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Performing arts

PUTNEY Bread & Puppet Theater: "The Basic Bye-bye Show": This show is based on a poem on transformation, inspired by Dürer's apocalyptic woodcuts, Brahms' "4 Serious Songs," and the daily news. Dir. Peter Schumann says: "Our culture is saying its basic bye-bye to Mother Earth by continuing the devastating effects of the global economy on our planet--which is why this show proclaims the Possibilitarian’s basic bye-bye to capitalism in order to welcome the 1000 alternatives to this rotten system." After the performance, Bread and Puppet will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet's "Cheap Art"--books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press will be for sale. The Bread and Puppet Practitioners-of-the-Pursuit-of-What String Band will welcome the public. 7:30 p.m. $15 at door (no one is turned away for lack of funds). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


KEENE Alumni Recital: "Student Jr/Sr Recital Series": Students welcome the opportunity to perform for a large audience. Eric Dill, percussion. 3 p.m. in Alumni Recital Hall. Free. Keene State College, Redfern Arts Center, 90 Wyman Way. Information: 603-358-2168; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Masters of the Celtic Harp: Grainne Hambly & William Jackson: Hambly and Jackson are two of the foremost harpers of Ireland and Scotland. Combining their talents on harp as well as concertina, tinwhistle and bouzouki, they have been performing all over the country and dazzling audiences with their artistry. This "Two Sides of Celtic" show is a special treat. 7:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. in the Chapel. $15 to $45. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Donny McCaslin Quartet: Two musicians who collaborated with David Bowie on Blackstar will perform material from that recording as well as new material from their quartet album "Beyond Now." Donny McCaslin, saxophone; Jason Lindner, piano, Fender Rhodes, and analog synths; Jonathan Maron, electric bass; Nate Smith, drums. 8 p.m. $20+, $15 students with I.D. (contact VJC about educational discounts). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and The Neighbors: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. The Neighbors, an alt-country duo, will play traditional fiddle tunes from the British Isles. Sponsored by the West River Community Project promoting community, the arts, and local, sustainable agriculture. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.


BELLOWS FALLS Cabin Fever Scrapbooking: Bring a scrapbook or refill pages, pictures, adhesives, tools, other cropping materials such as paper, cardstock, and a bag lunch. So, pack up your projects and come join us for fun and great conversation. Hosted by Tina White. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. $15. Bellows Falls Senior Center, 18 Tuttle St. Pre-registration form: 802-869-3478,

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. River Garden, 157 Main St. Sherry Maher: 802-869-2141, farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Box Maze: Crawl through and explore a giant, life-size box maze. For kids ages 5 and up. (A Box Maze Mini will be offered on 3/26 for younger kids.). 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., top floor Meeting Room. Come any time during these hours. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

MARLBORO Sugarhouse Tour at Matt's Maple: This season is the 38th year that the Matts have been sugaring on this farm. Like most smaller operations, it's a family operation with Dave's Dad, both his sons, and his grandkids helping out. The farm has been in his family since it was first settled in the 1770s, and Dave has sugared there since 1980. The current sugarhouse is the third one built on this property. They've done three major rebuilds as needs and equipment have changed. They currently set around 1,800 taps and make 450-500 gallons a year. About 1,200 taps run directly to the sugarhouse on vacuum. The other 600 taps are gravity lines emptying into three separate tanks and are gathered with a 500-gallon tank on a pickup truck. They do not have a reverse osmosis machine but have a 5x16 wood-fired evaporator with a steam-away. Wood is cut, split, piled on racks and stored in a shed with greenhouse panels and solar powered fans to heat and move the air. Racks are brought to the sugarhouse with forks on a loader and set inside near the arch. They fire right from these racks so handling as efficient as possible. Presented by Windham Regional Woodlands Association. 1 p.m. Free. Matts Maple Syrup, 370 Higley Hill Rd. Information: 802-464-9788,,

BRATTLEBORO Youth Chess Tournament: For K through 8th grade. All skill levels. Depending on the number of entrants, contestants will be divided into appropriate groups. Swiss System; no players are ever eliminated. Game boards provided. Eric Strickland runs the tournament. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. $5. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Caregiver Support Group: Facilitated by Ryan Murphy, Hospice Care Coordinator for Brattleboro Area Hospice. 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Room B in the Maple View Cafe (2nd and 4th Tues. of every month). Free. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave. Information: 802-257-0775 x 106.

