cider, cake and a festive planning session. Snacks will be served. Help us design classes, workshops, readings and discussions for 2018. Blake is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels. She’s published poetry and essays in Tin House, The New York Times, Ploughshares, Southern Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, MORE Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, etc. Her essay "A Fable for Our Times" won a Solstice Nonfiction Award Her chapbook of poems, "Into the Wide and Startling World," was awarded publication in the New Women's Voices competition in 2012 (Finishing Line Press). In 2014, her collaborative project with photo-montage artist Fran Forman, Escape Artist, was published by Schiffer. In 2017 she was a Resident Writer at the Siena Arts Institute and she has residency grants at Vermont Studio Center and The Hambidge Center. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

PUTNEY "Living with Bears": Jaclyn Comeau, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Biologist, will discuss bears--their habits and needs--to help Vermonters better coexist with them. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. 4 p.m. Free. Putney Community Center, Christian Sq. Information: 802-387-4102; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO In Stile Moderno: "How Sweet the Torment: Madrigals of Monteverdi and his Contemporaries": Madrigals from Monteverdi's Book 7 are performed in the unique intertwining timbres of cornetto and voice, together with works for voice and continuo by Girolamo Frescobaldi and Benedetto Ferrari and instrumental works by Bellerofonte Castaldi and Francesco Corbetta. With Agnes Coakley Cox, soprano; Nathaniel Cox, cornetto and theorbo; and Simon Martyn-Ellis, theorbo and baroque guitar. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. $25 at door, $21.83 online, $10 students/seniors/starving artists. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information:

Local history

SAXTONS RIVER Fireside Chat: The Founding of the Long Trail: Mike DeBonis of the Green Mountain Club will talk about James Taylor's dream of founding a trail through Vermont for his Vermont Academy students. Attendees are invited to share their own experiences, photos, artifacts and stories related to the topic of the evening. Offered by Main Street Arts and the Saxtons River Historical Society. 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. in the dining room. Free; donations accepted. Saxtons River Inn and Restaurant, 27 Main St. Information: 802-869- 2110.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Co-op Shareholder Appreciation Weekend: (See 1/20). . Brattleboro Food Co-op. .

BRATTLEBORO Postcard Party with VT's Local Love Brigade: Drop by and make postcards to send out in an avalanche of love to support victims of hate. You will be part of a movement that has begun to illuminate the power of fierce love. There will be refreshments and plenty of materials to make a card. All are welcome. 11:30 a.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Juniper Talbot and Dan. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations welcome. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber:

KEENE The Monadnock Folklore Society: English Dance: Mary Jones teaches dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers. Music will be provided by performers Kate Barnes, piano, and Lydia Ievins, violin. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. $10. Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, 69 Washington St. Information: 603-876-4211,



January 2018