BRATTLEBORO "CRAZYWISE" screening: Vermont Psychiatric Survivors and the Hive Mutual Support Network screen "CRAZYWISE," directed by Phil Borges and Kevin Tomlinson. This film introduces mental health professionals and psychiatric survivors who see psychological crisis as a potential growth experience rather than as a disease. What if a psychological crisis was seen as having the potential to be a positive transformative experience, instead of a "broken brain"? Human-rights photographer Phil Borges witnessed how indigenous cultures around the world often identify "psychotic" symptoms as an indicator of shamanic potential. Back in the US, Phil follows two young Americans diagnosed with "mental illness." Adam, 27, suffers devastating side effects from medications before embracing meditation. Ekhaya, 32, survives several suicide attempts before spiritual training to become a traditional South African healer. A reception follows. 4 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. followed by 1/2-hour facilitated discussion. Free; donations welcome. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Going Sane: My Journey from Madness to Freedom" with Pamela Spiro Wagner: Wagner is an accomplished writer, artist, and poet who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, attended medical school, and spent 15 years of her adult life in psychiatric units and hospitals. Despite her diagnosis, Wagner won many awards for her writing including first prize in the BBC Radio World Service Meridian Writings 2001/2002 international poetry contest. In 2005, she co-authored with her twin sister, a psychiatrist, "Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and their Journey through Schizophrenia," a memoir about her years of illness, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was featured in Readers Digest and People Magazine. It won the national NAMI Outstanding Literature Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. Wagner is a visual artist as well. Two of her pencil art works appeared in Collective Dream Artists Magazine. Wagner also authored in 2009, "We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders," poems about living with schizophrenia, and in 2017, "Learning to See in Three Dimensions," a book of poems and art. 1 p.m., lower level. Free. Inclusion Center, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., lower level. Information: 802-387-5285; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Buddy's A Pet's Store Lucky Raffle: Win a FREE Illuma LED Dog Collar and Leash. Buddy's A Pet's Store wants to keep all pets safe and secure this spring. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Buddys A Pets Store, 76 Cotton Mill Hill. Information: 802-579-1616; Click to e-mail for more information.

JACKSONVILLE Pet Vaccination Clinic: Dr. Miles A. Powers of East Dover will be vaccinating both dogs and cats. This clinic is open to anyone. The Town Clerk of Whitingham will be present to issue licenses. Have dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. $15 rabies, $25 distemper-complex ($35 both vaccines). Jacksonville Fire House, 2948 VT-100. Information: 802-348-7918.

Community building

MARLBORO Conserving for the Future Green River: A Conservation Easement Workshop for Landowners: Learn about why conservation in the Green River watershed is important, then gain an understanding of whether the process is right for you. Participants will receive free materials that will enable them to host conservation workshops in their own neighborhoods and be an ambassador for land conservation. Coffee and pastries provided. Hosted by the Green River Watershed Alliance. 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Reading Room. Free. Marlboro College/Rice-Aron Library, 2582 South Rd. Registration encouraged:

Community meals

DUMMERSTON Sugar on Snow Supper: Menu: Ham, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, deviled eggs, with sugar-on-snow served with pickles, donuts for dessert. 2 seatings: 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $12 (13 and older) $6 (up to age 12). Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Reservations required. Carol: 802-254-2517.


PUTNEY The Putney Huddle and Friends: The March for Our Lives: We march in solidarity with Washington, Montpelier, and the many other events that will be happening across the nation. Bring your signs and your voices. All who would like to take a stand to end gun violence are welcome. Sponsored by Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, Everytown For Gun Safety, The Putney Huddle, The Putney Democrats, and GunSense Vermont. 10 a.m. - noon. Putney Tavern Lawn, Downtown Putney on the lawn. Laura Chapman: 802-380-4379,



March 2018